Radiohead is causing quite the commotion. As if releasing the new song “Harry Patch” or stating they may never release another LP wasn’t enough to keep kids up at night, another new song has now been leaked from an unknown source tentatively titled “These Are My Twisted Words”. Two or three guitars play dissonant half step patterns and arpeggiated chords of every color to create a sprawling polyrhythmic progression which sustains for nearly three minutes without vocals. You can’t fully appreciate the subtle details of this introduction without a good and focused ear as it’s easy to slip passively into their reverberated world of echo, delay, and washed out synth. Something tells me, though, that the song may have been prematurely leaked as it ends abruptly without much thought (unless, of couse, that was the thought). Even so, “Twisted Words” is worth a listen as is “Harry Patch”. Enjoy.
Radiohead – Twisted Words
Radiohead – Harry Patch (In Memory Of)
If ever I were to have expendable income, the first thing I’d purchase would be a designer piano. The idea of creating art on art is truly inspiring if not downright mouth-watering. These are an assortment of art pianos I’ve seen over the years. Enjoy.
Filed under Design, Music, TNHZ
Muse is an extraordinary band who have the potential to become historic to our generation. “Absolution” shot-gunned them into that conversation and their follow-up “Black Holes and Revelations” proved they were here to stay. And so comes “The Resistance”, their 5th LP to be released September 14th. Two tracks have just been thrown to the internet blog-hounds and are at this very moment being scrutinized, praised, pissed on, and written off.
The first single, “Uprising”, features a Theremin synth, pattened arpeggios, and the usual rebel-anthem lyrics. What makes this song unique from their previous work is the back-beat, which is a swingy, unwavering bass-drum drive not unlike, dare I say, a Marilyn Manson track (which isn’t necessarily bad). Even the verse vocal melody has a kind of Manson-like darkness to it. And as hard as it is to say, I don’t particularly like this song.
The second song is entitled “United States of Eurasia (+Collateral Damage)” and starts with a beautiful chord progression, a beautiful string arrangement, a beautiful vocal melody. I mean, seriously, it’s really good. Then comes a very blatant, very talked about Queen-esque transition which catapults the song from ballad to anthem in a matter of seconds. It’s actually very cool but literally sounds just like Queen and ultimately becomes more distracting than anything. The song ends with a climatic, harmonized shout of “Eurasia” and suddenly decays into Chopin’s infamous Nocturne in E flat with additional string arrangements. It’s a very good and effective idea (though adding anything to such a beloved piece is borderline blasphemous).
In any case, the songs are definitely worth a listen or twelve. Grab em here:
Muse – Uprising
Muse – United States of Eurasia
Filed under dowloads, Music
Fantastic Mr. Fox, adapted from the Ronald Dahl book of the same name, is Wes Anderson’s first stop-motion animation movie set to release in November. Cast includes Anderson’s regulars Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, and Jason Schwartzman, but the roles of Mr. and Mrs. Fox belong to the highest of profiles, George Clooney and Meryl Streep. I first heard of this project months ago and was initially weary of the idea that Wes Anderson was adapting a children’s novel into an animated film. But then I saw screenshots. Then I saw the trailer.
The Dead Weather is an all-star conglomerate project whose sound is an exceptional exploitation of the underlying similarities between each of the bands from which the members came (The White Stripes, The Kills, Queens of the Stone Age, The Raconteurs). Grimy, raw, and unapologetic, The Dead Weather manages to surpass expectations by ignoring them. Visit their official site here.