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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.

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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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Thom Yorke's new band, featuring...Flea?!

How’s this for a strange supergroup? Radiohead’s Thom Yorke just announced that he has formed a new band to back him on solo concert dates. The new fivesome includes longtime Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, Beck/Elliott Smith drummer Joey Waronker, Brazilian multi-instrumentalist Mauro Refosco, and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea.

Wait, what?! Dour avant-rock lord Thom Yorke is in a band with fun-loving funkateer Flea? Apparently so.

I have no idea how these five guys will sound together, but they each bring formidable chops and diverse backgrounds to the table. This could be very cool. Here’s hoping for some high-quality YouTube footage of the new band’s Oct. 4 and 5 shows in Los Angeles. (“we don’t really have a name and the set will not be very long cuz ..well …we haven’t got that much material yet!” Yorke joked in the blog post announcing the band’s creation.)

Oh, and in case you’re feeling paranoid: “Radiohead is definitely not breaking up,” their publicist tells EW. This much is fairly obvious given the band’s recent burst of activity — but, hey, it’s nice to be reassured.

What kind of music do you think Thom Yorke and Flea will make together? Radiohead fans, are you as excited as I am to hear this band? Weigh in below.

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Photo credit: Yorke: Joshua Prezant/Retna; Flea: Chris Ashford/Camera Press/Retna

Thom Yorke releases 'Feeling Pulled Apart by Horses'/'The Hollow Earth' single

You didn’t think I’d forgotten about that 12″ single that Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke dropped on schedule this morning, did you? Heaven forbid. No, I’ve been listening to the single’s two tracks — “Feeling Pulled Apart by Horses” (now with proper spacing!) and “The Hollow Earth,” both new, neither having anything to do with Yorke’s contribution to New Moonsince shortly after they leaked over the weekend. It’s just taken me a few days to decide how I feel about them.

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'Rock Band: Radiohead': If only this were a real game!

Sad but true: I am such a fanatical Radiohead enthusiast that, upon viewing the parody trailer for a fake Rock Band: Radiohead video game (below), I found myself totally wishing that this were a real product. Even though this clip is pretty much just an excuse to dis Radiohead for making “depressing songs about math and fish.” Whatever, dude — sounds cool to me!

Anyone else wish this were Harmonix’s next project now that The Beatles: Rock Band is finally arriving? Caterwaul your thoughts in the comments below. I’ll be here, trying to memorize the finger-taps required to play the horn part from “The National Anthem” in case this imaginary game ever actually comes to pass.

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Radiohead's Thom Yorke announces 'FeelingPulledApartbyHorses' single

Less than two months ago, I was moping about “the sad prospect of a Radiohead-free 2009.” Never have I been happier to have been so wrong. This summer has turned out to be one long holiday for us worshippers of Radiohead and its leader Thom Yorke, with no less than four excellent new songs — “All for the Best” (a Miracle Legion cover), “The Present Tense,” “Harry Patch (In Memory Of),” and “These Are My Twisted Words” — appearing in our lives by various unexpected methods.

Well, get ready to add another item to that list of awesome things! Yorke announced this morning via the band’s website that he will be releasing two new sorta-solo songs very shortly. “They are loosely under the Thom Yorke name this time,” he explains, “although these days it’s all getting kind of blurry.” The first, the under-punctuated “FeelingPulledApartbyHorses,” is described as “a radical rework of an old tune that’s been kicking around without a home since 2001,” and it features Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood. The second, “The Hollow Earth,” is apparently “a bass menace” originally dating from the time of Yorke’s 2006 solo album The Eraser. Both songs will be available on a 12″ record that goes on sale Sept. 21, with a digital release to follow on Oct. 6.

Not even so much as a snippet of either song has been released, so mark those dates on your calendar. And if you really can’t wait, check out a clip of Radiohead playing what would appear to be a very early version of “FeelingPulledApartbyHorses” back in 2001, below (some NSFW language) — though it’s anyone’s guess what a “radical rework” of this will sound like. (For added confusion, this song was unofficially known as “Reckoner” at the time; a different radical spin-off became the song called “Reckoner” on 2007’s In Rainbows.) Then make yourselves known, Radiohead fans: How much are you looking forward to this? What fun surprises do you think Thom and Co. have in store for us next?

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Radiohead, 'These Are My Twisted Words': It's real, and it's free

Radiohead has offered a new song titled “These Are My Twisted Words” for free download through the band’s official site as well as via BitTorrent, answering many of the questions raised when the track leaked under mysterious circumstances last week. “So here’s a new song, called ‘These Are My Twisted Words,'” wrote guitarist Jonny Greenwood in a blog entry posted early this morning. “We’ve been recording for a while, and this was one of the first we finished. We’re pretty proud of it.”

