Thom Yorke Names New Band, Announces Shows, Continues Being Awesome Thursday, Feb 25 2010 

According to Radiohead’s blog, which I always have open in a browser tab, Thom Yorke has decided to name his new band Atoms for Peace. The band, who played a few kick ass shows awhile back, was put together to play material from Thom’s 2006 electro-rock album The Eraser. The band includes such awesome folks as Radiohead/Beck producer Nigel Godrich and slap-bass icon Flea. The band also announced some new shows, including a performance at Coachella, which is shaping up to be one of the best festivals in recent memory. Still, I know a lot of people are going to clutch their chest, their breath caught up in their lungs, at the idea of Thom Yorke continuing his involvement with a band that is not named Radiohead. Before you start calling “breakup,” keep in mind that Radiohead have been working diligently on their new album, and have semi-guaranteed a release date sometime this year. If we only get one more album out of the band, I certainly won’t be depressed. We’re talking about the most important band of the 21st century. I think they’ve earned the right to call it quits whenever they want, if that’s what they’re planning.

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Recommendation – “Hearing Damage” by Thom Yorke Saturday, Nov 21 2009 

Thom Yorke

Making Twilight movies cool since... the first Twilight movie.

I’m going to request that you do something that may be difficult for many; I need you to put away all your preconceived notions about Twilight. Yes, I know it is our sacred duty as Bohemians to hate anything and everything popular (I’m being sarcastic, which is very Bohemian of me) but how many of us can honestly say we’ve even given the Twilight books a chance? I can. And they suck, but that’s not the point. If there’s one thing that can make a Bohemian change their stance on something, it’s Radiohead. Therefore, I recommend you check on Thom Yorke’s track from the New Moon soundtrack.

“Hearing Damage” may sound pretty sophisticated and dense to some, but Radiohead fans know that this is actually pretty simplistic music for Thom. A pulsing backbeat and a programmed drum sample are pretty much all that drive the music. However, Thom’s voice and killer sense of melody paint a strikingly sincere picture of love on the cold, electronic canvas.

I, like many, was a little apprehensive when I heard Thom Yorke was not only contributing music to New Moon (as he did with the first Twilight movie), but that he had written a song specifically for the movie. I formed my lips to scream “sell out,” but just as the lyrics of “Hearing Damage” speak to an unnamed love, I will now speak to Thom: “You can do no wrong in my eyes.”

Radiohead Giving Away New Song For Free Monday, Aug 17 2009 

Our Paranoid Androids are just as cool as they were in the 90s.

Our Paranoid Androids are just as cool as they were in the 90's.

A few days back, I posted about a new Radiohead song that had leaked onto the web. Never to be a band that scoffs at the relationship between music and the internet, Radiohead have decided to give away the song for free. It can be downloaded here. There is nothing cooler than a band that understands music is not about selling and buying but about delivering quality tunes to a fan who loves their music. What impresses me the most is that Radiohead is ten times as big and ten times are good as most other bands making popular music today, and they still give away free music and play free shows whenever they get the chance. These younger bands need to take a tip from Radiohead; when you respect your fans, they will respect you.

All that’s left to ask is what purpose this track is supposed to serve. Is it part of one of those EP’s Thom York mentioned would be coming out of the Radiohead camp? Is it the song from New Moon that Thom York is producing? Is it just a song to make sure tight-jeaned hipsters don’t pass out from lack of Radiohead material (this is one of their first new songs in two years, you know)? Either way, I don’t really care. Yeah, I’d prefer for this to be part of an EP but, in the end, there’s nothing bad about new Radiohead music. Plus, it’s free. What more could you ask for?

New Radiohead EP Rumored Saturday, Aug 15 2009 

Just a few weeks removed from announcing that they had no plans for a new album, Radiohead have set the internet on fire once again. The above video is rumored to be leaked Radiohead song from an upcoming EP. I am one of the many people who were legitimately upset to find out that Radiohead may never release another LP. I arrived to the OK Computer party late, as I have only been a fan of Radiohead for about three months. For a second there, I thought it was odd that as soon as I got into this band, they would quit recording music (continuing my unfortunate trend of only loving bands who no longer record).

With all that now behind us, I have got another new release to which I anxiously look forward (the other being an upcoming LP or EP from Jacquelyn Lee). The leaked track in question is a very solid piece, which would fit at home on Radiohead’s discography somewhere around the Hail to the Thief era, or even on In Rainbows. Without further prattering, I just want to say that I am anxious to hear new material from Radiohead, as it would be a wonderful distraction from all the pop-punk silliness this year has provided.

Thom York and Bon Iver to Contribute to New Moon Thursday, Jul 23 2009 

According to an article on Pitchfork (which can be read below), Thom York and Bon Iver have both written songs from the new Twilight movie. On one side of things, I am happy that teenage girls will be exposed to these two powerhouse musicians when they undoubtedly by the soundtrack and masturbate to it while thinking of Edward Cullen’s pale face pressed against their breasts. Still, there is something disturbing about two of the biggest musicians in the world agreeing to write music for a movie that seems so far removed from what their music is about. Perhaps I’m assuming too much and overstepping my bounds but the Twilight series seems to be the opposite of everything that is genuine in the world, and thus, the opposite of Radiohead and Bon Iver. Without a doubt, I will buy this soundtrack just to see why Radiohead and Bon Iver are on it.

Wait. Maybe that’s the plan…

http://pitchfork.com/news/36022-director-thom-yorke-wrote-new-song-for-inew-mooni-soundtrack/