Entries tagged with: Radiohead
Ultraista in LA in October (more by Debi Del Grande)
Ultraista (the project of Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, Walt Mink/Beck drummer Joey Waronker, and singer Laura Bettinson) has announced some January dates with production wizard Prefuse 73. No word yet on an official tour announcement, but the announced shows include on in NYC happening on January 28 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (12/14) at noon. All known dates are listed below.
In other Radiohead-related news, Thom Yorke recently revealed the details for his upcoming Atoms for Peace album (titled Amok, due out February 25). NME has since reported that their track, "What The Eyeballs Did," which was the b-side to the "Default" single can be downloaded for free at the Atoms for Peace website if you "scroll all the way over to the right and click on the dial of the clock tower."
All dates are listed below...
Frank Ocean at ATP NYC 2012 (more by Erik Erikson)
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.Glad to see they're playing nice.
"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."
Frank Ocean video is below.
In Thom's words:
So finally I can tell you the Atoms for Peace record is coming out on the 25th February, it's called Amok.
The front will look like theez..
Radiohead at Roseland, Sept 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
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.
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:Try it for yourself, all 1:32:48 of it, below...
"Combination Super Work"
Far-reaching fan conspiracy theory or meticulously plotted masterwork? The world may never know.
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.
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."
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.
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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....
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.
Alt-J at Glasslands, 8/7/2012 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
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
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.
Thom Yorke at The Wooly - 9/7/12 (via non_equivalents)
Thom Yorke came to NYC over the weekend and DJed a Fashion Week party for Rag & Bone (whose co-designer Marcus Wainwright is a friend of Thom's) at The Wooly on Friday (9/7). A picture of Thom during his set at the Belvedere Vodka-sponsored party is above. Aziz Ansari was in attendance too.
Thom also, as discussed many times, did an Atoms for Peace DJ set for the final installment of this summer's Warm Up at MoMA PS1 with AFP bandmate and Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich. Atoms for Peace just announced that their new album will come out next year, and to open their set, Thom and Nigel performed three new tracks that will presumably end up on that album with Thom singing live. You can watch videos of two of those new songs, and listen to audio of the third below. After the short unexpected live performance, Thom returned to the boards for the remainder of the show and spun a variety of tunes (everything from Talking Heads to Azealia Banks).
Thom Yorke & Nigel @ MoMA PS1 - 9/8/12 (via rebeccataylorny)
The rest of the lineup at Warm Up was great too. Despite a crazy storm, the show went on, opening with a set by Justin Strauss. Then Maria Minerva, who also did a Fashion Week show, just released new album, Will Happiness Find Me (stream it), and who now lives in Brooklyn (after moving from Estonia to London), played a live set. You can catch her in NYC again at Glasslands on Friday (9/14) with Father Finger and Octo Octa (tickets).
Up next was Holy Other, finally making his NYC debut, after having to cancel shows last summer due to illness. The elusive producer, who in a recent interview with Stereogum said he was "going to feel naked" performing outdoors during the day, played material off his excellent recently released debut LP, Held, and 2011's With U EP as well. A video from his set is below. The MoMA PS1 show fell in the middle of his tour with Amon Tobin, which hits the NYC area on Thursday (9/13) at Wellmont Theatre (tickets) and Friday (9/14) at Hammerstein Ballroom (tickets).
Before Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich finally took the stage, we were graced with one more set, this time by Scottish producer Rustie, who played Webster Hall with Flosstradamus and Brenmar the night before (9/7). He dropped bass heavy tunes that got the crowd going pretty wild. A couple videos from his Webster Hall show are below (unfortunately, the sound cuts out about halfway through).
Check out all those videos below...
Atoms for Peace at Roseland Ballroom in 2010 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Yesterday we mentioned that Thom Yorke's Atoms for Peace project (which also includes Nigel Godrich and Flea) dropped their new single, "Default," on iTunes and that the single for the track will be out on September 10 via XL. You can now listen to that song below. Thom also announced that he plans to release a full length album with the project in 2013. Here's what he said today:
You may have heard that I have a new project called Atoms for Peace.As mentioned, Atoms for Peace will DJ Warm Up at MoMA PS1 on Saturday (9/8) with Holy Other, Maria Minerva, Rustie, and Justin Strauss. Advance tickets for that show are sold out but a limited number will be available at the door starting at noon.
The name comes from some shows of The Eraser that happened a couple of years ago with Mauro, Joey, Nigel and Flea.
We got a big buzz from them and discovered loads of energy from transforming the music from electronic to live, and so afterwards, we carried on for a few days in the studio and decided to make it a loose, on-going thing.
