Atoms for Peace

Atoms for Peace: Chicago

by Jonathan on April 12, 2010

Atoms for Peace in Chicago 4/10/2010

Atoms for Peace in Chicago Night #1. Photo by Lost in Print

Next stop on the tour: Two shows at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago.

Chicago 4/10/2010 Setlist:

01 The Eraser
02 Analyse
03 The Clock
04 Black Swan
05 Skip Divided
06 Atoms For Peace
07 And It Rained All Night
08 Harrowdown Hill
09 Cymbal Rush

ENCORE:

10 Untitled/Chris Hodge/Let Me Take Control/A Walk Down the Staircase
11 I Froze Up
12 Everything in its Right Place

ENCORE 2:

13 Paperbag Writer
14 Judge, Jury & Executioner
15 The Hollow Earth
16 Pulled Apart By Horses

Chicago 4/11/2010 Setlist:

01 The Eraser
02 Analyse
03 The Clock
04 Black Swan
05 Skip Divided
06 Atoms For Peace
07 And It Rained All Night
08 Harrowdown Hill
09 Cymbal Rush

ENCORE:

10 Lotus Flower
11 Like Spinning Plates
12 Airbag

ENCORE 2:

13 Paperbag Writer
13 Judge, Jury and Executioner
14 The Hollow Earth
15 Feeling Pulled Apart by Horses

Here’s “Airbag” performed solo by Thom:

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Atoms for Peace: Boston

by Jonathan on April 11, 2010

Atoms for Peace - Wang Theatre, Boston - 8 April 2010

Atoms for Peace in Boston. Photo by Jen Eggleston

Friday night Atoms for Peace hit the Citi Wang Theatre in Boston, playing “The Present Tense” for the first time on the tour. It was dedicated to Jonny.

Boston Setlist:

01 The Eraser
02 Analyse
03 The Clock
04 Black Swan
05 Skip Divided
06 Atoms For Peace
07 And It Rained All Night
08 Harrowdown Hill
09 Cymbal Rush

Encore:

10 The Present Tense
11 Like Spinning Plates
12 The Daily Mail

Encore 2:

13 Paperbag Writer
14 Judge, Jury & Executioner
15 The Hollow Earth
16 Pulled Apart By Horses

Perhaps you’d like to watch the video of “The Present Tense?”

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Atoms of Peace

As he did this last year for the Radiohead European tour, Vincent Cornelli went to both Atoms for Peace show in NYC and took some great photos for us. – Jonathan

I was really amped for the two Atoms for Peace shows.  But I was a lover of The Eraser.  Some of my buddies, people I would travel a bit with to see Radiohead on tour, were not as excited for the side project…but, then again, others seemed to really enjoy it.  I was one of them.

So I checked out both shows in NYC at Roseland Ballroom on April 5 and 6 – one night with cam in hand, and both nights with the right attitude.  Obviously, attitude is a big part of every facet of life…but, given my expectations – they delivered.

Unfortunately, Tuesday, April 6th, the night I photographed, there was a huge buzzkill going into the evening.  A manhole, and in turn, all of the neighboring manholes, decided to explode in front of the entrance of Roseland Ballroom.  As a result, the show was delayed for a time period enough to throw off a perfectly timed stone.  I mean, I could imagine how it would.  Due to the ~20 fire trucks, ambulances, police vehicles, fans waited for about an hour and a half (at least) in a line wrapped around a few city blocks.

Flea?  Dude just enjoys what he does.  He was as into it as you could get.  His energy and style fit quite well amongst the four other superstars.  I think most of us would agree that we already admired everyone in their own realm before Atoms for Peace formed.  So, there’s really little question as to the potential of something special, and unique about their formation.

For the Radiohead fans out there, do yourself a favor if you’re going to see Atoms for Peace on their current tour, or in the future – don’t expect Radiohead.  Don’t expect anything other than Thom Yorke, Flea, Nigel Godrich, Mauro Refosco, and Joey Waronker.  They really put on a show.

