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THOM YORKE: RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL SOLD OUT – MARCH 31 HAMMERSTEIN BALLROOM DATE ADDED

THOM YORKE

TOMORROW’S MODERN BOXES TOUR 

RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL SOLD OUT

MARCH 31 HAMMERSTEIN BALLROOM DATE ADDED

TICKETS ON SALE OCTOBER 25

Check Out Thom Yorke’s Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE! performances of TRAFFIC and TWIST & DAWN CHORUS

“like having your brain massaged by an expert.” —BILLBOARD

“mesmerizing”—ROLLING STONE

“a hell of a performance.” —STEREOGUM

Thom Yorke’s March 30th show at Radio City Music Hall is sold out. Due to overwhelming demand Thom Yorke, Nigel Godrich and Tarik Barri a/k/a Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes will be adding a second New York City show on March 31st at Hammerstein Ballroom. Tickets for March 31st go on sale Friday, October 25th at noon.

“Twist” from Thom’s current album, ANIMA (XL Recordings), received its first U.S. network television airing earlier this week when Thom made his debut appearance on JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!. That song and additional KIMMEL performances of “Traffic” and “Dawn Chorus” from ANIMA can be seen HERE and HERE

THOM YORKE
Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes 

10/18/19 — Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre
10/20/19 — Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
10/21/19 — Vancouver, Canada – Orpheum
10/22/19 — Portland, OR – The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
10/25/19 — Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl
10/26/19 — Las Vegas, NV – The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan
10/29/19 — Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
10/30/19 — Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
03/28/20 — Fairfax, VA – Eagle Bank Arena
03/30/20 — New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall
03/31/20 — New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
04/04/20 — Chicago, IL – United Center
04/05/20 — St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
04/08/20 — Denver, CO – Mission Ballroom
06/19/20 — Glasgow, UK – SEC (Scottish Events Centre) Hall 3
06/20/20 — Manchester, UK – O2 Victoria Warehouse
06/21/20 — Manchester, UK – O2 Victoria Warehouse
06/23/20 — London, UK – Eventim Apollo
06/24/20 — London, UK – Eventim Apollo
07/01/20 — Poland – Opener Festival * previously announced
07/1-4/20 — Denmark – Roskilde Festival * previously announced
07/06/20 — Amsterdam, Netherlands – AFAS Live
07/09/20 — Milan, Italy – Ippodromo del Galoppo di San Siro
07/11/20 — Slovakia – Pohoda Festival
07/12/20 — Prague, Czech Republic – Karlin Hall
07/13/20 — Berlin, Germany – Max-Schmeling-Halle

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BECK: HYPERSPACE 14th ALBUM OUT NOVEMBER 22 ON CAPITOL RECORDS

BECK

HYPERSPACE

14th ALBUM OUT NOVEMBER 22 ON CAPITOL RECORDS

NEW SINGLE “UNEVENTFUL DAYS” INCLUDED WITH ALL PRE-ORDERS

Electric life will be in all our brains November 22, when Capitol Records releases Hyperspace: new colors, next phase and the brand new 14th album from seven-time GRAMMY-winning cultural chameleon BECK.

Hyperspace’s new dimensions in sound are the result of Beck’s most collaborative efforts to date. Seven of the album’s 11 tracks—including single “Uneventful Days” and “Saw Lightning” (as featured in the Beats by Dr. Dre Powerbeats Pro campaign and also included with pre-orders)—feature co-writing and co-production from Pharrell Williams. Elsewhere in Hyperspace, “See Through” is co-written/co-produced by frequent Beck collaborator Greg Kurstin, “Star” is co-written/co-produced by Paul Epworth, “Stratosphere” features back-up from Chris Martin, the album’s title track features guest vocals from Terrell Hines, and “Die Waiting” is co-written/co-produced by Cole M.G.N. with backing vocals from Sky Ferreira. Longtime Beck bandmates Jason Falkner, Smokey Hormel and Roger Manning Jr. feature on much of the album as well.

