The Queens of the Stone Age really got popular when "Rated R" came out. A couple years later they put out "Songs For the Deaf" in 2002. We did a huge instore with them at the Hollywood Amoeba. This is when I still worked there and I remember having fun with the sperm artwork for the album. I helped Kara decorate for some of the instores back then and it was hard to resist the sperm artwork on the posters. This was the album that gave us "No One Knows." Nick Oliveri left the band after this album. I am sure his departure will eventually be dramatized in the biopic about the Queens. Lullabies to Paralyze came out a couple years later in 2005. The Queens of the Stone Age now release their fifth studio album.
"Era Vulgaris" is the fifth album. I already seriously love the little character in all the artwork. I mean how could you not love a drunk pirate light bulb with a peg leg. The new album has not strayed too far from what we know as the sound of the Queens of the Stone Age. Josh's signature voice is as great as ever. The album kind of has Hollywood as it theme instead of the desert this time. The album features collaborations by Mark Lanegan and Julian Casablancas. While I have liked certain songs on the last two albums, I have not entirely loved the whole albums since Rated R. But "Era Vulgaris" is actually turning out to be another great album. You can listen to the whole album right now on the bands website. Which is what I am doing right now. The band, of course is not for everyone. I am sometimes surprised of myself for actually liking them. But Josh and friends do something for me. There is no denying the man has a sexy voice. And the band is a nice alternative to some of the bands that I usually listen to. Its always fun to see these guys live as well. I have seen them on most of their tours and it is always exciting to hear the new songs live.
Also out today is the deluxe version of the Sonic Youth album "Daydream Nation." This was their last album of the 80's released in 1988. It is the album that sort of finally brought them some popularity and it remains a fan favorite. It is on countless top album lists. The reissue is similar to what we have seen before with their first two 90;s albums "Goo" and "Dirty." It includes the original album with one bonus track on the first disc. The second disc is live versions of the entire album. They are from different recordings but all from the original tour after the release of the original album. Disc two also includes 4 covers recorded in the studio.
Sonic Youth are always great at combining experimental styles with accessible pop styles. This is what has made them so popular and their fans so loyal. They have never drastically changed their style. They have always sort of been Sonic Youth. Especially beginning with Daydream Nation. Which is when they got most of their fans. These fans, me included, have been a loyal bunch. Mostly because they have consistently released excellent albums. The album will also be released in a 4 lp box on their own label in a couple weeks or so. They have been very good to their fans by always releasing their new albums on vinyl. But they have also been reissuing their albums on lp as well as cd.
Sonic Youth are also know for their amazing live shows. I have seen them many times over the years. I try to never miss them when they come to town because I know the shows will always be amazing. Another amazing thing about this album release is that it is followed by a tour. But this tour is for this album only. They will be peforming the entire "Daydream Nation" album live. Fans are going crazy I'm sure. Unfortunately they are only playing a couple show in the U.S. Basically its Chicago, L.A., and San Francisco. Lucky for me they are playing at Berkeley Community Theater on July 19th. Amazingly both the S.F. and L.A. show are not sold out yet! So go buy your tickets right now!
Here is a list of the Daydream Nation tour....
June 2 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Festival
June 21 - Munich, Germany - Tollwood Festival
June 27 - Berlin, Germany - Columbia Halle
July 5 - Turin, Italy - Spazio
July 6 - Ferrara, Italy - Piazza Castello
July 7 - Rome, Italy - Teatro Romano di Ostia Antica
July 13 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Festival
July 19 - Berkeley, CA - Berkeley Community Theater
July 20 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theater
August 30 - London, England - Roundhouse
August 31 - London, England - Roundhouse
September 1 - London, England - Roundhouse
also out today...
"Datarock Datarock" by Datarock
"Instant Karma: Campaign to Save Darfur"
"Hell Is Invisible, Heaven is Here" by Psychic TV
"Collection" by Traveling Wilburys