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Iggy Pop and Josh Homme

All the worlds are starting to collide. Rock icon Iggy Pop and Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme have announced that they’ve recorded an album together, and it features some contributions from Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders as well, making the already great deal that much sweeter. The album is called Post Pop Depression and will be released in March via Loma Vista Recordings.

The New York Times’Jon Pareles provided an in-depth feature about the project, giving us some great insight into how it all came together. It features nine tracks that were recorded “in brief bursts” at Homme’s two studios, with one week at his studio in Joshua Tree, and the other at Pink Duck. They collaborated under the condition that neither one bring in completed songs, only ideas. Along with Helders on drums, the only other addition to the studio recordings was Dean Fertitia also of Queens Of The Stone Age, as well as The Dead Weather.

The live band will feature Troy Van Leeuwen (also of Queens Of The Stone Age) and Matt Sweeney of Chavez, along with Helders and Fertita. The shows will be intimate and hard to get into, with Homme saying “There won’t be hardly any shows, and they won’t be in big places, and you won’t be able to get a ticket. So almost everyone won’t see it. It will be like trying to catch smoke in your hands. And that makes it even better. It will be special, and it will be over in the blink of an eye.

Today the group released first single from the album, “Gardenia,” a track that may or may not have been chosen to be premiered first because of its very David Bowie sound. Iggy Pop sounds great, given an extra bit of punch with Homme by his side, and Helders behind the kit.

Below find the official stream of “Gardenia” posted below, along with their performance of it on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night, which marked their official live debut. Can we just note how amazing it is to see Helders behind the kit with Iggy Pop and Homme?


“Gardenia” live on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert:

The Bottletop Band: New Project Feat. Matt Helders

By Will Oliver, December 14th 2010

The Bottletop Band is an exciting newt charity project that teams up Brazilian and British musicians. All proceeds from the project go to grassroots education projects, through the Bottletop organization.

The group consists of UK musicians such as Arctic Monkeys’ drummer, Matt Helders, Gruff Rhys, Reverend and The Makers (Which includes original Arctic Monkeys bassist Andy Nicholson), Eliza Doolittle, Tim Burgess, Carl Barat, and Drew McConnell. Check out the photo above featuring Matt Helders and Andy Nicholson. Cool to see Andy again.

They will release their debut album Dream Service on April 11. You can grab the dreamy first single “Fall of Rome” below:

[mp3]: The Bottletop Band – Fall of Rome

Watch a trailer for the project below, or head here for more information.:

Matt Helders Is Playing In P Diddy’s Backing Band

By Will Oliver, June 14th 2010 — with 2 comments

By now you should probably know that Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders is good buddies with P Diddy. There is even documented proof. Now it looks as though the two have taken their friendship to the next level. Matt made a surprise appearance as the drummer in Diddy’s backing band when Diddy performed his new single “Hell Good Morning”, on the Jonathan Ross show.

I couldn’t help but laugh when I saw Matt drumming during a P Diddy song. He’s completely out of place. Good for Matt though. Looks like the boys are moving on to bigger things with every passing moment,

Don’t know why I didn’t report this sooner, as I saw it before but didn’t post it. We all know how much I love covering the Arctic’s, so I apologize for not being on top of my stuff. Watch it below:

[Video] Matt Helders (Arctic Monkeys) Sings “Last Christmas”

By Will Oliver, December 11th 2009 — with 2 comments

I am going to see Arctic Monkeys tomorrow at Terminal 5 in NYC! I cannot wait. They also played last night (Thurs 12/10) and in the middle of “Fluorescent Adolescent”, Matt Helders did a quick cover of “Last Christmas”!

I gotta say, Matt has really developed his voice! He can really sing now!

Anyway, the video is great! Thanks to Blake for recording the video, and sending it to me!!! Check it out below! :


They better do the same for me tomorrow 🙂 !!

