Entries tagged with: Nigel Godrich
can you find The The's Matt Johnson in this poster (correct answer: no)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is finally here, making its debut in theaters tonight. (Did you buy your tickets already?) Spoiler alert: reviews have been mostly positive. Speaking of, this isn't so much a spoiler as something for '80s alt-rock fans to look out for. The The main man Matt Johnson has a cameo in the film. He posted a picture on Facebook from the London premiere, saying, "For the eagle-eyed amongst you I actually have a small cameo in background in the castle scene. I was invited onto the set, and into the film, by the lovely JJ Abrams, who shares your love of 'Soul Mining'."
Way to go, Matt. The The's Soul Mining is definitely a classic, and if you've never heard it before, you can stream it below.
Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich is in it too.
UPDATE: we now know that Nigel's line is "Hey!", and that Kevin Smith had a line in the movie
Also if you haven't seen it already, Jimmy Fallon got a lot of the Star Wars cast to sing an a cappella version of John Williams' classic Star Wars theme with house band The Roots for a segment on The Tonight Show and you can watch that below too.
Thom Yorke at ACL Fest in 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
Some exciting news from Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke...
As an experiment we are using a new version of BitTorrent to distribute a new Thom Yorke record.You can download it for $6 or pick up the vinyl at the W.A.S.T.E. Store. "A Brain in a Bottle" and its video can be downloaded for free here and streamed below...
The new Torrent files have a pay gate to access a bundle of files..
The files can be anything, but in this case is an 'album'.
It's an experiment to see if the mechanics of the system are something that the general public can get its head around ...
If it works well it could be an effective way of handing some control of internet commerce back to people who are creating the work.
Enabling those people who make either music, video or any other kind of digital content to sell it themselves.
Bypassing the self elected gate-keepers.
If it works anyone can do this exactly as we have done.
The torrent mechanism does not require any server uploading or hosting costs or 'cloud' malarkey.
It's a self-contained embeddable shop front...
The network not only carries the traffic, it also hosts the file. The file is in the network.
Oh yes and it's called
Tomorrow's Modern Boxes.
Thom Yorke & Nigel Godrich
photos by Adela LaConte; words by Bill Pearis
Warpaint @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
It's been three years since Warpaint released their debut album, The Fool (one of my favorite albums of 2010, btw), and the band have just announced details of its follow-up. Their second album is self-titled and out January 21 via Rough Trade. The album was recorded in Joshua Tree with producer Flood, who also mixed the album. Two of the records' songs were recorded with Nigel Godrich. Adding to the talent associated with the LP is director Chris Cunningham (Bjork, Aphex Twin), who worked on the album's visual elements, including the cover art which is below. The first track to be released from the LP is "Love is to Die" which is firmly within the moody, rhythmic soundscape the band are known for. You can stream it in this post.
Warpaint recently wrapped up a few shows, including a NYC date at Music Hall of Williamsburg (along with opener DJ Nelleke) and a belated set of pictures are in this post. The band are currently in the UK as part of a European tour. Those dates are listed, along with the MHOW pics and the new track stream, below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Atoms for Peace @ Barclays Center 9/27/2013
Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich's Atoms for Peace hit Barclays Center last night (9/27), as part of their tour, with all the crescendos and dramatic lighting effects you'd expect. The group -- which also includes Flea on bass, stalwart drummer Joey Waronker and Mauro Refosco on additional percussion -- played a good chunk of both Yorke's Eraser and this year's Atoms for Peace album, Amok, plus his UNKLE track, "Rabbit in the Headlights" and Radiohead b-side, "Paperbag Writer." If you went, what did you think of the show? Pictures of the show are in this post.
James Holden opened the show and he plays again tonight with Four Tet which, if you didn't hear has moved locations. No longer at Williamsburg's Riverfront Studios, the show's is now happening at 251 W 30th St in Manhattan, which is the space that once housed Rebel NYC. Doors are at 10 PM.
More pics from Barclays Center, plus the setlist, are below.
Grimes and 2 Chainz
Taylor Swift realizing *NSYNC appeared on stage
From many points in Brooklyn, one could look up and see the lit up blimp in the air hovering over the Barclays Center yesterday (8/25). It was where the overhead shots were being filmed during the pre-show which included the big crowds outside around the Brooklyn streets that MTV got closed down to create the red carpet for the VMAs....
