Posted on September 08, 2013 by Josh
Just a quick note as I've been informed that "Bob and the Monster," the wonderful film about my wonderful friend Bob Forrest, has finally been released. I've seen this film in a few different forms over the past few years and it always brings a smile to my face.
Conratulations to Keirda, Rick, Bob, and everyone else involved in getting this story out.
To download the movie on iTunes, please click here.
Posted on July 18, 2013 by Josh
This morning I awoke to an email from a friend asking me to help call attention to the fact that Radio Helsinki was in danger of being shut down. I have been listening to it now for the past half and hour or so, been looking at old playlists and have to say that it'd be a crying shame if a place where such a beautiful array of music was silenced. Anything anyone can do to help save this station, please do. Look at this... Pretty great.
TEENAGE FANCLUB: Everything flows
The Flaming Groovies: Shake Some Action
Shumen JIMI: Tokyo Story
BLACK FLAG: police story
FLIPPER: Sex Bomb
YELLO: I Love You
AESOP ROCK: Leisure Force
SCOTT WALKER: Seventh Seal
Vibravoid: poupee de sire
Vibravoid: Listen, Can not you hear
LUCKY DRAGONS: Ivy Girl
THE AZTEC MYSTIC: Jaguar
FUCK BUTTONS: Surf Solar
Ratto AND Lehtisalo: Speed ??of light (FinTeng version)
SOLANGE: Losing You
MISFITS: Hybrid Moments
Fugazi: waiting room
TV ON THE RADIO: Wolf Like Me
ALICE COLTRANE: Prema
SUNN O))): Alice
THIN LIZZY: Little Girl In Bloom
"THE WICKER MAN" MAGNET: Willows Song
They just played Quasi! One of my favourite bands. Quasi! I love Quasi and I love Radio Helsinki! Please help keep this around to make all of our lives better.
Posted on June 22, 2013 by Josh
Good morning. Up early. Very little sleep. Just wanted to thank the people of Dover, or anyone present at the Firefly Festival last night. We all had a lot of fun!
Sometimes a little time away from something helps remind one how precious it is.
Have a wonderful summer everyone. Off to Sacramento...
Posted on April 16, 2013 by Josh
After blackening a q-tip with the desert sand from last night, I used my ears to help Andrew mix the final song for the extra songs from the 'I'm With You' sessions. I'd like to apologize for getting a bit behind schedule with these releases. After my foot injury, it was hard to get off my arse during our breaks from tour. I apologize. I'd like to take a moment and publicly thank Andrew Scheps for all of his wonderful work on these songs. It's been a wonderful experience that I'm very grateful for. Thank you to Andrew…and everyone who worked on 'I'm With You.'
As there is one more show in the 'I'm With You' tour, I'd also like to thank everyone, everywhere who came to see us play. It's an honour for me.
Oh, and thank you Debbie for all the tea and treats!
Posted on April 09, 2013 by Josh
Look for some friends and I in the DJ booth tonight at the Fonda.
Posted on February 09, 2013 by Josh
This is a small note to thank everyone who shared an evening with us in New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa.
We all had an mesmerizing time and will never forget all the incredible faces we saw over the past month. People in the front row at festivals, Kangaroos, people in the street, Lions, Elephants and Impala running in the bush, other musicians backstage, friends, family...Die Antwoord! The only thing that helps remind that there is good things happening out there…smiles. I've said it before, but thank you for them.
Lots of love and gratitude…
Is it weird that I've listened to 'Eternal Flame' by the Bangels 7 times this morning?
Posted on November 02, 2012 by Josh
I tried. I practised, I got up there...my brian froze.
What a great song.
Posted on September 30, 2012 by Josh
It's been quite a while since I popped in, said hello. I miss you. I guess that's a silly thing to say, because after all…I'm sitting by myself, typing. I'll tell you what I really miss…STANDING UP ON STAGE! People of the wonderful town of San Antonio, I tried my best, but tonight, more than ever, I really missed standing up. I couldn't get out of my head. I felt like I had a 5000lbs. anvil strapped to my leg. It was weighing me down. I miss running up to my bandmates…going crazy! Physically feeling one with my body. Being free up there. I want to thank you all for being so supportive of me and my foolish breaking of my poor little foot. The support and warm wishes I've received have been truly touching. Thank you. As I said onstage the night I broke my foot, anger doesn't get ya very far. I really can't wait to have both legs working.
Talk to you soon…
Posted on July 03, 2012 by Josh
Bern. What a beautiful city.
I want to thank all of you in attendance tonight for sticking with me. Some of you may've noticed me making funny faces and not moving as much onstage as I usually do (at the beginning of the show). Well, tonight, I played my first show with in-ear monitors. I've been a bit of a stubborn brat about making the switch out of fear that they would make me feel isolated from all of the wonderful people in the room, whether they be 2 feet or 200 feet from me. Well, I did it. I still find it a bit weird, but the best thing is...I heard my bandmates better and clearer. I was told that I sounded a lot clearer. I love everyone out on tour with us. What an amazing group of people they are!!!!!!!
And so, again, slight apologies for making weird faces at the little speakers in my ears. Things are good.
Bren. D'you know who's from Bern?
Posted on July 02, 2012 by Josh
Werchter!!! That was fun! Am I starting a bit of a habit? Nightly musical posts? It's a little difficult to wind down sometimes after doing what we had the good fortune of doing in Werchter tonight. I'm in Brussels, which I believe this band, The Names, were from. Enjoy...
