Radiohead to play for Wall St. protestors today? [UPDATE – Nope]

Zuccotti Park
Christopher Robbins/Gothamist

Gawker is reporting the following rumor:

The Occupy Wall Street protesters camped out in Lower Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park are buzzing over a big secret musical guest scheduled to play this afternoon at around 4pm. We hear that it’s Radiohead, who are in New York for a couple concerts.

It makes sense: Radiohead’s lead singer Thom Yorke has a history of lefty anti-globalization protest. What do you think: Are the millionaires from Radiohead authentic enough to be the bards of revolution? They’re certainly capable of mobilizing people: When their New York show sold out in minutes they almost caused a Twitter riot.

Hmmmm… Again this is just a rumor. Stay tuned…

UPDATE: This has been confirmed.

UPDATE AGAIN: Radiohead’s PR agency, Nasty Little Man, just tweeted the following:

RADIOHEAD IS NOT PLAYING WALL STREET TODAY nor were they ever confirmed to do so.

Very weird. From Gawker:

However, an Occupy Wall Street spokesman insists the show will go on and that organizers have email confirmation that Radiohead will be playing an acoustic set at 4pm. “What we think is happening is they don’t want a lot of people to come,” he said. “Trust me, we have confirmation.” CNN is now reporting that the show is happening as well; what might happen if Radiohead doesn’t show up could be more interesting than if they did.

UPDATE 2:19 PM ET: From Gothamist:

A source with also maintains that Radiohead WILL play, and that the band’s management has “officially” denied any performance because the band wanted this to be “only for the protesters.” A spokesperson for the Mayor’s office has not responded to requests for comment, but police have put in new barricades at Wall Street and Nassau.

The possibility of a big, disorganized free concert calls to mind the great Drake shitshow concert at the South Street Seaport last year, and the Justin Bieber mall riot!

We’re getting the sense that Radiohead may have wanted to show up unannounced and play for the demonstrators, but someone connected with the protest leaked it to Gawker to get the publicity they’re now savoring.

 UPDATE: 3:15 PM ET: From Radiohead:

We wish the best of luck to the protesters there, but contrary to earlier rumours, we will not be appearing today at Occupy Wall Street

UPDATE: 3:55 PM ET: From Gothamist:

Patrick Bruner, the Occupy Wall Street spokesman who earlier confirmed the concert, emails, “I got hoaxed. Radiohead was never confirmed. Completely our fault. Apologies. The band were victims in this hoax as well.”

What a complete mess this turned out to be.


(thanks to Dave)

Radiohead tour

Radiohead to play Coachella?

Radiohead at Coachella in 2004
Radiohead at Coachella in 2004

It’s been understood that Radiohead will be touring at some point in the near future. Recently, Ed O’Brien mentioned that the band was booking tour dates for 2012 so it comes as no surprise to hear rumors about possible gigs. There’s a rumor floating around now that Radiohead will be headlining Coachella next April, according to the music trade publication, Hits Daily Double:

The same is true with high-profile festivals like Coachella, which has locked in No Doubt and Radiohead as two of next year’s headliners…

Once we know for sure, we’ll let you know. Stay tuned!

(via Consequence of Sound)

Radiohead The King of Limbs

The question we are all asking: Is there more on the way?

Chieftan Mews
Is Chieftan Mews back?

Ever since The King of Limbs was released last Friday, there have been questions all over the place asking “will there be more?” The band had 3-4 years to write and record and releasing an 8 track album seemed a little odd to some fans. This has led to speculation that the band is releasing more soon and there have been hints all over the place that would suggest that we’re not done. We could sit here and list everything out for you but that would be duplicating the excellent work done by this site, which you should visit.

Go ahead and immerse yourself in all the craziness and then sound off your theories in our comments section.

Our message board, Mortigi Tempo, has a bunch of threads going on about this as well. Take a look…

In Rainbows Kid A OK Computer Radiohead

The Lost Radiohead album

Take some time today to read this article about how Radiohead’s OK Computer and In Rainbows were meant to complement each other. Now, this is just speculation but some interesting points have been raised. What do you think?

Ten years after OK Computer shocked the world, Radiohead released In Rainbows on October 10 (10/10). Though no one was expecting the album to be released until 2008, Radiohead announced In Rainbows just ten days in advance. In Rainbows, which consists of ten letters, has ten tracks, and would be downloadable from a rumored ten servers.

Radiohead preceded the release of In Rainbows with nine cryptic messages. They repeatedly emphasized X, the Roman Numeral for ten, in phrases such as “March Wa X”, and “Xendless Xurbia”. The tenth message was posted on October 10 with a photo of the band drinking tea.

There has been a lot of speculation over Radiohead’s emphasis of ten surrounding the release of In Rainbows. One theory suggests that Radiohead was typifying a binary code of ones and zeros,1010101010. This has come to be known as the Binary Theory, also called the TENspiracy by some.

