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Thom Yorke’s Atoms for Peace – AMOK

6th Dec 12 (Thu) Leave a comment

Yesterday Radiohead’s Thom Yorke announced the official release date for his side project, Atoms For Peace. Thom Yorke on vocals, Nigel Godrich producing, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea on bass, Joey Waronker on drums and Mauro Refosco on percussion, the debut album Amok will hit Feb 26, 2013.

To tide fans over until February, Yorke advises fans to visit Atoms For Peace’s official site for something to “stare at.”

“We formed to learn to play The Eraser record, if you don’t know that, and discovered a really good energy doing that… and it fell into this record,” Yorke said in a press release.

“I’m still reeling from being on tour for much of the year but we are planning to get together and play etc next year ! We’re figuring all that out right now.

“Atoms is a ongoing and open ended project, where it leads i know not for certain… which is what is nice about it.”

Thom Yorke Atoms for Peace AmokThe album can be pre-ordered now here.  It will be released as a CD, limited edition CD, double gatefold vinyl LP, and limited edition double gatefold vinyl LP.

Amok Tracklist
1 – Before Your Very Eyes
2 – Default
3 – Ingenue
4 – Dropped
5 – Unless
6 – Stuck Together Pieces
7 – Judge Jury and Executioner
8 – Reverse Running
9 – Amok

~Dan – np: John ZornThe Gnostic Preludes
John Zorn - The Gnostic Preludes

REVIEW: Radiohead @ Key Arena (Seattle, WA – 4/9/12)

10th Apr 12 (Tue) 1 comment

The last time I saw Radiohead was in a large outdoor amphitheatre (White River, Aug 2008), and I’ll say the move to indoors was much appreciated.  This was my first time to Key Arena.  Pretty basic arena… stage set up at end.  I arrived just as the opening band was wrapping up… the TicketMaster/Radiohead paperless ticketing was great from a no-scalpers perspective, but it took a bit longer to file everyone in timely.

Radiohead started off the set with “Bloom,” featuring the double drum set-up with both Phil Selway and touring member Clive Deamer (from Portishead) in addition to Jonny Greenwood on a small drum kit.  Jonny hit the mini-kit again (along with Ed O’Brien) for “There There” later in the set.

The light show was a LED wall behind the band with moving, suspended video screens (see photo above and slideshow below).  The moving video screens had been slowly coming down on the band until they were under an archway of lights by the time “Airbag” came around.  Ed make a half-hearted leap to hit the screen above him with his hand.

The band stuck to a lot of new stuff for this show, only digging into the first half of their catalogue a handful of times during their 23-song set.  Some highlights were the wall of Thom eyes during Thom’s piano close-up on “You And Whose Army?,” the grandeur of “Lucky,” the wild strobe and raucous “Idioteque,” the subtler / gentler piano-driven “Daily Mail,” and Jonny’s bowed guitar combined with the piano intro to “Pyramid Song.”  I’m still getting used to The King of Limbs, and while I don’t think the rockier songs worked (for me) live, the gentler stuff really hit the mark, especially “Give Up the Ghost” and the aforementioned “Daily Mail.”  “Little by Little” seemed a little off at the beginning, but other than that, no major disappointments…

Setlist: about 2 hours

  • Bloom
  • 15 Step
  • Airbag
  • Little by Little
  • Myxomatosis
  • The Gloaming
  • Morning Mr. Magpie
  • Pyramid Song
  • The Daily Mail
  • These Are My Twisted Words
  • Nude
  • Identikit
  • Lotus Flower
  • There There
  • Feral
  • Idioteque
  • Encore 1: How to Disappear Completely
  • Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
  • You and Whose Army?
  • Lucky
  • Encore 2: Give Up the Ghost
  • Reckoner
  • Everything In Its Right Place

Soundcheck songs were Supercollider, 15 Step, Identikit and Meeting in the Aisle, but I was not in attendance for those…

A few iPhone shots from
Radiohead Seattle 4/9/12:

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Matthew Lamb’s Pro-shot concert photos here on Key Arena’s FB page.:

The Appropriate Linkage:

Check out more RH tour dates below.

Next show for me… Glen Phillips (of Toad the Wet Sprocket) in Portland 4/12.

