“Morning Mr. Magpie” by Radiohead // Live on Austin City Limits (2012)
The PBS series, “Austin City Limits” will soon return with a series of excellent performances from a wide variety of bands, and included in this years line-up is a series performance by Radiohead. Now, everyone should love a good shot at seeing Radiohead do what they do best in lovely hi-def video shot by the always reliable team over at ACL, so here is a performance of “Morning Mr. Magpie” featuring Thom’s new pony.
* The Radiohead episode of ACL debuts on October 6th.
“Fake Plastic Trees (Radiohead Cover)” by Stumbleine (feat. CoMa) // The Night Before EP (2012)
Stumbleine have a very particular sound - fractured beats and pretty, hushed vocals over warped samples and ethereal soundscapes - so it’s fairly safe to say that they would have an interesting DNA to be covering Radiohead. “Interesting” is underselling it though, as they’ve taken a classic like “Fake Plastic Trees” and spun it around into a dreamy, sci-fi lullaby that is both similar enough to the original as to not be lost completely while also cutting itself a new path that is absolutely enchanting. It’s not always easy to cover one of the most respected bands in the world, but here Stumbleine handle it with absolute grace. Gorgeous and a must listen for fans of both bands.
School of Seven Bells - Subterranean Homesick Alien
“Subterranean Homesick Alien” by School of Seven Bells // Musik Express Tribute to OK Computer (2012)
For the 15th anniversary of the release of the groundbreaking album, OK Computer, German magazine Musik Express have compiled a special tribute album by gathering artists to cover each track. The tribute features contributions from Hooray for Earth, Ada, Diagrams, Austra, School of Seven Bells, and many more. Here is a taster of “Subterranean Homesick Alien” as performed by electro shoegazers School of Seven Bells. It’s a hazy dream pop take on the original which swaps out live drums for a skittish beat and ethereal synths. Highly recommended.
“Give Up the Ghost” by Radiohead // Live at Bonnaroo 2012 (6.8.12)
Hard not to want to crawl inside of this song and live for days. I’ve always preferred the live versions of this song, especially the ones performed solo on the Atoms for Peace tour a couple of years back, but this is an exceptional performance from this weekend’s Bonnaroo.
“The One I Love / Everything In It’s Right Place” by Radiohead // Live in Japan (10.5.08)
It’s a slow weekend and I felt like breaking into some of the old tracks that I hadn’t listened to in a while. While doing so, I stumbled across this soundboard recording of Radiohead mixing R.E.M.s “The One I Love” with “Everything in it’s Right Place” and it certainly has been a few years since I laid back and fell in love with this, so why not share it on the main page until I discover something fresh and new to share.
* Interesting side note: Radiohead being my favorite band, the first time I ever saw them live was while they were opening for R.E.M.
Radiohead - Everybody Knows (1986 On a Friday Demo)
“Everybody Knows” by Radiohead // On a Friday Demos (1986)
Pitchfork and a slew of other sites are reporting the finding of two new songs thought to be lost from the On a Friday demos from Radiohead before they were Radiohead and before Jonny Greenwood came to the band. This is one of those songs and it’s the one that probably shows the most relation to the band that they would become. It’s really interesting to hear these demos. I’ve had the other On A Friday demos for as long as they’ve been available, but I have to say that something about this track’s mid 80’s somber, modern rock sound makes me dig it like crazy. Sure, it’s rough as all hell and bares little resemblance to the sounds that my favorite band would go on to create, but everyone starts somewhere and if this is a tossed off demo, then it makes perfect sense that they became one of the most beloved bands of all time, because this is still pretty goddamned great.
Thom Yorke is saying that the band is heading back into the studio in December to start work on new music. Hot damn. I love it when they have quick turnaround between albums. He also had this to say:
“It would be fun to have them ready when we go to play next year. I don’t know how we would release them. It would be nice to make it all part of the flow and just enjoy it – not think about it too much.”
“Reckoner (Julianna Barwick Remix)” by Radiohead // Radiohead|Reckoner|Remix (2008)
I’m not sure how I’ve never heard this before, but it’s pretty stunning hearing Julianna Barwick completely deconstruct “Reckoner” and turn it into one of her own ethereal beauties. Definitely worth checking out if you’re fans of either artists and especially if you’re never heard this version.
“Give Up the Ghost” by Radiohead // Live on Late Night w/ Jimmy Fallon
Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood stopped by Jimmy Fallon to perform a haunting rendition of the standout track from The King of Limbs. As per usual, they turned out something stunned and wonderful. Give it a watch in the event you missed it last night.
Just wow. Four Tet absolutely slays this remix. This isn’t a radical re-imagining but it adds a hazy, dream-like quality to an already stellar track and for my money it’s the best of the remixes released so far. I absolutely love this track.
RADIOHEAD // LIVE @ GLASTONBURY 2011 (FULL CONCERT)
I think i’m a couple of days late to this party, but I wanted to post it anyway. This is the entire Glastonbury set, created using crowd sourced video, but sporting a soundboard recording. It’s a great effort and band looks and sounds amazing as always.
Lotus Flower // 15 Step // Morning Mr Magpie // Little By Little // All I Need // Separator // Give Up The Ghost // Weird Fishes/Arpeggi // Staircase // I Might Be Wrong //Bloom // Reckoner // The Daily Mail // Street Spirit (Fade Out)