Posts Tagged ‘Washington DC’

jim gaffiganI was watching TV Land one day when I noticed a commercial for a hilarious new series that is going to premiere this year from Comedian Jim Gaffigan which is called, yep you guessed it The Jim Gaffigan Show. So, I took to the internet to try and find a stand up comedy special that featured the comedian because he is hilarious. So, I found this comedy special Jim Gaffigan: Mr. Universe on Netflix from the Warner Theater in Washington DC. The comedian originally released the CD/DVD back in 2012 for five dollars after Louis C.K. and Aziz Ansari were able to pull it off. In this comedy special, the comedian tackles every kind of topic possible that is funny from kids, home birth, Disney, useless picture taking, exercise, bodybuilders, McDonald’s and our obsession with it, speedwalkers, being spoiled, sock and underwear jokes, whales, bread bowls, Subway, Vitamins, and so much more.

jim gaffigan 2Jim Gaffigan is one of the funniest comedians on the scene who makes being a little overweight kind of funny because you know it’s true. The first time I ever saw Jim Gaffigan was this funny bit he did on Hot Pockets and so I remembered how funny that was and it was a no brainer to watch this. One of my favorite topics of the show was his bit on exercise because every emotion he talked about was exactly how I felt every time I went to the gym. There are machine sin there that make absolutely no sense to use like the stair master and why spend money on a personal trainer when you are already sending money for the gym. The bit he does on McDonald’s is so sad, but it so true that you have to listen to it. This was one of those rare specials that I couldn’t stop laughing at just about every single joke and it was laugh out loud, almost falling to the floor laughing that was involved. I definitely suggest that every stand up comedy fan check this out or any special that Jim Gaffigan has. I am going to give this special an A for a final grade because it is funny.

 

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Last night, HBO held The Concert For Valor at The National Mall in Washington DC which was a tribute to all the men and women that serve in the United States Military to celebrate Veterans Days. One of the bands that appeared on stage at The Concert For Valor was Metallica who was given a tremendous introduction by Jack Black. The band opened up with For Whom The Bell Tolls and one of the coolest things you could notice besides the band ripping it was the fact that several men and women of the United States Military and their families were behind the band on stage as they rocked out. The band would then perform Master Of Puppets which was followed by set closer Enter Sandman. The concert also featured Dave Grohl, Bruce Springsteen, Eminem and others, but this is where it’s at if you’re a fan of metal. I have their set for you below, so check it out and bang those heads.

Foo-Fighters-Sonic-HighwayI was super excited for this week’s album of the week because one of the coolest records was released this week from the Foo Fighters, the band led by Dave Grohl (Guitar/Vocals) and featuring his band Taylor Hawkins (Drums), Pat Smear (Guitar), Nate Mendel (Bass), and Chris Shiflett (Guitar). The album is called Sonic Highways and it’s the eight studio album the band has released through RCA Records. A documentary series that aired on HBO titled Foo Fighters Sonic Highway accompanied the album which saw the band record eight songs in eight different cities and you got to hear stories from the band and various musicians from each city. The album also features guest musicians from all eight of the different cities on each track and the cities are Austin, Chicago, Nashville, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Seattle, New York, and New Orleans. Butch Vig produced the record with studio assistance from the people at each studio.

1. Something From Nothing– This was the track that was recorded in Chicago at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio Studio and the guest musician on the track is Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen. The music is just as rocking as it is hypnotic and psychedelic at times as it lyrics were inspired by the Chicago scene which started from nothing and turned into something great. 5/5

2. The Feast And The Famine– One of my favorite tracks on the record that was recorded at Inner Ear Studios Arlington County, Virgina and the lyrics were inspired not just by the music scene in Washington DC, but by the spirit of the people in the city that actually tried to stand up for something. Bad Brains is the guest musicians on this particular track. 5/5

3. Congregation– This was the track recorded in Nashville, Tennessee at Southern Ground Studios with Zac Brown as the guest musician. Besides the lyrics being inspired by the mind set of people in Nashville, but the sound of the song kind of reflects that Nashville sound. 5/5

4. What Did I Do?/ God As My Witness– This is the track that was recorded at the world famous KLRU-TV Studio 6A in Austin, Texas that was once home to Austin City Limits. The song features Blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr. as the guest musician that sort of mixes the same style of music as Congregation, but with a little more swagger. The song is broken into two different parts, but it kicks ass. 4/5

65525_735414266511670_8160993083404654011_n1-960x6005. Outside– This was recorded at Rancho de la Luna in Joshua Tree, California with legendary Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh as the guest musician. The track is very melodic with Joe Walsh playing lead guitar which is pretty awesome and I love the harmonizing during the verses which reminds me of how great The Eagles are. 5/5

6. In The Clear– This track was recorded at Preservation Hall in New Orleans with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band as the guest musicians. While the song can get melodic at times, it’s a hard charger with a driving guitar riff, but what I love is the inclusion of the trumpet, trombone, etc. that give the song that New Orleans influence within it. 4/5

7. Subterranean– This is apparently the track that Dave Grohl writes about the end of Nirvana and how he felt before he started the Foo Fighters. This is one of the most honest songs that I think Dave has written that sounds like it comes from the heart. The song was recorded at Robert Lang Studio in Seattle, Washington with Benjamin Gibbard as the guest musician. 5/5

8. I Am A River– This is the last track on the album that was recorded at Magic Shop in New York City. The song sounds like it’s the perfect ending to an album and a journey that the band went on. The song is very melodic and melodramatic at times, but it has a nice orchestral string piece to it. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– I had a lot of fun watching the series and discovering every song and all of the meanings behind each song. This is a great release for the band and it’s definitely one of my favorite Foo Fighters releases besides The Colour And The Shape. This is definitely an album worth checking out if you love music and Dave Grohl and Co. I am going to give this album four and the half stars out of five for a final grade.

 

 

For those of you that don’t know, Dave Grohl grew up in Washington DC, it’s where he got his start in music and where he was influenced by the hardcore scene there. So, it was only fitting that on one of the episodes of their HBO series Sonic Highways (which is also the name of the new album), that the band traveled their to record the song The Feast And The Famine which was inspired by the hardcore scene in Washington DC. On the show, the band travels to eight musically rich cities to learn about the history of the music scene and the impact it had on the select city. In this episode, you see interviews with members of Bad Brains and Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat/Fugazi) as they explain that the scene in DC wasn’t about getting huge, but sending a message through the music and through their hard work. Hence the fact, it inspired the very lyrics that you’ll hear Dave Grohl sing on the song. The song was recorded at Inner Ear Studios in Arlington, VA, but one of the cool things is that Bad Brains are the special guests on the track. Check it out below and if you have HBO, check out the series as well because it is pretty awesome.