~Dan – np: Tyler FortierBang On Time

Radiohead North American Tour 2012

February 2012

Mon 27 American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL, USA

Wed 29 St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, FL, USA

March 2012

Thu 1 Philips Arena Atlanta, GA, USA

Sat 3 Toyota Center Houston, TX, USA

Mon 5 American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX, USA

Wed 7 Frank Irwin Center Austin, TX USA

Fri 9 Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO USA

Sun 11 Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO USA

Tue 13 1st Bank Center, Broomfield, CO USA

Thu 15 Jobing.com Arena, Glendale, AZ USA

April 2012

Mon 9, Key Arena, Seattle, WA – USA

Wed 11, HP Pavilion, San Jose, CA – USA

Thu 12, Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, CA – USA

Sat 14 Coachella – Indio, CA – USA

Tue 17 Foro Sol, Mexico City, Mexico

Wed 18 Foro Sol, Mexico City, Mexico

Sat 21 Coachella – Indio, CA – USA

Radiohead remix album ‘TKOL RMX’ (19 tracks 2CD set)

9th Aug 11 (Tue) Leave a comment

Update 10/3: Radiohead will celebrate the release of their remix album ‘TKOL RMX 1234567’ by streaming a live DJ set via The Boiler Room next Tuesday 11th October, from around 8pm UK time.  The album is available for pre-order now on CD.

Radiohead have announced a set of 4 vinyl remix singles. Two of them have already been released, the other two are coming soon and we can probably expect 3 more (7 total 12″ issues). All of those remixes end up on RADIOHEAD TKOL RMX, out on October 10th (UK) and likely shortly thereafter in the USA/Canada. The album will debut in Japan ahead of release dates in other territories.

CD2 includes remixes that have not been announced before, with interesting names including Jamie XX, SBTRKT, Modeselektor, Objekt, Anstam and Blawan.

Disc 1:
1. Caribou – Little By Little Rmx (vinyl #1)
2. Jacques Greene – Lotus Flower Rmx (vinyl #1)
3. Nathan Fake – Morning Mr Magpie Rmx (vinyl #2)
4. Harmonic 313 – Bloom Rmx (vinyl #2)
5. Mark Pritchard – Bloom Rmx (vinyl #2)
6. Lone – Feral Rmx (vinyl #3)
7. Pearson Sound – Morning Mr Magpie Scavenger Rmx (vinyl #3)
8. Four Tet – Separator Rmx (vinyl #3)

Disc 2:
1. Thriller – Give Up The Ghost Houseghost Rmx (vinyl #4)
2. Illum Sphere – Codex Rmx (vinyl #4)
3. Shed – Little By Little Rmx (vinyl #4)
4. Brokenchord – Give Up The Ghost Rmx (vinyl #5)
5. Altrice – TKOL Rmx (vinyl #5)
6. Blawan – Bloom Rmx (vinyl #5)
7. Modeselektor – Good Evening Mrs Magpie Rmx (vinyl #6)
8. Objekt – Bloom Rmx (vinyl #6)
9. Jamie xx – Bloom Rework (vinyl #7)
10. Anstam – Separator Rmx (vinyl #7)
11. SBTRKT – Lotus Flower Rmx (vinyl #7)

~Dan – np: Sunny Day Real EstateDiary

Radiohead – Fake/Pritchard Remixes

13th Jul 11 (Wed) Leave a comment

The first vinyl single of the Radiohead album The King Of Limbs included remixes of “Little By Little” (Caribou) and “Lotus Flower” (Jacques Greene) and was released on July 5th.

The second vinyl of this four part series includes “Morning Mr. Magpie” remixed by Nathan Fake, as well as remixes of “Bloom” by Mark Pritchard.  They go on sale on Monday 18th in the UK (there is a slight delay on the vinyl in the US & Canada, so those will be in the shops on the 2nd August).  Per Radiohead’s webpage, “Just so you know, we’re planning to put this series together on CD at the end.

 

And slated for release after that: “Feral” (Lone) / “Morning Mr Magpie” (Pearson Sound Scavenger) / “Separator” (Four Tet).

~Dan – np: IncubusIf Not Now, When?