Immersed in the area between the two...electronic and live.
The first tune we'd like you to hear is Default
A 12" vinyl version will follow next month and an album will eventually follow that next year.
In related news, Radiohead performed at the Moody Theater in Austin this past March for an episode of Austin City Limits. Last night (9/6), it aired on a screen in Austin's Republic Square Park for the first installament of ACL in the Park. The performance will air on PBS stations for the 38th season of Austin City Limits on October 6. Other performances which will air this season include Bon Iver (10/13) and The Shins (10/27).
Listen to Atoms for Peace's "Default" below.
The Darkness have announced details of their third album, Hot Cakes, which will be out August 21 on Wind-Up Records. You can check out the cover art for the album below, which fits right in with the band's over-the-top style. In addition to "Everybody Have a Good Time" and "Nothin's Gonna Stop Us" which have already seen the light of day, Hot Cakes also includes a studio recording of The Darkness' take on Radiohead's "Street Spirit (Fade Out)" which has been a live favorite for years. You can stream it over at Pitchfork, and check out the full tracklist for the album below.
The Darkness were last in NYC back in May for a two-night stand at Irving Plaza. No new American Dates have been announced as of yet but the band are about to start a fairly massive European tour opening for Lady Gaga. All those dates are listed below.
photos by Tim Griffin
Other Lives at Rock Werchter 2012
Other Lives, who recently played Rock Werchter in Belgium (pictures in this post), are currently making their way around Europe, and eventually to Japan and, after taking a 2 month break, the band will head out on a fall tour of the US and Canada with Copenhagen's Indians. That tour brings them to NYC for shows at Bowery Ballroom on November 28 and Music Hall of WIlliamsburg on November 29. Tickets for both NYC shows go on sale Friday (7/20) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (7/18) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Meanwhile, Indians will be in North America even sooner for a previously discussed short run of dates that brings him to NYC for a show at Glasslands on July 26 with Milagres and Zulu Pearls. Tickets for that show are on sale now. Indians recently released a new single, "I Am Haunted," which you can download below in exchange for an email address. If you missed it, two other Indians tracks -- "Magic Kids" and "New" -- are streaming HERE.
In other Other Lives news, a remix of their song, "Tamer Animals," by Thom Yorke's Atoms for Peace project with Flea and Nigel Goodrich appears as a b-side to the new Atoms for Peace single. The a-side is a remix of Atoms for Peace's own song, "Other Side." You can stream the Other Lives remix below, where you'll also find the single's artwork. The single comes out on limited edition white vinyl on July 30 (sold out) and regular vinyl on August 6 via Modeselektor's Monkeytown label for their 50WEAPONS series. You can order the regular vinyl issue here. As mentioned, Thom Yorke will do an Atoms for Peace DJ set at the final installation of this summer's Warm Up series at MoMA PS1 on September 8 with Rustie, Holy Other, Maria Minerva, and Justin Strauss.
We also just mentioned that Thom Yorke will appear on the new Flying Lotus album.
In more related news, Nigel Godrich's band Ultraista announced their self titled debut LP today. It comes out October 2 via Temporary Residence. The cover art, tracklist and a video for "Static Light" are below. Live dates TBA.
A list of all Other Lives and Indians dates, more pics of Other Lives from Rock Werchter, the Atoms for Peace remix, the Indians MP3, and Ultraista album info below...
photos by David Andrako
Flaming Lips in Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto - 6/16/12
As previously mentioned, The Flaming Lips will "attempt to break a Guiness World Record by playing the most concerts in multiple cities during a 24-hour period, a record currently held by Jay-Z. They've got eight shows scheduled to take place on June 27 and 28 in Memphis, Clarksdale, Oxford, Jackson, Hattiesburg, Biloxi, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans. Each show is with a different band. Openers include Grimes, Neon Indian, Gary Clark Jr., Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, GIVERS, and more." Those shows begin on 6/27 at 4:30pm PT aka 7:30 ET aka now, and the whole thing will be streamed live at the O Music Awards site on three channels (the bus, the venues and the control room). The list of shows and bands they're playing with is below.
A little over a week earlier, on 6/16 to be exact, the Flaming Lips played a huge free show in Yonge-Dundas Square in downtown Toronto as part of NXNE. I don't know if it set any records, but the outdoor square was PACKED with people, many who were supposed to be at Radiohead, but ended up having some free time on their hands. At the show, Wayne Coyne and crew paid tribute to Radiohead by doing covers and constantly sending their love to Radiohead family during stage banter. Our pictures from that show are in this post too, and continue along with the 24 hour shows schedule, below...