 The complete track listing for Hyperspace is:

            1. Hyperlife
            2. Uneventful Days
            3. Saw Lightning
            4. Die Waiting
            5. Chemical
            6. See Through
            7. Hyperspace
            8. Stratosphere
            9. Dark Places
            10. Star
            11. Everlasting Nothing

Hyperspace will be Beck’s first album since 2017’s Colors, which won Best Alternative Music Album and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical at the 61st GRAMMY Awards earlier this year. Beck’s prolific post-Colors/pre-Hyperspace output has included “Tarantula” from Music Inspired by ROMA, “Super Cool” (featuring Robyn & The Lonely Island) from The LEGO Movie 2, and his feature appearance on Cage The Elephant’s “Night Running”—not to mention roadwork ranging from this summer’s co-headlining amphitheater tour with Cage The Elephant to his 2018 debut headline at Madison Square Garden to a stint as special guest on U2’s The Joshua Tree 2017 Tour.

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METALLICA AND SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY: S&M² BREAKS $5.5M AT THE BOX OFFICE

METALLICA AND SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY: S&M²  BREAKS $5.5M AT THE BOX OFFICE TO BECOME LARGEST EVER GLOBAL ROCK EVENT CINEMA RELEASE 

RETURNS TO THEATERS AROUND THE WORLD ON OCTOBER 30

FILM OF CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED 20TH ANNIVERSARY SHOWS RECORDED LIVE FROM SAN FRANCISCO’S CHASE CENTER FEATURES PERFORMANCES OF SONGS INCLUDING THE MEMORY REMAINS, NO LEAF CLOVER, (ANESTHESIA) PULLING TEETH, MASTER OF PUPPETS AND NOTHING ELSE MATTERS

RETURNING TO THEATERS AROUND THE WORLD ON OCTOBER 30 FOR ONE MORE NIGHT – TICKETS ON SALE TOMORROW FROM METALLICA.FILM

One of the most epic shows of their lives
– Kerrang!

A must see 
– Metal Hammer

The group proved that anything was possible by teaming up with the Symphony… you could practically hear Beethoven roll over
– Rolling Stone

London, UK, 15th November: Following last week’s international release of Metallica and San Francisco Symphony: S&M², the film has cemented itself as the largest ever global rock event cinema release having earned $5.5m at the box office across 95+ countries in 3,700+ cinemas worldwide. Trafalgar Releasing are now pleased to announce that due to the success and continued fan demand, the film will be returning for one more night worldwide on October 30.

2019’s S&M² concerts featured Metallica reuniting with San Francisco Symphony for the first time since the original S&M² performances in 1999 documented by the Grammy-winning live album S&M –plus the first-ever Metallica/SF Symphony renditions of songs written and released since those shows.  Filmed over the two sold-out Metallica shows that opened the Chase Center—the new 18,064-seat arena in San Francisco–Metallica and San Francisco Symphony: S&M² captures more than two and a half hours of James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo joining forces with the nearly 80-strong SF Symphony, with a special appearance by legendary conductor Michael Tilson Thomas.

Following the initial run of screenings worldwide, the film achieved a significant global screen average of $1,500 with 460,000 admissions. The box office in North America saw the film reach $1.2m. On the first day of release, the film reached number four at the North American box office and number three at the UK box office.

Marc Allenby, CEO of Trafalgar Releasing has said on the success: “The S&M² shows illustrated the immense power of the iconic collaboration between Metallica and San Francisco Symphony, from the critical and audience acclaim, to the box office results in cinemas worldwide, this film truly exemplifies the power of bringing fans together around the world via the big screen.”

Tickets for the encore screening on October 30 will be on sale from tomorrow at cinemas worldwide. More information can be found at metallica.film.

About Metallica
Formed in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield, Metallica has become one of the most influential and commercially successful rock bands in history, having sold nearly 120 million albums worldwide and generating nearly 9 billion streams while playing to millions of fans on literally all seven continents. The band’s several multi-platinum albums include Kill ‘em All, Ride The Lightning, Master of Puppets, … And Justice for AllMetallica (commonly referred to as The Black Album), Load, Reload, St. Anger, Death Magnetic, and most recently Hardwired…to Self-Destruct, released in November 2016 and charting at #1 in 32 countries.  

Metallica’s numerous awards and accolades include nine Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, and multiple MTV Video Music Awards, and induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.  In June of 2018, the band was awarded one of the most prestigious musical honors in the world: Sweden’s Polar Music Prize. Metallica is currently in the midst of its WorldWired tour, which began in 2016 and is scheduled to continue through 2020.

