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Off Camera, Episode 7: Dave Grohl

“What could be more simple than just hitting a red button and letting a tape reel f*cking roll?” — Dave Grohl on recording Wasting Light to tape

For episode 7 of Off Camera, a webzine, television show, and podcast, photographer/director and founder Sam Jones sat down with Dave Grohl to discuss a little bit of everything going on his world. Among other things, topics included Dave’s punk background, his main gigs Nirvana and Foo Fighters (of course), the recording of Wasting Light, the filming and recording of the Sound City documentary and companion album, where the music industry is headed, and probably most importantly, working as hard as you can at what you love while keeping things simple.

If video ain’t your thang, you can also read the full interview at the Off Camera site or listen to the podcast version.


Making of “From Can to Can’t” for Sound City

Here’s some great studio footage of the recording of the track “From Can to Can’t” that didn’t make the final cut for the Sound City movie. I’m a sucker for this kind of stuff, and the footage gave me a few insights:

  • While I don’t care much for Slipknot or Stone Sour, Corey Taylor is a great singer with a powerful voice, and if the video is true, it only took a few takes to get his vocals on tape.
  • Rick Nielsen is arrogant, funny, and awesome.
  • The video should dispel the notion I’ve heard on a couple of podcasts that the Sound City songs were all Dave’s creations with no input from the Sound City Players and that they may have even “phoned in” their contributions to the album.
  • Despite the hype, Butch Vig seems like a really cool guy to work with.
  • I wish there had been more of this kind of footage in Sound City. Maybe a follow-up “making of” film, Dave?!


Alain Johannes, Dave Grohl, Joshua Homme - “A Trick with No Sleeve” from the Sound City soundtrack Real to Reel

Best comment on this video at YouTube:

Josh Homme has aged considerably in this vid and is surprisingly good at magic.

If I were me, I’d wait forever
(What’s your hurry? What’s your hurry?)
Never learned how to say never
(What’s your worry? What’s your worry?)
Once upon a time
The end
Sound City Players (featuring Jessy Greene, Rami Jaffee, Jim Keltner) - “If I Were Me” (Sound City: Real to Reel, 2013)


Dave Grohl, Josh Homme, and Trent Reznor laying down the music for “Mantra” from the Sound City documentary

Never go to the party if you think you won’t come home
Sound City Players (featuring Stevie Nicks, Rami Jaffee) - “You Can’t Fix This” (Sound City: Real to Reel, 2013)

Dave Grohl discusses all things Sound City on Late Show with David Letterman

And how awesome is the Late Show band?! They play the Foos’ “Everlong,” complete with horns, as Dave comes on stage, and in the outro, they break into King’s X’s “We Were Born to be Loved.”

My favorite drummers are insane—Keith Moon and Bonham and Copeland. Listen to live recordings of those people. They’re this close to trainwrecking the entire time.
Dave Grohl, The Nerdist podcast

Sound City: Real to Reel - “From Can to Can’t”

Dave Grohl has released this sneak peek at the Real to Reel album from the Sound City Players. This track features Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen, Corey Taylor from Slipknot and Stone Sour, and Kyuss and Obsessed bassist Scott Reeder.

You can pre-order the album at or on iTunes.

Rick Nielsen
Photo ©2013 Roswell Films / Sound City Movie

Don’t Hate The Player

Dave Grohl has announced the members of the Sound City Players that will perform at Park City Live on January 18 in conjunction with the Sound City documentary premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. The supergroup will consist of current Foo Fighters Taylor Hawkins, Chris Shiflett, Nate Mendel, and Pat Smear and Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic. Rounding out the roster are the following artists, most of whom will also appear on the movie’s soundtrack, due to hit shelves on March 12:

  • John Fogerty
  • Chris Goss (producer, musician)
  • Jessy Greene (violinist)
  • Rami Jaffee (The Wallflowers)
  • Alain Johannes (Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures)
  • Stevie Nicks
  • Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick)
  • Rick Springfield
  • Cory Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour)
  • Lee Ving (Fear)
  • Brad Wilk (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave)

Also, I don’t know how I missed it, but there is a Sound City tumblog that has news, photos, the sneak peek videos I’ve been posting here, and more.

The Place Where Real Men Went To Make Records

Official Sound City Trailer

In this age of technology where you can manipulate anything, how do we retain that human element? — Dave Grohl

Sound City premieres at the Sundance Film Festival next month, with a general public release planned for February 2013. Said Grohl about the premiere:

The Sundance Film Festival is the perfect place to premiere a film about craft, integrity, and passion for art. I am over the moon!

I can’t wait.

They Destroyed Everything

Sound City: Musical Memories with Neil Giraldo

Neil Giraldo (AKA Mr. Pat Benetar) reminisces about seeing The Who for the first time in this clip from Dave Grohl’s documentary Sound City.