Just in time for the holiday season, Josh Homme and his lovable lunkhead pals have released a delightful double-disc way for fans to experience the thunderous live QOTSA blast in their very own homes (preferably through a thick haze of resiny pot smoke). Along with a 14-track CD of crowd-pleasers like No One Knows and Little Sister (recorded live in the UK), Over The Years And Through The Woods boasts a hilariously trippy DVD chronicling 22 songs performed over the course of two gigs at London's Brixton and Kokos venues earlier this year.
This is a package made for stoners, by stoners -- director Chapman Baehler uses crazy camera angles and quick cuts between QOTSA live and older clips of Homme and various erstwhile Queens performing tracks in the studio, creating a perfectly hallucinatory vibe through deft editing. The concert footage itself is both good and comprehensive, but it's the bonus features that really push this comp over the top, though these guys are tricky mo'fuckers and make you dig for the real gems. Select French subtitles under 'audio set-up' to hear a tipsy Homme and his bandmates providing goofy commentary on shitty video clips of ancient QOTSA performances. The only downside is that the bits with Dave Grohl and Nick Oliveri just serve to emphasize how much better the band was when they had a killer rhythm section.