Q.E.D.

Radiohead played at Secret Solstice in Iceland last night. Here is Thom’s setlist …

RH Icelnd setlist

Keen-eyed observers will jump for joy because it looks as though there is a brand new song in their repertoire, called “Q.E.D.”.

Alas, this is the code they appear to be using for “Creep”, which is what they did in fact play in this slot, as you’ll see here …

 

 

I find the code intriguing. Q.E.D. – quod erat demonstrandum – means “which is what had to be proven”. Should we read anything into this? Probably not, but I am sure that we will.

By all accounts, this was an epic set, with the band full of energy after their two week break. They play Open Air St Gallen in Switzerland next, on 2 July. Unless, of course, they turn up at Glastonbury next week to play some of kind of secret set. They did this in 2011, as you can see here …

 

 

I’ll be at Glastonbury next week, swimming in mud no doubt, and have all possible sources of information primed and ready in case they turn up at Worthy Farm. I have my doubts, though.

In other news, I was very saddened to hear about – and see, via Periscope and YouTube – what took place at Istanbul’s Velvet Indieground, a record store, during the Radiohead event held there yesterday. I believe that religious freedom works both ways, and will add nothing more.

I also refer you to the statement about the incident issued by the band last night.

One of those who was present and involved happened to be outside the store at the time, dancing to Weird Fishes/Arpeggi – just before being beaten up. This has been a real favourite track of mine for a little while now, I love it to pieces.

Here is a gorgeous version of it. So play it now. As loudly as you can …

 

 

In the deepest ocean
The bottom of the sea
Your eyes
They turn me
Why should I stay here?
Why should I stay?

I’d be crazy not to follow
Follow where you lead
Your eyes
They turn me

Turn me on to phantoms
I follow to the edge of the earth
And fall off
Everybody leaves
If they get the chance
And this is my chance

I get eaten by the worms
Weird fishes
Get picked over by the worms
Weird fishes
Weird fishes
Weird fishes

I’ll hit the bottom
Hit the bottom and escape
Escape

I’ll hit the bottom
Hit the bottom and escape
Escape

Tomorrow’s Radiohead event

In case you are interested in the Radiohead event that will take place at selected record stores worldwide tomorrow, fresh details – together with a list of participating stores – can be found here. This, you may recall, is to mark the physical release of the band’s new album, A Moon Shaped Pool.

The gist is that there will be some live recordings from the three recent Radiohead gigs at London’s Roundhouse – I attended them all – plus some other music and artwork. If you happen to be passing a store, or work close by to one, this looks like something well worth going to.

Meanwhile, there will more Radiohead at Furillen.

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As mentioned earlier this week, I’ll be streaming the full set of Radiohead albums in order, on a playlist that is just over seven hours long. I’ll leave it looping for a day or so, so you can drop in any time.

In addition, there will be a slideshow of the artwork that has been released so far with this new album – and another slideshow consisting of around 400 pictures of the band that were taken throughout its history, starting in the late 1980s. There are some great pictures in the collection.

Finally, the exquisite Daydreaming video will be showing in the video room, which can be found in the hotel.

This is just my own small homage to a group of musicians that have – in my view – managed the rather astonishing feat of making incredibly relevant and challenging music for around a quarter of a century. Having just seen them live four times, I can tell you that they have lost none of their freshness and energy.

I was reading Mac Randall’s excellent history of the band earlier today, and rather liked this passage:

radiohead john cale quote

So if you haven’t heard the new album yet, do give it a listen. I promise you that it really is “music you haven’t heard yet” – and, surely, the most beautiful record that this band has made.

Scotch Mist

Ahead of the ‘special event’ due to be held in selected record stores tomorrow to mark the physical release of A Moon Shaped Pool, it’s worth reminding ourselves of previous Radiohead promotional events.

For example, this was a fifty minute video they put out on New Year’s Eve 2007, to promote the physical release of In Rainbows the very next day. The band had previously issued the album digitally on a ‘pay what you want’ basis on 10 October 2007.

It’s a nice video, with every song on the album, played in a variety of locations – including a very cool performance of Faust Arp by Thom and Jonny on a hill (at around the 16 minute mark).

 

Bloom

This film of Radiohead playing at the Fuji Rock Festival, Japan, in 2012, starts with a really awesome performance of Bloom. Play it loud …

 

Radiohead: The Works

 

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On this coming Friday, 17 June 2016, Radiohead finally release their new album, A Moon Shaped Pool, on CD and vinyl.

Being something of a Radiohead lover myself – who would have guessed it? – I thought that it would be appropriate to mark this event in some small way at Furillen.

So I’ll be streaming all of the band’s studio albums, in chronological order, as follows:

That’s 101 songs in total – a playlist lasting for 7 hours 9 minutes and 22 seconds.

I’ll begin the stream at midday SLT, and leave it to loop a few times over.

In addition, there will be a slide show of the artwork by Stanley Donwood that has been published so far in connection with this release, together with some rare old pictures of the band that I found recently.

The Daydreaming video will also be on show in the video room.

Just to be clear, this isn’t meant to be a big party or an event, but merely an opportunity for visitors to hear some of Radiohead’s music in a meaningful order. For anyone who really wants to engage with this music, listening to it like this is a quite a revelation.

Furillen At Its Best

INVITATION  - "Furillen At Its Best"

Mareea Farrasco has put together a really impressive collection of pictures that have been taken at Furillen since it first opened in October 2015. As you know, the sim has been blessed with an extraordinarily active and talented Flickr group, which now boasts over 6100 images in total.

Selecting from these wasn’t easy, but Mareea has done a great job.