Puddlegum first addressed the Binary Theory in Radiohead: 1010101010. Someone associated with Thom Yorke contacted Puddlegum, sharing Thom’s reaction to Puddlegum’s article:

“The meaning behind all of this is right in front of our faces, we’re just overlooking it. [Thom] has been expecting an article much like this one for a couple of years, as have I. But I’m willing to wager he’ll have fun waiting a few more. On the other hand, it seems to annoy him that no one ‘gets it’ yet, given the mountain of clues.”

Ten days after our original article, we have come to believe that OK Computer and In Rainbowswere meant to complement each other. During the writing and recording process of OK Computer, Radiohead used the working title of Zeros and Ones. If OK Computer is represented by 01, and In Rainbows is represented by 10, then we have 01 and 10. In binary code 01 and 10 complement each other.

Consider that In Rainbows was meant to complement OK Computer, musically, lyrically, and in structure. We found that the two albums can be knit together beautifully. By combining the tracks to form one playlist, 01 and 10, we have a remarkable listening experience. The transitions between the songs are astounding, and it appears that this was done purposefully.

The lyrics also seem to complement each other. There appears to be a concept flowing through the01 and 10 playlist. Ideas in one song is picked up by the next, such as “Pull me out of the aircrash,”and “When I’m at the pearly gates, this will be my videotape.”

To create the 01 and 10 playlist, begin with OK Computer’s track one, Airbag, and follow this with In Rainbow’s track one, 15 Step. Alternate the albums, track by track, until you reach Karma Police onOK Computer, making All I Need the tenth track on the 01 and 10 playlist. Follow Karma Police withFitter Happier from OK Computer, for tracks eleven and twelve. These two tracks act as a bridge between the first ten and the following ten tracks on the 01 and 10 playlist. Then continue to alternate the albums again, picking up with Faust Arp on In Rainbows, with Electioneering on OK Computeras the following track.

Radiohead – 01 and 10 playlist:
1. Airbag (OK Computer)
2. 15 Step (In Rainbows)
3. Paranoid Android (OK Computer)
4. Bodysnatchers (In Rainbows)
5. Subterranean Homesick Alien (OK Computer)
6. Nude (In Rainbows)
7. Exit Music (For A Film) (OK Computer)
8. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi (In Rainbows)
9. Let Down (OK Computer)
10. All I Need (In Rainbows)
11. Karma Police (OK Computer)
12. Fitter Happier (OK Computer)
13. Faust Arp (In Rainbows)
14. Electioneering (OK Computer)
15. Reckoner (In Rainbows)
16. Climbing Up The Walls (OK Computer)
17. House Of Cards (In Rainbows)
18. No Surprises (OK Computer)
19. Jigsaw Falling Into Place (In Rainbows)
20. Lucky (OK Computer)
21. Videotape (In Rainbows)
22. The Tourist (OK Computer) has more about this, as well as a conspiracy theory about Kid A.

(via Kottke)

Radiohead The King of Limbs

Rumored Radiohead album and tracklist are ‘made up’

Radiohead have confirmed that information in an email circulated by fans supposedly containing details about their next album is “made up”.

Yesterday (March 7) music website reported on an email, which seemed to originate from the band’s W.A.S.T.E. website, that when decoded revealed that the band’s next album would be named ‘Tehrangeles’.

It was acknowledged on the website that the information had not been confirmed by the band, and that it should be treated with suspicion. The email also revealed a supposed 11-song tracklisting. However, a spokesperson for the band has now confirmed that the information is false.

“Most of it is made up and there is no album or album title,” Radiohead’s spokesperson told NME.COM.

The false tracklisting contained some genuine Radiohead songs including ‘The Daily Mail’, ‘Give Up The Ghost’ and ‘Supercollider’.

Frontman Thom Yorke played ‘The Daily Mail’, ‘Give Up The Ghost and another new song, ‘Lotus Flower’, at a solo gig in Cambridge recently.

Radiohead picked up work on their new album in January, with guitarist Ed O’Brien telling fans, “I am so genuinely excited about what we’re doing, but for obvious reasons I can’t divulge anything more. Anyway, we all love surprises don’t we?”

(from the NME)

The Eraser Thom Yorke

Surprise Thom Yorke Show at Echoplex this Friday?

Thom and Nigel at the Roosevelt, Los AngelesRumors are buzzing about a surprise Thom Yorke + new band show this Friday at the Echoplex in Los Angeles. Radiohead’s publicists are not confirming or denying the rumor and it’s not quite clear if this show would be open to the public or if it’s a special guest list type of thing. More info on this when we get it.

Word on the street is that Thom did another DJ set last night at the Roosevelt. Did you see it?

In related news, details about the upcoming shows at the Orpheum in L.A. have arisen. Mauro Refosco, the Brazilian percussionist that is in Thom’s new band, discussed the setlists in an interview with The band is prepared to play the full Eraser album, as well as four new songs. More information about Mauro can be found here.

Lastly, there is a lot of speculation out there that Radiohead as a band is over. The band’s publicists have made it clear that this is not the case and Thom even said that this new project is just for fun.

UPDATE: Thom confirmed that the show is happening!