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Desert Rock in the 90s

372	Desert Rock Discussion with Director Jason Georgiades

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What is Desert Rock? A scene? A sound? We chat with the Desert Age filmmaker to understand what made it so unique.

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Going into this episode, we thought desert rock and stoner rock were the same thing. We were wrong. We thought the "desert rock sound" started with the Sabbath influence lowend fuzzed riffs of Kyuss. We were wrong on that as well. There is an important lesson here - makes sure you are open to preconceived notions being challenged because the truth maybe more interesting than the vision in your head. That wasn't only the case for us. We invited on Jason Georgiades, director of Desert Age, a film about the 80s and 90s desert rock scene, who also had to shift his thinking once he started digging into history, talking to the people, and hearing the music of the California desert around Palm Springs. You've heard of Queens of the Stone Age and Kyuss, but what about Across the River and Yawning Man? Or Unsound or Target 13? We talk the bands, the landscape, the (lack of) places to play and the illegal substances that made the desert rock scene of the truly most original in punk, alternative and hard rock. We also get a behind the scenes look at the making of a rock documentary in the twenty first century.

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - Green Machine by Kyuss
  • 11:05 - Monster in the Parasol from The Desert Sessions, Vol 3 & 4
  • 24:04 - N.O. by Across The River
  • 35:37 - She Got Me (When She Got Her Dress On) by Masters of Reality
  • 53:33 - Rock Formations by Yawning Man
  • Outro - Rodney on the Roq by Target 13

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