Earlier last month, Radiohead’s Colin Greenwood, the HotRats (aka Nigel Godrich with Gaz Coombes and Danny Goffey of Supergrass), Soap&Skin, and Air’s Nicolas Godin, teamed up for a one-off tribute to the Velvet Underground in Paris, aptly titled Velvet Underground Revisited. The set was comprised almost entirely of covers off VU’s Andy Warhol-produced 1967 record with Nico, including a faithful take on “Femme Fatale” that featured a guest lead vocal by Leslie Feist. You can take a break from spinning her new single and hear a decent glimpse of the performance above.
Jon Spira writes in to tell us about a new documentary he made called Anyone Can Play Guitar:
My documentary about the music scene that inspired, nurtured and launched Radiohead is now finished. Ed, Colin and their manager Chris Hufford all took part in the interviews and there is a bunch of hugely significant never-before-seen archival material including early live footage and what we believe to be the earliest ever band photos (taken during the recording of their first demo). We need to raise a few thousand pounds to fund the sound mix and picture grade, so we’ve signed up with indiegogo.com.
Anyone who donates to the project via the link below will get perks packages which include tickets to the premiere, credits on the film and free very limited edition pre-release DVDs of the film with extras that will never be available elsewhere. This is really your only guaranteed chance to see the film as early as possible.
Colin recently wrote an essay entitled “Set Yourself Free” where he describes the decision the band made in 2007 to release In Rainbows in the “pay what you think it’s worth” format. An interesting read indeed, and even more interesting because Colin reveals that Radiohead have finished recording some new songs:
Three years later, we have just finished another group of songs, and have begun to wonder about how to release them in a digital landscape that has changed again. It seems to have become harder to own music in the traditional way, on a physical object like a CD, and instead music appears the poor cousin of software, streamed or locked into a portable device like a phone or iPod. I buy hardly any CDs now and get my music from many different sources: Spotify, iTunes, blog playlists, podcasts, online streaming – reviewing this makes me realise that my appetite for music now is just as strong as when I was 13, and how dependent I am upon digital delivery. At the same time, I find a lot of the technology very frustrating and counter-intuitive. I spend a lot of time using music production software, but iTunes feels clunky. I wish it was as simple and elegant as Apple’s hardware. I understand that we have become our own broadcasters and distributors, but I miss the editorialisation of music, the curatorial influences of people like John Peel or a good record label. I liked being on a record label that had us on it, along with Blur, the Beastie Boys and the Beatles.
It’s exciting to be discussing new album news again. Keep in mind that Ed said a new album would be out this year.
I was very sad to hear the news that Mark Linkous has died. He and his band toured with us in Europe, at the start of OK Computer, and they were great every night. His first two records were very important to me, and I carried his music from the tour into my life, and my friends’ lives too. He was softly spoken, with an Old South courtesy I hadn’t heard before: he introduced me to Daniel Johnston’s music, and the West Virginian writing of Pinckney Benedict. Mark wrote and played some beautiful music, and we’re lucky to have it. Rest in Peace.
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.