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QOTSA’s “Smooth Sailing”

Queens of the Stone Age finally released the music video for their song “Smooth Sailing” yesterday. The song is from their 2013 album …Like Clockwork, and was the song that stood out for me during my first listen-through of the album.

The video is extremely weird, but what else would you expect from Josh Homme? Nothing less than a bunch of business men getting screwed the heck up, that’s for sure. I’ve watched it a ton of times already since its release yesterday. It’s just beyond entertaining and SO QOTSA.

Check it out!

 

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“Music’s biggest night… to be disrespected.

…A heartfelt F*CK YOU guys.”

Tell it like it is, Trent Reznor!

The 56th Grammy Awards took place last night, and up until the end, I was impressed. I was even entertained by the performances from musicians I never listen to, like Beyonce, P!nk, and Taylor Swift. Needless to say, I was floored by Metallica and Lang Lang coming together for a unique version of “One”, marrying the already hauting riffs and the beautiful piano. And speaking of marriage, how about those 33 couples — gay and straight — getting married by Queen Latifa and Madonna while Macklemore performs “Same Love”?! That was such an emotional and moving moment, even Keith Urban was seen shedding a man tear or five. It was amazing seeing Daft Punk perform for the first time in six years with none other than Stevie Wonder while Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr and Steven Tyler dance their old, wrinkly butts off in the crowd. I think my favourite performance was the Imagine Dragons mashup with Kendrick Lamar. It was unbelievable. If you haven’t seen it, here it is. The first half isn’t really my cup of tea, but from about 2:20 on, it’s just chills.

Between that and a new song performed by half of the Beatles, the performances were great. But that’s all there seemed to be: performances. They left no time to announce most of the categories I was looking forward to. I had to google the winners after the awards show was over. (Led Zeppelin’s Celebration Day won Best Rock Album, apparently. No big deal.)

When it came to the last performance of the night, the grand finale, I was beyond excited. It was the performance I’d been waiting for since they first announced it weeks ago, the performance that I watched the whole 80-hour show for. Trent Reznor, Dave Grohl, Queens of the Stone Age, together?! Basically the Avengers of rock assembling to blow our minds. Perfect, right?! Well it would’ve been, were it not for whatever dumbass running the show cutting their set. I’m not lying when I say I almost threw my phone at the TV. Just over halfway through “My God is the Sun”, their performance became the soundtrack to the show’s credits, then it cut off completely. Yeah, the show was supposed to end at 9:30, and when they cut off the performance, it was already 9:45. But what show starts at 9:45? None, because that’s dumb. What could have possibly been waiting to air at 9:45? Nothing. So why didn’t they just keep going until 10? What was the point? I’m bitter and angry, and I’m not the only one. Trent Reznor’s tweet “Music’s biggest night… to be disrespected. A heartfelt F*CK YOU guys.” has already been retweeted nearly 15,000 times in just 15 hours, and the internet is covered in profane, angry words about what happened. They should have managed their time better, cut down the performances, actually announced some winners (weird, right?) and not pointlessly cut off the performance of the night halfway through a time slot. It was rude, disrespectful, and just a douchebag move. The performance was nothing less than amazing before it got cut, though. I’d post a video of it but the Grammy thugs are out in full force, taking down any and all videos of it from youtube.

The 56th Grammys strung me along, gave me hope, led me on for almost four hours, then left me broken hearted with nowhere to turn for comfort other than a big ol’ tub of Ben & Jerrys.

 

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…Like Clockwork

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Like Clockwork is the sixth studio album from desert rock band, Queens of the Stone Age. It was released on June 3rd, 2013. I know this is late, but it’s my favourite album of 2013 by far. The whole thing has been on repeat since I got it. Seriously, it’s a problem. So I’m going to give it some praise.

It was the first of their albums to top the charts in the United States, and for good reason; it kicks ass. It’s full of Queens of the Stone Age familiarities that make their sound so unique, like singer Josh Homme’s mysterious, seductive voice and his sludgy, dirty guitar riffs. Yet this album differs from their previous ones in the sense that it’s unusually focused. It’s dark, meaningful, and influential, and Josh Homme takes us on a journey with every track.

In 2010, Homme was hospitalized for thirteen days, and consequently bedridden for four months following complications during a routine knee surgical procedure. He sank into a deep depression, and didn’t want to play music anymore. The remaining QOTSA band members encouraged him to return to the band to begin working on a sixth album, to which he responded,

“If you want to make a record with me right now, in the state I’m in, come into the fog. It’s the only chance you’ve got.”

Homme claimed that in the dark, he found …Like Clockwork, and I can’t think of a better explanation for the way the album turned out. I have to admit, it took me a few listens of the full album before I started to fall in love with it. I didn’t like “I Sat by the Ocean” at all but now I can’t stop listening to it. I was thrown off by the dark and serious tone of the songs; it’s not something we’ve heard from Queens of the Stone Age before. But the more I listened to it, the more hooked I found myself. The tracks were so connected to one another that it almost felt like a concept album. With tons of amazing guest artists like Trent Reznor, Elton John, and Dave Grohl on drums for the first time since Songs for the Deaf, this album will not disappoint. …Like Clockwork is, in my opinion, the best album from Queens of the Stone Age since Rated R.

Josh recently announced that this year the band will already be working on another album, which is unusual for them considering that it took them six years to give us something new after Era Vulgaris. They’ll be in the recording studio starting in September, after their …Like Clockwork tour is over. The fact that they’ll most likely be touring again next year to promote yet another album has me beside myself. I’ve seen them twice so far, and they put on one of the best live shows I’ve seen. If you haven’t had a chance to see them live, jump on it next year. You won’t be disappointed.

 

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