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From the Vault: Queens and the Stones (and Dave Grohl)

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Looks like Dave Grohl won't just be twiddling his thumbs while Foo Fighters is on hiatus. Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme announced Tuesday on BBC Radio 1 that his musical soul mate and buddy Dave Grohl will be picking up his drum sticks and joining the band to record on QOTSA’s upcoming album. There's no official release date for the record as of late, but it's expected to drop sometime next year. This isn't the first time Grohl has teamed up with Homme, though. In 2002, Grohl manned the drums for their breakout release Songs for the Deaf and later in 2009, the pair joined forces to form Them Crooked Vultures, recruiting John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin to fill out the supergroup's roster. So it goes without saying that the duo are able to produce some pretty remarkable tunes together. During the BBC Radio 1 interview, Homme affirmed saying, "[Grohl] and I have this wonderful musical relationship which we don't have with other people. It's a very cool and comfortable position." It's rumored that Dave might even accompany Queens of the Stone Age on tour to promote the release, but like we said rumored. We'll keep our fingers crossed for now.

While we patiently await more news from the QOTSA crew, join us in taking these VSQ tributes to Queens of the Stone Age out for a spin:


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SXSW, So Far

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The South by Southwest Festival is in full swing in Texas, and with over a thousand bands playing on 80 stages throughout Austin, there’s a whole lot of rock going on in the Lone Star state. The highlights thus far: Jack White Plays a Parking Lot: White parked his mobile Third Man Records pop up truck in an Austin parking lot and treated fans to a rendition of the White Stripes classic “Dead Leaves and Dirty Ground” in addition to Texas staple “Not Fade Away.” No word as to why able-bodied White chose to play in the handicapped spot. Queens of the Stone Age Return: After a three year hiatus, Josh Homme took to the stage, (with a completely different lineup than the original QOtSA), and tore through the band’s eponymous 1998 debut album. In the process, Homme reminded the audience just how much influence his band has had on music’s new crop of psych rockers like Black Mountain and Black Angels, who opened the show. Foo Fighters After Party: VSQ favorites the Foo Fighters took over the venerable Stubb’s BBQ for an after party celebrating the their documentary Back and Forth, which premiered at SXSW’s film festival earlier in the evening. The Foos played their new album Wasting Light in its entirety before tearing through an encore of hits that included “Everlong,” “Learn to Fly,” and “Best of You.” PeeWee Herman Sweetens up Austin: Those walking down Austin’s Congress Street on the first day of the festival got a sweet treat, as Paul Reubens, aka Pee Wee Herman, was on site handing out popsicles and ice cream sandwiches from a Pee Wee emblazoned truck parked outside one of the theatre’s being used for the SXSW’s Film Festival. We don’t know why. Hottest Event this Weekend: Within an hour of  being announced, over 10,000 RSVP's were sent in via text to seal a spot at Kanye West's free performance this Saturday night at SWSX's Vevo Powerstation. Rumor has it that John Legend will make an appearance alongside West to entertain the venues 2,500 max. capacity audience. Be sure to check out: String Quartet Tribute to Foo Fighters Available at iTunes and Amazon String Quartet Tribute to White Stripes Available now at iTunes and Amazon Vitamin String Quartet Tribute to Queens of the Stone Age Available now at iTunes and Amazon Vitamin String Quartet Tribute to Kanye West Available now at iTunes and Amazon

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Josh Homme Revives Record Label

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In the midst of touring with Them Crooked Vultures and writing new material for Queens of the Stone Age, among other projects, Josh Homme has decided to revive his record label Rekords Rekords. He has already decided on a bunch of future releases as well it seems. A new Desert Sessions album, that will have a box set of all the recordings from the infamous recordings, will be released. Also, a solo album from QOTSA guitarist Alain Johannes is slated for arrival on shelves. Homme even has plans for DVDs and books as well. When speaking on the revival to Rolling Stone, he said, “I want to make Rekords Rekords like the Wolfman Jack of releasing stuff. You listened to him for his taste. I want to build up a trust with the audience. Our slogan is ‘Where the “Shit” Hits the Fan’ — with the ’shit’ in quotes.” His label, which has been around in several forms since 1997, has recently joined forces with Los Angeles-based indie label Dangerbird for a series of releases, including Johannes’ solo outing. The labels will also put out the debut album from LA-based Mini Mansions, which features QOTSA bassist Mikey "Shoes" Shuman. When commenting on this partnership, Homme noted, “"The reason I went [to Dangerbird] in the first place was because they're about getting things done — 'nuff said. There's no reason to wait or belabor the point about releasing records. This is the time to focus on the consistency of your art.” For more information on future releases visit the label’s site at Recommended Listening:

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Josh Homme Selected as National Record Store Day Ambassador

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Queens of the Stone Age and Them Crooked Vultures front man Josh Homme has been picked as the National Record Store Day Ambassador for this year’s event. To be held this year on April 17th, National Record Store Day was started in 2007 by Eric Levin, Michael Kurtz, Carrie Colliton, Amy Dorfman, Don Van Cleave and Brian Poehner as an idea to celebrate music by offering special one day buys and promotions on the day each year. Many stores have shows or other events, to find out what’s in your area visit Josh takes on the challenge after his bandmate from Eagles Of Death Metal Jessie Hughes filled the role last year as ambassador. Josh explains the finer points of the even in the video below and mentions how some great musical finds can be found on April 17th. Plus it’s shot very classy, and features Josh tinkering on the toy piano. In his words, go out there and give yourself “the eargasm you deserve” this year at your local independent record store.

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