JOSH HOMME APOLOGISES

Now this news piece has been doing the rounds all day and after hearing about it this morning, it seemed to require a bit of patience for the full story to come out and also for some measure of thought before really gathering an opinion, so that’s all this is, it’s merely my opinion and two cents on the whole ordeal…

What a f@#*ing dick head!

It was last night at a Queens Of The Stone Age concert in Los Angeles, that frontman Josh Homme whilst performing on stage, spontaneously booted a photographer right in the face for absolutely no reason at all. Now as many people are and rightfully so, here at Mojo20, we generally celebrate and constantly applaud Homme in his musical endeavours as his artistry, his musical ability and his production genius have elevated him to a position that I don’t believe that many modern musicians have reached and are likely to reach. His music consistently showcases substance and a full and rounded knowledge and understanding of the history of the musician in which he performs and creates. He sits atop the rock n roll mountain with a select few others and can very easily be deemed an icon of modern music. But whether lost in performance or not, kicking a young woman in the face, just isn’t really on is it? I mean, let’s just filter it out slightly and agree that he in no way meant to kick her in the face, he most certainly meant to kick her camera which is no doubt worth something north of a couple of hundred dollars. Be that as it may, he did kick her camera, and subsequently in the face which apparently then led to a night in the emergency room. As previously mentioned, here at Mojo20 we’re big fans of Josh Homme whether it be with QOTSA, Eagles Of Death Metal or any of his other projects, but this is disappointing and just a bit shit. In his official apology statement, Homme has fully accepted responsibility and also stated that there is no good reason for why he did it. His apology is profuse and remorseful but it does still make you wonder what the hell could be running through a mans mind to want to do this. I mean, don’t get me wrong I’ve seen this sort of behaviour before, but last time it was a fourteen year old chav pissing around on the dodgems. As a man of 44 and with a hell of a lot of money in the bank, I cant understand the mind set he must have been in to do this. 

 

I’m not here to condemn him, that’s not at all my place, but in a world with corrupt politicians and false idols, where every actor and director in Hollywood is being accused of sexual atrocities and where good music is so rare, why would one of the more reliably respectable members of the artistic/musical community let himself down like this. Also, his statement runs along the same lines as everybody else in the public eye at the minute, aiming more towards self degradation and humiliation so as to appease the blood thirsty social media hounds and the keyboard warriors, than actually apologising in a personal and intimate level with Chelsea Lauren and doing what’s right without creating a public spectacle of it. But hey, if it was done in private, we’d all have less to Tweet about right? My main concern is that in a world where reputation is so fragile, will Homme have the ability to turn perception around and will this be forgotten I due course? Only time will tell but I certainly hope so.

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Words by Stuart Green (@mojo20_music)

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AN INTERVIEW WITH…PART TIME COOKS

Whether you believe in fate or not, and normally I wouldn’t it’s hard to ignore the magnetic pull of something that is just meant to be, so when starting off on different sides of the globe, coming together by chance and realising their was a job to be done, Part Time Cooks appear to be on a mission to create and produce good Hip-Hop in a genre that has withstood the test of time and is never shy of evolving. Take a look as we caught up with this incredible duo, made up of Saul Goode and Black Moss… This is Part Time Cooks.

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So how’s life for Part Time Cooks right now and where in the world are we finding you?

Life is exciting, We are living in South Korea doing something we never dreamed possible and that’s becoming successful rappers in a foreign country, in Asia.

We loved your last album with Soulchef, where’ve you been since?

Thanks. We dropped two albums within a month of each other and as a direct result of that landed a distribution deal with CJ Entertainment, a music giant out here. Working with Soulchef was a blessing. Dude is really talented. It really fit with our whole aim to be making global, timeless music with people from all over the world that can translate to any corner of the planet. Long story short we have been cooking  and getting ready to plot our South Korea take over. In 2018 this question will be answered in more detail through our releases…

For those that don’t know, tell us how the duo was formed? 

We met through a mutual friend, who also happens to be our DJ, Scotty Soul, 5 years ago. We would run into each other all the time at hip hop events in Seoul and out of a mutual respect a friendship developed. 2 years later we decided to form PTC.

 

Your style is reminiscent of a more old school, more substantial hip-hop. What are your influences and what created the Part Time Cooks sound? 

The first producer we worked with on our Debut EP Midnight Snack, Thovo Beats, is a big reason why we came out with the sound we did. we fell in love with his production and over the course of two weekends laid down the EP. We love jazzy samples but as we grow in this game the more we are trying to move away from sample heavy music which is a nightmare to clear.

 New track ‘Old Friends’ seems to be extremely personal. Can you explain the sentiment behind the track?

