These are My Twisted Words

Radiohead at the Frequency Festival

by Jonathan on August 22, 2009

Frequency Festival, Austria

Photo by Maggiebear. For more, head to our message board.

Radiohead performed their first show last night of the new tour, and their first ever show in Austria. The setlist contained a good selection of songs from all albums except Pablo Honey, including a rare “(Nice Dream)” performance. As expected, the band played “These Are My Twisted Words” live for the first time and it was described as “amazing.”

Here’s the setlist:

1. 15 Step
2. There There
3. Airbag
4. All I Need
5. Kid A
6. The National Anthem
7. Nude
8. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
9. The Gloaming
10. Myxomatosis
11. Climbing Up The Walls
12. Street Spirit (Fade Out)
13. Videotape
14. Jigsaw Falling Into Place
15. Karma Police
16. Bodysnatchers
17. Idioteque

Encore:
18. These Are My Twisted Words
19. Pyramid Song
20. Reckoner
21. (Nice Dream)
22. Paranoid Android

Encore 2:
23. Everything In Its Right Place

If you went to the show, make sure to leave a review in our gigography!

Radiohead continue the tour tomorrow night in Prague.

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Jonny in OxonThe dust is settling but there is still speculation and rumor-mongering about what exactly has happened over the past few days. For those late to the show, you should check out the recent posts here at GP to get you up to speed.

We all had a good feeling that something was going to happen today. Some people were convinced that a new EP would be released. We certainly hoped that would be the case. Alas, it wasn’t and of course there was a bit of disappoint in many people’s eyes. Whatever people, we have a new Radiohead song, and a good one at that.

So, what really happened? We reached out to the band’s management for a statement but so far, nothing. What happened really comes down to two scenarios: The band leaked the mp3 last week or the band didn’t leak the mp3 last week.

Let’s just say for a moment that the band did leak it out. That would be an easy thing to assume as it’s crazy, weird, and something that Radiohead would do. It’s a big “fuck you” to the record industry, blah blah. And while they are at it, they have it be leaked through what.cd with a confusing nfo file which sets the internet abuzz with rumors, speculation, and frankly, ridiculousness. If you were in a huge band, wouldn’t it be kind of humorous to watch your fans trying to decipher each and every little detail? All types of press picked up on this leak. It was even played on Sirius XM radio as the “new Radiohead song from the upcoming Wall of Ice EP.” The point is, this thing went viral like crazy. I mean, look at Jonny’s new photo on DAS with the word “Conspirator” on it. Sneaky, sneaky.

What doesn’t make sense to us is why the band would leak it out themselves only to release it officially today. One of our mods at Mortigi Tempo, Pennyroyalty, put it best:

“Deliberately leaking one track ahead of officially releasing just that one track is not exactly what i’d call a masterstroke, actually i think it would be kind of silly. if it’s true then they just turned the release of a cool new song into a pretty underwhelming event for me, although hey the tracing paper is nice and all. anyway i suggest people don’t get on their high horses about their genius publicity move just yet.”

So this leads us to the other scenario: The band had nothing to do with the leak. We hear all the time about music getting leaked out before it is released. It happened with Hail to the Thief. What usually happens is someone at the plant where the make the CDs takes a copy home and maybe burns one for a friend. Then that friends decides to rip it to their computer and share with a couple of friends and so on. It happens all the time. What’s puzzling about this is that this is a digital release. Unless we’re missing something, there is no physical CD that could have been duplicated somewhere like what usually happens. If this thing was leaked, then it must have been someone getting their hands on a mp3 early. How does that happen? Did someone in the band send it out to friend for a listen and it leaked that way? Then, because it was already out, the band decided to officially release it today?

We’re not convinced of either scenario just yet and hopefully the band will make some sort of announcement soon. Or maybe we shouldn’t care and just enjoy the new track. 🙂

Here’s a pretty solid recap of the whole saga.

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It’s official: “These are My Twisted Words”

by Jonathan on August 17, 2009

these-are-my-twisted-words-artwork

Jonny made an announcement on DAS releasing “These are My Twisted Words”:

So here’s a new song, called ‘These Are My Twisted Words’.

We’ve been recording for a while, and this was one of the first we finished.

We’re pretty proud of it.

There’s other stuff in various states of completion, but this is one we’ve been practicing, and which we’ll probably play at this summer’s concerts. Hope you like it.

Download the audio here or torrent here.

