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Conan O'Brien covers Radiohead: Watch the video here

Oh Coco, you’re so “Creep”-y. Hours before our own Dan Snierson hit the Oregon trail to document the opening night of Conan O’Brien’s national comedy tour, everyone’s favorite late-night ginger busted his best impromptu Thom Yorke in a pre-show soundcheck.

Watch the TBS newbie take on “Creep,” with Conan-ically customized lyrics (Hugh Laurie and Helen Mirren, you’ve been served), after the jump:


Thom Yorke jams out, road tests new tunes with Atoms for Peace in NYC

atoms-for-peaceImage Credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.comThe biggest cheers for Flying Lotus at NYC’s Roseland Ballroom last night came at the very end of the electronic wizard’s opening set, when he dropped a pitch-shifted snippet of Radiohead’s “Idioteque.” Never mind the fact that, for 35 minutes or so prior, he had already been hurling down titanic beats to what seemed an unjustifiably lukewarm crowd reaction. The point was made: This was a house full of Radiohead fans, and they were more excited by a remix of a 10-year-old Radiohead classic than anything else Flying Lotus could offer.

This wasn’t, however, a Radiohead show. It was the East Coast debut of Thom Yorke’s other band, Atoms for Peace (né ????) — the one with Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The fledgling supergroup had previously played only a tiny handful of gigs, all in L.A., since Yorke announced its formation in a September ’09 blog post. Even in an age when fans could watch those performances on YouTube last fall practically before the roadies finished clearing the stage, there was still a pleasant sense of mystery surrounding the first of Atoms for Peace’s two nights at Roseland.


Thom Yorke names new band (oddly); announces first tour dates

Thom-YorkeImage Credit: John Shearer/Getty ImagesThe silent H in Thom—perhaps it stands for “hey dude, that is an interesting choice for a new band name”?

Several weeks ago, when the ever-enigmatic Radiohead frontman was announced as a solo headliner at this year’s Coachella Festival as “Thom Yorke????,” fans were perplexed. It was, it turns out, Yorke’s half-serious holding place for his collaboration with Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, producer Nigel Godrich, and longtime studio pros Joey Waronker (Beck, Smashing Pumpkins, R.E.M.) and Mauro Refosco (David Byrne, Bebel Gilberto).

Today, on Radiohead’s official website, Yorke dropped news of the group’s upcoming tour dates (see below), as well as its newly-christened name, a choice he calls “bleedin’ obvious”: Atoms for Peace. A reference to, apparently, to a song on Yorke’s 2007 solo debut The Eraser that was in turn perhaps an allusion to Dwight D. Eisenhower speech to the U.N. Assembly in 1953.

Peaceful use of atomic energy? Thumbs up. A name that sounds like an anti-nuke after-school club? (Marching this Tuesday with Molecules for Amnesty!) Thumbs… sideways, with a downward tilt. Oh well. Things could be so much worse.

Anyway, here are the dates, with opening act Flying Lotus. Enjoy, little protons:

04.05 New York City, NY: Roseland Ballroom
04.06 New York City, NY: Roseland Ballroom
04.08 Boston, MA: Citi Wang Theatre
04.10 Chicago, IL: Aragon Ballroom
04.11 Chicago, IL: Aragon Ballroom
04.14 Oakland, CA: Fox Theatre
04.15 Oakland, CA: Fox Theatre
04.17 Santa Barbara, CA: Santa Barbara Bowl

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Radiohead rumor control: Their next album is NOT finished

We Radiohead fans have a way of getting all hyper-ventilate-y every time the slightest shred of news, gossip, or implication slips out regarding our beloved band. (No offense meant. I can say this of Radiohead fans because I most fervently am one.) So when a rumor got out today that the band threw a wrap party in L.A. last weekend to celebrate the completion of their eighth studio album, quite a few people got very excited.

Only one problem: It’s not true. I just asked Radiohead’s publicist whether the band had indeed finished recording LP8. “FALSE,” came the reply within minutes. As for the so-called “wrap party,” their rep couldn’t confirm or deny whether that happened — but if it did, it presumably had nothing to do with completing an album.

Looks like we’ll have to wait a little longer for the new album that guitarist Ed O’Brien promised us in 2010. Oh well. Fellow Radiohead worshippers, you may now return to your regularly scheduled activity of listening for the thousandth time to the unbelievable B-sides from Amnesiac, and I will do the same.

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Thom Yorke at Coachella: Why he's officially billed as 'Thom Yorke????'

The third night of this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival promises to be particularly excellent, with headlining cartoon primates Gorillaz supported by acts including a reunited Pavement and Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke. Or, as the official festival poster released today identifies him, “Thom Yorke????”

What’s with all the question marks? No big mystery. Yorke is definitely playing Coachella on Sunday, April 18. His reps tell the Music Mix that he intends to perform with the same backing band he assembled for a handful of Los Angeles dates last fall (pictured) — Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, producer Nigel Godrich, and seasoned session hands Joey Waronker and Mauro Refosco. Yorke never got around to naming the new band back then, resulting in some mysterious marquee displays around L.A., and now he’s decided to stick with the same question marks to indicate those guys’ presence.

The timing of the announcement is interesting, considering that Radiohead were reportedly planning to get back to work on their eighth album right about now. (His reps wouldn’t say anything about how those plans are progressing.) Dare we dream that he might have some more new Radiohead material to debut by April? Either way, I just hope Yorke — with or without the question mark gang — books a date a little closer to the East Coast soon. I’m going crazy over here!

Any other diehard fans feeling the same way? Or are you lucky enough to be seeing Thom Yorke???? at Coachella this spring?

