Dirt - Wednesday, Mar 11

Good day everyone!  It’s a spring-like day here in beautiful, yet incredibly dirty, NYC.  Ya know, when it snows here, people leave their cars on the street.  Sometimes for months at a time. And from the look of the melting snowbanks along the streets, I think people were actually LIVING in their cars judging from all the garbage that is now visible.  My block is a freakin’ MESS!  What’s up with some people who think it is ok to open the door of their car, or simply walk down the street or be on a subway platform, and think it’s ok to drop their garbage. I watched a dude last night on the subway platform put a band-aid on his finger and drop the wrappings on the ground. I actually had the cajones to say “Hey, that’s not a garbage pail! Show some respect for NYC!”  But he just looked at me with a dumb-ass expression. GRRRRRR…..Well, let’s start the day with this news from the Foo Fighters camp. They are releasing a 10-inch vinyl EP titled Songs From The Laundry Room on April 18th, Record Store Day. Side A will feature frontman Dave Grohl’s early demos of “Alone + Easy Target” and “Big Me,” while side B will contain a cover of Kim Wilde‘s “Kids In America” and the previously unheard “Empty Handed.” A clip of “Kids In America” was heard on the HBO documentary series Sonic Highways.  The EP was recorded at Laundry Room Studio and produced by Barrett Jones, who co-produced the first Foo Fighters album with Grohl.  (You heard part of “Alone + Easy Target” on Sonic Highways Seattle episode on HBO.) Grohl is this year’s Record Store Day Ambassador.  Among the other artists releasing rare and collectible items exclusively for sale in independent record shops on April 18th are MetallicaU2Paul McCartneyBruce SpringsteenJohnny CashPearl Jam and many others.  Foo Fighters begin a massive North American tour in Washington D.C. on July 4th — the 20th anniversary of the release of the first Foo Fighters album.  Meanwhile, the Sonic Highways DVD and BluRay packages are available now for pre-order at foofighters.com and on Amazon.  The sets are out April 07.   And Nate Mendel‘s side project for Lieutenant is out. Find If I Kill This Thing, We’re All Going To Eat For A Week out now.   The Foos will be broadcasting live on iheartradio.com on Mar 17th 7 PM Pacific/10 PM Eastern. And to just see what a cool person Dave Grohl is, check this out!  Foo Fighters’ final concert on their Australian tour, in Perth, was delayed a day so Dave could fly back to California and take his daughter to  her Father-Daughter dance. But when he returned for the show on Sunday (March 8th), Grohl had picked up food poisoning. He played the show regardless, even drinking a beer at the request of the audience. He joked, “Next time you have food poisoning, I’m coming to your place and make you chug a beer.”  Watch that (with some more swear words)  here…..AC/DC have released a new music video for “Rock The Blues Away.”  It was filmed last month in LA at a small club called The Dragonfly.  The video features current drummer Chris Slade, who rejoined AC/DC last month for its performance at the Grammy Awards and who will play on its world tour as a replacement for original drummer Phil Rudd. Check it out here…. What whoa.  Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers suffered  a broken arm while snowboarding recently.  That has put the band’s recording schedule for bass parts on hold for a couple of months while he heals. Wonder if the band fines him for that stuff? I mean, kind screws up people’s plans, especially producer Danger Mouse.  He’s worked with Beck and The Black Keys.   For years, the band has worked with uber-producer Rick Rubin. Drummer Chad Smith hinted at a change in the way the band recorded in a recent interview with Rolling Stone, saying, “We’re now going to try another method that will be really challenging for us and will bring new, exciting results for the band.”  (Thanks Pulse Of Radio)….I am so psyched for new Deftones music!  Pulse Of Radio reporting  Deftones singer Chino Moreno told Rolling Stone in a new interview that the band is finishing up what he called “a little more of a heady record,” adding, “I feel like we’ve gone into the songs and really dissected them. If something sounded a little straight, we took a left turn and made things a little screwy. We just tried something completely opposite, not to sabotage it, but to challenge ourselves and try new things that we haven’t done in the past.”  Moreno continued, “It definitely feels like we’ve taken a step from our last record. But it’s definitely a Deftones record, and it has all the elements that make us who we are. We’re not going out there to change anything, other than just thinking outside the box.” Moreno told us a while back what he thinks works best about the Deftones’ style: “Some of my favorite things about Deftones are the dynamics. I mean, yes, we’re a heavy band, but we’re not just like, you know, in your face, aggro, the whole time, punching you in the face. There’s also this very soothing element where there’s, you know, a lot of soundscapes and a lot of outside influences other than just, you know, attack, attack the whole time. I don’t know, I really think we meld those things great.” ….This just in: Rob Zombie has announced that veteran actor Malcolm McDowell has joined the cast of Zombie’s new film, 31. McDowell will play Father Murder, the owner of the sinister Murder World. McDowell joins a cast that already features Judy Geeson,Tristan VogesLawrence Hilton-Jacobs and E.G. Dailey. McDowell previously worked with Zombie on his 2007 remake of Halloween and its 2009 sequel, in which he played Dr. Sam Loomis….Happy 51st today to Vinnie Paul of Hellyeah!

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