Entries tagged with: Josh Homme
by Bill Pearis
Apple Music, the new streaming-radio-social-etc platform from the iTunes/iPod/iPad/Macbook folks, launched Tuesday (6/30) on IOS devices, and today (7/1) it was included with the brand new version of iTunes. It seems to want to take on Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, Sirius/XM and everything else in one fell swoop. It features personalized "radio stations" based on an artist you like, or your music library, and they offer curated playlists from artists (like St. Vincent) and influencers (like Pitchfork) -- though finding them on Apple Music is not so easy, currently. You can listen to Thom Yorke's solo records on Apple Music (it's not on Spotify) and AC/DC who just agreed to put their music on various streaming platforms yesterday. Dr. Dre's The Chronic is exclusively streaming on Apple Music too. You can check out Apple Music with their three-month free trial.
More interesting, to me at least, is Beats 1 Radio, a live radio station (well, at least 12 hours a day currently) broadcasting from NYC, LA and London and featuring shows by Zane Lowe (who left BBC 1 for Apple), Hot 97 personality Ebro Darden and Rinse FM's Julie Adenuga. There are also shows hosted by St. Vincent and QOTSA's Josh Homme. It feels very freeform -- at one point today Zane Lowe followed a cut from noisy UK indie band Spring King with A$AP Rocky's "Everyday" -- but very pro radio sounding (sound effects, talking all over the songs) at the same time. The station is spearheaded by Trent Reznor (who worked for Beats before Apple acquired it) and he talked to Rolling Stone about his involvement:
I think having access to all the music in the world is great, but it then starts to place a burden on what the experience is like navigating through, now that you have access to everything," Reznor explains. "I think that naturally places the burden on having an experience be great. I want that feeling of walking into an independent record shop, if there are still any that exist, like Amoeba [Records], and being delighted by the choices and the way music is presented to you with love and care. It's exciting. And you leave with stuff you wouldn't have dreamed you wanted and you're excited to listen and share it and experience it.Beats 1 can be listened to without subscribing to Apple Music, by the way, and you can make requests.
As for the social aspects of Apple Music, there is a "Connect" feature that allows musicians to upload songs, videos and photos that aren't already within Apple Music's system. For example, when I clicked on "connect," I was shown that Sonic Youth have offered up a live version of "Shaking Hell" (cool) and that Belle & Sebastian had uploaded a photo (shrug).
Is any of this enough for you to try it out or cancel your Spotify account? Apple Music doesn't work on Sonos systems yet but the wireless speaker manufacturers are promising compatibility by the end of the year.
The dates include a NYC show happening September 16 at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/19) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (6/17) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Josh Homme has rarely been a live member of EODM, but he did just make an appearance at their France show last week. Watch a video of the band playing "I Want You So Hard" with Josh on drums, below...
Meyers, Armisen and the new 'Late Night' house band...
Fred Armisen will be the bandleader on NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers. The host (and former SNL Weekend Update anchor) tweeted the above picture this afternoon writing, "Fred will curate and lead the band, and continue to run it even when he's off shooting Portlandia." The rest of the band includes Girls Vs. Boys bassist (and big time indie rock producer ) Eli Janney and, as Stereogum notes, that the band looks to include Seth Jabour and Syd Butler of Les Savy Fav. Armisen and LSV are old pals. The new Late Night makes its debut on February 24 on NBC.
The Roots, meanwhile, will remain Jimmy Fallon's house band when he takes over The Tonight Show on February 17. (Keeping Questlove and crew was part of the reason the show is moving back to NYC.) Guests the first week of the show include Will Smith and U2 (2/17), Lady Gaga (2/18), The Arcade Fire (2/20) and, here's a shocker, Justin Timberlake (2/21).
