I have almost nothing to say on the subject of Radiohead. I barely know anything about their music, because Iíve never liked it. Itís not a value judgment on their personhood or anything ó itís just not for me. The only person in my immediate life who likes Radiohead is my dad, who also happens to be pretty much my best friend in the world. Heís super smartĖ heís a journalist and a tech wizard, and heís also a huge music nerd. He also, historically, doesnít take shit from me, so I figured I would ask him to explain why Radiohead is good, rather than sit here and write about why I donít like them.
It always feels when we start up like we still donít know really how to do it, and we don't know quite what to do. 'Looking down avenues' is a very kind way of putting the kind of fumbling that we do, mainly because every time we try and do it like the last time Ė because that worked Ė it never seems to work. So we talk about different approaches and weíre currently trying a bunch out.
Thom Yorke (Radiohead) just released a new solo album called Tomorrow's Modern Boxes for sale on BitTorrent for $6. There's also a new video for the lead single "A Brain In A Bottle," available for free here. Hit the replies to read a letter Yorke penned about the release. You think this format is going to work? Do you just wish it was a Radiohead album instead?
f course, Radiohead's fanbase has since sprung into action theorizing what, if anything, Yorke is trying to convey with the image. Because of the fact that Radiohead reportedly has just started making its new album, this probably isn't a tease that the album is being pressed quite yet. It's possible that the record could contain some new music from Yorke's second band Atoms for Peace ó in the background of the image, you can see artwork in the same style of the group's 2013 release Amok.
And yet, applied to acoustic classical music, all bets are off. I don't trust microphones or speakers for that, whether it's recorded or played live. They approximate and inflate rather than distil and concentrate. And with sonically complex contemporary music such as Ligeti or Penderecki, mics and speakers make things sound harsh and discordant. The live experience is far softer, stranger and more colourful than two speakers can put across. If you haven't heard it live, you haven't really heard it Ė and yet 90% of judgments on classical music are made from hearing...
The meal will be served at a pop up restaurant for one night only, while Kid A plays for the diners. Dubbed "A Night With Kid A," the menu (posted on a Facebook page for the event) begins with a "pan-seared diver scallop with yuzu fluid gel, fried cellophane noodle, lemongrass ponzu and chili oil" paired with opening track "Everything In Its Right Place." Moving on to the album's title track, Hanley offers a "Black Caprese," and moves through delectables including lamb chops with crispy pig ear, monkfish, duck breast and arugula salad before closing with a "mousse duo with blackberry pate de fruit" set to "Motion Picture...
In addition to their work with their respective rock bands, Bryce Dessner (The National) and Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead) both have careers as classical composers as well. On March 5th the two will release a split LP featuring their own classical compositions. Dessner's composition is called "St. Carolyn by the Sea" and Greenwood's is a suite from his soundtrack to There Will Be Blood. Check out the track listing, album art, and a trailer in the replies.
Having thought they were subverting the corporate music industry with In Rainbows, he now fears they were inadvertently playing into the hands of Apple and Google and the rest. "They have to keep commodifying things to keep the share price up, but in doing so they have made all content, including music and newspapers, worthless, in order to make their billions. And this is what we want? I still think it will be undermined in some way. It doesnít make sense to me. Anyway, All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace. The commodification of human relationships through social networks. Amazing!"
The Westboro Baptist "Church" protests everyone. It's basically their shtick. Pick something popular, protest it, pretend to be outraged, get people riled up ... profit. So, the news that they're "protesting" Radiohead isn't really that surprising. Douchechilll.
Radiohead fansite AtEaseWeb has posted about two new Radiohead demos that have surfaced, reportedly recorded in their On A Friday period before Jonny Greenwood joined the band and before they renamed the group Radiohead.
Radiohead will release the previously unavailable tracks "The Daily Mail" and "Staircase" on December 19th. Both tracks were recorded as part of the "The King Of Limbs - From The Basement" session, filmed earlier this year, and can be pre-ordered now.