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Topic: Radiohead
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Happy Valentine’s Day from The Flaming Lips

They love everyone. Including blobs.

In addition to Radiohead announcing a new album, The Flaming Lips have released their newest creation for free on the world today. It’s called “Two Blobs Fucking” (no, really) and it’s available in 12 parts at this YouTube channel (also really). Like “Zaireeka,” the parts are intended to be played simultaneously, as it was “created specifically for iPhone-type devices.” So if you’ve got 11 friends with iPhones/Droids, you should all definitely get together and have a “Two Blobs Fucking” party (um, Happy Valentine’s Day?).

Also, this can only mean one thing: Get ready for the largest cell phone choir ever at this year’s New Year’s Eve Freakout. Like, Guinness World Records-style. Make it happen, Wayne.

As for how it sounds, it’s difficult to tell when you can only listen to one part at a time, but it seems to continue on the experimental, demented weirdness of “Embryonic.” Track 9 is Wayne’s voice, and he’s talking instead of singing. Track 7 is the drum track, and it’s pretty cool and complex. There are a lot of weird synths; mega-heavy guitars play on most, if not all, of the tracks around the 1:15 mark. In short, it’s a Flaming Lips song.

Apparently there’s a lot more where this came from, and it’s promised to be released in unusual ways. Did we expect any less?

by Stephen Carradini 02.14.2011 3 years ago
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NMF4 life

The pros and cons of Norman Music Festival 4

Norman Music Festival 4 is officially in the books. It came, it saw (metaphorically), it conquered (also metaphorically).

It had a lot of new things: a third day, more stages, new locations for old stages, a weird laser-tag thing, a Friday day stage and more. Many of these changes had pros and cons.

The addition of Thursday to the slate gives the fest the ability to grow into a heavy hitter, but this year, it made things spread a little thin on Friday and Saturday. It felt as if some of the bands were stacked toward Thursday to entice people to go to the new thing: Opolis blew it out with tons of talent on the first night, then had an abbreviated day on Saturday.

Still, despite this enticement, Thursday attendance only hit 3,500 (35,000 people attended Saturday, with 9,000 hitting up Friday). This could have been due to the distance between stages, lack of advertising (several people told me they didn't know it was on Thursday) or the fact that people are busy during the week, but only toward the end of the evening at Opolis did the night really feel festival-esque.

Still, I like the move, and I hope that people get adjusted to a Thursday/Friday/Saturday schedule. I think that as the fest grows in prominence, talent will fill out all three days. The same is true of the new stages; as the festival grows, stages will both be able to fill out their schedules and secure only the best of the best. I sincerely hope that there is at some point a cap to stages, however, lest NMF become like SXSW and get far, far too big to maintain quality.

On that note: Laser tag? What the heck?

The new location for the Main and Jägermeister stages was excellent planning. Main Street was much less crowded, which was necessary. Last year felt like human pinball, and it was quite uncomfortable. The new stage locations make a lot of sense and open the festival up. Super high-five for that.

Speaking of location, putting Dust Bowl Market across from Opolis was a neat move. I liked it there. Whether or not it's been there in the past, I have no idea; I've only recently been getting appreciative of crafts.

The one big complaint I have with the fest is that I still have no idea what it wants to be. There was an upsurge of Austin bands this year (Football, etc.; White Denim; Black Joe Lewis), which could have been due to money constraints or a decision to focus on regional and local talent. The Walkmen are from New York City, which doesn't help either theory. Is NMF a local music festival? Is it going to try to be full of national acts, like Austin City Limits? There has always been a huge amount of local acts, and the presence of Montu so late on the Jägermeister stage provides ammunition for the idea that this will be a continuously local thing.

This confusion is partly due to a lack of clarification in their ad campaigns, and partly because it's still being worked out. And really, I don't care which one it is; I'd love to see an all-local festival, and I'd love to see The Mountain Goats, Sufjan, Radiohead and the Pixies all kicking it in Norman. I doubt the fest will swing to either of those extremes, but it would be nice to know which direction it’s heading. This knowledge would make judging its success and growth easier: I tell a person that the local aspect is the big deal instead of the headliner, there will be less expectation placed on national headliners.

If the headliners are the deal, then NMF should take pains to get bands that would not ordinarily come to Oklahoma. If organizers want it to be a festival about exposing Oklahoma to the outside music world, we need to make a splash every year. This year's headliners weren't a splash: if you search "Norman" at Pitchfork.com, a listing of 2010's headliners comes up, but no 2011 lineup. Seeing as we don't really know if the headliners were intended to be a big deal or not, it's hard to judge the effectiveness of this year's fest.

