Thom Yorke to release two new songs on September 22?

by Jonathan on August 31, 2009

From Rolling Stone:

First Radiohead provided fans with two brand new songs, and now it appears frontman Thom Yorke is on the verge of doing the same: According to Canadian entertainment site Exclaim, Yorke will release a new 12?’ single carrying two new tracks, “The Hollow Earth” and “Apart By Horses” on September 22nd. As Rock Daily previously reported, Yorke recorded a song for the upcoming Twilight sequel New Moon, and judging by the timing of the single’s release, it’s fair to assume that one or possibly both of the songs are Yorke’s contribution to the film. The soundtrack’s first single, Death Cab for Cutie’s “Meet Me on the Equinox,” will debut September 13th, and the film itself hits theaters October 20th.

Sources at pressing plant Sonic Unyon, who are reportedly preparing the single, told Exclaim that the single has “really awesome packaging and artwork,” and that only a limited number of vinyl — probably less than 10,000 copies — will be made. The label handling the release is TBD Records, the company Radiohead created in a partnership with ATO for the physical release of In Rainbows. As Rock Daily previously reported, after a period of new material dormancy since the 2007 release of In Rainbows, the past month has seen Radiohead suddenly and secretly release a pair of new tracks, “Harry Patch (In Memory Of)” and “These Are My Twisted Words.”

While there’s not much information regarding “The Hollow Earth” — though the title conjures up some of the lyrical imagery in Yorke’s other recent new solo song reportedly titled “The Present Tense” — “Apart By Horses” does have some Radiohead history. Back before In Rainbows “Reckoner” was In Rainbows‘ “Reckoner,” a song bearing that name with the parenthetical title “Feeling Pulled Apart By Horses” was performed a few times at Radiohead concerts. As opposed to the melodic centerpiece that surprised fans when it appeared on In Rainbows, that original “Reckoner” was one of the more harder-edged, guitar-driven songs in Radiohead’s recent output.

Radiohead have often resurrected fan favorite live songs for eventual release—In Rainbows‘ “Nude” and IR bonus track “Last Flowers” date back to the OK Computer days—so it’s possible Yorke might be bringing back the original “Reckoner,” which he last performed solo at a Trade Justice Movement rally in 2005. (Rock Daily covered the tale of the two “Reckoner” in the preview and live blog of In Rainbows.)

(thanks to David)

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  • andrewj

    New Yorke material: sweet
    Thom Yorke song in new moon: lame(the movie, that is)

    But other then that yay new stuff!!!!

  • shlomer

    shame, 20 days after my birthday :( still got all the twos in it though, and i cant wait!

  • kyle

    haha, thats 19 days after my birthday!

  • http://ntwproductionsnow.blogspot.com/ Nick

    New songs? I can’t wait!

  • jakob

    while we’re talking about birthdays, it’s six days after mine lol

  • tony

    omgomg its 6 months before my birthday, this number must be significant.

  • swences

    If it’s true, that thom has endorsed “new moon” (that’s what it is if you collaborate to add a song to a movie), then the only thing left to say,

    after my thoughts have passed out from exhaustion,

    after I’ve fruitlessly tried to make sense of spit upon words and messages, is this:

    Fuck Radiohead

    Fuck thom

    Everything “in rainbows” and on, is tainted bullshit.

    As a person, I’m sure Thom is awesome. As a musician, he is a genius. I’ve laughed, cried, sobbed, burst my lungs singing his lyrics at home, in the car, at a concert….but now, all that has been cheapened, pissed on by the fact that he’s sold out. Perhaps I take this too personal, but that’s what his music was to me. And he’s sold out those memories, from those true fans that know at their core all of his lyrics, even from those half-known songs.

    sold us out for what?

