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by Bill Pearis

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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...

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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)
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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.

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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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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.
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.

Good luck. More pictures of the costume and info at Instructables.

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...

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photos by Tim Griffin

Atoms for Peace @ ACL Fest 10/6/2013
ACL Festval Week 1, Day 3 - 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.

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Thom Yorke at the UIC Pavilion (more by James Richards IV)
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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.

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."

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.

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Thom Yorke speaking in Dolphin @ Barclays Center (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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Naturally:

"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
Atoms For Peace, James Holden @ Barclays Center - 9/27/2013
Atoms For Peace, James Holden @ 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.


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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)...

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Tame Impala at Terminal 5 in February (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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We know these kinds of listicles get published all the time, and that everyone will always find ways to argue them, but this one is kind of interesting. Rolling Stone published their '50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now' list, where they asked a panel of writers, industry figures, and artists, "who rules the road in 2013?" It's got much of the stuff you'd think Rolling Stone would have on this kind of list (like insisting The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen are still better live than basically anyone else in 2013), but there's still some surprises, like the inclusion of Tame Impala amongst mainly rock/pop stars.

If you wanna see if you agree with Rolling Stone's assertions, you can catch some of the artists who made their list in NYC soon, like Tame Impala, Fiona Apple, Pearl Jam, Nine Inch Nails, and more.

Check out the full list below...

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Atoms for Peace's Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich fielded questions from teenage girls about dating and love in the new installment of Rookie Magazine's "Ask a Grown Man" video series. Their answers are pretty honest and insightful and you can watch them give that advice below.

Atoms for Peace play Barclays Center in September.

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photos by PSquared Photography

Atoms for Peace @ Le Poisson Rouge, 3/14/2013
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"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.

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]

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.

More pics from Le Poisson Rouge, plus Atoms for Peace's setlist, are below.

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As you may be aware, Thom Yorke's Atoms for Peace project drops their debut album, Amok, next week (2/26) via XL. Maybe you've already heard it? You can ask Thom how he feels about leaks and file sharing -- as well as less controversial subjects (what toothpaste does he use?) -- when he participates in a reddit Ask Me Anything interview at 17:30 GMT (that's 12:30 EST).

At the same time, Yorke will be interviewed live on BBC 6Music during Steve Lemacq's show. You can tune in here.

Thom and Nigel Godrich will be DJing "with live vocals" at Le Poisson Rouge on March 14 which is, surprise, sold out.

Cover art for Amok and streams of two songs, "Default" and "Judge Jury and Executioner" below...

Continue reading "Atoms for Peace's Thom Yorke & Nigel Godrich doing a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" interview today (BBC 6Music interview too)"

Thom Yorke w/ Radiohead at Coachella 2012 (more by David Andrako)
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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...

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Ultraista in LA in October (more by Debi Del Grande)
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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...

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Frank Ocean at ATP NYC 2012 (more by Erik Erikson)
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Frank Ocean stopped by a Spotify press conference in NYC this past Thursday (12/6) to play a mini set, during which he prefaced his track "Voodoo" with a portion of Radiohead's "Fake Plastic Trees." You can watch a video of Frank singing the track below (via NME).

It was the same event that Glassnote CEO Daniel Glass announced Phoenix's new album at, and Rolling Stone also reports that the event featured a Q&A between old enemies Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich and Napster founder Sean Parker:

Ulrich and Parker represented a reunion of the two most public figures in the Metallica-Napster copyright battle in the late 1990s. The two play nice these days - Metallica announced today they are putting their music on Spotify - but it wasn't always that way.

"We just wanted to control what was going on with our music, because that's what we'd always done," said Ulrich, explaining his band's position at the time. "It became Metallica against its fans, which was never the fucking point."

Glad to see they're playing nice.

Frank Ocean video is below.

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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..

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Continued below:

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Radiohead at Roseland, Sept 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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Like Beastie Boys concert film, Awesome, I Shot That (which was also shot in NYC), though on a more guerrilla level, a full Radiohead concert shot entirely on handheld cameras was recently posted online. The full show (with pro-audio) was shot during their two Roseland gigs from September 2011. Watch below.

We were at both of those nights and pictures from night one are HERE and night two are HERE. You can watch the full Radiohead concert below, and read more about it here.

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This is surely old "news" to many (by the way, Ultraista play LPR Wednesday), but I never tried it until this new Buzzfeed article which says:

Oh, that wacky Thom Yorke. When he isn't staring joylessly into rainy window panes, there's a chance the rascally Radiohead frontman is plotting out decade-spanning musical projects meant to blow your feeble human mind. As most diehard Radiohead fans (Radiohead-heads?) could tell you, there was a strong overarching theme of "tens" surrounding the band's 2007 release, "In Rainbows" -- it was announced ten days before release, there are ten letters in the title -- capped off by the fact that it came out ten years after another of the group's landmark albums, 1997's "OK Computer," another title with exactly ten letters. So what does any of this mean, exactly? When shuffled together with a ten-second crossfade between tracks, the albums go really, really well together. A bit too well, actually, like they're two halves of one big, beautiful whole. For extra mind-boggle-ocity, the two titles, when combined, leave us with this clever anagram:

"Combination Super Work"

Far-reaching fan conspiracy theory or meticulously plotted masterwork? The world may never know.

