Anyone watch the first episode of the HBO series? What did you think?
I really enjoyed it, and am excited for the rest of the series. I really like the brief history of music in Chicago. I'm sure there was so much more to tell, but drawing a bridge between the blues guys and punk scene was neat. I also like that they gave Ministry a nod at the beginning, even if we didn't see anymore of Uncle Al in the episode.
The star of the episode was Steven Albini. I'd heard his name and knew he was part of a lot of huge albums but had no idea how awesome he was.
Really psyched to learn more about the musical heritage of so many other cities. Of course I'm looking forward to the NOLA episode more than any other.
I enjoyed it more than expected. It would have been even better if it had not ended with a Foo Fighters performance. Just kidding . The Albini back story was great. I found it interesting he gave up future royalties on the albums he produced. He said it would be like someone in construction seeing something they had built was still standing years later and feeling he should continue to get paid. He could have made millions off In Utero. He also said sometimes he would cover his $30k monthly expenses on his studio by playing poker. The Chess Records segments with Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy were great too. I'll definitely keep watching and am looking forward to the future episodes.
I enjoyed it and will watch the others, but thought there were some kinda awkward moments. It had the same problem the Sound City doc did: the history was cool and interesting, but the parts that incorporated the Foo Fighters were a little forced and awkward. And why was James Murphy even in it?
Also, Albini is nuts for not taking points. That's just how producers are paid, and forgoing that total normal and accepted source of income and instead playing poker to feed for family and pay your staff is irresponsible.
Oh man I'm so anxious to see everything they do next summer/tour if the first thing announced is Wrigley Field. Even though I could totally see them doing European festivals in the beginning of summer and then doing the US at the end of summer/into fall, I'm still crossing my fingers for Bonnaroo. It's all I want!
Fleetwood Mac are on a huge tour that is taking them all over the country, specifically through Tennessee in March. They are not likely. They are possible in the sense that anything is possible, but them doing the summer in Europe is infinitely more likely.