Thom played these live at a solo gig last night (depending where you are). I think it’s fairly safe to assume they’re stripped down new Radiohead songs, considering they’ve been working on a new LP recently.
“The Daily Mail”
A stripped down piano rendition. You know, even though people always make jokes about Coldplay and Muse copying Radiohead (or some other variation of the joke), I’ve never seem the strong similarities there apparently are. Maybe the vocal styles of Matt Bellamy and Yorke are slightly similar. But I digress. If anything, these songs will probably be done up for the album and sound completely different recorded. But as a live rendition on the piano, I can see where a Coldplay comparison might originate from. Though I think this sounds better than a lot of Coldplay’s stuff.
“Give Up The Ghost”
Looped backing vocals bring out a delicate sounding track. Sounds like top-quality material.
“Mouse Dog Bird”
Great song dominated by acoustic guitar.
I’m sure these songs are going to sound infinitely better once they’re recorded with the full-band and put on an LP, but for now, these solo stripped-back versions are going to have to tide us fans over. And even at this level, they sound very good.
Oasis picked up the Brits Album Of 30 Years for “(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?” at the Brit Awards recently.
“I’d like to thank Bonehead, Guigsy, Alan White…. the best bands in the f**king world live forever.”
Liam Gallagher is quoted as saying, obnoxiously omitting his brother Noel from his thanks. He then subsequently threw his microphone and trophy into the audience.
Watch it here, though this version is censored. Skip ahead to about 1.40 if you wanna see when Liam comes on stage.
Host Peter Kay then appropriately summed up the performance with “What a knob-head.” Couldn’t have said it better myself.
In other news, Peter Gabriel recently did a cover of Radiohead’s “Street Spirit (Fade Out)” for a covers project, and in return expected Thom Yorke to cover “Wallflower” for him. Yorke had apparently agreed to do so and was set to do it, but hasn’t been in contact for a while. And a lot of online media establishments are making a buzz about it. Seriously, give the man a break. Radiohead have been working on their new LP for a while. And he hasn’t said he isn’t going to return the favour. Just wait or something.
To be honest, I thought Gabriel’s cover of “Street Spirit (Fade Out)” was apalling, but I’ve never heard any of his music before. Maybe it’s his style, but I really couldn’t enjoy it at all.
Lastly, The Antlers are set to open some North American shows for The National in June. In North America. I live in Australia. Dammit. That would be an absolutely amazing gig to see. Just thought I’d get that out of my system.
Haven’t blogged in a while, sorry. Only got our internet back a couple of days ago. Though thanks go out to Telstra for actually being very prompt with checking the line and fixing it.
It was very recently announced that Thom Yorke has formed a band to help him play his solo stuff from The Eraser and his other releases live.
The band consists of himself, Flea (of Red Hot Chili Peppers), Nigel Godrich (long-time producer of Radiohead albums), Joey Waronker and Mauro Refosco. I haven’t heard of the latter 2 before, but these shows sound like they could be something quite special.
Should be interesting anyway. Especially with Flea. Unfortunately YouTube will have to be my platform for viewing this, unless they decide to pop over to Australia. Here’s hoping.
Slightly misleading post title. It’s not all doom and gloom, don’t fret.
In an interview with The Believer magazine, Thom has said:
“None of us want to go into that creative hoo-ha of a long-play record again. Not straight off.”
“I mean, obviously, there’s still something great about the album. It’s just, for us, right now, we need to get away from it a bit.”
All hints are pointing towards Radiohead releasing a few EP’s in the future instead of LP’s. Probably over a short period of time. Hopefully anyway. But they are in the studio now, and have been recording, so if there’s no LP’s, chances are they’re gonna work on some EP’s.
But, priorities in order, let’s just hope they’re good. Though I have absolutely no reason what-so-ever to think anything otherwise.