In related news, Portlandia returns February 27 for its fourth season on IFC. Musical guest stars to look out for include TVOTR's Tunde Adebimpe, former Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra, Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and QOTSA frontman Josh Homme.
photos by PSquared Photography
Queens of the Stone Age & the Kills @ Barclays Center
As the house lights dimmed and a giant screen projected a 60-second countdown for fans to anticipate the arrival of Queens, they strolled on stage with instruments and drinks in hand and ripped it from the get-go. Opening with "You Think I Ain't Worth A Dollar, But I Feel Like A Millionaire," and then jumping right into "No One Knows," to the first ...Like Clockwork single, "My God is the Sun," they managed to extend each song a bit by jamming and feeding off each other's playing as if they were an improv jazz group that were using roaring guitars and thick bass rather than trumpets and saxophones. "We were in Boston last night," singer Josh Homme told the crowd, which was met with a chorus of boos, "Boston has a lot of rules. This is New York City, you have no rules. You are at a Queens show, you can do whatever you want," he said just before going into "Burn the Witch." It is with that mentality that has gotten Queens the respect they deserve over the years. They are one of the few rock and roll bands, that still know how to be rock stars. They may not be trashing hotel rooms or discussing their womanizing, but they can surely play as hard as they want and encourage their audience to live as hard as they want. [Huffington Post]Queens of the Stone Age have had a big comeback year with ...Like Clockwork, the long-awaited followup to 2007's Era Vulgaris which reunited many of the musicians who were on the mega-popular Songs for the Deaf and ended up on many Best of 2013 lists, as well as being nominated for a Grammy. Around the time of its release, they played an intimate Brooklyn show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple, but over the weekend (12/14) they had their real victory lap when they headlined the Barclays Center. Their friends The Kills opened, and pictures of both bands are in this post.
More pictures from Barclays Center, along with QOTSA's setlist and a couple videos, below...
photos by Tim Griffin
QOTSA @ The Moody Theater - 10/3/2013
The first weekend of the two-weekend 2013 Austin City Limits Festival begins in Austin today (10/4). Queens of the Stone Age, whose frontman Josh Homme joined the Arctic Monkeys on stage in LA one night earlier, headline the Bud Light stage tonight, overlapping with 30 minutes of Depeche Mode who overlap an hour with Muse who close down Zilker Parl tonight.
Other weekend headliners include The Cure, Kings of Leon, Atoms for Peace, Phoenix and last but not least Lionel Richie. Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, Wilco, The Shouting Matches (a side project of Bon Iver's Justin Vernon), Grimes, Passion Pit, The National, Tame Impala, Neko Case, and many, many more are also on the 8-stage, 3-day, 2-weekend bill.
Queens of the Stone Age, whose next NYC show is a headlining one at Barclays Center with the Kills, unofficially kicked things off last night (10/3) with a taping at Moody Theater in Austin for the Austin City Limits TV show. Stay tuned next season for that episode, but meanwhile you can check out our pictures from the rock action. More below....
Arctic Monkeys at Free Press Summer Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Arctic Monkeys recently graced us with a new single, "Do I Wanna Know?," and they've now announced that it will be the opening track to their new album, AM, which is due out on September 10 via Domino. The album also features the track "R U Mine?," which has been floating around since 2012. It was produced by Simian Mobile Disco's James Ford, who produced or co-produced their last three records, and features Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme, who co-produced Humbug and who featured AM frontman Alex Turner on QOTSA's new album. It also features Pete Thomas (Elvis Costello & The Attractions), The Coral's Bill Ryder-Jones, and "punk poet" John Cooper Clarke.
Arctic Monkeys have a number of international dates scheduled, but only a few North American dates, none of which are in NYC. Check out their full tour schedule, along with the AM tracklist and streams of its two singles, below...
review by Andrew Marinaccio
QOTSA at Brooklyn Masonic Temple - 6/7/13 (via Grace Harris)
Josh Homme and his fellow Queens of the Stone Age supposedly went through their fair share of strife while writing their latest LP, ...Like Clockwork. You wouldn't know it by their new live shows. Friday night's "secret" gig at Brooklyn Masonic Temple found Homme and the current incarnation of the band as sharp as ever, maintaining their customary onslaught of mighty desert riffs. Even a relatively tidied-up, buzz-cut Homme still retained his fiendish Lizard Prince rock star persona. "Thanks for letting us get drunk [in] your place tonight," he said, while the band ripped through the entirety of their new album. As sickly and distressed as Clockwork sounds, old habits can't help but die hard.