A red carpet, set up on Dean Street near Flatbush Avenue, was completely invisible to many non-ticketed fans and the general public who were mainly cordoned in a pen at the Best Buy on Atlantic Avenue between Fort Greene Place and Sixth Avenue.Meanwhile, during the ceremony, we got performances from Kanye West (playing "Blood on the Leaves," not "Black Skinhead"), Justin Timberlake (on-stage *NSYNC reunion included), Drake, Kendrick Lamar (joining Robin Thicke, who, um, palled around with Miley Cyrus on stage), Lady Gaga (playing her new EDM-inspired single), and more.
Another penned area, at Sixth Avenue and Bergen Street, gave a small group of fans a distant peek at the carpet, but it was still a full city block away.
"Obviously they can't let everyone in for security reasons, but we can't see anything at all," said Donna Hall, 28, who came from Queens. "I've been out here with my friends since 3 p.m. and we've been trying to find the best vantage point possible, but we settled here because at least we could see a glimpse of the red carpet. [DNA Info]
Daft Punk didn't perform, but they did walk the red carpet and sit in the audience in their masks which they also wore to present 'Best Female Music Video' with Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers. They also debuted part of the video for "Lose Yourself to Dance."
Vampire Weekend, who are headlining the Barclays Center in September, presented an award to One Direction.
Jay-Z and Beyonce were strangely nowhere to be found.
Eminem also pulled a Jay Z and announced his new album, MMLP2 (the sequel to 2000's Marshall Mathers LP), in a commercial that aired during the VMAs. The album was executive produced by Dr. Dre and Rick Rubin, and it's due out November 5. Meanwhile, the single, "Berserk," will drop this Tuesday (8/27).
If you watched, what did you think? Should Miley Cyrus stop being so trashy? Should Robin Thicke stop being so creepy? Should Kanye stop being so serious? Does Justin Timberlake have really long arms? Does anyone really care that *NSYNC showed up (for a minute and a half)? If you didn't watch, or need a refresher, some videos from the night are below...
photos by PSquared Photography
Atoms for Peace @ Le Poisson Rouge, 3/14/2013
"It's something we've talked about doing for ages, and we finally got our shit together," explains Yorke. "We've basically just cut everything up into its constituent parts. We'll try to re-cut the tunes live, mixing in loads of other bits and pieces and collaging stuff together.Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich debuted their new Atoms for Peace "singing DJ" configuration at Le Poisson Rouge last night (3/15), celebrating the release of new album Amok. Following sets from Arca and Holly Herndon, Atoms for Peace went on around 1AM and did 12 songs from the new Amok and Thom Yorke's Eraser with those "bonkers" projections. Once their official set ended, the night turned into a dance party with Yorke and Godrich spinning tunes like De La Soul's "A Rollerskating Jam Named 'Saturdays.'" Not bad for a school night.
At the same time as manning the machinery, Yorke will be adding his own live vocals and guitar to the mix. "I sing - but I felt kind of weird about that to begin with, because it's quite this weird mixture," he says. "It's like fucking karaoke or something! But it's not, because it's all this other stuff as well, and I have my own machines, like a drum machine and a vocal looper. It's interesting - singing, trying to remember words and programming a drum machine at the same exact time. It's kind of tricky."
The performance will also feature dynamic visuals designed by Dutch artist Tarik Barri. "That's fucking bonkers," says Yorke. "It's not like anything else." - [Rolling Stone]
More pics from Le Poisson Rouge, plus Atoms for Peace's setlist, are below.
Thom Yorke w/ Radiohead at Coachella 2012 (more by David Andrako)
Thom Yorke tweeted that he and Radiohead producer/Atoms for Peace bandmate/Ultraista member Nigel Godrich will be "out and about with two turnables and a microphone" this winter, with dates set in London, Berlin, and NY on March 14. Special guests and venues TBA. The last time Thom and Nigel DJed in NYC, they performed three previously unreleased Atoms for Peace songs with Thom singing live.
Thom recently made a mix for Dazed & Confused Magazine, which included previously unreleased Radiohead, Atoms for Peace, and Thom Yorke material. You can stream that mix and check out the tracklist below. Atoms for Peace's new album, Amok, will be out on February 26 via XL.
Stream, tracklist, and a list of all dates below...
