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Dave Grohl to memorialize 'dumpy' studio Sound City in new documentary

As reported in Entertainment Weekly’s special music issue last month, Foo Fighters frontman and erstwhile Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl is working on a documentary about the legendary L.A. recording studio Sound City. The film, titled Sound City, does not have an official release date yet.

The recently shuttered facility was ground zero for iconic rock albums from Fleetwood Mac’s self-titled 1975 classic to Nirvana’s Nevermind. But as Grohl told EW last fall, Sound City was hardly a palace worthy of rock stars.

“I thought we were coming down to some fancy-ass Hollywood studio,” Grohl said during a conversation about the 20th anniversary of the release of Nevermind last September. “But Sound City was not a fancy studio at all. It was this dumpy place in Van Nuys. It was just a f—ing incredible board with an incredible drum room.”

The board in question was built by Neve specifically for Sound City, and just before the studio closed last year, Grohl bought the board and had it moved to his own facility in Northridge. It was sitting in the middle of the floor of the room we were in during the interview, an ancient hulking piece of analogue metal with cords sticking out of it.

Grohl said he planned to install it in his studio, hoping to harness the same magic that went into Nevermind as well as classics like Tom Petty’s Damn the Torpedoes and Cheap Trick’s Heaven Tonight (both of which he mentioned during the interview).

What do you think of the idea of Dave Grohl: Filmmaker? And what’s your favorite Sound City album?

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Dave Grohl clarifies Grammy acceptance speech, is totally cool with Skrillex

When Foo Fighters won the prize for Best Rock Performance on Sunday night, Dave Grohl grabbed the microphone and went to bat for music done the old-fashioned way. “Singing into a microphone and learning to play an instrument and learning to do your craft, that’s the most important thing for people to do,” he told the audience (before, ironically, being cut off by an LMFAO song). “It’s not about being perfect, it’s not about sounding absolutely correct, it’s not about what goes on in a computer.”

That last statement struck a lot of people as disingenuous, considering that later in the broadcast, Grohl shared performance space with deadmau5, a guy whose primary instrument is a computer. The disconnect was enough to rankle members of both the rock and dance communities, so Grohl sent out a statement today to clarify his stance. Check it out below. READ FULL STORY

Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Kelly Clarkson, Foo Fighters and more join Grammy performance slate

Yes, they will be handing out some gold statuettes at this year’s Grammys, coming up on Feb. 12. But for many, the real draw is the performances — a veritable parade of music-industry stars-slash-nominees.

Taylor Swift, whose album Speak Now is up for Best Country Album and whose single “Mean” is nominated for two more prizes, will join the growing list of artists who will bring their A-game to music’s biggest night. Nicki Minaj, whose second album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded is set to hit stores two days after the show airs, will make her debut on the Grammy stage (she is also nominated for three prizes, including Best New Artist).

The current announced performance slate also includes the likes of Kelly Clarkson (who will have an awful lot of national TV exposure in February, as she will also be singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Super Bowl), Foo Fighters, Bruno Mars, and Jason Aldean (who will presumably duet with Clarkson on their smash hit “Don’t You Wanna Stay”).

That’s only a fraction of the performers who will end up rolling out songs on the stage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 12. Last year, there were a grand total of 17 performance segments involving three dozen artists.

Since the focus over the past few years has been put on on-stage collaborations, and since the ads for this year’s show focus on past tag-teams like Prince and Beyoncé, the biggest question remains who will link up with who for a memorable performance this time around.

Of all the people already announced, it’d be most satisfying to see Minaj involved in some sort of salute to women in hip-hop (Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, Lauryn Hill, and Eve could all make guest appearances, culminating in a climactic beef-burying appearance from Lil Kim).

We would also love to see Dave Grohl open up his Rolodex and invite some of the rock icons he has jammed with just over the past 12 months (including Lemmy Kilmister, Bob Mould, and former bandmate Krist Novoselic).

Who are you hoping will come together at the 54th Grammy Awards? Cast your votes in the comments.

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Coachella festival lineup coming this week

Music fans planning their spring desert pilgrimage to Coachella don’t have much longer to wait to hear if their favorite bands will be performing. The popular Coachella music festival in California will announce the lineup of the two-weekend event this coming week, organizers told fans in a tweet.

Rumors have been swirling about the lineup for months, with speculation of headliners including No Doubt, Foo Fighters, Radiohead, and LMFAO running rampant around the Web.

Only time will tell, but in the mean time it’s always fun to check the rumor mill, converted into the classic Coachella poster format by the Starz Uncut blog.

The event runs April 13-15 and April 20-22 in Coachella, California. The festival’s website has been featuring videos over the past few weeks from some of the bands that are expected to perform, including Jimmy Cliff, Breakbot, and Housse de Racket.

iTunes: Adele tops 2011's best-selling song and album charts

Did we need further evidence that this has been Adele’s year sales-wise? Probably not. But for the benefit of anyone still debating the matter, iTunes has just announced that the British singer’s track “Rolling in the Deep” was the year’s top downloaded song while its parent album, 21, was 2011′s most popular collection. iTunes also named Adele its Artist of the Year.

21 was followed on the album list by Mumford & Sons’ Sigh No More and Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter IV. LMFAO claimed second place on the singles list with “Party Rock Anthem” while Katy Perry’s “Firework” was third.

Find iTunes’ top ten best-selling songs and albums of 2011 below: READ FULL STORY

Dave Grohl still doesn't care for 'Glee' on 'Chelsea Lately': Watch it here

If Dave Grohl didn’t love being in a rock band as much as he did, he totally could have his own talk show.

