Josh Homme

Josh Homme & Opinions on Superchunk

Queens of the Stone Age founder Josh Homme joins Jim and Greg for a live conversation. And later, a review of I Hate Music, the new record from North Carolina indie rockers Superchunk.

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Josh Homme

While only just 40, Josh Homme is already a rock ‘n’ roll veteran with a ton of projects under his belt. The most famous of those is Queens of the Stone Age, the Palm Desert band who is touring behind its most recent release, Like Clockwork. But before Queens, there was the pioneering stoner rock band Kyuss. That band broke up in 1995, and Josh quit music altogether. But, it was The Screaming Trees and his stint as“youth pastor,”that brought him back to his fans. One of those fans is none other than Dave Grohl. And, while celebrating Grohl's 40th birthday at, where else, Medieval Times, he linked up with John Paul Jones. The trio formed Them Crooked Vultures over a turkey leg, and thus was born one of the greatest rock creation myths ever.

reviewI Hate MusicMajesty Shredding available on iTunes

Superchunk Majesty Shredding

Over three decades in rock, Chapel Hill's Superchunk has kept true to the idealistic indie spirit of its era, regularly turning out records even as members Mac McCaughan and Laura Balance started Merge Records (still one of the most successful indie labels in the game). The band's latest album is I Hate Music. On it, Greg says he hears the band questioning the“music is life, life is music”philosophy it's always held onto. Can music still rejuvenate in the face of death, aging, and burnout? For Superchunk, Jim says, the answer is always yes, and you can hear it in those guitars. I Hate Music might not be the exuberant celebration that was 2010's Majesty Shredding, but Jim and Greg agree it's nevertheless a Buy It record.



“Ring of Fire”Johnny Cash

For his Desert Island Jukebox selection, Greg celebrates the musical legacy of Cowboy Jack Clement, the country music producer, songwriter, and artist who died recenly at age 82. Jack made his name at Memphis's Sun Studios during the 1950's, recording greats like Jerry Lee Lewis. But it was at Columbia that he helped craft Johnny Cash's inimitable "Ring of Fire." The night before the“Ring of Fire”recording session, Cash had a dream about Mariachi trumpets. And he knew just who to turn to make that dream a reality. Greg credits Clement's horn riff on“Ring of Fire”with the track's enduring energy and distinctiveness.

Featured Songs

  1. Goose Island Credit Music: Pure Sunray,“Caramel,”Pure Sunray, 2013
  2. Backstreet Boys, In a World Like This, In a World Like This, K-BAHN/BMG Rights Management, 2013
  3. Backstreet Boys, Everybody (Backstreet's Back), Backstreet's Back, Jive, 1997
  4. Queens of the Stone Age, I Sat by the Ocean, …Like Clockwork, Matador/Rekords Rekords, 2013
  5. Kyuss, Thumb, Blues for the Red Sun, Dali, 1992
  6. The Desert Sessions, Hanging Tree, Desert Sessions, Volumes 7&8, Southern Lord/Rekords Rekords, 2001
  7. Kyuss, One Inch Man, … And the Circus Leaves Town, Elektra, 1995
  8. Kyuss, Green Machine, Blues for the Red Sun, Dali, 1992
  9. Queens of the Stone Age, Regular John, Queens of the Stone Age, Domino/Ipecac Recordings/Liberator/Loosegroove/Man's Ruin/Roadrunner, 1998
  10. Queens of the Stone Age, Avon, Queens of the Stone Age, Domino/Ipecac Recordings/Liberator/Loosegroove/Man's Ruin/Roadrunner, 1998
  11. Queens of the Stone Age, Go with the Flow, Songs for the Deaf, Polydor, 2003
  12. Queens of the Stone Age, Feel Good Hit of the Summer, Rated R, Interscope, 2000
  13. Queens of the Stone Age, First It Giveth, Songs for the Deaf, Interscope, 2003
  14. Them Crooked Vultures, No One Loves Me & Neither Do I, Them Crooked Vultures, RCA/DGC/Interscope, 2009 Them Crooked Vultures,“Scumbag Blues,”Them Crooked Vultures, RCA/DGC/Interscope, 2009
  15. Queens of the Stone Age, I'm Designer, Era Vulgaris, Interscope/Rekords Rekords, 2007
  16. Queens of the Stone Age, I Appear Missing, … Like Clockwork, Matador/Rekords Rekords, 2013
  17. Queens of the Stone Age, No One Knows, Songs for the Deaf, Interscope, 2002
  18. Superchunk, Overflows, I Hate Music, Merge, 2013
  19. Superchunk, Me & You & Jackie Mittoo, I Hate Music, Merge, 2013
  20. Johnny Cash, Ring of Fire, Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash, Columbia, 1963
  21. Jodeci, My Phone, Forever My Lady, Uptown/MCA, 1991
  22. Pell Mell, Cinecitta, The Bumper Crop, SST, 1987
  23. Joe Satriani, Surfing with the Alien, Surfing with the Alien, Relativity/Epic, 1987
  24. The Edgar Winter Group, Frankenstein, They Only Come Out at Night, Epic Records, 1973

Footnotes New Kids on the Block comeback Backstreet's Top 5 debut Backstreet Boys's website Man Band Takeover Queens of the Stone Age's band site The Palm Desert Scene Foo Fighters' band site Medieval Times Them Crooked Vultures's band site WUNC in Chapel Hill Merge Records I Hate Music on Merge Records Majesty Shredding on Merge Records Cowboy Jack Clement's obit Sun Studios's website Jerry Lee Lewis,“Whole Lotta Shaking” Johnny Cash's artist site“Ring of Fire”