Instant Culture's Going to Get You

Since Foo Fighters' appearance at Voodoo, I've been riding Dave Grohl and Sonic Highways pretty regularly here (and here) and on Facebook--probably creating the impression that I'm more hostile to him than I actually am. He's too amiable for me to genuinely dislke, and there are people making lousier, more cynical music in the world.

Voodoo: Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl is (Not) Average

If Dave Grohl radiated any douchiness, Foo Fighters would not have got away with the last few weeks. Name another band that would not be the national whipping boy after it launched an HBO mini-series that is in effect an eight-week ad for its new album, did a week-long residency on The Late Show with David Letterman, and been the subject of an Anderson Cooper profile on 60 Minutes.

President Obama Gets an Audience with Dave Grohl

Yesterday, HBO released the first trailer for Sonic Highways, the series that will feature Foo Fighters traveling to major American music cities to record songs for their upcoming album. New Orleans was among the band's stops, and it is featured prominently early in the trailer. The Foo Fighters recorded and performed a secret show at Preservation Hall, which is also featured in the trailer.

Treme: The Beginning of the End

[Spoiler Alert] Treme returned Sunday night for its final semi-season, one thing I admired about the most recent episode is that David Simon and Eric Overmyer are sticking to their guns at every level. The show's very specific pacing continues as if they've got another season or two instead of a final five episodes. Some scenes seem to casually set up stories that will be hard to wrap up, while others are more about the moment than any story.

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