About Trafalgar Releasing
Trafalgar Releasing is the global leader in event cinema distribution. A subsidiary of Trafalgar Entertainment, Trafalgar Releasing’s global operations include production, acquisition, marketing and distribution of specialised content to over 4,000 cinemas in more than 100 countries worldwide. 

A full spectrum of releases includes high arts (The Metropolitan Opera, Bolshoi Ballet, Royal Opera House), award winning theatre (The King and I: from the London Palladium, An American In Paris, Funny Girl), iconic moments (Monty Python Live, David Bowie is happening now, They Shall Not Grow Old), heritage music acts (Roger Waters The Wall, David Gilmour Live in Pompeii, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds) and contemporary music sensations (BTS’ Burn the Stage the Movie, Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams, Muse Drones World Tour). 

Headquartered in London, the company also has offices in New York, Los Angeles and Denver. More information about Trafalgar Releasing can be found at www.Trafalgar-Releasing.com.

TAYLOR HAWKINS & THE COATTAIL RIDERS: ALL-NEW FULL-LENGTH ALBUM OUT NOVEMBER 8 ON SHANABELLE/RCA RECORDS

TAYLOR HAWKINS & THE COATTAIL RIDERS

GET THE MONEY

ALL-NEW FULL-LENGTH ALBUM FEATURING ALL-STAR ROCK ROYALTY SUPPORTING CAST 

OUT NOVEMBER 8 ON SHANABELLE/RCA RECORDS

On November 8, Taylor Hawkins will descend from the levitating drum throne on which he’s spent two years on tour supporting Foo Fighters’ international #1 album Concrete and Gold. The forthcoming third Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders album, Get The Money, will be released by Shanabelle/RCA Records on that date, and can be pre-ordered now with all pre-orders receiving the instant grat track “Crossed The Line” (featuring guest turns from Hawkins’ bandmate Dave Grohl and Yes vocalist Jon Davison).

Pre-Order Get The Money here. Listen to “Crossed The Line” here. Exclusive Merch bundles are also be available here.

Produced by John Lousteau and Taylor himself, and mixed by Sylvia Massy, Get The Money follows Taylor’s 2016 six-song mini-LP KOTA by three years almost to the day, and features a scope far wider than KOTA’s takes on suburbia’s bizarro underbelly. The new album finds Taylor and Coattail Riders Chris Chaney, Brent Woods and John Lousteau accompanied by an all-star supporting cast including Taylor’s fellow Foo Fighters Dave Grohl and Pat Smear, Roger Taylor, Joe Walsh, Duff McKagan, Nancy Wilson, Chrissie Hynde, Perry Farrell, LeAnn Rimes and more, collectively creating a staggering, epic sprawl that swerves from classic rock to prog and glam and all points between.

The track listing for Get The Money is:

  1. Crossed the Line (featuring Dave Grohl, Jon Davison)
  2. Don’t Look At Me That Way (featuring Duff McKagan, Nancy Wilson)
  3. You’re No Good at Life No More (featuring Dave Grohl)
  4. I Really Blew It (featuring Dave Grohl, Perry Farrell)
  5. Queen Of The Clowns  (featuring Mark King)
  6. Get the Money (featuring Joe Walsh, Chrissie Hynde, Duff McKagan)
  7. C U in Hell (featuring LeAnn Rimes)
  8. Middle Child (featuring Dave Grohl)
  9. Kiss the Ring
  10. Shapes Of Things (featuring Roger Taylor, Pat Smear, Steve Jones, Gannin Arnold)

Since the Texas-born Laguna-bred force of nature made his Foo Fighting debut on the tour supporting 1997’s sophomore opus The Colour and the Shape, he has been an essential element of the sound and personality of the last great American arena/stadium rock band.  He’s played on Grammy-winning FF albums including There Is Nothing Left To LoseOne by One and Wasting Light, and contributed lead vocals to Concrete and Gold’s “Sunday Rain,” as well as “Cold Day In The Sun” from 2005’s In Your Honor. Taylor’s previous extracurricular output includes two albums from Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders, one with The Birds of Satan, the above-mentioned KOTA mini-LP that featured Hawkins on lead vocals and nearly every instrument.

