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photo: Radiohead at Coachella 2012 (more by David Andrako)

Yesterday Radiohead were announced to headline three European festivals, and today they were reportedly announced for three North American festivals. Consequence of Sound says sources tell them they're playing Lollapalooza, Outside Lands and Osheaga.

Lollapalooza happens July 28-31 in Chicago, Outside Lands happens August 5-7 in San Francisco, and Osheaga happens July 29-31 in Montreal. The festivals haven't confirmed Radiohead's appearance (or anyone else's), but stay tuned.

As we said yesterday, a new album is also rumored to be imminent.

photo: Radiohead at Coachella 2012 (more by David Andrako)

Radiohead were announced today as one of the Primavera Sound headliners, and we knew they have a new album on the way, and now all that news just got even more exciting. The festival's press release announces the band's set by calling it: "The presentation of the new album by the British band Radiohead." They're also playing Nos Alive and OpenAir St. Gallen, and there's no word yet if they'll also be playing their new album at those fests (or at other TBA shows). But if nothing else, this means we'll hear it live in June.

Stay tuned for more.


Barcelona's Primavera Sound festival returns from June 1-5, and as always, the lineup is pretty amazing. They've got Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Sigur Ros, PJ Harvey, Tame Impala, The Last Shadow Puppets, Air, Brian Wilson (performing Pet Sounds), Beach House, Suede, Beirut, Animal Collective, Pusha T, Action Bronson, Explosions in the Sky, Moderat, John Carpenter, Vince Staples, Drive Like Jehu, Deerhunter, Dinosaur Jr, Richard Hawley, Kamasi Washington, Neon Indian, Battles, Ty Segall, Julia Holter, Destroyer, Thee Oh Sees, Titus Andronicus, Tortoise, Mudhoney, Boredoms, Royal Headache, Shellac, Dungen, Beach Slang, Venom, Unsane, The Chills, Holly Herndon, Psychic TV, Mbongwana Star, U.S. Girls, Protomartyr, Julien Baker, Sheer Mag, Downtown Boys and still so much more.

Tickets are on sale now. Full lineup below.

Radiohead, who haven't played live since 2012, were also announced to headline Portugal's Nos Alive and Switzerland's OpenAir St. Gallen. They recently released their unused Bond theme and a new album is rumored to be imminent.

Continue reading "Primavera 2016 lineup (Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Sigur Ros, PJ Harvey, Brian Wilson, Drive Like Jehu, Suede, more)"

photo: LCD Soundsystem at MSG in 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
LCD Soundsystem

The holidays are over and we're fully back in action here at BrooklynVegan. We hope you're having a great new year so far, and in case you missed some of the big news that came over the past couple weeks, here's a roundup of some reminders:

LCD Soundsystem, following rumors they'd reunite, released a new song on Christmas Eve called "Christmas Will Break Your Heart" and word is they will play Coachella 2016.

Guns N' Roses will play Coachella too. Still no word on their exact lineup, but it's been reported that Axl and Slash will both be involved.

UPDATE: Coachella 2016 lineup ANNOUNCED

Another surprise song came on Christmas Day from Radiohead, who released "Spectre," an unreleased theme they had written for the James Bond movie of the same name. (As you probably know, Sam Smith's theme was used instead.)

Last year we got a new track from Kanye West on New Year's Day, and this time we got one on New Year's Eve called "Facts." It's more a freestyle that riffs on Drake & Future's "Jumpman" than a big new Kanye song (and Future collaborators Metro Boomin & Southside produced it), but it's new Kanye nonetheless. Listen here.

photo: Kendrick Lamar at Day For Night Festival (more by Tim Griffin)
Kendrick Lamar

We also got a new 7-minute video from Kendrick Lamar on New Year's Eve called God Is Gangsta. The video is for two songs off 2015's To Pimp A Butterfly, "u" and "For Sale?". Watch below. To Pimp A Butterfly topped our 50 favorite albums of 2015 list, which we put out on New Year's Eve.

As of Christmas Eve, The Beatles began streaming their entire discography on streaming services.