Ultraista in LA in October (more by Debi Del Grande)
Ultraista (the project of Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, Walt Mink/Beck drummer Joey Waronker, and singer Laura Bettinson) has announced some January dates with production wizard Prefuse 73. No word yet on an official tour announcement, but the announced shows include on in NYC happening on January 28 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (12/14) at noon. All known dates are listed below.
In other Radiohead-related news, Thom Yorke recently revealed the details for his upcoming Atoms for Peace album (titled Amok, due out February 25). NME has since reported that their track, "What The Eyeballs Did," which was the b-side to the "Default" single can be downloaded for free at the Atoms for Peace website if you "scroll all the way over to the right and click on the dial of the clock tower."
All dates are listed below...
In Thom's words:
So finally I can tell you the Atoms for Peace record is coming out on the 25th February, it's called Amok.
The front will look like theez..
photos by Debi Del Grande
Ultraista @ Echoplex - 10/19/12
The experience shows. Their U.S. live debut may have only been eight songs long, but the band imbued each album cut with an air of nonchalant cool. With the atmospheric consistency of their self-titled debut, and the help of some Piet Mondrian-like backing videos, the show was not unlike an art rave. It was an ideal manifestation of their art movement namesake that asserted surreal variations on minimalism are superior to more ornate styles. [Under the Radar]Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich's band with drummer Joey Waronker (Walt Mink, Beck) and singer Laura Bettinson (Dimbleby & Capper, FEMME), Ultraista played their first US shows this week and last, starting at LA's Echoplex (10/19), then hitting San Francisco's Independent (10/22), and finally NYC's Le Poisson Rouge last night (10/24). We missed them last night, but we did catch their LA show and pictures from that one are in this post.
The band will make their network TV debut when they play The Late Show with David Letterman on November 2. They also just made a video for "Our Song," which you can watch below.
That video, more pics, the setlist, and some high quality videos from Echoplex are below.
Ultraista, the band featuring producer Nigel Godrich, acclaimed drummer Joey Waronker and singer Laura Bettinson, are releasing their debut album next week (10/2) but NPR is streaming the whole thing right now. For me at least, it's evoking some serious mid-'90s electronic vibes (Lamb, Hooverphonic) which sounds pretty good.
Ultraista are about to play their first US shows, including dates in Los Angeles, San Francisco and here in NYC on October 24 at Le Poisson Rouge which is part of the Wordless Music series. Tickets are still available, which is surprising given Godrich's CV, but if you'd like to go for free, we're giving a pair away. Details on how to enter are below.
In related news, Atoms for Peace (Thom Yorke plus Flea, Godrich and Waronker) will release their "Default" single on 12" vinyl on November 19. It's available for download now and you can stream it below.
Also below, a video for Ultraista's "Bad Insect" and a remix of "smalltack" by FourTet, plus North American tour dates.
Thom Yorke at The Wooly - 9/7/12 (via non_equivalents)
Thom Yorke came to NYC over the weekend and DJed a Fashion Week party for Rag & Bone (whose co-designer Marcus Wainwright is a friend of Thom's) at The Wooly on Friday (9/7). A picture of Thom during his set at the Belvedere Vodka-sponsored party is above. Aziz Ansari was in attendance too.
Thom also, as discussed many times, did an Atoms for Peace DJ set for the final installment of this summer's Warm Up at MoMA PS1 with AFP bandmate and Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich. Atoms for Peace just announced that their new album will come out next year, and to open their set, Thom and Nigel performed three new tracks that will presumably end up on that album with Thom singing live. You can watch videos of two of those new songs, and listen to audio of the third below. After the short unexpected live performance, Thom returned to the boards for the remainder of the show and spun a variety of tunes (everything from Talking Heads to Azealia Banks).
Thom Yorke & Nigel @ MoMA PS1 - 9/8/12 (via rebeccataylorny)
The rest of the lineup at Warm Up was great too. Despite a crazy storm, the show went on, opening with a set by Justin Strauss. Then Maria Minerva, who also did a Fashion Week show, just released new album, Will Happiness Find Me (stream it), and who now lives in Brooklyn (after moving from Estonia to London), played a live set. You can catch her in NYC again at Glasslands on Friday (9/14) with Father Finger and Octo Octa (tickets).
