So yeah, there's a really fucking good reason we put Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age on our cover: as far as live shows are concerned, QOTSA completely OWN. Seriously though, they blazed through a "secret" show at this airplane hangar, kicking things off with "No One Knows" ("Fuck the '80s, we're Queens of the Stone Age. BOWN DOWNT DOWNT DA DOWNT, BOWNT DOWNT DOWNT DA DOWNT...") and then they rolled right through the rest of their new LP - and a personal fave from the older jammies, "Monster In Your Parasol." Crazily potent, fun-ass rock and roll.
The Queens party was filled with drunk industry dorks (hey, we were there, and were definitely twisted - does that make us industry dorks too?) but QOTSA turned it out, and when our man Diplo went on to DJ right after, it got even iller - shout to DJ Chill as the impromptu emcee. "Is Texas in the house?!" More pics from our evening and snarkity snark snark after the jump.
So yeah, side note back to that "industry dork" reference: HAR MAR WE LIKE YOU BUT DUDE PLEASE STOP WEARING ALL THOSE BATHING APE SNEAKERS IT'S NOT A GOOD LOOK. AND EVERYONE TAKING CAMERA SNAPSHOTS ON THEIR SIDEKICKS YOU ARE NOT RICHARD AVEDON AND THOSE MINIPIXEL PICTURES ARE NOT GOING TO COME OUT FLY ANYWAY SO CHILL OUT.
Whew! Now that that's over with, here's a little non T-Mobile photodiary of sorts.
Late in the afternoon, Benzos got their rock on at the Trading Post.
Afterwards, it was time to check A Gun Called Tension's first live show ever - Pretty Girls Make Graves were on backing band duty, and it was fun as hell.
Then we hit Rapid Ric's set - dude was playing all sorts of screwed-n-chopped favorites in tribute to DJ Screw (Phil Collins' "Something In The Air Tonight" on codine time? DOPE!) right before Diplo went on to do an all baile funk set.
We kept rolling with Dip to the QOTSA show (full circle, blog post!) and he was dropping "Walk Like An Egyptian" over Ying Yang Twinz' "Hush" and all was good in the world.