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24Jan/130

Quick Hits: Sound City, Rick Springfield, Fountains of Wayne, Heart, Etc.

There's never enough hours in the day. If there were, I'd get the chance to do everything -- or at the very least, every interview that I'd like to do. I certainly get the chance to speak with a lot of folks, but there's always a few that slip by, due to time constraints. But that's okay, because the internet is a world wide team of people constantly working together to bring you the awesome things that you need to know about.

The fine folks at Whopperjaw had a chance to sit down with Jim Rota and John Ramsay to talk about their involvement in helping Dave Grohl assemble the upcoming Sound City documentary (which screens here locally in Cleveland at the Cedar Lee on 1/31).

I know, Sound City, blah blah blah. I'll probably keep talking about it until I get the movie in my hands for my own personal viewing enjoyment. But going on and on about Sound City did bring some good perks. After my last blog entry on the subject, I heard from the directors of An Affair of the Heart, the new Rick Springfield documentary which has been on my radar for quite a while now.

I had the opportunity to see Rick play a show a few years back in Joliet, Illinois, where they happened to be doing some filming for the documentary. Now, the film is complete and has been screening to rave reviews at film festivals around the country. According to the folks behind the flick, there are exciting details coming soon on how you'll be able to see the film for yourself and eventually, you'll be able to purchase it on DVD.

They've provided me with a screener copy to check it out and I'm planning to interview one of the principals about the film for an interview that you'll probably find over at Popdose once we've got it in the can, so stay tuned for that. Who knows, I might even pester Jeff to make it an episode of The Matt 'N' Jeff Radio Hour, because at the moment, I can't think of anything more enjoyable than talking about Rick Springfield for an hour or so with my #AORTears pal.

So you're a Rick Springfield fan too, huh? Check out their official website here and also, their Youtube channel.  (And if you really want to be thorough, hit their Twitter @YellowRickRoad.)

My reactivated Marc Maron obsession continues onward, with recent listens to interviews with Jakob Dylan (of the Wallflowers -- we don't need to say that, right?) and Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne. The Dylan chat is a good one, no matter how much of a fan of the Wallflowers you are or are not.

Artists tend to have a "for" or "against" stance when it comes to Rick Rubin and while Dylan's not necessarily against what Rubin does, he's not really looking for a spiritual guru in the studio and he has some pretty specific thoughts about that which made for a really interesting listen.

As far as the Schlesinger chat, Maron manages to pull the curtain back on the inner workings of Fountains of Wayne and while perhaps it's not incredibly surprising to hear some of what is behind that curtain, it is at the very least, validation for several things that you might have suspected if you've been tracking the career of FOW as closely as I have (Shit, I guess that all that really means is that I've bought all of the albums, been to quite a few shows and I pay pretty close attention to the news page on their website when/if it's updated to see what the latest is.  Last year's FOW show at the Beachland ruled, by the way.)

With Maron being out and about doing some WTF-related tour dates, I might have to track him down for an interview. I have a feeling that it would be a fun chat.

Final bit for now: Chris Cornell has been announced as the person who will give the induction speech for Heart when they're inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April.

Ugh.

Sure, Cornell is part of the Seattle scene, but personally, I would have liked to have seen a female artist do the honors, because the Wilson sisters broke down so many walls in the music biz for the female musicians who would follow their trailblazing accomplishments. Or, if you're going to pick someone from Seattle, how about Jerry Cantrell?

The Heart/Alice in Chains connection has always been a cool one and I have an idea that guitarist Jerry Cantrell would give a great speech. Which is not to say that Chris Cornell won't do the same, I just feel that personally the mic time could have been better spent by handing those duties to someone else. (With all of my recent Grohl-speak, it will come as no surprise that I'm in favor of Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins handling the speech duties for Rush!)