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Famous Frontman Friday : Dave Grohl

For a change of pace I have compiled a collection of Dave Grohl hits. For those of you scratching your head right now here is the low down. Dave Grohl is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, writer, & all around awesome performer. He is perhaps best known as the frontman of the Foo Fighters. They have had several hits and tour all over the world. He was also the drummer for Nirvana and collaborated with Cobain on many songs including Heart Shaped Box and Marigold. In addition to his frontman duties, he will occasionally step in as a drummer for Queens of the Stoneage and other bands. One of my favorite guest-drum-stints was his work on “With Teeth” for Nine Inch Nails. C’mon you have Trent Reznor and Dave Grohl on the same album! Epic.

Okay I will halt my fangirl admiration and get to the good stuff. Below you shall find a list of the best known Grohl. Please Enjoy!

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Foo Fighters on Hiatus

“Well, well, well. The f*cking Reading festival. You guys realize we’ve got a lot of songs to play. It’s the last show of the tour and it’s the last show for a long time.”

If you are going to leave for an indefinite hiatus, I suppose the Foo Fighters have picked the perfect time. They have been touring all over the world in the last year. Their latest album Wasting Light had multiple Grammy wins. Plus, as I have said in the past, this is a band that delivers quality each and every album. I will wait patiently until they are ready to come back. Hopefully, their down time is spent well and they find inspiration.

UPDATE: Dave may have pulled that trigger a bit prematurely as the Foo Fighters still have some shows on their schedule in just a few weeks… Perhaps he was exaggerating??? Lets Pray!

Feeling like an Outsider?

I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and each year I save and save to be able to watch my favorite bands when they come into town.This means a couple arena festival shows and a sprinkling of small venue shows a year. Well, every year there is a huge festival each summer in Golden Gate Park, you may have heard of it… Outside Lands.

Usually the lineup is just okay, i won’t die if i don’t go… its so expensive anyways… NOT THIS YEAR. Foo Fighters, Metallica, Beck, Skrillex, Jack White, Franz Ferdinan, Stevie Wonder, Regina Spector, Bloc Party… I will stop there or I will start crying. I have been giving my boyfriend sad, puppy dog stares and hinting that if a bank robbery were to take place in order to secure tickets i would not turn him in. Alas, he is oblivious!

Why not just buy my own ticket? Well, it’s pretty much sold out AND I don’t wanna be so broke that I am forced to eat delicious Top Ramen for the next couple months. So my plan was to sadly sit outside the gates and listen to bits of music that drift into the streets. *tear*

However, my clever boyfriend has found a way for me and YOU to go for free!  Click to see how clever he truly is… Read More…

Album of the Week: Superhero Edition!

Superhero mania…

Both summer hits The Amazing Spiderman and Dark Knight Rises had soundtracks with impressive scores, but for those of us who enjoy lyrics and melody over ambiance this post is for you.

I have been going through my library to seek out the perfect Superhero Soundtrack and I came across this album from a few years back, circa 2006. There are a few stand out Superhero songs that were left out, like 3 Doors Down Kryptonite and SuperHero by Jane’s Addiction. Though I think this compilation is pretty good on its own. The tracklist is made up of some original songs and others that are covered by some notable new bands.

So this week’s Album of the Week is: Read More…

Million Dollar Demos coming your way

I have in my possesion two of the unreleased demos from 2002 One by One Foo Fighters’ album! Ok, so yes, you could go online and find these gems yourself; but why bother when you could just join us here at Call Yourself a Nerd?

These are what drummer Taylor Hawkins referred to as the Million Dollar Demos because that is how much money the band dropped on the first draft of their wildly successful One by One album.  Why were there two drafts you ask? Well, Taylor was recovering after a bad drug overdose. The band had just finished a long tour and were kind of burnt out, Ghrol was lending his talent to other bands to avoid the band’s creative blocks… in summation: Band drama + personal drama = The almost demise of the Foo Fighters! They dealt with their stuff, regrouped, because they are too awesome to split up and recorded in Dave Ghrol‘s garage to create the version you all, no doubt, have at home.

Before we get to the clips, I have listened to them many many times already and feel justified in saying that the Foo Fighters are one of the best rock bands of our time. They did release these two songs; these are the rough cuts.  I appreciate the fact that they wanted to put their best work out there and not just something that would sell. Too many artists get lazy or perhaps frustrated and put out tracks that just fall flat. That is not the case with the Foo Fighters. They always deliver amazing tracks that hold onto that iconic sound while still evolving.

Enjoy! and scroll down for a tangent afterwards….

Tangent… I believe a band is only great if they hit on multiple levels.  1. Sound, 2. Lyrics, 3. Live shows, and  4. ego. You only have to watch this group live once to see that they hit on each and every one of those levels. At their shows it is not about the flashy costume changes, it is about the music and the fans. I went to see them play a huge arena show a few years ago and we were in the pit against the railings about midway in the crowd.  They had a catwalk and lowered a second stage from the ceiling so that the people in the back of the arena could have a front row view. They used their stage in a way where even 5’3” Natalia could see everything. They were even gracious to their opening acts, thanking them and expressing how much they enjoyed touring with them. This time it was Weezer who opened for them and since it was the last date on the tour Dave decided to pay male strippers dressed as rock meds to dance behind as they played. I think the massive amounts of cat calls and laughter alerted Rivers to what was going on and it was pretty priceless. So yes, 1. nailed it everytime. 2. everlong… enough said. 3. Best views, great sounds, long sets, guaranteed encore. 4. T-shirts and Jeans, no hollywood crap, c’mon the frontman plays drums for up and coming bands because he loves music. (See: Them crooked Vultures, Queens of the Stoneage etc.), gracious, no frills!

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