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Queens of the Stone Age - Villains - 2017

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Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Friday, 7 April 2017 17:24 (six months ago) Permalink

Given that albums normally come out on a friday, perhaps this is coming out on August 25th?

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Friday, 7 April 2017 17:30 (six months ago) Permalink

Looking forward to it, I thought the last one was very strong!

...so music and chicken have become intertwined (Turrican), Friday, 7 April 2017 17:52 (six months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Cool!

the rockists' red glare (Drugs A. Money), Wednesday, 26 April 2017 09:40 (five months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

http://qotsa.com/

Teaser site up. Maybe too much traffic at the moment as it doesn't seem to be loading properly like it was 20 minutes ago. Here's a pic of what it looks like when fully functional:

https://t.co/vjldkWNgVy pic.twitter.com/IjZVfwnSw9

— boneface (@b0neface) June 12, 2017

how's life, Monday, 12 June 2017 19:01 (four months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nscGRxzH2gg

how's life, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 16:06 (four months ago) Permalink

mark ronson produced this?!?!?! holy shit

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Wednesday, 14 June 2017 16:23 (four months ago) Permalink

I am the tiniest bit sad that it was not also produced by Justin Meldal-Johnsen, but you can only ask so much of a guy.

how's life, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 16:32 (four months ago) Permalink

fingers crossed for the next qotsa record

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Wednesday, 14 June 2017 16:40 (four months ago) Permalink

though the news of ronson producing made me briefly envision an album full of "smooth sailing"s

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Wednesday, 14 June 2017 16:45 (four months ago) Permalink

clip sounds promising. homme's no grohl in the acting department.

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Wednesday, 14 June 2017 16:46 (four months ago) Permalink

Requisite Zane Lowe interview tomorrow a.m.

.@zanelowe x @qotsa's Josh Homme.
Thursday: 8AM LA/11AM NY/4PM UK
🌎🌍🌏 https://t.co/Mb2YQmCUdm pic.twitter.com/mG26ascUld

— Beats 1 (@Beats1) June 14, 2017

how's life, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 17:01 (four months ago) Permalink

not into it
reminds me of the black keys, i mean still better than the black keys cuz its qotsa but not my bag

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 15 June 2017 16:20 (four months ago) Permalink

"my heart's a dingaling/a puppet on a string/c'est la vie"

i mean listen no one's coming to qotsa for lyrics but still

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 15 June 2017 16:21 (four months ago) Permalink

the last minute is kinda cool

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 15 June 2017 16:24 (four months ago) Permalink

guess it's not quite an album of "smooth sailing"s

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Thursday, 15 June 2017 16:26 (four months ago) Permalink

I keep thinking of "mambo no. 5" for some reason

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Thursday, 15 June 2017 17:45 (four months ago) Permalink

Sounds like Era Vulgaris texturally, but really flat...sure the album will rule though

Unchanging Window (Ross), Saturday, 17 June 2017 21:07 (four months ago) Permalink

It took a while, but I'm liking it a lot now.

how's life, Saturday, 17 June 2017 21:11 (four months ago) Permalink

yeah, I am coming around to this after some hesitation. sounds like the guitars spend a lot of time at a weird spot in the wah pedal. can definitely work on an album that rules.

Gaspard de la Nuit: III. ScarJost (Sufjan Grafton), Saturday, 17 June 2017 21:14 (four months ago) Permalink

cheesy heart beat thing is the kind of thing they pull off really well

Gaspard de la Nuit: III. ScarJost (Sufjan Grafton), Saturday, 17 June 2017 21:16 (four months ago) Permalink

Yeah, that sounds cool despite it being a cliche.

At first I thought that the song really would have benefitted from some horns, but the more I listened the guitars do a pretty good job of switching back and forth between a more ZZ Top-ish bluesy romp and emulating a super-tight gritty sax section. Feel like that's what they were going for with the parked wah sound.

how's life, Saturday, 17 June 2017 21:48 (four months ago) Permalink

Took a bunch of listens for me but I'm into it. Has that QOTSA swagger that's been absent for a while.

Still think "Elephant" by Tame Impala is PEAK this kind of thing.

yesca, Sunday, 18 June 2017 04:49 (four months ago) Permalink

I can't help but think there are a ton of producers who would've been a better fit for this sort of thing than Ronson.

