Bob Mould Sunshine Rock Merge Records A few short years ago I thought Beauty & Ruin was one of the best things Bob Mould had ever done – and I’d hope that was saying something given the bands he made and played in ahead of his busy-enough, solid-af solo career.
It wasn’t that I was desperate to see the Foo Fighters again – although I was curious (call it a perverse ‘professional curiosity’ if you like…) I saw the Foos when they had only just formed and were rather good. I saw them again, two albums later, as part of a Big Day Out. And they were quite shit. […]
“Ringo! The best drummer in the world? He’s not even”, so the famous quip goes, “the best drummer in The Beatles”. Attributed to John Lennon, it’s actually a clever piece of satire by the comedian Jasper Carrott. Not only is it the funniest thing he said it has a deadly accuracy – John Lennon might […]
Foo Fighters & Weezer ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park; Sydney, Australia Saturday, January 27 The Foo Fighters are a strange beast – they have been in existence some 22 years. Started, as a solo project by Dave Grohl, a dumping ground for demos he’d been building up in Nirvana’s final moments and then in the […]
From Cradle to Stage: Stories From The Mothers Who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars Virginia Hanlon Grohl Seal Press Nepotism meets meta-prank – or something? – as Dave Grohl’s mother rolls out a book just in time for Mother’s Day…
Sonic Youth, Washing Machine (1995) I became a fan of Sonic Youth by reading about them: Guitar World, an excellent article where the guitarists talked about anti-guitar hero antics and notions, namedropped a bunch of great things (some I’d heard, some I hadn’t) and just generally made me want to hear their music. And I […]
Audioslave, Audioslave (2002) The problem with Audioslave was in the packaging – such a conscious attempt to build a supergroup; to come off like some new millennial Led Zeppelin. I liked the first album a wee bit – at the time. But didn’t think the band would ever last. I was surprised when a second […]
Foo Fighters, Medium Rare (2011)Released for Record Store Day 2011 this is a collection of covers – some of them already existing as B-sides and live favourites – here now on one LP as a limited edition. I bought this because I thought it was a nifty idea. I’m not a big Foo Fighters fan. I […]