Entries tagged with: Radiohead
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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.
Radiohead tour opener Caribou, as you can see in the flyer above, has added a Brooklyn date (probably just DJing?) between the NJ and DC Radiohead dates. It would be pretty cool if Thom showed up to play some songs too (like he recently did at MOCA and Coachella with other friends). Assume he won't, but you never know. Tickets are on sale.
Radiohead, or more specifically Colin Greenwood who guests on it, is helping promote the release of an album One Little Plane, on Four Tet's label, which you can stream in full.
Four Tet, who also opens for Radiohead sometimes, is featured on the mix Thom Yorke posted over the weekend in tribute to MCA.
Entitled "Dot Connectors", this message was posted to Radiohead.com today:
I was very sad to hear the news of Adam Yauch's death yesterday.Check out videos of some bands remembering MCA from stage last night.
We looked up to the Beastie Boys a lot when we were starting out and how they maintained artistic control making wicked records but still were on a major label, and the Tibetan Freedom Concerts they organized had a very big influence on me personally and the way Adam conducted himself and dealt with it all impressed me a lot. He was a mellow and v smart guy. May he rest in peace.
On another note check this out> people connecting the dots of our weird weather patterns, though the climate change deniers still frantically shout their voice is getting quieter. climate dots around the world
and some music..
1. Kurduli Hidjazkiar Taxim Kementchedi Alecco Open Strings
2. Blue Horizon Sidney Bechet The Ultimate Collection
3. Too Polite Feat. Louis Vines Throwing Snow
4. When the Ship Comes In Bob Dylan
5. Gene Piece, R.A.I Bird Pierre Henry, Pierre Schaeffer
6. Strange Fruit Sidney Bechet
7. Shake Your Rump Beastie Boys Paul's Boutique
8. Ghana: Voices & Percussion Vocalists and drummers of Ghana African Rhythms & Instruments: Vol 1
9. Caves Of Paradise Actress R.I.P.
10.Ascending Actress R.I.P.
11.Ocoras Four Tet
Atoms For Peace @ Roseland 2010 (more by Bao Nguyen)
"After the opening of the Stanley Donwood exhibition at Subliminal Projects Gallery an afterparty was scheduled at MOCA in LA with Gonjasuffi, Ana Caldaron, as well as Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich (Nigel: "We're Djing at Mike D's bash"). The two under the name Atoms For Peace played 5 new songs with Thom Yorke vocals. And it all points out to tracks from the highly anticipated Atoms For Peace album.A couple of videos from the set, a recently-gone viral video of Carrie Manolakos covering "Creep" at Le Poisson Rouge, and a video of little kids reviewing Radiohead, below...
Atoms For Peace is live band of Thom Yorke, which includes Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich and Red Hot Chili Pepper bassist Flea. A new album was in the works, but till today there was no sign of new material." [At Easeweb]
photos by David Andrako
Wild Flag's Carrie Brownstein & the Hives @ Coachella Sunday - 4/22/2012
"The second weekend brought record heat. Festival-goers jockeyed for patches of grass around the shaded perimeters. They pounded frozen lemonade at $6 a cup.How was your Coachella?
"It feels like a different world from last weekend," The Shins frontman James Mercer said. "It was Iceland last week."
While the weather forced some practical fashion choices, Coachella's sartorial influence was noted well beyond Indio. Joan Rivers and Kelly Osbourne debated Coachella-inspired fashion trends, and the wider cultural significance of the festival, on the E! Channel program, "The Fashion Police."
Osbourne, a Coachella regular, proclaimed, "When you go to Coachella, all the girls are half-naked and 22." Rivers, who joked that she goes to Coachella, too, quipped, "If David Hasselhoff was there, this means officially Coachella is no longer cool."" [MYDesert.com]
After DJing a party on Friday night and headlining with his band Radiohead on Saturday, Thom Yorke kept busy on Sunday by DJing a Rolling Stone pool party with Nigel Godrich, and then showing up as a not-so-surprise, special guest during Modeselektor's Sunday night set in the Mojave tent while Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg headlined the main Coachella stage.
Modeselektor (pre-Thom) @ Coachella Sunday - 4/22/2012
photos by David Andrako
"Did y'all peep my Lil boob out with tha pastie today at coachella ?!? That was my Lil Kim moment !" - AZEALIA BANKS
hologram Biggie w/ Black Lips / Azealia Banks / ASAP Rocky @ Coachella Saturday
"For a certain breed of diehard Coachella fan, once is just not enough. And since 2012 is the first year that the epic desert music and arts festival is being mounted twice in Indio, California, it was inevitable that some of the most obsessed would find a way to attend both three-day weekends.Coachella concludes today, Sunday, 4/22, Earth Day 2012.