Radiohead's stage @ Prudential Center (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Hello everyone,Stay tuned for more info.
As you will probably have heard the roof over the stage collapsed at our show in Toronto killing crew member Scott Johnson and injuring three other crew members. The collapse also destroyed the light show - this show was unique and will take many weeks to replace. The collapse also caused serious damage to our backline, some elements of which are decades old and therefore hard to replace.
Whilst we all are dealing with the grief and shock ensuing from this terrible accident there are also many practical considerations to deal with & consequently we have to try and reschedule the following shows:
30 Roma Hippodrome Capanelle
1 Firenze Parco delle Cascine
3 Bologna Arena Parco Nord
4 Codroipo Villa Manin
6 Berlin Wuhlheide
7 Berlin Wuhlhedie
9 St Triphon Carriere des Andonces
We aim to announce the new dates for these shows on Wednesday 27th of June and will also supply information on how to obtain refunds on tickets if you cannot come to the show on the new date.
We will start playing live again at Les Arenes Nimes, Bilbao BBK festival and Lisbon Optimus Alive festival.
We will make every effort to offer the fans the very best show possible under the circumstances - thanks for your understanding and support.
Bird's eye view of the scene
Rest in peace to Drum Tech Scott Johnson of South Yorkshire in the UK, who passed away at the age of 33 due to injuries sutained at the recent stage collapse in Toronto.
A relative confirmed the death of Mr Johnson, from Doncaster, who worked for other British bands, including Keane.Our hearts go out to Johnson's family.
Police in Toronto said the stage was being set up on Saturday when the top part of it collapsed on top of him.
The Foreign Office confirmed that Mr Johnson's family had been notified.
Three other people were injured, one seriously, in the incident at Downsview Park, medical officials said.
The band, from Oxfordshire, south-east England, were not on stage at the time and the sell-out concert was cancelled. A message on the band's website said the gig had been cancelled due to "unforeseen circumstances". -[BBC]
Downsview Park post-collapse (via @Jip88)
A stage at Toronto's Downsview Park has collapsed in advance of a scheduled Radiohead concert, killing one person and injuring at least three, one seriously.If there's a bit of a bright side, the venue wasn't open yet and could have been much worse.
Calls came in to emergency crews at about 4 p.m. ET and at least one ambulance was already on site. One person was declared dead at the scene, one was transported to Sunnybrook Hospital in serious condition and two others were treated for minor injuries and released.
The 7:30 p.m. concert is cancelled, and Radiohead's official Twitter feed advised fans not to make their way to the venue. [CBC]
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Radiohead at Susquehanna Bank Center - 6/13/12
Radiohead have been on a tour which already brought them to NJ for two Prudential Center shows and returned to Jersey last night (6/13) for a show at Susquehanna Bank Center. The set included two OK Computer songs ("Lucky" and "Paranoid Android") and two Amnesiac songs ("I Might Be Wrong" and "Like Spinning Plates") and was otherwise pretty similar to the Prudential Center shows, leaning most heavily on the two most recent albums, Kid A, and some new ones (they didn't play the new song that they just debuted in Chicago though). The set ended with "Everything In Its Right Place" with "True Love Waits" intro.
More pictures, a video, and setlist from last night's show are below.
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan
today in NYC
* Var @ Weird
* Judith Sloan @ Joe's Pub
* Bootsy Collins @ BB King's
* Spank Rock, MNDR @ Le Bain
* Dan Bern @ Beekman Beer Garden
* Big Terrific @ Cameo Gallery
* Blu, Anthm, Bryant Dope @ SOB's
* Yvette Perez @ The Manhattan Inn
* Metric @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Skaters, SINKANE @ Mercury Lounge
* Maryanne De Prophetis Trio @ Barbes
* The Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* Jonathan Richman @ Bowery Ballroom
* Two Man Gentlemen Band @ Joe's Pub
* The Maccabees, Wild Belle @ Webster Hall
* Reigning Sound, The Baxx Sisis @ Maxwell's
* Melvin Van Peebles Wid Laxative @ Zebulon
* Anthony Wilson and Julian Lage @ The Stone
* Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ Symphony Space
* Michael Kiwanuka, Bahamas @ Highline Ballroom
* Wavves, J2K, DJ Nick Catchdubs @ 446 Broadway
* Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens @ Littlefield
* Jim Campilongo and Steve Cardenas @ The Stone
* Ramona Falls, The Darcys, Dru Cutler @ Glasslands
* Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Yvette @ Mercury Lounge
* Dave Matthews Band, Fitz & the Tantrums @ Jones Beach
* Matt Skiba & The Sekrets, Smoking Popes @ The Bell House
* Cool Serbia, Ski Lodge, Beach Day, The Hudson Branch @ Pianos
* Primitive Weapons, Whores, Family, Tiger Flowers @ Saint Vitus
* Philip Glass, Nate Wooley, Stephin Merritt @ Issue Project Room
* Not Blood Paint, Eula, Beast Make Bomb, Indian Rebound @ Public Assembly
* Carnivores, Dinosaur Feathers, Ava Luna, Leapling @ Big Snow Buffalo Lodge
* Royal Headache, Home Blitz, Scott & Charlene's Wedding, Lame Drivers @ Cake Shop
* Unstoppable Death Machines, Graffiti Monsters, Respect, Female Demand @ Shea Stadium
Joe Jackson teamed up with Iggy Pop for a cover of Duke Ellington's "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)," off Joe's upcoming Duke Ellington tribute album titled The Duke (out 6/26 via Razor & Tie). Check out a video of Joe and Iggy discussing that collaboration with some clips of the recording session below.
