Pitchfork has the scoop on the latest Radiohead news. There is mention of a Thom Yorke solo album and though there have been rumors for a while, nothing has been officially confirmed that Thom Yorke will be doing a solo record.
Richard Linklater, Keanu Reeves, Philip K. Dick, Thom Yorke. What do these people have in common? A movie, of course.
Verifying a rumor that has been floating around the interweb for months, Entertainment Weekly revealed last week that Radiohead will contribute music to Before Sunrise / School of Rock director Richard Linklater’s adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s cult science fiction book A Scanner Darkly. The film, which stars Keanu Reeves, is due in theaters July 7.
Although the band won’t be responsible for the flick’s entire score, Warner Independent Pictures told EW that A Scanner Darkly will “feature music by Radiohead, including a brand-new track from lead singer Thom Yorke’s upcoming solo release.” We’re eager to watch Keanu Reev– wait, WHAT? A Thom Yorke solo album?!?! Since when did he go all Beyonce on us? Or rather, since when did he go all Jonny Greenwood?
Of course, Radiohead keeps its official news guarded like the Pentagon, so we’ll have to wait until some huge corporate magazine finds out what’s going on before we can give you more information on Thom’s solo jawn.
As for the new Radiohead album, we can only assume that’s what Yorke was referring to last week when he posted on Radiohead’s blog a week ago about “furiously writing, working out parts. cracking up. not much time left. unshure about everything.” Unless he’s coming up with a new soufflé recipe.
Yorke and Greenwood will perform at Friends of the Earth’s The Big Ask Live benefit concert at KoKo in London on May 1. The charity event is sold out, but scalpers are selling tickets online for obscene sums of money. Naturally, this makes the band, and the charity, very angry. Buy one of those, and you are an Enemy of the Earth.
Radiohead have also slowly started fleshing out their summer touring plans. They will perform at the Sziget Festival in Hungary sometime between August 9 and 16, at the V Festival at Weston Park in Staffordshire, England on August 20, and, of course, at Bonnaroo in Tennessee on June 16-18.
C’mon everybody, chant with me now: TOUR! TOUR! TOUR! TOUR! TOUR!
(thanks to Landon)