Entries tagged with: Radiohead
"I think [Radiohead have] lost the plot," Kubler said
Finn (Hold Steady) @ McCarren Pool (more by Kyle Reinford)
Hold Steady guitarist Tad Kubler has caused the Internet to go nuts with his comments on Radiohead, which he made over the weekend to BBC6 Music. "I think they've lost the plot," Kubler said when asked the now-standard-in-every-music-interview question about Thom Yorke et al's recent album In Rainbows. "What are they doing? Where are they going? What's happening? I don't get it any more. They lost me. I still appreciate what they're doing, or what they're trying to do. But I think they're trying too hard not to be Radiohead. That seems a little ridiculous to me." Kubler then went on to praise... Oasis. Ooh, burn! Yorke and his bandmates were unavailable for comment, but the Internet was more than happy to rush in and fill that particular void... [Idolator]The tour is called the "Rock and Roll Means Well Tour". The bands are The Hold Steady and Drive By Truckers. It's a great bill, but I think there should be plenty of NYC tickets to go around since the NYC shows are at Terminal 5 (a venue both bands have played before) two nights in a row (Nov 6 & 7). That said, tickets go on presale Tuesday. All dates for both bands (with and without each other) below...
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford, words by Nick Masi
Radiohead headlined the first two nights of the three day All Points West festival at Liberty State Park in New Jersey this weekend (8/8 & 8/9). Of course, they did not disappoint. The band was on point as they tapped into their entire catalog and delivered a beautiful light show. Each night had its own feel. The first night was not as crowded, so the sight lines seemed clearer, and getting closer to the stage wasn't as hard. On the second night the sold out crowd packed the park, making it more difficult to stake out a spot near the stage. Oddly enough, the second night also had the more respectful crowd (at least where I was). During songs like "No Surprises" and "Videotape," the mass of people was shockingly silent. The setlists varied nicely too. Highlights for night one were "Cymbal Rush," "Just" and "Climbing Up The Walls," while the second night had "The Bends," "Kid A" and "Planet Telex." I was hoping for "True Love Waits," but that didn't happen. Maybe next time.
Thom dedicated "Everything In Its Right Place" to opener Underworld the first night and "Airbag" to opener Kings of Leon ("If we we were as good looking as them, we'd be famous") on the second. Each set consisted of 25 songs and lasted about 2 hours and 15 minutes! I don't know what else to say about a Radiohead show that hasn't been said before. I've never been let down by a Radiohead performance and that goes for both nights at APW as well.
More pictures and the setlist from night two below...
photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
I would have loved to have been at APW all day Friday (8/8/08), but I knew a more realistic goal would be to get there in time for Underworld which I was still late for. I did catch a little though, and I filmed the below video so you can see a little bit of what it's like there in Liberty State Park at the festival (while listening to a very popular song being performed live)...
photos by Bao Nguyen
Expectations were set so low for this festival. There has been lots of complaining. The price is relatively high, the linuep is relatively weak, and a lot of people weren't happy about the five-per-person beer limit. All that aside, I thought the fest was great - what I saw of it on Friday night anyway. I saw a tiny bit of Andrew Bird, some of Underworld, most of Girl Talk and all of Radiohead's approximately 2 hour 15 minute set. Girl talk (am I allowed to say 'killed it'?). Radiohead looked and sounded amazing.
To get there I took the path from WTC to the lite rail to the Liberty State Park stop. That part was fast, cheap and easy. Then there's a kind of long walk through the park from the train to the entrance. I didnt't anticipate that, but exercise is always good. Bao took the ferry which wasn't too bad getting there early on Friday at least. It's a lot more money, but it also gets you much closer to the grounds when you get off. How was it getting home (if your home is NYC)?
More Radiohead pics, video and their setlist below...
Currently on tour with Radiohead, Grizzly Bear's next NYC-area shows are this Friday at the All Points West Festival and the very next night at Music Hall of Williamsburg. I sent Grizzly Bear frontman Ed Droste a few quick questions to see how he was doing....
How is the Radiohead tour going? How was Lollapalooza? Any good stories?
Ed: It's been so amazing. It's definitely an entirely new experience for us, we aren't used to, and will likely never play spaces this big again, and we're still getting our festival legs. As many people might imagine our sound isn't exactly catered to a massive outdoor setting, but we are giving it our best. Playing Montreal was insane, the biggest crowd we've ever played for, about 30K people actually in the pouring rain, just incredibly amped up for Radiohead. It was extremely surreal. A rainbow came out as well at one point.
Paul Simon or Radiohead?...
