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Paranoid Radiohead is the Radiohead I love best. Especially when the band interprets societal convergence as mob rule, like they do in their latest song, “Burn the Witch”. Mob rule in the face of complacency. You get these wonderfully dark fairy-tale-turned nightmare sequences of witch-burning and people losing all sense: “Stay in the shadows / Cheer the gallows / This is a round-up / This is a low-flying panic attack / Sing the song of jukebox that goes / Burn the witch / Red crosses on wooden doors / If you float you burn / Loose talk around tables / Abandon all reason.” You can speculate as to what real-life events have summoned these metaphors, but I can think of many that are applicable — including Tea Party politics on this side of the Atlantic. This is Radiohead in warning mode, like the songs they were writing in Hail to the Thief (2003) and as early as Amnesiac (2001) with its threatening tone, grotesque as Grimm folktales, like “Knives Out”: “Look into my eyes / It’s the only way you’ll know I’m telling the truth / So knives out / Cook him up / Squash his head / Put him in the pot.” Even the instrumentation of “Burn the Witch” sounds mistrustful and suspicious, a long drone groans underneath frenetic and nervous strings, oscillating between slicing guitar and a lithe, creepy slithering underneath the driving pace. There’s a kind of warped beauty and disintegration inherent in “Burn the Witch”, not unlike “Like Spinning Plates”. There’s a darkness here that feels akin to the songs being written in 2011 by PJ Harvey (“This Glorious Land”), Bill Callahan’s “America!” and Radiohead’s LP “King of Limbs”, with its obvious war-time imagery. Frankly, “Burn the Witch” is a frightening indictment, full of second-sight and cultural doom. — David D. Robbins Jr.
Radiohead ripped it up on The Colbert Report on Monday night, and despite the band’s aversion to sit-down interviews there were a number of highlights beyond the music. Colbert suggested the night would be a “mind-blowing evening for music nerds”. He joked that “in the event any Radiohead-heads totally lose their shit” he’d have a hipster-paramedic standing by. Colbert also mocked America’s obsession with finding musical talent via television programs. A hilarious theme for the night was Colbert’s pretend-love of corporations in stark contrast to Radiohead’s stance. (See image above.) The band graciously played along. Although, during on funny moment, lead singer Thom Yorke said that Colbert’s corporate sponsor, Dr. Pepper, “tastes like that stuff you get at the dentist to swill your mouth out.” Well, okay, he’s right about that one. (Although, admittedly, I enjoy a little swill every now and then.) Colbert replied, “Well, Thom. He is a doctor.” The band also mentioned that it sold less records, but made more money by self-releasing “In Rainbows” as a digital download that customers could order for whatever price they saw fit. The video below, of “Morning Mr. Magpie”, will give you a taste of their performance. The band also played “Bloom”, “National Anthem”, “The Daily Mail”, “Codex”, and “Little By Little” — that you can watch at The Colbert Report’s official website. — David D. Robbins Jr.
Radiohead: “Morning Mr. Magpie” (Live on The Colbert Report”)
Thanks to Radiohead’s website Dead Air Space there’s another widget for issue No. 3 in the band’s remix series, in the shops on August 1st (August 9th in the USA & Canada). The remixes are from Radiohead’s latest release “The King of Limbs”. This third series contains remixes from Four Tet, Lone and Pearson Sound. Vodpod videos no longer available.
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Here’s a new Radiohead track called Staircase, taken from their upcoming “From The Basement” session. Oh — and they have a guest drummer, Clive Deamer, helping out Phil Selway. — David D. Robbins Jr.
Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke loves to push music he likes. Whether it’s playing surprise DJ shows at the Low End Theory in Los Angeles with pal Flying Lotus, or just posting playlists at Radiohead’s ‘Dead Air Space’ website. Spreading the love is a good thing among musicians. I can respect that. So, here’s the latest Yorke playlist this week, which features a range of cuts, all ending with the ultimate fade out, Billie Holiday’s “Guilty”. Click on the links to go to a YouTube video with each song. 1. Burial “Stolen Dog”; 2. Carol Ann “Soft Machine”; BLO “Chant to Mother Earth”; 4. Brokenchord “Lowe”; 5. Massive Attack “Paradise Circus”; 6. Aloe Blacc “Are You Ready?”; 7. Mono/Poly “Vibrations (Alternate)”; 8. Jaques Greene “Another Girl”; 9. Billie Holiday “Guilty”. — David D. Robbins Jr.