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I’ve been listening to a lot of Radiohead lately, and my buddy Bryan just posted this video on my FB page. Very funny.
It really doesn’t get much cooler than this. Well, unless the audio and video were lined up a little better. #whytheamateurediting?
I’ve only listened to Radiohead’s new record 4 or 5 times at this point, but here are my thoughts, most of which are neutral (meaning, they are neither negative nor positive comments, just observations)…
1. This record sounds a lot like Thom Yorke’s solo record The Eraser.
2. The word is that Thom has been doing most of the drumming in the studio for the past 4 albums, and I think his feel is recognizable… meaning, I’m pretty sure he’s the drummer on this recording.
3. Also similar to the previous few records are the super tight and dry drum sounds.
4. The first track reminds me of Rufus Wainwright singing over a Steve Reich composition.
5. As a rock band, Radiohead doesn’t necessarily feel the need to “rock.”
6. Track 3 is a SUPER deceptive groove (also similar to Eraser). The snare notes ARE NOT the backbeats, but are rather the “& of 2” and “& of 4.” This becomes clear once the groove drops out in the bridge and you’re left with just the vocal/guitars/perc. The guitar line on the verses accents the upbeats, not the quarter notes.
7. Radiohead is always on the front lines of utilizing the possibilities that technology offers to the music world. Obviously an observation easily made from other records, but this one just reinforces it.
This is kinda blowing my mind right now. Wow. (warning: colorful language)
I just got done giving our newborn daughter Suzy a bottle for tonight’s first feeding. She’s two and half weeks old now, and the whole having-a-newborn-around-the-house-again situation is really going great.
Anyway, I always quietly play music on Suzy’s nursery stereo, and just now we were listening to a Radiohead-tribute record by a classical pianist named Christopher O’Riley. True Love Waits is 15 tracks of Radiohead songs, all arranged and performed by O’Riley on solo grand piano.
Listening to this album reminded me again why I love Radiohead so much: the music is simply some of the most gorgeous music I have ever heard. It’s sometimes easy to miss this because their more recent work is so heavily produced and saturated with the influence of electronic instruments. When all that is stripped away and the tunes are just played on piano, the beauty and complexity of the COMPOSITIONS becomes so apparent. The very existence of a record like True Love Waits is a testament to the brilliance of Radiohead’s writing, being that classical musicians are typically quite snobbish about the works they choose to record.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I don’t like Radiohead’s drummer at all. In fact, Phil Selway is probably the most uninspiring player I can think of… and yet, I still love Radiohead’s music.
This is so awesome. (it’s for listening only…)