    Here’s my guess, and last attempt of making it all fit, it’s enough for me to soberly let go:

    He cares about Earth’s future, so much that I think (hope) he has sold out in order to get his green message accross to broader/wider audiences. If it means selling out the memories and love from millions of fans that can hardly change the world, in order to reach billions that can, then it’s a deal worth making I guess. And I’m sure it is, especially for a man like Thom. But as far as music goes, he’s no longer a musician worth listening too… I’ll leave that for the imbecile television-heads, those twilight manga-loving easy-babbling incoherent thumb-sucking “fridge buzz” television-heads, american-idol watchers, reality-tv couch potatoes, myspace-glued infantile brainwashed automatons…

  • Jimmy

    wow, harsh words swences…. Maybe he just likes twilight….maybe he has some weird interest in vampires like everyone else that watches those crap movies or reads those crap books. But obviously you know better and know more about everything than anyone else. Good work turning your back on something that meant a lot to you!

  • Natalie

    swences your a bit dramatic to say the least, I think your beyond overreacting to the new moon deal its not like thom has his music on a barbie commercial calm the hell down. I was extremely upset at the idea as well but who knows maybe thom thinks new moon is a good movie because everyone keeps making such a big deal about twilight he probably thinks hes getting himself into something oscar worthy and if thats the case he is sadly mistaken. But how could you come up with all the bs you said just because of him adding a song to the movie. Their are way more sell outs out there and no matter where thom yorke’s music is it doesn’t take away the fact that hes a living legend. your welcome for the essay.

  • Sigh.

    Why they keep giving songs to twit-light…sigh.

  • Textbook

    I get really tired of fans who act like their favorite bands owe them something. Swences, you say that you’ve laughed, cried, sobbed, and burst your lungs singing his lyrics. Shouldn’t you be thankful? Even if Thom Yorke decided to tour with Hannah Montana and have a show on the Disney channel, you should be thankful for the great music he gave you in the past.

  • DSam

    swences, you are one example of why many people laugh towards Radiohead hard core fans. An idiot snob and bitchy. Period.

  • Matt

    It’s not entirely new material, but three Radiohead albums (Kid A, Hail, and Amnesiac) were rereleased yesterday as 2 disc sets (the second disc on each cd has things like live material). So that’s good. Some of the tracks (including the live ones) can be streamed online – http://www.clearspring.com/widgets/49b51b8fe356dd2b

  • ndrangheta

    This IS my actual birthday.

  • dugc

    Happy birthday

  • Sherlock

    I noticed something strange…. Most radiohead fans were born in september… (my birthday is sept 28th) Weird, its like, the ninth month… 9… 3×3… Infinity…. 9 months pregnacy… 9 planets…. 9 lives…. plan 9 from outta space… 9…. OMG!!!

    ps Thom Yorke’s got a new solo album coming, but its supposed to be a secret… shhhhh…
    Well, the first single is on its way. BTW Natalie you got a great ass!

  • h_e_n_r_y

    Thom Yorke will debut “The Age of Stupid” on September 21st.

    [19 days after Shlomer's birthday...]

  • MeteoR

    Swences I think you’re excessively idiot to grasp the meaning of Thom’s activities!

  • a

    Swences post was, ironically, more emo than the Twilight movies.

  • yeriel

    i love radiohead i am so grateful for any new song they release

  • Ross

    Wow swences, just wow. You pretentious impulsive bastard.

    This isn’t the first time that Thom/Radiohead have “sold out” as you’ve put it, do you remember, Talk Show Host? how about Exit Music? Those were both for that shitty Romeo and Juliet movie, but I guess you can forget that they are still great songs that should be judged own merit. So I suppose you will have to go burn all the OK Computer stuff and beyond since it is “tainted bullshit.”

    Why is it such a big deal though? Because someone likes watching twilight makes them a “brainwashed automaton”? How could watching/contributing to Twilight (as bad as it probably is) make them any less of a valid human being?

    Arrogant prick.

  • Emm

    I like radiohead and twilight. I’m not afraid to admit it. I heard a new song on the radio today, with Thom singing. Unfortunatly I did not hear the name of the song. It was pretty cool.

  • Tiana

    Geez, swences. You know, Radiohead used to make appearances on MTV as well.

    I’m sure there are plenty of Radiohead fans like Emm who do enjoy Twilight. It’s not like Thom is going to ignore those fans and cater to the pretentious ones who get offended by others’ tastes.