Up next was Holy Other, finally making his NYC debut, after having to cancel shows last summer due to illness. The elusive producer, who in a recent interview with Stereogum said he was "going to feel naked" performing outdoors during the day, played material off his excellent recently released debut LP, Held, and 2011's With U EP as well. A video from his set is below. The MoMA PS1 show fell in the middle of his tour with Amon Tobin, which hits the NYC area on Thursday (9/13) at Wellmont Theatre (tickets) and Friday (9/14) at Hammerstein Ballroom (tickets).
Before Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich finally took the stage, we were graced with one more set, this time by Scottish producer Rustie, who played Webster Hall with Flosstradamus and Brenmar the night before (9/7). He dropped bass heavy tunes that got the crowd going pretty wild. A couple videos from his Webster Hall show are below (unfortunately, the sound cuts out about halfway through).
Check out all those videos below...
Atoms for Peace at Roseland Ballroom in 2010 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Yesterday we mentioned that Thom Yorke's Atoms for Peace project (which also includes Nigel Godrich and Flea) dropped their new single, "Default," on iTunes and that the single for the track will be out on September 10 via XL. You can now listen to that song below. Thom also announced that he plans to release a full length album with the project in 2013. Here's what he said today:
You may have heard that I have a new project called Atoms for Peace.As mentioned, Atoms for Peace will DJ Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on Saturday (9/8) with Holy Other, Maria Minerva, Rustie, and Justin Strauss. Advance tickets for that show are sold out but a limited number will be available at the door starting at noon.
The name comes from some shows of The Eraser that happened a couple of years ago with Mauro, Joey, Nigel and Flea.
We got a big buzz from them and discovered loads of energy from transforming the music from electronic to live, and so afterwards, we carried on for a few days in the studio and decided to make it a loose, on-going thing.
Immersed in the area between the two...electronic and live.
The first tune we'd like you to hear is Default
A 12" vinyl version will follow next month and an album will eventually follow that next year.
In related news, Radiohead performed at the Moody Theater in Austin this past March for an episode of Austin City Limits. Last night (9/6), it aired on a screen in Austin's Republic Square Park for the first installament of ACL in the Park. The performance will air on PBS stations for the 38th season of Austin City Limits on October 6. Other performances which will air this season include Bon Iver (10/13) and The Shins (10/27).
Listen to Atoms for Peace's "Default" below.
Atoms for Peace at Roseland Ballroom in 2010 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Thom Yorke's Atoms for Peace project (with Flea and Nigel Godrich), who released a single over the summer, just resurfaced with another new single today (9/6) called "Default." The song is on iTunes and it will be officially released on September 10 via XL. The cover art for the single is below.
As mentioned, Atoms for Peace is DJing at the final installment of this summer's Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on Saturday (9/8) with the very impressive lineup of Holy Other, Maria Minerva, Rustie, and Justin Strauss. Advance tickets for that show are sold out but there will be a limited amount available at the door starting Saturday (9/8) at noon.
Speaking of Nigel Godrich (who also produces Radiohead), his new band Ultraista has a few shows scheduled, including one in NYC on October 24 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for that show are still available.
Atoms for Peace cover art below.
photos by Tim Griffin
Other Lives at Rock Werchter 2012
Other Lives, who recently played Rock Werchter in Belgium (pictures in this post), are currently making their way around Europe, and eventually to Japan and, after taking a 2 month break, the band will head out on a fall tour of the US and Canada with Copenhagen's Indians. That tour brings them to NYC for shows at Bowery Ballroom on November 28 and Music Hall of WIlliamsburg on November 29. Tickets for both NYC shows go on sale Friday (7/20) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/18) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Indians will be in North America even sooner for a previously discussed short run of dates that brings him to NYC for a show at Glasslands on July 26 with Milagres and Zulu Pearls. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Indians recently released a new single, "I Am Haunted," which you can download below in exchange for an email address. If you missed it, two other Indians tracks -- "Magic Kids" and "New" -- are streaming HERE.
In other Other Lives news, a remix of their song, "Tamer Animals," by Thom Yorke's Atoms for Peace project with Flea and Nigel Goodrich appears as a b-side to the new Atoms for Peace single. The a-side is a remix of Atoms for Peace's own song, "Other Side." You can stream the Other Lives remix below, where you'll also find the single's artwork. The single comes out on limited edition white vinyl on July 30 (sold out) and regular vinyl on August 6 via Modeselektor's Monkeytown label for their 50WEAPONS series. You can order the regular vinyl issue here. As mentioned, Thom Yorke will do an Atoms for Peace DJ set at the final installation of this summer's Warm Up series at MoMA PS1 on September 8 with Rustie, Holy Other, Maria Minerva, and Justin Strauss.