‘Old Friends’ lyrics are a nod to the people in our lives who we used to see on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis that we feel as though we don’t have as much time with these days. Speaking for myself I’ve always kind of been the dude that went to the studio each weeknight and afterwards met a different friend or group of friends each night. That just can’t happen anymore due to time restraints and even on the days I could leave the house, I need to spend time with my girl or even myself. It’s somewhat of an apology yet clearly states don’t expect this to stop anytime soon as we know we have ALOT more work to do with this music thing.

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 Your brand new EP is due out at the beginning of 2018. Tell us about it, what can we expect?

Sacrifices is the name of the EP and it follows a similar theme to that of ‘Old Friends’. It’s a very personal glimpse into our new lives and how choosing the particular path we have has affected us. It’s going to have a minimal but include some VERY special features, beats by Elexven, VMC’s Staillest, and Durbanite, Scotty Soul. Albeit a relatively short EP, it’s packed full of lyrical content and timeless production.

What do you see for the future of Hip-Hop and the future of Part Time Cooks?

Hip Hop is here to stay as it has proved that time and time again. There are a lot of people complaining about the lack of substance in newer music today, but if you look at the biggest rappers in the world, they are mostly lyrical and some of this so called “mumble rap” is creative and quite frankly fun as hell. The production I’m hearing on everything from unknown beat makers on SoundCloud up to the number one hits is all out of control. People are taking shit to a whole new level. We may get some people saying that they miss our old sample based formula with our next release, but we are moving with the times because this new wave in production feels good, and leaves more room for a lot more of the melodic hooks we have been writing. 

You can find Part Time Cooks on Facebook, Twitter and at parttimecooks.com

Black Moss & Saul Goode were talking to Stuart Green from Moj20 (@mojo20_music)

 

GRAHAM COXON & LUKE DANIEL / FALLING

Brand new single releases come and go, they’re consistent and continuous and always present for our scrutiny or comment. Every now and again arbitrarily, we’ll grab at one and review it, analysing its content and substance, determining whether or not it’s actually any good. On occasion you’ll find a track you love, or even one that you truly hate. You might even be lucky enough to discover music that truly and honestly moves you. Then there’s this. Then there’s ‘Falling’ by Graham Coxon and Luke Daniel which requires comment and review simply based on the fact that it’s one of the more beautiful, moving and genuine pieces of music I’ve heard throughout the previous eleven months of 2017. That’s based on the song alone, not even the story behind it or it’s eventual intentions.

The Blur guitarist and indie icon Graham Coxon has taken a track that appears to have been written by, in Coxon’s words “a talented unknown songwriter” by the name of Luke Daniel, and  talented is certainly the word for him as the track is a masterpiece, standing tall as a dark and brooding, grand but minimal triumph of a track that has subtle, reminiscent tones of Jake Bugg blended with western-esque guitar picks that create a haunting edge and a visual to the piece, and there’s even a triangle note that stands out in colossal fashion.

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The sentiment is at the forefront throughout the single and the sentiment is by far its most important point as proceeds from the release of the single go towards supporting the charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably). The single will be available for download from the 1st of December (tomorrow), whereas the 7 inch vinyl release is available for pre order from tomorrow, due for release on the 15th of December. I urge you all to do yourselves a favour and get yourself a copy pre-ordered. The cause is worthy and important and the music is wonderful and spellbinding. Without a doubt, Graham Coxon just transcended above his already legitimate legendary status. 

 

Words by Stuart Green (@mojo20_music)

BRITISH SUMMER TIME 2018 ANNOUNCEMENTS

Only a day after touting the Queens Of The Stone Age & Friends festival as being 2018’s hottest ticket, we find that the fourth headliner and latest list of names has been unveiled for the annual British Summer Time concerts in Hyde park and it’s a hall of fame list. With previous names like The Rolling Stones, Mumford & Sons, Kings Of Leon and even the late Tom Petty having played this stage in recent years, it’s never a disappointing line up and this year so far, a truly eclectic bunch have been announced already ranging from Michael Buble to Bruno Mars and even Roger Waters from Pink Floyd, however it’s this fourth wave of the announcements that has turned some heads. 

The 8th of July 2018 will see Eric Clapton, one of the greatest guitarists in history and a master of the blues, take to the Hyde Park stage in front of thousands, and just imagining that sound play out across London is an exciting experience already. However, if you want to really talk about greatest guitarists of all time, you can continue to complete the shortlist by looking straight to the other acts announced for the 8th of July as we also see Santana, Steve Winwood and Gary Clark Jnr on the very same line up. For fans of classic rock n roll and the more guitar based music, this is a dream line up and not one that we ever expected to see in one place. What’s even better is that there’s more to be announced, and you better believe we’ll be anticipating their next move. Well played BST, well played.