Lots of love...
Posted on July 01, 2012 by Josh
Just wanted to say goodnight to all the people who filled the Stade de France tonight. It was an honour and humbling privilege to share the evening with you. All my love.
Sometimes I listen to a particular song over and over before bed. Sometimes it's this one…
Posted on June 25, 2012 by Josh
Posted on June 24, 2012 by Josh
It is so great to be back across the ocean. Last night's show at Knebworth was a truly magical experience! I want to thank every last one of you for making it so special. I must say, the feeling I get waking up in this country is unlike anything I can describe. I've always loved it over here and I am so grateful for the opportunity play blast music into the English air! Looking forward to doing it tonight...and every other night me and my friends get to blast music into any air!!!!! Thank you!
Here are some songs I've been listening to this morning as my sleep schedule is a bit off...
It Suits Me Well - Sandy Denny
Roy Harper - When And Old Cricketer Leaves The Crease
Late November - Sandy Denny
Free Will And Testament - Robert Wyatt
This Is Where I Belong - The Kinks
English Rose - The Jam
The Dark-Eyed Sailor - Steeleye Span
Also, this song just kills me...so sweet. Thank you England for all of these songs...
Lots of love...
Here we come Ireland...
Here we come Europe!!!
Posted on March 13, 2012 by Josh
Hello there! Good morning! Right now it's 8.56a in LA and the morning couldn't be more perfect. There is a particular kind of morning I prefer...and this is it. After having a bit of time on my hands, yesterday saw the return of a very special thing to my life. Today shall see it as well. Making music with your friends is an unbelievable thing. A feeling you can't find anywhere else...for me.
After having such a joyous day, as I lay my head down to sleep, I had a gander at a video for the song "Did I Let You Know" done by some wonderful people in Brazil. I just wanted to say that the smiles on all of those beautiful faces and the love that is very clear throughout that video made me a very, very happy camper. Someone should send that video to the tourist board as an advert for the incredible capacity for love and happiness the people of Brazil have. I just wanted to thank everyone who took part in that for making such a special song for me even more special. The smiles I see in that video are priceless tokens of affection. Wow, look what you making me sound like!!!
I'll have to get Mauro to translate it for me, but this I do know...obrigado! OBRIGADO!!!!!!!!!
Posted on January 01, 2012 by Josh
I would just like to wish everyone the happiest of New Years.
Thank you ALL for everything.
Posted on December 11, 2011 by Josh
So I tried singing one of my favourite songs last night in Torino. It's a song by an amazing Italian singer called Mina. The song is called Io sono quel che sono. I'm trying, for the first time to "embed media." It probably won't work because it's me doing it, but I think everybody should hear this incredible song. My version last night went a bit funny. My voice got a little tense toward the end. Baby steps...
I love Italy.
Posted on November 17, 2011 by Josh
Just wanted to write a quite note expressing how fabulously, f%#cking, fortunate I feel be on tour with such wonderful people like Femi Kuti & the Positive Force, Fool's Gold and Foals. Watching Femi and the wonderful folks in his band every night was such an uplifting experience for me. Seeing the guitarist Ope Awomolo up close, watching his fingers move is a beautiful and hypnotic thing that I recommend everybody seek out. It was such a joy having them out and we all thank them!
At the moment here in the UK, Fool's Gold has been rocking with us every night! I think I played on the same bill as the singer and bass player Luke when we were fifteen. Maybe fourteen? Raven's playhouse in North Hollywood, anyone? That was over half my ago. Tonight, Luke and I will be on the same bill at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield. I probably listened to Pulp or Cabaret Voltaire on my way to that Raven's show. I think I'm a little less nervous now than I was back at the Raven's Playhouse where I seem to recall playing most of the gig with my back to the crowd of about twenty two people. There will be a few more than that there tonight and I hope you ALL enjoy Fool's Gold! They are one of the most joyous and inventive conjurers of pop music around today. Again, Lewis is an unbelievable guitarist and watching him up close is a incredible honour! Brad came up and blew a ripping solo on "Did I Let You Know" and tore the roof off the MEN here in Manchester the other night. We thank him for that! I love these guys!
Next leg we have Foals who we did a few shows with in South America. I'm surrounded by cool and interesting guitar players on this tour and I love it. I look forward to seeing more of those lads as we tear the final pages off the 2011 calendar.
Again, it's such an amazing privilege to be in a band that has the opportunity to tour with such important and inspiring bands. I know support acts aren't always what one might want to see when you're excited for a headliner, but I really appreciate everyone giving our friends we have out with us a chance to make your heart feel good. The RHCP have always had friends and great people on tour with them. I opened for them a few times and it's always such a loving environment onstage, offstage, backstage and it seems, in front of the stage.
Thank you for all the smiles I've seen thus far.
Posted on November 03, 2011 by Josh
I'm not, as you'd say, the biggest blogger. I've never done it. I've never really communicated en masse. I'm thinking it'll take a few to find my rhythm. My blog rhythm. Rhythmic blogging?
In that this is my first blog, or first entry, I'm not even sure what the appropriate term is, let me just say from the bottom of my heart, thank you to everyone who has welcomed me into the band. It means more to me than you can imagine. Thank you.