We also got a new song from Aphex Twin, a surprise EP from Krallice (following their surprise album from July), an unreleased Grimes song ("probably pre-Halifaxa"), three new songs from The Weeknd (a Travi$ Scott collab, a Future collab, and a remix of Jeremih's "Pass Dat"), a song on New Year's Eve from Big Sean called "What A Year" ft. Pharrell & Detail, a Christmas song from Miley Cyrus & The Flaming Lips, a stream of the new Hinds album (which they celebrate in NYC this week), and a new Timbaland mixtape. Listen to that one here and the rest below.

In sadder news, we lost rock god Lemmy Kilmister and John Bradbury of ska legends The Specials. We miss you both.

Continue reading "Guns N' Roses & LCD Soundsystem reunion news, new Kanye West, new Radiohead & more news you may have missed"

first LCD Soundsystem, and now Radiohead surprise us for the holidays...


Last year we were asked to write a theme tune for the Bond movie Spectre.
Yes we were. It didn't work out, but became something of our own, which we love very much.
As the year closes we thought you might like to hear it.
Merry Christmas. May the force be with you.
- Radiohead
Listen below...

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photo: Morrissey at MSG in June (more by P Squared)

Thom Yorke and Morrissey, while pretty indisputably great British artists, also have a shared tendency to get cranky and then say things. Yorke, in his ongoing war of words with various streaming services, recently compared Youtube to Nazi Germany in an interview with the Italian newspaper La Repubblica.

They're making money with the work of loads of artists who don't get any benefit from it. People continue to say that this is an era where music is free, cinema is free. It's not true. The creators of services make money -- Google, YouTube. A huge amount of money, by trawling, like in the sea -- they take everything there is. 'Oh, sorry, was that yours? Now it's ours. No, no, we're joking -- it's still yours.' They've seized control of it -- it's like what the Nazis did during the second world war. Actually, it's like what everyone was doing during the war, even the English -- stealing the art of other countries. What difference is there?
Morrissey, whose big mouth has struck before, recently compared the TSA at the San Francisco airport, who he claims sexually assaulted him while he was trying to get through security, to ISIS. In a blog post on a Moz mouthpiece True To You he wrote:
TSA have ignored my official and legal and constitutional complaint. From this we gather that TSA stands for Thorough Sexual Assault. If you are traveling through San Francisco International Airport you must be ready for a full sexual attack by people who claim to have your interests at heart. It is unlikely that ISIS would stoop so low.
In other Morrisey news, he was recently given an award for "Bad Sex In Fiction" by the Literary Review for his recent novel List of the Lost. Morrissey beat out several other finalists, including The Wire scribe George Pelecanos, with the following doozy of a sentence...which we've quoted before, but why not go back to the well:
At this, Eliza and Ezra rolled together into the one giggling snowball of full-figured copulation, screaming and shouting as they playfully bit and pulled at each other in a dangerous and clamorous rollercoaster coil of sexually violent rotation with Eliza's breasts barrel-rolled across Ezra's howling mouth and the pained frenzy of his bulbous salutation extenuating his excitement as it whacked and smacked its way into every muscle of Eliza's body except for the otherwise central zone.
We'll leave it at that.

Kendrick & Chance with Earth Wind & Fire (photo via Max)
Kendrick Chance

Earth, Wind & Fire bassist Verdine White had never met Kendrick Lamar until he saw Lamar and Chance the Rapper at the side of the stage during their late-night set and the band invited them out to freestyle.

"I knew who he was, but it wasn't planned," White said afterwards. "We stayed up there -- what -- 90 minutes? We were only supposed to be up there 70 minutes. You know, you just go. You don't think about it, you just keep going. He's in the band right now." [USA Today]

As the review quoted above points out, there was some generation-crossing collaboration going on at Bonnaroo yesterday (6/12) when veteran R&B/soul/funk band Earth Wind & Fire brought out rappers Kendrick Lamar and Chance the Rapper during their set. You can check out a couple videos (via Pitchfork / Fake Shore Drive) below.