The Northside Festival kicks off on Thursday (6/14) and the official BV showcase is on Friday (6/15) at MHOW with Caveman, Frankie Rose, Hume, and Fort Lean. We're giving away tickets to that on facebook.
Death Grips were supposed to play MHOW tonight but cancelled.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Complimenting [Radiohead's] case for its post-major-label forays into art-rock craftsmanship was a stunning stage production that was a work of art in and of itself. With band members backlit by two towering video walls, a dozen tile-like screens shifted shape overhead and changed color with thrilling results. Wild-card set list selections included "I Might Be Wrong," "House of Cards," and "Kid A"; while live staples like "Idioteque," "Karma Police" and fevered-pitch show-closer "Paranoid Android" were among the oldies represented. [Rolling Stone]Day 2 of Bonnaroo went down in Manchester, TN on Friday (6/8) with sets from Radiohead, St. Vincent, Feist, and more. As reported on bvChicago, a song was dedicated to Jack White during Radiohead's set:
Before playing "Supercollider," Thom Yorke took a minute to dedicate the song to Jack White. He said, "This song is for Jack White. We saw him yesterday. A big thank-you to him, we're not going to tell you why but you'll find out." As many have speculated, this could mean that Radiohead have recorded/will be recording a Third Man single. We'll see.More pics of Day 1 are HERE. More of Day 2 below...
2:54 at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Brain Cloud @ Barbes
* Chica Libre @ Barbes
* Tony Scherr @ Living Room
* Julian Fleisher @ Joe's Pub
* Jim Campilongo @ Living Room
* Happy New Year, Alaskas @ Cameo
* Matthew Sweet, Callaghan @ City Winery
* Ed Sheeran, Rosi Golan @ Bowery Ballroom
* Lindsay Mendez & Marco Paguia @ Joe's Pub
* Mystery Jets, Grand Resort @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen @ Littlefield
* Alejandro Escovedo, The Ghost Wolves @ Maxwell's
* Pet Bottle Ningen, Les Rhinoceros, Pak @ Cake Shop
* Reverend Vince Anderson & His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* Steve Gunn, Loren Conners, Chris Forsyth, XO4 @ Zebulon
* Dave Hill, Kevin Allison, Mara Wilson, Eric Muller @ Union Hall
* 2:54, Widowspeak, The Denzels, Indian Rebound @ Mercury Lounge
* Foster The People, Tokyo Police Club @ Central Park Summerstage
* Fat Tony, Tom Cruz, Juiceboxxx, Ratking, Old Money, Mess Kid (DJ set) @ Glasslands
* Six Feet Under, Dying Fetus, Revocation, Gunfire-N-Sodomy @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Guerilla Toss, Sediment Club, Fat History Month, Rotten Apples, Haribo @ Death By Audio
* Xeno & Oaklander, Autre Ne Veut, Religious To Damn, Plastic Flowers @ The Studio at Webster Hall
Radiohead debuted a new song, "Full Stop," in Chicago last night. Check out video from the show below.
San Diego's Tropical Popsicle have a trippy new video for their song "The Tethers" which you can also watch below.
