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KING QUEEN JOSH HOMME RESSURECTS DESERT SESSIONS FOR VOLUMES 11 AND 12

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:

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FUCK YOU, FUCK THIS, FUCK THAT AND FUCK THEM. NOW THAT I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION, FATSO JETSON’S “IDLE HANDS” IS WHAT YOU NEED TO HEAR!!!!

August 8, 2017

If you see this disc on sale anywhere, buy it and play it everywhere. Photo courtesy Fatso Jetson

I have long been fascinated by the Desert Rock scene emanating from the Palm Desert area in California. So many quality acts have come out of there, Queens OF The Stone Age (QOTSA) most notably. But there are more acts, Kyuss made a mark, The Dwarves, and some of the names read like a who’s who of music: Nick Oliveri, Blag Dhalia, Alain Johannes (who is currently on tour with P.J. Harvey), and everyone knows this band’s name thanks to global terrorism, Eagles Of Death Metal (if you live under a rock, this was the band that was targeted at the Bataclan massacre in November, 2015).

But there is one band I have not mentioned. Fatso Jetson (FJ). Out of all the bands that rose out of Palm Desert, FJ have to be the heaviest, most groove oriented of the lot. Yes, I know QOTSA are quite heavy on their new album, Villains but I can’t make any judgement on that, it’s not out yet, save for the few songs that have been leaked. I prefer the whole package…

It can be told that I got my hands on the latest disc from Fatso Jetson called Idle Hands. It would seem that all the time spent in the desert ingrained in these guys a rough, take no prisoners approach to song crafting. It comes through during the entire disc.

I know these guys aren’t household names. But they should be. Maybe it’s that familial connection that makes these guys so tight. The lead vocalist and guitarist is Mario Lalli, guitar is also played by Dino Von Lalli, bass is played by Larry Lalli, and drums by Tony Tornay with the addition of Mathias Shneeberger keyboards, guitars, bass and vocals. As it turns out my favorite lyrics on this album were in fact written by Sean Wheeler who also wrote words for “Portuguese Dream” and “The Vincent Letter” (later on in the album).

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QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE RETURN TRIUMPHANT TO TERMINAL 5 IN NYC, 3-25-11

May 10, 2013
The new and improved Queens Of The Stone Age seminal first album.  The re-release has garnered such interest that the band embarked on a tour shortly after a near-death experience by frontman Josh Homme.

The new and improved Queens Of The Stone Age seminal first album. The re-release has garnered such interest that the band embarked on a tour shortly after a near-death experience by frontman Josh Homme.

AUTHOR’S NOTE:  Once again, the Friday Flashback brings you a goodie from our past.  With all the hype about the forthcoming release from Queens Of The Stone Age, …Like Clockwork, we felt it would be a good time to resurrect this review of a live performance of the band shortly after the re-release of their first, self-titled release.  With remixed tracks and additional cuts, this disc was worth buying even if you had the first edition, or if you had a copy of one of the discs that front man Josh Homme resurrected from a palate that was lost in an Interscope warehouse for approximately a decade, this version topped them all.

The only thing better than the disc, was watching the newly expanded Queens (with new members Mikey Schulman and Dean Ferita) play out these tunes and other classic Queens tunes.  Enjoy this new and improved version with YouTube videos courtesy of vizcat!

It was no surprise that the Queens Of The Stone Age (QOTSA) sold out its first tour in many years.  They left fans wanting more after their Era Vulgaris tour, and Josh Homme teased us with his super-group Them Crooked Vultures, which was also economically viable to the point where his cohorts in the band (Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and Led Zepplin bassist/keyboardist/arranger John Paul Jones) want to keep the band productive.

But perhaps it was (according to Rolling Stone) Homme’s recent death scare that made people sell out this tour AND FAST!  You see, if you follow QOTSA, you know that Homme has had trouble with his knee and an emphysema-like illness since the Over The Years and Through The Woods era.  For those of you not familiar with this incident, please read on…

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DWELLING ON THE DARKSIDE, WE REVISIT MONDO GENERATOR IN THE FORM OF NICK OLIVERI’S DEATH ACOUSTIC!

January 21, 2013
The cover of the CD filled with the mellow (?) side of Nick Oliveri and his acoustic interpretations of Queens Of The Stone Age, Mondo Generator and Oliveri standards.  With a title like 'Death Acoustic', I am not sure how mellow these versions will be!  Cover photo courtesy Impedance Records.

The cover of the CD filled with the mellow (?) side of Nick Oliveri and his acoustic interpretations of Queens Of The Stone Age, Mondo Generator and Oliveri standards. With a title like ‘Death Acoustic’, I am not sure how mellow these versions will be! Cover photo courtesy Impedance Records.