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THOM YORKE: TOMORROW’S MODERN BOXES TOUR EXTENDED INTO 2020

THOM YORKE 
TOMORROW’S MODERN BOXES TOUR EXTENDED INTO 2020
TICKETS ON SALE OCTOBER 18

ANIMA Out Now on XL Recordings 
Appearing on JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE! Tuesday, October 15

Thom Yorke has extended Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes—the touring entity comprised of Thom, Nigel Godrich and visual artist Tarik Barri—to include new dates across the U.S., UK and Europe beginning March 28 and running through July 13, 2020.

Currently playing in the U.S. through its October 29-30 two-night stand at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes features the trio of  Thom, Nigel and Tarik performing songs spanning Thom’s solo works, including The Eraser, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, Atoms For Peace’s Amok, and of course his recently released ANIMA.

Additionally, ANIMA material will receive its first U.S. network television airing tomorrow night when Thom makes his debut appearance on JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!.

ANIMA was released June 27, accompanied by a Paul Thomas Anderson-directed “one-reeler,” also titled ANIMA, exclusively viewable on Netflix. Both the album and the short film set to three of its songs have received overwhelmingly positive response, including The New York Times noting both the album’s “subtle, complex, changeable layerings and richly shadowy sounds” and praising the film as “elusive, dreamlike and worthy of its leading man: a singer who knows how to move.” Featuring several songs debuted live over the course of previous Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes performances, ANIMAwas written by Yorke, produced by Godrich and features the London Contemporary Orchestra on all nine tracks. 

Reaction to the first few Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes U.S. performances in the wake of ANIMA’s release has been borderline ecstatic. Stereogum raved, “Complex programmed beats plus heavy rhythmic guitar and bass work added up to a powerful launchpad for Yorke’s one-of-a-kind voice, which performed its usual heavenly acrobatics Monday. What often scans as textural on record was much more visceral on stage… this was not a chin-stroking intellectual exercise. Yorke and company were putting on a goddamn show,” while the Columbus Dispatch described TMB as “an immensely effective immersive experience” and Pittsburgh Music Magazine praised the show’s “rave-like atmosphere with visuals that were stunning, dizzying, and dreamlike.”

THOM YORKE
Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes 
New Headline Dates 2020

March 28 — Fairfax VA – EagleBank Arena
March 30 — New York NY – Radio City Music Hall
April 4 —  Chicago IL – United Center
April 5 —  St. Paul MN – Xcel Energy Centre
April 8 — Denver CO – Mission Ballroom

June 19 — Glasgow, UK – SEC (Scottish Events Centre) Hall 3 
June 20 — Manchester, UK – O2 Victoria Warehouse 
June 23 — London, UK – Eventim Apollo 
June 24 — London, UK – Eventim Apollo 
July 1 — Poland – Opener Festival * previously announced 
July 1-4 — Denmark – Roskilde Festival * previously announced
July 6 — Amsterdam, Netherlands – AFAS Live 
July 9 — Milan, Italy – Ippodromo del Galoppo di San Siro 
July 11 — Slovakia – Pohoda Festival
July 12 — Prague, Czech Republic – Karlin Hall 
July 13 — Berlin, Germany – Max-Schmeling-Halle

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PAUL McCARTNEY “HOME TONIGHT” / “IN A HURRY”

PAUL McCARTNEY


“HOME TONIGHT” / “IN A HURRY”
TWO BRAND NEW SONGS OUT NOVEMBER 22ND ON CAPITOL RECORDS


RECORD STORE DAY EXCLUSIVE DOUBLE A-SIDE 7″ PICTURE DISC OUT NOVEMBER 29TH

Paul McCartney has an announcement sure to top fans’ Black Friday shopping lists: On November 22nd Paul will digitally release two never-before-heard tracks—”Home Tonight” and “In A Hurry”—followed by a very limited Record Store Day exclusive double A-side 7-inch picture disc single on November 29th. 

Both “Home Tonight” and “In A Hurry” were recorded during the Greg Kurstin sessions for Paul’s #1 charting album Egypt Station

The limited edition vinyl picture disc will feature new and exclusively created artwork based upon the parlour game exquisite corpse along with a lyric insert.


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NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS NEW ALBUM OUT NOW

NICK CAVE
AND THE BAD SEEDS
New Album

GHOSTEEN 
OUT NOW

Premiere on YouTube last night

Listen to the album here

Ghosteen, the new two part album from Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, is out now across all digital platforms.

