Tag Archives: Radiohead

New Video: Radiohead – Weird Fishes

In keeping with their penchant for off the wall/inventive music videos (and living up to the name), Radiohead’s latest video for “Weird Fishes” from In Rainbows is an odd blend of stop-motion and, well, weird fish-like characters. Check it out…

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Contest Winner Creates New Video For Radiohead

Radiohead premiered their new video via myspace, and as usual, it’s beautiful. The video was created by a fan via a contest held by Radiohead. Thom Yorke had the following to say: “here is one of my favourite video things that has ever happened for “Reckoner” it is, the result of somebody entering a competition to make an animation to one of the tunes on IN RAINbows.” The video follows a lush forest of follicles, with trees sprouting and the eventual leveling to create a cold and self-depleting metropolis, so, home. Check it out below…

– Ant

Vinyl Lovers Rejoice!

2008 has been a great year for vinyl enthusiasts; CD sales and worth have been sinking like a stone, giant music retailer Best Buy started carrying vinyl as an experiment in select stores nationwide, and musicians are releasing collectors editions of their new albums on vinyl. I want to start highlighting some albums on vinyl that I personally buy, or those of which I think are worth buying. Vinyl is definitely still a niche medium, but more and more people are turning to the 12″ grooved disks to preserve the passion that having a respectable music collection was once all about. In the days where people’s music libraries consist of digital albums in iTunes, it’s great to hold on to a tangible item that is maintaining or increasing in value. The digital age has given us musical ADD; listening to music has almost become pedestrian, with our entire catalog at our fingertips, we have shuffle and repeat. That is the beauty of vinyl, music becomes an event again, an ode to music appreciation. So with all that said, let’s get right into it!

Ben Folds new album, Way To Normal, is set to release September 30, 2008, and wow has he put together a stunning package for a vinyl virtuoso. Not only does the limited edition package come with 180-gram double vinyl, but includes the CD, an exclusive bonus CD, 60 minute DVD, 36 page booklet, and the whole shibang is put into a collectible 12″ x 12″ foil stamped box. Wow. Kudos to you Ben, kudos to you. To most, that would be enough, right? He goes on to say the first 1,000 orders of this delux dream will include an autographed poster by the man himself. That was a marathon description. Count me in.

Portishead released their first album of new material in 10 years, Third, on April 29, 2008. They released the no longer available limited edition (of 10,000) box set which included (seen above):

  • double vinyl copy of Third
  • etched “Machine Gun” 12″
  • limited edition art print by Nick Uff
  • “P”-shaped USB stick featuring Third and four films (Ade’s House, Machine Gun; The Rip Live @ Mr. Wolfe’s; We Carry On; and The Truly Spectacular Universal Conference Film)

While it is sold out and no longer available through official means, you can most definitely find it on eBay and the like.

When Radiohead shocked the world by releasing In Rainbows in a choose-what-you-pay digital download, the future of an actual physical release was unknown. Then before they even signed to a record label for physical release, they had a limited edition vinyl release in the works for self distribution via their website. As you can see, it came in unique packaging and included the double vinyl LP, the album on CD, a CD of extra material, a digital download of the album, and a short but beautiful picture booklet. As with the Portishead album, this edition has sold out but you can manage to find it on eBay.

What vinyl albums have you been buying? Do you like vinyl? Hit the replies.

– Ant

Chuck Chokes…

Radiohead, why hath thou forsaken me.

Radiohead, why hath thou forsaken me.

Shame on Chuck. With further research, it looks like there will be no new original music from Radiohead in the upcoming film adaptation of the novel Choke by Chuck Palahniuk, as previously reported. Kind of a bummer, but what WILL appear on the soundtrack is “Reckoner” by Radiohead, along with select tracks from Death Cab, Shout Out Louds, and Twilight Singers; an impressive array. We will forgive him just this once, but if you say The Pixies will be doing the soundtrack to the film adaptation of Rant and don’t follow through, we will have to go Buster Casey on your ass.

– Ant

Radiohead to score Palahniuk’s “Choke”

Radiohead just keeps making headlines, this time because they have written the score to the upcoming film Choke, which is based on the best selling novel by Chuck Palahniuk (see also: Fight Club).

“The Oxford band wrote a song for the final credit sequence of the film, which will be released in November, then agreed to score the rest of the film after seeing a working version of it. Palahniuk told BBC 6music that the film’s director, Clark Gregg, asked Radiohead to get involved because he knew that the writer had been listening to the band’s classic 1992 single ‘Creep’ repeatedly while writing ‘Choke’.”

If you have not read the book, I recommend picking it up before seeing the film; it is a dark, gritty, hilarious story, and Palahniuk comes up with the most adjectives for male genitalia I think in the history of the written word. Choke (click for the red band trailer goods) is to star Sam Rockwell in the title role as the sex freak/colonial townsmen/choke faker. Look for a limited release on September 26, most likely to an art house near you.

– Ant

I don’t want to be your friend, I just want to be your lover…

After self-releasing their new album, In Rainbows, Radiohead continues to defy the mundane musings of the now defunct music business model: by releasing a music video (mind you, not on MTV) with not one single shot used by a conventional camera. How you ask?

“”House Of Cards”, directed by James Frost of Zoo Films, was created utilizing two technologies: Geometric Informatics and Velodyne Lidar.  The Geometric Informatics scanning system employs structured light to capture detailed 3D images at close proximity, and was used to render the performances of Radiohead’s  Thom Yorke, the female lead and several partygoers.  The Velodyne Lidar system uses multiple lasers to capture large environments in 3D, in this case 64 lasers rotating and shooting in a 360 degree radius 900 times per minute, capturing all of the exterior scenes and wide party shots. Geometric processed their own data while 510 Systems processed the Velodyne Lidar data. The data was then manipulated by Union Editorial and the Syndicate to create the final result.

How long can Radiohead keep up with this pace of ingenuity? I tend to agree with Thom Yorke’s comments on their new videoless video.

“I always like the idea of using technology in a way that it wasn’t meant to be used, the struggle to get your head round what you can do with it. I liked the idea of making a video of human beings and real life and time without using any cameras, just lasers, so there are just mathematical points–and how strangely emotional it ended up being.”