The former Nirvana drummer and longtime Foo Fighters frontman is open, biting, honest, and always hilarious, whether it’s in an award-winning video or as a guest on Chelsea Lately.

Grohl did the latter last night, and his eight-minute conversation with host Chelsea Handler (which you can watch below) was not entirely revelatory, but it was almost unbearably charming.

Grohl hit on a bunch of topics, including his band’s win at the VMAs (he joked that had Cloris Leachman not been present, he would have been the oldest person at the show), the dearth of “real” rock bands, his group’s approach live (“We don’t sound like the record, we sound like five dudes beating the s— out of our instruments”), and his stance on Glee (“As a rock musician, why should you have to say ‘OK Glee, take my song and turn it into a f—ing musical?”). Check out their conversation below. READ FULL STORY

MTV 2011 VMAs: Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Adele big winners

Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, and Adele all won multiple Moon Men at the MTV 2011 Video Music Awards. Perry’s “Firework” won for Video of the Year, and she also took home a trophy with Kanye West for Best Collaboration for their sci-fi fantasia “E.T.” Perry harkened back to a previous VMAs show in her acceptance speech when she told her co-winner, “Now this is the time when you want to interrupt me, Kanye!” Lady Gaga — who spent the entire night dressed as her male alter ego, Jo Calderone — won Best Female and Best Video with a Message. Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” meanwhile, took home multiple behind-the-scenes awards for editing, art direction, and cinematography.

Other winners included Britney Spears (who also took home the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award), Nicki Minaj, Justin Bieber, Foo Fighters, and Tyler, The Creator. Check out a full list below:

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Pukkelpop officially canceled after stage collapse, death toll at five

Organizers of Belgium’s Pukkelpop announced today that the remainder of this year’s three-day festival will be canceled after Thursday’s stage collapse. “Pukkelpop is in deep mourning. We feel much sympathy to the families and friends of the victims. Words cannot describe…,” a translated post on the festival’s site reads.

The death toll in the incident is now five, with about 140 people injured, officials said at a press conference earlier today, the AP reports. Many were hit by debris as a violent thunderstorm not only brought down tents, scaffolding, and stage lights, but also uprooted trees. Three patients remain in critical condition, a doctor told reporters.

Some of the bands scheduled to perform at the festival have tweeted their condolences. “Feeling so helpless at Pukkelpop. We’re so saddened by the news of 5 fatalities & countless injured. Our thoughts are with you all. J K,” wrote the Ting Tings. “Our hearts go out to everyone affected by the tragic events at Pukkelpop. For information +32 (0) 11 23 97 11,” the Foo Fighters offered. “Our hearts go out to all who lost their lives or were injured in today’s storm at Pukkelpop. This is not how it should be. Oof,” said Fleet Foxes. “Our deepest thoughts and sympathies to the families and friends of those who lost their lives today at the show in Belgium. We are absolutely devastated that this celebration ended in tragedy,” wrote Thirty Seconds to Mars’ Jared Leto. “To those that were injured we are sending thoughts and prayers. Obviously under these horrible and dangerous circumstances, and out of respect for those who have passed, Thirty Seconds to Mars will not be playing. We love you all and hope tomorrow brings a better day.”

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On the scene at Lollapalooza, day three: Foo Fighters, the Cars, and wild weather.

According to old lore, the traditional gift for a 20th anniversary is china. According to Mother Nature, it is apparently giant, monsooning sheets of rain.

Major precipitation made an unannounced headlining appearance on 20-year-old Lolla’s third and final evening, opening up the Chicago skies for an hour-long all-stages, all-ages showing of gumball-sized raindrops, thunder and (yay, unlimited pyro budget!) lightning.

And like any good mainstage performer, Ms. Nature brought an encore—turning good chunks of fest-closing sets by Cage the Elephant, Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters and DeadMau5 into a cross between the “November Rain” wedding-party-downpour scene and a lawless, topless WWE mud pit.

See below, live and supremely Tide-resistant from the Monkeys’ set:

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On the scene at Lollapalooza, day two: Eminem, Cee Lo, and (shhh! ) Foo Fighters

This is how the second day of Lollapalooza 2011 ended: With Wynonna Judd swinging her cramazing Ariel hair (she did not, alas, whip it back and forth) in the balcony during an epic two-and-half-hour “secret” Foo Fighters show at Chicago’s 1100-capacity Metro club.

But let’s start with how it began: Morning rain turned to sunshine in time for L.A. retro-soul shakers Fitz & the Tantrums‘ early-afternoon set on the main Music Unlimited stage.  Even as already-tipsy showgoers began to wilt in the heat like drunk little flowers, frontman Michael Fitzpatrick, in a crisp cranberry suit, and his leopard-print-clad leading lady Noelle Scaggs, were extra-sharp, turning up the volume on their shake-and-stomp grooviness to fill the super-sized space and give the crowd the “hits”: “Don’t Gotta Work It Out,” “Moneygrabber”—even a Fitz-ified take on the Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).

The soul train continued on the adjacent Sony Stage with flashback-R&B smoothy Mayer Hawthorne, who pleaded good-naturedly with the audience to take their camera-phone pics all at once and then “actually be in the moment and enjoy the show, I know it’s crazy.” After a cascade of snaps and flashes, they were duly rewarded with his shimmying cover of the Isley Brothers’ classic “Work to Do.” 

And work to do there was, Mr. Hawthorne—which is why I had to miss the rest of the set to quick-hustle over to the mercilessly sun-scorched Bud Light stage for reunited noise-punk aggro-vators Death from Above 1979, who (sarcastically) played a snatch of AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck,” but thrashed more like a Canadian Pantera on Quaaludes. You know how they say, If it’s too loud, you’re too old? Maybe I was just too hot. READ FULL STORY

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