Try it for yourself, all 1:32:48 of it, below...

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Why yes, we have posted a lot of stuff already today. Here's some more

Mythbuster? More like Myrthbuster. TV personality Jamie Hyneman apparently abandoned his first born. Luckily, NYC has a history of taking your poor, your tired, and your mustachioed; baby Hyneman has taken up residence at the New York Aquarium. (confused?).

Shades of Scott Tenorman: Radiohead Fan Sells Cheating Girlfriend's Tickets Online, Gets Invited to Hang Out with Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul.

Morrissey is in NYC right now and appeared on Colbert.

Bat for Lashes now streaming 6 songs off The Haunted Man at The Guardian; and you can stream Tamaryn's album (via Gorilla Vs. Bear) at the bottom of this post.

Is Spotify's business model broken? Anybody pay for Spotify Premium? (editor's note: I do)

For those who like free stuff: We are giving away two tickets to see Menomena at Bowery Ballroom on October 11 on the BV Facebook Page as well as tickets to Dark Dark Dark and Emily Wells at LPR on 10/13 and to The Darkness at Terminal 5 on 10/21.

Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" "received more performances on U.S. radio and television than any other song in the BMI repertoire during 2011."

The Rolling Stones "are pleased to announce the WORLD EXCLUSIVE first airplay of the brand new single from The Rolling Stones, 'Doom And Gloom' will take place on Thursday October 11th at 8:15am. The single can be downloaded on the same day from iTunes."

Led Zeppelin were hanging out in NYC on the same day Pete Townshend was.

Toro Y Moi has announced that he'll release a new album called Anything In Return on January 21st via Carpark Records.

Hey arty types: design Richard Hawley's Guitar Skin!

I swear we're not making any of this stuff up.

More stuff below...

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Radiohead kicked off season 38 of Austin City Limits last night on PBS. If you missed it, check your local listings for the repeat, or just watch the whole thing below....

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Ultraista

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.

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Alt-J at Glasslands, 8/7/2012 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
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today in NYC
* Big Terrific @ Cameo
* John and Scott @ UCB
* Ben Gerstein @ Barbes
* ZZ Top @ Beacon Theater
* Dragonette @ Webster Hall
* Luciana Souza @ Joe's Pub
* Miguel Frasconi @ The Stone
* Azure Ray, Soko @ City Winery
* Alt-J, JBM @ Bowery Ballroom
* Brazilian Girls @ The Bell House
* Echosuite,Sophie Auster @ Mercury Lounge
* WIERD w/ Merchandise @ Home Sweet Home
* AAnnea Lockwood, Miguel Frasconi @ The Stone
* Firewater, Skeleton Key @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* Animal Tropical, Jag, Mechanical River @ Cake Shop
* Indian Rebound, The Denzels, Fast Years @ Muchmore's
* Holly Miranda, Julia Haltigan, Kendra Morris @ Zebulon
* Yeasayer, Tanlines, Daedelus @ Central Park Summerstage
* Dawn Landes, Henry Wolfe, Christina Courtin @ The Rock Shop
* Tenement, Vacation, Swearin', Space Trash @ Brooklyn Fireproof
* Icona Pop, Heartsrevolution (DJ Set), Punches @ Santos Party House
* Sarah Silverman, Katina Corrao, The Lucas Brothers, Brent Sullivan @ BAM
* Dead Prez, Lushlife, Iron Solomon, DJ Total Eclipse, Gen.Erik @ Public Assembly
* Chelsea Light Moving, Steve Gunn, White Out @ 285 Kent Avenue
* Andre Obin, Beacon, Braille, D. Gookin, Foxes in Fiction, Heathered Pearls, Jacob 2-2, Teeel @ Glasslands

Alt-J, whose debut An Awesome Wave is included on this year's just-announced Mercury Prize shortlist, play their biggest NYC show yet at Bowery Ballroom (sold out).

Tampa, Florida's gloomy, romantic (and BV faves) Merchandise play the WIERD party at Home Sweet Home tonight. Word of warning: things get started late there. They'll also play 538 Johnson on Thursday (9/13) and Saint Vitus on Friday (9/14) and will be back for CMJ.

Thurston Moore's new band, Chelsea Light Moving, play their first NYC show at 285 Kent tonight.

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Paul Thomas Anderson's new film, The Master, opens on Friday (9/14) and like his last film There Will Be Blood, it features a score by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood. You can stream the soundtrack below via Spotify.

Bonnie "Prince" Billy released a new animated video for his song "Time to Be Clear" and you can watch that below.

The Raveonettes' new album, Observator, came out this week and the band just released a new video from it, "The Enemy," which you can watch below.

What else?

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Thom Yorke at The Wooly - 9/7/12 (via non_equivalents)
Thom Yorke

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)
Thom Yorke

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...

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Atoms for Peace at Roseland Ballroom in 2010 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Atoms for Peace

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.

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.
Thom

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.

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.

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