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Reviewing Thom Yorke's 'Tomorrow's Modern Boxes': A surprise delivery -- and a pretty great one

On Friday, Radiohead frontman and dance enthusiast Thom Yorke snuck up on the Internet and delivered another sonic sucker punch. Not only did he announce that he had completed a new solo album called Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, but that said album was already available via BitTorrent.

For a nominal fee of $6, hardcore fans were entitled to download a bundle that included all eight of the album’s tracks plus the unnerving music video for the track “A Brain in a Bottle”: READ FULL STORY

Thom Yorke announces new LP is now available via BitTorrent

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has released a new LP, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, and yet again he’s challenging norms of the music industry. In a press release, Yorke and longtime collaborator Nigel Godrich explained, “As an experiment we are using a new version of BitTorrent to distribute a new Thom Yorke record” as a method of “bypassing the self elected gate-keepers.”

Yorke and Godrich’s statement included some details about the BitTorrent technology:

The new Torrent files have a pay gate to access a bundle of files..
The files can be anything, but in this case is an ‘album’.
It’s an experiment to see if the mechanics of the system are something that the general public can get its head around …
If it works well it could be an effective way of handing some control of internet commerce back to people who are creating the work.
Enabling those people who make either music, video or any other kind of digital content to sell it themselves.
Bypassing the self elected gate-keepers.
If it works anyone can do this exactly as we have done.
The torrent mechanism does not require any server uploading or hosting costs or ‘cloud’ malarkey.
It’s a self-contained embeddable shop front…
The network not only carries the traffic, it also hosts the file. The file is in the network.

The announcement comes after a week of Yorke-related speculation, fueled by tweets of mysterious white records and news that Radiohead was back in the studioTomorrow’s Modern Boxes will be Yorke’s first new music since 2013’s AMOK, by his Flea-featuring supergroup Atoms for Peace. Radiohead hasn’t put out a new record since 2011’s The King of Limbs.

Yorke’s BitTorrent experiment is just his latest attempt to reclaim some independence for musicians. In 2007, Radiohead famously released In Rainbows on the Internet with a pay-what-you-want scheme—which for many translated to a free record. Last year, Yorke pulled AMOK, as well as his only solo album, 2006’s The Eraser, from Spotify. “The reason is that new artists get paid f–k all with this model,” Atoms for Peace said in explanation. “It’s an equation that just doesn’t work.”

Get your digital hands on Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes for $6 here.

Radiohead's Thom Yorke angry about Spotify compensation, pulls music from streaming service

Another day, another English musician getting upset over his compensation from a streaming service.

Following in the footsteps of the gentlemen from Pink Floyd, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke took umbrage with the amount of money paid to artists who allow their music on Spotify. “Make no mistake new artists you discover on #Spotify will no get paid,” Yorke tweeted. “Meanwhile shareholders will shortly being rolling in it. Simples.”

Yorke engaged in a Twitter exchange with his longtime producer and collaborator Nigel Godrich, who tweeted, “We’re off of Spotify. Can’t do that no more man. Small meaningless rebellion.”

That means that Spotify customers can no longer stream Yorke’s 2006 solo album The Eraser, the first album from Godrich’s Ultraista project, or the Atoms For Peace album Amok. “The reason is that new artists get paid f— all with this model. It’s an equation that just doesn’t work,” Godrich wrote on Twitter. “Meanwhile small labels and new artists can’t even keep their lights on. It’s just not right.”

More and more musicians have been speaking up about streaming services, who continually swear that their compensation packages are fair. In the eyes of Yorke and Godrich, services like Spotify (or Pandora, another frequent adversary of musicians) devalue the product created by artists.

Yorke drove that point home in his most recent tweet: “For me In Rainbows was a statement of trust. People still value new music,” he wrote, referencing the album his band released as a pay-what-you-want download back in 2007. “That’s all we’d like from Spotify. Don’t make us the target.”

UPDATE: Spotify released a statement in response to Yorke and Godrich’s tweets:

“Spotify’s goal is to grow a service which people love, ultimately want to pay for, and which will provide the financial support to the music industry necessary to invest in new talent and music,” a company spokesperson said today.

