May be this album is gonna cheer you up… The music world has been hit by so many losses lately that we really need something to bring the mood up. But picture this, Iggy Pop and QOTSA’s Josh Homme on the same album? The duo has effectively recorded ‘Post Pop Depression’ which will be released in March. Almost nobody knew about it, it was written by Homme and Pop in January and secretly recorded at Homme’s Joshua Tree studio and Burbank’s Pink Duck and the secret was revealed in an interview of both men with the New York Times.
According to Homme, the album will be a sort of follow-up of ‘Lust for Life’…. ‘Where those records pointed, it stopped. But without copying it,’ said Homme, ‘that direction actually goes for miles. And when you keep going for miles you can’t see these two records any more.’ And Iggy Pop even explains the album’s theme: ‘What happens after your years of service? And where is the honor?’… ‘In American life, because it’s so hypercompetitive, what happens when you’re finally useless to everyone except hopefully not yourself? What happens then? And can you continue to be of use to yourself? I had a kind of character in mind. It was sort of a cross between myself and a military veteran.’
The collaboration started with a text message from Pop to Homme, who has obviously always admired Pop. He is well aware he is working with a legend, one of the last rock legends alive: ‘He is the last one of the one-of-a-kinds. This is a much deserved victory lap for a man who’s not sure if he won. But he did. He may have tunneled underground for lots of that, but he still got to the destination.’
For Homme, working on the album also help him cope with the aftermaths of the terrorist attack during his good friend Jesse Hughes and his band Eagles of Death Metal’s show in Paris. The album literally saved him.
The duo decided to have a entire DIY approach, financing the project without a record label, and they could not be happier about it. The new supergroup (which also includes Queens of the Stone Age’s Dean Fertita on guitars and keyboards, Arctic Monkeys’ Matt Helders on drums, Queens of the Stone Age’s Troy Van Leeuwen on guitar, and Chavez’s Matt Sweeney on bass) will also make its debut on the new Late show with Stephen Colbert on Thursday night. Plus, they are planning a brief tour in March, and they promise to pick small venues, which could be a total treat if you can get a ticket!
‘There won’t be hardly any shows, and they won’t be in big places, and you won’t be able to get a ticket,’ added Homme. ‘So almost everyone won’t see it. It will be like trying to catch smoke in your hands. And that makes it even better. It will be special, and it will be over in the blink of an eye.’
The idea to see Iggy Pop and Homme on the same stage almost cheered me up for a few minutes… but I am depressed again if I can’t get a ticket!
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – June 1975 (Volume 7, Number 1)
Smith’s final freelance contribution to Creem.
putting Nigeria on the map
back at # 1 for a third non consecutive week
not a dreamer but a steely eyed businessman and pop musician
Willie Nelson will play at the Palomino fest on Saturday
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – May 1975 (Volume 6, Number 12
Elton John came across as completely engaging
by episode nine, season four, the bastards finally got me sick of Kate!
some hooky and wildly inspired tune
Harry has the summer of his career!