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April 13, 2012 / jhsaeger

Grohl, Novoselic, Vig Hit Studio For Intriguing Project

(L-R: Grohl, Novoselic)
       Whenever notable figures in music collaborate outside of their normal sphere of work, it always creates an infectious buzz around a project. The news that Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Butch Vig hit the studio with a mystery guest last night, however, was one the more intriguing pieces of news to hit in quite some time. Vig broke the news on his Twitter feed just after midnight last night, scribbling the words, “The last 24 hours have been surreal! Had a great gig at the El Rey last night [with Garbage], and spent today recording with Dave, Krist, and special guest!”
   The news creates an intriguing collaboration that is not unlike Grohl’s previous side projects, Them Crooked Vultures and Probot, where the names attached to the music are bound to create something special. Aside from carving out prolific individual music careers and a stint in law school (Novoselic), the three are linked for their work on the game-changing Nirvana record Nevermind. The three reunited for the track “I Should Have Known” on the Foo Fighters 2011 record Wasting Light and have been increasingly linked over the last few years. Novoselic stood in for a song at the Foo Fighters Izod Center gig last September (this writer was present) and Vig produced both Wasting Light and two tracks for the Foo Fighters’ Greatest Hits in 2009.
    The news also prompts two further questions: who is this guest and where does this song fit in to current projects? It is unlikely that they would hold back on a name unless it was truly special and the three have close ties with several marquee names in music, ranging from Lemmy, Josh Homme, John Paul Jones, and Paul McCartney to the Smashing Pumpkins.
     Grohl has already hinted that the recording of an eighth Foo Fighters record could take place towards the end of this year, as well as the possibility of Probot II. He is also working on a documentary on the famed Sound City Studios, which is coincidentally where Nevermind was recorded, among many other classic albums. Vig is currently in the opening throes of his band Garbage’s highly-anticipated comeback album this spring. Novoselic is currently attending law school, something that few people might have predicted when he strummed and smashed bass for Nirvana.
    This is really an intriguing collaboration, whether it harkens Nirvana, Foo, or a new project (single or record) and who could possibly be important enough to place a cloak or mystery.  My money is on the Sound City documentary’s soundtrack and possibly a memorable guest from the studio’s storied past. Stay tuned on this one, it is bound to be exciting. 

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