And it's fortunate that's the case. While all the Clockwork songs retained their slinky, subdued dread live, Queens rollicked through most of the set, liberally swapping guitar-- and occasionally, Mellotron -- duties with stadium-sized swagger. "If I Had a Tail" and "Fairweather Friends" were issued with devil-may-care abandon. Even when Homme took to the keys to play a pitch-perfect lounge crooner on "The Vampyre of Time and Memory," Queens' rowdier zeal visibly won out. Homme gleefully bragged over the busted mechanical groove of "Smooth Sailing" -- introducing it as a "nihilistic fuck song" -- while the extended solos on "I Appear Missing" strained the band's terrific dexterity towards an appropriately theatrical climax, sweating and spitting through it all.
Needless to say, the crowd was packed with diehards who only aimed to match the escalating enthusiasm of the band, which peaked during their encore. Fans were primed to rush the stage when newcomer Jon Theodore began the cruising beat of "You Think I Ain't Worth a Dollar, But I Feel Like a Millionaire." Naturally, Homme sauntered over to his guitar amid the impending chaos, and flicked his cigarette behind him before digging into the riff. "No One Knows" typically delighted, and the band capped things off with another forearm-rending jam in "A Song for the Dead."
The Brooklyn show was one day after QOTSA played NJ's Vintage Vinyl and two days after they performed Live on Letterman. The band just announced more dates surrounding previously discussed festival appearances, like Philly's Made In America, but unfortunately no more in NYC at the moment. All dates are listed, along with a video of the band playing Fairweather Friends" at Brooklyn Masonic Temple and their full setlist from that show, below.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Queens of the Stone Age - Josh Homme & fans @ Vintage Vinyl
Queens of the Stone Age released their new album, ...Like Clockwork, this week (6/4) and have been doing some celebrating for it in the NYC-area. They already performed "Live on Letterman" on Wednesday (6/5), and then last night (6/6) they stopped by Ford, NJ's Vintage Vinyl for an in-store. The setlist included five tracks off their new album, early classic "Monsters in the Parasol," and some material off their last two releases. The full setlist is below with more pictures from the record store show.
As mentioned, QOTSA continue their album release week celebrations with a show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple TONIGHT (6/7). That show went on sale yesterday and is now entirely sold out.
More pictures and the setlist from Vintage Vinyl below...
by Andrew Sacher
Desert rockers Queens of the Stone Age put out their new record, ...Like Clockwork, today (6/4) via Matador. It's their first album since 2007, their first with Dave Grohl, Nick Oliveri, and Mark Lanegan all together since Songs for the Deaf, and their first on an independent label since their debut. The record also features appearances from Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys), Trent Reznor, Elton John, and others. And while the guest appearances aren't felt as strongly as ones on past albums, that doesn't hold the album back from being a very solid listen. Certain tracks (my personal favorite is "I Sat By The Ocean") rank among the band's best. A Spotify stream of the album and the video for "My God Is the Sun" are below.
In honor of the release, the band will be doing some celebrating in the NYC-area this week. First, on Wednesday (6/5), QOTSA will do a "Live On Letterman" concert, which will be taped in the Ed Sullivan Theater and air on CBS.com and VEVO at 9 PM that day.
The next day (6/6), they'll be doing an in-store at one of NJ's greatest record stores, Vintage Vinyl (you had to buy a record to get in and it "sold out" very quickly the day it was announced).
And finally, on Friday (6/7), they're doing a secret show in Brooklyn. We can't say much more than that, but if you click that link you'll see at least one record store is giving out 30 tickets (a number much lower than the capacity of the venue they're playing).
All dates are listed, along with that stream/video, below...
Alain Johannes, Dave Grohl, Lee Ving, Pat Smear, and Taylor Hawkins
As mentioned before, the documentary about legendary recording studio Sound City is being directed by Dave Grohl and will make it's world premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Consequence of Sound reports that Dave Grohl is also doing its soundtrack, titled Sound City - Real to Reel, which features collaborations between a crazy/amazing cast of musicians, and will include "Cut Me Some Slack," the song he did with Paul McCartney, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear at the 12.12.12 Benefit at MSG this week.
Other collaborations include "You Can't Fix This" with Stevie Nicks; "The Man That Never Was" with Rick Springfield; and "Mantra" featuring QOTSA's Josh Homme and Trent Reznor. Other collaborators include legendary session drummer Jim Keltner, Cheap Trick's Rick Neilsen and former FEAR vocalist Lee Ving. The soundtrack is out March 12 and is available for pre-order via iTunes. Full Sound City soundtrack is below.
