This week’s episode is a deep-dive review of the new Foo Fighters record Medicine at Midnight, and a hard look at the evolution of Dave Grohl’s songwriting. It shouldn’t be much surprise to anyone that Grohl has fully embraced his role as Dad-rock mascot for the band’s tenth album. It’s been coming for quite a while, and that’s a perfectly understandable stage in such a long & remarkable career arc.
A fireball of enthusiasm, creativity and positivity, Dave Grohl represents everything I’m looking for in a frontman – except danger. That’s one thing you’re definitely not going to find on a Foo Fighters record. It’s not dangerous. Aside from the raw uncertainty and anxiety of their debut, no Foos record is. And as a result, Foo Fighters music is barely ever sexy. Certainly not the kind of sexy that makes you feel reckless and dark. Nobody’s ever gonna put on a Foo Fighters record to have some earth-shattering sex, thats for damn sure.
Also covered: Phoebe Bridgers smashed a guitar on SNL and everybody lost their minds (for stupid reasons), new music from Death From Above, Genghis Tron, Bonnie Prince Billie & Bill Callahan and more.
Listen to AQP#58 – Foo Fighters ‘Medicine at Midnight’ Album Review below:
We ran a Twitter poll over the last few days to see if people would be interested in more album reviews on the podcast. The editorial version of album reviews is dead in the water – just imagine a stadium full of random people, all given megaphones and a publish button. There’s no barrier to quality and taste anymore, and rather than standing in the water fighting the incoming tide after 13 years as a publication, we’ll shift gears a bit.
There’s SO MUCH new music to look forward to this year. New Royal Blood. New Death From Above. New 68. And I’ve just fallen hard for a band called Genghis Tron. Check out their new song “Dream Weapon“, and listen to it in your car or with good speakers, not just through your phone. When you hear it right, it’s a goddamn monster of a song. There’s also a super addictive new jam from Bill Callahan and Bonnie Prince Billy called “Arise, Therefore,” and it sounds like TV on The Radio got together with Tricky to make something truly awesome.
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Dave Grohl aint sexy, and he aint dangerous. But he still makes solid rock albums.