Radiohead – The King of Limbs (live from the basement)

11th Jul 11 (Mon) Leave a comment

The entire live stream of Radiohead The King of Limbs: Live from the Basement is now up on the youtubes…

You can also find the mp3 download easily if you search elsewhere.  The full studio album is available here.

~Dan – np: SilverchairYoung Modern

Radiohead – Caribou/Jacques Greene Remixes

1st Jul 11 (Fri) Leave a comment

The first in a series of Radiohead remixes on 12″ vinyl will be released on Monday 4th July (or Tuesday in the US & Canada).  The series kicks off with Caribou remixing “Little by Little,” and a remix of “Lotus Flower” by Jacques Greene.

You can find the vinyl in your local independent record shop, but if not, you can buy by mailorder here from the 4th. If you don’t have a record player, digital versions will be available here, here, here and here. Or you can just listen to them here at Radiohead.com.

More 12″ remixes will be released every couple of weeks over the summer until we run out of remixes… or summer. On the next one they’ve got Nathan Fake (Morning Mr Magpie) and Mark Pritchard (Bloom).

~Dan – np: Pet Bottle NingenPet Bottle Ningen

Coldplay – Every Tearderp Is A Waterderp

23rd Jun 11 (Thu) Leave a comment

British knockoff rock act Coldplay have announced an Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall digital EP, featuring two more brand new tracks “Major Minus” and “Moving To Mars.”

The digital EP comes out Sunday (6/26).  It also comes out on CD and 7″ vinyl on Monday (UK) and Tuesday (US).  The title track is already available (see Amazon for sound sample).

If Chris Martin releases a video of him dancing by himself in an alley, well… you know where he got the idea.

Sorry, I hate to be negative (or do I?).  I just have very little patience for Coldplay.

~Dan – np: Basya SchechterQueen’s Dominion

Radiohead – Staircase (Live from the Basement)

21st Jun 11 (Tue) Leave a comment

Radiohead just debuted a new song… “Staircase” on Live from the Basement on YouTube…

Here’s a new track called Staircase, taken from our upcoming ‘From The Basement’ session.

And no, you’re not seeing double. The doppelganger drummers are myself and Clive Deamer. Clive has long been one of my favourite drummers and so I was really excited when he agreed to perform with us. Hope you like what we’ve all done.

Philip x

~Dan – np: RovoTonic 2001

Radiohead limited edition 12″ Remixes

7th Jun 11 (Tue) Leave a comment

If you came here for the U2 Seattle review, GO HERE.

This summer, Radiohead are set to release more vinyl releases after their UK Record Store Day/U.S. June 14th release of The Butcher/Supercollider. Remixes 12″ vinyl releases will hit throughout the summer from tracks from their current album The King Of Limbs.  The first release, on July 4 (UK), comprises remixes of “Little By Little” by Caribou, and “Lotus Flower” by Jacques Greene.

The 12” will be available at selected independent record stores and from www.radiohead.com. There will also be a WAV format available through Boomkat and on http://www.radiohead.com.

~Dan – np: dredgChuckles & Mr Squeezy

Thom Yorke added to Eddie Vedder solo tour

1st Apr 11 (Fri) 6 comments

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke was a last minute adjustment to Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder’s upcoming solo tour.  The Swell Season’s Glen Hansard will be the opener, and Thom and Eddie will share co-headlining duties.

Per Thom Yorke’s publicist (press release link below)…

[Thom] will play a mix of tunes from The Eraser, some The King of Limbs songs, a few solo piano tunes and share some songs with Eddie.  [Thom] and Eddie have been mutual admirers of one another’s work, and the timing was right as Radiohead didn’t have any summer touring plans for 2011.

The Hansard/Yorke/Vedder tour kicks off in Providence, RI on June 15th and wraps up a month later in Seattle.  For a promo video about the upcoming tour, check here:

Or, read the Press Release HERE.

~Dan – np: Tres MtsThree Mountains

Radiohead – The Universal Sigh (PDF)

28th Mar 11 (Mon) 8 comments

Today in the UK, Radiohead released their newspaper art-piece that is in conjunction with The King of Limbs CD & LP.  Tomorrow it hits the US (check here for where to get the FREE newspaper).

