Pop Up FUCK CANCER Swap Meet

Brian O'Connor (aka BOC) needs our help and support.

BOC was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in 2010 and has been battling it ever since. Through the years he has been forced to give up touring and even more recently stop doing the odd jobs that have helped support him as he stayed close to home, his family, and his physicians. His most recent medical scans have determined that Brian is in need of more aggressive chemo and radiation treatment, so we are looking to his friends, family, and fans for support.

If you know Brian you know he has led a thousand lives from growing up in family band, The Country Bugs, felling trees in the great northwest, touring the world and playing for hundreds of thousands in The Eagles of Death Metal, being a father, a son, a friend, a mentor, and an inspiration. Odds are, Brian has touched your life in some way.

It is our privilege as a community to take care of our neighbor, so if he's ever melted your face with his bass, or you've had the distinct opportunity to have the time of your life at his Joshua Tree compound, or very simply been on the receiving end of one of his signature bear hugs, we're asking you to lend a hand as best you can now.

Any donations will help with the costs of past medical bills, upcoming rounds of treatment and daily living expenses.
Please give anything you can. Any amount can make a difference.

Thank you.
BOC's family and friends

Mark Lanegan

There are unsung heroes of rock and roll, and then there are complicated cases like Mark Lanegan. The Washington State-born rocker with the voice like a shifting fog earned a spot in rock history as singer for the 1990s slacker psychedelic group the Screaming Trees — remember "Nearly Lost You"? Since those hair-tossing days, Lanegan has kept his credibility fresh by releasing occasional solo albums (last year's Blues Funeral was beat-driven and moodily wonderful), working with bands like Queens of the Stone Age and making leather-and-lace duets with various female singers, most notably Isobel Campbell, formerly of indie favorites Belle and Sebastian. This man doesn't have to worry about being forgotten.

Yet describing Lanegan as a cult figure fails to communicate how very busy — and relevant — he keeps himself. At 48, he's hitting a creative peak, collaborating with a startling variety of artists across the musical spectrum. On Record Store Day, he'll release a single with electronic music doyen Moby. He's on the upcoming QOTSA album, and his band is currently touring with Nick Cave. He's done children's music, dipped into country and embraced electronica.

And Lanegan hasn't forgotten his roots. Today sees the release of the deluxe reissue of Above, the 1995 album from Seattle supergroup Mad Season; Lanegan provides vocals and lyrics on three newly completed tracks. Here's a playlist celebrating the many endeavors of Mark Lanegan, the hardest working secret star in the rock biz.

American indie rock musician and singer-songwriter, born 25th November 1964 in Ellensburg, Washington. Guest vocalist on the Soulsavers` 2007 album "It's Not How Far You Fall, It's The Way You Land" and 2009's "Broken".

Chris Goss

As well as being the founding (and only constant) member of influential desert rock outfit Masters of Reality, Goss is also well known for his production work on albums by Kyuss and Queens of the Stone Age. Largely credited as the Godfather of desert rock, Goss has on several occasions played down the importance of his role in this musical movement. In 1999 he stated, “I can't make any claim at all to inventing desert rock, or stoner rock, or whatever you want to call it. I make rock n roll records, and hopefully try to make the listener feel like I did when I heard my favourite music.”[5]

In 2004, Goss highlighted exactly what kind of music he created, “There's a bunch of weirdos that I work with all the time, and we make what I call "out of whack" Rock records. That's what I do. When people want an "out of whack" weird Rock record, they call me, and I take an "out of whack" amount of money to do it, and I'm glad to be there. It's cool.”[6]

In late 2004, Chris Goss had to be hospitalized due to severe internal infection and the European leg of his tour in support of the new Masters of Reality album Give Us Barabbas had to be postponed indefinitely. After his recuperation, he joined Jeordie White and Zach Hill to release I Got a Brand New Egg Layin' Machine, a "mini LP" released under the name Goon Moon.

Goss appeared with his longtime friend Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age as "The 5:15ers" at the "winter edition" of ArthurFest, performing an intimate set which was "crafted in less than a month as the duo was a rather late addition to the Arthurball line-up as Sunday's headliner".[7] Continuing with Goon Moon, Goss, White and Hill released a full-length album in May 2007 entitled Licker's Last Leg containing many guest artists synonymous with the desert rock scene.

Goss also joined Queens of the Stone Age and Billy Gibbons to perform "Burn the Witch" on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

In 2014, filming completed in Las Vegas for Death in the Desert, a full-length movie for which Goss wrote an original song titled Only the Lonely, performed by singer Roxy Saint, who plays the character Corey in the full-length film, which is directed and produced by Saint's husband, Josh Evans. It stars Michael Madsen, Shayla Beesley and Paz de la Huerta. The movie is inspired by the book Death in the Desert by Cathy Scott, with the screenplay by John Steppling.

