What are you listening to today? Me, I’m in a shufflin’ mood

ipod-classic-accessories-3I’ve added a bunch of stuff to the iPod lately, including the new discs from Paul McCartney (pretty good), Pearl Jam (really good) and a classic compilation from the Faces that I picked up for the awesome price of $4.99(!) at Sunrise Records in downtown Toronto (great store). So after listening to those discs and other complete albums  for a while I decided to flip the switch back to shuffle mode. At the time of this writing, here are the latest 15 that have come up in the rotation.

1. That’s The Way–Led Zeppelin

2. Clifton Springs–Steven Page

3. Holly Holy–Neil Diamond

4. I Fought The Law–The Clash

5. Sting Me–The Black Crowes

6. I’ll Survive–B.B. King

7. Little Bones–The Tragically Hip

8. Two Janes–Los Lobos

9. My Little Town–Simon & Garfunkel

10. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You–Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

11. Love Is The Drug–Roxy Music

12. Busted–Ray Charles

13. Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)–Robert Plant & Alison Krauss

14. Time Stand Still–Rush

15. See You–Foo Fighters




Admit it. You always wanted to be a back-up singer.

twentyI love a good music documentary. In recent years, some of my favourites have been Rush’s Beyond The Lighted StageFoo Fighters’ Back and Forth and Dave Grohl’s Sound City which took a fond look back at the famed recording studio. Earlier this year, there was another music doc that premiered at Sundance but unlike the Rush or Foo Fighters films that focused on the performers at the front of the stage, this one bypasses the main performers and points the camera at the back of the stage.

As described on the Sundance festival website, Twenty Feet From Stardom “juxtaposes interviews with industry legends (Bruce Springsteen, Bette Midler, and others) and the relative unknowns who support them like Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, and Judith Hill as they illuminate the art of melding their own distinct voices with lead vocals and reveal their desires for careers as solo artists. Twenty Feet from Stardom traces the backup singers’ history—from those Phil Spector–produced pop tunes and soul-inspired British Explosion acts (Joe Cocker, the Rolling Stones) of the 1960s, to their reversal of fortune when the recording industry changed in the 1990s, and into today. Filmmaker Morgan Neville’s unprecedented look at the moving personal journeys of these normally uncelebrated artists pays tribute to their indelible role in popular music.”

After playing at the festival circuit in recent months, the film will see its theatrical release on June 14th. Based on the trailer below, I think this is definitely worth seeing:

My Saturday morning playlist. What are you listening to today?

springFinally. It’s finally starting to feel like maybe Spring will actually make an appearance soon. The last few days have felt more like late January than late March. Depressing weather. This morning the sun was shining, so I decided to take advantage of respite from the cold and head out for a walk. Stopped for a haircut along the way. Now I feel better. You’re wondering what I was listening to, right? Glad you asked. The last 15:
1. Born In The 50’s–The Police
2. Trampled Under Foot–Led Zeppelin (Celebration Day version)
4. Better Days–Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes
5. Turn The Page–Bob Seger
6. Flesh And Blood–Solomon Burke
7. What If I Do?–Foo Fighters
8. 36 Inches High–Nick Lowe
9. Entangled–Genesis
10. Who Am I Telling You?–J.J. Cale & Eric Clapton
11. Sound of Your Voice–Barenaked Ladies
12. Erase/Replace–Foo Fighters
13. Hollis and Morris–The Trews
14. Wicked Rain–Los Lobos
15. Sisters Are Doin’ It For Themselves–Eurythmics & Aretha Franklin

*UPDATE 1/15* Happy Birthday Dave Grohl! My thoughts on a Dave I know, I know #foofighters

Dave-Grohl1[*UPDATE 1/15:  Sound City will be opening January 31st  in Toronto @ TIFF Bell Lightbox (tickets here) and in Montreal @ Cinema du Parc (tickets here).]

I’ve always been a huge fan of Dave Grohl’s talents as a drummer, guitarist and songwriter but wrap all that stuff up in a pretty package and you’ve got one of the best rock n roll generals out there as leader and general sh*t disturber of the Foo Fighters, one of my favourite bands. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing the Foos on each of their last two tour stops in Toronto and they are simply awesome as a live act. Dave really knows how to interact with the crowd and get them engaged, and he’s not shy from liberal use of the f-word in between songs. And he’s got a great sense of humour, as evidenced by the band’s music videos.

Dave’s documentary on the famed Sound City recording studio will get its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 18th, and it will be released in theatres at the end of the month.

Also, if you haven’t seen the Foo Fighters documentary Back and Forth I highly recommend it.

Happy # 44 Dave. Keep on doing what you’re doing and don’t ever stop.

Here are the trailers for Sound City:

More Foos/Dave Grohl-Related News

As an addition to yesterday’s Dave Grohl/Foos/Them Crooked Vultures news comes word that Foss drummer Taylor Hawkins’ side project, Taylor Hawkins and The Coattail Riders are getting ready to release their sophomore disc entitled Red Light Fever on April 20th. The first single, Way Down, is streaming on the band’s myspace page and I really like it. It doesn’t sound like the Foos or TCV; it’s got more of this 70’s glam rock thing going on. The album also features some guest appearances by Elliot Easton (The Cars), Brian May and Roger Taylor (Queen) and even Mr. Grohl stops by to join in the fun.

Hawkins handles all the drumming and singing duties on the upcoming disc, which should be no surprise to anyone who’s ever seen the Foos live. Taylor’s got a great rock voice. And Toronto fans take note: the band will be launching a mini-tour April 19th with only one Canadian date scheduled, at the legendary Horseshoe Tavern on May 3rd. Ticket details are TBA.

Think I’ve posted this clip before but who cares. I love it. It’s the Foos at Wembley Stadium performing with Jimmy Page and now bandmate to Grohl in TCV John Paul Jones, with Taylor taking lead vocals. Calling it killer doesn’t do it justice.

Dave Grohl News: Them Crooked Vultures Head North; Foo Fighters Head to the Garage

Seems Dave Grohl is a busy boy indeed. First comes word that his current Foo Fighters side project, Them Crooked Vultures, have added a handful of Canadian dates to their upcoming road trip. Five stops have been announced, all within the Quebec City-Windsor corridor. And some interesting venues to boot. The dates, with ticket links, are:

Tuesday May 11–Quebec City, QC (Pavillon de la Jeunesse)
Wednesday May 12–Montreal, QC (CEPSUM At University Of Montreal) [Couldn’t locale a ticket link for this one.]
Thursday May 13–Ottawa, ON (Scotiabank Place)
Saturday May 15–Toronto, ON (Air Canada Centre)
Sunday May 16–Windsor, ON (Caesars Windsor “The Colosseum”)

The group’s self-titled debut album hit stores last Fall and managed to just miss the Billboard Top 10. Word was a second album was enroute for the end of 2010, but that may be on hold now that Grohl has announced that the Foos will be heading back into the studio in September to record their follow-up to 2007’s Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace. Grohl recently told the BBC that they’re planning to record the album at home in his garage using good old fashioned tape machines instead of all the modern gizmos now available, and that the group already has a wealth of material to choose from. Also worth noting is that Grohl will be reuniting with producer Butch Vig for the upcoming disc. Vig produced Nirvana’s epic Nevermind album, and this will be the first time they’ve worked together since that landmark disc. This has ‘killer’ written all over it. Can’t wait.

Them Crooked Vultures:

One of my favourite Foos tunes: