Is Josh Homme a Badass? Yes, he is!

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If we learned anything from Queens of the Stone Age‘s recent “Smooth Sailing” music video, it’s that Josh Homme is about as badass as his songs make him out to be. But that’s not the only piece of evidence. The QOTSA, Kyuss, and Them Crooked Vultures affiliate is known to speak his mind and has given us some rather epic moments over the years — that is, when he’s not hanging out with Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys. Following suit with our recent overview of Dave Grohl through images, check out these photos and GIFs that capture Homme at his very best.

Queens of the Stone Age, The Kills headline Brooklyn’s Barclays Center

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Playing to a very respectable and enthusiastic crowd, Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince proved to be a somewhat unexpected surprise. Two years after Blood Pressures, the two hid away any rust and entertained the crowd with an energetic and lively set that never stopped. Although they’re currently working on new material for a followup, the opening set waxed nostalgic over oldies much to the pleasure of their dedicated fans, no doubt crossed over from the Queens camp. Mosshart was wild as ever, tearing up the stage while Hince played a decidedly more reserved role — nary an interaction together on stage. Highlights included jagged renditions of “No Wow”, “DNA”, and “Kissy Kissy”. They can’t come back soon enough.

Live Act of the Year Queens of the Stone Age didn’t nab a sold out crowd, though the thousands present were quite devoted, screaming and hollering during their mix of old and newer material (mostly old, to be fair). Josh Homme consistently delivers as a frontman, and he treated Brooklyn to his best features, crooning through 20 songs that echoed much of their excellent festival sets of the past year. Surprisingly, however, the darker, somber hymns off this year’s …Like Clockwork felt almost too intimate for the cavernous expanse of Barclays. Who knew?

Ultimately, it was a great escape. And a warm one.

Stream Some Great Albums

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A Perfect Circle’s new live album, Stone And Echo

On November 26th, A Perfect Circle return with their career-spanning box set, A Perfect Circle: Featuring Stone And Echo. The limited-edition collection includes the band’s three-album discography anchored by Stone And Echo, a new full-length live album and DVD of their exceptional performance at Colorado’s famed Red Rocks Amphitheater on August 11th, 2011.

Queens of the Stone Age’s live EP

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In support of …Like Clockwork, Queens of the Stone Age have chocked up a hefty chunk of frequent-flier miles, gigging hard across the US, the UK and Europe, and even an extended stay in Australia. Now, Josh Homme and Co. bring a little slice of their live show home with the release of a new EP, …Like Cologne. The three-track effort features acoustic versions of “Long Slow Goodbye”, “The Vampyre of Time and Memory”, and “I Sat by the Ocean” from a September 4th show at Cologne, Germany’s Kulturkirche Köln.

R. Kelly’s new album, Black Panties

R. Kelly’s new album, Black Panties, is in full week ahead of its official release date (December 10th via RCA). Listen in below (via Vibe).  ack Panties is R. Kelly’s 12th studio album following last year’s Write Me Back. Spanning 13 tracks, it features collaborations with 2 Chainz, Jeezy, Ludacris, and Kelly Rowland. Future, Migos, and Juicy J appear on the Deluxe Edition. The LP is preceded by singles “My Story”, “Cookie”, and “Genius”.

Stream R. Kelly’s new album, Black Panties

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Josh Tillman’s (AKA Father John Misty) The History of Caves Soundtrack

The movie industry has a rich history of husbands and wives working together on films. Judd Apatow has put Leslie Mann in every film since 40-Year-Old Virgin; Kate Beckinsale met her husband Len Wiseman on the set of Underworld; Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere was scored by her husband Thomas Mars’ band, Phoenix. Now, Father John Misty mastermind Josh Tillman and his wife Emma Tillman join those storied ranks as the scorer and director duo of the short film The History of Caves.

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Burial’s surprise new EP, Rival Dealer

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UK producer Burial has made good on his promise to drop a new EP before year’s end. Entitled Rival Dealer, the three-track, 28-minute effort will be released on December 16th via Hyperdub. In anticipation, you can stream the EP in full below.  Rival Dealer serves as the follow-up to last year’s Truant/Rough Sleeper EP.