Nick Oliveri w/ Kyuss Lives! at Terminal 5 in 2011 (more by Greg Cristman)
According to a Facebook post on Nick Oliveri's band Mondo Generator's page, Nick, who last year dealt with some legal trouble but is back in Kyuss, "recently recorded his vocals on a new Queens of the Stone Age song." Nick was with QOTSA on their classic albums, Rated R and Songs for the Deaf. Dave Grohl, who recorded drums on Songs for the Deaf, is back on board for this album too and Trent Reznor is also doing some work on it. Here's to hoping they get Mark Lanegan on board for a full SFTD reunion.
Trent Reznor, meanwhile, has been keeping busy with his How to destroy angels_ project, who recently released their An omen_ EP and are planning a full length follow up. He just put out a video for the song "Ice Age" off that EP, which was directed by John Hillcoat (The Road, Lawless). You can watch that video below.
Kyuss Lives at Stubb's, Austin, TX Oct 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
Chalk one up in the win column for Kyuss Lives! Well, sorta.
Former Kyuss guitarist Josh Homme and bassist Scott Reeder recently filed a federal lawsuit against their former bandmates John Garcia (vocals) and Brant Bjork (drums) to prohibit the latter duo from continuing to use the Kyuss Lives! moniker for their band.Former Kyuss members pursued the remainder of the gang who have been touring as Kyuss Lives! as of late. No word on if the band will change their name on the advice of the judge.
On Monday, Judge S. James Otero of the United States District Court Central District of California announced his verdict, which weighs somewhat in favor of Garcia and Bjork.
Essentially, Kyuss Lives! can use their name in concert, but not for recordings. "The Court will issue a preliminary injunction prohibiting Defendants from using the Kyuss Mark in any capacity unless the word 'Lives' follows the word 'Kyuss' in equally-prominent lettering," reads the verdict. "The Court will issue a preliminary injunction prohibiting Defendants from using the Kyuss Lives Mark in conjunction with any studio album, live album, or other audio recording. The Motion is denied, however, with respect to Plaintiffs' request that Defendants be enjoined from using the Kyuss Lives Mark in conjunction with concerts and live performances."
But this ruling doesn't fully protect Garcia and Bjork from running into further troubles down the road even if they use the Kyuss Lives! name solely for concerts. "It may be in Defendants' best interest to begin re-branding under a new name," the judge wrote. - [Rolling Stone]
photos by Joe McCabe
Jake Shears @ Bowery Ballroom - 5/6/2012
Scissor Sisters' new album Magic Hour is out May 29, though you can already get the first single "Only The Horses" at iTunes, where you can get four remixes of the song too. Check a new informercial for the LP starring QOTSA's Josh Homme, below.
Don't ever accuse Scissor Sisters of not keeping it real. Though the band is clearly able to fill substantially larger rooms on multiple nights, the NYC crew, as they always do before a new album, played a small show at Bowery Ballroom on May 6th with Zebra Katz.
The Sisters played 7 new songs... including the first two singles "Only The Horses" and the rap-infused track "Shady Love." The dance party/answering machine message "Let's Have A Kiki" was also played and included a great choreographed routine with Jake and the back-up singers (see photo below). "Keep Your Shoes On" is a dance track that is destined to become a Scissor Sisters classic. "Years of Living Dangerously" is a slower song that the audience was definitely vibing to and "Baby Come Home" has a groove similar to "Laura." ...Sandwiched in between the new songs (all of which made their US live debut), were classic Scissor Sisters songs such as their cover of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb," "Take Your Mama," "Mary," "Invisible Light," "Skin This Cat," "Kiss You Off," "Any Which Way," "Music is the Victim," and "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'." -[Zimbio]Pictures anbd the full setlist from that show are in this post. It all continues, with the informercial video and all tour dates, below...
