What is best in life? How about Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood giving over 100,000 people a beautiful and haunting rendition of “Give Up the Ghost” at Bonnaroo 2012? How about 25 songs and 2 hours and 20 minutes? That is some good Radiohead.
One of our all-time favorite Radiohead mid-song breakdowns, courtesy of the Colin Greenwood bass extravaganza, “Morning Mr Magpie” takes on a whole new level of frantic energy live, and the Basement version captures that mood quite perfectly. Morning everyone.
We haven’t heard this one in a while, the one song we can look at with Radiohead and say ‘love song,’ Of course, it is a love song in their own twisted, end of the world sort of way, but a love song nonetheless.
When Supergrass opened up for Radiohead years ago, it killed two birds with one stone for us. We have always loved the underrated British rock group, and they had some of the most amazing sideburns in the history of rock sideburns. And “Late In the Day” is one of their best tracks. Let’s go 1990s on you today.
First off, if anyone knows what kind of shoes these are, put it in the comments. And second, this new Radiohead track, all sexy and silky, is one of the best songs they have produced in the King of Limbs era. Thom gets dancy, Ed gets vocal, and Jonny lets a beautiful guitar riff flow. Identikit. Brilliant.
One of the best bands to ever exist, Sigur Rós, is set to release a new album, Valtari on May 28, 2012. To kick things off in their incredibly serene, epic world, they have released a beautiful bideo by Jónsi’s sister, Inga Birgisdóttir. (Jónsi is in Sigur Rós). The song is called “Ekki Múkk,” and it sounds like Radiohead in Iceland. Oh wait, Sigur Rós is from Iceland.
Radiohead’s visual brander, Mr. Stanley Donwood (who showed at our FIFTY24SF Gallery in the Fall of 2010), is set to return to California with Lost Angeles, and new exhibition at Subliminal Projects. According to Juxtapoz, the show will feature a 18-foot apocalyptic panorama of the City of Angels being destroyed by fire, flood and meteor storm. Sounds about right. And good.
Donwood’s message for the show… as always poetic and hopeful:
“There is no future. We have evicted ourselves from our own cities, rendered our agriculture poisonous, criminalized the poor, aggrandized the rich, honored the stupid and ridiculed the intelligent…I have no solutions, no wisdom to offer…Whilst Rome burns, I take up my little chisel and I carve a panoramic apocalypse of my own…and if you want to see it, you’re more than welcome.”
The NY Times just ran a great profile on Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood, not just on his new project with the works of Polish composer, Krzysztof Penderecki, but also some really interesting insights into the Radiohead recording process and Greenwood’s vital place in making Thom Yorke’s ideas come to life.
“Jonny likes having the ground pulled out from under him, musically,” Yorke says. “More than any of us. Which is a constant source of relief to me, because I’m the same way, but I don’t know how to get there, usually.”
You know when people get upset about Radiohead’s “new” sound, and that they make weird anti-pop experimental songs and King of Limbs sucks etc, etc, etc because Thom just wants to doodle and dabble? Well, in 2001, they released a song called “The Amazing Sounds of Orgy” as a b-side, it sounds like what you are complaining about now that you claimed to that girl in college that you liked then. We made sense there, we think.
So very nice to see in 2012, Radiohead is still making good tunes and having an experimental go at traditional rock music 20+ years into their career. “Identikit,” wherever it ends up, however it ends up, is a simple, beautiful two-part harmony and vocal line with signature Radiohead guitar work. Enjoy.