The exhibition will be held at the IMAGO Art Gallery, starting with a party on Sunday 19 June at midday SLT. There will be a selection of music from past events at the sim, especially from Bowie, Radiohead, Abba, Prince, Grease and the disco night.

Talking of Radiohead, I have something small planned for this coming Friday, 17 June, at Furillen itself. Keep an eye out for details if you’re a Radiohead geek.

‘Live From A Moon Shaped Pool’

Radiohead have announced an ‘event’ called Live From A Moon Shaped Pool, which will take place on 17 June – the day their new album gets released as a CD, and (incidentally) on Spotify. You’ll need to be at one of the participating record stores – see the list here – in order to catch an ‘exclusive day long audio stream’, get hold of ‘instructional artworks’ and take part in various competitions.

Radiohead watchers will know very well that the band are in Iceland that day at the Secret Solstice festival. The Reddit community is rife with speculation as to what exactly will take place in the record stores, what the band will be streaming, and from where.

Meanwhile, in other news, I’m off to catch Black Sabbath at Download today. It looks like being the end of the road for this band next year, so I may as well see them. As usual, before the headliners take the stage I’ll be mooching around the minor stages looking for gems. I’m particularly looking forward to seeing Turbowolf again. I saw them once last year and loved them. Their lead singer, a deliciously camp, lanky guy with memorable facial hair and bizarre vocals called Chris Georgiadis, has a great stage diving technique, as you can see here …

 

 

Now how many other blog posts have you read that go from Radiohead through Black Sabbath to Turbowolf in three short paragraphs …

Rabbit In Your Headlights

Now playing in the video room at Furillen …

This awesome song was a collaboration between UNKLE and Thom Yorke. It appeared on the Psyence Fiction album, which was produced by DJ Shadow and released in 1998.

Here is the official video. Watch it to the end, it’s insanely good …

 

 

And here is a rather lovely version, filmed during a rehearsal with Thom and Atoms for Peace ahead of their 2013 tour …

 

 

I’m a rabbit in your headlights
Scared of the spotlight
You don’t come to visit
I’m stuck in this bed

Thin rubber gloves
She laughs when she’s crying
She cries when she’s laughing
Fat bloody fingers are sucking your soul away

I’m a rabbit in your headlights
Christian suburbanite
Washed down the toilet
Money to burn
Fat bloody fingers are sucking your soul away

White worms on the underground
Caught between stations
Butter fingers
I’m losing my patience

I’m a rabbit in your headlights
Christian suburbanite
You got money to burn
Fat bloody fingers are sucking your soul away

Away

Hail To The Thief – happy birthday

Radiohead-Hail-to-the-Thief

 

Released on 9 June 2003.

Here is Track 6, “Where I End and You Begin” (The Sky is Falling in) …

 

 

 

There’s a gap in between
There’s a gap where we meet
Where I end and you begin
And I’m sorry for us
The dinosaurs roam the earth
The sky turns green
Where I end and you begin
I am up in the clouds
I am up in the clouds
And I can’t and I can’t come down
I can watch and cant take part
Where I end and where you start
Where you, you left me alone
You left me alone
X’ll mark the place
Like the parting of the waves
Like a house falling in the sea
In the sea
I will eat you alive [x4]
There’ll be no more lies [x4]
I will eat you alive [x4]
There’ll be no more lies [x4]
I will eat you alive [x4]
There are no more lies [x4]
I will eat you alive [x3]

Meeting People Is Easy

Meeting People is Easy is surely one of the best music documentaries ever made. It covers Radiohead’s 104 gig tour following the release of OK Computer in 1997. The filming style matches the content – a bewildering montage of images, usually in roving, fly-on-the-wall mode, following the band around an endless series of promo shoots and media interviews, travelling, band meetings, rehearsals and gigs.

This was the year during which the band really broke through from being a promising bunch of spunky prog rockers who were a refreshing alternative to Britpop (i.e. the loathsome Oasis et. al.), to a group who were widely recognised as genuinely original, challenging and terrifyingly relevant.

OK Computer is often viewed as an anti-technology concept album. I hear it more as being about the fear and ecstasy of not just losing sight of but also transforming our humanity in the face of the incredibly complex and potentially alienating technologies and media that were exploding around us – and them – at that time. Consider Airbag, a song written to express Thom Yorke’s feelings about automotive transportation following a near fatal car crash in which his life was saved by – you got it – an airbag. When he sings …

In an interstellar burst
I am back to save the universe

In a deep deep sleep of the innocent
I am born again

… I really don’t think that Luddite sums it up. If anything, those lines now make me think of Daydreaming.

This isn’t a concept album because there is not – cannot be – a single concept that unifies the myriad range of contemporary experiences that these songs express. To me, this movie both captures and reflects the inherent and brilliant looseness of the album itself. The other really notable aspect of the album is its soundscape, which was strongly influenced by Miles Davis’s epic, Bitches Brew.

There is some fascinating (and historic) footage of gigs in this movie, as well as of the band members suffering silently through a punishing schedule of mind-numbingly similar interviews. When one interviewer asks the band – “what’s the worst question you ever got asked in an interview” – you just yearn for them to spit back, “that’s it, right there”. That they don’t says much about their stamina and patience.

When, during a particularly low moment on the Japanese leg of the tour, Thom refers to the astonishing success of an album they fully expected to bomb as “total bullshit” – urging his fellow band members just to give it all up and begin again – you feel both heartbroken for the man and his friends … and incredibly excited about the massive creative meltdown that was about to happen to the band, leading painfully to the release of the (even better?) Kid A in 2000.

I absolutely adore this movie, parts of it are moving beyond words.

So here it is …