Nick Oliveri of Kyuss Lives! at Terminal 5 (more by Greg Cristman)
Looks like former Kyuss members Scott Reeder and Josh Homme aren't too pleased with the recently reformed Kyuss Lives!. Homme & Reeder have filed a lawsuit against Kyuss Lives! alleging trademark infringement and consumer fraud. Their joint statement reads:
"It sucks. To think we went to a meeting in January solely to help them with their request to continue Kyuss Lives! With open arms, we made every attempt to help them continue Kyuss Lives! respectfully. Only to discover while they looked us in the eye, Kyuss Lives! management and band had filed federal documents in 2011 in an attempt to steal the name Kyuss."In related news, Kyuss & Kyuss Lives! member Nick Oliveri had his day in court regarding the little incident he had with the SWAT team. According to TMZ, the bassist faces "two counts of possession of a controlled substance with a firearm, 2 counts of possession of a controlled substance, and one misdemeanor count of resisting, obstructing or delaying a peace officer". Oliveri has pleaded not-guilty on all counts and will head to court in middle-April to face sentencing of up to 15 years in prison.
This is desperately what we were trying to avoid. It's a sad day for us and for John - but most of all for the fans. What a needless mess.
Mark Lanegan at Bowery Ballroom in 2010 (more by Caleb Heller)
The Mark Lanegan Band will return this February with their first album since 2004's Bubblegum. The new album, Blues Funeral, comes out in North America on February 7 via 4AD and a day earlier in the UK. The album was recorded with Alain Johannes, who also worked on Bubblegum and features guest appearances from Josh Homme, who he's collaborated with before, Greg Dulli, who he collaborated with in Gutter Twins, and Jack Irons, who drummed in Eleven with Johannes. Check out the album's opening track, "The Gravedigger's Song," along with the album's artwork and tracklist below. You can pre-order the album at the 4AD webstore.
The Mark Lanegan Band is touring the album in Europe from late February to early April, but before they do that, they've got a few North American shows scheduled, including one in NYC on the US album release date, February 7 at Bowery Ballroom with Sean Wheeler and Zander Schloss. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
All dates, stream, album art and tracklist below...
Them Crooked Vultures at Coachella 2010 (more by Rachel Carr)
Father of two Robert McIndoe, 52, was unable to sleep for three months after going to a rock concert that left him with a permanent ringing in his ear. He was watching supergroup 'Them Crooked Vultures' at Brixton Academy.Super sad. (wear your earplugs!)
In the coming months Mr McIndoe faced an uphill struggle to to get proper treatment for the condition, Southwark Coroner's Court heard.
His wife eventually received a letter of referral to a hospital ear, nose and throat specialist on November 1 last year - the day after he apparently killed himself.
Shirley McIndoe told the hearing that the day after the gig last July, her husband was "cross with himself" for not taking ear plugs.
She said: "When it first happened he wasn't too bothered about it because he thought it would subside, and the friend he had been with also had ringing in his ears that day.
"But it was a constant irritation.
"He didn't get a night of sleep after that until he went to hospital."-[Telegraph]
They're only really mentioning Dean, Gene (who will sing the National Anthem), Glenn McClelland (who will play organ) & Josh (who is not part of the reunited Kyuss), but I think that's enough reason to go to this Ween hometown charity event on Sunday (10/2). New Hope, PA is a beautiful place to visit anyway if you haven't been.
More Ween events, including Halloween at Hammerstein Ballroom, listed below...
Kyuss 1992: Josh Homme, Brant Bjork, John Garcia, Nick Oliveri
Is Kyuss ready for a reunion? The influential desert rock band which featured Josh Homme and Nick Oliveri in their pre-Queens of The Stone Age role is set to tour Europe as "Kyuss Lives". The 2011 incarnation will not feature Homme though, but will reunite vocalist John Garcia, bassist Nick Oliveri and drummer Brant Bjork. Guitarist Bruno Fevery, who recently played Kyuss songs with John Garcia on a tour called "Garcia Plays Kyuss", will play the Homme role. The "Garcia Plays Kyuss" tour hit both Hellfest and Roadburn. Both Oliveri and Bjork played with Garcia at the Hellfest gig. Josh meanwhile is keeping busy with his three current projects: Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures, and comedy.
Speaking of Roadburn, the 2011 version of the Holland festival will welcome the great Godflesh (!) who will perform Streetcleaner in its entirety and in order, including the Tiny Tears EP? The announcement comes on the heels of other recent (and notable) additions to the festival including Swans (who just added some new dates), Evoken (who are playing NYC on 11/13), Dragontears, Carlton Melton, Yakuza, Lonely Kamel, Ghost, Liturgy, Winterfylleth, Zoroaster, Naam, and many others. Godflesh reunited to play Hellfest this year.
