Thom Yorke shared some interesting notes for “The Present Tense” on Twitter earlier today. “The Present Tense” is an unreleased song that debuted in 2009 and has been performed live by Thom Yorke during several solo appearances and with Atoms For Peace. The page contains a lot of different lyrics and words, including Britney Spears name (Thanks to reddit user whitepagolin for the screen capture), and gives you an interesting look at Thom’s songwriting process.
“The Present Tense” was first heard in 2008 during a soundcheck in Mansfield before a Radiohead concert, and in several other soundchecks during the In Rainbows tour, but has not been performed live by Radiohead. During a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) last year Thom was asked “Will we ever hear “The Present Tense” or “Burn The Witch”?”, to which he responded, “def the first one!” Radiohead are currently in the recording studio working on their ninth studio album. Could we see “The Present Tense” on Radiohead’s next album?
In other Radiohead news Thom Yorke’s second solo-album Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes has now been downloaded over 4.2 million times on BitTorrent. It’s unknown how many of those are paid downloads vs free downloads (the opening track “Brain in a Bottle” was offered as a free download). BitTorrent didn’t release the number of purchases at Yorke’s request. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter BitTorrent’s chief content officer Matt Mason revealed some more information about the album. He first pitched the idea to Thom during Christmas of last year as a three-song EP and Thom instead offered a full-length album and how he was able to keep the album a secret.
Phil Selway’s second solo album Weatherhouse is out now and you can buy it directly on his website or over at Amazon. Jonny Greenwood hired Supergrass to record the unreleased Radiohead track “Spooks” The Guardian is reporting for Paul Thomas Anderson’s upcoming film Inherent Vice.
@pitchfork except it's really a half idea we never made work live. I rewrote it and got supergrass to play it. It's good, but not very rh!
— Jonny Greenwood (@JnnyG) October 6, 2014
Video: Radiohead performing “Spooks” in 2006.]]>
Thom Yorke’s Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes has been downloaded over 1 million times in less than a week’s time. The album currently has over 1.1 million downloads on the BitTorrent site, which doesn’t include the deluxe white vinyl also being offered.
Reddit user Crokie posted photos of the album earlier today revealing some more information about the album.
Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes is produced and edited by long-time Radiohead producer and collaborator Nigel Godrich, and mastered by Bob Ludwig. Colin Greenwood is credited for beat programming for the track “Guess Again!”. The artwork is by long-time time Radiohead collaborator and artist Stanley Donwood. The album reads: ” Holes dug and filled in by Stanley Donwood with Tchocky in a mostly advisory capacity”. (Tchocky is usually how Thom is credited in the liner notes for album artwork.) Inscribed into the vinyl is “VILLAIN AM I NONE, THEREFORE FAREWELL, I SEE THEE KNOW ME NOT” and “G.W + bazza alchemy”.
Jonny Greenwood will be performing with the London Contemporary Orchestra next Friday at Albert Hall in Manchester, England. Jonny will be there to perform “Electric Counterpoint”, his collaboration with Steve Reich which was recently released. The album titled Radio Rewrite is a five-movement piece built on themes from the Radiohead songs “Jigsaw Falling Into Place” and “Everything In It’s Right Place” is available via Nonesuch Records.
Radio Rewrite | Released next week, includes @SteveReich rewriting @radiohead and my take on 'Electric Counterpoint' http://t.co/PzEfNzyWOo
— Jonny Greenwood (@JnnyG) October 1, 2014
It was exactly 14 years ago today that Radiohead released their fourth studio album Kid A. Radiohead are currently in the studio working on their ninth album, and on next Tuesday (October 7th) Philip Selway will be releasing his second solo album Weatherhouse.
Photos of Thom Yorke’s Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes deluxe edition vinyl.
Thanks to reddit user Crokie for letting me share some of his photos.]]>
Thom Yorke has surprised us today with a new album, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes. The album is being distributed through BitTorrent, and is available now for download. The album consists of eight-tracks and can be downloaded for $6, it’s also available on deluxe white vinyl. Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes was announced in a joint statement by Thom Yorke and long-time Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich.
The statement reads:
“As an experiment we are using a new version of BitTorrent to distribute a new Thom Yorke record.
The new Torrent files have a pay gate to access a bundle of files..
The files can be anything, but in this case is an ‘album’.
It’s an experiment to see if the mechanics of the system are something that the general public can get its head around …
If it works well it could be an effective way of handing some control of internet commerce back to people who are creating the work.
Enabling those people who make either music, video or any other kind of digital content to sell it themselves.
Bypassing the self elected gate-keepers.
