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What happens when you like the remix better than the original? Is that a bad thing? Who gets the credit for taking it over the top–to “better than good”? What if the remix ends up getting more air time? Worst case scenario (for the artist): What if people think the remix is the original?

Here are a few remixes I personally think are better than the originals. 

Tove Lo – Habits (Stay High) – Hippie Sabotage Remix

Major Lazer – Original Don – Flosstradamus Remix

Ellie Goulding – Lights – Bassnectar Remix

Radiohead – Talk Show Host – Nellee Hooper Remix

Destiny’s Child – No, No, No Part 2 – Wyclef Jean Remix ft Wyclef Jean

Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Colin Greenwood, Ed O’Brien, Phil Selway

If you are reading this, can you pretty please give me and my papa tickets to your show in Santa Barbara or San Jose and/or Coachella??

Pretty please…with sugar and an extra delicious red cherry on top

We’d really like to go.

Sincerely,
One of your biggest fans (and I know they all say that, but I really am!)
Stella

    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.

As I am typing, a hurricane named Irene is traveling up the Eastern Coast…soon to hit NYC. New Yorkers have turned into zombies; grocery stores have been flooded (excuse the pun) with people who have one thing on their mind–‘buy’. Buy everything in sight. I stood in line for an hour this morning and watched frantic people shovel food into their carts–eggs, bread, milk. What are they going to do make an egg sandwich and drink a glass of milk? Make french toast? What if the power goes out? Then what will happen to their precious eggs and milk? New Yorkers were going overboard to say the least. A couple behind me eyed a sheet cake. “17$ That’s a great price!” they exclaimed with glee. They laid it gently on top of their muffins, party tray of salami and 3 kinds of cheese, cans on tuna, milk, grapes and 24 pack of water. Others tossed balls of fresh mozzarella in their cart, yogurt, bags of chocolate. I, myself, fell victim to a package of Oreos and a bottle of Perrier. I wanted bread, but they ran out.

You have to be on your toes with this hurricane. To paraphrase Bloomberg, if you haven’t evacuated now, it’s too late. I am going to a hurricane party tonight at the bar around the corner.
You never know what is going to happen. I thought about filling my bathtub up with water like someone told me to do. I also thought about buying a flashlight, but I’ve resorted to candles and matches if need be.

If the power does go out, the only thing you can really do while awake is listen to music. Therefore, I am making a “Hurri up Irene Playlist,” which should be enjoyed in the dark of an electricity free apartment/home. By the way, the playlist isn’t long because your computer’s battery life will probably run out.

If your power is still on, turn off your lights. I mean it!
1. “Enter One” –Sol Seppy hear it here
2. “Trois Gymnopedie” –Erik Satie hear it here
3. “So Real” –Jeff Buckley hear it here
4. “Hurricane Drunk” –Florence + The Machine hear it here
5. “Howlin’ For You”– Black Keys hear it here
6. “Blue Lips” –Regina Spektor hear it here
7. “As Sure As The Sun” –BRMC hear it here
8. “Silencer” –RIBS hear it here
9. “Videotape” –Radiohead hear it here
10. “Moldau” –Smetana hear it here
11. “Goodnight Irene” — 20th century American folk songhear it here

“Thought and beauty, like a hurricane or waves, should not know conventional, delimited forms.” –Chekhov

“Staircase,” Radiohead’s newest euphoria inducing single, has been officially released into the world in a recorded “From the Basement” session. It’s something new yet so familiar; fitting nicely among the Flying-Lotus inspired tracks from KoL such as “Lotus Flower” and “Bloom,” it makes the public even more confused if rumors of a sequel to KoL will ever arrive.
Two drum sets are included, which appear to be “doppelganger drummers.” The mystery is solved when Philip Selway attests that it is himself and fellow smooth headed Clive Deamer from Bristol jazz-rock band, Get The Blessing.

