Monday, August 10, 2009

Song of the Week: Thom Yorke, past, present and future

I have a couple of friends who are huge Radiohead fans and I’ve taken to emailing them with news on the band when I come across it on Pitchfork and the like. Well, it seems in the last couple weeks that I’ve been emailing them every other day. There’s been a flurry of activity, some of it good (like new songs from the band and from Thom Yorke solo), some of it lousy (like news that it will be a long time before a new Radiohead album). And some of it just stunning, like the video taken from Thom’s recent solo performance at this year’s Latitude Festival in Suffolk, UK. The audio of new track “The Present Tense,” which can be downloaded below, isn’t great quality, but the song sure is. Now, who would you rather be? Thom himself or the lucky guy with front row seats shooting the video?

Thom Yorke: The Present Tense (Live 7/19/09) (from Stereogum)
recorded at the Latitude Festival

And for more new sounds, make sure to subscribe to my latest podcast, JeffMix2009.07.26 (also on iTunes), featuring music from Regina Spektor, Rancid, Jamie T, The Rumble Strips, Mos Def, and Maxïmo Park, among others.

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