Josh Homme: “Fuck Imagine Dragons,” Kicks an Asshole Off Stage, Too

Posted in Music on February 12th, 2014 by Nick

Josh-HommeJosh Homme is a badass. As if that even needed to be said out loud.

The Queens of the Stone Age lead singer has been blowing up the Internet since the release of last year’s supremely-mega …Like Clockwork and holy hell, am I glad he and the gang are back. He’s a perfect blend of cranky curmudgeon and badass rock star. As music swarms toward Pop (both of the bullshit variety and the creative), EDM, and boring Mumford wannabees, we need to hold on to our rock stars with all our might.

In a couple of the more buzzworthy clips of Homme being Homme, he exclaimed in Houston: “Fuck everything. Fuck the man. Fuck Imagine Dragons and fuck the Grammys.” Then in Florida, he kicked some asshole off stage for being a douchebag. Because you don’t creep up on Homme, on HIS STAGE, when Homme is playing.

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On this one, the deranged weirdo walks on stage at the 1:15 mark. Way to be an asshole, dude. Good thing Homme is ready and willing to put MFers in their place.

 

While we’re at it, catch QotSA on tour this year. You won’t regret it.

02-13 Las Vegas, NV – The Joint
03-06 Sydney, Australia – Sydney Entertainment Centre *
03-08 Newcastle, Australia – Newcastle Entertainment Centre *
03-11 Perth, Australia – Perth Arena *
03-13 Hindmarsh, Australia – Adelaide Entertainment Centre *
03-14 Melbourne, Australia – Rod Laver Arena *
03-17 Boondall, Australia – Brisbane Entertainment Centre *
03-19 Auckland, New Zealand – Vector Arena *
03-22 Christchurch, New Zealand – CBS Canterbury Arena *
04-12 Indio, CA – Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
04-15 Portland, OR – Keller Auditorium
04-19 Indio, CA – Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
05-06 St. Paul, MN – Roy Wilkins Auditorium
05-07 Milwaukee, WI – The Riverside Theater
05-09 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
05-13 Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre
05-14 Tulsa, OK – Brady Theater
05-16 Gulf Shores, AL – Hangout Music Festival
05-17 Gulf Shores, AL – Hangout Music Festival
05-18 Gulf Shores, AL – Hangout Music Festival

* with Nine Inch Nails

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Music Monday: Dave Grohl’s ‘Sound City’

Posted in Movies, Music on July 15th, 2013 by Nick

trailer-still-8b08451df7a2c7ccfa0d3886a65dcc42Last night, I finally got the chance to sit down with Dave Grohl’s 2013 documentary (and directorial debut) about Sound City Studios, a studio responsible for so many legendary albums from Fleetwood Mac, Nirvana, Tom Petty, Pat Benatar, Rage Against the Machine, and countless others. The film, simply titled Sound City, chronicles the studio’s early days and struggles, and showcases interviews from Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, Petty, Lars Ulrich, Trent Reznor, Butch Vig, Josh Homme, Grohl, Stephen Pearcy, Rick Springfield, and a continuing army of Rock and Roll kings and queens from past to present.

The studio was originally run by Joe Gottfried and Tom Skeeter, two guys who wanted to start a record company and also got into artist management. After a rough start, Skeeter ponied up $75,175 to buy a state-of-the-art recording console from Rupert Neve, a British electronics genius who built technologically advanced audio gear. The Neve purchase was a big deal. As Skeeter mentions in the film, the cost of the Neve 8028 analog mixing console was more than double the man’s home purchase! Needless to say – it was quite a chunk of change for 1969. sound-city-blu-ray-cover-98

Grohl recorded Nevermind at Sound City with Nirvana and was inspired to create the documentary after he purchased several items from the studio including the Neve 8028 (now located in Grohl’s home studio) when the studio closed in 2011. His love affair with the studio and its story is understandably shared by many of the musicians who spent time there; their testimonials fuel the story and cyclically, the story fuels their passion for music.

Grohl’s intention, both here and in his own music, is to make sure the human element in music is never lost amidst our plunge into the Digital Age – and studios and the equipment they house are a huge part of the music-making experience. After all, just how much will we continue leaning on computers for? And how long will it be until machines have fully taken over the production process? These artists’ love for analog recording techniques and old school methods are absolutely commendable, and lets face it, comforting for us music fans.

After the story of days past is told, the film segues into Grohl’s recording sessions with other aforementioned artists. The result is the album Sound City: Real to Reel. The jam sessions that take place in front of your eyes are pretty mindblowing – Paul McCartney joins the surviving members of Nirvana; Nicks croons with Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, and Rami Jaffee backing her; Rick Springfield fronts the Foo Fighters; Trent Reznor sits in with Grohl and Homme. The tracks were produced all on Sound City’s former equipment with Vig manning the soundboard. The results are crisp, loud and old school. Some may argue that it’s music heard and recorded the way it should be. It is indeed a treat.