It was a boatload of fun, however. That can't be knocked. I'm looking forward to NMF5. —Stephen Carradini

by Stephen Carradini 05.09.2011 45 years ago
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VOTD: Conan 'covers' Radiohead

‘You’re so f***ing special.’

So Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros showed up on Conan O’Brien’s Summer Concert Series Tuesday night, and as the ginger comedian was about to introduce the band, he got a little ... distracted.

“Were you guys just doing ‘Creep’ right now?” he asked.

So he busted out his best Cockney accent, and an impromptu jam session ensued. Watch for yourself, via Team Coco.



“I wan’ you ‘oo no’ice ... when I’m naw’ awoun’ ...”

You can follow Conan's hilarious Twitter feed here.
by Matt Carney 08.11.2011 3 years ago
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Name value

The indie rockers of Milagres want to be known for their music. Although their name translates to ‘miracles,’ it shouldn’t take one to succeed.


Music

Joshua Boydston
Milagres with Peter Wolf Crier and the Rockettops
9 p.m. Monday
Opolis
113 N. Crawford, Norman
opolis.org
820-0951
$8 advance, $10 door
 
Wednesday, October 5, 2011

VOTD: Spend an hour with Other Lives ... in French

‘Monsieurs and madams, straight from Stillwater, Oklahoma, America: Other Lives!’

Nobody from Oklahoma’s had a bigger year than Other Lives, what with the release of a fine album, successful tours across the States and Europe, and the recent announcement that they’ll be opening the first leg of Radiohead’s upcoming U.S. tour. It’s hard to believe that one of the last times I saw them, they were playing for maybe 50 people inside Opolis.

Well, they look to be building on all that success with more shows in the U.S. and Canada, in addition to the dates accompanying Radiohead. They’ll be touring with a fellow mini-orchestra that goes by JBM, which I can assure you you’ll most definitely like if Other Lives make your kind of music. Those dates are listed below.

12.05.11 - Crepe Place - Santa Cruz, CA *
12.06.11 - Cafe du Nord - San Francisco, CA *
12.08.11 - Mississippi Studios - Portland, OR *
12.09.11 - Media Club - Vancouver, BC *
12.11.11 - The Tractor Tavern - Seattle, WA *
12.14.11 - Hi-Dive - Denver, CO *
02.06.12 - Jackpot Music Hall - Lawrence, KS
02.07.12 - Ciceros - St. Louis, MO
02.08.12 - Waiting Room - Omaha, NE
02.09.12 - 7th Street - Minneapolis, MN
02.10.12 - Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL
02.11.12 - The Basement - Columbus, OH
02.13.12 - Ninth Ward - Buffalo, NY
02.14.12 - Drake - Toronto, ON
02.15.12 - Sala Rossa - Montreal, QC
02.16.12 - Great Scott - Boston, MA
02.17.12 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY
02.18.12 - Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA
02.21.12 - Red Palace - Washington, DC
02.22.12 - Brillobox - Pittsburgh, PA
02.23.12 - The Southern - Charlottesville, VA
02.24.12 - Local 506 - Chapel Hill, NC
02.25.12 - TBD / Pour House - Nashville, TN / Charleston, SC
02.27.11 - American Airlines Arena - Miami, FL ^
02.29.11 - St. Pete Times Forum - Tampa, FL ^
03.01.11 - Philips Arena - Atlanta, GA ^
03.03.11 - Toyota Center - Houston, TX ^
03.05.11 - American Airlines Center - Dallas, TX ^
03.07.11 - Frank Erwin Center - Austin, TX ^
03.09.11 - Scottrade Center - St. Louis, MO ^
03.11.11 - Sprint Center - Kansas City, MO ^
03.13.11 - 1st Bank Center - Broomfield, CO ^
03.15.11 - Jobing.com Arena - Glendale, AZ ^

* w/ JBM
^ w/ Radiohead

Included in the announcement was this awesome hour-long video of them performing for Le Mouv, which appears to be some sort of French radio station/media outlet. Please let me know if that’s not the case, as I do not speak French. I’ve seen a ton of these shows as they’ve played for KCRW, NPR’s Tiny Desk series and plenty of others, but few are this long and none are on such a glossy, professional-looking stage as this. Watch:



And don’t worry, Okies: Other Lives’ Twitter handle has assured me they’re looking to book a return-home show sometime in late January. Keep your calendar cleared. It’s gonna be an incredible homecoming.


by Matt Carney 11.17.2011 2 years ago
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Other Lives to play with Radiohead

The Stillwater band scores the opening slot for U.S. tour's first leg.