In the past year or so, Radiohead’s sound has evolved. See below for current released version and the version that was captured live a year ago in NYC.
NOW

THEN

I walk down the staircase
Magnetic pull
Back to the other place
That I cannot go
I’m sending a chopper
To steal you away
The pot is full
Let me take control
Let me take control
The pot is full
Of secrets to be told

Secrets to be told
Out of orbit
And I always will
The pot is full
Let me take control
Let me take control
The pot is full
Of secrets to be told
Secrets to be told

Ask me what my favorite band is and my reply will include Radiohead. They have graced my top favorite bands for several years now. Their older albums are nostalgic to me–reminding me of people, times and places that used to be and a “now” I never would have imagined.
When their new self-released album dropped into the hands of fans on February 18th, Radio-heads were surely expecting another “In Rainbows.” It has been over three years since that pot of gold was found and followers have been salivating while waiting to hear what’s next for the band. Pressing play for the 1st time on any Radiohead album is always a golden moment. You think ‘this is it! Will it be like their last album?’ “King of Limbs” has a different concept than “In Rainbows”. The first play through was like reading a passage in a book that you know is good, but you have to make sure you’ve read it correctly, so you read it again. “King of Limbs” begged me to play it again, and during my next few listening experiences, my mind was enveloped with thoughts. The following are some of my observations.
Longer is not always better. While “King of Limbs” is about a half hour shorter than “In Rainbows,” the listener must interpret what sounds and ideas are being produced rather than the minutes recorded. Quality versus quantity. Supposedly, people are upset by these “missing minutes,” but this is not a meeting of the masses. If you forget about the time, what you hear can be described as the title of the first track, “Bloom.” Radiohead’s newest album is it’s own entity. It is reminiscent of past albums but has bloomed into something unique. “King of Limbs has underlying themes of creation, chaos, rumination, death and rebirth. Like a flower that has hibernated during the winter, the flower is still called by the same name, but the winter has changed it; it does not look exactly the same, new people will notice it and pluck it from its stem, but the fragrance smells just as sweet.

Track talks:
Track 1: “Bloom” Initially reminded me of artist Steven Ellison a.k.a Flying Lotus. Inspiration could be pulled from Thom Yorke’s collaboration with Ellison on the song “…and the world laughs with you” on the album Cosmogramma. This track is very beautiful with a heartbeat pulse throughout. My favorite line is “Don’t blow your mind with why? [insert long instrumental part] I’m moving out of orbit.”

Track 2: “Morning Mr. Magpie” An upbeat song until you listen to the lyrics, which is another classic Radiohead move (see and hear: “Idioteque” from album Kid A) and one reason I love them. Everything is not as it appears.

Track 5: “Lotus Flower” I always wonder how artists who don’t do music videos for each song choose certain songs and decide to make that one the music video. Is it the one they think is the best? Is it the one they think will capture the greatest audience? Well, even if I’m wrong you can listen to “Lotus Flower” and watch this: Thom Yorke’s dance moves are hot

Track 6: “Codex” This is my personal favorite from the album. Radiohead fans are known to try to find their own meaning to the music looking up lyrics and titles in search of what the band members are trying to tell us. To each his own. This song is hauntingly beautiful. Water (a certainly symbolic thing) is a recurring subject that is found in Radiohead’s songs and this one captures it in an interesting way. Slightly scratchy, distorted sound, trickling instrumentals with a powerful and steady undercurrent, which fluidly slides right into track 7, “Give Up the Ghost”. The two tracks are surely meant to be heard back to back.

Last note: Each Radiohead album has its own personality. Certain people are drawn to different personalities. This one has definitely blossomed in my mind. So, now that we’ve heard their recent album, we’re ready for whatever is coming next and as Thom (I call all musical geniuses by their first name) sings in the last track, ‘Separator’: “If you think this is over then you’re wrong.”
If you haven’t heard the album, you can get it here and tell me what you think.