01. Rival Dealer

02. Hiders

03. Come Down to Us

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Childish Gambino’s new album, Because the Internet

Donald Glover will return on December 10th with Because the Internet, his second album as Childish Gambino. Currently, you can stream the album in full via iTunes.  Spanning 19 tracks, Because the Internet features appearances from Chance the Rapper, Azelaia Banks, and Jhene Aiko. Its preceded by the singles “Worldstar, “3005″, “Sweatpants”, and “Telegraph Ave”.  Pre-orders for the album are ongoing.

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10 Biggest Selling Vinyl Albums Of The Year So Far

1. Vinyl sales in the UK are higher than they have been since 2003. The BPI and the Official Charts Company estimate that sales of vinyl albums could surpass 700,000 by the end of 2013. Here are the top selling vinyl albums of the year so far – starting at number 10, which is Black Sabbath’s album ‘13’.

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2.  Next up – at number 9, it’s Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ record ‘Push The Sky Away’. The NME review of the album back in February described it as “a masterpiece that merges the experimentation and freedom of their side projects with Cave’s most tender songcraft.”

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3.  The National returned earlier this year with their latest album ‘Trouble Will Find You’. That’s the 8th most popular album on vinyl in the UK in 2013.
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4.   Vampire Weekend’s magical third album ‘Modern Vampire’s Of The City’ – in at number 7.

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5.  Thom Yorke may not be a fan of streaming services like Spotify but the Radiohead man has long had an affinity for vinyl releases. ‘Amok’, his album with Atoms For Peace, is 6th.

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6.  Into the top 5 now. Queens Of The Stone Age ‘…Like Clockwork’ was released at the start of the summer. At the time it lost out in the battle for UK number 1 to Disclosure’s album ‘Settle’.
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7.  After a lengthy break Boards Of Canada released their new album ‘Tomorrow’s Harvest’ this year. NME’s review said: “’Tomorrow’s Harvest’ is a dark, often uncomfortable affair, more nuclear winter than summer anthem”. It’s number 4 in the list.
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8.  David Bowie goes top 3 with ‘The Next Day’. The legend took us all by surprise back in January by emerging from the shadows to release his first new album in a decade.
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9.  No surprise that Arctic Monkeys’ loyal following went out and bought their fifth album ‘AM’ in their droves. It remains one of the fastest selling albums of the year. Popular on vinyl too. In the month or so it’s been out it’s become the 2nd biggest selling album on vinyl of 2013.
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10.  And… 2013’s biggest selling album on vinyl in the UK so far is Daft Punk’s ‘Random Access Memories’. Not only is the music incredible, but there’s something about seeing that artwork blown up which makes it desirable for any collector of new releases.
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Queens Of The Stone Age: Gigs, Tickets and Dates

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Queens Of The Stone Age – UK Gigs
The Hydro, Glasgow
Sat, 16 Nov 2013
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Manchester Arena, Manchester
Wed, 20 Nov 2013
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National Indoor Arena, Birmingham
Thu, 21 Nov 2013
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Wembley Arena, London
Sat, 23 Nov 2013
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Queens of the Stone Age Rock Brooklyn

Queens of the Stone Age before taking the stage in Brooklyn, New York. Photo: C. Taylor Crothers

Queens of the Stone Age before taking the stage in Brooklyn, New York.
Photo: C. Taylor Crothers

Josh Homme nearly lost his mind on the way to the year’s heaviest hit LP

June 21, 2013

Queens of the Stone Age are due onstage in Brooklyn any minute now, but frontman Josh Homme is nowhere to be found. Backstage, guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen, keyboardist Dean Fertita, bassist Michael Shuman and drummer Jon Theodore strum unplugged instruments and make stiff drinks. Suddenly, Homme bursts into the room. Everyone turns to look at the six-foot-four singer-guitarist, whose ginger buzz cut, knuckle tattoos and muscled-up frame make him look a little like a Viking warrior. “Fuck it,” Homme announces, ripping up a copy of tonight’s set list with a devilish grin and pouring himself a big shot of tequila. “We’ll do the [new] record start to finish.”

The Queens pummel the audience with the evil riffs and twisted grooves of Like Clockwork – an album that’s been out for less than a week – and the crowd explodes, throwing fists in the air. A few days later, the disc debuts at Number One. It’s an impressive trick for their first album in six years – which is also their first since leaving their longtime major label, Interscope (“Like rats vacating a sinking ship,” says Van Leeuwen), for an indie deal with Matador.