At Ease reported that Thom Yorke and Stanley Donwood were handing out the newspaper outside London’s Rough Trade East record store (photo below).

If you aren’t in a place where the newspaper is available… fret not, it’s HERE as a FREE download (PDF format):

Radiohead – The Universal Sigh newspaper (PDF) (16M)

Also, more news today, Radiohead will be releasing a two track 12″ vinyl on the worldwide Record Store Day (April 16th, 2011). The two tracks are “Supercollider” and “The Butcher”

April 16th…

~Dan – np: Pink FloydA Saucerful of Secrets

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Radiohead – King of Limbs (retail version artwork)

21st Mar 11 (Mon) Leave a comment

As reported over on At EaseRadiohead’s The King of Limbs CD is housed in a 4-page wallet, with the actual cd in a slit on the right side. On the left page you can see 8 illustrations accompanied by the following titles: Roots Of Roots, Ragnorok, Urpflanze, The King Of Limbs, Codex, Axis Mundi, Yggdrasil and Arbor Philosophica. The back has the word RADIOHEAD mirrored and the track list.

For the vinyl, expect the same front and back as the cd. The actual record is housed in an inner sleeve with a drawing (like the right page on the cd edition) on one side, and the drawings and credits on the other side. Inside the sleeve you’ll find a card with a download code to obtain the digital edition of The King Of Limbs.  No word on if additional songs/limbs will surface with this or with the “Newspaper edition” in May.  READ MORE about the artwork and credits, etc at At Ease.

The King of Limbs comes out March 29th in the U.S.  you can pre-order it now over on the Amazon: in both CD / VINYL versions.

~Dan – np: A Perfect CircleThirteenth Step

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Thom Yorke Smashes Dead Fish on Washer-Dryer

1st Mar 11 (Tue) Leave a comment

I could watch this on loop forever.  Radiohead‘s Thom Yorke smashing a dead fish on washer-dryer, playing tennis, gettin’ slapped around… parody edit from the “Lotus Flower” video…

I could do without the fart sounds… kinda of takes away from the humor of the piece, IMO.

Watch the original video HERE.  Find out about Radiohead‘s new The King of Limbs album HERE.  Find more Thom Yorke crazy dancing memes on YouTube (Beyonce’s “All the Single Ladies” and more)

~Dan – np: Mike PattonA Perfect Place

Radiohead *out now* and “Lotus Flower” video

18th Feb 11 (Fri) 1 comment

So, the new Radiohead album The King of Limbs is out now (not tomorrow).  They put it on their download servers early… so, if you bought it, go get it.  If you didn’t, go buy it and get it!  http://www.thekingoflimbs.com/

They also put out the video for “Lotus Flower


Produced and Directed by Garth Jennings
Choreographed by Wayne McGregor
Director of Photography- Nick Wood
Editor- Leila Sarraf

The video features Thom Yorke as an “old man dancing”… :)  The choreographer is a genius.  Not because of his output… but because he was able to earn some income for services rendered to Radiohead.  I mean, isn’t that style just called “Thom Yorke stage presence”…?

~Dan – np: RadioheadThe King of Limbs

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Radiohead – The King of Limbs

14th Feb 11 (Mon) 3 comments

Screw the Grammys… there’s a new Radiohead album coming out!

The King Of Limbs by Radiohead

Pre-order Radiohead’s The King Of Limbs now. Release dates: Digital: Feb 19, Retail: Mar 28 (Europe) Mar 29 (US/N.A.), Newspaper Edition: May 9.  The newspaper edition includes:

  • Two clear 10″ vinyl records in a purpose-built record sleeve.
  • A compact disc.
  • Many large sheets of artwork, 625 tiny pieces of artwork and a full-colour piece of oxo-degradeable plastic to hold it all together.
  • The Newspaper Album comes with a digital download that is compatible with all good digital media players.
  • The Newspaper Album will be shipped on Monday 9th May 2011 you can, however, enjoy the download on Saturday 19th February 2011.
  • Shipping is included in the prices shown.
  • One lucky owner of the digital version of The King Of Limbs, purchased from this website, will receive a signed 2 track 12″ vinyl.
  • mp3 & Wav formats available $48 (mp3) or $35 (wav).
  • It’s also available as digital only download for $9.
    http://www.thekingoflimbs.com/

As you can imagine, the server is working overtime… maybe wait a few hours to order.