Arctic Monkeys at Brooklyn Steel (May 9, 2018)

By Will Oliver, May 10th 2018 — with 1 comment

Last night Arctic Monkeys made their long-awaited live return to New York City after a good four years away from us. The return comes on the heel of the release of their new album Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino which comes out tomorrow via Domino Records. After announcing a few big shows this summer (including Forest Hills in July) they announced a few much smaller underplay shows to help ease them back into the live game and get the blood pumping again. This included a show last night at Brooklyn Steel, with a capacity of just 1,800 people, making this one of the hottest tickets of the entire year so far.

This was obvious by the insane astronomical second-hand ticketing prices for this show and the countless number of fans desperate to find an extra ticket outside the venue, including one that made a giant sign that they had on display just outside of the venue. As well as a line of hundreds of fans qued up hours before doors to help secure the best spot possible. When the venue released 10 tickets to the show at the box office, about a dozen fans sprinted to the box office as if it was a Black Friday sale. It’s safe to say that this is a very different era of Arctic Monkeys than in the past.
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We All Want Someone’s Best Albums Of 2016

By Will Oliver, January 31st 2017 — with 1 comment

Artwork courtesy of Anthony Bauer
2016 was as busy as any other year in recent memory with the constant release of new albums. It seemed like every week we were bombarded with a surprise album drop from a big star, a long overdue follow-up, or promising debut album that came out of thin air. It was a bit overwhelming, but a damn good problem to have. We lost a few heroes in David Bowie and Leonard Cohen, but gained a few instant classics that served to preserve their memory with an amazing sendoff. Radiohead, A Tribe Called Quest, The Avalanches, and The Last Shadow Puppets all finally returned to us. Frank Ocean delivered not one, but two albums.

There was no shortage of music to be found, especially good music. Below, you can find 50 favorites from 2016, including a few honorable mentions. Believe it or not, there were albums I left off that I would’ve gladly liked to at least mention to you, as they’re all worth your time. That’s saying something.

Call it what you want, best, top or favorites. Either way, these were the 50 albums that helped me get through 2016.
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Iggy Pop at The Capitol Theatre (April 14, 2016)

By Will Oliver, August 30th 2016

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On April 14 Iggy Pop took his latest tour up to Port Chester, New York for a sold out performance at The Capitol Theatre. The performance was an exciting one for me as it was one of the smaller venues on the tour, as the rest of the stops including larger theatre’s, such as United Palace, which they played a few days prior. There’s also the fact that Matt Helders (of Arctic Monkeys) and Josh Homme (of Queens Of The Stone Age), were playing with Iggy, just as they did on his great new album Post Pop Depression, which was released via Loma Vista Recordings.
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Preview: Iggy Pop at The Capitol Theatre

By Will Oliver, April 11th 2016

Iggy Pop

This Thursday Iggy Pop will return for a rather intimate showing at one of the best venues in the New York City area, The Capitol Theatre.

This tour comes in support of his new album Post Pop Depression (released via Loma Vista Recordings), and features the mind-blowing lineup of Josh Homme (Queens Of The Stone Age), Matt Helders (Arctic Monkeys), and and Dean Fertita (of The Dead Weather) as Iggy’s band.

The shows featuring this amazing dream-team line-up are very limited and will only go down during this tour. There aren’t many tour dates across the U.S. this year, especially at a place as intimate as The Capitol Theatre, making it a must see for any fans in the Port Chester/New York City area.

Tickets for the show are currently on sale, but don’t sleep on it to long, they’re bound to be sold out once Thursday hits.

Royal Blood at The Marlin Room at Webster Hall (October 16, 2014)

By Will Oliver, October 29th 2014 — with 3 comments

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On October 16 British duo Royal Blood played The Marlin Room at Webster Hall along with Kan Wakan. It took me until the end of the show to realize it, but it was a special show simply for the reason that Royal Blood are already too big to play small places like that. As UK fans have been aware of for some time, these guys are destined for much bigger things.
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