All "Kyuss Lives" dates, the full Roadburn lineup and some videos are below...
Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney has revealed that he was invited to join Them Crooked Vultures.Them Crooked Vultures have some upcoming North American shows scheduled. They're playing Coachella in April, and returning to NYC even sooner. The supergroup returns to Roseland Ballroom (where they played their first NYC show in October) on February 8th (that is soon!). Tickets ($49.50) go on sale Saturday at 10am.
The age of the supergroup has returned. In the late 60s it seemed that every top musician was closing ranks, with the likes of Cream, Traffic, Big Brother Holding Company and more taking the music world by storm.
Last year the trend suddenly re-emerged as the likes of The Dead Weather, Monsters Of Folk and Them Crooked Vultures released celebrated albums.
Formed by Josh Homme and Dave Grohl, the American pair turned to Led Zeppelin bass player John Paul Jones to complete the trio. Releasing their debut album it seems as if the band could be an ongoing project.
However in a new interview former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney has revealed that he could have potentially joined the band. Speaking to the Daily Mail the iconic musician revealed that he had dinner with Dave Grohl after last year's Grammy awards when the project was mentioned. [Clash]
The NYC show is two days after the band play Saturday Night Live (Ashton Kutcher will host).
And the NYC show is one of three upcoming live shows the band is playing in February. Tickets are also going on sale Saturday for gigs in Charlotte and Atlanta. All dates below...
Them Crooked Vultures--a/k/a Dave Grohl (drums, backing vocals), Josh Homme (guitar, vocals) and John Paul Jones (bass, keyboards, backing vocals)--has confirmed the dates of its first ever North American tour. The dates kick off with an October 2 performance at the Austin City Limits music festival, to be preceded by a September 30 Austin City Limits TV taping to air at a later date TBD, as well as an appearance at the October 1 Austin City Limits festival pre-party.There's no NYC show yet, but there is one on October 12th in Philly. A presale happened this morning and
Tickets for the headline shows go on sale Saturday, September 5 at 10 a.m. local time.
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: The Almighty Defenders - Bow Down and Die (MP3)
It's supergroup day on BrooklynVegan. Some of it is catch up news. We have a new MP3 and tour dates from the new Black Keys-related Drummer band, and then there's the signing of Dum Dum Girls whose first live show over the weekend brought together member of four other bands. Jack White's new supergroup The Dead Weather is streaming their new album today, and we finally did a post on the Monsters of Folk album (Bright Eyes+My Morning Jacket+M Ward). Supergroups are not to be confused with side projects which were sort of a theme today too - first with Wolf Parade-related Handsome Furs, and then the Mazzy Star/My Bloody Valentine-related Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions (which I guess could be considered a supergroup too). Next up....
The Almighty Defenders (Black Lips + King Khan + BBQ)
The Almighty Defenders, a meeting of might between Atlanta garage goblins The Black Lips, Berlin-based soul punker King Khan, and Mr. BBQ himself, Mark Sultan. Conceived during the Lips' Berlin exile (after their VBS-documented ejection from India), the band's self-titled debut is a madcap, liquor-drenched revival, a blissfully fucked up realization of one of garage rock's most fitting collaborations. "Bow Down And Die," the "booming, chivalrous third song," is an off kilter, beer-swilling chant-along that borrows just as much from choral church music as it does from skuzzball rock n roll.You can check out that song above. The band's self-titled debut is set to come out September 22nd on Vice. Clips of the group live are below.
No tour dates for the Almighty Defenders yet, but The Black Lips will be at the July 26th Williamsburg Waterfront Pool Party, playing with Health, Grupo Fantasma and Trail of Dead. The Black Lips are actually one of the only artists to play a 'Pool Party' two years in a row. Ironically(?), when they played last year, it was on the same bill as King Khan. Maybe they'll bring him along again, or maybe they should just make an Almighty Defenders show which would be cool.
The Black Lips are also playing a few other festivals this summer, including Pitchfork Fest and Seattle's Capitol Hill Block Party. The band was recently featured on the soundtrack of the Gael Garcia Bernal & Diego Luna film Rudo Y Cursi, which came out in May. That disc includes contributions by Devendra Banhart, Juana Molina (who's playing tonight, July 8th, in Central Park) and even Bernal himself. Album art and tracklist for that below.