What is the significance or meaning of the name The King of Limbs?  Here’s some thoughts on the album name & artwork, courtesy of The Jammin Jabber blog…

King of Limbs is apparently a thousand year-old tree that inhabits Savernake Forest, which is in close proximity to the house the band recorded In Rainbows in. It is also a term referenced in the Koran (those wacky liberal musicians!)

But the true King of Limbs is older than any future paper or book of fairy tales. He’s been prowling the murky depths for millions of years, biding his time- and now’s his time to shine! That’s right, I’m talking about a little cephalopod who goes by the name of Octopus vulgaris. No one has more limbs than that motherf*cker! And Radiohead knows it, because guess who graces the cover of the new album in all their majestic glory? Not Allah or some goddamn tree, but your garden variety ghost octopus, commonly referred to as a ghoctopus. Long live the king!
Visit TheJamminJabber

Radiohead album #8… octopus cover.  Makes sense to me.

~Dan – np: OzomatliOzomatli

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Free Radiohead DVD (for Haiti)

25th Dec 10 (Sat) Leave a comment

Free up a ton of hard drive space and download the entire Radiohead Haiti show HERE. Meanwhile, the band and fans responsible ask that you consider making a donation to Oxfam in support of their considerable efforts and, of course, this important cause.

Happy Festivus!

~Dan – np: Various ArtistsNigeria 70: Lagos Jump

merry Christmas, Kwanzaa, EID, Diwali, Hanukkah , too

Radiohead might trash new album

25th Sep 10 (Sat) Leave a comment

As reported in SPIN

Radiohead finished recording songs for their follow-up to 2007’s In Rainbows, but that doesn’t mean it’s ready to be released. Drummer Phil Selway said the Oxford quintet will return to the studio early next week to “take stock” of their new material — and possibly “throw it all out.” “Maybe we need to go back to the drawing board,” he told the Canadian Press. “It’s all up in the air at the moment.” Selway, who explained that the band has “been working on material on and off for a year,” added that while the songwriting process for In Rainbows was shaped by extensive touring and live experimentation with the songs, the new album “was quite the opposite.”

Fucking teases… maybe “throw it all out” is British for “give it to us for free.”  But knowing Thom Yorke, he’s a perfectionist.  I bet they’ll scrap it and start over.

Sigh.

~Dan – np: Medeski Martin & WoodThe Dropper 

Thom Yorke // Dave Douglas

7th Jan 10 (Thu) 1 comment

Two news items… both film & music related…

As posted on atease… Radiohead’s Thom Yorke wrote three songs for the Tibetian documentary When The Dragon Swallowed The Sun.  It is the documentary on the inside perspective on the Tibetan movement to free Tibet from Chinese occupation, its internal conflicts and contradictions.  In an interview with 24-bit, director Dirk Simin revealed that Thom Yorke wrote three new songs for a particular chapter of the film.

Songwriter Damien Rice has also written a song for the documentary, and composer Philip Glass has penned the main theme for the film, including a piece for a key “grand finale” sequence. The premiere is expected early in 2010.

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One of my favorite jazzmen, Dave Douglas, is bringing his Keystone group to Stanford to collaborate with filmmaker Bill Morrison on Spark of Being, a ‘monumental work’ combining the screening of film with live musical performance.  Dave Douglas is an artist in residency for most of the Spring 2010 at Stanford University.

If you are lucky enough to live near (or are vacationing near) Stanford, you can try your hand at going to the world premiere performance of Spark of Being on April 24, 2010.

