Rock It: ‘Sound City’ pays tribute to iconic studio

Posted on November 14, 2013


Rock It: ‘Sound City’ pays tribute to iconic studio

"Sound City" (Photo Provided)

“Sound City” (Photo Provided)

By: Rachael Mattice

As sweet as music is to our ears, it’s a special treat when you can add visual stimuli to the mix. Films that feature music entities are just as important in music education and appreciation as the tracks themselves. Tonight, Nirvana/Them Crooked Vultures/Foo Fighter member Dave Grohl’s documentary film “Sound City” will be presented in theaters across the country, including Indianapolis.

“Sound City” is a tribute to a historical recording studio in Los Angeles where some of the most famous albums in rock history were recorded, including Grohl’s contribution, Nirvana’s “Nevermind.” Sound City Studios was founded in 1969 and is unique because of the vintage analog equipment used there.

Director Grohl interviewed musicians such as Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks, Trent Reznor, Neil Young, Rick Sprinfield, Butch Vig, Lars Ulrich and many more to discuss the iconic landmark.

There is a corresponding soundtrack to the film called “Sound City – Real to Reel” that, according to press information, aims to demonstrate the “human element of creating and recording music and teaming up to write brand new original songs on the spot.” The soundrack includes “Cut Me Some Slack,” a new song with Paul McCartney, Nirvana’s Krist Noveselic and Pat Smear and Grohl. The album will be available on March 12.

Also this week

Also premiering this week is “Looking Back on Love,” a documentary that follows the recording process of Lenny Kravitz’s 2011 album “Black and White America.” The film, shot in the Bahamas, features extensive interviews with Kravitz about his family and personal life.

Blues band with local ties competes in challenge

Kit Kildahl is no stranger to West Lafayette, born and raised in town and a Purdue University graduate to boot. His father, Gene, played a huge role in transforming the theater department at Purdue. His father’s success aside, Kit Kildahl has built his own name around blues and rock n’ roll music with musical partner Steve Vonderharr.

The duo is currently based out of Minneapolis, where they have exercised their mutual love for music. In 2012, they released their debut album, “Working Without a Net,” which includes four cover songs and several originals including Kildahl’s “Nattie’s Song.”

Kildahl and Vonderharr are representing the Minnesota Blues Society’s duo entry at the 29th International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn., through Saturday. Musicians from around the world will compete for $2,000, an advertisement and gigs from Italy to Baltimore, Kildahl said.

To follow the competition, visit To get a copy of the duo’s album, contact Vonderharr online at

Mattice is a producer and music journliast  for the Journal & Courier. She can be reached  on Twitter @RachaelM_JC.

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