There was other generation crossing when Tears for Fears covered Radiohead's "Creep" (not for their first time) at the festival. We don't have a video of that at the moment, but we hear things got pretty emotional:

Bonnaroo continues today (6/13) with the Superjam, D'Angelo, Slayer, My Morning Jacket, Belle & Sebastian, Jamie xx, The War on Drugs, and more. If you're not there, you can stream the festival live, right HERE. Check out a recap of Thursday too.

Videos of Earth Wind, Fire, Kendrick & Chance below...

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photos by Greg Cristman

Philip Selway @ LPR 4/10/2015
Philip Selway

What influences added to this record, which Familial didn't have?

The musical relationship with Adem and Quinta, from a creative point of view, from a musical aesthetic point of view, I really wanted to explore that side of things. Because we'd worked together in the live band for my first record, I knew there was something really interesting happening there. We felt very much in tune musically and taste-wise as well. That really drove what I was doing. But, with Familial there were musical relationships happening there with Lisa Germano and Sebastian Steinberg. It's always about [being] drawn to musicians you feel you have an affinity with. You find what comes out of those musical voices and pair that with your own. That is what gave the record's direction for me. - [Observer]

Radiohead drummer Philip Selway stopped in NYC on his way to Coachella, playing Le Poisson Rouge on Friday (4/10) as part of his first-ever US solo tour. Adem, who helped produce his new solo album, both opened the show and played in Selway's band. (Quinta, who played on the album and had production duties as well, is also in his band.) Pictures from the night, and Selway's setlist, are in this post.

Philip will be back in NYC when he'll play Music Hall of Williamsburg on August 6. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/17) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (4/17) at noon. All known dates are listed, along with more photos from LPR, below...

Continue reading "Radiohead's Philip Selway played Le Poisson Rouge and Coachella, expands tour (pics from LPR w/ Adem + dates)"


Earlier this month, Kendrick Lamar took us by surprise when he revealed that his highly-anticipated followup to good kid, m.A.A.d city would be out in less than three weeks (3/23), but it turns out he's surprised us once again: It's out now!

The album's called To Pimp A Butterfly and it features contributions from George Clinton, Thundercat, Snoop Dogg, Ronald Isley, Bilal, James Fauntleroy, Rapsody and Anna Wise, with production from Flying Lotus, Pharrell Williams, Boi-1da and more. "Hood Politics" samples Sufjan Stevens' "All For Myself" and "How Much A Dollar Cost" appears to be sampling Radiohead's "Pyramid Song." That's the artwork above.

Download yours on iTunes, and stream it via Spotify below...

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Philip Selway

Radiohead drummer Philip Selway is coming to the US soon for a tour which begins with his NYC show at Le Poisson Rouge, and ends with his second of two Coachella appearances. He's now confirmed that the opener on his non-festival dates will be Adem.

Adem (full name Adem Ilhan) is a folktronica/post-rock solo artist on Domino, who put out three albums in the mid-late 2000s, one of which was a covers album with songs by Bjork, Aphex Twin, Bedhead, PJ Harvey, and more. He's also a member of the '90s/'00s post-rock band Fridge with Kieran Hebden, aka Radiohead's pal Four Tet, and is one half of the duo Silver Columns with Johnny Lynch (aka The Pictish Trail). And he played on Philip's most recent album, 2014's Weatherhouse.

In addition to opening the shows, Adem is playing in Philip's live band, along with Kath Mann (aka Quinta) and Chris Vatalaro. The NYC show happens April 10 at LPR, and tickets are still on sale. All dates are listed below.

In other Radiohead news, The Bends turns 20 on Friday (3/13), and Stereogum are celebrating with Radiohead Week. Among their features is a post with 33 musicians discussing their favorite Radiohead song, including Ed Droste, J Mascis, Kip Berman, Wayne Coyne, Kathleen Hanna, Sadie Dupuis, Noel Gallagher, and more. They've also got Perfect Pussy singer Meredith Graves interviewing her dad about them (she calls them "middle of the road" and "the uncanny valley of interesting music").