If it works anyone can do this exactly as we have done.
The torrent mechanism does not require any server uploading or hosting costs or ‘cloud’ malarkey.
It’s a self-contained embeddable shop front…
The network not only carries the traffic, it also hosts the file. The file is in the network.
Oh yes and it’s called
Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes.”
Thom Yorke & Nigel Godrich
Tracklist for Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes:
The first track “A Brain In A Bottle” is available now in audio and video to download for free. A step-by-step guide for downloading the album is available, and explains that 90% of the $6 goes directly to Thom Yorke.
“Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes is available digitally as a BitTorrent Bundle. You can unlock this Bundle through a $6 payment, with 90% of that payment going directly to Thom Yorke. Every download is its own storefront. Which means every download increases in value, each time it’s shared. To download Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, go to the BitTorrent Bundle page.”
Video for “A Brain In A Bottle”:
Radiohead are currently in the recording studio beginning work on their ninth record. Philip Selway announced some live shows for 2015 earlier today in support of his second solo-album Weatherhouse, due out on October 7th.
Radiohead drummer Philip Selway has announced his second solo album, Weatherhouse with a release date of October 7th, 2014. He recently released a video for “It Will End In Tears” watch it below. You can order the album direct from Philip’s website.
Tracklist for Weatherhouse:
Music video for “It Will End In Tears”:
Radiohead recently have updated their new app PolyFauna with new music and artwork. Listen to the new music below.
Thom Yorke has been making some interesting posts on Twitter and Tumblr. The most interesting being that of a mysterious white album (see pic below) and earlier today the lyrics to “A Wolf At The Door”. The band are currently in the recording studio as Thom said on Twitter: “Stanley & me going thru15years of discarded words & pictures..!while overdubs happen in Radiohead studio.2nd day only”
Stanley & me going thru15years of discarded words & pictures..!while overdubs happen in Radiohead studio.2nd day only pic.twitter.com/XP3TZVeMzq
— Thom Yorke (@thomyorke) September 23, 2014
Radiohead’s The King of Limbs was released 3 years ago today. The band’s eighth studio album had been announced only 4 days before on Valentine’s Day.
The King Of Limbs was originally set to be available to download on the following Saturday (February 19th), though it was released one day early with a message posted by Ed O’Brien on Radiohead’s website. ”It’s Friday… It’s almost the weekend…It’s a full moon…. You can download ‘The King of Limbs’ now if you so wish! Thank you good people for waiting … Have a great weekend wherever you are….” Read my complete post on the 2 year anniversary of The King of Limbs here.
Radiohead have released a new app inspired by The King of Limbs. The app was created by a collaboration between Radiohead and Universal Everything, born out of The King of Limbs sessions and using the imagery and the sounds from the song “Bloom”.
“It comes from an interest in early computer life-experiments and the imagined creatures of our subconscious.” says Thom Yorke on the bands website, and gives these tips for the app:
Your screen is the window into an evolving world.
Move around to look around.
You can follow the red dot.
You can wear headphones.
Download the app: iOS / Android
Atoms For Peace performed live in Tokyo, Japan on November 23rd. This was the third of three consecutive gigs at the Studio Coast venue and the final show for this tour. You can see the set lists from every show here.
Atoms For Peace performed live in Tokyo, Japan on November 22nd. This was the second of three consecutive gigs at the Studio Coast venue.
Only one show remaining and the tour is over..
Atoms For Peace performed live in Tokyo, Japan on November 21st. This was the first of three consecutive gigs at the Studio Coast venue.
Atoms For Peace performed live in Osaka, Japan on November 19th. This was the second consecutive night Atoms For Peace played at the Zepp Namba Concert Hall.
1. Before Your Very Eyes
3. The Clock
6. And It Rained All Night
7. Harrowdown Hill
9. Cymbal Rush
10. Feeling Pulled Apart By Horses (Encore #1)
11. Rabbit in Your Headlights
12. Paperbag Writer
14. Atoms for Peace (Encore #2)
15. Black Swan
Next stop is Tokyo for the final three shows of the tour.]]>
Atoms For Peace performed live in Osaka, Japan on November 18th. The group played at the Zepp Namba Concert Hall in what was the first of two second shows at the venue.
1. Before Your Very Eyes
3. The Clock
6. And It Rained All Night
7. Harrowdown Hill
9. Cymbal Rush
10. Skip Divided (Encore #1)
11. Feeling Pulled Apart By Horses
12. Rabbit in Your Headlights
13. Paperbag Writer
15. Atoms for Peace (Encore #2)
16. Black Swan