I stopped watching the Grammy Awards back when they decided Melissa Etheridge and Michael Bolton represented the best music our society could muster. As if Taylor Dayne had ANY MORE TO PROVE!
Anyway, here is a pretty cool clip of Radiohead performing 15 Step with the USC marching band last night. Hurry up and watch it before the evil record companies snake their way into the Internet and yank it off of YouTube:
Incidentally, I had no idea the show was on last night. I was too busy isolating yet another variety of boron, anyway.
Aside from him unnecessarily calling me an “ass clown”, YoonTunes went out of his way to answer my question about the benefits of listening to Radiohead’s Kid A album on vinyl instead of MP3 format. He claims to be “no good at describing sounds” but then goes ahead and describes the sounds he heard on vinyl. An interesting read if you know nothing about the differences. Here’s what he has to say about one of the standout tracks of the album, “The National Anthem.”
in an album that has a lot of drawn out vocals over layers of electric piano drone, guitar riffs, some noise on loop, and bass drums, and when not of it is garbled, kid A makes more sense as music. i was sold on it with national anthem, all that stuff going on with the high hat going and big sound and grungy bass line.
Since I have nothing to add about the benefits of vinyl, here’s a YouTube video of the same song. I know it’s not vinyl quality, but admit it, you don’t want to work. Here’s a four-minute time-killer.
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I had an ungodly lunch break full of waiting in line and driving all over creation. Moving is annoying, people. Sad you missed tagging along on my ride? Well, you’re in luck. Here’s what I learned on the radio:
1) Jason Varitek is done. If you live in the Boston area and are even a tepid sports fan, you’ve heard this ad nauseum for the last two months. Other than the Manny hatefest, this has been the number 1 sports topic (no. 2: WTF is wrong with Clay Buchholz? no. 451389: Paul Byrd signs with the Sox).
Maybe I’m a mindless drone, but I buy all the talk that Tek is defensively amazing, as part as working with pitchers goes. I also am a proponent of keeping a steady presence or two for an organization. Tek’s the guy. I say keep him until those tree trunk legs he has fall off.
2) Jeremy Guthrie leads the league in quality starts. Really?
3) I like my sugar with coffee and cream.
4) Official band of Perry Ellis The Hold Steady hates Radiohead. Not really, but it got your attention, right? How about this: they like Oasis more. Seriously.
You may remember when Pax Arcana brought you the pretty-cool video of twisted purple water nymph Prince performing Radiohead’s “Creep” at the Coachella music festival. Well don’t bother clicking that link this time, because the lavender leprechaun had his lawyers go and remove it from the Internets.
Which struck Radiohead’s Thom Yorke as pretty strange, considering it’s his fucking song:
“Really? He’s blocked it?” asked Yorke, who figured it was their song to block or not. “Surely we should block it. Hang on a moment.”
Yorke added: “Well, tell him to unblock it. It’s our … song.”
Which pretty much sums up my thoughts on Prince:
Million dollar talent + ten cent head.
On to the songs:
Communist Daughter — Neutral Milk Hotel
Flip Your Wig — Husker Du
All the Rage — Cary Brothers
Moonlight — Bob Dylan
Karma Police — Radiohead
A97 I Was A Lover — TV on the Radio
Springer Show — The Asskickers
Stacy’s Mom — Fountains of Wayne
All My Friends — LCD Soundsystem
Moby Octopad — Yo La Tengo
No One Knows — Queens of the Stone Age, Live at Reading
The Rules: The Friday Random 10 is exactly that — random. We open up our iTunes, set the thing on shuffle, and listen to 10 songs. We are not permitted to skip any out of embarrassment or fear of redundancy. Commenters are encouraged to post their own.