We also just mentioned that Thom Yorke will appear on the new Flying Lotus album.
In more related news, Nigel Godrich's band Ultraista announced their self titled debut LP today. It comes out October 2 via Temporary Residence. The cover art, tracklist and a video for "Static Light" are below. Live dates TBA.
A list of all Other Lives and Indians dates, more pics of Other Lives from Rock Werchter, the Atoms for Peace remix, the Indians MP3, and Ultraista album info below...
by Bill Pearis
Having worked with Pavement, Beck, R.E.M. and, of course, Radiohead over the last 15 years, we know Nigel Godrich mainly as a producer. But now we get to meet Nigel Godrich the musician. Partnering with singer Laura Bettinson and drummer-for-the-stars Joey Waronker, Godrich has formed Ultraísta who have just released their first song, "Smalltalk," to the internet. Densely-layered with all manner of synthesizers and percussion, it's a claustrophobic little number you can hum along and dance to.
Watch the video for "Smalltalk" below.
Atoms For Peace @ Roseland 2010 (more by Bao Nguyen)
"After the opening of the Stanley Donwood exhibition at Subliminal Projects Gallery an afterparty was scheduled at MOCA in LA with Gonjasuffi, Ana Caldaron, as well as Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich (Nigel: "We're Djing at Mike D's bash"). The two under the name Atoms For Peace played 5 new songs with Thom Yorke vocals. And it all points out to tracks from the highly anticipated Atoms For Peace album.A couple of videos from the set, a recently-gone viral video of Carrie Manolakos covering "Creep" at Le Poisson Rouge, and a video of little kids reviewing Radiohead, below...
Atoms For Peace is live band of Thom Yorke, which includes Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich and Red Hot Chili Pepper bassist Flea. A new album was in the works, but till today there was no sign of new material." [At Easeweb]
As recently mentioned, Modeselektor will be back this summer as part of the Identity Festival that hits both Jones Beach and PNC Bank Arts Center. According to the listed lineup, they will be playing "live" at those dates. Their most recent trip to North America also had them DJing. A full list of dates is below.
In October, we get a new album: "Monkeytown (most likely a ten-track album) features collaborations with a slew of special guests, including Thom Yorke on two songs, Busdriver, PVT, Anti Pop Consortium, and Miss Platnum. It will be released on September 30th in Germany, October 3rd in the UK, and October 4th in the USA. There will be no album pre-singles, however, there will be 3 or 4 singles following the album."
"Monkeytown" is also the name of Modeselektor's record label which has been releasing Siriusmo albums including a new one that collects 42 tracks that were released individually between 2000-2010. Siriusmo was also just here with Modeselektor when they played Mutek and Webster Hall as part of their "Modeselektion" nights. Modeselektion is also the name of a compilation series they're releasing on the label.
Speaking of Thom Yorke,
"The Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke played a secret DJ set after the band's surprise appearance at the Glastonbury Festival at the weekend.Thom also played "Kill Bill Vol. 4" by Modeselektor. Full list below...
The singer hit the decks alongside the band's long-time producer Nigel Godrich in the Shangri-La area of the festival site at Worthy Farm, Somerset.
Songs in their set included Major Lazer's 'Pon Da Floor' and 'Undoing The Laces' by Nathan Fake - you can see the rest below courtesy of Yorke." [Gigwise]
Radiohead's new record, The King Of Limbs, is presented here as the world's first (perhaps) Newspaper Album, comprising:Radiohead.com merely says, "Thank You For Waiting." AND, "the album will be on general release on CD & 12" vinyl in all music stores and major digital retailers from March 28th. As with In Rainbows, the band will partner with XL Recordings, TBD Records in the USA & Canada and Hostess Entertainment in Japan and Asia. The King Of Limbs was produced by longtime collaborator, Nigel Godrich."
* Two clear 10" vinyl records in a purpose-built record sleeve.
* A compact disc.
* Many large sheets of artwork, 625 tiny pieces of artwork and a full-colour piece of oxo-degradeable plastic to hold it all together.
* The Newspaper Album comes with a digital download that is compatible with all good digital media players.
* The Newspaper Album will be shipped on Monday 9th May 2011 you can, however, enjoy the download on Saturday 19th February 2011.
* Shipping is included in the prices shown.
