When Thom Yorke quietly released his first solo album The Eraser in 2006, it was not so much a revelation as an affirmation. This is what Thom Yorke sounds like. The pianos and fuzzy beats, the skittering, glitchy electronics and anxious lyrics that were evident in his larger body of work with Radiohead were front and center on The Eraser. Six and a half years and two Radiohead albums later, Yorke is back with a sequel of sorts. It’s not a solo album, technically. Radiohead producer Nigel G... [Read more]
Always interesting, sometimes revelatory director Paul Thomas Anderson is one of a rare breed of writer-directors in the game today who qualifies as a true Auteur with little regard for mass market demographics when it comes to articulating his singular vision on the screen. An oddity in the studio system, Anderson’s storylines resemble intricately layered Venn diagrams that flaunt convention and aren’t easily summed up in a single tagline.
An expert craftsman, his first four films Hard Eight ... [Read more]
Officially known as the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Coachella is hands-down one of the year’s best festivals in terms of weird names, multiple days of camping in hard to reach locations, and most importantly, killer line-ups. Founded in 1999, Coachella has the benefit of over a decade of debauched chicanery under its belt and clearly understands the needs of the post-hippie, including but not limited to clean, stocked Porta-Potties, gourmet snacks, and of course, the hipster crack... [Read more]
Radiohead played two shows at the Roseland Ballroom this week as part of their surprise visit to New York City and debuted a two-ticket-max, will-call-only policy that resulted in a line of 3,000 people stretching around the block at Roseland. The policy also spawned the “can I be your +1” legion of pan-handling refugees on the outskirts of the line with their homemade cardboard signs and index fingers in the air, lightly begging for extra tickets. As if hearing their plea, it was ... [Read more]
Three big tours were announced or hinted at this week. Radiohead continued their surprise attack-marketing by announcing performances on the SNL season premiere and an hour-long episode of The Colbert Report in addition to two shows at the Roseland Ballroom in Manhattan, all happening next week, with a more complete schedule in 2012. These will be the first stateside performances of their latest album The King of Limbs. Colbert released the following statement about the performance:
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On Monday Radiohead released video of a live, in-studio performance of an unreleased song as a trailer for their forthcoming From the Basement sessions on BBC. The video featured the band’s first performance with a second drummer, Clive Deamer. By Thursday rumors were circulating about a surprise set at the Glastonbury music festival. On Friday the band performed tracks from their latest album The King of Limbs live at Glastonbury for the first time anywhere.