Kanye West @ Lollapalooza 2008 (more by Bao Nguyen)
tonight in NYC & NJ
* nothing @ Studo B
* Kanye West @ MSG
* Bob Log III @ Southpaw
* Eddie Vedder @ United Palace
* Brazilian Girls @ The Apple Store
* Keith Caputo (LOA) @ the Stone Pony
* Jungle Brothers in Bush Clinton Park
* 28 Days Later (movie) @ McCarren Pool
* Black Rebel Motorcyle Club @ Irving Plaza
* The Police & Elvis Costello @ Jones Beach
* Earth Wind and Fire @ Radio City Music Hall
* Fiasco, Ninja Sonik & The Homosexuals @ Market Hotel
* Flobots, People Under The Stairs, and Busdriver @ Bowery Ballroom
* Apollo Sunshine, Drug Rug and Sam Champion on a Rocks Off Cruise
Tonight was the night Sam Sparro was supposed to play Santos Party House.
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club play Irving tonight, and then open for Stone Temple Pilots at Jones Beach tomorrow.
Help get Iggy Pop's gear back.
The Duke Spirit play the Apple Store on Thursday.
Video of Gnarls Barkley covering Radiohead @ Lollapalooza below...
photos by Zach Dilgard
After the set we [Grizzly Bear] decided to unwind and watched both CSS and Radiohead's set. Tomorrow we meet Radiohead for the first time and to say we are beyond excited is an understatement. It was surreal watching them with Kele from Bloc Party and the Yeasayer guys all just marvelling at how insanely great Radiohead are, and how universally loved. Literally what I would guess was 70 thousand people singing along to "All I need" is a pretty spectacular sight. I can't even believe we get to share the stage with them the next few weeks. [Ed Droste]You saw the setlist. More pictures from Friday night's headlining Radiohead performance, below...
Radiohead @ Lollapalooza 2008 (KEXP)
setlisttoday in NYC
01. 15 Step
03. There There
04. All I Need
06. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
07. The Gloaming
08. The National Anthem
09. Faust Arp
10. No Surprises
11. Jigsaw Falling Into Place
14. The Bends
15. Everything In Its Right Place (Fireworks going off)
16. Fake Plastic Trees
19. Paranoid Android
20. Dollars and Cents
21. House of Cards
22. Optimistic (Thom, "You are quiet Chicago.")
* Lollapalooza (stream)
* Monotonix & Fiasco @ The Bodega
* The Childballads @ Mercury Lounge
* free shows in Tompkins Square Park
* King Khan & The Shrines @ Mercury Lounge
* Vetiver, Phosphorescent & Meg Baird @ Bowery Ballroom
* Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players (Rooftop Films) @ The Yard
NY Magazine: What do you see as the biggest aesthetic and philosophical differences between you guys and the Arcade Fire?Wolf Parade play Terminal 5 in NYC tonight (July 31) and tomorrow (August 1). Spencer will also be will be back in NYC to play two more shows in September with Sunset Rubdown.
Spencer Krug: You want me to compare Wolf Parade to Arcade Fire right now?
NY Magazine: You don't have to.
Spencer Krug: I think the differences are huge. If you want to talk about the sonic aesthetic, they have more members, they have more ambition, more of a drive for perfection than we will ever have, so they sound bigger and they sound better. [Laughs] They will always sound tighter and more thought-out. Arcade Fire has everything just so. And that is to their benefit as a band, probably.
We're friends, but we're very different in terms of music and even probably politics, and how we approach our place in the world, if that makes sense. I don't mean politics, like what they stand for, but the way they operate within this industry. They're just more successful and have had to deal with things that we'll never have to deal with it, like whether or not to play Saturday Night Live.
In related "news", Radiohead & Arcade Fire are BFF.
And this year's nominees are:
Adele - 19Which album "album from the United Kingdom or Ireland" did they miss this year? Last year the award went to Klaxons and the year before that it went to Arctic Monkeys who were also nominated last year which makes Alex Turner 3 for 3.
British Sea Power - Do You Like Rock Music?
Burial - Untrue
Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid
Estelle - Shine
Laura Marling - Alas, I Cannot Swim
Neon Neon - Stainless Style
Portico Quartet - Knee Deep In The North Sea
Rachel Unthank - The Bairns
Radiohead - In Rainbows
Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Raising Sand
The Last Shadow Puppets - The Age of the Understatement
Will Burial win it this year? Roni Size won in 1997. He beat Ok Computer that year. In fact, Radiohead has never won. This year is the fourth time they're nominated. Maybe they'll finally give it to them.
