The feverish anticipation that built around the new project involving Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, Queens of the Stone Age mastermind Josh Homme, and drummer/vocalist Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters) was fierce enough that the chances of being let down were precariously high. The phenomena of a "supergroup", as Mr. McKagan expounded upon last month, can be an unfair albatross of motivational misconceptions.
Thankfully, this was clearly not the case with Them Crooked Vultures. The riveting live show they put on at the Paramount last month coincided with the release of their eponymous debut (DGC), a record that I still listen to several times a week--often front to back (in part because of my rabid enthusiasm, it's currently in heavy rotation on KEXP, which pleases me to no end). I don't think there's a clunker anywhere on the record, but there are obvious highlights that everyone reacts to off the bat when they first hear the record. The track I've been turning to again and again these days is "Dead End Friends", which you can listen to after the jump. Also, for an extensive and wildly entertaining look at the backstory of the project, check out this excellent interview from Arthur Magazine.