A senior in high school, I was visiting friends in Stillwater when I saw Kunek for the first time. If you’d told me that night that some of the dudes in that band would one day open for the guys who recorded “Kid A” and “OK Computer,” then I would’ve considered giving you a few bucks to leave me alone, because you were probably a crazy homeless person.

But Jesse Tabish and the dreary, indie-pop mini-orchestra that is Other Lives have toured across this country and many others in support of the mindful, gorgeous “Tamer Animals,” to the acclaim of fans, critics and fellow musicians. Colourmusic’s Ryan Hendrix (the two bands, both from Stillwater, are very close) told me that Radiohead’s managers are friends with Other Lives’, which was a pretty big factor in the alt-Brits’ appearance at Other Lives’ show at Oxford’s historic Jericho’s Tavern in August.


But you don’t just ask somebody along on your tour as a favor to your manager.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, according to Radiohead's website. So far, Other Lives are set to open on 10 dates across the South and Midwest, and you can bet a ton of Okies will drive down I-35 for that March 5 date in Dallas, this writer included. I just can't imagine how much more ethereal and soulful Tabish's voice will sound pouring out of two-story speakers, how much more space the band's mid-tempo beauty will have to surround and envelop you.

Until then, feast your ears on “Tamer Animals”:



Other Lives perform at the Blackwatch Stage at the 2011 Norman Music Festival/Photo by Nathan Poppe
by Matt Carney 11.07.2011 2 years ago
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Days of Lives

Embraced by critics, NPR and now Radiohead, Stillwater band Other Lives is on the brink of exploding big beyond our humble borders.


Music

Matt Carney
Sitting opposite a large mural of themselves at Jericho Tavern in Oxford, England, three members of Radiohead watched and listened intently as Other Lives played 45 minutes’ worth of the somber chamber pop that the Stillwater group has spent near a decade refining.
 
Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Animal tamers

‘Creep’ through these photos of Other Lives opening for Radiohead in Dallas last night.

Three hours’ drive to Dallas couldn’t deter a horde of Oklahomans from seeing the state’s most recently successful band play one of the biggest stages of its career last night.

Yes, Other Lives strolled through Dallas on tour with Radiohead, and the result was nothing short of wonderful. Hearing Thom Yorke praise the Stillwater group at the end of his band’s two-hours-plus set seemed like a pretty big victory for Oklahoma.

Check out our photos of Other Lives, and then Radiohead’s set list — which included some odd surprises — below. I’d take the time to write about it, but I’m still a little bit too much in awe from the whole experience to do it justice.

To put it short, however, the evening was light on frenetic Jonny Greenwood guitar moments (I would’ve sacrificed my firstborn for “Electioneering”), and heavy on intricate, deep-groove rhythmics, as Radiohead played heavily from The King of Limbs.



Radiohead set list
“Bloom”
“Little by Little”
“Weird Fishes/Arpeggi”
“Morning Mr. Magpie”
“The Gloaming”
“The Daily Mail”
“Pyramid Song”
“The Amazing Sounds of Orgy” (note: this song failed to inspire any orgy-like behavior amongst the crowd)
“Karma Police”
“15 Step”
“Staircase”
“Identikit”
“Lotus Flower”
“There There”
“Feral”
“Idioteque”
encore break
“Separator”
“Climbing Up the Walls”
“Bodysnatchers”
“Everything in Its Right Place”
encore break
“Give Up the Ghost” (just Yorke and Greenwood)
“Skirting on the Surface”
“Reckoner”
“Paranoid Android”

Pitchfork reports that last night was the band’s live debut of “The Amazing Sounds of Orgy” and “Skirting on the Surface.” Related: Radiohead has an impressive army of nerd-tastic, note-scribbling followers out there.

by Matt Carney 03.06.2012 2 years ago
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Other Lives — Mind the Gap EP


Rock

Joshua Boydston
Few things help a band out more than finding a big brother to help it navigate the treacherous waters of the music industry. Stillwater’s Other Lives has found its in Radiohead, for whom they opened on a recent tour.
 
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
 
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