Sweet New Arrivals: Sound City

Hello everyone! We’re introducing yet another new column to our blog. You may be familiar with our usual practice of listing our new arrivals on this page. However, this column, “Sweet New Arrivals,” will focus on a specific new item that we consider to be a true catch. This week’s Sweet New Arrival is a very special DVD: Dave Grohl’s documentary Sound City.

Sound City tells the story of a legendary recording studio in Los Angeles’s San Fernando Valley (this staff contributor’s homeland!). Founded in 1969, its combination of divine room tone and a one-of-four-in-the-world Neve console led to scores of incredible recordings. Some of the best rock/pop albums of all time, including Neil Young’s After The Goldrush, Fleetwood Mac’s self-titled album, and Nirvana’s Nevermind, were recorded there, the latter two in particular sporting incredible drum sounds.

Foo Fighters frontman/Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, who of course experienced the studio firsthand when recording Nevermind there, fell in love with it. When the studio closed its doors to commercial business in 2011, Grohl decided to immortalize it in a documentary, and thus was born Sound City, a highly emotional retrospective of the studio’s career, featuring interviews with legendary musicians (Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Kurt Cobain (Archival), Stevie Nicks) and producers (Rick Rubin, Butch Vig) and a soundtrack featuring collaborations of many other musicians who once recorded at Sound City. All in all, Sound City a very exciting arrival for anybody interested in the recording industry, and for anyone who wants to know a little more about the history of modern rock n’ roll recording.

Also, the soundtrack features a song composed and performed by the surviving members of Nirvana alongside Paul McCartney. Strange, huh?