In a world full of fear and ripe with insincerity its such a relief to have met Radiohead.This Sunday @ McCarren Pool: it's Liars, Fuck Buttons & Team Robespierre. All Liars dates below...
They are purveyors of truth, beauty and a moral responsibility to the planet.
We've been welcomed with literal open ams and thoroughly schooled on how to function as a band -not just musically, but ethicly too.
The honor is in learning from the best and from the beginning we've been in class.
The important thing for us to make clear is just how awe inspiring this production is.
We're not sure if there's any information made public about the efforts Radiohead go to to reduce their environmental impact.
But, there should be.
At the outset we were all given tour water flasks.
Plastic anything is like contraband.
Every bus and truck runs on bio-fuel.
There is no idling, rather some new-fangled way to deliver electricity cleanly.
They don't do air-freight either.
The list goes on..
Everything is supremely managed to reduce the 'footprint'
and it's inspiring in that its 'real' and should set the standard for other big productions.
This all goes beyond the immediate impact of simply
being able to watch these 5 guys perform together each night.
Unlike any band we've seen they all contribute such an immense amount to the outcome. Their extreme individual talents blending so naturally.
To witness this first-hand is an education in musicianship and vision that's certainly not been lost on us..
For now, we'd like to send our huge thanks to the Radiohead crew for being so super crazy nice and supportive to us.
We'll see them in Spain again for the Daydream Festival and of course during our West Coast tour with Radiohead in August -
so no tears yet..
We Liars head to Europe now...
following a luxurious 2 day break and will be re-tracing some of the steps missed due to the euphoria of living in rainbows.
Love and Lobsters,
Radiohead is playing All Points West in Jersey City though, twice. Saturday regular tickets are sold out, but there are still tix for Friday, Saturday VIP tickets, and three day passes.
Zelda the Turkey in Battery Park - July 4, 2008 (more by Jason Bergman)
Osbournes to make a variety show.
"GONZO: THE LIFE AND WORK OF DR. HUNTER S. THOMPSON" is playing at Angelika.
Noah & The Whale cancels NYC shows.
Video of Sonic Youth playing Battery Park (including the part where Thurston went nuts on the photographers) below...
Weezer Hootenanny Live 105 2008-06-20 (madrubicon)
Weezer's Hootenanny Tour rolled into town Saturday at the Vera Project and Ear Candy was fortunate enough to be one of the 200 fans in attendance.One of the songs Weezer was doing at these West coast-only shows was Radiohead's "Creep". Watch the below video, and do it quick before Prince figures out a way to get all songs he covered first removed from YouTube....
What's the Hootenanny Tour? Well, it involves Weezer playing six acoustic songs, surrounded by 200 fans all singing along while jamming with the band on their own instruments. provided.
To get access to the show, which was hosted by 1077 The End, fans had to apply to be part of the performance by letting the station know what instrument they planned on bringing along. For those who did not bring instruments, maracas, shakers, finger tambourines and kazoos were
This meant for one hour a few hundred people got to be a part of Weezer and take part in a recording session with the band. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention the set was recorded for use on a future Weezer CD.... [seattlepi]
Rodrigo y Gabriela @ Sasquatch 2008 (more by Chris Graham)
"The multi-faceted, three-day festival will take place in San Francisco's historic Golden Gate Park on August 22 - 24, 2008. Radiohead, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Jack Johnson will headline the event. Tickets for the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival are available for purchase at www.SFOutsidelands.com."
Beck, Manu Chao, Sharon Jones, Nellie McKay, and Rodrigo y Gabriela are a few of the other artists playing. All of them below....
Bonnaroo - June 12, 2008 (cred)
Catch the LIVE Bonnaroo webcast June 13th - 15th exclusively in the AT&T blue room. This year we are featuring webcasts of Metallica, Mastodon, The Raconteurs, Les Claypool, Cat Power, Stephen Marley, Ozomatli, Umphrey's McGee, Fiery Furnaces, The Drive-By Truckers, and many many more. Check it out at attblueroom.com/musicFuse will be also airing some coverage on TV. Fuse will also be airing footage of Radiohead's 2006 performance.
I posted the video of Radiohead covering Portishead, but I forgot the new song. Video below...
radiohead @ malahide 2008-06-07 (kadj)
The idea of it is better than the result, but it's still Radiohead covering Portishead...
KEEPING UP WITH THE RADIOHEADSStevie Wonder is very cool. Sigur Rós are currently streaming their whole new album.
