Hear Josh Homme & Mark Lanegan’s Theme For Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

By Michael Nelson / April 15, 2013 - 11:41 am

Anthony Bourdain and Josh Homme have been buds at least since Queens Of The Stones Age played the No Reservations holiday episode back in 2007. And now, with a new QOTSA album imminent and a new Bourdain series underway, the two are officially working together. Homme and occasional QOTSA member Mark Lanegan recorded a theme song for Bourdain’s series, Parts Unknown, which premiered last night. It’s only 40 seconds long, but it’s a pretty terrific 40 seconds of music; of all Homme’s many collaborators, I don’t think any does more to raise the material than Lanegan (and vice-versa: Lanegan’s vocals rarely hit harder than they do in QOTSA’s songs). The “sha-la-la” section at the end is especially great. Check it out here, in the context of the full episode of Parts Unknown, which is streaming on CNN.com; scroll to the :50 mark to hear it.