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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}

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Defense of Amnesiac

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


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!

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

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

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}