~Dan – np: FlossVitamin A

Artists of the Decade – 2000s (#1 to 10)

5th Jan 10 (Tue) 5 comments

Artists of the Decade – Honorable Mentions (1/1/2010 blog link)

  • Dweezil Zappa
  • Tori Amos
  • Celldweller
  • Iron & Wine
  • King’s X
  • Derek Webb

Artists of the Decade (#21 to 25) (1/1/2010 blog link)

25 ~ Ben Folds (solo)
24 ~ Peter Mulvey

23 ~ Opeth

22 ~ dredg

21 ~ Holy Fuck

Artists of the Decade (#11 to 20) (1/4/2010 blog link)

20 ~ Pedro the Lion (and David Bazan solo)
19 ~ Jurassic 5

18 ~ My Brightest Diamond

17 ~ Nellie McKay

16 ~ Secret Chiefs 3
15 ~ Over the Rhine

14 ~ Mike Patton

13 ~ Ani DiFranco
12 ~ Johnny Cash
11 ~ Dave Douglas

And now on to the final ten

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10 ~ Glen Phillips

At the turn of the decade / century / millenium, Glen’s band Toad the Wet Sprocket were breaking up. He went on to make several solo albums (Winter Pays For Summer being my fave thus far), several mostly brilliant side ventures (Plover, RemoteTreeChildren, WPA, Mutual Admiration Society), and even reunite with Toad for some tours. He’s as active as ever and also quite the tweeter (oft humorous / oft political).

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9 ~ Porcupine Tree (and Steven Wilson projects)

Near the beginning of the decade, I was giving up on “prog rock.” Then a buddy told me about Porcupine Tree (thanks, SteveC). 2002’s In Absentia is amazing, and I quickly bought PT’s catalogue. The entire decade was full of Steven Wilson projects – whether Porcupine Tree or his many (and I mean many) side projects.  Speaking of… Steven’s 6th and final Cover Versions CD and 7″ vinyl will be out sometime soon in the coming months.

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8 ~ Sufjan Stevens

Illinoise was Paste’s #1 album of the decade. I think it’s in my Top 10 (as mentioned earlier, I honestly can’t bring myself to widdle down my album list to 20 or even 50 for the decade). Illinoise was my first foray into Sufjan’s world. The infatuation was near immediate. He ranges from poppy, to eclectic folk, to avant-electronic, to chamber music… and I think his song titles, while sometimes considered pretentious, put him in my hero list. :) The later part of the decade showed a more secluded Sufjan and a recant on the 50 States “promise.” However, I’m still very excited about what’s up his sleeves for the next decade.

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7 ~ John Zorn (Masada and otherwise)

I knew of Zorn in the 1990s (via the connection to Mike Patton and specifically Mr. Bungle), but didn’t get into him until 2003 or so. Even still, I didn’t know about Masada (his klezmer-jazz quartet) until mid-decade. Their recorded studio work was all in the 1990s, but they stayed active touring throughout the 2000s… and John Zorn kept actively writing Masada Book Two – which is a book of music covered by other bands and has seen a dozen fantastic releases on his label, Tzadik. I just counted, and I have 82 John Zorn related disks from the decade (CDs, DVDs, vinyl). So, um, yeah, he’s prolific. The Masada / Bar Kokhba / Electric Masada is my favorite category of Zorn releases; but his Filmworks series, Moonchild Trio (Mike Patton, Joey Baron & Trevor Dunn), and The Gift / Dreamers band are also key releases. 2010 has 12 new Zorn releases on the docket. *drool*

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6 ~ Maynard James Keenan (Tool / A Perfect Circle / Puscifer)

One of the best singers in the world of rock, Maynard has kept busy… this decade: three bands and eight or so albums, several DVD releases, remix albums & singles, vinyl singles, and a new winery. While he doesn’t always nail it every time, his and his bands’ hit rates far exceed most. His solid work ethic points to more releases next decade. A recent interview leads me to believe that the touring side of things may slow down some, but I’m hoping that just means “less touring” and not “no touring.” There have been hints of Tool and A Perfect Circle studio stuff in the near future… and Puscifer seems alive and kicking (and keen on the internet EP thing). Puscifer is hitting the Midwest and East Coast in early 2010.