I mean how can you not enjoy each of these musicians share a stage?

I’ve had the opportunity to see each artist perform (with the exception of Nigel, of course), and in their own right.  I used to hit the NYC’s intimate NUBLU Records/Bar to see Mauro with Forro in the Dark.  I saw Mauro with Forro in the Dark as recently as this December at Webster Hall with Gogol Bordello.  In all three settings – small, large, and mixed amongst a different crew, his style ain’t to be fucked with.  And musically, like all of the other artists, you hear their individual style mixed succinctly.

Photos after the jump.

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Atoms for Peace Night 2: NYC

by Jonathan on April 7, 2010

Thom and Atoms for Peace played their second NYC show last night at the Roseland Ballroom. The show almost didn’t happen because of an underground fire nearby. Fortunately, things were cleared up and the band played a full set, including a cover of Mark Mulcahy’s “All for the Best”, which Thom recorded last year.

Setlist:
01 The Eraser
02 Analyse
03 The Clock
04 Black Swan
05 Skip Divided
06 Atoms For Peace
07 And It Rained All Night
08 Harrowdown Hill
09 Cymbal Rush

‘Encore”
10 All For The Best (solo)
11 Fog (solo)
12 Everything In Its Right Place (solo)
13 Paperbag Writer
14 Judge, Jury and Executioner
15 The Hollow Earth
16 Feeling Pulled Apart By Horses

Videos:

Brooklyn Vegan has a review up if you’d like to read more.

Next stop: Boston tomorrow.

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Atoms for Peace Night 1: NYC

by Jonathan on April 6, 2010

Last night Thom Yorke and Atoms for Peace took the stage at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City, kicking off their US tour. The band, which includes Flea from the Red Hot Chili Pepers, Beck drummer Joey Waronker, Nigel Godrich, and percussionist Mauro Refosco, played through a bunch of songs from The Eraser, as well as some from Radiohead. A new song was premiered, which is currently untitled. At Ease is calling it “Chris Hodge/Let Me Take Control” until it has a confirmed name. Setlist below:

“The Eraser”
“Analyse”
“The Clock”
“Black Swan”
“Skip Divided”
“Atoms For Peace”
“And It Rained All Night”
“Harrowdown Hill”
“Cymbal Rush”

“Chris Hodge/Let Me Take Control” (new song)
“Daily Mail”
“Everything In It’s Right Place”

“Paperbag Writer”
“Judge, Jury & Executioner”
“The Hollow Earth”
“Feeling Pulled Apart By Horses”

Here’s the video of the new song:

Stereogum has a review and has also posted this video of “The Eraser” with NOLA jazz trumpeter, Christian Scott:

Rolling Stone has a full review here. Thom and Atoms for Peace play their second NYC show tonight at Roseland.

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Flying Lotus & Thom Yorke at Trader Joe’s

by Jonathan on April 5, 2010

Well, not really. Flying Lotus, who has been getting a lot of press recently, told Rolling Stone that he had a dream about Thom Yorke right before he was asked to be the opening act for the Radiohead frontman on the Atoms for Peace US tour.

“It was weird,” Lotus tells RS as he does the dishes in his Los Angeles apartment, just back from the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, where he demolished a Wednesday 1 a.m. set to an adoring crowd of converts. “I had a dream I was an accomplice to some murder. I saw someone get killed and I didn’t say anything. I was walking the streets with it in the back of my mind and I wanted a beer so I go into Trader Joe’s and Thom Yorke’s in there, like, ‘Hey, let’s have a beer and a catch up.’

“I woke up from that to the e-mail saying he’d like me to join them on the tour,” Ellison says. “I wish I’d made it up,” he confesses. “I have weird stuff like that happen to me all the time.”

Thom and FlyLo also share the same birthday (October 7) and refers to Thom as his “astral” brother.

You can read the full article at RS.com. Atoms for Peace have their first show tonight in New York City.

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