Bernal is hardly the only actor getting into music these days. Dead Man's Bones, the combo of actors Zach Shields and Ryan Gosling, is set to release a self-titled album, produced by Tim Anderson of I'm A Robot, October 6th on Anti-. Silverlake Conservatory Children's Choir, who you can see below, also pitched in vocals. Two videos of the band are below.
You can catch a different kind of supergroup in NYC at the Bowery Ballroom on August 1st. Dangerous, an "All Metal Tribute To Michael Jackson," features members of Tragedy (the "Heavy Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees" who are playing the Beach at Governors Island this summer) and the 2 Skinnee Js. Tickets to that are on sale now.
And if that's not enough...
Members of Led Zeppelin, Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age are working together on a new project...The as-yet-unnamed supergroup unites Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, and lead Foo Fighter (né Nirvana drummer) Dave Grohl. The trio are presently in Los Angeles, recording their debut album.[Guardian UK]John Paul Jones also recently worked with Sonic Youth.
Check out Almighty Defenders videos, album art and tracklist, with Rudo Y Cursi album info and Dead Man's Bones videos, below...
"Arctic Monkeys are poised to release their third album Humbug on Tuesday, August 25th, 2009. The cover art [is above].One of those new shows is at Highline Ballroom in NYC on August 3rd which is one day after they play Osheaga in Montreal which is one day after they play All Points West in NJ. They also added dates in Boston and Chicago leading up to their August 8th appearance at Lollapalooza. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale. (Password: secretdoor) (thx Tiki & Hiro!). All dates below...
Produced by Josh Homme in the Mojave Desert and Los Angeles and James Ford in Brooklyn, Humbug features 10 brand new Arctic Monkeys' songs. Fans can now pre-order the album in bundle form, with a collectible, limited edition poster, from the band's website.
The band, who will be headlining the Reading and Leeds Festivals in the UK in August and playing the following shows over the summer, have announced 4 new shows in the US in August."
"A HALF-EMPTY venue and a middle-aged audience appeared to suggest that Primal Scream were not as relevant as they'd like to think they are.Primal Scream released their ninth studio album, Beautiful Future, on July 21, 2008. It was produced by "Björn Yttling (of Peter Bjorn and John) and Paul Epworth (who has produced Bloc Party)." The album features special guest appearances from Lovefoxxx (CSS), Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), Lykke Li (also a friend of Bjorn), Victoria Bergsman (The Concretes, "Young Folks"), Maria Andersson (Sahara Hotnights), Linda Thompson, and many others.
Opening the night with the dirge, electro distortion of Kill All Hippies, the band rapidly ploughed through the hits. The set-list featured songs from throughout their vast back catalogue, including Jailbird, Swastika Eyes, Rocks and a smattering of material from recent album Beautiful Future.
Frontman Bobby Gillespie looked as youthful as ever, but didn't really have any real conviction despite his attempts to come over all rock and roll by turning his back on the audience for one track.
Musically, the Scream sounded tight as a band with new member Barrie Cadogan standing out on lead guitar and gelling well with ex-Stone Roses bassist Mani." [a November 25th UK review]
This was really just going to be a QOTSA post, but then I saw this picture and realized it would be a good place to put the latest Foo Fighers (who recently covered Arcade Fire) news too..
First the latest controversy....
QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE rocker JOSH HOMME has struck the latest blow in his battle with SHARON OSBOURNE - dubbing her a musical nobody. The rift began when Homme accused Sharon and her husband Ozzy Osbourne of treating bands like "s**t" at their annual Ozzfest festival. Sharon hit back saying she hoped Homme "gets syphilis and dies". Now Homme says, "I don't know what she is or what she's done. Has she ever made any music? No. I don't know why her name is Sharon. She ain't sharin' anything." [Contact Music]Tickets go on pre-sale (Password: SICK) in the morning for a bunch of Queens of the Stone Age shows, including one at the WaMu Theater At Madison Square Garden in NYC on October 13th.
Foo Fighters have a new album coming out, and they're promising that you can be first to get concert tickets if you pre-order on iTunes. They're also promising a NYC show.
All known QOTSA tour dates, and Foo Figher cities, below....