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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 🙂 !!

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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Arctic Monkeys @ Madison Square Garden (February 8, 2014)

By Will Oliver, February 9th 2014 — with 3 comments


Last night was a big night for all Arctic Monkeys fans alike. I was sure that seeing my favorite band headline their biggest show in the states at Madison Square Garden was going to be a seminal moment for all. It should have been their tour de force, their big moment where they finally captivate the audiences that they have deserved here for so long. This arrival was long overdue for sure. With that said, I expected to leave late Saturday night from one of the best gigs of my life, possibly one of the most memorable Arctic Monkeys shows in the United States, period. Maybe that was my fault, because if I’m being 100% real and honest, the show was pretty standard and by the numbers for them, which left me quite perplexed. Read the rest of this entry »

Arctic Monkeys MSG – J.T. Hill

By Will Oliver, February 7th 2014


Tomorrow is the big day. Arctic Monkeys headline MSG in their biggest American show to date. I asked you guys, their biggest fans, to share thoughts on the show, and what its significance means to you.

A few of you guys took the time to write something, which is easier said than done, so thanks to you guys that actually took the time to participate. I appreciate it.

Instead of compiling all them together, I’m going to release them one by one, so each person’s post gets their own individual spotlight.

Find J.T. Hill’s heartfelt post below. Find J.T. on twitter as well.
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Review: Arctic Monkeys – ‘AM’

By Will Oliver, September 10th 2013 — with 3 comments

Arctic Monkeys - AM

Arctic Monkeys – AM | Domino Records | September 10, 2013 | Purchase

With every band there will be those fans who cling onto the bands past doings, digging their nails deep into a certain page in the bands history book, holding no room for change or alteration of that memory. You can’t be one of those if you’re an Arctic Monkeys fan. You just can’t. But with two instantly successful albums with Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not & Favourite Worst Nightmare, you will always have fans whose necks are permanently craned backwards. That’s fine. Arctic Monkeys are moving right past you, with slicked back hair, leather jackets, all while riding on motorcycles and in convertibles, with your girl by their side. Every step they take is a new exploration, a new passion, a new feeling. You can either get on board, or hang on to the past.
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