Entries tagged with: Radiohead
Kendrick & Chance with Earth Wind & Fire (photo via Max)
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.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.
"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]
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:
Tears for Fears are covering Radiohead's "Creep" and I'm crying.— Diego Bermejo (@diegorbermejo) June 7, 2015
OH AND TEARS FOR FEARS PLAYED CREEP BY RADIO HEAD it was an emotional experience for me— abstruse☹ (@radically_rad) June 7, 2015
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...
photos by Greg Cristman
Philip Selway @ LPR 4/10/2015
What influences added to this record, which Familial didn't have?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.
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]
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...
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...
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...
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...
Joanna Newsom at Carnegie Hall in 2010 (more by Chris La Putt)
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.
film review by PSquared
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...
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...
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...
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
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...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).
...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.
Look for Snowbird's Moon in January. Streams below...
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.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.
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.
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...
Thom Yorke of Radiohead w/ Atoms for Peace earlier this month (more by Tim Griffin)
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.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.
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."
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...
Though it took her 4+ years to complete, Corinna may just be the inspiration you need to be a Radiohead Bear this Halloween:
Thought it would be a great idea in 2003 to dress up as the Radiohead Bear for Halloween.Good luck. More pictures of the costume and info at Instructables.
It also served a purpose to distract me from some really bad and sad times.
Alas, it took another 5 years to create the complete suit.
Due to school, work, and life, I worked on it piece by piece every odd year:2003,2005,2007.
The idea is to be as 2 dimentional as possible, hence the flatness of the head, just like the logo.
Now it's an outfit I wear on Radiohead shows and I still have plans for it.
Recreated the body in 2008 so I can wear it in warm and hot times.
It's always a work in progress with constant maintenance.
Hope to you see you out in one at one of the many NYC shows this Halloween.
In too much of a rush? Can't really sew? Need something for HalloweMeme TONIGHT (10/24). Last minute Radiohead-themed costume ideas pictured below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Atoms for Peace @ ACL Fest 10/6/2013
As you may have heard today's final day of Austin's ACL Fest's weekend 2 (10/13) was canceled due to flooding. Venues scrambled to book bands elsewhere and Atoms for Peace (who were to have headlined the Lady Bird stage tonight) landed at ACL Live / Moody Theatre. ACL will be streaming their performance live tonight at 10 PM CDT (11 PM Eastern). Watch it here.
Atoms for Peace played last Sunday (10/6) at weekend 1 of ACL and we already published a set of that and other W1D3 pics. A second set of Atoms for Peace pics from last weekend are in this post. You can check out pics of Weekend 2, Day 1 here and look for pics of the second day of ACL Weekend 2 soon. More of those Atoms for Peace pics below.
by Doug Moore
Thom Yorke at the UIC Pavilion (more by James Richards IV)
Thom Yorke is well known for his general dissatisfaction with music industry pay models at this point. Radiohead helped affect a sea change in the music industry by becoming early adopters of the pay-what-you-want online sales model. Since then, Yorke and Radiohead producer/Atoms For Peace collaborator Nigel Godrich have become outspoken critics of the pay models built into online streaming services, and of Spotify in particular.
Over the summer, Yorke and Godrich both pulled their solo and Atoms For Peace material from Spotify. As ever, Yorke was good for at least one stinging quip:
"New artists get paid fuck all with this model."Yorke and Godrich also argued that Spotify is essentially set up to benefit its shareholders, rather than the artists whose music it offers to its users, and that the service colludes with major labels in an effort to wring more profits out of their classics-rich catalogues.
The announcement set off a lengthy debate that involved such oddities as Radiohead manager Brian Message piping up to dispute Yorke and Godrich's argument.
