This has been out a few weeks, but, if you haven’t seen it, you’re missing out. First of all, the new Queens of the Stone Age album is so, so good and on constant repeat on all my devices that play music. “I Sat by the Ocean” would be the song of the summer in a better world. It’s a hard slap to the face to hear a band unafraid to rock like this. Frontman Josh Homme goes heavy on the Bowie throughout the album, but it’s an overall blistering tour de force with Dave Grohl back on drums. This animated short-feature links several songs, including the entire video for the single, “My God Is the Sun,” and it’s a nightmarish interpretation of what Homme has described as a “manic year.” Visuals by Boneface and animator Liam Brazier.
In related news, the gatefold vinyl release is a thing of beauty, and there’s a special edition released only in local record stores, featuring blue artwork. It comes with a scratch off lottery ticket with a download code that I can’t bring myself to scratch to save my life.