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5 ~ Daniel Johns (Silverchair & The Dissociatives)

2002’s Diorama (by Silverchair) is a contender for best album of the decade for me. Daniel Johns followed that up with a side project with Paul Mac called The Dissociatives. Their self-titled debut (2004) is also a contender for best album of the decade… then Silverchair came roaring back in 2007 with Young Modern – another strong contender. Daniel Johns and his couple of bands has large gaps between studio releases, but they all score high every time for me. They’ve moved well beyond their debut (which they released in the 90s at age 15). 2010 promises the follow-up to Young Modern… so, look out, Best of 2010 lists…

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4 ~ Elliott Smith

I found out about Elliott in early 2000, a little bit after Figure 8 came out. I had the opportunity to see him live at Southgate House (Newport, KY) on the Figure 8 Tour. He quickly became an important part of my musical diet. His albums hit me emotionally, but he left us too early (he died of apparent self-induced stab wounds to the heart on October 21, 2003). I still get goosebumps with his music and quite frankly have never been affected by a celebrity’s death like I am by Elliott’s. An album and more of his unreleased material has made its way out since his death. I don’t believe in an afterlife, but if there were one, I’d hope to get to meet Elliott and have a beer with him.

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3 ~ Sigur Rós

Ágætis byrjun and ( ) may be the most beautiful things that I don’t understand due to language barriers – two perfect albums, if you ask me. This past decade Sigur Rós went on to make four full length albums, a handful of EPs and soundtracks, several world tours, an utterly gorgeous tour documentary called Heima (that rivals Pink Floyd’s Live at Pompeii in stunning beauty),  and still find time to take time off (well, time off except for Jónsi – who released a duo album with his partner Alex Sommers and is set to release a solo album in early 2010).

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2 ~ Radiohead (and Thom & Jonny solo)

One of the most unarguably overrated bands of all-time… yet, one of my favorites. The decade started with Kid A and ended with some Thom Yorke solo activity… it was a full decade of albums, tours, solo work (the aforementioned Thom solo stuff plus two soundtracks from Jonny). They branch out and sometimes get more praise and credit than is merited (I know skads of indie artists doing the “pay what you want” method years before In Rainbows), but I suppose Radiohead were the first formerly major-label / international band to do so.  Anyway, Radiohead, despite public pressure, continue to evolve as a band. That scores major points with me. They’re hitting the studio in January 2010… yippie.

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1 ~ Kevin Moore (Chroma Key & OSI)

Yeah, the #1 of the decade who few know about… Kevin Moore left the progressive rock band Dream Theater in 1994, shedding the seemingly antithetic “progressive” constraints of the progressive scene to make his own music.  Chroma Key’s debut Dead Air For Radios (1999) is my #1 album of all-time… but it came out in the late 90s. The 2000 album You Go Now is probably in my Top 10 of all-time as well. The branching out into scoring with Kevin’s solo soundtrack Ghost Book (for the Turkish horror movie OKUL), political/religious-imagery radio/mix-taping with Memory Hole 1, and the new band project with Jim Matheos called the Office of Strategic Influence (aka O.S.I.) solidified Kevin in my favorite artists list. I’m looking forward to more Chroma Key, O.S.I., Memory Hole, or solo work that Kevin puts out… hopefully soon.

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As pointed out the other day, the 2010s are shaping up to be a great decade… see you on the other side!

My Other Favorites of 2009 Recaps:

~Dan – np: Charlie Hunter Gentlemen, I Neglected To Inform You You Will Not Be Getting Paid

Oh, and for those who say that the decade ends at the end of 2010… meh. I’m starting with 0 and ending with 9 (like a LOT of people). Rationale: the 80s, the 90s… you don’t say the 80s went from 1/1/1981 to 12/31/1990 or the 90s from 1/1/1991 to 12/31/2000.

Thom Yorke’s band rehearsals… add Flea…

29th Sep 09 (Tue) Leave a comment

So, Thom Yorke (of… duh… Radiohead) just blogged on deadairspace about getting a band together to rehearse the Eraser tunes to play a couple of gigs in Los Angeles.  Flea (of… duh… Red Hot Chili Peppers) is part of the live Eraser band.

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hi

in the past couple of weeks i’ve been getting a band together for fun to play the eraser stuff live and the new songs etc.. to see if it could work!

here’s a photo.. its me, joey waronker, mauro refosco, flea and nigel godrich.

at the beginning of october the 4th and 5th we are going to do a couple of shows at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles.

we don’t really have a name and the set will not be very long cuz ..well …we haven’t got that much material yet!

but come and check it out if you are in the area. we’ve also got locals Lucky Dragons playing.

all the best

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Cool…

~Dan – np: Farmers MarketSurfin’ USSR

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