  • 1Dragonfly

    A reminder that Thom will be performing at the world premier of Age of Stupid on Sept. 21. It is possible that he has created something special for the event that will be on the Sept. 22 release.

  • tony

    maybe his kids are into twilight so he wants to do this as a gift to them or something.

  • raisedlefteyebrow

    Jesus Christ would people shut up about Twilight already!?!?!?!? They’ve been in movies for years. Have you forgotten Clueless with Alicia Siverstone?!?!?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clueless_(film)

    They SIMPLY. DON’T. CARE. Because they know it’s the music and not whatever movie it’s attached to that matters. Do you honestly think that Thom came up to them and asked if the song could be in the movie? Here’s what I think happened:

    Makers of New Moon: Mr. Yorke, we’d be truly honored if you could maybe let us use one of your songs in our movie. We’re huge, huge fans and we think you’re brilliant. You see, there’s a vampire and this girl and the whole thing has a doomy, scary, intense kind of vibe and…

    Thom: Whatever.

  • swences

    I obviously offended some twilight lovers and some others.
    So I’ll break things down since it seems that I wasn’t really clear about what I meant.
    I wasn’t proclaiming to know why they are doing this; I just said that the only way that I can make sense of it all was that they are trying to spread their green message. It seems impossible, so contradictory to all the things he’s said, for him to actually like this piece of shit movie, so much that he’s written a song for it. It’s only a guess, but I never stated otherwise.
    In my eyes they’ve sold out, and it’s not really that, because I realize that they’ve sold-out here and there before, which every band does at one point or another, but they’ve sold out to something that I abhor.
    I work at a library, and twilight is a virus. I see it every day. A sad sad virus that anybody over the age of 18 should be ashamed of reading, but no, not that (people have the right to read whatever the fuck they want without being judged). I have a problem with those that have read it and proclaim it to be the best thing written since who knows what. I had a co-worker, who is mostly smart, but still had this to say about the book/movie, “It is the Romeo and Juliet of our time”. It is inane comments like that that really piss me off and depress the hell out of me.

    This twilight thing is just as bad as all the manga, those books – (if you can call them that, more like those pornography books for the proles described in 1984, except this is pornography for the mind I guess) – those books that now crowd the teen section of the library. People check these books out by the dozen, and not just kids (which is fine I guess, because it mostly fits their reading level), but mostly teenagers/adults, and when they check those books out they think that they are so well-read. They check out twilight, and there they are with their static friends, and I have to hear things like “Wow, this book is big. But I’ll get it done in a week”. And you should see the stupid faces, with that expression of amazement and even worship. It’s enough to make me puke. I don’t watch TV because of people like that, but now it seems, these television heads walk around everywhere and there’s no way to turn the volume down, no way to switch the channel. And that was all fine and dandy because I could at least put my earphones on and listen to Radiohead blast against that utter idiocy, or read really great books that actually make you think…but now, when I see a hero, no not a hero, A person that I greatly admire join that crowd, well, it got me to thinking why it would happen. Maybe Thom does like it, but it goes against a lot of the things he has said. He can’t listen to the radio because it’s terrible, refers to it as fridge buzz, so he obviously has a problem with factory-produced art. He writes “Coke Babies” yet joins this twilight parade. I don’t get it. Maybe I don’t want to get it; I admit that’s a possibility. And like I clearly stated before, I perhaps only hope that he’s taking a part in this movie in-order to get his green message across to broader more powerful audience. Why people seem to have such a huge problem with this suggestion, I don’t know.

    I’m not here trying to convert anyone. I was only expressing an opinion, but few seem to be able to handle that. If you like twilight, that senseless pap, go right ahead, but please do me the favor of not prancing around and having your vacuous grins and proclamations fill every conversation. And no, I’m not an EMO, though I am depressed about this stuff. I don’t feel sorry for myself, I just a have a bad taste in my mouth because it sucks to know that more than half the people I encounter, even Radiohead fans who I thought were mostly smart, can buy into this kind of crap, can swallow turd and happily ask for more because hell! everyone else is enjoying too!