Included in the download is a txt file, a tiff image, and a pdf that reads: “this is an artwork file to accompany the audio file. we suggest you print these images out on 80gsm tracing paper or you printer will eat it as we discovered. you could put them in an order that pleases you.”

Oh, and wallofice.com? Big ole heap of fail. The guy who purchased the domain, Reshad Bashir, has posted up a mp3 which isn’t Radiohead. It sounds more like some of the music he creates. Nice try.
UPDATE: looks like the mp3 on wallofice.com was just taken down.

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What is this image?

by Jonathan on August 16, 2009

In our inbox just now, we received a note about a new image appearing at the w.a.s.t.e. store. Apparently, this image was not up earlier today and the only way to access it is to view the current images and replace the jpg number with the next sequential number. The last numbered jpg can’t be found anywhere in the online store leaving us to believe that it is for a new product that hasn’t “gone live” yet. What do you think?

UPDATE: Some super sleuths at the At Ease message board found the words “twisted woods – 2” while viewing the image in a text editor. Does this mean we’ve been “twisting” up the “words” when it comes to the title of the leaked track? Sorry, bad joke.

This does lead us to believe that this could be the artwork for a “Twisted Woods” single release via the w.a.s.t.e. store.

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Twisted Woods

UPDATE: Err.. Nevermind. It is called “These are My Twisted Words” and Jonny announced it on DAS.

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Why we’d love to believe that a new Radiohead EP could be released on Monday, we do find it hard to believe that it’s going to be called “Wall of Ice.” Blogs all over the place are speculating that because these words were included in the mp3’s accompanying nfo file as well as file name, that it’s probably going to be the name of the EP. Hell, we even thought about that too, but the more you think about it and the more you talk to people that are familiar with online file sharing sites like what.cd (the site that “These are My Twisted Words” first appeared on), you’ll begin to see that most nfo files include a name of a scene group. What is a scene group you ask? It’s basically a group of individuals who hack, crack, upload, and download stuff that may not be legal or released and are very active in the warez scene. Think of them as a crew. They are also referred to as “release groups” as well. While nobody has heard of Wall of Ice as a scene group before, the nfo definitely makes it seem like that it is.

But wait! If you go to wallofice.com, it takes you to the w.a.s.t.e. digital store! Explain that!

Simple. If you look at the whois information, the site is registered to someone in the Netherlands. They are simply forwarding the domain to w.a.s.t.e. This is very easy to do. This is not a site Radiohead/w.a.s.t.e. has registered, it appears.

We’d love to be wrong about this.

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Interview with Jonny

by Jonathan on August 13, 2009

Jonny GreenwoodThe Australian has posted an interview they did with Jonny recently. The band has been in their Oxford studio rehearsing for the upcoming festival tour dates later this month. They’ve also been recording new songs. “There’s a bunch of stuff slowly growing, some more finished than others,” Jonny says.

Two years ago, no longer signed to a major record label, the band released In Rainbows online, inviting fans to pay whatever they thought the album was worth. It was a bold move, seen as undermining the recording industry and testing new modes of distribution. Where Radiohead goes next, though, is less certain. The members aren’t even sure whether to release another conventional album at all.

“Traditionally we’d be looking for 10 or 11 songs and putting them together, but that doesn’t feel as natural as it used to, so I don’t know what we’ll do. Maybe we’ll find four songs that work together and we’ll call that a release. I don’t know,” Greenwood says.

After changing direction so many times, it’s perhaps no surprise that Radiohead finds itself, once again, at a crossroads. After starting off in 1993 with Pablo Honey and then the more accessible The Bends, the band established its place at the cutting edge of contemporary music with the landmark OK Computer. It then headed off in new directions with Kid A, Amnesiac and Hail to the Thief, embracing alternative forms of rock and electronics before 2007’s In Rainbows. Meanwhile, digital music and downloads changed the way music was consumed.

During the past few days, music circles around the world have been in a flutter after the band’s singer, Thom Yorke, told an American magazine he was “not very interested in the album at the moment”. Greenwood confirms that a conceptual shift is under way. “No one knows how to release music any more, including us,” he says. “How to put it together, in what format, how long. We’re in the dark as much as anyone I think.”

Apart from that, Greenwood isn’t giving much away. He doesn’t seem worried though: Radiohead has always had a thing for reinvention. It’s no wonder, then, that the 38-year-old sounds relaxed as he discusses one of his other projects.

Could “These Are My Twisted Words” be one of the new songs Jonny talks about?

Read the full interview…

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