Radiohead began their King of Limbs tour yesterday, and I have to say am I rather excited, not least because I’m lucky enough to be going to see them in Italy in July, but because as a Brit I am very proud of them. To still be producing such brilliant records and touring is without a doubt a real achievement. Especially seeing as their material is, in my opinion, so faultless time and time again.
The tour began yesterday in Miami and will be covering four continents. The band are playing extensive US and European dates, including major festivals, like Optimus Alive, and Bilbao BBK, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Fuji Rock Festival. The band is also heading off to Asia, and has just announced dates down under. It is going to be an exciting and truly global journey for the Abingdon five piece.
They are yet to announce any UK venues, but they say they will indeed be returning to their homeland, though not to play any concerts out of doors, or at festivals. It is for this reason I have chosen to go to Europe to experience their material, in an atmospheric piazza in Bologna.
Radiohead has announced the first dates from their 2012 US tour:
February 27th – Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena
February 29th – Tampa, FL – St. Pete Times Forum
March 1st – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
March 3rd – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
March 5th – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
March 7th – Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center
March 9th – St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center
March 11th – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
March 13th – Broomfield, CO – 1st Bank Center
March 15th – Glendale, AZ – Jobing.com Arena
Jobing.com Arena? … Really? Arenas have such terrible names these days!
Update: I’ve changed the question mark (?) to an exclamation point (!) because the rumor has been confirmed.
Occupy Wall Street is, of course, in NYC. Radiohead is also in NYC and they mentioned the Occupy Wall Street protests at their concert at the Roseland Ballroom.
Now there’s a buzz that a secret musical guest is going to play for free for the protesters in Lower Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park at 4 PM today. Rumor has it that that musical guest will be Radiohead. Pretty cool, eh? We’ll see.
I just found out that Radiohead’s Meeting People Is Easy (1998 documentary) is available on YouTube in its entirety. Check it out:
Meeting People Is Easy takes place during the promotion of Radiohead’s 1997 release OK Computer, containing a collage of video clips, sound bites, and dialogue going behind the scenes with the band on their world tour, showing the eventual burn-out of the group as the world tour progresses. The inaugural show of the OK Computer tour began on 22 May 1997 in Barcelona, Spain. Their final performance, 104 concerts later, was in New York’s Radio City Music Hall.
A new song called “The Daily Mail” was among the 14 songs played by Radiohead at a surprise show at the annual Glastonbury Festival earlier today. Check it out for yourself:
Earlier this week Radiohead released a recording of another new song “Staircase” (a part of the “From the Basement” sessions that will be seen/heard in their entirety in July.) The sound quality is much better on this one:
A list of some popular (and/or critically acclaimed) albums released (or set to be released) in 2011 that are currently available to be purchased on vinyl on Amazon:
Radiohead – The King of Limbs. The vinyl version of this album is popular enough to be ranked #88 overall among Amazon’s best-selling music. The CD version is #2; pretty impressive when you consider most Radiohead fans already bought the album as a download directly from the band.
Recently it has come to my attention that I seem to be in the minority among Radiohead fans when it comes to my favorite tracks from the band’s 2007 album In Rainbows.
My favorite five tracks from the ten track album (not considering the bonus disc at the moment) definitely include “15 Step,” “Bodysnatchers,” “All I Need,” & “Nude.” These four songs are among my all time favorite Radiohead recordings. My 5th choice is probably “House of Cards” but I’m less certain about it.
There are two songs that are most certainly my least favorites: “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi” and “Faust Arp.” Not that they are bad songs, but they’ve just never really clicked for me like the others. I’ve noticed that quite a few Radiohead fans think “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi” is among their best work so I seem to be in the minority in not particularly caring for it.
I can imagine “Videotape,” “Reckoner,” and “Jigsaw Falling into Place” taking the 5th spot from “House of Cards.” I like these songs quite a bit but they aren’t there with my top four.
What really surprises me is how much other Radiohead fans love “Reckoner.” Over on the Radiohead subreddit it made it to the final four in a “March Madness” style tournament of all of Radiohead songs.
“Reckoner” isn’t even among my favorite four songs on In Rainbows much less from their entire catalog. Don’t get me wrong; it’s a great song. But it doesn’t grab me quite like the four I mentioned above. By Radiohead standards (which are obviously extremely high) I consider it to be a pretty average song.