Homme loves this kind of thing – flipping the script, keeping ’em guessing. “The cool thing about disappearing for a while is re-emerging,” he says the day before the show, sitting on a gold, thronelike sofa at his Manhattan hotel. “You show up, tap someone on the shoulder: ‘Boo!’ ”

He takes a long pull off an e-cigarette. “I’m trying to quit,” says the frontman, who turned 40 in May. “It’s a shame to be controlled by something.” Moderation is a relatively new attitude for Homme. Most of the world met him in 2000 as the wild-eyed madman growling the words “Nicotine, Valium, Vicodin, marijuana, Ecstasy and alcohol/C-c-c-cocaine!” over and over on the Queens’ early signature song, “Feel Good Hit of the Summer.” The next few years flew by in a blur of bar fights and feuds with other bands. In 2005, a judge made Homme go to anger management after he allegedly smashed a beer bottle over another musician’s head. “I learned nothing,” Homme defiantly told an interviewer two years later. But today, he is a contented husband and dad to two kids. Does he still party like he used to? “You mean, like it’s 1999?” he says. “But it’s not 1999.”

Still, the old rock & roll animal isn’t entirely gone. His raunchy sense of humor is intact – later tonight, he will entertain his bandmates with a long string of jokes about female anatomy (“Did you know you can see the Great Wall of ‘Gina from space?”). And there’s a brooding, menacing streak not far below the surface. Just ask him how he felt after touring the world in 2010 with Them Crooked Vultures, the band he formed with his old buddy Dave Grohl (who played drums on the Queens’ 2002 breakthrough LP) and Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones. By the end of their run, Homme says, “I was starting to feel exhausted by it all. Musically bankrupt.” His mood didn’t exactly improve when complications from routine knee surgery forced him to stay bedridden in his Palm Springs, California, house for three painful months. “I was very bitter and angry,” he says. “You go, ‘God, I wish I could get rid of myself.’ I hated music for a while. It just seemed like, who cares?”

On the mend, Homme had an idea that he thought he’d find rejuvenating: hitting the road behind a reissue of the Queens’ 1998 debut – which meant teaching the current lineup, who all joined years later, to play the tunes that started it all. “I was hoping that would spark something for me, you know?” says Homme. “But I was still pretty out of it. Just searching in the dark, looking for something to hold on to.”

After the tour, the rest of the guys talked Homme into starting a new album. He thought they could knock something out in six weeks. That didn’t quite happen: The sessions ended up dragging on for five months, long­er than they’d ever spent in the studio. A low point came last November, when Homme shocked his fans and bandmates alike by firing drummer Joey Castillo. “It was hard, but it was done by consensus,” is all he’ll say now. “That was the darkest time,” adds Van Leeuwen with a sigh. “It didn’t make any sense.”

Castillo had been brought on 10 years earlier to replace Grohl. With the band needing another new drummer, Grohl was the first call. He laid down sledgehammer-heavy parts on five tracks, jump-starting the stalled sessions. (Homme eventually recruited Theodore, who used to drum for the Mars Volta, as a longer-term replacement.) A succession of other clutch assists followed, from old pals like Screaming Trees’ Mark Lanegan to marquee names like Trent Reznor and Elton John, who sings and plays piano on the supercharged “Fairweather Friends.” The collaboration was John’s idea – he called Homme to offer his services as “a real queen.”

But for serious Queens fans, the biggest deal is probably the two tracks featuring backing vocals from the band’s demonic-looking former bassist Nick Oliveri, who was fired from the group in 2004 amid allegations of domestic violence and heavy drinking. (He returned to the headlines when a SWAT team raided his Hollywood home during a domestic incident in 2011.) “With all the coming and going in this band, you just never know,” says Van Leeuwen. “I can’t say how many pleasant and horrifying surprises have come into my life through this. It definitely makes you feel like you’re alive.”

After rocking Brooklyn, the band heads out to celebrate at an East Village bar. “I’m kinda beat,” Homme protests to no one in particular around 1 a.m. “I’ve been getting up with my kids at seven in the morning.” OK, fine, twist his arm – he’ll stay out for another drink or two. The rest of the Queens are still going hard well past 3 a.m. But wait, where’s Homme? No one seems to know. Just like that, he’s gone again.

