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November 2, 2019

The return of Desert Sessions features a cast of characters rival to the Wacky Racers. Photo courtesy Desert Sessions Facebook page

I took this summer off to do some more repairs/renovations around my house. This was messy stuff, and I like to have music playing when I do work like this as I am often by myself so it keeps me from going nuts. So I tend to pick the long stuff, or stuff I have made into long play lists.

Josh Homme’s Desert Sessions fits that bill. Each volume is equivalent to one album. So volumes One and Two came out together as one release, so on all the way up to the last, volumes Nine and Ten. Each volume featured famous guests and residents at the studio the series is named after, Rancho De La Luna in the Palm Desert, CA area. For the first volumes, the guests were people who were either recording in Rancho, or were friends of project pioneer Homme. But what a rich pool to pick from, bands like Kyuss, Fatso Jetson, and many of these players would also go on to form Queens Of The Stone Age.

Over time the guest list expanded exponentially, drawing in people like Mark Lanegan, Alain Johannes, and P.J. Harvey. The Desert Sessions provides scouting for new members of QOTSA, as the lineup often mutated until the most recent lineup formed and has remained consistent to this day. This lineup may experience shakeup after Homme’s announcement that the two-year long tour for the disappointing album Viliains proved to be too much for the health and well-being addled Homme. Near death experiences, health scares, losses of close friends and near misses of very close friends at the hands of international terrorists can take a toll on a man. He was recently quoted in the online edition of NME that he wouldn’t mind if QOTSA were a touch smaller, in terms of audience size, reach, etc.

I see this as fulfillment of my expectation that working with Mark Ronson would damage QOTSA in some way. They’d either get too commercial, or too popular, and I totally get where Homme is coming from. I have had some really bad experiences in a couple of QOTSA Facebook groups. But I shouldn’t saddle QOTSA fans with that distinction exclusively, animosity exists in pretty much all of the Facebook fan groups regardless of the artist. With the possible exception of the Mark Mulcahy/Miracle Legion group.

In order for Homme to clear his head of all the Ronson-generated nonsense, he retreated to the desert to collect some hefty names for the most recent edition of the sessions, that being Desert Sessions Vol. 11 & 12. But before we get into those names, let’s further examine what the Desert Sessions are:



May 26, 2018

What happens when a goofball drummer joins a funkoslap bass player, a happy-go-lucky noisemaker guitarist, and a virtuoso keyboardist? Gizmodrome! Photo courtesy Gizmodrome and the internet.

You hear me going on about convergence all the time. This artist I like works with that artist I like. Convergence. Laurie Anderson and Peter Gabriel, the artist who will no longer be named in this column and The Residents, Robert Fripp and Daryl Hall, Talking Heads and Eno, Eno and Devo, Fripp and Bowie, Bowie and the guitarist who is a member in this most unusual band we are about to review, Adrian Belew and if you want circular closure, Adrian Belew and Laurie Anderson.

Slap bassist extraordinaire Mark King has had his unique sound in every household guaranteed. If someone can honestly tell me they haven’t heard the song “Something About You” before, they are either VERY old (and I’m 55, so I know old) or live under a rock. King is one of those ‘taught-myself-how-to-make-a-living-at-this-thing’, type of players. Sophisticated playing with an innovative knack. I could go on about his co-collaborators outside Level 42, but this will be long enough.

The one member I know little about it Vittorio Cosma. He is the host of the band, in Italy. Italy is key to this band’s story as Copeland used the Italian backdrop to lure Belew to compliment the existing band Gizmo. King had opened for The Police back in the day, so Copeland recruited him and with those additions, the band Gizmodrome was born!



November 20, 2017

Mark Mulcahy returns to the Boot And Saddle this time with his new band. Photo by Lynn Vala

“Aw fuck, seriously?” That’s what I said when I was informed that Mark Mulcahy would be returning to the Boot & Saddle in Philadelphia. Not that the Boot and Saddle is a bad place, it has a lot of charm and most of the folks who work there are really nice. Although, when we were there for Miracle Legion last April, the waitress totally forgot our order. So this time I knew better not to even ask. We went over to the Broad Street Diner before going to the venue. Pretty good food there!

Also, not a big fan of the “exhibitionist” bathrooms at the B and S. Who puts a weighted sliding door on the entrance to the restrooms? Most of the people who went into them didn’t close the door all the way! Nobody wants to see that.



May 28, 2017

The newest from Mark Mulcahy “Possum In The Driveway” Photo courtesy of Mezzotint

Mark Mulcahy and I have something in common. We both like the music of (the newly indoctrinated) Dr. Todd Rundgren. A while back I remember reading an interview with Mulcahy in which he expressed dismay over Dr. Rundgren’s initial comments upon taking the stage: “If you came to hear the hits, you may as well turn around and get your money back…”. Much akin to the Doc’s recent position on Donald Trump.

It seems I was in that audience with Mulcahy the night Doc said it. This means little as I am (or was) in a lot of Rundgren’s audiences.