"The Monday after the first one, I was kind of licking my wounds and I said, 'Hey, let's go again! I'm down. I get paid on Friday. It can happen," 28-year-old Carlos Morales, from Fullerton, California, told Rolling Stone yesterday. "Radiohead was a big part of it. They were amazing, and I really wanted to see them again."
Tickets for a single Coachella weekend are hard enough to come by; in recent years, they've typically sold out within days of going on sale, which sparked the motivation for festival organizers Goldenvoice Productions to add an identical second weekend this year. About six percent of festivalgoers who bought tickets online directly from the promoter managed to pick up tickets for both weekends, said Coachella co-founder Paul Tollett. Resales are harder to measure, but last-minute impulse buyers for the second weekend were rewarded with some tickets being sold at below face value.
Alison Swing, 21, of Long Beach, bought her second set of tickets "from a friend of a friend of a friend" and got a $100 discount from the cover price, she said with a laugh. "It was nerve-wracking spending the money," Swing admitted, "but I wanted to go back so bad. I'll deal with it after." [Rolling Stone]
You saw the pictures from Friday, a video of the Black Keys performing with John Fogerty, video from a Friday night party that Thom Yorke DJ'd, and Radiohead's setlist from Saturday. Here are the pictures from Saturday, 4/21/2012, Record Store Day, the 2nd day of the 2nd weekend of Coachella 2012.
As you can see in the above picture, The Black Lips paid tribute (if you want to call it that) to hologram Tupac (who should be making another appearance with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg tonight) with their own hologram (actually a cut out) of Biggie Smalls. St. Vincent joined Andrew Bird on stage to help perform "Lusitania." Azealia Banks, in a different looking outfit than last week, apparently suffered a wardrobe malfunction. A$AP Rocky was joined by Master P, Romeo, No Limit and many other friends on stage in the Gobi tent, as he and Radiohead simultaneously closed out the night once again.
More pictures from all of Saturday, and a video from ASAP's guest-filled set, below...
Radiohead @ Coachella - 4/21/2012 (photo via tamaradhia)
One night after Thom Yorke played a DJ set at the Ace Hotel, Radiohead played Coachella again (pictures HERE). This week's setlist was 21 songs vs. last week's 20. Order of songs aside, this week's crowd heard six different tunes. They got You And Whose Army?, Nude, Kid A, Feral, House of Cards, and Exit Music (for a film), but didn't hear Daily Mail, Myxomatosis, Identikit, Lucky, or Everything in Its Right Place. Check out the entire 4/21 setlist, below...
Flying Lotus, Gaslamp Killer, Thom Yorke @ Ace Hotel on 4/20 (via)
As I type this, Radiohead just opened their second Saturday night Coachella headlining set in a row with "Bloom". I wonder how/if their setlist will vary from last week (pics from last time HERE). We'll know soon (update: we know now).
Meanwhile, check out the video of Thom Yorke DJing the Coachella Brainfeeder party with Flying Lotus and Gaslamp Killer at Ace Hotel in Palm Springs last night (4/20), along with a video of Thom dancing during GK's set, below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Buzzcocks / Bon Iver / Squeeze
"The earlier part of the afternoon felt a little sleepy. People waking up late after Friday, taking their time getting to the festival, and the earliest bands on the bill usually have a gentler style of music anyway. That all changed, for us at least, with the arrival of the Buzzcocks, those spiky, rapid-fire elder statesmen of melodic British punk, on stage in the Gobi tent.Before Radiohead closed out Saturday with a near-2 hour headlining set, Coachella-goers were treated to live music by Jeff Mangum, the Buzzcocks, Squeeze, fIREHOSE, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Bon Iver (videos & setlist HERE), Andrew Bird, The Shins, SBTRKT, Flying Lotus, A$AP Rocky (who played at the same time as Radiohead), Feist, Noel Gallagher, Destroyer, Grace Potter, The Head and the Heart, and many more.
Founders Pete Shelley and Steve Diggle look older now -- it's been 35 years or so since they launched the band --but their voices are strong, their rapid-fire guitar riffing still delivers an electric current to the brain. And, bonus for fans on Saturday, the short length of many of their songs meant you got a whole lot of Buzzcocks packed into a 55-minute set." [Orange County Register]
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Thom Yorke, ponytail & 1 of 2 drummers @ Coachella (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Follow along on the stream. Growing Coachella setlist below...
BrooklynVegan is proud to present a free screening of award-winning film "The Island President." What is "The Island President" about? Ask Radiohead's Thom Yorke!...
