Charlotte Gunn

‘Desert Sessions Vol 11/12: Arrivederci Despair/Tightwads & Nitwits & Critics & Heels’ : Josh Homme talks through the new record track by track

Earlier this year, we met Josh Homme at his Pink Duck studios in LA to talk through the latest iteration of his rock n' roll supergroup: Desert Sessions. We had a long chat about each track on the album, recorded at Rancho De La Luna in the Californian desert.

The Big Read – Haim: “The mantra of this record is all about being fearless”

Through death, depression and diabetes Haim just keep getting stronger. With that difficult second album out the way – and an even more difficult couple of years personally behind them – the Cali sisters are back with a load of new tunes, a ripped-up rule book and a determination to do things their way. Charlotte Gunn meets the band in LA and finds that if you’re going to throw Haim lemons, you better get ready for a whole lot of lemonade.

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The Big Read – Josh Homme’s Desert Sessions: “I’m like a tour guide heading deep into the heart of bizarre”

What happens when you take 11 unfamiliar musicians, plonk them in the middle of the Californian desert and ask them, simply, to create? 16 years since Josh Homme last spun his rock'n'Rolodex for his influential collaborations album, he's at it again, forming a brand new bizarro supergroup for 'Desert Sessions Vol. 11/12'. NME Editor Charlotte Gunn heads to LA to quiz the hip-swinging puppet-master about what you get when you cross a Billy Gibbons with a Jake Shears.

The Big Read – Iggy Pop: “Punk has to have a sense of hopelessness about it”

Iggy Pop is not exactly who you think he is. Yes, he’s the punk powerhouse behind some of the greatest live performances in rock ‘n’ roll history. And yes, he's the man behind an embarrassment of killer tracks – among them ‘The Passenger’, ‘Lust For Life’, ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’, ‘Nightclubbing’, ‘Real Wild Child’ – that set a manifesto for rock ‘n’ roll excess. But, as NME Editor Charlotte Gunn finds when she meets with him in London, he’s also a kind, contemplative and curious soul who likes pink, fluffy clouds, collaborating with young artists and “rhythm tracks that go BOING BOING GGRRRRRRRR”. As he releases his eighteenth solo album ‘Free’, Pop ponders whether – after five decades at rock’s coalface – he’s finally won his “million in prizes”.

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