Watch a video of a The Bends track, with the list of Philip Selway dates and a Selway video, below...

Continue reading "Adem opening Philip Selway's US tour & playing in his band"


As mentioned, the Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood did the score for Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice which is in theaters now. It includes "Spooks," which was originally to be a Radiohead song and never finished, here performed by Greenwood and Supergrass' Gaz Coombes and Danny Goffey with some of Joanna Newsom's narration laid overtop. The rest of Greenwood's score is more traditional orchestration, with lots of strings and wind instruments. The official soundtrack mixes Greenwood's contribution with songs used in the movie, like Can's "Vitamin C," Minnie Ripperton's "Les Fleur" and Neil Young's "Journey Through the Past." You can stream the whole Inherent Vice soundtrack, via Spotify, below...

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Joanna Newsom at Carnegie Hall in 2010 (more by Chris La Putt)
Joanna Newsom

Yesterday we talked about Paul Thomas Anderson's upcoming film Inherent Vice, and how it will be narrated by Joanna Newsom and feature a version of Radiohead's unrecorded "Spooks" by film scorer Jonny Greenwood with Supergrass members Gaz Coombes and Dany Goffey. The song just premiered over at Stereogum, and it also features spoken word by Joanna. Check it out below.

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film review by PSquared

inherent vice

Paul Thomas Anderson's new film, Inherent Vice, is out in limited release this Friday (12/12) and goes into wide release on January 19. Here in NYC, it opens Friday at the Angelica and Loews Lincoln Square. It's the first feature adaptation of a Thomas Pynchon novel, and stars Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin. Here's the synopsis:

When private eye Doc Sportello's ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a looney bin...well, easy for her to say. It's the tail end of the psychedelic `60s and paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that "love" is another of those words going around at the moment, like "trip" or "groovy," that's being way too overused - except this one usually leads to trouble.
BV's own PSquared caught the film during the NY Film Festival premiere and liked it a lot:
The landscape is littered with corrupt cops, an undercover stoner sax player, neo nazi gangs, what could be a possible Asian drug running organization or just simple cocaine obsessed dentist tax cheats. It is Anderson's most hilarious film. The benchmarks here are late 40's noir, slapstick comedies, 70's masterworks The Long Goodbye and Chinatown and hippie drug comics like The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers. The all star acting troupe, as you would expect is uniformly superb headed by Joaquin Phoenix as Doc and Josh Brolin eating up scenes as the nasty but "you can't hate him" cop Bigfoot Bjornsen.
You can read his whole review below.

Also appearing is Joanna Newsom who plays Sortilege, the film's narrator. You can hear her in action in the brand new trailer for Inherent Vice that also uses Can's "Vitamin C" as part of its soundtrack. This was the first acting role for the indie harpist, who's married to comedian Andy Samberg, apart from an episode of Portlandia. She told Billboard about her first day on the set:

I had a very strong sense that I didn't know what I was doing/ Afterward, Paul came up to me and said, 'You're going to go home and start freaking out and think that you did a terrible job, and I'm just going to tell you now that you didn't, and that it will be easier the next time.' And he was right.
Joanna also mentions to Billboard that she's busy working on the follow-up to 2010's Have One On Me but the film did not impact her writing. "I'm so slow anyway with music. [Inherent Vice] did take up some of my creative energy and time, but it was completely worth it." She's not Inherent Vice's only indie music tie-in: the score was written by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood (also also scored PTA's There Will Be Blood and The Master) and it features a never-recorded Radiohead song, "Spooks," as performed by two thirds of Supergrass.

If you'd like to see Inherent Vice for free, Videology in Williamsburg is giving away a bunch of pairs of tickets tonight (12/9) at their weekly Movie Trivia night. It starts at 8:30 PM as is free to attend (get there early if you want a table).

Psquared's Inherent Vice review and the film's trailer featuring Joanna Newsom's narration, below...

Continue reading "Joanna Newsom working on new music, appears in Paul Thomas Anderson's new film 'Inherent Vice' (review)"

Phil Selway

Radiohead drummer Philip Selway released a new album, Weatherhouse, earlier this year and has now put out a video for its track "Around Again," directed by Spanish film-makers NYSU. Check it out below.

