Alain Johannes just shared a quick glimpse of a song that could have at some point been on the tracklist for Desert Sessions 9/10, after rooting through an old hard drive for forgotten files.
Entitled ‘Come To Me’, the track features Alain on lead vocals — and the rest of the line-up is left to our imagination, although based on the era it is likely that Josh, Joey and Dave Catching can also be heard somewhere in this tragically brief clip.
Fans hopeful that Queens will soon be back in the studio to follow up the universally acclaimed …Like Clockwork may be in for some unfortunate news: bassist Michael Shuman told Gigwise this week that the band will ‘take a break to do other stuff’ after the intense touring schedule that followed the 2013 release.
The news is admittedly unsurprising considering the toll that the creation of the last album took on the band, and the fact that …Like Clockwork‘s tour was their first in the best part of a decade. Yet it still stings to hear this just months after Homme promised to ‘jump in the studio and get going’ as soon as their tour wrapped up last year.
Schuman himself is busy touring with his ‘other band’, Mini Mansions, who are about to release their second full-length record. Josh meanwhile is putting the final touches on the new Eagles of Death Metal album (see image), which is due to be released imminently. Regardless of whether or not Queens release a new album, Homme has ominously predicted 2015 to be ‘a year of science and collection of ideas’, so be sure to expect something magical from the Ginger Elvis before the year is up.
Alain Johannes has just announced via Instagram that he is due to play a free gig this Thursday (March 26) with fellow ex-Queen Nick Oliveri. The show at Harvard and Stone in LA will also feature music from rising star Edith Crash, whose latest album was also produced by Johannes.
Any QOTSA fans in the area with no plans for Thursday should definitely tag along — what could be better than a free gig from some great musicians?!
This week, Rancho De La Luna’s Dave Catching teased the tracklist of his new album on Instagram. The album is likely to be released at the start of the new year and features a stunning list of guest stars, as evidenced by the tracklist:
“Bought and Sold” – Dave Catching, Liela Moss and Joey Castillo
“Your Daddy’s Waitin’” – Dave Catching, Chris Goss, Gene Trautmann
“Ghost” – Dave Catching, Mark Lanegan, Chris Goss, Greg Dulli, Alain Johannes, Paz Lenchantin, Mathias Schneebeger, Johnette Napolitano, Jim Mankey
“Overdrive” – Dave Catching, Bingo Richey, Jonathan Hischke, Barrett Martin
“Shake Shake Shake” – Dave Catching, Serrina Sims, Troy Van Leeuwen, Joey Castillo
“Electric Neon Feathered Hair” – Dave Catching, Sean Wheeler, Gene Trautmann
“Big Chord” – Dave Catching, Gary Wertz, Barrett Martin, Jonathen Hischke, Hayden Scott
“Pretty Bird” – Dave Catching, Alain Johannes, Joey Castillo, Troy Van Leeuwen
“Shared Hallucination” – Dave Catching, Gary Wertz
“Candy (Jaguar)” – Dave Catching, Abby Travis, Gene Trautmann, Jason Monsef, Tommy Grenas
If you’re as excited as we are to see past and present QOTSA members (we counted seven!) team up with an array of brilliant musicians then follow Dave on Instagram to learn more about the album (including a sneak peek of Alain’s riff in “Pretty Bird”).
To mark the release of their eighth album Sonic Highways, part-time Queens drummer Dave Grohl’s “other band” Foo Fighters have been documenting their creative process in a weekly HBO show of the same name. The fact that each of the album’s eight tracks was inspired by a different American city has given viewers an opportunity to follow the band as they travel the USA and uncover the rich musical history of each of their stops. This week was, according to the episode title at least, an exploration of the world-renowned Los Angeles music scene – however, to the joy of many of the frequenters here, much of the hour was spent in a cluttered little recording studio about 150 miles further inland.
Set just on the outskirts of California’s Joshua Tree National Park (and just across the road from where another Joshua grew up), the Rancho De La Luna recording studio has become a Meccah for artists who seek inspiration from its beautifully barren surroundings. Rancho was founded in 1993 by Fred Drake and Dave Catching and has played an integral part in the Palm Desert Scene, hosting bands such as Kyuss, Queens Of The Stone Age, earthlings? and Fatso Jetson. Josh Homme’s Desert Sessions, an entire catalogue of genre-spanning jams and future hits, was borne of the lack of distraction offered by the setting and the versatility that arose from the restricted equipment available in the studio. This week it was Foo Fighters’ turn to experience the magic of the Mojave desert as they wrote their new track, Outside.
Regardless of your feelings toward Foo Fighters, if you have any interest in the musical context surrounding Queens Of The Stone Age (or in seeing some amusing shots of Josh as a fifteen year old) then with a bunch of interviews from important Desert Scene figureheads and a touching tribute to the late Fred Drake, the episode is definitely worth catching up on.
Today marks the release of Fragments and Wholes Vol. 1, the first solo album from regular Queens collaborator Alain Johannes in four years.
Alain’s name will be familiar to many of us – having been accurately described by Josh as his own “secret weapon”, Alain has left his mark on every QOTSA album since Songs for the Deaf, made multiple appearances on Desert Sessions records and joined supergroup Them Crooked Vultures onstage for every live show.
On his new album the revered multi-instrumentalist expands on the unique sound he introduced in 2010′s heartfelt and bittersweet Spark, a record written in response to his wife and creative partner Natasha Shneider’s passing.
For an idea of what to expect from the new album, check out an acoustic version of Alain’s track Kaleidoscope below.
Apologies for the amount of time in between updates. Most of you have already heard about these news items, but they are so cool that a post is required.
First, the newly released video for The Vampyre of Time and Memory:
And in addition, check out QOTSA’s new live EP: …Like Cologne, which was recorded on September 4th. Sorry to all of those people who live in places where Spotify doesn’t work. We’re trying to come up with a better way to share this with you.
In this day and age, do album sales really matter? People download music for free, they pick and choose individual songs to buy and just generally buy significantly fewer albums than they did just a decade ago.
However, QOTSA’s new album …Like Clockwork debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and I think that’s pretty cool. It’s the band’s first number 1 album (their previous best was Lullabies to Paralyze which peaked at #5) and also the first number 1 record from Matador. Lullabies actually sold 6,000 more copies in its first week than …Like Clockwork did (97,000 vs. 91,000), but record sales are declining every year, so this debut is still pretty impressive. Many people deserve to be congratulated for this awesome achievement:
1) Josh Homme – because there is no such thing as QOTSA without Josh
2) Troy, Mikey, Dean, Dave, Joey and Jon – because there is more to QOTSA than just Mr. Homme
3) Trent Reznor, Alex Turner, Elton John and all the other guests – because each of them brought something unique to the table
4) Matador Records – because the buildup, marketing and execution of the album launch were done exceptionally well
So this piece of news isn’t really a big deal. But it sort of is. Queens of the Stone Age has created something wonderfully unexpected with …Like Clockwork and they are being rewarded for their creativity. QOTSA should be incredibly proud of this accomplishment. Here’s hoping this isn’t the last #1 record we see from Josh and the gang.