Now keep in mind, Mulcahy is Mulcahy, Rundgren is Rundgren. What that means in at least one aspect, the Rundgren’s time is soon to end. He looks old, he claims to be blind (but I’ve heard that before), and I have yet to purchase or analyze his latest album White Knight. But I know he no longer has the time or patience to make another A Wizard A True Star.

Enter Mark Mulcahy…



April 4, 2016

Sorry folks, no photos of album covers or artists performing live in this blog. In fact, we are embracing the here and now, with a morose eye towards the future. I never thought I would be posting something like this, but in the light of recent events (read: the massive amount of influential musicians who are passing away at a pace none of us can keep up with), I really had no choice. This was a necessity above and beyond my ordinary macabre nature.

For me, I think it started with the death of Alan Myers, the original drummer for Devo. It was a severe blow when a short time later, his bandmate and co-founder of Devo, Robert Casale also (and most definitely unexpectedly) passed away.

Then the onslaught began.


POLARIS (Adventures of Pete & Pete)! First ever tour and new music!

August 26, 2014
The band that only lived on your TV in the 90's resurrects in 2014!  Dave McCaffrey (L),Scott Boutier (C) and Mark Mulcahy (L). Photo courtesy of Mezzotint

The band that only lived on your TV in the 90’s resurrects in 2014! Dave McCaffrey (L),Scott Boutier (C) and Mark Mulcahy (L). Photo courtesy of Mezzotint

Polaris, the band that once only lived in your television is coming to a galaxy near you. Known as the house band for the Nickelodeon show The Adventures of Pete & Pete,  Polaris have never toured and only ever played live once. The fans have been waiting 20 years for this October and now in 2014 it’s finally happening.
The show and the band have become a legend since going off the air. The Adventures of Pete & Pete was about two brothers named Pete, and featured an amazing list of guest stars, like Steve Buscemi, LL Cool J, Patty Hearst, Debby Harry, Michael Stipe, Adam West, John McLaughlin, Iggy Pop and many, many others. Polaris wrote much of the music including the shows iconic theme song “Hey Sandy“. They released an album of music in 1999 and then waited till now to play it live! For a fan of the show, every song in instantly recognizable and this will be the world’s first chance to hear it in person.
Polaris is Mark J. Mulcahy, Scott Boutier and Dave McCaffrey, aka Muggy, Harris and Jersey.  Mulcahy has several solo records. McCaffrey and Boutier were members of Frank Black and the Catholics. All three of them were in the band Miracle Legion.
There is a single planned to coincide with the tour. The song, “Happy Green Moon Face” is the first new Polaris music since the show went off the air in 1996.
The Waiting for October tour dates are:
10/4   – The Met, Providence, RI
10/9   – Hammerstein Ballroom, NYC
10/10 – Spaceland Ballroom, Hamden CT
10/11 – Pearl Street, Northampton MA
10/25 – Codfish Hollow, Maquoketa IA
10/26 – Lincoln Hall, Chicago Il
11/21 – Knitting Factory, Brooklyn NY
11/28 – Johnny Brenda’s, Philly PA
11/29 – Baltimore Soundstage, Baltimore MD
That was a press release I NEVER thought I’d see.  If you read either the review for Mark’s most recent album Dear Mark J. Mulcahy… or his live performance at World Cafe Live, you know he is one of the most talented songwriters as well as being a highly entertaining presence onstage.  If you are local to any of the above listed shows, I HIGHLY recommend you check out the show.
I guarantee Mulcahy will at least make you laugh.


February 28, 2013
Much like the celebrated Warhol painting, Mondo Generator revisit the classic Campbell's soup can image for the cover of "Dog Food".

Much like the celebrated Warhol painting, Mondo Generator revisit the classic Campbell’s soup can image for the cover of “Dog Food”.

I am seeking help.  I am an addict.  I know I have a problem.  It is NOT affecting my health.  But I just can’t help myself.  I keep going and getting more and more.  I can’t stop.  What is my addiction?  Mondo Generator!  I have done something like three or four reviews of either Mondo Generator or Nick Oliveri.  Hell Comes To Your Heart, Death Acoustic, and now Dog Food.

I may have said words to this affect before, but I can’t help it.  Nick Oliveri is a fascinating musician.  He brought the edge to Queens Of The Stone Age, and I’m sorry Josh (Homme) but Queens has not been as edgy without him.  So he had a dust up with his long time girlfriend, he was arrested for going onstage naked at Rock In Rio, with brilliance comes bullshit.

Homme knows this as he has recruited (read: been ordered by Interscope) to bring Oliveri back into the fold for the hopefully soon-to-be released new Queens Of The Stone Age album.  Along with Songs For The Deaf drummer Dave Grohl, who replaces recently departed drummer Joey Castillo.  Castillo recently got married, so I cannot see the correlation between getting married and giving up a steady gig.

Unless he was forced out, by intrusive Interscope.  I can’t wait for Homme’s contract with Interscope to be over so he can release what he wants on his label, Rekords Rekords.

Getting back to Oliveri, the connection is not only to Grohl on the new Queens album, but also on the Dog Food album.  In fact, the disc starts off with Grohl giving a four-count.

Let’s hear what Nick has to say now!


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