    But I guess I owe an apology for being able to strongly disagree and feeling like I no longer can listen to his new music because the image of the movie, of what it stands for, of what it’s doing to people, loom over every note.
    Perhaps I was too dramatic about things. The phrases I used were probably a consequence of a half-drunk state, but even now, I doubt I would change much of what I said.
    (Textbook) wrote this: “Shouldn’t you be thankful? Even if Thom Yorke decided to tour with Hannah Montana and have a show on the Disney channel, you should be thankful for the great music he gave you in the past.”
    I never said I was ungrateful. Though I did say this, “Everything “in rainbows” and on, is tainted bullshit”. I am very grateful, and I’ve done my best to show that gratitude by advocating to anyone who cared to listen, that their music and their messages were fucking great: What they sing about is beautiful, they actually stand for something, they said fuck off to the music industry, they always pushed boundaries, they don’t dumb things down, they refused miley cyrus’ invitation, dissed this or that rapper. But now what? I just can’t see myself as a fan anymore. It might seem trivial; after all it’s just a dumb book and a dumb movie. But I think it’s more than that. I’m not saying it’s the worst thing ever, or a terrible evil, just that it’s a bad thing and something that I particularly detest.
    I’ve looked at the book, and out of amusement have read a few random pages, and here’s what I have to say about it: The reading level is at most fit for 12-14 year olds, if that. The content I can see why people are fascinated by, because I mean vampires seem to capture the interest of many readers. That’s fine, whatever. I’m not a fan, but I can see the attraction that it could have (immortality, superpowers, blood, blah blah blah). And something that really perplexes me about this is that there have been better vampire books written. Better movies. Infinitely better. But what I can’t swallow is the fact that somehow people overlook the fact that the vampire is over 90 years old, the girl no more than 16 or 17. How that kind of Pedophilia doesn’t strike people as sick, makes me feel like maybe there’s something wrong with me. It’s fucking insane. So yeah, ok, he LOOKS 18, so there’s nothing wrong. Really, nothing wrong? So what you’re essentially telling me is that you’d be ok with a 30-40-50-60-70-80-90 year old man, who looks really young, putting the moves on a 16 year old? And ok, let’s ignore that huge boulder, and let’s focus on the hero. He’s had all this time, he’s gonna live forever, he learned to play the piano, he’s read a book or two (yet has the vocab and thought process of a child), but he’s totally ignored the billions of suffering kids. Fucking hell, he could be focusing on curing cancer, feeding the poor, rebuilding 3rd world nations, but no; he’s too damn busy flirting with an empty headed stupendously unspectacular girl. That’s my kinda hero!
    But in the end, I don’t see why you guys are getting all worked up about it. I am turning my back on their music from now on because I feel that he’s turned his back on fans like me. I still think he’s a musical genius, an awesome person, but he’s lost me on this. I see it every day at work, and it sucks to know that Thom is behind this too.
    I didn’t intend to get so long winded, but after every paragraph I finished I felt I had to elaborate a bit more. But before I do wrap this up, for anyone that has read this far and wants to vilify me and blah blah blah, I didn’t ask you to read this, and I’m not asking you to agree with me. I’m simply stating, to what is after all a Radiohead website/message board, how I view all of this and how it affects me. If you think I’m being melodramatic, fine I admit I probably am being. I’m not ashamed to admit that I take Thom’s music personally, and therefore am affected by this at a somewhat deep level; I can’t just shrug it off. It’s all purely subjective.
    But what isn’t and what you can defend against if you so choose, is the soundness of my statements concerning twilight.
    Anywho, I’m still checking back on this site in order to see if Thom actually confirms this. So far I’ve only read that the director has. I’m still clinging on to a very thin fragment of hope that this is totally over-hyped and incredibly bad reporting. A distortion of words I guess. But if it turns out to be true (which I admit looks pretty certain), then I have laid out my reasons for why I’m letting go. Dramatic? Yeah, a bit, but that is how strongly I feel about the dumbing down of this era.