The debate petered out for a while, but picked up again last week when Yorke gave an interview to the Mexican culture site Sopitas, in which he again disputed Spotify's sustainability in response to a question about the future of mainstream music. Yorke offered a particularly memorable analogy at the end of his response. Here's the whole thing:
"I feel like the way people are listening to music is going through this big transition. I feel like as musicians we need to fight the Spotify thing. I feel that in some ways what's happening in the mainstream is the last gasp of the old industry. Once that does finally die, which it will, something else will happen. But it's all about how we change the way we listen to music, it's all about what happens next in terms of technology, in terms of how people talk to each other about music, and a lot of it could be really fucking bad. I don't subscribe to the whole thing that a lot of people do within the music industry that's 'well this is all we've got left. we'll just have to do this.' I just don't agree.You can listen to the whole interview with Yorke below. Spotify turns five years old today; if you want to celebrate, you'll have to choose someone else's music to stream from its archives.
When we did the In Rainbows thing what was most exciting was the idea you could have a direct connection between you as a musician and your audience. You cut all of it out, it's just that and that. And then all these fuckers get in the way, like Spotify suddenly trying to become the gatekeepers to the whole process. We don't need you to do it. No artist needs you to do it. We can build the shit ourselves, so fuck off. But because they're using old music, because they're using the majors... the majors are all over it because they see a way of re-selling all their old stuff for free, make a fortune, and not die. That's why to me, Spotify the whole thing, is such a massive battle, because it's about the future of all music. It's about whether we believe there's a future in music, same with the film industry, same with books.
To me this isn't the mainstream, this is is like the last fart, the last desperate fart of a dying corpse. What happens next is the important part."
Thom Yorke speaking in Dolphin @ Barclays Center (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
"Our dolphins [at Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas] seem to really resonate with Radiohead music, and especially the song Lotus Flower," says yoga instructor Willow Withy, who hosts "Yoga with the Dolphins" excursions in a windowed room at the dolphin enclosure. "As soon as I put it on, they come up to the window and their play patterns become more fluid, friendly, and they are curious about what is going on in the yoga room. They rub against the windows, walls, and express more sensory connection. It feels like mutually shared experience as they appreciate the yoga and music together. I would say they are happy." [Radar]They are prisoners kept out of their natural ocean habitat, but hey, at least they have yoga and Radiohead!
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.
THOM YORKE plays Barclays Center (with Flea) tonight/Friday with James Holden who then opens for Thom's good friend Four Tet in Williamsburg on Saturday, two days before Thom Yorke's good friend Flying Lotus plays Le Poisson Rouge (where Thom Yorke last played NYC, though Thom will be in Virgina by then).
ARCADE FIRE play Saturday Night Live (with Tina Fey) and a show after SNL Saturday, and then maybe will be around for the premiere of the Spike Jonze movie they soundtracked (along with Karen O) as part of the New York Film Festival, or related events (though "Her" doesn't actually premiere until the end of the film fest which runs through October 13). Superchunk, led by Arcade Fire's Merge Record label boss Mac, are also conveniently in NYC for the weekend.
JACK WHITE is on the lineup of Sunday's "Inside Llewyn Davis" event at Town Hall, another NY Film Fest related event (that Patti Smith, Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, Conor Oberst, Joan Baez, Marcus Mumford, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Punch Brothers, and the Avett Brothers are also playing) (if you miss it, it's being recorded for Showtime).
BONUS: Guy Picciotto (Fugazi), Jim White (Dirty Three), T. Griffin (The Quavers), Efrim Manuel Menuck and Sophie Trudeau (Godspeed You! Black Emperor), Jessica Moss (Thee Silver Mt. Zion), and Mira Billotte (of White Magic) are all at BAM Saturday night, Massive Attack, Horace Andy and Cocteau Twins singer Liz Fraser are at Park Ave Armory for multiple days, John Zorn is having a birthday party with Mike Patton and more, Eugene Mirman is having a comedy festival, Jimmy Cliff is at Webster Hall, and Stevie Wonder, Kings of Leon, Elvis Costello and more are playing in Central Park Saturday.
The possibilities are endless.
Watch the Arcade Fire's SNL teaser video and a teaser for the post-SNL show, below (see if you can decode the clues in Win's shirt to discover the location of Thom, Win and Jack's secret meeting)...