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Lupe Fiasco raps over Radiohead's 'National Anthem'

Rapping over Radiohead samples is an easy way to get Radiohead-loving rap fans like me to take note. If the emcee in question is super-smart Chicagoan Lupe Fiasco and the Radiohead track he’s borrowing is 2000′s fantastically unsettling “The National Anthem,” you bet I’m clicking through extra fast.

Such was the case for the second track from Lupe’s new mixtape Enemy of the State, released last week as, I can only assume, a very thoughtful Thanksgiving gift to yours truly. It doesn’t disappoint. Lupe’s flows are still some of the nicest going — so nimble that, like many of his songs, this one can take a few listens (and preferably a lyrics sheet) to catch all the double entendres, subversive sentiments, and extended metaphors he’s playing with. And he really lets the original Radiohead song breathe, working with its pummeling bass and freaky free-jazz horns in a way that I bet the Oxford wizards themselves would dig.

Check out Lupe Fiasco’s “The National Anthem” below (some NSFW imagery), and let us know what you think. And if you’re really a Radiohead-meets-rap connoisseur, which do you like better: This or 2007′s “Us Placers,” where Lupe, Kanye West, and Pharrell Williams sampled Radiohead leader Thom Yorke’s solo cut “The Eraser”?

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'New Moon' soundtrack goes platinum: But does it have the teeth to beat 'Twilight'?

It seems my New Moon: A Hater’s Guide Popwatch post of last week has had absolutely zero effect on the commercial success of the film and its soundtrack. While the movie racked up an astonishing, and record-breaking, $142m in ticket sales over its opening weekend, the CD has just been certified platinum and sold 93,000 copies in its sixth week on release.

It turns out you can get blood from stone of the record-buying public if you involve enough buffed-up werewolves and sulky looks. The big question now is whether the the New Moon CD, which features tracks by Death Cab for Cutie, Muse, The Killers and Thom Yorke (whose contribution, “Hearing Damage,” you can hear below) as well as indie upstarts like Grizzly Bear, Bon Iver and Hurricane Bells, can top the success of the Twilight album. That has been on the Billboard charts now for 55 weeks straight and has shifted 2.3 million copies.

So, non-haters: Do you prefer the Twilight or the New Moon CD? And do you think the latter will ultimately defeat the former?

Peter Gabriel covers Arcade Fire, Radiohead, Regina Spektor: When rock worlds collide

Although we haven’t heard any songs from Peter Gabriel‘s upcoming album, Scratch My Back, we’re already fixated on how bizarre and potentially great it could be. The Genesis co-founder just confirmed the track list for his eclectic all-covers record—which includes Arcade Fire, Radiohead, and Bon Iver—though not, sadly, the Vampire Weekend cover he did with Hot Chip:

Scratch Your Back, due in January 2010, isn’t your typical covers album—Gabriel is reinterpreting an array of bands with orchestral re-imaginings. The will be the usual tributes to established icons—David Bowie, Talking Heads, the aforementioned Radiohead—but he also proves he’s been keeping up on groundbreaking music even though his last full-length came out in 2002. The Arcade Fire, the Magnetic Fields, Bon Iver, Elbow and Regina Spektor will all get the orchestral treatment by the man who wants to be your Sledgehammer.

Don’t relax those raised eyebrows yet—apparently, the artists Gabriel reinterprets will be returning the compliment by doing a song of his at some undisclosed point. Maybe the Magnetic Fields will give us droll version of “Solsbury Hill”? We can dream…

We got to thinking about our other favorite crossover moments between indie artists and classic rockers, including some of the above-mentioned artists. Remember when the Thin White Duke performed “Wake Up” with the Arcade Fire? Or more recently, when blue-eyed soul legend Michael McDonald appeared with art-rockers Grizzly Bear (not that we didn’t all see that one coming). And of course, there was the time Daryl Hall had the electro-pop/cheese-funk duo Chromeo over to his house for a jam session.

Any other couplings between established acts and up-and-comers that—in your eyes—we forgot to mention?

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Radiohead 'definitely' planning new album in 2010, says guitarist

Here are six words to warm any Radiohead fan’s heart: “WE WILL BE MAKING AN ALBUM!” That’s what guitarist Ed O’Brien seems to have told (or shouted at) the NME, according to an interview in the latest issue of the U.K. magazine. Of course, we’ve known for some time that the band has been busy in the studio this year. It’s still very nice to get such direct new confirmation, especially after a widely-circulated interview with The Believer this summer in which frontman Thom Yorke appeared to be implying that the band might stick to one-off singles and such from now on.

O’Brien assures the NME that Yorke was “misquoted,” promising that the studio sessions Radiohead has booked for this winter will “definitely” lead to a full-length physical album in 2010. Hallelujah! In fact, he goes on at some length about how much he and the other band members love the tangible artwork that comes with vinyl and CDs. Given the gorgeous packaging that has accompanied each of Radiohead’s releases for the past decade and a half, I can’t say that’s a shock.

Is it too early to start speculating about what Radiohead’s LP8 might sound like? O’Brien tells the NME that this summer’s free single “These Are My Twisted Words” isn’t necessarily an indicator, which is too bad since I really love that song. Clearly Radiohead’s creative juices are flowing right now, though — just look at all the fantastic new material Yorke played at his recent solo shows. I trust them to come up with something mind-blowing once they get back into the studio.


Thom Yorke's new band debuts songs at first L.A. gigs

How jealous was I when I learned that Thom Yorke had rounded up a brand-new live posse (featuring Flea, of all people) — and that its only bookings so far would be 3,000 miles away from me in L.A.? So jealous! At least non-Angeleno Radiohead freaks like myself have a little something to soothe our sorrow, now that reviews, pics, and footage of the Untitled Thom Yorke Band’s first two L.A. gigs this past Friday and Sunday (pictured) have begun to trickle out.


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