Entries tagged with: Sound City
by Andrew Sacher
The Lees of Memory (photo by Elvis Wilson)
We recently profiled nine underrated '90s bands, one of which was Superdrag, who last month (August) reissued their second album, 1998's ambitious and unfairly overlooked Head Trip In Every Key, along with a two-disc set of demos from the era, Jokers w/ Tracers, on SideOneDummy. Superdrag members John Davis and Brandon Fisher also have new music coming. Their new band The Lees of Memory will release their debut album, Sisyphus Says, next week (9/16) via SideOneDummy, with the cassette coming out on Burger. You can pre-order that record and pick up the Superdrag reissues here.
Sisyphus Says has John and Brandon taking the shoegaze sounds they've experimented with throughout Superdrag's career, and full-on embracing them for almost the entire record. It's fuzzed-out, reverb-drenched stuff, and though fans of MBV and the like will find the sounds familiar, as the album goes on you can tell it's the same songwriting team from those Superdrag records. A full stream of the album premieres in this post and can be listened to below.
We also spoke to John about the new record, SideOneDummy and Burger, looking back on Superdrag's Head Trip In Every Key, and more:
You have a new record out coming out with The Lees of Memory on SideOneDummy and Burger. When you were in Superdrag, you wrote a handful of songs that sort of railed against the major label music world that you were once part of. How's it been working with these two respected indie labels?
John Davis: Oh man, it couldn't be easier. They've been so friendly and super helpful in every way, really easy to deal with. We couldn't really hope to have the record treated better.
How did the relationship with those labels come about?
John: A couple of different ways. With the whole process of reissuing the Superdrag records, I think SideOneDummy in the beginning approached the Superdrag manager and kind of got the ball rolling with all of that. They did the first record [1996's Regretfully Yours], and I didn't have that much involvement with that one. I've talked about this elsewhere but I really don't like that record (laughs). I mean, I'm glad that other people do, you know? I just didn't have as much involvement in the whole process of bringing that one back. The second one [Head Trip] and especially the demos set that they put out, I had a lot more to do with.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Rick Springfield / John Fogerty / Rick Nielson, Taylor Hawkins, Krist Novoselic
As discussed, Dave Grohl made his directorial debut with his new documentary, Sound City, which tells the story of the LA recording studio of the same name, and he brought his star-studded Sound City Players to NYC for show at Hammerstein Ballroom last night. The lineup included Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty, Rick Springfield, Lee Ving of Fear, Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine, Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, Alain Johannes, and Chris Goss, with backing from Dave Grohl himself, along with Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Krist Novoselic, Chris Shiflett, and Pat Smear.
In addition to playing original tunes that the members wrote for Sound City, the show included mini-sets from the people involved. It opened with a set from Alain Johannes, who played "Hangin' Tree" by Queens of the Stone Age, which he co-wrote, and also played some tracks from his band Eleven. Then Masters of Reality head Chris Goss brought out RATM's Brad Wilk for a set of Masters of Reality songs. Fear's Lee Ving did an original Sound City song followed by all Fear cuts. Rick Nielson of Cheap Trick did his set with Nirvana's Krist Novaselic, and the pair did all Cheap Trick songs and his cover of Fats Domino's "Ain't That A Shame". Then Rick Springfield was up, followed by John Fogerty.
Steve Nicks ended the show, doing original Sound City track, and combining that with Fleetwood Mac favorites "Dreams," "Landslide," and "Gold Dust Woman," plus here solo song, "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around," for which Dave Grohl came out and took over Tom Petty's role in the song. The sets were all backed by Foo Fighters members, and in between performances, clips of the film were played on stage. The
entire setlist (incomplete setlist, can anyone help fix it?) and more pictures from the show are below (though unfortunately, photographers were not allowed to shoot the entire show, and there are no pictures of Stevie Nicks & Dave Grohl).
Dave Grohl was also on The Colbert Report last night, where he discussed the Sound City documentary with Stephen Colbert. A video of that is below as well.
Dave Grohl in the 'Sound City' director's chair...
We already told you about Dave Grohl's directorial debut, documentary Sound City, which is a love letter to the famed (and now defunct) LA recording studio that gave birth to such classic albums as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' Damn The Torpedoes and Nirvana's Nevermind.
The film made its debut at Sundance in January, and hit select theaters last night (1/31), the same night that Dave Grohl and his "Sound City Players" played the Hollywood Palladium in LA. The Sound City players are contributors to the film's soundtrack, plus a few others. The complete lineup includes Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty, Rick Springfield, Lee Ving of Fear, Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine, Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, Alain Johannes, and Chris Goss, with backing from Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Krist Novoselic, Chris Shiflett, and Pat Smear.
That same lineup will be making their way to NYC this month for a show at Hammerstein Ballroom on February 13. Tickets ($87.50) go on sale, Tuesday, February 5 at 4 PM. They say this will be the "first and only" Sound City Players show in NYC.
You can watch the Sound City film now if you want to fork over $12 and download it. The soundtrack (which also features Paul McCartney, Trent Reznor, and others) will be out March 12 on Roswell/RCA. Trailer below.
Alain Johannes, Dave Grohl, Lee Ving, Pat Smear, and Taylor Hawkins
As mentioned before, the documentary about legendary recording studio Sound City is being directed by Dave Grohl and will make it's world premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Consequence of Sound reports that Dave Grohl is also doing its soundtrack, titled Sound City - Real to Reel, which features collaborations between a crazy/amazing cast of musicians, and will include "Cut Me Some Slack," the song he did with Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear at the 12.12.12 Benefit at MSG this week.
Other collaborations include "You Can't Fix This" with Stevie Nicks; "The Man That Never Was" with Rick Springfield; and "Mantra" featuring QOTSA's Josh Homme and Trent Reznor. Other collaborators include legendary session drummer Jim Keltner, Cheap Trick's Rick Neilsen and former FEAR vocalist Lee Ving. The soundtrack is out March 12 and is available for pre-order via iTunes. Full Sound City soundtrack is below.
Sound City Studios is a two-building complex in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, which houses sound stages. It was most notable for being the recording studio for albums such as Fleetwood Mac's Rumours and Nirvana's Nevermind. The studio is operated since 1970 by the Skeeter family, with the first album to use the facilities being Neil Young's After the Gold Rush. Until the closure of the recording studios on May 2011, the Sound City was used by artists such as Tom Petty, REO Speedwagon, Rage Against the Machine, Johnny Cash, Metallica, and the last band to record there, Everclear. One of the mixing consoles was removed to make room for sound stages, and the mixing console is now owned by Dave Grohl, former Nirvana drummer and current leader of the Foo Fighters. -[Wiki]Dave Grohl will serve as a director for the documentary on Sound City, which will feature appearances from some of the biggest names in music, all of which recorded in the hallowed halls of the studio. The movie will make its premiere at Sundance in February and you can check out the trailer for the film below.