At times, the film can be a little self-indulgent. Grohl has been quoted calling Sound City his “life’s most important work.” Is this true? It might be. Though I wish Grohl would’ve let the film speak for itself and let others make the gigantic claim if they chose. Despite this gripe, Sound City really is a great film that highlights a slice of music history that is now lost and gone forever.

Well, except for the gear stashed in Grohl’s basement.

Film Grade: A-
Album Grade: B+

The film is now out on DVD and Bluray. It’s not on Netflix, but digital fans can find it on iTunes. The album is out on CD and can also be found on Spotify.

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Dave Grohl’s ‘Sound City’ Doc to Premiere at Sundance

Posted in Movies, Music, Trailer Park on December 6th, 2012 by Nick

When the Foo Fighters set out to record their latest release, Wasting Light, frontman Dave Grohl and his bandmates went old school, digging the art of analog from its grave and recording straight to tape. No computers, no bells, no whistles. With the upcoming Rock-Doc Sound City, Grohl is still celebrating analog from the vantage point of LA’s renowned, yet sadly defunct Sound City Studios.

Grohl’s film (yes, he directed it) has appearances by Trent Reznor, Stevie Nicks, Josh Homme, Lars Ulrich, Butch Vig, Rick Rubin, Tom Petty, Frank Black, Krist Novoselic, and many more, all of whom sit down to discuss and focus in on the humanistic element of music and recording…and, of course, Sound City itself. After all, it was only the recording place of Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, Nirvana’s Nevermind, and Neil Young’s After the Gold Rush, to name a few. But what makes it so damn special, and what have computers actually taken away from music? Grohl’s film will answer these questions and many more.

Sound City is set to premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, but until then, check out this just-released trailer:

 

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FREE stream of Them Crooked Vultures album

Posted in Music on November 10th, 2009 by Nick

It’s true. Here’s my fave, “Elephants.” The rest can be heard by clicking through to YouTube, or by searching for username “themcrookedvultures.”

This album is SICK. Props to Dennis for the tip.

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Them Crooked Vultures – House of Blues, Boston

Posted in Live Shows on October 13th, 2009 by Nick

Check out a few vids of Them Crooked Vultures at the House of Blues in Boston from Sunday. They killed it. John Paul Jones (Zep), Dave Grohl (Foos), Josh Homme (Queens, Eagles of Death Metal), and Alain Johannes (Queens).

The band played for a solid 90 minutes and played to perfection. A little blues, a little jammin’, a LOT of Rock ‘N Roll. Pics to follow shortly…

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Them Crooked Vultures will not suck

Posted in Music on August 4th, 2009 by Nick

Straight from Pitchfork:

“According to Antiquiet, Dave Grohl told Mojo magazine in 2005, “The next project that I’m trying to initiate involves me on drums, [Queens of the Stone Age's] Josh Homme on guitar, and [Led Zeppelin's] John Paul Jones playing bass. That’s the next album. That wouldn’t suck.”

Four years and hundreds of rumors later, it seems like this no-qualifier-necessary, cap-S Supergroup is ready for its close-up. They’ve got a name: Them Crooked Vultures. (Via Antiquiet.) There’s an oh-so-cryptic show listing for a post-Lollapalooza midnight gig this Sunday, August 9, at Chicago’s Metro that features symbols for the Foo Fighters, Led Zeppelin, and Queens of the Stone Age. And there’s also an official-looking website that links to Them Crooked Vultures hubs on MySpace, Facebook, and Twitter. The Twitter lists Them Crooked Vultures’ bio as “Dave Grohl, Josh Homme, John Paul Jones.” Super and online friendly!

While a fall tour and new album are currently being whispered about, official spokespeople are keeping mum about Them Crooked Vultures at press time.”

All I can say is:   Y E S.

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Brody Dalle Goodness: New pics and an interview with Suicide Girls

Posted in Music on April 22nd, 2009 by Nick

It’s Brody, bitches.

Dalle is back with a new band and new look and recently had an interview with Suicide Girls!

Her new band Spinnerette has already released an EP with a full length coming in early June. In the interview, Dalle talks about her baby daughter, the new record, husband Josh Homme, and plans to tour in the very near future (!!!).

I’m diggin’ the music, but it took a bit to grow on me. It’s very NOT Distillers: Fast rhythms and tempos are gone, the punk-Brody screaming is outro as well. While the music may be different, Brody’s voice and hand is all over the Spinnerette tunes. Check out “Ghetto Love” or “Valium Knights” on the band’s MySpace and you’ll get a nice taste of what Spinnerette’s bringing to the table.

It’s good to have ya back, Brode!

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brody1Photos taken by Chapman Baehler.

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