Says Thom Yorke: "'The Island President' is a film about the Maldives, and the struggle of President Nasheed to get the voice of a small nation heard in the climate change debate. Unless something is done to stop rising sea levels they will lose everything. The country will be under water. Some of our music was used to help tell the story."Radiohead contributed 14 songs to the film, about which you could also say:
"The Island President" is the story of the Maldives' bad-ass president, Mohamed Nasheed, and his fight against global warming. His tiny island nation is on the brink of demise -- rising sea levels will certainly swallow up the entire country, and along with it, every last person and vestige of their civilization -- in the foreseeable future. (Keep in mind Manhattan is also a low-lying area surrounded by water. This issue is not exclusive to the Maldives; they are only the first casualty.)Unfortunately, last month, on February 7, Mohamed Nasheed, the democratically-elected president of the Maldives, was forced to resign in a coup d'etat orchestrated by the military and forces loyal to the former dictator. He continues to fight the good fight for the democracy and survival of his people though. Learn more by watching the film.
The movie opens in theaters on Wednesday, March 28, but you're invited to a special BrooklynVegan advance screening at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn on Sunday, March 25th. Like our previous free screenings of "Boy", "Senna" and "Exit Through the Gift Shop", this one is first come, first served, and seated.
Unlike at our previous screenings, at this one we're giving away two pair of Radiohead tickets! Details on how to win, and the movie trailer, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Florida duo Blonds (not to be confused with NYC duo Blondes) are currently in NYC (and loving it) recording their full length album. The album will be the followup to their Dark Roots EP, which includes a cover of Radiohead's "Talk Show Host," and can be streamed in full on bandcamp. Of the Radiohead cover, singer Cari Rae told Rolling Stone:
"'Talk Show Host' is my favorite Radiohead song, but Jordy [Asher] was apprehensive to cover it at first because of his immense respect for the band. He said it was like attempting to play with perfection. I begged him for almost a month, and I'm happy to say my persistence paid off."The band is made up of Cari Rae and Jordy Asher (who are dating) and fit in well with the other boy/girl duos creating indie pop/dream pop lately (Stereogum compares them to Tennis & Cults). Check out the sexy video of EP track "206" (which they label NSFW), that they star in, below.
While Blonds are in NYC, they'll be playing some shows including an early show TONIGHT (3/21) at Mercury Lounge with Thunder and Lightning. $10 tickets for this show will be available at the door. They also play Pete's Candy Store on 3/28 with Tamsin, Pianos on 3/29 with Praha Depart, Yellow Monsters, Crying Nut, 3rd Line Butterfly, Sea Monsters, and Duologue (tickets) and Pete's Candy Store again on April 26.
If you catch their show at Mercury Lounge tonight, stick around to see Breton play a late show at the same venue.
All dates and the somewhat NSFW video below...
Radiohead in Austin the other night (more by Tim Griffin)
Tickets go on sale at 10am today for the two Radiohead/Caribou shows in Newark and for the one in Camden. Tickets are also on sale for two Rocks Off party buses that will be bringing people from NYC to Newark.
Check out some pictures from the recent Austin show that Other Lives opened.
Last night they played the Scottrade Center in St Louis. Check out the setlist below...
Thom Yorke in Austin last night (by Tim Griffin, via BVAustin Instagram)
* Caribou opening new Radiohead dates
* Radiohead announce dates, 2 NJ shows @ Prudential Center
* Radiohead played Austin's Frank Erwin Center (pics, setlist)
* Radiohead played 17 songs @ Austin City Limits TV taping (setlist)
Caribou at Webster Hall in 2010 (more by Kam Tambini)
Caribou (aka Dan Snaith), who was one of the remixers on Radiohead's remix album TKOL RMX 1234567 which dropped last year, has been added as an opener to Radiohead's recently announced tour which includes shows on May 31 and June 1 at Prudential Center in NJ and June 13 at Susquehanna Bank Center in NJ. Tickets go on sale via W.A.S.T.E. on Thursday (3/8) with a general sale starting on Ticketmaster on Saturday (3/10) at 10 AM.
If you still haven't heard Caribou's remix of "Little by Little," you can stream it below along with all dates...
Radiohead @ Roseland in 2011 (more by Bao Nguyen)
It's rumored that Radiohead will be announcing more dates soon. The latest rumor includes a June 1st show at Prudential Center in NJ, though I'm not going to believe it until I see it via Radiohead) (and not via Aids Bunny) (the previous rumor said there would be two nights at MSG around Bonnaroo, but now the rumor people are leaning towards the NJ show instead) (stay tuned).Well, the latest rumor happens to be true (nice one Aids Bunny!), but also includes a May 31 performance at the NJ venue. They also play Camden on June 13th (so 3 NJ shows total!). Tickets for the new dates go on sale via W.A.S.T.E this Thursday, March 8. A general onsale will hit Ticketmaster on Saturday, March 10 at 10AM. All dates are listed below...
