Alright board folks - here's our chance. Mark would like to answer your Blue Funeral questions ON VIDEO. Not your typical email ask and answer, this time we get a video reply!
So here's the deal: Post your questions in this thread by Wed. January 25th
PLEASE take comments and chat about what people ask to a different thread, to avoid clutter here. You can always link to the post here so people know what you're commenting on.
I will be copy/pasting questions into one document, so I thought it would be nice (though obviously not mandatory) to have a general format with name & hometown, then question, so I can just lift it out of your post. For example:
raeni from Joshua Tree, CA, USA asks: Why the name 'Blues Funeral'?
How much of a priority was a Mark Lanegan/Mark Lanegan Band album? Given all of your collaborative works during this time was it easy to put a ML/MLB album to one side in favour of your collaborations, or was it always there, burning in the background?
Blues Funeral has 12 tracks. Approximately how many tracks did you record for the album that were scrapped, and any chance some may get released as B-sides?
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Post by beyondthepale on Jan 14, 2012 7:16:51 GMT -5
Are we allowed more than one question each?
BeyondThePale from Sydney, Australia asks:
Does the album come with a lyric sheet? If not, would you please give Raeni a copy of the lyrics to post on onewhiskey? (So we're not singing along "knives and chains" or "Mike and Jane's" instead of "9th and James".......and yes, it nearly happened)
Travis from Los Angeles ???questions Mark??? - How was the writing and recording experience for Blues Funeral different in comparison to Bubblegum?
...also, when choosing a song to cover what factors go into the process of deciding which song to do? (i.e., the "Tonight" Afghan Whigs cover and the "Julia Dream" Pink Floyd cover are songs that even in your version remain mellow tunes...but what is it that makes you select a more upbeat, faster song to cover? i.e., The Leaving Trains' "Creeping Coastline" or Jeffrey Lee Pierce's "Carry Home"? ...after hearing the original versions then hearing your cover versions I've always thought it was so genius and wondered to myself "how did THIS become THIS?" Please verify my ignorance!)
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Joe from MD. I also back a lyrics sheet if possible . Also curious to know if there are any B sides that didn't make the album cut that may surface elsewhere (nice questions, folks). I understand I can't have all of mine answered, but it's worth a shot!
My main question, have your experiences making Blues Funeral encouraged you to make another solo album sooner? In other words, do you foresee another 8-year gap in between solo albums? Don't get me wrong, your collaborations are phenomenal, was just curious about the solo album timeline (understanding that you never know what will happen next)...
So far the album does seem very electronic...were your collaborations with Soulsavers a big influence while making this album?
Speaking of Soulsavers...it was mentioned a few years ago by Rich Machin that you all recorded a Soulsavers version of Whiskey For the Holy Ghost while making Broken....any chances of that ever seeing the light of day?
Ok I dare *blush* From Nathalie , France : No matter directly with album, but with some of your previous words, a real mystery to me that makes me really wondering : What recipe do you cook with cloves? ;D
Ron from the Midwest USA - Looks like the Clips are off to a decent start. Congrats on getting Chris Paul. Him and Griffin should make quite a pair. Are you able to get to many/any games this season?
Are there any plans to tour the greater (or lesser) US in support of Blues Funeral?
Is your preference to tour as a headliner in smaller venues where you "call the shots" or as an opener to a larger audience similar to the Soulsavers with Depeche Mode where your music can be exposed to many who might be ignorant?
Speaking of collaborations (which I have completely enjoyed thank you) have there been any opportunities to collaborate outside of your normal circle that you are either contemplating or have turned down that you could share?
One last question, I finished the book "Everyone Loves Out Town" about the "Seattle Scene" starting in the early 80s through the late 90s. I think that it is an interesting read. The Trees as individuals and as a group seem to have been held in high regard by their peers. There was a line from a person from Epic who compared the genius of Ornette Colman and the Trees and that his tendency was to leave you alone to make your own music according to your own vision without label interference which is extremely telling (not sure how true but...). It also told of some incidents that lead to some difficult times for you. Is there any key to your surviving and thriving after the difficult times? If so, what would that/those be? What role does music play in that for you?
Thanks for taking the time to do this for us (everyone involved).
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Post by cokboydeluxejr on Jan 14, 2012 12:11:01 GMT -5
Alex from Atlanta asks How much of a role did Josh Homme have in the recording of Blues Funeral in comparison to Bubblegum and Here Comes That Weird Chill? Also, do you think you would ever tour or record with the Queens of the Stone Age again?
What is your usual process for writing a song? Do you start with a lyric or verse then build the lyrics and then add music around it, or start with a melody then work out lyrics to go with it, or something else entirely?
Also, any hints of another Gutter Twins album in the next couple of years?
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