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Head to the British Summer Time Facebook page for more information.

Words by Stuart Green (@mojo20_music)

QOTSA NEW FESTIVAL MAY BE THE HOTTEST MUSIC EVENT OF 2018

It was announced earlier this week that Queens Of The Stone Age will be hosting a very special one day festival at London’s Finsbury Park on the 30th of June next year. The festival will be of course be headlined by the rock juggernauts themselves but the event as named Queens Of The Stone Age & Friends will of course feature an eclectic group of their mega star associates including names such as Swedish garage punk outfit The Hives, Hip-Hop super group Run The Jewels & even punk pioneer and general world icon Iggy Pop. 

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With QOTSA frontman Josh Homme having produced Iggy’s last album ‘Post Pop Depression’ it’s perfectly clear how this affiliation has led to Iggy being on the bill, but with the promotional material stating that there are more names to be announced, this has all wondering and trying to connect the dots to figure out who else may be joining the ranks. With Homme so heavily involved could it be that Eagles Of Death Metal also perform? How about Foo Fighters considering Dave Grohl’s previous ties on drumming duties with the QOTSA. Perhaps we’ll even see The Distillers perform if Josh puts a call in to wife Brody Dalle? Who knows, the possibilities are endless, but what it obvious is that for fans of rock n roll music, this is going to be one of the most must see events of 2018, and I for one, can’t wait, and after reading such high praising reviews of the recent QOTSA ‘Villains‘ tour, the headliners will be looking to steal the show.

Words by Stuart Green (@mojo20_music)

THE WOMBATS / LEMON TO A KNIFE FIGHT

Big news for fans of good time indie pop, as Liverdpudlian post punk trio The Wombats have returned with a brand new track as they prepare for the 2018 release of their fourth studio album. ‘Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life’ is The Wombats’ first record since 2015 and will be available from next February, but the lead single has been released and is doing the rounds to a generally positive reception. It’s not hard to see why either as a much more mature but still consistently fun and witty version of the band has returned and their sound appears to have benefitted from the evolution. ‘Lemon To A Knife Fight’ is a much more discrete track than some of the previous offerings from The Wombats and if you look back at the long list of hit tracks we’ve seen out of them, this does stand apart from them all in sound and style. As mentioned though, this is a welcome evolution and despite having a lot of things new about the band, the nostalgia fact is still a present element and will likely still draw fans, as well as keeping them happy.

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The Wombats are one of those bands that made a huge imprint on the music scene upon their debut in 2007 and managed to maintain their spot on the modern music landscape for quite some time, but now it’s more likely that you’ll hear someone remembering them fondly rather than celebrating their current status and position, and it’s a rarity that you’ll meet a casual fan that knows any material that doesn’t feature on their first album, which frankly has a track listing that reads like a greatest hits but at the same time may have them appear a little bit of a one trick pony. So it’s truly exciting to see them return and unveil something as fresh and as brilliant as ‘Lemon To A Knife Fight’ and also begin to reintroduce themselves to the world. We’ll be keeping a close eye on The Wombats from now on and in particular we’ll be looking forward to the new album.

Words by Stuart Green (@mojo20_music)

KATY PERRY BANNED FROM CHINA!

Possibly the strangest headline I’ve ever written before proceeding to write an article or make a report based on the ever changing events of the music universe. But yes, you read it correctly, the ‘California Girls’ star has been banned from performing and is forced to miss out on the Victoria’s Secret fashion show in China, and it might be the funniest thing I’ve read so far today. 

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It all stems from a concert back in 2015 in which Perry wore the Taiwanese flag whilst performing, prompting Chinese authorities to become upset and angered, as they deemed the move controversial. A year before this in 2014, she wore a sunflower gown on stage which was believed to be referencing the Sunflower Student Movement famous for protesting a Chinese trade agreement at the time. Poor choices of clothing by Perry, or over sensitivity by the Chinese officials? Who knows, perhaps both. In fact almost definitely both. China has always displayed strict codes of conduct when it comes to respect and conformity and whether Katy Perry’s choices were overtly political, made out of protest or were just unfortunate and ignorant coincidences or mistakes, the fact remains that China has revoked the singers Visa and entry to the country has not been allowed. It appears that Perry hasn’t been the only victim of the ban as Gigi Hadid and Irina Sharipova have also been handed the ban from Chinese officials. It’s not the first time in music that this has occurred and I’m quite sure it won’t be the last. In fact Perry was banned from entering Australia previously for making a remark about allowing her Dog to go and chase some Koalas. Not a smart move either when you consider how protective of their eco-system Australia is.

In this increasingly sensitive and political world, not a wise move Perry, not a wise move.

Words by Stuart Green (@mojo20_music)