"Walls of Tom #radiohead" (via paulvkieu)
Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood has a new album. NPR explains:
How do you capture the energy -- both positive and negative -- of the past 50 years by using instruments perfected in the 18th century and made of wood, glue and horsehair?Stream the whole thing at NPR.
That challenge lies at the very heart of this album, which brings together one of rock and electronic music's superheroes, Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood, with one of his own idols: the septuagenarian Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki. The collection features two string pieces written by the elder composer, 1960's Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima and 1961's Polymorphia for 48 strings, juxtaposed with two of Greenwood's similarly set answers to Penderecki's work: Popcorn Superhet Receiver (inspired by Threnody) and 48 Responses to Polymorphia. Here, they both choose to use a seemingly antiquated vehicle -- orchestral strings -- to convey the noise, chaos and energy of our time. The results are ear-tingling.
Radiohead are currently out touring North America. Upcoming shows include Dallas and Austin. Recent shows include Houston, Miami, and Atlanta where one group of hardcore fans was NOT happy about how they were treated when the doors opened, or should I say didn't open. Their story and video below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Other Lives @ Bowery Ballroom on 2/17
"Other Lives' sound is lush and rich, full of varied but precise instrumentation. Each member seamlessly switched from violin to guitar, trumpet, keyboard, bells, cello, percussion, harmonium etc., somehow getting to their instruments just at the right time in every song. Their CD Tamer Animals is a gorgeous reproduction of their sound, but seeing them live was an altogether different and wonderful experience. Watching the set up of keyboards, effects, laptop and other electonic gear, I was a little concerned that the 'music' would come off sounding too artificial. But all the band members were consummate musicians, and it didn't seem as though much of their sound came from prerecorded tracks."Other Lives played a sold out Bowery Ballroom on 2/17 with support from both from WIM and Lucius. The show, reviewed above, is pictured in this post.
[Words & Music]
The NYC show was part of a headlining tour leading up to Other Lives' run supporting Radiohead which began last night, Monday, 2/27, at American Airlines Arena in Miami. We're not sure how Other Lives' set was in the huge Florida venue, but you can check out Radiohead's setlist, video of two new songs included, HERE.
All Other Lives tour dates and more pictures from their NYC show, below...
"Superfly Presents and A.C. Entertainment are excited to announce the initial lineup for the 2012 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The 11th annual four-day camping and music festival will be held on June 7 - 10 on the same beautiful 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville. A full list of confirmed acts follows, and more will be announced in the coming weeks. The final Bonnaroo 2012 lineup will total over 125 bands and over 20 comedians performing on 13 stages over four days.Tickets for the event will go on sale on this Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 12 noon EST exclusively at bonnaroo.com."Radiohead, Beach Boys, Phish, Little Dragon, SBTRKT, The Antlers, Bad Brains, Laura Marling, St. Vinent, Tune-Yards, Flying Lotus, and many more are playing Bonnaroo this year. Full list below...
Beach Boys @ The Grammys
Though the Bonnaroo lineup won't be announced until later today (via Spotify), Knoxville.com has supposedly leaked some of it via a photo gallery which includes Beach Boys, Radiohead, Bon Iver, Phish, Foster the People, Alice Cooper, Ludacris, Black Star, Skrillex, Punch Brothers, The Avett Brothers, The Shins, Flogging Molly, Feist and Aziz Ansari. We can't know for sure if this is all correct, but I did hear that the Beach Boys were playing, and many of those bands have been rumored for a while, and the Beach Boys have promised more dates, so... well, we'll see soon! UPDATE: Yep, they are!
If it is all true, I really hope that this time Foster the People stay off the Beach Boys' stage unlike at the Grammys, as you can watch below...
Radiohead @ Roseland Ballroom in 2011 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Coachella which is taking place over the course of two weekends this year (April 13-15 and 20-22) revealed their 2012 lineup. Last week, Azealia Banks was the first artist confirmed, and earlier today they confirmed The Weeknd (maybe he found a band?), and before that, Jimmy Cliff, Breakbot, and Housse De Racket. The reunited Pulp then announced itself. The full lineup also includes headliners The Black Keys, Radiohead, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, not to mention, as predicted, the reunited At the Drive In and the reunited Mazzy Star (!), and Madness and Refused (!) and Jeff Mangum and many, many more that you can see below...
UK music magazine Uncut weighs on this year's best albums. Like Rough Trade, they give Josh T Pearson serious placement. They put Tinariwen, who appeared on The Colbert Report last night (!) with Tunde and Kyp from TV on the Radio, at #18. Check out their whole list and video from Colbert, below...