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Joshua Tree CA, United States (1997 – present)

The Desert Sessions are a musical improv series “that cannot be defined.” Founded by Josh Homme in 1997. Artists such as PJ Harvey, Jeordie White, Dave Catching, Nick Oliveri, Mark Lanegan, Chris Goss, Alain Johannes, Dean Ween, Gene Trautmann, and many others have contributed as songwriters and musicians.

The Sessions began in August 1997 at a place called Rancho de la Luna in Joshua Tree, California, when Homme brought together musicians from the bands Monster Magnet, Goatsnake, Earthlings?, Kyuss and Soundgarden. The ranch is an old house filled to the brim with rare and unique recording equipment and instruments and is owned by Dave Catching and the late Fred Drake. Songs are written on the spot in matters of hours usually, and no place in the home is safe from the music. Legend after myth after story has grown around the Sessions, and most of them are most likely quite true. For example, the song “Creosote” from Volumes 9 & 10 was written by Dean Ween and Alain Johannes on the ranch’s front porch immediately after meeting each other in four minutes. The first “session” was not actually a Desert Session per se, but Homme and his band at the time (The Acquitted Felons) playing for three days straight under the non-stop influence of mushrooms. Since then the ranch has grown legendary and the Sessions have only grown in intensity and artistic merit.

The Desert Sessions Volumes

1997 - The Desert Sessions Volume 1 and 2:
Vol. I: Instrumental Driving Music for Felons


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  • petross85

    tropicalhaze that's one of the stupidest things I've ever read

    5 Feb 10:14pm Reply
  • RomanyDagger

    He's just raged because QotSA covered and used songs from the sessions in the their albums.

    14 Jan 9:13pm Reply
  • porcelain_tree

    Who is stealing from whom? Is collaboration stealing? Is being inspired by another artist stealing? If I produce an album for a band and it sounds a bit like my music, is the band stealing from me? If I write a song for one band and then use it in a different band, am I stealing from myself?

    7 Jan 6:27pm Reply
  • tropicalhaze

    more like 'steal ideas from other musicians for your own band -sessions'

    11 Dec 2014 Reply
  • petross85


    8 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Luggas93

    It is all on youtube by the way! ;)

    3 Nov 2014 Reply
  • necrochaves

    soundtrack to get stoned

    21 Aug 2014 Reply
  • HydenAcero

    Anyone knows what happened with volumes 3 & 4?

    10 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Jezuxx

    Fucke me Homme.

    24 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Vietmam


    27 Jun 2014 Reply
  • difler

    These sessions really are the cause of some Awe. And the story behind the first session, is something everyone who calls themselves a musician, should do at least once in their life, imho. ♥

    4 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Karbulot

    Their first EP was the best

    7 May 2014 Reply
  • parazydWhat

    Please give us another Desert Session album! [2]

    22 Apr 2014 Reply

    Please give us another Desert Session album!

    20 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Split_thunder

    все релизы выходили на cd

    15 Apr 2014 Reply
  • CadenMoran

    last night i dreamt JOSH "DESERT SESSION" HOMME was strangling me then i woke and smoke #drykuch to vol1 make way for CADEN MORAN

    3 Apr 2014 Reply
  • partyended

    Much love for this stuff.

    10 Mar 2014 Reply
  • tgriever

    erikngn, какая раскрутка нужна коллективу ребят, которых полмира знает? Это если Оливери, Омм, Харви и Бьорк малопопулярны, то я обоссаная балерина.

    8 Mar 2014 Reply
  • erikngn

    Жаль, что так малопопулярны ребята. Ну а то - выступлений очень мало, раскрутки особо и не было, плюс все релизы кроме последнего выходили чисто на виниле.

    28 Jan 2014 Reply
  • MS_terrorist

    these sessions are masterful! =)

    6 Jan 2014 Reply
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