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.
We don’t know why Thom Yorke is laughing, but maybe he didn’t believe in the Karma Police when he performed this and he found the French to be rather nice. And Jonny doesn’t seem to know anyone is even there.
Radiohead has a few covers of interest, but one of our all-time favorites is this cover of 2000′s “Everything In Its Right Place” by the Brad Mehldau Trio. Somewhere, Thom Yorke is smiling very wide from this Jazz redo.
Most songs on Radiohead’s game-changing 2000 album, Kid A, seems to fit into a narrative, but we think the band just created an incredible mood and took sequencing extremely seriously. “Morning Bell” remains a live favorite of the band, and although now it seems straight-forward for Radiohead, in 2000, the last 2 minutes of this track were illuminating and mind-bending.
We have seen Radiohead a few times in our day, 7 or 8 times, and one of the best shows we ever saw was the one where the band opened with the 2001 track from Amnesiac, “You and Whose Army?”. It is the most tough guy Thom Yorke will ever get while singing a jazzy ballad.
The grand opera of Radiohead’s 2003 Hail to the Thief album, “There There” is a live triumph as much as it is a studio gem. Having Ed and Jonny kick off the song on drums with Phil, creating a tribal beat over Thom’s clever lick with a Jonny guitar solo erupting in the end apparently had Mr. Yorke in tears in the studio. We cry, too, we cry, too.
Radiohead released what they say are the last two songs from the King of Limbs sessions, one being “Supercollider.” Its not going to be in the best-of Radiohead category, but it seems to be a fitting ending to the 2011 version of Radiohead.
Thom Yorke continues his good spirits tour of the world, this time in his homeland of England, but more specifically, London, to hand out copies of Radiohead’s newspaper, The Universal Sigh, at Rough Trade near Brick Lane. The physical copy of The King of Limbs, was released in the UK today, and the US tomorrow. Go look for the newspaper where you can...
AND, to top that off, Radiohead are set to release a 12″ for Record Store Day, which is April 16, which will feature two new songs, “Supercollider” and “The Butcher.”
Good news to start the week. This is what “Supercollider,” sounded like in 2008.
How else are we supposed to do Thom Yorke Tuesday the week after the new Radiohead, The King of Limbs, drops? We go with the album’s lead track, “Bloom,” and try and figure out who and the hell besides Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich are on the track. Enjoy.
Here is the craziest thing about this mash-up: Thom Yorke dances a shit ton better than Beyonce. In fact, Beyonce is an awful dancer. Gyrating around to a choreographer, with absolutely no skill can’t even hold its own on Thom Yorke in concert. And she is only paid to dance, he isn’t. We wonder if that would even come-up in a discussion that Beyonce can’t dance. A short British man who writes electronica anthems has more skills than someone who invests millions on trying to dance out club crap. Progress wins.