An Unlikely Duo?

Thom Yorke has a solo gig with Atoms For Peace. This is not new knowledge. But what you may have not known is that Radiohead’s guitarist, Jonny Greenwood is continuing his personal pursuit of orchestral stardom. His role as film composer can be heard in the soundtracks of “Bodysong,” “There Will Be Blood” and “Norwegian Wood.” Greenwood followed in the footsteps of another composer-turned-film scorer (or should I say film scorcerer [sic] in this case) that he admires greatly, Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki. In fact, they are doing an album together that is released today–best composer buds forever! Side note: if you’ve never heard Penderecki’s music, such as Threnody for The Victim’s of Hiroshima check it out, or watch the films “The Shining” or “The Exorcist.” If you know anything about those movies, you know what his music must not sound like–i.e the opposite of Grieg’s “Morning Mood”. Listen to that contrast if you don’t want to be frightened by “Threnody…” Penderecki’s music is a clusterf*ck of dissonance. While Greenwood’s orchestral pieces aren’t Penderecki’s style to a T, I believe it just may be a cross of Penderecki’s avant-garde, post-romantic, unfamiliar instrumentation, “what the heck is going to come next?” sound with Radiohead’s…you know…’Radiohead-ness’. Yes…a fusion of the two! Today (I believe it’s released on 3/13 from Nonesuch Records), we will be able to switch tracks on the same album and listen to both Jonny Greenwood and Krzysztof Penderecki. Tracks will include Greenwood’s “Popcorn Superhet” and a string orchestra work Greenwood titled “48 Responses to Polymorphia”–an ode to Penderecki’s 1961 composition “Polymorphia.” In addition, there will be recordings of Penderecki, himself, conducting two of his newest pieces. Jonny Greenwood is to Krzysztof Penderecki as at least half of the population is to Radiohead. ‘The biggest fan ever’ (Greenwood even wanted his autograph). Congrats to Jonny Greenwood for getting to share the limelight with his favorite Polack (no offense…I’m 1/2 Polish).

    Radical Baptists Go Wild for Radiohead. How Exciting!?

Westboro Baptist Church anti-gay group felt the urge to picket the Radiohead concert in Kansas City, Missouri this past weekend. For some reason they must’ve thought they’d make a difference with the concert-goers by holding signs of protest displaying homophobic ideas and proclaiming that God’s enemy was Radiohead. According to Twitter, Nigel Godrich, Radiohead’s producer made a funny and tweeted “it was the highlight of the tour so far.” Westboro Baptist Church wrote some nonsense on their site stating:

Meanwhile, God is undoing this nation and effecting [sic] all of your lives, with the moth that quietly eats the very fabric of your national garment. Radiohead is just such an event. Freak monkey’s [sic] with mediocre tunes keeps you busy and focused by lightness. It changes nothing, God is undoing and digging up and throwing down this nation.

Oh, the idiocy.

At least, Nigel Godrich got something out of this statement and these God-fearing, gay-fearing lunatics:

    We Want New Songs!: A Sneak Preview for the Lucky Ones

‘Identikit,’ ‘Cut a Hole,’and ‘Skirting on the Surface’ have all been played to those fortunate enough to nab the latest Radiohead tickets. Luckily, these rabid fans can give the rest of us less fortunate fans a live taste of these new numbers through the fantastic technology that we carry with us wherever we go (read: iPhone, Android, Smartphones, etc). Take a listen and keep your ears peeled for the real recordings later on in 2012. Based on the following dizzying, sonic video captures, I can’t wait.

*the female scream at :13 sounds like mine…my spirit, perhaps was there.

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