Mojave Lords is the new band from Dave Catching and Bingo Richey, and features a veritable who’s who of stoner rock musicians – Joey Castillo, Barrett Martin, Danny Frankel, Brian O’Connor and the legend that is Chris Goss (Masters of Reality). Goss aside, this band is made up of the guys behind the guys: those trusted lieutenants of leading lights such as Joshua Homme and Mark Lanegan, who have blazed the dusty trail of desert rock. Catching alone has played on a sizeable amount of the albums which you’d describe as the canon of stoner rock, including most of the QOTSA albums as well as Masters of Reality, Eagles of Death Metal, Mondo Generator and earthling?

So with the band’s biography proclaiming them to the ‘new wave of desert stoner rock’ it’s no real surprise to find that Unfuckwithable is firmly within the boundaries of the genre and you can hardly argue that this is mere imitation – these guys invented this stuff, or were at least in the room when it happened.

And so ‘Sweet Little Down and Out’ begins with a sneaky riff and mournful wordless falsetto vocals, as utilised by Homme and Goss so often. Yep, it’s Masters vs QOTSA right off the bat. It’s a sophisticated piece of stoner with the usual mix of world weary and hip you expect from these savvy, elder statesmen. So far so good…

Now ‘Hot Throwaway’ is one greasy chicken dinner of a song, though it won’t be your meal giving you sticky fingers. Filth! It’s chorus will be the first earworm to take hold as it slides out on a guitar solo of pure Billy Gibbons goodness. Righteous. The godfathers of desert rock ZZ Top can also be heard in ‘Whole New World’ with its good natured shuffle mixed with the stargazing psychedelic swoon of Masters of Reality. It is maybe too redolent of many other stoner records to be anything other than enjoyably familiar but if it aint broke etc. etc.

Another highlight and the one real major curveball is ‘Dancefloor Slammer’ – All G funk squelchy synths, latino percussion and slinky groove, making it by far the most original and sonically interesting thing here, especially the ending which takes a tilt at the kosmiche in a style which dares you to underestimate the skills and influences of these artists. The other slight surprise is ‘Sage’ which sounds like under-rated grunge also-rans Paw. With drawled vocals and scuffed, taut riffs it possesses a sort of reckless spirit where it sounds like the whole deal could collapse into a squall of feedback at any moment. A real grower.

The quality is not top notch throughout, with some of the songs too formulaic (‘Anytime Rock’) or in thrall of QOTSA’s oddly pitched sexuality (‘Second Skin’), but in the main the song writing is decent and the performances are as good as one might hope.

The title track, and the band’s probable motto ‘Unfuckwithable’ plays the album out in winning fashion as it sits atop a huge thunder of toms and Ram-a-Lama beats and drips so much attitude it really kicks you hard in the nuts and says “How could you ever doubt us?”

Stick with Mojave Lords – these guys know what they’re doing. Stoner satisfaction guaranteed.

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MOJAVE LORDS was born in Joshua Tree, California at Rancho De La Luna recording studio, where Queens Of The Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, Daniel Lanois, The Desert Sessions, Masters Of Reality, UNKLE and countless others have created incredible recordings.

MOJAVE LORDS is the brain-child of musical mastermind David Catching and his neighbor, the equally brilliant Bingo Richey. After years of working with some of the world's brightest rock artists, they decided to team up, strap themselves in to a homemade rocket and press the launch button.

With some help from their friends; Brian "Big Hands" O'Connor, Barrett Martin, Chris Goss, Joey "The Sexy Mexi" Castillo and Danny Frankel, they made what the New York Times is calling "Dark, sexy rock & roll for a brave new race."

This is the next wave of Desert Stoner Rock.

This is mature, smart and visceral.


Featuring members of Eagles Of Death Metal, Queens Of The Stone Age, Screaming Trees, Tuatara, earthlings?, Masters Of Reality.



High Desert quintet Bone Acre makes psych-rock that moves like a grass fire, whipped by the winds of Caroline Heerwagen’s intensely personal lyrics and fed by her smoldering vocals. The band’s name was derived from the title of a novel Heerwagen is writing — a dark tale about a little girl who falls prey to an older boy. And many of those vignettes surface in seething, haunting, raging fashion on Bone Acre’s debut album, “Oll Korrect.”

The album was three or so years in the making. The group — originally Sean Burgess, Adam D’Zurilla, Jason Obergfoll and Shawn Bann — had invited Heerwagen to come on as singer-songwriter. They were working on the music last year when, in October, guitarist Bann committed suicide. Ashley Mendel stepped in to replace him, and Bone Acre recorded the album with Dave Catching at the legendary Rancho De La Luna studio in Joshua Tree (Blind Melon’s Christopher Thorn did the mix). Its sound lives up to the room’s lineage.

The single “Bad Man” is about an abuser. It finds Heerwagen brawling with her demons, and the demonic things inflicted on her. “Just ’cause you’re wrong / doesn’t mean I’m right,” she sings, revealing just one facet of being a victim. Like the other seven episodes on “Oll Korrect,” it’s a case of healing with a howl and exorcism by guitar.


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