Via Rolling Stone

Stream Queens Of The Stone Age ‘Like Clockwork’

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Queens of the Stone Age have made their new album . . . Like Clockwork available to stream in its entirety on iTunes a week before it’s June 4th release on Matador.

Queens Of The Stone Age – ‘Like Clockwork’
Album review by Leonie Cooper

Release Date: June 3, 2013
Producer: Josh Homme
Label: Matador

Josh Homme and his all-star pals prove the virtue of taking your sweet time on a record that’s as self-assured as it is damn sexy. Most bands don’t leave their fans waiting six long years for a new album. They don’t then promote said record by getting a creepy robot to leave their fans unsettling voicemails. And they definitely don’t enlist a chef to write the album notes. But Queens Of The Stone Age aren’t most bands. As badass menu maverick Anthony Bourdain says in ‘…Like Clockwork’’s accompanying bumf: “[Josh] Homme has consistently demonstrated a business plan of not giving a shit.” The heroic frontman and kingpin of these desert titans might not care about industry whys and wherefores, but Josh Homme gives every single last fuck when it comes to crafting blow-your-mind-and-incinerate-your-crotch rock’n’roll.

As contemporary hard-as-nails guitar music’s most imposing figure – and not just because he stands at 6 foot 4, has a fondness for triple denim and looks like a pre-Raphaelite, Triumph-straddling Elvis – Josh has earned the right to do what the hell he wants. Thankfully, that’s gathering his world-beating buddies in his Pink Duck studio in LA and laying down an unrelenting juggernaut.

qotsa-260x260Much has been made already of the high-end guests. The core collaborators from QOTSA’s classic ‘Songs For The Deaf’ are scattered across the release, Josh once again motoring across the crest of Dave Grohl’s brutal drums with Mark Lanegan and Nick Oliveri popping up briefly to ride sidecar. Then there’s turns from Arctic Monkey Alex Turner, Scissor Sister Jake Shears, Nine Inch Nail Trent Reznor and, bafflingly, brilliantly, Sir Elton John. Not that you’d know any of this unless you were told. Their restrained assistance means there’s no danger of this turning into a sprawling, unfocused ‘Josh and friends’ record.

Considering their lengthy absence, to return with a double album would have been more than acceptable, but ‘…Like Clockwork’ comes in at a mere 10 tracks. The crap filter has been whacked up to 11 and the groove-o-tron set to interstellar for the band’s slickest offering to date. Al Turner slinks through the saloon doors for ‘If I Had A Tail’, a track predatory enough to warrant a restraining order. “I wanna suck/I wanna lick/
I wanna cry/I wanna spit”, growls Josh, against a grimy strip-bar swagger. It’s the perv-funk sound of drunkenly sinking into sticky leather couches for steamy make-out sessions in dimly lit Hollywood smut-pits.

The same filthy feeling abounds on the ferocious but perfectly polished ‘Smooth Sailing’. “I’m in flagrante/In every way”, confesses Josh, before adding, almost as an afterthought, “I blow my load over the status quo”. Quite. Yet there’s also a more meditative flipside to ‘…Like Clockwork’. ‘The Vampyre Of Time And Memory’ is a startlingly low-key piano hymnal, even with its flashes of Giorgio Moroder synths and cocaine-soul guitar solo. Its confessional lyrics, set against a twisted power ballad melody, come on like an even more fucked-up Fleetwood Mac. “Does anyone ever get this right?/I feel no love”, purrs Josh. ‘Kalopsia’, featuring Reznor, is another haunting slow jam, but pulls a flick-knife chorus on you, amping up the menace with eerie backing vocals that echo the melancholy “sha-bop- sha-bop”s of The Flamingos’ version of skulking doo-wop ode ‘I Only Have Eyes For You’.

‘…Like Clockwork’ closes with the title track, perhaps the least QOTSA-sounding song ever. If MGM are hunting the next Bond movie theme creator, this should swing it for Josh, as he indulges his dexterous falsetto, channelling the sweeping, string-laden ’60s scores of John Barry, with production help with the man from UNKLE, James Lavelle. Last year, Biffy Clyro’s Simon Neil praised Queens Of The Stone Age for their ability to make sexy records. “Which I think is hard to do in a rock band,” he said. That’s because Queens Of The Stone Age aren’t most rock bands – they’re the rock band.