Vinyl and CD will be released on Friday 8 November, pre-order now at nickcave.com/ghosteen

The first chance to listen to the new album, Ghosteen premiered globally in full last night on YouTube, accompanied by a video revealing words and lyrics in a beautiful, ethereal cloudscape that shifted in color and made subtle references to each song, watch here.

In addition, listening sessions simultaneously took place in independent record shops across the world,
with fans gathering to experience the music together.

The album was first revealed by Nick Cave on The Red Hand Files in direct response to a question from a fan.

Track Listing:
Part One

1 Spinning Song             4:44 
2 Bright Horses              4:53 
3 Waiting for You           3:55 
4 Night Raid                    5:08
5 Sun Forest                     6:48
6 Galleon Ship                4:15
7 Ghosteen Speaks        4:03
8 Leviathan                      4:48

Part Two

1 Ghosteen             12:11
2 Fireflies                 3:23
3 Hollywood         14:13

‘The songs on the first album are the children.
The songs on the second album are their parents.
Ghosteen is a migrating spirit.’

Nick Cave

The album was recorded in 2018 and early 2019 at Woodshed in Malibu, Nightbird in Los Angeles, Retreat in Brighton and Candybomber in Berlin. It was mixed by Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Lance Powell and Andrew Dominik at Conway in Los Angeles. Cover painting by Tom duBois.

Nick Cave – vocals, piano, synthesizer, backing vocal
Warren Ellis – synthesizer, loops, flute, violin, piano, backing vocals
Thomas Wydler – drums
Martyn Casey – bass
Jim Sclavunos – vibraphone, percussion
George Vjestica – guitar

Ghosteen is the seventeenth studio album from Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, following 2016’s Skeleton Tree, and will be released via Ghosteen Ltd.

Nick Cave is currently in North America on his Conversations tour.

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IGGY POP “LOVES MISSING” VIDEO PREMIERE

IGGY POP

“LOVES MISSING” VIDEO PREMIERE LIVE NOW

FREE OUT NOW ON LOMA VISTA RECORDINGS

On the sparse, measured ‘Loves Missing,’ he sings, ‘Loves screaming, loves missing,’ and you can feel his pain” Rolling Stone


Following his electrifying performance of “James Bond” on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and fascinating conversation with Jim Jarmusch at 92Y, Iggy Pop has now unveiled the video for “Loves Missing” from his new album Free, viewable now at: https://found.ee/LovesMissingVid

Directed by Simon Taylor, the clip for “Loves Missing” was shot on location at Sweat Records in Miami with a special appearance by Ale Campos from Las Nubes, Miami. Like the song itself, the “Loves Missing” video reveals another dimension of what it means to be Free, putting a visual face to raw emotions laid bare via close-ups of Iggy intoning, “She’s thinking about something we all need/All need/Clock’s ticking, not giving her room to breathe/To breathe/Loves screaming/Loves missing/Loves screaming, so quietly and in pain/Loves absent, it’s failing her once again, again.”

Free was released September 6 by Loma Vista Recordings. Featuring collaborators Leron Thomas (trumpet/keys/songwriting) and Noveller (guitar/vocals), the album holds a singular place in Iggy’s canon—and continues to generate appropriately unique praise: The New York Times called the title track “atmospheric and elusive” and more recently praised “Sonali” as “a rushing, fluttering, quasi-waltz that hurries toward an undisclosed destination, whimsical but driven.”Rolling Stone lauded the album’s “certain restrained swagger. The guitars simmer, never boil. The bass swells, and the keyboards shimmer behind him. And all the while, Pop flexes his baritone, expressing himself more clearly than perhaps ever before.” And the Washington Post noted “Iggy haunts these new songs like a dignified spirit — which might make Free an exposition on death, or transcendence, or both.”

Free is available for purchase at https://found.ee/IG_Free

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BROKEN BELLS: “GOOD LUCK”

BROKEN BELLS 

“GOOD LUCK” – NEW SONG AVAILABLE NOW

JAMES MERCER & DANGER MOUSE AT WORK ON THIRD BROKEN BELLS ALBUM

Brian Burton (aka Danger Mouse) and James Mercer (of The Shins), collectively known as Broken Bells, have released their newest song “Good Luck.” The song is available now for purchase and streaming across all platforms through Danger Mouse’s 30th Century Records, via AWAL.  