AUTHOR’S NOTE: This review was slated to come out right before the new year.  However, it was waylaid by a death in the family, specifically my mother.  Please, no condolences for the woman who said I’d never amount to anything and that I was a “no good, good for nothing”.  While your well wishes are greatly appreciated by me, her absentia is not worth the bandwidth.  But thank you for the kind thoughts in advance.  Back to business, and welcome to the new and improved BouleBlog!  We are out of our syndication deal and are now free to publish what we like when we like.  In the next few weeks you will see subtle changes to the content, and hopefully we will be able to execute some changes to the look of the page.  Thanks to all of our subjects of the blog since July of last year.  You were all important in maintaining a spot on the digital landscape for BouleBlog to inhabit.  Now for the review at hand:

It has been said that I am a forgiving soul.  Just recently I extended a journalistic olive branch to Todd Rundgren via my Facebook page Free Progressive (https://www.facebook.com/groups/FreeProgressive/) as I am not one to hold undeserved grudges.  I have been known to give people second chances that most assuredly didn’t deserve a first chance.  So on the heels of Mondo Generator’s last, less-than-stellar release Hell Comes To Your Heart, we take into account Nick Oliveri’s solo effort Death Acoustic.  I have high hopes as, you really can’t bury a vocal if, in fact, this disc is only an acoustic guitar and voice.

I know many fans are wondering, ‘wait a minute, isn’t he the bassist for acts like Queens Of The Stone Age, Kyuss, Kyuss Lives, The Dwarves, Mondo Generator, as well as the Desert Sessions’?  Die harders have seen the YouTube clips of Oliveri and Josh Homme playing acoustic guitars together.  Here is a clip of Oliveri doing one of the tracks from Death Acoustic, “I’m Gonna Leave You”:

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THE SICK AND SORDID DETAILS OF MONDO GENERATOR’S HELL COMES TO YOU HEART

December 2, 2012
A rare alternate cover of the Mondo Generator CD "Hell Comes To Your Heart".  The cover that is more widely available features a less haunting vision but slightly more risque in its revelation of the female anatomy.

A rare alternate cover of the Mondo Generator CD “Hell Comes To Your Heart”. The cover that is more widely available features a less haunting vision but slightly more risque in its revelation of the female anatomy.

Where does one begin to describe the interesting life led by Mondo Generator leader Nick Oliveri.  Coming to prominence as the bass player, co-lead vocalist and provider of all things dark and cynical for Queens Of The Stone Age (QOTSA), after touring extensively to promote their most successful album to date, Songs For The Deaf, Oliveri was dismissed after a run in on the road involving law enforcement, charging him with battery, blah blah blah.  Law enforcement globally uses charges like battery like most people use salt.  If the police get called out and don’t have any visible offenses handy, they just whip out the old assault and  battery charges and haul somebody off into the hoosegow to drum up some revenue for their local treasury.  Don’t think I am belittling such abuse, it is a serious problem in this country.  But Oliveri has been charged with bullshit offenses simply because he looks like he should be charged with something (bald, long beard, tattoos).  He was videotaped ending a QOTSA show naked in Rio, so those charges were valid.  But being an exhibitionist is no cause to label someone as trouble.

Just because he did not let someone into his apartment is no reason to call out the SWAT team, send robots to his door, and charge him for unlawful weapons possession for having the firearms owned by his late father.  He beat those charges, but that wasn’t the end of his legal trouble.  From this, he was forced to resign from his (and co-leader of QOTSA, Josh Homme) original band Kyuss (renamed Kyuss Lives to prevent legal hassles created by not including Homme and other Kyuss members) as they were being forcibly sued by Homme and the other members on behalf of Interscope records who wanted to maintain control over everything Kyuss.  Interscope is being so petty, they are nit-picking the new QOTSA album and trashed everything Homme recently submitted to the label and the label simply said ‘We don’t like the sound, do it over’.  Then after going into the studio to do the album over, more issues plagued QOTSA as long time drummer Joey Castillo departed the band.  Dave Grohl, who was the drummer on the …Deaf record is being called back into service to satisfy Interscope’s most likely demand that the new record sound more like their successful …Deaf disc.

So to avoid further legal ensnarement, Oliveri resigned from Kyuss Lives and pursued his solo project Mondo Generator.  The Generator has released many interesting discs, but most of them have different band members, and often times Oliveri would tap into Rancho De La Luna veterans to provide live support.  But with the most recent CD, Oliveri has shored up his lineup with drummer Hoss Wright, lead guitarist Mike Pygmie and guitarist Ian Taylor.  There is a plethora of guests on this disc, exemplifying that Oliveri is NOT the bad guy in this Interscope suit.  For example, one of the litigants, Josh Homme, is a guest on the disc and it was recorded at Homme’s Pink Duck studios.  Another litigant, John Garcia, also of Kyuss, is a guest on the disc.  Other notable guests are Ramones C.J. Ramone and Dwarves (another Oliveri former band mate) Blag Dahlia.  In fact, one of the liner notes reads ‘Respect to all of our bands past and present’.

Did the legal system break Nick Oliveri?  Is he going soft? Read on…

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