"What Radiohead did [releasing the album In Rainbows as a pay-what-you-like download] was great. They had that freedom because they were out of contract. We didn't. I know being on a major label is meant to be antiquated, but we're fine with it. We're trying to keep pace with the idea of free content, though. We gave away [the album's first single] "Violet Hill" with NME and as a free download.
"Next month we're doing free concerts in London, New York and Barcelona. And on the album, tracks five and six are two songs but show up as one, so you can download two songs for the price of one. That was inspired by the 'buy one get one free' promotions at KwikSave, where I once worked."
IS CHRISTY MOORE COOL?
"I always thought that if you were a 16-year-old and liked Coldplay you'd keep it quiet. We aren't cool and never will be. But I hope after this album, 16-year-olds will feel proud to like Coldplay. The best gig I've ever been to was by John Williams, who wrote the music for Jaws and Star Wars. I also love Stevie Wonder and Christy Moore. Are they cool? The best bands in the world today are probably Arcade Fire and Sigur Rós. I think Coldplay is only the seventh best in the world." [Brian Boyd talks to Coldplay's Chris Martin]
Last month, Roman Abramovich shelled out £185,000 each for Mercury prizewinners Klaxons and sexy Brazilians CSS to perform at his daughter's birthday. In February, a Californian computer-games tycoon paid £15,000 for an exclusive set in Pete Doherty's own, blood-spattered home. Mind you, the latter may have been miffed to hear that, a few weeks earlier, Doherty had accepted £100 from a regular dad to play at his daughter's birthday party.
"Doherty is a perfect example of how the private-gig market is shifting," says Richard Davies, a former music-industry executive turned internet entrepreneur, whose latest venture aims to make private-party performances from pop stars available to the masses. "At one end of the scale, you have your Dolly Partons and Celine Dions. At the other, which is still in its infancy, are cooler, younger pop and indie acts, who are obviously a lot cheaper." [TimesOnline]
After word spread that Prince covered Radiohead's "Creep" at the Coachella festival, the tens of thousands who couldn't be there ran to YouTube for a peek. Everyone was quickly denied -- even Radiohead.
All videos of Prince's unique rendition of Radiohead's early hit were quickly taken down, leaving only a message that his label, NPG Records, had removed the clips, claiming a copyright violation. But the posted videos were shot by fans and, obviously, the song isn't Prince's.
In a recent interview, Thom Yorke said he heard about Prince's performance from a text message and thought it was "hilarious." Yorke laughed when his bandmate, guitarist Ed O'Brien, said the blocking had prevented even him from seeing Prince's version of their song.
"Really? He's blocked it?" asked Yorke, who figured it was their song to block or not. "Surely we should block it. Hang on a moment." Yorke added, "Well, tell him to unblock it. It's our ... song." [Billboard]
Sonic Youth has finalized the track list for its compilation "Hits Are for Squares," due June 10 exclusively in Starbucks stores in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., as well as online.Obviously this association with Starbucks is going to piss some people off, but Thurston doesn't care. Check out the tracklist below...
In addition to the exclusive Sonic Youth track "Slow Revolution," the limited-edition CD features Sonic Youth songs, handpicked by Radiohead, Chloe Sevigny, Dave Eggers, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Beck, Flea, David Cross and other enthusiasts. Participants have also written about their selections for the liner notes... [Billboard]
Prince @ the Coachella Music Festival, 2008 (more by Ryan Muir)
Prince @ the Coachella Music Festival - April 26, 2008
You are the coolest place on earth right now!" Prince declared to a sea of tens of thousands.The rest of Ryan Muir's photos from the evening are HERE.
Prince, who had been sought out to perform at Coachella since the festival was founded nine years ago, told the crowd that when he agreed to perform, he informed the organizers that he would not only play, but party too.
True to his word, Prince then launched his band -- complete with a horn section and background singers -- into "Jungle Love." Morris Day came out to sing his song, while Prince strolled around the stage with his guitar.
For the beginning of the show, Prince preferred to let his guitar do the talking. He also welcomed the singer and drummer Sheila E, who took the lead for a song and then joined Prince in an extended jam.
Finally, Prince satisfied the crowd with a celebratory performance of "1999." His classic "Little Red Corvette" soon followed. [AP]
Check out the rest of our Coachella coverage HERE.
Check out video of Prince on Leno, HERE.
Check out video of Radiohead on Conan, HERE.
As Conan points out, Radiohead are one of the "most environmentally conscious bands in the world." They just aren't as 'green' as Jack Johnson (or Dave Matthews or Pearl Jam) (according to Billboard)....