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Sunday, 18 June 2017 05:16 (four months ago) Permalink

Looks like I nailed the release date back in April ;-)

Unchanging Window (Ross), Sunday, 18 June 2017 05:56 (four months ago) Permalink

I just got around to Dave Catching's solo album that came out last month and it's really impressive. The conceit being that each of the songs is a different band, Desert Session-ish. Plenty of old Queens dudes like Lanegan, Gene Troutman, Joey Castillo.

how's life, Wednesday, 21 June 2017 21:26 (three months ago) Permalink

That sounds great!

I love the desert sessions w PJ

Unchanging Window (Ross), Wednesday, 21 June 2017 21:42 (three months ago) Permalink

No PJ this time i think, but Johnette Napolitano? Also women who I don't know: Serrina Simms (from one of Troy Van Leeuwen's aside projects - he's also in the mix here) and Liela Moss.

how's life, Wednesday, 21 June 2017 21:58 (three months ago) Permalink

Here's the full list of personnel. Guess this has been in the can for a few years!

http://www.thefade.net/news/dave-catching-teases-new-album-full-of-desert-rock-superstars/

how's life, Wednesday, 21 June 2017 23:06 (three months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Exa0CzlCb3Y

this is the stuff

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 11 August 2017 15:16 (two months ago) Permalink

I've listened to this a few times. At first it came off as too Zep-y for me, but I'm betting that it will open up for me the more I listen, or in the full context of the album.

how's life, Friday, 11 August 2017 15:34 (two months ago) Permalink

That is more like it

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Friday, 11 August 2017 15:44 (two months ago) Permalink

right on

Week of Wonders (Ross), Friday, 11 August 2017 18:40 (two months ago) Permalink

So cheap and small sounding, Ronson is such a bad fit

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 11 August 2017 18:53 (two months ago) Permalink

both tracks remind me of Era Vulgaris

Week of Wonders (Ross), Friday, 11 August 2017 18:55 (two months ago) Permalink

this song shreds. Kinda can do without the last minute of it but those are some classic QOTSA riffs and jams all the way up to that point.

yesca, Friday, 11 August 2017 20:30 (two months ago) Permalink

Listened to the full album a couple of times. Opening track "Feel Don't Fail Me" has another killer riff but the rest of the record is unremarkable. Was hoping for an album full of the first two releases going back and forth with good rawkin' flow but alas.

There's these macabre synth pads that show up from time-to-time on tracks that sound like they were listening to The Damned's 'Phantasmagoria' or something. In the context of QOTSA they just sound really out of place.

yesca, Saturday, 12 August 2017 14:28 (two months ago) Permalink

There were a few synths on the last record and I think Josh has been getting more into them. He played a few John Carpenter songs on the Alligator Hour, for example, and uswd Wendy Carlos' Clockwork Orange theme as their entrance music at one of their huge shows (Rock In Rio).

I haven't listened to the leak yet. I've heard there are watermarks and lower sound quality etc. I'm still keeping high hopes for the record though.

how's life, Saturday, 12 August 2017 17:48 (two months ago) Permalink

The first video was released this week as an Apple Music exclusive, but someone has it up on Streamable at the moment. It's a fun time.

https://streamable.com/7owib

how's life, Friday, 18 August 2017 11:07 (two months ago) Permalink

I had to remind myself they're on Matador now, and ask the question once again that was posed on the Arcade Fire thread: what's the advantage to being on a major vs. an upper-tier indie?

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Friday, 18 August 2017 11:25 (two months ago) Permalink

I can't really imagine there is any advantage at this point

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 18 August 2017 11:39 (two months ago) Permalink

this is the distillation of their robot rock. saying it's "cheap" is part of the intent. this album kills

Week of Wonders (Ross), Sunday, 20 August 2017 01:59 (two months ago) Permalink

the synths are so lowly pronounced that it's not worth focusing on

Week of Wonders (Ross), Sunday, 20 August 2017 02:00 (two months ago) Permalink

I had to remind myself they're on Matador now, and ask the question once again that was posed on the Arcade Fire thread: what's the advantage to being on a major vs. an upper-tier indie?

Weren't they on Interscope before? Also, explanation for "why" was covered in the AF thread. :)

yesca, Sunday, 20 August 2017 15:30 (two months ago) Permalink

Right, but here they are on an indie, with a glossy video and an album produced by Mark Ronson. What more could a major (which they were on before!) really give them at this point?