Philip also has upcoming European dates and has announced a sole US date happening in NYC on April 10 at Le Poisson Rouge. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with the new video, below...

Continue reading "Radiohead drummer Philip Selway made a video for "Around Again," announces NYC show (and European dates)"


While Thom Yorke's surprise album may be dominating the conversation in the world of Radiohead, drummer Philip Selway just put his new solo album Weatherhouse today via Bella Union and that's a good one too. His last solo LP, 2010's Familial, was an early '70s-style folk album but Weatherhouse is more in line with Radiohead's art rock era. You can stream the whole thing via Spotify and watch the video for "It Will End In Tears" below.

Philip's only live dates at the moment are European shows happening in 2015, but he'll be in NYC signing copies of his new record at Other Music on Wednesday (10/8) from 5:30 PM to 6 PM. That gives you a half hour to be one of the lucky ones who snags an autograph from Radiohead's drummer.

Album stream, video and list of dates below...

Continue reading "How many albums can Radiohead drummer Philip Selway sign in 30 minutes? ('Weatherhouse' out now & streaming)"

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.

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

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...

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Empty Hearts

The Empty Hearts are a new-ish supergroup featuring Blondie's Clem Burke, The Cars' Elliot Easton, The Romantics' Wally Palmer and Chesterfield Kings' Andy Babiuk. With a lineup like that you may expect late '70s style power pop and that's exactly what you get on their self-titled debut LP that came out this past August. You can stream one of its tracks, "90 Miles An Hour Down A Dead End Street," below.

The band is also going on a short international tour in October which includes a NYC show happening on October 18 at Knitting Factory Brooklyn. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.

Speaking of Blondie members, you may remember that Clem Burke also plays in another supergroup, The Split Squad. And former bassist Nigel Harrison (who played and wrote during the Parallel Lines - The Hunter era) and Portishead/Radiohead drummer Clive Deamer are backing Irish sibling trio The Rua on their upcoming 2015 album Essence and live including when they make their US debut at NYC's Subculture on October 23, part of CMJ. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

You can watch the video for The Rua's single "Fight For What's Right," with the Empty Hearts song stream and list of dates, below...

Continue reading "The Empty Hearts (mems Blondie, The Cars) released an LP, touring; Blondie/Portishead mems backing The Rua at CMJ"


Thom Yorke posted his first message to Radiohead.com the other day. His short note reads: "Polyfauna has been updated by Thom Yorke, Stanley Donwood, Nigel Godrich and Universal Everything. Download for: iOS | Android - Thom."

Wired points out that the update includes "the first new music from the band in three years", though "for the most part the new music is just an atmospheric assemblage of beats and singing." That said, the app is free.

In related news, drummer Phil Selway told NME and the BBC that the band are starting work on a new album, and that their best work is "still to come".


"There was a certain amount of science to it. An entire week of work experience students left the office thinking that cutting-edge music journalism in 2014 mostly involves calculating which bands have been mentioned most in NME in the past two years, then hunting out references to the bands that influenced those acts online and finally adding up the number of times each influence came up. This gave us a rough list which our editorial team - heads swimming with all of the bands that Wolf Alice (or whoever) have raved on about over 4am ciders - then took to the pub, tore into shreds, fought and shouted about and finally reconstructed in the rundown of 100 you see in the mag today. The Beatles didn't make it. Sorry." [NME[
NME went ahead and listed who they think the 100 most influential musicians and bands are (their latest cover story). Radiohead topped the list. Read the rest with justifications at NME, or just look at their full list below...

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Radiohead are a democratic band by all accounts, and drummer Philip Selway seems like a nice guy who would never say something horrible like "it's Selway or the highway!" at band meetings. He gets to make all the decisions, however, on his new solo album, Weatherhouse, which will be out via Bella Union on October 7. That's the cover art above. Get an early taste via the very arty music video for lead track "Coming Up for Air" which was directed by Spanish film collective NYSU. Watch it below.

