Here’s some breaking news from Los Angeles to brighten up your Monday morning: Joshua Homme’s label Rekords Rekords is set to release three albums this Autumn, all with close ties to Homme and the Queens of the Stoneage family.
Homme’s Rekords Rekords, through a partnership with Ipecac Recordings, will release: Alain Johannes’ Spark (5 October), Mini Mansions (pictured above) self-titled debut (2 November) and a reissue of Queens of The Stone Age’s self-titled debut with three additional songs (26 November).
Mini Mansions line-up includes Michael Shuman of QOTSA, and their debut record has been eagerly awaited by many, ourselves included, especially after impressing us at North By Northeast festival in Toronto this year. Alain Johannes is co-founder of Eleven and a collaborator with Queens of The Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures, Chris Cornell, Mark Lanegan and Spinnerette.
Rekords Rekords’ newly formed affiliation with Ipecac Recordings actually dates back to 2003 when Homme’s ongoing Desert Sessions series released an installment on Ipecac, re-connecting Homme with longtime friends and Ipecac co-owners Mike Patton and Greg Werckman.
“Reports on the death of the record label have been greatly exaggerated,” said Werckman. “Record labels like Rekords Rekords and artists like Joshua Homme continue to wage an assault on mediocrity and complacency in the music industry. We, at Ipecac, are stoked to work side by side with unique talents like Alain, Mini Mansions and el jefe Homme. Keep art in the artists hands.”
Alain Johannes’ record is a tribute to his late wife and fellow Eleven founder Natasha Shneider. “Alain’s record is the total embodiment of what the label stands for,” explains Homme. “The war against endorsing mediocrity and the uncensored attempt to take a leap off the musical cliff. Spark is a stunning examination of figuring out what you do when someone’s gone, and it’s utterly breathtaking.”
A highly sought after, out of print album, the debut release from Queens of The Stone Age has been recreated by Homme as it was initially envisioned, with three tracks that were initially cut from the record reinstated. Queens of The Stone Age will be reissued on Black Friday (a US holiday) as a 180 gram double-gatefold, coloured vinyl release packaged with a CD version. The straight CD release arrives in-stores on Dec. 7.
© Brian Banks, Editor, Music Vice