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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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New Thom Yorke hits the web: 'All for the Best' (Miracle Legion cover)

6a00d8341bf6c153ef0115720a1297970b-800wi.jpg With a new album still in the tantalizing hints phase and no U.S. tour dates forthcoming, this superfan was staring down the sad prospect of a Radiohead-free 2009. I was getting pretty worried there for a minute, let me tell ya. Luckily, word got out recently that Radiohead’s Thom Yorke would be helping with a tribute album for ex-Miracle Legion frontman Mark Mulcahy. It’s just one track, and it’s not quite the same thing as new Radiohead music, but whatever. I’ll take my fix however I can get it.

Even better: While Ciao My Shining Star: The Songs of Mark Mulcahy isn’t due til this fall, Yorke’s cover of Miracle Legion’s “All for the Best” hit the web today via Stereogum. It is, predictably, awesome in every way. Yorke translates the original tune’s wall o’ jangle into a sea of glitchy beats, punctuated by rusty guitar stabs — think The Eraser meets “Electioneering,” if that makes any sense. And his vocals are perfectly heartrending as always. How does he do that every single time he picks up a microphone?

So here I am, listening to Yorke’s “All for the Best” on infinite repeat. Somehow it’s only made me more desperate to hear the new Radiohead album that may or may not be coming our way in the vague future. In the meantime, you can head over to Stereogum to hear this cover yourself and let us know what you think. If you like it, be sure to pick up Ciao My Shining Star when it comes out in September: Proceeds will help support Mulcahy, who unexpectedly lost the mother of his two young daughters last year, and you’ll be guaranteed to get some great music, including contributions from Michael Stipe, the National, and Dinosaur Jr. along with Yorke’s song.

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Watch the new Wilco/Radiohead/Johnny Marr/Neil Finn doc for free

Last December Crowded House singer Neil Finn convinced Jeff Tweedy, Johnny Marr, Ed O'Brien and Phil Selway from Radiohead, and KT Tunstall, amongst others, to join him in New Zealand. Why? So they could perform a handful of shows and record an Oxfam-benefiting CD under the banner of 7 Worlds Collide (the whole shebang was basically a sequel to some shows Finn had overseen in 2001 with many of the same suspects that produced the 7 Worlds Collide live album.) You can now see a documentary that tracks their creative efforts on youtube. There are many rocking highlights though I particularly enjoyed the non-musical contribution of actor Rhys Darby who in the guise of his Flight of the Conchords character Murray explains his role thus: "Neil doesn't know anything about, agendas, items, what sort of folder to have. Do you use a pencil of a pen? Do you have a rubber on the end of it? That's where I would come in."

So Music Mixers what do you think of the efforts of Finn, Tweedy, Marr, and company? And would you like to see "Murray" get his own show?

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Radiohead bassist confirms they've started recording new album: Meanwhile, a bitter Miley Cyrus tries to pretend she's not excited

Following their stellar performance at the Grammys (and the sweet justice of an Album of the Year nod for In Rainbows), Radiohead has mostly been in the headlines because of alleged "beef" with Disney maven Miley Cyrus. (Which I still find hilarious, bt-dubs. Watch the video below if you somehow missed it.) But no longer! There’s real news to be shared: Bassist Colin Greenwood told British music mag NME that the band has begun recording their eighth studio album, another collaboration with producer Nigel Godrich.

"We’ve just started work [in the studio] last week," he said."It’s really cool and everything is sounding great. It’s early days andit is a bit like having a scrapbook at the moment because everything isup in the air, but it’s good to be back in the studio." There’s no word as of yet as to when fans can expect the band’s "really cool" and "great" new album, but here’s hoping for the end of the year. OK, raise your hands, folks: Who’s excited?

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What's your favorite Michel Gondry video?

Most music video compilations are best thought of as reference items — nice to own for completists, but how often are you really going to sit through that entire DVD? One huge exception to this rule: clips directed by French auteur Michel Gondry. I can’t count how many hours I’ve spent watching and re-watching the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind director’s supremely trippy 2003 The Work of Michel Gondry DVD. The man is a master. So I’m beyond pleased that Gondry is releasing another DVD next week with even more of his awesome music-video work.

My personal favorite Gondry videos are probably on that first compilation. ("Let Forever Be"! "Come Into My World"!! Sorry, my brain is exploding even thinking about that DVD.) But there are some truly great ones on the new compilation, too. You’ve got Radiohead’s "Knives Out," which I can’t embed here but which nonetheless rocks (though Thom Yorke reportedly disagrees?); the White Stripes’ "The Denial Twist," below; Paul McCartney’s "Dance Tonight," Bjork’s "Declare Independence," and Beck’s "Cellphone’s Dead," all after the jump; and tons more. So let’s hear it: What’s your favorite out of all Gondry’s videos? And will you be buying this DVD?

The White Stripes, "The Denial Twist"

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