After five or six spins through the latest Radiohead album, “The King of Limbs”, I’m here to tell you that I’m a fan. I’ll be the first to admit that it’s not even remotely close to “The Bends” or “OK Computer”, which are two of the best albums of the past twenty years. Radiohead made the definitive records for two different music genres: guitar rock and electronic rock. There’s really no doubting their brilliance, most notably Johnny Greenwood’s guitar brilliance and the fact that Phil Selway may be one of the greatest rock drummers to ever pick up sticks.
From the second that Radiohead made their album available for download last Friday, the hate towards this band has been flowing. Critics, non-fans, even regular fans of the band are just tearing them down. I don’t get it. There is nothing wrong with this little album, other than the fact that it’s entirely too short. Eight songs? That’s lamery.
I think that most of the fervor is over this slightly silly video for “Lotus Flower”, which is the song I currently can’t get out of my head. Yeah…Thom Yorke looks a bit insane as he dances his way through five minutes of song. The song is pretty badass, but Thom is just too weird.
Then…there’s this. This is much, much better than the real video.
Sure, there are a few promos running on ABC for the final season of “Lost”…but they aren’t as tricked up as this Spanish promo. What’s up with that? We can’t get a cool commercial featuring a badass Radiohead tune in the states?
So you know, the song here is from the album “Kid A” and is called “Everything In Its Right Place”. From what I’ve heard so far, that’s a fitting song for the final season of the greatest show in the history of shows about time travelling islands.
In an effort to become the first classic indie rocker, Peter Gabriel will record and release an album full of covers in 2010. It’s called “Scratch My Back” and it will allegedly feature songs by noted indie rockers Bon Iver, Magnetic Fields, Radiohead, and the Arcade Fire.
I’m mildly interested in hearing Gabriel’s version of Bon Iver’s “Flume” and Arcade Fire’s “My Body Is A Cage”. I’m much more interested in watching Gabriel freak out a bunch of monkeys and wear strange facepaint.
Apparently, there are some indie rockers taking pot shots at mega-huge-but-retaining-indie-cred band Radiohead. The guitar player for The Hold Steady, Tad Kubler, & lead singer for The Silver Jews, David Berman, both ripped Radiohead in the past week. As a Radiohead fan, I completely disagree with them both. I haven’t listened to The Silver Jews but I hear they are pretty good. I do have one Hold Steady album (“Boys & Girls In America”) & I like it. However…they can’t hold a candle to Radiohead. Their music is pretty damn catchy & it definitely rocks…but all they sing about is boozing & chasing girls…not that there is anything wrong with that.
When see a movie based on a Chuck Palahniuk novel, you better be prepared to see some disturbing stuff. “Choke” will be no different. When your plot focuses on a sex addict (played by Sam Rockwell) who fakes like he is choking in restaurants, then cons his rescuers, you don’t need to find ways to make your movie creepier. In this case writer/director Clark Gregg has decided to do just that and has gotten Radiohead to score the movie. For those of you familiar with Johnny Greenwood’s score from “There Will Be Blood”, you will agree that music can play a big part in building tension.
Now, if Thom Yorke were the sex addicted con-man, the movie would be far too creepy.
When Radiohead allowed fans to pay whatever they wanted for their last album, “In Rainbows”, they kind of showed what the online music business could eventually become. Today, I learned from Whitney at Pop Candy about the site called NoiseTrade.com. You can get entire albums in two ways. The first is you pay whatever you want for it. The second is you refer it to three friends & you get the album for free. Not bad right?
There seems to be a fair amount of the Cinematically Correct wheelhouse on the site. That would be Americana tunes of course. So far, I’ve dug on William F. Gibbs & Waterdeep. Look…when you are an Americana music fan, you will take it anyway you can get it. There just isn’t that much out there for us. Sure, Wilco once could be called Americana (maybe) but ever since Whiskeytown broke up…it’s been all downhill from there. Thank goodness for Nickel Creek…
Prince is an odd dude. First of all, why the hell would he cover that TLC song “Creep”? He is way better than some half-rate 90s R&B group. Wait…let me actually read this…Prince…Coachella…Creep…oh…I got it now…he covered Radiohead’s “Creep”. Well, that makes more sense now.
Anyway…Prince is pitching a fit over all the bootleg video recordings that popped up on YouTube of him rocking Radiohead’s “Creep” at Coachella. Prince must be Sioux or something because he feels that all photographs of him steal his soul so he pointed his mighty purple finger (gross) and said, “Take down those videos…now let’s have some f***in’ pancakes.”
Now, Thom Yorke is all jazzed up about it and he wants Prince to keep the videos up because, well, it’s Radiohead’s song and they can do with it what they want. If they want Prince to allow the videos, Prince will have to allow the videos. Forget all this mess, who looks more like an elf, Prince or Thom Yorke?