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Sunday, 20 August 2017 15:34 (two months ago) Permalink

Well, Matador is a bit of an outlier in the indie world having been infused with operational knowledge and cash from Atlantic and Capitol during the 90's. Arguably they're an indie that operates like a major but with very good taste, which is about as good as you could hope for in the collision between business and art.

This said, my assumption is that Queens would be on the majors without any hesitation if they could be but the Queens brand isn't as strong as it once was.

yesca, Sunday, 20 August 2017 15:53 (two months ago) Permalink

I don't feel like doing the research to prove it lol but I'm willing to bet they sell more records and are a bigger concert draw than a decent number of current major label bands are.

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Sunday, 20 August 2017 16:05 (two months ago) Permalink

Like Clockwork (their first for Matador) was also their first #1 album.

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Sunday, 20 August 2017 16:06 (two months ago) Permalink

x-post

True, but that also likely coincided with a weak week for new releases. The number of records you need to sell these days to debut at #1, if you're not competing with a blockbuster release, is woefully low. I believe the QOTSA #1 was something like 40k at most.

vmajestic, Sunday, 20 August 2017 16:22 (two months ago) Permalink

With majors these days is really just a matter of opportunity cost. Yeah, you could invest cash and operational attention into Queens who clearly can be part of the key roster on either of the big stages at Coachella but are you going to do that when you've got Beyonce, Gaga, and Kanye capable of millions of sold instead of thousands? Hell no.

yesca, Sunday, 20 August 2017 17:18 (two months ago) Permalink

I dunno. Feels like your logic is a bit fallacious in the age of streaming, not to mention the age of Arcade Fire, Grizzly Bear, etc being on majors. I wouldn't be surprised if Homme et al straight-up didn't want to work with a major (and they don't need to, either).

maura, Sunday, 20 August 2017 17:48 (two months ago) Permalink

I do wonder if this one will debut at No. 1 as well. Now that streaming (which gives huge boosts to hip-hop and R&B artists and does bupkis for pop and rock) in the picture I could see it topping the sales chart but not the overall Billboard 200, a la the Stone Sour record from a few weeks ago.

maura, Sunday, 20 August 2017 17:52 (two months ago) Permalink

There's some T Rex/Neil Young influences on this record.

Week of Wonders (Ross), Sunday, 20 August 2017 21:06 (two months ago) Permalink

this shit starts out so funky

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 25 August 2017 14:58 (one month ago) Permalink

this album rocks

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 25 August 2017 15:06 (one month ago) Permalink

I'm trying to get the hang of it. There are great moments for sure, but I haven't come around on the slower/mid-tempoed stuff yet. I'm kinda withholding my reactions though until I give it a few more chances.

how's life, Friday, 25 August 2017 15:18 (one month ago) Permalink

The first track is nuts, that's for sure.

how's life, Friday, 25 August 2017 15:18 (one month ago) Permalink

"the evil has landed" is still my fav track

Week of Wonders (Ross), Friday, 25 August 2017 15:23 (one month ago) Permalink

from the singles i imagined this record would be groovy but potentially depthless, but idk, the more mid-tempo stuff ("fortress" and "domesticated animals" especially) is buoyed by some of homme's best melodies imo

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 25 August 2017 15:23 (one month ago) Permalink

the last track is maybe my favorite qotsa song ever????

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Friday, 25 August 2017 15:48 (one month ago) Permalink

I just listened to that one again over lunch! I had kinda tuned out by that point when I gave the album a spin this morning on the way in. It's definitely one of the better songs. Might be my way in.

how's life, Friday, 25 August 2017 16:39 (one month ago) Permalink

not sure about this one tbh

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Friday, 25 August 2017 17:26 (one month ago) Permalink

Up to no. 3 'Domesticated Animals" and I know that I'll be buying it.

The only remotely weak record Homme/Queens has made is Lullabies. And yeah, this single is pretty weak, poorest single since "little Sister."

veronica moser, Friday, 25 August 2017 19:13 (one month ago) Permalink

Lullabies is great. It's a sprawling mess in the best way

Week of Wonders (Ross), Friday, 25 August 2017 19:20 (one month ago) Permalink

I like Lullabies a lot. It has 4 or 5 of their very best tunes and the production is appealingly weird.

