Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme has recruited Primus bassist Les Claypool, ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons and more for the latest all-star installment of The Desert Sessions, his long-running stoner/hard-rock collective series. Volumes 11 and 12, Arrivederci Despair and Tightwads & Nitwits & Critics & Heels, are out October 25th via Matador Records.
The album, which arrives 16 years after Volume 10: I Heart Disco, also features contributions from Scissor Sisters singer Jake Shears, Warpaint drummer Stella Mozgawa, Royal Blood singer-bassist Mike Kerr, Autolux drummer Carla Azar, guitarist Matt Sweeney, actor-comedian Matt Berry, Töôrnst Hülpft and Libby Grace.
Homme, the collective’s lone consistent member, produced the material mostly over a six-day span in December 2018 at Rancho De La Luna studios in Joshua Tree, California.
Pre-orders are available now, including a limited-edition first vinyl pressing that includes a custom “mix and match body swap booklet.”
Liam Lynch directed a hilarious promo video for the album. In the clip, he and an insecure Homme listen back to Desert Sessions samples — which turn out to be totally silent, as the musicians have requested via voicemail that their parts be removed from the final mix. “What if, to add a sense of mystery, you took my name and likeness and all my playing off the record?” Gibbons says. “Not because I don’t like it but to help promote that I’m not on it.”
Homme, the collective’s producer and ringleader, hosted the first Desert Session in 1997 — one year after founding Queens of the Stone Age — during a Joshua Tree writing and recording retreat with friends. A steady stream of albums followed over the next six years, featuring spots from PJ Harvey, Mark Lanegan, Dean Ween and Nick Oliveri, among many others.
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The Desert Sessions Vols. 11 and 12 – Arrivederci Despair / Tightwads & Nitwits & Critics & Heels
1. “Move Together” (lead vocal: Billy F. Gibbons)
2. “Noses in Roses Forever” (lead vocal: Joshua Homme)
3. “Far East for the Trees”
4. “If You Run” (lead vocal: Libby Grace)
5. “Crucifire” (lead vocal: Mike Kerr)
6. “Chic Tweetz” (vocals: Töôrnst Hülpft, Matt Berry)
7. “Something You Can’t See” (lead vocal: Jake Shears)
8. “Easier Said Than Done” (lead vocal: Joshua Homme)