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There Will Be Blood

Paul Thomas Anderson's 2007 film, There Will Be Blood will soon be making its "live" US premiere at NYC's United Palace on September 19 & 20. The event will include a screening of the film, along with Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood performing his score for it, along with help from the 50-piece Wordless Music Orchestra. Jonny, who wrote the score, will be playing the ondes martenot in both performances. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, May 14 at 10 AM via Wordless Music.

Listen to a suite from the score below...

Continue reading "'There Will Be Blood Live' getting its US premiere w/ live score by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, Wordless Music Orchestra"

by Bill Pearis


Simon Raymonde stays very busy running his label Bella Union which is the UK home of Flaming Lips, Fleet Foxes, Beach House, John Grant, Midlake and more. But he spent the '80s and most of the '90s as bassist for Cocteau Twins, perhaps the quintessential 4AD band from that label's first decade. (His father, Ivor Raymonde, did arrangements for Scott Walker and Dusty Springfield.) Bella Union was set up to release Cocteau Twins albums and related projects and when the band broke up in 1997 the label took on a life of its own.

While Raymonde has produced some of his label's releases, he hasn't really made much music of his own since the Cocteaus broke up. That changes soon, though, with the debut album from Snowbird, the group he formed with singer Stephanie Dosen whose 2007 album for Bella Union, A Lily for the Spectre, he produced. The group was loosely formed in 2010, covering Pink Floyd's "Goodbye Blue Sky" for a MOJO compilation CD (stream it below), but Moon will be their first album of original material. The first track from it, "Porcelain," will definitely remind people of his former band, with Dosen sounding remarkably like Cocteau Twins' singer Elizabeth Frazer (who was just in NYC playing with Massive Attack). Says Raymonde:

Stephanie was the first singer I had worked with since Elizabeth that I had a real musical empathy with. She could do anything. No one had ever sung with Midlake on record before Stephanie, while Massive Attack asked her to be their lead singer on tour --- ironic really given that Elizabeth had too! She also sang with Chemical Brothers. But we'd never written music together at home...

...I wrote every piece of music at night, in semi-darkness so that the space didn't feel like my living room. The moon was very important for the light it reflected.

You can stream "Porcelain" (which has a little This Mortal Coil vibe to it too) below. Adding to the old school feel, legendary 4AD graphic designer Vaughn Oliver did the album cover. Raymonde also got a few other Bella Union artists to contribute, including Phil Selway (and his Radiohead bandmate Ed O'Brien), Eric Pulido and McKenzie Smith of Midlake (who play NYC tonight), Jonathan Wilson, and Paul Gregory of Lanterns on the Lake (who'll be in NYC in February).

Look for Snowbird's Moon in January. Streams below...

Continue reading "Snowbird = Simon Raymonde & Stephanie Dosen; debut LP features mems of Radiohead, Midlake and more (stream)"


A Winged Victory for the Sullen, the collaborative duo of Stars of the Lid's Adam Wiltzie and pianist/composer Dustin O'Halloran, recently teamed up with choreographer Wayne McGregor (who is the resident choreographer at the Royal Ballet but was also behind Radiohead's "Lotus Flower" video and Atoms for Peace's "Ingenue" video) for his newest work, Atomos, which premiered in London this past October. According to Drowned In Sound, McGregor was listening to a lot of AWVFTS while rehearsing Atomos and asked them to provide the score to it. They agreed, and issued the statement:

The nature of this project has invariably guided our compositions into a strange world we did not create. We are really testing the ability to leave vanity, and the safety of our whole notes in the closet. It seems quite fitting that our next musical output is also our first foray into dance with this lovely human being, from that island across the pond, Wayne Mcgregor. We continue into the unknown.
And the new work has been receiving some pretty positive reaction. In Melanie Weaver's 5-star review of one of the London performances for The Upcoming, she called the score "thrilling [and] futuristic" and writes:
The contemporary costumes by Studio XO help create the optical illusion of falling light, bringing another element to the experience, however it is the ten dancers who are the real stars of the show, carrying out complex routines while appearing to do so with grace and ease.

