News Roundup

Here’s what we’ve missed, major news wise. Thought there’d be more, but it has been a bit of a slow month…
Com Lag Goes Worldwide
Despite massive stickers proclaiming it to be a “strictly Japan-only release”, Com Lag is available pretty much everywhere. It reached #48 on the Canadian charts.
Jonny to be BBC’s “Composer-in-Residence”
Jonny has been hired by the BBC to produce modern classical pieces for the BBC concert orchestra. This has caused a bit of huff-puffery amongst the stodgy set, as Jonny has not officially been trained in classical music. Although he does not take up the three-year post until next year, it is understood he will write for BBC festivals, the Proms and possibly theme tunes. Jonny replaces Anne Dudley, a classical performer. Radio 3 is expected to broadcast most of the new work.
Phil, Colin, and Ed back Bill Nighy at Oxford Playhouse
Members of Radiohead were joined by a star-studded cast at the Oxford Playhouse on May 23 as they covered ‘Love is All Around’ (that ditty from Love Actually, which was a far larger hit overseas than it was in the States) for charity. Multiple other stars, including Steve Coogan, Griff Rhys Jones and Hugh Laurie, Mel and Sue, Jamie Theakston and Rory Bremne joined the boys onstage. Reviews were quite good.
‘The Bends’ Performance Featured on Jules Holland DVD
Radiohead’s performance of ‘The Bends’ is featured on the new Later With Jools Holland DVD, Cool Britannica (note: uncool name). The tracklisting-
01. Ash – Shining Light
02. Blur – Tender
03. British Sea Power – Remember Me
04. Catatonia – Bleed
05. Coldplay – In My Place
06. Cornershop – Brimful Of Asha
07. Doves – The Cedar Room
08. Echo And The Bunnymen – Nothing Lasts Forever
09. Elastica – Connection
10. Elbow – Fugitive Model
11. Embrace – All You Good Good People
12. Feeder – Just The Way I’m Feeling
13. Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
14. Keane – This Is The Last Time
15. Manic Street Preachers – A Design For Life
16. Morrissey – Boy Racer
17. Oasis – I Am The Walrus
18. Paul Weller – Sunflower
19. Primal Scream – Movin’ On Up
20. Pulp – Disco 2000
21. Radiohead – The Bends
22. Spiritualized – Come Together
23. Starsailor – Good Souls
24. Stereophonics – More Life In A Tramps Vest
25. Suede – So Young
26. Super Furry Animals – Something For The Weekend
27. Supergrass – Caught By The Fuzz
28. 22-20s – Devil In Me
29. The Beta Band – Human Being
30. The Charlatans – Just When You’re Thinkin’ Things Over
31. The Darkness – I Believe In A Thing Called Love
32. The Libertines – Up The Bracket
33. The Verve – The Drugs Don’t Work
34. Travis – All I Wanna Do Is Rock
Not a bad lineup at all. You can pick it up on June 7th.
At Ease Message Board Dies and Comes Back
Some of us are actually forced to leave the house for human interaction. We come back quickly, chagrined to have learned that not everybody cares for Radiohead and that debating the merits of SHN versus MP3 at the bar will usually get your ass kicked, proper.
Again, sorry to have been gone so long. We missed you proper.
(Thanks to At Ease, CUTW, Treefingers, and everyone who wrote in and got no response.)