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Kind of old news, but still news, courtesy of the BBC:

Radiohead for HaitiRadiohead have given their blessing to an “official bootleg” of their Haiti benefit concert, held last January.

A group of fans have spent the last year creating a DVD of the gig by piecing together footage shot by 14 audience members.

The band allowed it to be released on the condition that proceeds went to Oxfam’s Haiti emergency fund.

The film was made available online over Christmas, and has already raised more than $11,500 (£7,300).

Radiohead, who are based in Oxford, played the impromptu Oxfam benefit concert at Hollywood’s Henry Fonda Theatre, but no official recording was made.

But Dr Inez Rogatsky, a fan from New York, attended the gig and “taped a little bit of video”.

After several more fan films found their way onto YouTube, she and another fan Andrea, who lives in Italy, came up with the idea of creating a full-length concert film.

“Collecting the footage took a while – maybe two or three months,” she told BBC 6 Music.

The video was then passed to a third fan, Devin, a civil engineer in California, who began the painstaking nine-month editing process in his spare time.

“It was totally done on weekends, a few hours at a time,” he said.

The film has little of the shaky camerawork and obscured views traditionally associated with fan videos . As Dr Rogatsky explains, that outcome was never guaranteed.

iPhone footage

“Fourteen separate video recordings doesn’t mean that there were 14 people standing there with professional equipment,” she said.

“Some of the recordings are a few seconds shot on an iPhone. On some of the songs I wish we had better coverage than we did.”

“I’m pretty pleased with the outcome of a lot of the them. There’s a sequence in Morning Bell where, in the beginning of the song, Jonny [Greenwood – guitarist] is walking slowly around the stage,” said Devin.

“He just has a kind of ‘caged animal’ feel. He’s just waiting to unleash.”

Dr Rogatsky contacted Radiohead’s manager after “a lot of procrastination”.

“I heard back within two days that it was a great idea. He mentioned that the band wanted us to get donations for Haiti. I suggested a few organisations, and they decided to go with Oxfam.”

Oxfam set up a dedicated donations page for the project with an “honesty box” system of requesting money from fans who download the film.

It echoes the pioneering online release of Radiohead’s last album, In Rainbows.

The full concert video was uploaded to YouTube and other video-sharing websites on Christmas Eve and, according to its creators, has been downloaded thousands of times.

“It’s pretty amazing to me that this was basically 100% crowd-sourced,” said Devin.

“To the best of my knowledge, every individual that had anything to do with this has never had any personal contact with each other.”

Oxfam’s Bob Ferguson added: “We are thrilled to have the support of Radiohead and their smart and motivated fans to help us raise much needed funds for our work in Haiti.

“It’s especially important now, as the one-year anniversary of the earthquake is here, that this project helps to remind people that the dire situation in Haiti is far from over, and that continued support from the rest of the world is needed.”

Fans can show their support by heading to Oxfam’s website and donating through their “on your honor” page.

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More from last night’s Radiohead show

by Jonathan on January 25, 2010


Thom Yorke

PHOTO BY ANDREW YOUSSEF

Here are some links/reviews from last night’s show in Los Angeles:

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Radiohead for Haiti – Tonight in Los Angeles

by Jonathan on January 24, 2010

Radiohead for Haiti poster

Concert poster – photo by markdnger

Radiohead performed tonight at Music Box at the Fonda in Los Angeles to benefit the Haiti earthquake which left the country devastated. Since tickets were auctioned off, the hope is that a lot of money was raised for the cause. Current reports are that around $572,000 was raised, with $2,000 being the highest ticket bid. About 1,300 people were in attendance, many of them celebrities as you would expect.

The show just wrapped up, and here’s the setlist, courtesy of Muzjiks:

1. Faust Arp
2. Fake Plastic Trees
3. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
4. The National Anthem
5. Nude
6. Karma Police + reprise
7. Kid A
8. Morning Bell
9. How to Disappear Completely [ondes martenot intro]
10. Wolf at the Door [Thom forgetting the words]
11. The Bends
12. Reckoner [w/ false start]
13. Lucky
14. Bodysnatchers
15. Dollars & Cents
16. Airbag [fan choice between ‘Airbag’ and ‘Just’]
17. Exit Music [Thom alone to start]

Encore #1
18. Everything In Its Right Place [Thom solo on piano]
19. You and Whose Army? [rest of band returns to stage]
20. Pyramid Song
21. All I Need

[crowd is stomping]

Encore #2
22. Lotus Flower
23. Paranoid Android
24. Street Spirit (Fade Out)

Did you go to the show? If so, let us know your experience in the comments and gigography! We’re definitely curious about the new song that was played with the full band, “Lotus Flower.” This song was first played during Thom’s Eraser band show in LA last October.  Okay, it’s been told to us that Thom performed “Lotus Flower” alone and not with the full band.

Thom is reportedly DJing the small afterparty. How fancy.

Oh, and where can we get one of these badass gig posters like the one above?

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Radiohead playing Haiti benefit show this Sunday

by Jonathan on January 21, 2010

From Dead Air Space:

We’re doing a show this Sunday (24th January) to raise funds for the relief effort in Haiti. The venue is The Music Box Theatre at The Fonda in Los Angeles, doors at 7pm. All proceeds are going to the Oxfam Haiti relief fund. We’re trying to raise as much money as possible, so tickets will be sold by auction at this site from 8pm tonight until 11am Saturday (PST):

http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/09004434FC1C86AC

We’re in the middle of recording at the moment, so you’ll be catching us on the fly…. but if you’re up for it, then we are too.

See you then
x

Philip

and then:

Just to clarify times for ticket sales

Auction starts Thursday 21st January 08.00 pm PST
Auction ends Saturday 23rd January 11.00 am PST

Well, that’s all clear now….

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