  • swences

    Other points…

    People have made up scenarios in their heads to explain why Thom would do this:

    Jimmy, “Maybe he just likes twilight….maybe he has some weird interest in vampires like everyone else that watches those crap movies or reads those crap books.”

    Natalie, “I was extremely upset at the idea as well but who knows maybe thom thinks new moon is a good movie because everyone keeps making such a big deal about twilight he probably thinks hes getting himself into something oscar worthy and if thats the case he is sadly mistaken.”

    Tony, “maybe his kids are into twilight so he wants to do this as a gift to them or something.”

    Raisedlefteyebrow, “They SIMPLY. DON’T. CARE. Because they know it’s the music and not whatever movie it’s attached to that matters. Do you honestly think that Thom came up to them and asked if the song could be in the movie? Here’s what I think happened:
    Makers of New Moon: Mr. Yorke, we’d be truly honored if you could maybe let us use one of your songs in our movie. We’re huge, huge fans and we think you’re brilliant. You see, there’s a vampire and this girl and the whole thing has a doomy, scary, intense kind of vibe and…
    Thom: Whatever.”

    How it’s more offensive to suggest that he’s done this in order to reach wider audiences with his green message, than let’s say, in order to attach a song as if it were some sort of parasite or leech, on the coattails of an Oscar worthy movie, or that he simply does not care what his music is attached to and can be easily coaxed into lending his song to a movie he knows nothing about just because his ego was stroked leaves me blankly staring back at the people who were offended so much by what I said.

    Jimmy’s and Tony’s suggestions were innocent enough, and maybe more sensible than mine, but my point is that they are making things up as well, perhaps just to make sense of things because it’s somewhat confusing that Thom has done this.

    Something else that caught my eye:

    Ross, “How could watching/contributing to Twilight (as bad as it probably is) make them any less of a valid human being?”

    How and when I said this, I can’t recall or find. I do think that if you swallow this kinda crap and claim it to be a masterpiece and go around telling everyone that it is, makes a person seem intellectually numb and artistically moronic. Any less of a valid human being though? No, I never said such a thing. And I definitely don’t believe it to be true. I’m referring by the way, not to those that may like the movie, just like they like any other cheap thrill or crappy yet entertaining movie, but to those very many that went to the theatre to see the film at least 4 or 5 times because they believe and won’t shut up about the fact that it’s the best book and movie of all time – which in turn, causes a positive feedback effect, growing that much bigger with every new dim-witted gullible convert. Why that doesn’t kill most people who have any respect for great literature or cinema, confuses the hell out of me.

  • h_e_n_r_y

    Clueless is a classic, man…

  • immortaLion

    Swences, I cannot agree with you more and I admire your courage to post something so opinionated. I am strongly dissapointed in Thom’s decision to write music for that complete shit.
    Agh, I can’t believe that I have to grow up with these stupid teenage Twilight Fans all around me…

  • Ross

    I guess “brainless automaton” seems to me like an attack on a person’s humanity perhaps you didn’t mean it in this way. I guess for the people who love the movie… they are the ones who are the bug eyed idol watchers that have no intellectual taste? I understand where you are coming from, but seemingly in a overly judgmental way. I have always enjoyed reading critical analysis but it seems less than likely that the people who love twilight are as bad as you make them seem. An example that comes to mind is a particular movie critic by the name of Armond White, he seems to love every major Hollywood process piece of crap that comes out, while hating all of the great movies that other critics like Roger Ebert(my favorite) hail. White can however write intelligently, although very wrong in my mind.

    But back to Radiohead…
    I just don’t think they are “selling out” because typically when I think of selling out, a person has to undermine music in some way for money or selfish benefit to be an artist that you should turn your back on. When the music comes out and it is judged by all of us here I guess we will find out if it was really just selling out to the twilight lovers or if he was just lending his work to a director who enjoys Radiohead’s genius but also likes Twilight. I don’t think that Thom, an artist with integrity to music unlike any other, would ever taint his music in the way you are thinking.

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