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Dave Grohl reunites with Krist Novoselic, Butch Vig on new Foos

Dave Grohl is getting the band back together again… well, almost. In the closest thing you’ll ever see to Nirvana’s remnants reuniting, Grohl recently spoke to BBC Radio and divulged that former bandmate and ex-Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic will appear on the upcoming Foo Fighters album. The duo will be working once again with Garbage drummer Butch Vig who will handle production duties on the record.

Vig last worked with Grohl some twenty years ago on that little album called Nevermind. Grohl had this to say about working with Vig and the content of their new material;

This whole project has been really cool. I haven’t made a record with Butch for 20 years. Each song is full on, the whole record is full on. In the 14 songs there’s not one acoustic guitar, there’s not even one in the house.”

Grohl proclaims that 2011 will be the year of the Foos, proclaiming that we wouldn’t be able to “get them out of our hair“.

That’s alright Dave, just as long as you give us ‘Rock n’ Roll Grohl‘ and not ‘Top 40 Dave‘, we’re okay with that.

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Review: Against Me! – White Crosses

Few songs have resonated with this author in 2010 as much as “I Was A Teenage Anarchist”; Tom Gabel’s anthemic, razorfire ode to his own political awakening. His path led to his understanding that flying the anarchist flag was just as pointless as the politics so many fight against. It is a bold statement, and while my own anarchist beliefs stopped when I locked away my skateboard pants and chain wallet, there is something about “maintaining that fire” that almost anyone can hold in high regard.

The genesis of the song is about finding the spark that keeps your passion alight. In the case of Gabel, it is about discovering that changing the world did not necessarily mean one has to be tied down to conformity within an ideal or a movement.

And like much of White Crosses, the track is a polarizing anthem- big choruses and stadium-esque riffs much in contrast to Against Me!’s earlier material. Yet there is something enlightening about a punk kid’s discovery that they could break free from the constraints of mass movements while maintaining the same drive and fire that first ignited their interest. Butch Vig’s production means the album is sonically, the best thing they’ve ever done, and to some, the best written material too. “Suffocation” is an equally telling tale of modern life- done with simplicity and a catchy refrain. “Spanish Moss” and “Because of the Shame” are both poetic and accessible, and tracks like “Rapid Decompression” and “White Crosses” prove they haven’t quite forgotten about their musical lineage.

This isn’t Reinventing Axl Rose, and it isn’t quite as disjointed as New Wave. But it’s a great big album that is every bit as personal as The Eternal Cowboy with plenty to offer for anarchists, punks, and the guy who sold you the album at Hot Topic. (Sire)

[xrr rating=4/5]

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Loud is the new loud

LoudnessThe chaps at RollingStone have compiled a pretty in-depth article chronicling the current trend for music production to have its dial turned waaaay up. Titled The Death Of Fidelity, the article discusses the landscape of modern music production and how several noted artists have had recent albums engineered extra loud to gain attention- rendering the actual quality of their sound rather low.

This effect is done by “applying dynamic range compression, which reduces the difference between the loudest and softest sounds in a song,” which masters the music much louder than it should be. The article goes on to say advancements like ProTools only enable the “loudness wars” and perpetuates the ongoing “volume contest” to attract attention and, ultimately, sales.

RollingStone also talk to noted producers and artists like Butch Vig (Nirvana) and Kim Deal (of the Breeders) about this rising Continue reading

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