Much like last year’s “as adventurous as always” (Stereogumstandalone single “Shelter,” “Good Luck” bears the unmistakable sonic signature of Broken Bells unveiled on 2010’s eponymous debut and 2014’s After The Disco—in other words, the instantly recognizable audible fingerprints of both Mercer and Burton melded into something entirely other. As with neo-classic Broken Bells tracks including “The High Road” and “Holding On For Life,” “Good Luck” is completed by deceptively apocalyptic sonic and lyrical imagery that is actually more rooted in present day reality than any dystopian future.  

In other news, it can now be confirmed that Mercer and Burton have reconvened in the studio and are hard at work on a third Broken Bells album.  No release date has been set for this first collection of new Broken Bells material since 2014. 

Contacted for comment, Broken Bells replied collectively: 
“As with ‘Shelter,’ we wanted to release ‘Good Luck’ while it felt timely and reflective of specific discussions between the two of us, questioning the state of things, as we do…  

Both of us are constantly working on music at any given time, yet we always drift back to one another as Broken Bells. When it happens naturally, it happens—and right now it’s happened in the form of writing and recording sessions for the third Broken Bells album.”


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DESERT SESSIONS VOLS. 11 & 12

DESERT SESSIONS

VOLS. 11 & 12
ARRIVEDERCI DESPAIR
TIGHTWADS & NITWITS & CRITICS & HEELS

PERFORMED BY JOSHUA HOMME, CARLA AZAR, MATT BERRY, LES CLAYPOOL, BILLY F. GIBBONS, LIBBY GRACE HACKFORD, TÖÔRNST HÜLPFT, MIKE KERR, STELLA MOGZAWA, JAKE SHEARS, MATT SWEENEY

OUT OCTOBER 25 ON MATADOR RECORDS
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“One of the project’s most impressive lineup of players”  —THE NEW YORK TIMES

Ending a 16-year hiatus since its last installment, the most mythical, longest running rock n roll mixtape odyssey in existence, Desert Sessions will return this October with the most ambitious entries yet in its expansive and elusive catalog: Vols. 11 & 12 (a/k/a respectively as Arrivederci Despair and Tightwads & Nitwits & Critics & Heels) will be released October 25th on Matador Records. A limited edition first vinyl pressing will include a one of a kind custom mix & match body swap booklet. Exclusive merchandise bundles are available for pre-order now at: https://desertsessions.ffm.to/vols11and12

Vols. 11 & 12 were recorded mostly in a six-day span in December 2018 at Rancho De La Luna studios in Joshua Tree, CA, with Queens of the Stone Age founder and Desert Sessions ringleader/producer Joshua Homme enlisting a cast of players including:

Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top)
Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint)
Jake Shears (Scissor Sisters)
Mike Kerr (Royal Blood)
Carla Azar (Autolux, Jack White)
Les Claypool (Primus)
Matt Sweeney (Chavez, Superwolf, Endless Boogie)
Matt Berry (What We Do in the Shadows, Toast of London)
Libby Grace
Töôrnst Hülpft

The results are eight new songs that embody the legacy of freedom from expectations and inhibitions that stretches back to 1997, when Homme led a first retreat to the Joshua Tree desert. What began as a casual writing and recording session amongst friends—isolated from daily distractions and comforts—has since become a possibly infinite body of work. Now spanning 12 volumes over the course of two decades (and a total of two documented live performances), The Desert Sessions has featured some of music’s most cherished icons—past players have included Polly Harvey, Mark Lanegan, Josh Freese, Dean Ween, among many others—deliberately removing themselves from their comfort zones and working together to create some of their most relaxed yet challenging work.

For a glimpse into the various players’ reactions to the completed work, check out a Liam Lynch-directed exclusive video interview with Homme at: https://desertsessions.ffm.to/voicemails.

The tracklist for Desert Sessions Vols. 11 & 12 (a/k/a Arrivederci Despair and Tightwads & Nitwits & Critics & Heels) is:

Move Together (lead vocal: Billy F. Gibbons)
Noses in Roses Forever (lead vocal: Joshua Homme)
Far East for the Trees
If You Run (lead vocal: Libby Grace)
Crucifire (lead vocal: Mike Kerr)
Chic Tweetz (vocals: Töôrnst Hülpft, Matt Berry)
Something You Can’t See (lead vocal: Jake Shears)
Easier Said Than Done (lead vocal: Joshua Homme)