Radiohead at Prudential Center 6/1/2012 (photo by Klaus Kinski)
Radiohead played the Prudential Center in New Jersey for a second night in a row. (Last night's pics are here.) Tonight we got "Paranoid Android" and Hail to the Thief's "Go to Sleep" which hasn't been played live in ages. They finished their 23-song set with a cover of R.E.M.'s "The One I Love" which segued into "Everything in Its Right Place." Check out the entire setlist below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield words by Andrew Sacher
Radiohead at Prudential Center - 5/31/12
"We're not ready for the greatest hits yet... when we are we'll be dead," said Thom Yorke during Radiohead's first of two Prudential Center shows last night (5/31), before going into "Identikit," a new song they've been playing on tour. It's things like that which made it clear during their show that Radiohead is like no other rock band with enough stature and fame to play an arena like Prudential Center. Those bands usually do play hit after hit, whereas Radiohead's set focused most heavily on deeper cuts from their two most recent albums and newer, post-TKOL tracks. And while most arena-sized bands project themselves onto massive screens to cater to the far-away fans, Radiohead opts for a series of smaller moveable screens that project grainy images of individual members from carefully planned camera angles in an art-collage fashion. Those screens blended with the band's light show, heightening the atmosphere and, like 2011's divisive The King of Limbs, continued to prove that Radiohead refuse to be jaded by a 20+ year career and that they deliver with the same spirit as the band who wrote those hits they preferred not to play.
Radiohead kicked off their set around 8:50 in front of a backdrop of dripping lights, similar to the lines that obscure the TKOL album art, with the opening track off that album, "Bloom." The band have been known to rotate instruments according to the song, and this one saw them in their traditional "rock band" format with Thom on guitar, but it only took one more song ("15 Step") for Thom to show off those dance moves that anyone who hasn't seen them live before may remember from the zany "Lotus Flower" video. That song started in a dimly lit setting, with a double drum intro and Thom's vocals, but once the guitar kicked in, the band was blasted with light and met with huge cheers from the crowd.
Though I mentioned it wasn't a hits set (and better because of it), it goes without saying that when they played "Karma Police," the crowd gave by far the highest level of participation they'd given all night. Everyone who had been watching the show from their seats stood up, and the entire Prudential Center joined in on vocals, overpowering Thom's own voice. It was like a campfire song (cause you know, "Karma Police" is one of the few Radiohead songs you and your friends can manage on an acoustic guitar) coming to life on a level unimaginable. They followed that with the bass-heavy "Feral," which saw Thom's craziest dancing yet, in front of an equally spastic light show. Then came "Idioteque," the final song of their pre-encore set, and when the heavy drum breaks came in, I'm still not sure if Thom's mic was malfunctioning or if he was intentionally cutting out, but the crowd immediately chimed in, chanting every single word for the remainder of the song.
Radiohead quickly returned for their first of two encores, opening with the only Amnesiac song of the night, "You and Whose Army?" After a couple more, they finished the first encore with their live/dancey rendition of "Everything In Its Right Place." The song, which is generally one of the band's more ambient cuts, was propelled by a relentless bass drum and shakers, and the audience clapped along on every beat. At the end of the song, the band members slowly left the stage, until only Jonny Greenwood and Ed O'Brien were left, continuing to manipulate the song through samplers. Eventually they left too, letting the song exist entirely on its own above an empty stage.
Their second encore began with a stripped down version of the band performing "Give Up The Ghost," and similarly to "Everything In Its Right Place," it ended with Thom's looped vocals harmonizing over each other after he had stepped back from the mic. They followed that with a distorted take on Kid A's "The National Anthem" which saw a rare moment of two distinctly different colored lights hitting the stage at once, and they wrapped things up with "Reckoner."
Unfortunately, I showed up a bit late and missed most of Caribou's opening set, but from what I saw they were killing it as well. Though the crowd had barely filled in yet, Caribou seemed unaffected by it and delivered a solid set of material from their 2010 LP, Swim. I was able to catch them closing the set with the album's two opening songs, the warped pop tune, "Odessa," and an extended version of the choppy dance track, "Sun." Before Radiohead left the stage, they greatly praised the band and thanked them for opening (we already know they're fans).
Radiohead at Prudential Center 5/31/2012 (photo by B.Q. Nguyen)
Radiohead played the first of two shows at the Prudential Center in New Jersey tonight (5/31). More photos to come, but in the meantime check out the 23 song setlist -- including "Everything in It's Right Place," dedicated to Adam Yauch -- below.
by Bill Pearis
Having worked with Pavement, Beck, R.E.M. and, of course, Radiohead over the last 15 years, we know Nigel Godrich mainly as a producer. But now we get to meet Nigel Godrich the musician. Partnering with singer Laura Bettinson and drummer-for-the-stars Joey Waronker, Godrich has formed Ultraísta who have just released their first song, "Smalltalk," to the internet. Densely-layered with all manner of synthesizers and percussion, it's a claustrophobic little number you can hum along and dance to.
Watch the video for "Smalltalk" below.