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Atoms for Peace Stop By Daily Show For Interview & Performance In Advance of US Leg of World Tour

Posted by Billyjam, September 26, 2013 10:40am | Post a Comment
Atoms for Peace "Default" (live on The Daily Show, 9/15/13)

Atoms for Peace fans as well as fans of Radiohead and the Red Hot Chili Peppers were in for a treat last night when the group formed by Thom Yorke with Flea on bass stopped by the Daily Show on Comedy Central last night for both an interview and performance in which they did killer sounding live versions of the songs tracks "Default" (latest single off the band's current album Amok that was released back in February of this year by XL Recordings and for which the current tour is in support of), and "Harrowdown Hill" (off Thom Yorke's solo album The Eraser from 2006, also on XL). Last night's performance was the first US set by the side-project supergroup originally formed four years ago in LA when they performed publicly for the very first time at the Echoplex in Los Angeles in early October, 2009.

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Radiohead Play San Jose Tonight & Coachella the Next Two Weekends

Posted by Billyjam, April 11, 2012 10:42am | Post a Comment

Good news for Bay Area Radiohead fans who can't make it down to the upcoming big Coachella Festival 2012 to see Thom Yorke and group perform. Radiohead will be playing at San Jose's HP Pavilion this evening, Wednesday April 11th before heading down to Coachella to perform along with a slew of other acts including the their two fellow headliners The Black Keys (who'll play Oakland's Oracle Arena May 4th) and Dr Dre. At the ever expanding annual Coachella Festival in SoCal - now a two weekend event that essentially repeats itself -  happening this weekend and the following, April 13 - 15 and April 20 - 22, Radiohead will headline the two Saturdays - April 14th & April 21st. More info on Coachella tix here.

So in anticipation of both Radiohead's Bay Area concert tonight (Tix info) and their two Coachella sets below are some Radiohead videos, spanning their rich career. Included are "Fake Plastic Trees" from 1995's The Bends, "Paranoid Android" from 1997's OK Computer, "Everything In Its Right Place" from their fourth studio album, 2000's Kid A (still my personal favorite Radiohead album), and "Lotus Flower" from their eight studio album and their most recent album, last year's The King of Limbs which, while maybe not their strongest work, is not bad at all. All of these Radiohead releases are available to buy at Amoeba in the three stores or online by clicking on bright blue font on the title from the Amoeba.com Shop where you will find tons more Radiohead items for sale including non album releases and vinyl versions of their albums.  Click here to see full Radiohead list of releases for sale from Amoeba online.
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Radiohead "Fake Plastic Trees" (1995)

Thom Yorke's Atoms For Peace Anticipated Nine Date US Tour Culminates At Coachella

Posted by Billyjam, March 31, 2010 10:20am | Post a Comment
"Harrowdown Hill" by Thom Yorke + (then unnamed) Atoms For Peace @ LA's Echoplex in October

When the current lineup for Radiohead front man Thom Yorke's "other band" first played last October at LA's Echoplex they didn't have an official name. People then were referring to them as "Thom Yorke and Friends" or as the "Thom Yorke and Flea side project" band. In fact, when the lineup for this year's Coachella Festival (April 16, 17, 18 in Indio CA) at which they are one of the main attractions on the Thom Yorkeclosing day, was initially announced, they were simply billed under the name ????.  Consisting of Yorke, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, producer Nigel Godrich on keyboards, and session percussionists Joey
Waronker
and Mauro Refosco, the group, under Yorke's orchestration, has settled on the band name Atoms For Peace. However the Coachella website currently lists the band simply as "Thom Yorke," no doubt for easier recognition & less confusion.


Thom Yorke "Atoms For Peace" (2006)


Best of a Rapid Decade: One per year plus a few too good to not mention...

Posted by J. Mark Beaver, January 6, 2010 04:00pm | Post a Comment

In recently trying to fill in a friend on what I'd spent the last year or two listening to, I realized that my personal taste tends to gravitate towards some element of either Folk form (any hint of hill-folk finger-pickin' or Ozark/Appalachian melancholy and I'm in), Psychedelia or the tendency to extend a theme for a good long jam (a category in which I include a lot of the Jazz that I like), or just a great, funky groove.

With those qualifiers in place, the following is a year by year review of the last decade which somehow got past me with out noticing it. I mean, really?!! 2010?!!!  I didn't see it coming: 

2000: Album of the Year

Air's enjoyable and wacky Moon Safari had been on the decks for a couple years before they contracted for the soundtrack to Sofia Coppolla's Virgin Suicides. The resultant score is absolutely sublime and marked the French electronauts as contenders to watch.

For myself, it was the defining sound of the millennium's new year.
















Shelby Lynne released a killer country-soul gem, I Am Shelby Lynne, that echoed early material from the likes of Bonnie Raitt. Thinking that it was a brilliant debut from a talented 32yo unknown, I was eventually shocked to find that it was her 6th album. I listened to it for months.

COVERING CREEP: RATING RADIOHEAD COVERS

Posted by Billyjam, March 5, 2009 11:11am | Post a Comment
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Since Radiohead first released the Thom Yorke-penned song "Creep" seventeen years ago, numerous artists -- including many well known, high-profile acts -- have covered the Radiohead hit that became so popular that the band themselves distanced themselves from it for a spell.

Originally released in 1992 as their debut single, "Creep" was not initially a hit. But it did become one when it was rereleased the following year, when it also appeared on their debut album Pablo Honey. Out of uneasiness with becoming a sort of one-hit-wonder band associated with this sole major worldwide hit, plus the fact that Radiohead had shifted in style as the nineties progressed, Yorke and the band ceased playing it in concert altogether by 1998. After three years, they changed their mind and re-added it to their show playlists, although only sporadically.

Truth is that it is a great song and one that one that countless others have covered: many of which are included below in either video or audio format. Included in the versions are covers by Beck, Chrissie Hynde/Pretenders, Moby, KoRN, the Dutch band Shiver, Sad Kermit, and Weezer at a Hootenanny in Portland last summer. Weezer also played the song at a Hootenanny in the Bay Area and again at a concert in Tokyo last year. Also below is the original version by Radiohead. Not below but viewable on YouTube is Tears For Fears 1996 live in Brasil cover of the song. 

My personal fave remains the original, with Chrissie Hynde coming in a close second. I place off-key Moby (an ariist who I normally like) in the last place, even behind the frog named Sad Kermit. If you have time, check out the versions below and post your opinion / rating of best to worst version in the COMMENTS below.
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Amoeblog Update: thanks to the Amoeblog commenters SFatNIght who informed me of the Prince cover of "Creep" at Coachella last year which is not great audio quality recording but well worth checking out, and also to Amoeblog commenter Robert Gable who turned me onto the wonderful Edmund Welles bass clarinet quartet version of the song which I have added below. Thanks!

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