* One lucky owner of the digital version of The King Of Limbs, purchased from this website, will receive a signed 2 track 12" vinyl.
[order the "Newspaper" or digital-only versions @ thekingoflimbs.com
photos by Bao Nguyen
"Sorry I did fall asleep cause I was resting from such an amazing show! I'm wide awake now!" - Bao
"The line in front of Roseland Ballroom stretched around the corner of 52nd Street and up Broadway but moved along quickly. The band's ticketless method to limit scalping seemed to work without too many headaches. Flying Lotus was on the wheels when I walked in spinning chilled-out techno but it's tough to build a groove when the sound system is popping and cracking like a blown speaker, what a shame. Sound improved toward the end of his set and he closed with 'Idioteque'.As promised, here are the pictures from last night's show at Roseland Ballroom (and some from the after-show party in the mezzanine). They continue below...
Atoms for Peace took the stage as a 6-piece with Thom Yorke at piano and a guest horn player center stage (he would depart after 2 songs). They opened with 'The Eraser' and two things became immediately clear: 1) the sound was now perfect and 2) Flea would add some SoCal funk/punk to the set. With blue hair and a white tee (the rest of the band was in black), he was immediately wiggling/dancing across the stage laying it on thick. The set was comprised mostly of songs from The Eraser but included some Radiohead and some new songs as well." [Blackraptor]
Thom Yorke in L.A. last October (more by Darren Kim)
hey everyoneAs you can see above, they play NYC's Roseland Ballroom on Monday April 5th and Tuesday April 6th. Tickets (4/5) / tickets (4/6) go on sale Saturday, March 6th at 10am ("No phone, box office or outlet sales. Tickets are non-transferable").
ok so in April the other band.. that i got together to do the eraser and other stuff u know .. Mauro, Flea, Me, Joey and Nigel is going back out to do some shows in the US.. ending with playing with Coachella. we had too much fun to just leave it there...
it has been decided that we call ourselves Atoms For Peace. hope you like the name.. it seemed bleedin' obvious.
these are the shows + Flying Lotus is opening for us -
New York Roseland Ballroom 5th + 6th
Boston Citi Wang Theatre 8th
Chicago Aragon Ballroom 10th + 11th
Oakland Fox Theatre 14th + 15th
Santa Barbara Bowl 17th
Thom Yorke appears on the new album from Flying Lotus (who has other shows coming up too). That includes March 30th at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets are still on sale.
More date and ticket info below...
by Bill Pearis
Cover bands aren't normally the kind of thing you'd go to Music Hall of Williamsburg or Bowery Ballroom to see, but when it's 2/3 (or half depending on how many members you think they have) of Supergrass maybe that changes things. When Supergrass bassist Mikey Quinn injured his spine last year, singer/guitarist Gaz Coombes and drummer Danny Gafferty formed side project The Hot Rats with producer Nigel Godrich and set out to make a covers album in the vein of Bowie's Pin Ups. The result is Turn Ons which is out January 26 on Fat Possum, and includes songs by The Beastie Boys ("Fight For Your Right"), The Doors ("Crystal Ship"), The Cure ("The Love Cats"), Roxy Music ("Love is the Drug"), Bowie ("Queen Bitch") and more.
The Hot Rats (Gaz and Danny. Nigel only plays on the album) play Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (1/12) and Bowery Ballroom Thursday (1/14), with UK power soul act The Heavy opening both shows. (The Heavy also play 92Y Tribeca on Saturday.) The Hot Rats also perform on The Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Friday (1/15). The Heavy perform on Letterman on Monday (1/18). All Hot Rats and The Heavy tour dates, and some videos are below...
photos by Darren Kim
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."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.
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]
More pictures from last night, and both setlists and a video, below...
hiLike Phil Selway, Thom Yorke has also been working on solo material. In fact, it was produced by Thom's new band member Nigel Godrich, and the official release date just so happens to be one day after the LA shows. Details below...
in the past couple of weeks i've been getting a band together for fun to play the eraser stuff live and the new songs etc.. to see if it could work!
here's a photo.. its me, joey waronker, mauro refosco, flea and nigel godrich.
at the beginning of october the 4th and 5th we are going to do a couple of shows at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles.
we don't really have a name and the set will not be very long cuz ..well ...we haven't got that much material yet!
but come and check it out if you are in the area. we've also got locals Lucky Dragons playing.
all the best
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