“We want to help artists connect with their fans, find new audiences, grow their fan base and make a living from the music we all love.

“Right now we’re still in the early stages of a long-term project that’s already having a hugely positive effect on artists and new music. We’ve already paid US$500M to rightsholders so far and by the end of 2013 this number will reach US$1bn. Much of this money is being invested in nurturing new talent and producing great new music.

“We’re 100% committed to making Spotify the most artist-friendly music service possible, and are constantly talking to artists and managers about how Spotify can help build their careers.”

What do you think? What will the tipping point be for Spotify and other streaming services? Do you believe there is a way for everybody to be fairly compensated while still delivering the same service?

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Watch Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich get groovy in this Atoms for Peace live clip

If you weren’t able to make it to last week’s intimate Atoms for Peace show at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge — and odds are, you weren’t (even if you were awake at 1am, when the set started) — then we’ve got your back.

The clip below shows the Thom Yorke-headed group going at it live for 17+ minutes as they perform “Black Swan”  — a solo Yorke jam — and “Stuck Together Pieces,” off AfP’s debut album AmokAdditionally, the show also included some appropriately headtrippy live visuals courtesy of Tarik Barri.

Baby’s all grows up! Check it all out for yourself in the video below:

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Radiohead to play 'historic' one-hour episode of 'The Colbert Report,' two shows at NYC's Roseland

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Comedy Central has announced that “show history” will be made on September 26 when Radiohead appear on a special one-hour episode of The Colbert Report.

The band will perform tracks from their recent King of Limbs CD as well as the song “The Daily Mail,” which they previously played at the U.K.’s Glastonbury Festival in June. The Report will start, as usual, at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT.

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Liam Gallagher slams Radiohead: 'Writing a song about a tree? Give me a break!'

Liam-thomImage Credit: Dave M. Benett/Getty Images; Nick Pickles/WireImage.comAs the lead singer of Oasis, Liam Gallagher was famous for speaking his mind even/especially if that meant sticking the boot in to his rock star peers. Has his attitude changed now that he is the frontman for Beady Eye? It most definitely has not.

The website Quietus has just published an interview with Gallagher in which he reveals his thoughts on the recent output of his fellow Brit rockers Radiohead—notably their single, “Lotus Flower”—although Thom Yorke fans may well question my use of the word “thoughts.”

“I heard that f—ing Radiohead record and I just go, ‘What?!'” Gallagher declared. “I like to think that what we do, we do f—-ing well. Them writing a song about a f—ing tree? Give me a f—-ing break! A thousand year old tree? Go f— yourself! You’d have thought he’d have written a song about a modern tree or one that was planted last week. You know what I mean?”

The debut Beady Eye CD—Different Gear, Still Speeding— was released yesterday. You can read Entertainment Weekly‘s own interview with Liam Gallagher in the current issue of EW. Check back to the Music Mix next week for a longer version our chat.

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Radiohead meets Beyonce in pretty much the only way possible: Internet mashup
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Dancing Thom Yorke meme meets Lady Gaga, Guns N' Roses, 'Black Swan': Which is your favorite?

lotus-flower-radioheadMove over Sad Keanu and Hipster Ariel, there’s a new meme in town: Dancing Thom Yorke.

The Radiohead frontman has become the target—or should we say, beneficiary?—of a slew of internet mash-up vids since last Friday, when his band released a video of Yorke dancing his Limey heart out to the track “Lotus Flower” off their just-released album, The King of Limbs. (See the original clip here.) READ FULL STORY

Coachella 2010 Sunday: Gorillaz, Pavement, and Thom Yorke close out the festival on high notes

gorillazImage Credit: Michael Buckner/Getty ImagesAnd so Coachella is over for another year. It ended with, for my money, the festival’s finest day. Sunday was densely packed with can’t-miss acts, culminating in the one-two-three punch of the reunited Pavement, Thom Yorke with Atoms for Peace, and headliners Gorillaz. Read about all those shows plus several more after the jump.

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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.

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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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