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Friday, 25 August 2017 19:23 (one month ago) Permalink

i am p much exactly with vm, lullabies only one that's not good/great, but ime it was/remains v popular

Roberto Spiralli, Friday, 25 August 2017 19:25 (one month ago) Permalink

hmmph…

I would like it if Crooked Vultures came back… gives me my JPJ fix and I get to enjoy Grohl playing drums and not being pass/ag about music that ain't punk rock or butt rock…

veronica moser, Friday, 25 August 2017 19:26 (one month ago) Permalink

xxxp are you kidding? that would be their high water mark imo

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Friday, 25 August 2017 20:36 (one month ago) Permalink

lucky bastards @ reading festival.

surprise guests.

mark e, Friday, 25 August 2017 20:48 (one month ago) Permalink

1. Rated r (one of my favorite records ever made) 2. S/t, 3. Era Vulgaris, 4. Them crooked Vultures (totally think this record belongs in any such ranking) 4. Songs… 7. Lullabies

haven't listened to Clockwork and Villains enuff, but know that they're better than

veronica moser, Friday, 25 August 2017 21:03 (one month ago) Permalink

…Lullabies…

veronica moser, Friday, 25 August 2017 21:03 (one month ago) Permalink

the Vultures record drags like hell imho

a serious and fascinating fartist (Simon H.), Friday, 25 August 2017 21:05 (one month ago) Permalink

These guys have 4 million Spotify listeners. That's like half of led zep.

calstars, Friday, 25 August 2017 21:15 (one month ago) Permalink

i really love the single in the context of the album

Week of Wonders (Ross), Saturday, 26 August 2017 01:09 (one month ago) Permalink

I'm gonna be the asshole that says they are a great band but also thinks the original s/t is still the best

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 26 August 2017 01:11 (one month ago) Permalink

S/t is by far the best then songs for the deaf then rated r

starving street dogs of punk rock (Odysseus), Saturday, 26 August 2017 13:09 (one month ago) Permalink

close your eyes and dream me home

ToddBonzalez (BradNelson), Saturday, 26 August 2017 14:04 (one month ago) Permalink

Liking this more and more with each listen. Fortress and the title track are actual dad-rock par excellence.

how's life, Saturday, 26 August 2017 14:12 (one month ago) Permalink

Fortress is quickly becoming a favorite. The production in some ways was difficult for me to connect with, especially the drums. However, the almost underdeveloped synths and similar drum sound on each track makes the album feel more uniform. And it swings

Week of Wonders (Ross), Saturday, 26 August 2017 18:06 (one month ago) Permalink

first spin through, fortress jumped out. we'll see what grows

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Sunday, 27 August 2017 23:46 (one month ago) Permalink

First and last tracks are amazing. I want to see the full musical based on this soundtrack.

you are juror number 144 and we will excuse you (Sufjan Grafton), Monday, 28 August 2017 01:24 (one month ago) Permalink

This album clicked with me this morning!

Sometimes I need time to dig on the album that is not the album I wanted.

I still think Ronson makes drums sound click and sometimes the guitars they are being crunched thru some old sampler

but I see the sort of arty/poppier/glammier thing that Homme was going for and maybe Ronson got him in a different zone

They are a remarkable band in many ways.

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 29 August 2017 16:34 (one month ago) Permalink

I love the singles so much more within the context of everything else

you are juror number 144 and we will excuse you (Sufjan Grafton), Tuesday, 29 August 2017 16:38 (one month ago) Permalink

yeah me too

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 29 August 2017 17:31 (one month ago) Permalink

the back half of fortress where it turns into sabbath's "snowblind" as played by crazy horse...

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Sunday, 3 September 2017 21:23 (one month ago) Permalink

head like a haunted house has those t-rex backing vox too

Week of Wonders (Ross), Sunday, 3 September 2017 21:40 (one month ago) Permalink

The "Telegram Sam" (and "Keep Your Hands To Yourself' !?!) is strong in "Un-Reborn Again".

to fly across the city and find Aerosmith's car (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 4 September 2017 05:44 (one month ago) Permalink

totally feel that way McCain

Week of Wonders (Ross), Monday, 4 September 2017 06:53 (one month ago) Permalink

i love that this record's intro is literally a lyrical ode to the powers of rock

Week of Wonders (Ross), Monday, 4 September 2017 06:54 (one month ago) Permalink


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