Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Yesterday's News: Foo Fighters Release New Album

I'd like to think of myself as a first-generation Foo Fighters fan. I was a fan of Dave Grohl's Nirvana b-side "Marigold," and I bought the ridiculously overpriced "Heart-Shaped Box" import single from the local mall (I was a teenager without much access). In early 1995, I enjoyed what was billed as Dave Grohl's solo demos, played during Pearl Jam's pseudo-pirate radio broadcast "Self-pollution Radio." I bought the Foo Fighters' first album on cassette when it was first released, and I bought it again when a boombox ate the tape. (And I bought it again in CD form in 2002.) I have a Foo Fighters glow-in-the-dark alien shirt somewhere in my closet.

Yesterday, the Foos' latest album Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace was released. I haven't heard the album, and I don't know when I am going to pick it up (either physically or via iTunes), or if I would want to buy it at all. Yes, I've read some very favorable reviews of the album. If you have the album, it would be great to read a comment about it...

I'm the type to absorb new releases from my favorite bands, as I'm still digesting the last two Pearl Jam-related products. All I know is that it's great news that first-incarnation Foo Fighters guitarist Pat Smear (also of Nirvana and the Germs) is back as a touring member of the group.

Anyhow, here's the video from their first single off the new record, "The Pretender." I'm a bit bummed out because music video director X pretty much used a music video concept that had been brewing in my head for about two years (which I COULD HAVE USED because I'm in a band and/or I have directed and produced music videos in the past). In my head, a large fascist army (riot cops in the Foos' video) attacks the band, and the fascist army is wiped out by the power of rock 'n roll and other forms of social justice.

Anyway, the video:

Foo Fighters concert photo credit: The Elwoods.

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