Finally saw Sound City on Sunday.
I want to say that any real music fan should hurry up and watch this movie, but that seems too general somehow. It's more for a specific type of music fanatic.
For those of you that may not know anything about the movie, it's a documentary made by Dave Grohl about a recording studio in California that housed a rare and unique recording console, the Neve.
The list of amazing artists that recorded there is staggering - Tom Petty, Neil Young, Queens of the Stone Age, Nirvana, Tool, Nine Inch Nails, Frank Black, Rage Against The Machine, and so on...
That studio is even the reason Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham became part of Fleetwood Mac (and there, they recorded Rumours.)
So, yes. To say it's a must-see for music freaks is a bit of an understatement.
It's not every day that you can take a group of musicians that varied and that diverse and get them all to speak fondly about the same thing - a dingy studio and an ancient recording console.
Seeing Stevie Nicks hangin' out and recording with the Foo Fighters was fun enough, but Trent Reznor recording with Josh Homme and Dave Grohl? Hell. Yes.
That's a room I would've wanted to be in.
The discussions about older recording techniques and the birth of digital is another interesting aspect of the movie. Digital killed Sound City, essentially. But I personally like hearing musicians talk about the beauty of analogue, and the idea that music isn't meant to be perfect.
That, and how band members aren't meant to be segregated, alone in a small box as they record. A band is a group experience, feeding off of each other is important.
That's the stuff I love about this doc.
So if you not only dig music, but also the history of some timeless albums and acts, then I recommend watching. That studio is a serious part of musical history.
It made me want to be a part of it.