In other (untwisted?) words: “These Are My Twisted Words” is definitely a real Radiohead song, and it’s definitely ready for the public to hear. (You can stream the leaked version below if you don’t feel like downloading the high-quality MP3.) A five-and-a-half-minute tune that opens with three minutes of ominous vocal-free krautrock, it’s one of the strangest things Radiohead has released in years. As a serious Radiohead fan with a taste for the weird and unconventional in music, I couldn’t be happier. But what about all those other rumors surrounding “These Are My Twisted Words”? Read more tea-leaf parsing after the jump.

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Radiohead track(?) 'These Are My Twisted Words' mysteriously leaks: Hear it here

Next to nothing is known at the moment about “These Are My Twisted Words,” the purported new Radiohead song that mysteriously appeared online last night. Unlike “Harry Patch (In Memory Of),” which Radiohead surprise-released almost exactly one week prior (hmmm), this one seems to have materialized on various illicit music hubs without any official announcement or acknowledgment from the band. Their camp hasn’t been able to offer any clarification yet in response to the deluge of requests that they’re no doubt experiencing right now. We can’t even say for sure that “These Are My Twisted Words” is a new Radiohead song, or a Radiohead song at all, for that matter.

So in the meantime, give “These Are My Twisted Words” a listen below (stream via Pitchfork) and see what you think. For this fan’s money, it’s virtually certain that that’s Thom Yorke whose woozy vocals kick in after about three minutes. The wonderfully menacing krautrock groove that occupies the first half of the song, meanwhile, sounds an awful lot like the product of a jam session between Yorke, guitarists Jonny Greenwood and Ed O’Brien, drummer Phil Selway, and bassist Colin Greenwood. And considering Yorke’s recent comments about losing interest in the traditional album format — sentiments he’s expressed many times in the past, just for the record — you’ve got to wonder if the band intentionally sneak-leaked this song.

Then again, who knows! We’ll keep you updated as soon as we learn more. ‘Til then, I’ll be listening to “These Are My Twisted Words” on obsessive repeat. Check it out for yourself below, and let us know what you think: Is this a new Radiohead song? How do you like it?

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Radiohead surprises fans with new song, 'Harry Patch (In Memory Of)'

Whoa, whoa, whoa. I go to sleep for one night, and when I wake up I discover that Radiohead, my favorite band of all time, has just put a brand-new song for sale on their website while I was slumbering? They’ve gotta stop surprising me like this. If only I’d known, I would totally have stayed up all night just so I could hear this song that much earlier.

Radiohead’s first officially released song since 2007’s In Rainbows is called “Harry Patch (In Memory Of).” As the title suggests, it’s a tribute to Harry Patch, the last surviving British veteran of World War I, who died recently at age 111. You can probably guess that I love this song. Apparently recorded in the weeks before Patch’s death, it’s a gorgeous anti-war ballad, juxtaposing Thom Yorke’s Wilfred Owen-esque lyrics about the terrors of the trenches against a lush orchestral backdrop arranged by Jonny Greenwood. Radiohead is selling the song for £1, with all proceeds going to the Royal British Legion, a veterans’ charity. Needless to say, it’s very much worth any Radiohead fan’s pound, regardless of the exchange rate.

“Harry Patch” is only the latest Radiohead-related bit of news to creep out lately. We know the band has been working in the studio for some time on new material, and now we’ve heard the first finished product of those sessions. I’m thinking (okay, hoping) that it can only be a matter of time before they surprise us again with an announcement about their next album. Just to be safe, I’m considering not sleeping at all for the next few months, just in case that announcement comes at night. How about you? What do you think of “Harry Patch (In Memory Of)”? Are you as excited as I am by the growing trickle of information about Radiohead’s recent studio activity?

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'New Moon' soundtrack: Will Thom Yorke and Kings of Leon contribute? And who else should?

Yorke-Twilight_l Speculation about who will appear on the New Moon soundtrack heated up this week after director Chris Weitz dropped a few big names to a RottenTomatoes.com interviewer: “The criterion will still always be what’s right for the movie at that given moment, but Thom Yorke is interested; we might, if we’re very lucky, get Kings of Leon to do something.” Well, well!

But don’t get too excited just yet. Yorke’s camp would neither confirm nor deny the Radiohead frontman’s reported involvement to EW at this time. The Kings of Leon connection, meanwhile, seems even more tenuous. “Not as of right now, no,” KoL lead singer Caleb Followill tells EW’s Whitney Pastorek when asked if his band will contribute to the Twilight sequel. “I haven’t had any time to write any music, we’ve been so busy… I would have to write a song in my hotel room, which I think we might could do, but I don’t know. As of right now I’m more focused on getting some rest and writing another album.”

Oh well. For now, at least, sounds like the New Moon soundtrack field is still very much wide open. It’d be a choice gig for any up-and-comer, considering how successful the first Twilight film’s soundtrack was. So whose tunes would you like to hear in the next teen-vampire flick this fall? Sink your fangs into some suggestions in the comments below.

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