Mp3 Blog #9: *blank*

Thom Yorke:
Analyze (2006)
Cymbal Rush (2006)

Both available on Thom Yorke’s new album The Eraser due out this Tuesday, July 11th.

Okay, I have a confession to make: I listen to a lot of ‘popular music.’ I probably listen to more ‘popular music’ than I listen to other ‘art’ music. Granted I listen to a lot of music (about four to eight hours every day) and I can only take in so much serious music in a day; however, I’m making no apologies, I love a lot of ‘popular music’ and – contrary to what some of my friends have thought – I see no contradiction in knowing some of the inner workings of, say, many of Grisey’s works as well as pages of Bob Dylan lyrics.

I love Radiohead. I’m not going to wax philosophic calling Kid A a ” cacophonous yet tranquil, experimental yet familiar, foreign yet womb-like, spacious yet visceral, textured yet vaporous, awakening yet dreamlike, infinite yet 48 minutes”, pontificate on how OK Computer ”is brimming with genuine emotion, beautiful and complex imagery and music, and lyrics that are at once passive and fire-breathing”, or say Thom Yorke’s album The Eraser ”is asking new questions, looking for clues to the same old mystery: how to appear, incompletely”; however, certain Radiohead albums have proven valuable to my musical mind over time. For example, I first became obsessed with contemporary trends in art music during my undergraduate when I was also listening to Kid A about five times a week. Also, I first began focusing on music as my life ambition in high school, when OK Computer was my standard morning wake-up and self-motivational album.

I’m not going to claim that Radiohead is definitively my favorite band, that they can do no wrong, and that they solely represent the vanguard of popular music today; however, I think they are remarkably consistent and easily one of the better restlessly searching acts out now. I’m also glad to know Jonny Greenwood is a composer-in-residence for the BBC and see Thom Yorke has worked hard to develop some of his own personal directions.

I’m also glad Radiohead is currently unsigned and Thom Yorke is releasing The Eraser on an independent label. If you feel sympathetically to any of my above thoughts, I highly recommend you run out and buy a copy of The Eraser on Tuesday from one of your local independent record stores like Cheap Thrills in Montreal.


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