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Thom Yorke: Radiohead Not Planning to Release Any Albums for Awhile

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In a lengthy interview in the latest issue of The Believer magazine, Thom Yorke has revealed that we’ll probably be waiting quite a long time for the next proper Radiohead album. We’re more likely to get some EPs or singles or one-off musical releases (perhaps like “Harry Patch [In Memory Of]”?) in the near future.

“None of us want to go into that creative hoo-ha of a long-play record again. Not straight off,” Yorke said. “I mean, it’s just become a real drag. It worked with In Rainbows because we had a real fixed idea about where we were going. But we’ve all said that we can’t possibly dive into that again. It’ll kill us.”

He clarified that Radiohead doesn’t inherently hate the concept of the full-length. He said, “I mean, obviously, there’s still something great about the album. It’s just, for us, right now, we need to get away from it a bit.” Later, he added, “In Rainbows was a particular aesthetic and I can’t bear the idea of doing that again. Not that it’s not good, I just can’t… bear… that.”

One kind of Radiohead-related music that might materialize? Orchestral works. As Yorke told The Believer, “Jonny [Greenwood] and I have talked about sitting down and writing songs for orchestra and orchestrating it fully and just doing it like that and then doing a live take of it and that’s it – finished. We’ve always wanted to do it, but we’ve never done it because, I think the reason is, we’re always taking songs that haven’t been written for that, and then trying to adapt them. That’s one possible EP because, with things like that, you think, Do you want to do a whole record like that? Or do you just want to get stuck into it for a bit and see how it feels?”

The entire interview is well worth reading, with Yorke celebrating the death of the CD and the downfall of the music industry as we know it, reflecting on the difficulty of environmentally-friendly touring and music releasing, and musing on the state of Radiohead in general. There’s also this wonderful exchange:

The Believer: Do you feel like there’s any definitive sound that you’ve been solidifying over your career?

Thom Yorke: I fucking hope not.

(source: Pitchfork)

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Thom Yorke debuts new song at Latitude Festival [updated]

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Photo by kenigma

Thom Yorke played a solo set today at the Latitude Festival in the UK. Among a mixture of songs from Radiohead and The Eraser, Thom did debut a new song called “The Present Tense.” Another new song called “Give Up Ghost” was on the setlist but never played.

Thom did treat everyone to two fan favorites, “True Love Waits” and “Follow Me Around”. Neither song has been recorded and released on a studio album.

Full setlist:

01 The Eraser
02 Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
03 Atoms For Peace
04 Harrowdown Hill
05 Follow Me Around
06 Everything In Its Right Place
07 The Present Tense
08 Cymbal Rush
09 Black Swan
10 Videotape

11 There There
12 True Love Waits

For your video viewing pleasure:

“The Present Tense”

“True Love Waits”

“Cymbal Rush”

“Black Swan”

[UPDATED] Replaced “The Present Tense” video with a better quality one. (thanks Tim)

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Godrich: New album progress “going great”

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From Dead Air Space

Radiohead producer, Nigel Godrich, told The Quietus that sessions for the next album were “going great.”

In May, bass player Colin Greenwood told the BBC that the band had entered the studio with Godrich to start work on a follow up to In Rainbows, but were at a very early stage of the recording process and working from “scrapbooks”.

But a tight-lipped Godrich told The Quietus: “The sessions have started, that’s what I’m working on at the moment.

“It’s going fine. It’s going great, but apart from that I have nothing else to report.”

When asked if any release dates had been discussed, he replied: “None at all.”

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Radiohead touring this summer, heading back in to the studio

Radiohead have revealed they are working on new material and planning a summer tour.
Guitarist Ed O’Brien told Newsbeat the Oxford band would be hitting the studio soon.

“We are working on new material,” he explained. “We’ll be doing some more recording. It’s business as usual.

“We’ve sort of finished the bulk of [In Rainbows] touring,” he added. “We will be doing a little bit of touring in the summer, watch this space!”

O’Brien was speaking at the launch of the Featured Artists’ Coalition (FAC) lobby group in London on Wednesday.

He is joined on FAC’s committee by artists including Blur’s Dave Rowntree, Kate Nash and Billy Bragg.

“At the moment a lot of rights and revenue streams are being carved up in this new era,” he said, “and I think it’s really important that we’re in there fighting our corner.

“Radiohead signed very traditional record company contracts, and it was exactly what we wanted to do at the time and there’s no bitterness, but I think there’s an inherent feeling that they’re just a bit old school.”

‘Spokespeople for fans’
O’Brien explained that one of FAC’s main aims is to support younger artists coming through.

“There are some bigger names here but the whole essence of what we’re trying to do is really largely aimed at, and for the benefit of, the younger musician, the people coming into the music industry for the first time.”

He explained that the coalition also hopes to speak for fans – maybe even illegal file sharers.

“I hope that what the Featured Artists’ Coalition will [say to fans is], ‘We understand you, we’re not trying to criminalise you.’

“I think if we get our act together, we’ve possibly got a role to play in that as well, being spokespeople for bands and then, leading on naturally from that, for fans as well.”
(from BBC Newsbeat)

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Next Radiohead album in “embryonic” stage

Brian Message, one of Radiohead’s manager, was recently interviewed by the BBC for article about another band he manages, Faithless, and gave a little update on the next Radiohead album. Granted, it’s not very much of anything, but these days we’ll take whatever we can get.

In 2007, Radiohead made their seventh album available on their website in a pay-what-you-want offer, making them the first major act to rip up the traditional album release plan.

“There are no rules any more,” Mr Message said. “What Radiohead did is just one example of that freedom to go and make up your own plan.”

Mr Message said Radiohead’s next album was at an “embryonic” stage and he had “no idea” how it would be released.

“The first step in the process is that they’ve got to make some music that they’re proud of. There are no plans until the boys come back and say: ‘We’ve got something we like here.'”

Read the full article here.
(via MT)

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New Album News

BBC 6 Music has news of Radiohead’s next album. The article states that the band are in the process of writing a new album, with Colin saying that they would be heading back in to the studio after they have completed their current world tour.

Ed chimed in: “We’re still talking about doing some stuff and we’re really excited about it. First we came off tour to do some writing and we wanted to just carry on doing it because it was so brilliant.”

We completely agree with Stereogum in that this article was written pretty poorly and has since sparked other sites to misinterpert the news. Case in the point: Variety is reporting that the band have already finished most of the album and will finish it off in Japan. This is from a quote that Colin said in the 6 Music article: “We’ve finished the main bulk of it and we’re off to Japan in a couple of weeks to finish it off.”

Colin is talking about the tour, not the album. We all know that the band have been on tour for a good chunk of 2008 and while it’s possible that they could be sneaking off to studios here and there, it’s very unlikely.

Anyway, it’s exciting to know that another album will happen and that the band are excited about it. It’s just not going to happen as quickly as 6 Music misinterpreted it to be.

Read more at Stereogum