Hail to the Thief Radiohead Thom Yorke tour

Thom on the mb

Thom made an appearance last night on the official Radiohead messageboard. He was asked if they would play Glasto this year and his response was, “um. sorry. we arent. we never said we would this year. this always happens. its a compliment that the rumour spreads, but we aint aint aint. maybe next year.”

What about the next Radiohead album? Thom had this to say: “yes we are working bloody hard on it now. we are trying to me a bit more err focused, less neurotic. itll be sooner than you think. some old songs may appear yup”

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(thanks to rosaline)

Hail to the Thief Radiohead

New album?

The Wafer recently put up an article about Radiohead’s next album:


A spokesman for Radiohead last night confirmed that the band’s next album, rumoured to be released sometime in the next year, will feature a moving barcode in a bid to “…Stem the flow of Radiohead CDs which are used to prop up the unfair capitalist system.” The new barcodes, specially designed by the band in collaboration with Mega-Corp, the worlds leading barcode technology developers, sense any laser light directed to the back of the CD, and immediately dart around the case by use of magnets and a small diamond powered motor. Thus making it impossible for the barcode to be read and therefore the CD to be purchased.

“Radiohead hope that once the major retailers find that they can no longer exploit the public with the bands work, by exchanging it for cash. A fairer, more equal way of trading will develop between both the retailers and the general public.” The spokesman continued: “This is not, in any way, a publicity stunt to help generate sales. This is a genuine political statement by the band against, what they feel, is one of the great injustices of modern society.”

Ignoring claims that the only way fans can now get hold of the album is through shoplifting, the band have went on to promote their moving barcode to other groups. U2 and Rage Against The Machine have both expressed interest, but were unavailable for comment, as both were on holiday in an exotic, yet civilised part of the world. Due to the large amount of technology and engineering incorporated into each barcode, the price of each CD will also rise. Estimates at this time point to £69.99 for the new disc, whilst others are far less conservative. But whatever cost the fans have to pay, Radiohead believe they will be happy that they are taking part in the downfall of global capitalism.

In case you can’t tell, this is not real… Go on, laugh!

{thanks to Cathy}

Amnesiac Hail to the Thief Jonny Greenwood Kid A Radiohead

Radiohead’s new album

From the folks at Pitchfork:

Radiohead are reportedly already at work on the follow-up to last year’s Amnesiac, scheduling studio time in May and publishing some teasing lyric fragments on their official website. Rather than sequestering themselves in the studio as on the mammoth sessions that begat Kid A and Amnesiac, Radiohead hope to use the sessions to bang out some demos before roadtesting the new material on select live dates later this summer. Sources told Pitchfork the sessions will likely be engineered by Graeme Stewart, who lent a hand on both Kid A and Amnesiac, as well as producing the highly experimental Amnesiac b-sides. The band is likely to reteam with Nigel Godrich for more recording further down the road.

While little is known about the new material aside from a handful of tunes sporadically previewed on the Amnesiac tour, one need only examine the band’s current listening diet to deduce the future direction of Radiohead. Or not: “We’re listening to a lot of guitar music at the moment,” guitarist Ed O’Brien told Worldpop. “I like a lot of the new bands like Electric Soft Parade.” Of course, Ed also dropped the names of the White Stripes and the Strokes, and he’s been saying the next Radiohead album is going to have a big guitar sound since, well, since 1997. Thom Yorke, meanwhile, has been listening to equal doses of Tim Buckley and glitch. Guitarist/keyboardist Jonny Greenwood has been learning both accordian and trumpet. In fact, the guys have been stocking up on all manner of “software, strange instruments, and synths” for the new recordings, according to our sources.

Among the new-ish material performed on the Amnesiac tour were the anthemic “Reckoner” (a hooky riff-rocker in its sole performance last year– who knows how it’ll turn out once Yorke sics his ProTools on it), “Follow Me Around,” a holdover from the post-OK Computer period, and “Wicked Child,” performed exactly once on a webcast, only to disappear, erm… completely. The official Radiohead site recently posted several lyrics and lyric fragments from the works in progress, with bits of “Reckoner,” “Bring on the New Blood,” “Keep the Wolf from the Door,” and “Up on the Ladder” among other, untitled snippets of Yorkespeak.

Jonny Greenwood has also been recording some original music for a documentary about the human body with “assistance” from the band, and there have been mutterings about a potential Radiohead b-sides compilation being prepared for a summer 2002 release in the U.S.

{thanks to Eddie, Steve, & Zoe}

Ed O'Brien Hail to the Thief Jonny Greenwood Radiohead

New album news


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.}