Posted in music | pictures on October 5, 2009

photos by Darren Kim

Thom Yorke Supergroup

Entering the stage to a standing ovation, [Thom] Yorke began at a standup piano facing away from the audience, pushing out the chunky chords that announce "The Eraser," the title track from his 2006 solo album. However, as his elite backing band kicked in -- Red Hot Chili Peppers' icon Flea on bass, Joey Waronker (Beck, R.E.M.) on drums, Mauro Refosco (David Byrne, Bebel Gilberto) on percussion, longtime Radiohead/Yorke producer Nigel Godrich on guitar/synths/laptop -- Yorke began to shake his tailfeather with aplomb. Strapping on a guitar, Yorke and Flea began their own punk-funk hootenanny, grooving in unison as they vamped on an angular disco riff; behind them, their bandmates built up waves of propulsive percussion that evoked more an LCD Soundsystem show than, say, "Karma Police."

At both the Echoplex and Orpheum, Yorke & co. played The Eraser album in its entirety, which proved a clever conceit. The Eraser is the ultimate bedroom electronica opus, its synthetic beats influenced by dubstep and IDM starkly rhythmic. In the live setting, however, the songs, taken out of the computer realm by virtuoso musicians with such passion, suddenly became transformed into downright euphoria.

As deep, dark, and meaningful as Yorke's songs are, in this context they also proved righteously fun. This was different than a Radiohead show -- the sight of Flea doing his characteristic bop onstage alongside Yorke confirmed that -- but it proved equally sublime: separate, yes, but perhaps equal. Solo, Yorke proved cathartic in his own way: a Radiohead show might make you weep, but Yorke and his band of merry rhythm makers will shake your body down to the ground. [Rolling Stone]

The photos in this post are from last night's show at L.A's Orpheum (10/4). Thom Yorke's new (super?) group debuted at the much-smaller Echoplex two days prior (10/2). Yorke, Flea and the rest of the band still have one more show tonight (10/5), again at the Orpheum.

More pictures from last night, and both setlists and a video, below...

Lucky Dragons

Lucky Dragons

Lucky Dragons

Lucky Dragons

Lucky Dragons

Thom Yorke

Thom Yorke Supergroup

Thom Yorke Supergroup

Thom Yorke Supergroup

Thom Yorke Supergroup

Thom Yorke Supergroup

Thom Yorke Supergroup

Thom Yorke Supergroup

Thom Yorke Supergroup

Thom Yorke Supergroup

Thom Yorke Supergroup

Thom Yorke Supergroup

Thom Yorke Supergroup

Thom Yorke Supergroup

Thom Yorke Supergroup

Thom Yorke Supergroup

Thom Yorke Supergroup

Thom Yorke Supergroup

Thom Yorke Supergroup

Thom Yorke @ the Echoplen, L.A. October 2nd set list (via)
01 The Eraser
02 Analyse
03 The Clock
04 Black Swan
05 Skip Divided
06 Atoms for Peace
07 And It Rained All Night
08 Harrowdown Hill
09 Cymbal Rush

Encore #1 [Thom solo]

10 Open The Floodgates
11 Lotus Flower
12 Skirting On The Surface
13 Judge, Jury, Executioner

Encore #2 [with band]

14 Paperbag Writer
15 The Hollow Earth
16 Feeling Pulled Apart By Horses

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Thom Yorke @ Orpheum Theatre, L.A. October 4th set list (via)
"The Eraser"
"Analyse"
"The Clock"
"Black Swan"
"Skip Divided"
"Atoms For Peace"
"And It Rained All Night"
"Harrowdown Hill"
"Cymbal Rush"

Encore
"Lotus Flower"
"Open The Floodgates"
"Super Collider"
"Paperbag Writer"
"Judge, Jury & Executioner"
"The Hollow Earth"
"Feeling Pulled Apart By Horses"

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Comments (23)

Is it just me or does Thom wear a wig.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2009 1:22 PM

Just you wear a wig.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2009 1:24 PM

when do tickets go on sale for the mercury loune?

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2009 1:29 PM

No I don't..But your mom does

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2009 1:33 PM

awesome job revamping the solo work!! i love the remix album

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2009 1:36 PM

CLAY AIKEN PLAYED LA? AND THE PICS ARE ON BV? GRACIOUS ME!

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2009 1:38 PM

133p has a small penis.

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2009 1:38 PM

Thom & co. need to show the East Coast some love!

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2009 1:40 PM

yeah just keep on posting thom yorke shows in CA, dont mention the carnegie hall show or ppl may suspect u secretly dont hate U2...

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2009 1:41 PM

1:36 thanx, i put alot of work into it & its so gratifying to get positive feedback from the fans cuz its all about u guys, thats who i do it for!

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2009 1:43 PM

"CLAY AIKEN PLAYED LA? "


HHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA

Posted by Laurie Strode | October 5, 2009 2:43 PM

^^
Whoa!

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2009 5:16 PM

relax dude, it wasn't that funny

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2009 5:33 PM

Market Hotel next week, hope he plays Californication

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2009 5:37 PM

laurie strode...i love halloween!

Posted by Anonymous | October 5, 2009 6:17 PM

any guesses for where the venue will be for the ny show? let's take a poll.

Posted by Anonymous | October 6, 2009 2:11 AM

beacon or radio city would be my best bet.

Posted by Anonymous | October 6, 2009 2:38 AM

1:24 funniest comment of the week.

Posted by Anonymous | October 6, 2009 11:06 AM

He's playing a three night stand at Terminal Five.

Tickets go on sale friday at noon

http://www.ticketmaster.com/ThomYorke-tickets/artist/770792#

Posted by Anonymous | October 6, 2009 11:16 AM

^^
yeaaaaaa right

Posted by Anonymous | October 7, 2009 4:19 PM

Just FYI - Clay Aiken played LA several times - at Staples Center, Kodak for 2 shows, Greek Theatre and 2 in Anaheim, 1 in San Diego and 3 more in close-in cities. Also a bunch in San Francisco area. I know you quite likely were not in attendance. Most were full-house sellouts without you guys.

Posted by lalaladybug | October 7, 2009 5:36 PM

If I was invisible
Then I could just watch you in your room
If I was invincible
I'd make you mine tonight
If hearts were unbreakable
Then I could just tell you where I stand
I would be the smartest man
If I was invisible
(Wait..I already am)

Posted by Anonymous | October 7, 2009 5:46 PM

kickball katy.she loves the BBC.holla at me ma.10+ uncut here.

Posted by louis | October 17, 2009 12:31 PM

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