Defense of Amnesiac

by Jonathan on March 6, 2002

Taken from Metafilter:

John Darnielle has written a song by song defense of Radiohead’s amnesiac (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8/9, 10, 11), among other overly wordy and passionate music reviews, including many pleas for us all to learn to love doom/death metal.

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New album news

by Jonathan on February 27, 2002


Radiohead plan to go back into the studio in May to record a new album according to Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien. The guitarist told worldpop: ‘The band are planning a get-together in May in the studio. We’re putting all gigs on hold at the moment to concentrate on writing new material.’
Speaking at yesterday’s NME/Carling Awards where the band won the award for Best Video for Pyramid Song, O’Brien said the new album may be a return to a guitar based format, ditching the electronica the band experimented with on Kid A and Amnesiac. ‘We’re listening to a lot of guitar music at the moment,’ said O’Brien. ‘I like a lot of the new bands like Electric Soft Parade.’

‘It’s a bit embarrassing to pick up an award for Best Video,’ continued the guitarist, ‘because it wasn’t made by us.’

O’Brien also refuted the band’s critics who claim they make depressing records. ‘We don’t make unhappy records. We make uplifting ones,’ he said.

Radiohead’s guitarist Jonny Greenwood has also contributed to a new Bryan Ferry solo album entitled Frantic. The album is released on 15 April and Greenwood played on the track, Hiroshima.

{thanks to Dale at Liquidcat.}

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Grammy Awards!

by Jonathan on February 27, 2002

Radiohead won a Grammy earlier tonight in the Best Recording Package category for the special edition version of Amnesiac.

The other category the band was nominated in, Best Alternative Music, was won by Coldplay.

{thanks to Dave}

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Roger Waters on Radiohead

by Jonathan on February 23, 2002

There is an interview with Roger Waters in the current issue of Rolling Stone where he mentions Radiohead. Here they are:

Have you heard Radiohead?
My son Harry gave me OK Computer. I really liked it. I thought it had two or three really great songs on it. Then a friend gave me a newish album with a red thing, I can’t even remember what it was called —

Yeah, Amnesiac. That was beyond me, I have to say. I listened to it once in the car and went, “Well, OK, guys. Good, but you’ve left me.” You know, where’s my Neil Young? Where’s my John Lennon album?

It’s very difficult to write “Breathe, breathe in the air, don’t be afraid to care,” without people going, “Fucking wanker!” [laughs]. And I think that’s what Radiohead and these other bands are attaching to. There is a purity in those records.

{thanks to Brad, Syd, Andy, & Emily}

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NME nominations

by Jonathan on February 6, 2002

Radiohead has been been nominated for four NME Carling Awards in the following categories: Best Band, Best Album (Amnesiac), Best Live Act, and Best Music Video (Pyramid Song).

The awards will be handed out on February 25 in London. Click for the full list of nominees

{thanks to Marcel & Richard}

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New Radiohead video

by Jonathan on January 17, 2002

There is apparently a new Radiohead video that has been made by Johnny Hardstaff. The following information is from Creative Base:

Having quickly established himself as one of the most interesting new directors to emerge in the last year, it’s unsurprising that Johnny Hardstaff landed one of the most sought-after commissions in town: a video for Radiohead.

The track is close to eight minutes long, a combination of Push Pulk and Like Spinning Plates, from the band’s Amnesiac album.

Opening on a black screen, brief flashes of the white markings of killer whales flit in and out of view, before the video cuts to a diagram of mind-jarring complexity, the line drawings of a complex machine of indeterminate purpose. Hardstaff’s signature graphic style is exploited to full disturbing effect as the camera pans along more complex diagrams detailing various elevations of threatening machinery, tools and implements. As a huge white machine is examined from every angle some kind of medical purpose becomes apparent: something is being closely monitored. Our attention is gradually drawn to the focus of all this technology, a small cylindrical chamber containing a pair of Siamese twins, joined at the pelvis and held fast by straps around their abdomen. As the rotating capsule slows down to a halt, their evident distress tears at your heart strings, and soon the centrifuge starts spinning again as the machine continues its obscure task. The final sequence shows the result of the distressing treatment, as the babies’ chest strains and distends, before the delicate white ribcage emerges, its fragility emphasised by the distinctive blue Wedgwood pattern it bears.

You can read the full article here and see some screen shots here.
{thanks to Andrew}

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