Atomos is a masterpiece which demonstrates the huge new potential for the future of dance, through the introduction of technology and visual effects, and the show's impressive attention to detail helps to keeps the audience gripped throughout its entire 65 minute timeframe. Atomos can be highly recommended, both to seasoned dance enthusiasts and to those still discovering the art form.

A Winged Victory for the Sullen will be coming over to the US for six Atomos performances at Montclair State University on March 15, 16, 20, 21, 22, and 23. Tickets for the performances are on sale now.

AWVFTS will also be doing a few of their own shows surrounding those performances, including two in NYC on March 18 at Joe's Pub (early and late). Tickets for both Joe's Pub shows are on sale now. All of their upcoming dates, including the UK's ATP End of an Era Part 2 which starts later this month, are listed below.

A Winged Victory for the Sullen also contributed the track "Ti Prego Memory Man" to the new Ghostly International compilation, SMM: Opiate, which came out last week (10/29) and also features songs from Noveller, Black Swan, and more. You can stream AWVFTS's contribution below, and listen to the entire comp at SPIN.

AWVFTS also did their first remix project, taking on "Now Sleeps The Crimson Petal" from the new choral album by Gareth Malone, which he released this week (11/4) under the name Voices. The album features choral versions of songs by Radiohead, Bon Iver, Death Grips, and more. "Now Sleeps The Crimson Petal" is an original song based on the poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Listen to their remix below.

In related news, as discussed, Stars of the Lid will do their first US shows in five years this December, including one at NYC's Church of St. Paul the Apostle on December 17. Tickets for that show are still available.

All AWVFTS dates are listed, along with those song streams, below...

Continue reading "A Winged Victory for the Sullen scored 'Atomos' for Radiohead choreographer, schedule US dates, released new songs"

Thom Yorke of Radiohead w/ Atoms for Peace earlier this month (more by Tim Griffin)
Thom Yorke

Contemporary composer Steve Reich has premiered multiple works in NYC in recent memory, and he's now announced the New York premiere for his Radiohead-inspired piece "Radio Rewrite.". Speaking to The Quietus (via Pitchfork) on the piece, Steve said:

The trip to Krakow and meeting Jonny Greenwood made me think, well, this music really interests me. What if I took these songs, 'Everything in its Right Place' and 'Jigsaw Falling into Place', and used some of the harmonies, some of the bass lines, some of the melodic material, but going my own way with it, using that material as a starting point, a stimulus. Sure enough, it worked. You know, you go where the energy is. So now there's about 15 minutes written out of a piece which will eventually be an 18, 19, 20 minute piece.


It's brilliant, absolutely brilliant songwriting. I saw a black and white video of them rehearsing 'Jigsaw Falling Into Place' and what struck me was not only that it was a beautiful song, but that the band are so committed. There's no showbiz, just musicians communicating very directly. There's no fudging that.

In both those songs, the chord sequences are very interesting, These are beautiful tunes and I can't improve on them, so I've written my own piece, but sometimes something comes to the surface which reminds you very clearly and sometimes not so clearly of what they do. I mean, it's scored for flute, clarinet, two vibraphones, two pianos, string quartet and one electric bass, which only appears in the first and last movement, so it's not at all a rock piece. Now, '2x5' is a piece that wears rock on its sleeve, so to speak, because it's written for those instruments, but in Radio Rewrite, if you didn't know the original material, rock & roll wouldn't cross your mind. You'd just think, "this is a piece by Steve Reich that I like, or don't like."

The piece, which, as mentioned, is based off Radiohead's "Everything In Its Right Place" and "Jigsaw Falling Into Place," gets its NY premiere on November 16 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art by the Alarm Will Sound ensemble, who will also be performing five other Steve Reich pieces. Tickets, which include museum admission, for the concert are on sale now.

If you can't make it, the show will also be streamed live at Q2 Music, starting at 7 PM.

More info and a video of Alarm Will Sound performing "Radio Rewrite" in California, below...

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