Radiohead debuted their latest music video, for the track "Present Tense" from Moon Shaped Pool. Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood, Radiohead's "Daydreaming") directed the clip that features Thom Yorke, Johnny Greenwood, and the classic Roland CR-78 drum machine from 1978.
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All the news about the "Stairway to Heaven" lawsuit reminded me of this lovely arrangement of another creative dispute: Radiohead's "Creep" vs. The Hollies' "The Air That I Breathe."
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Radiohead says, "Last year we were asked to write a theme tune for the Bond movie Spectre.
Yes we were. It didn't work out, but became something of our own, which we love very much.
As the year closes we thought you might like to hear it.
Merry Christmas. May the force be with you."
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"I reckon if Thom Yorke fucking shit into a light bulb and started blowing it like an empty beer bottle it’d probably get 9 out of 10 in fucking Mojo," Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher told Esquire UK
. "I’m aware of that."
And here's Gallagher on Arctic Monkeys, Royal Blood, and the "new generation of rock stars":
“They’ve got the fucking skinny jeans and the boots, and all that eyeliner. I’ve got a cat that’s more rock ‘n’ roll than all of them put together. Pigeons? Rips their fucking heads off...”
“I go back to this: Fame is fucking wasted on these people. The new generation of rock stars, when have they ever said anything that made you laugh? When have they ever said anything you remember? People say, ‘They’re interesting.’ Interesting! That’s a word that’s crept in to music: ‘Yeah, man. Have you heard the new Skrillex record?’ ‘No.’ ‘Yeah, man. It’s really interesting.’ I don’t want interesting! Rock ‘n’ roll’s not about that. To me, it’s about fucking utter gobshites just being fucking headcases. Well, not headcases. But what I want, genuinely, is somebody with a fucking drug habit, who’s not Pete Doherty. Do you know what I mean?”
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Loving the blippy, glitchy feel of "Default," the new track from Atoms for Peace, the Thom Yorke/Flea/Nigel Godrich project.
Pitchfork has more.
At the Radiohead website, word from Yorke that an album is coming in 2013.
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Artist Stanley Donwood, whose work you may know through the many Radiohead album covers and inserts he's done in collaboration with the band, has an exhibition at Shepard Fairey's Subliminal Projects gallery: Lost Angeles. Up through May 26, 2012. Read the rest
Musician Dan Bull (YouTube) created this rap mix of Radiohead's Street Spirit to honor the protests in New York and elsewhere. "I made the song because I believe the monetary system needs to be reviewed, and the peaceful nature of the protests inspired me to get involved," he writes. "Being in the UK I couldn't attend in person, so I thought I'd attend musically instead." Read the rest