Radiohead LP9 Anticipation, Fangirling and random Cheesecake Thread (Do not read if you hate Radiohead or us)

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(I am slightly embarrassed to confess, I don't actually hate Popcorn Superhet Receiver. I thought it was going to be awful artwank, but it sounds like the weird tapes that HSA's sound artist friends used to make. I don't like having to re-evaluate my dismissal of artists like this.)

Masonic Boom, Saturday, 24 March 2012 12:45 (five years ago) Permalink

You should listen to 48 Responses to Polymorphia, I think you'd be surprised.

Melissa W, Saturday, 24 March 2012 12:47 (five years ago) Permalink

But but but I hate Penderercki so why would I willingly listen to music that was a response to one of his pieces?

I think I'm too attached to the idea of hating that I don't want to have to change my mind any more.

Masonic Boom, Saturday, 24 March 2012 14:44 (five years ago) Permalink

"Luckily I quite enjoy feeling guilty"

(Are you sure about that not-being-Catholic thing, Jonny?)

Masonic Boom, Saturday, 24 March 2012 14:52 (five years ago) Permalink

48 Responses to Polymorphia honestly sounds almost nothing like Polymorphia. Just listen!

Melissa W, Saturday, 24 March 2012 15:18 (five years ago) Permalink

I am, I am!

And fuckinell... I'm utterly gutted. I ... I ...


((I like this.))

Pacay Tree is absolutely awesome.

I hate that I like this.

Masonic Boom, Saturday, 24 March 2012 15:34 (five years ago) Permalink

You shouldn't though! It's a genuinely great piece.

Melissa W, Saturday, 24 March 2012 15:49 (five years ago) Permalink

It's like Jonny Greenwood did to Penderecki what Radiohead did to the fringes of electronic dance music. He cleaned all the rough edges off, gave it a pop sensibility and a good choon, and made it listenable.

Masonic Boom, Saturday, 24 March 2012 15:55 (five years ago) Permalink

I think the interesting thing about it is that in the process he created something that's quite unique? I listen to a lot Penderecki & friends and a lot of classical music in general and there really isn't anyone else who's carved out this weird space between Polymorphia and something far more lush and Romantic.

Melissa W, Saturday, 24 March 2012 16:01 (five years ago) Permalink

This is where I just don't have enough knowledge of classical music (Romantic era or contemporary) to respond in any kind of meaningful way except "I like the way it sounds." He occasionally touches on that terrifying atonal noize that Penderecki excels at bringing, but he seems to fill in around the edges with these soft, fluttering, harmonious bits. That there are passages of reassuring beauty, as opposed to Penderecki's full on DOOM DOOM EVERYTHING IS TERRIFYING all bold all caps sans serif text. Jonny's music is a serif font.

Oh god this makes no sense at all to anyone but me.

Masonic Boom, Saturday, 24 March 2012 17:15 (five years ago) Permalink

Things Radiohead fans say: "Dear Jonny Greenwood, your compositions are in a serif font."


Masonic Boom, Saturday, 24 March 2012 17:16 (five years ago) Permalink

You should listen to Doghouse. I think it's my favorite piece by him by far.

Melissa W, Monday, 26 March 2012 00:40 (five years ago) Permalink

Is it anything like "In A Doghouse"? Otherwise I'm not having it.

Anyway, stop trying to make me listen to Greenwood. You know I'm a Yorkist. I feel all disloyal. I might have to go and sack St Albans.

Popcorn Supergay Receiver (Masonic Boom), Monday, 26 March 2012 08:51 (five years ago) Permalink

Oh, and I'm going to answer here to that artsdesk review that you posted on The Other Place.

I mean, the reviewer played his cards in the first paragraph of the piece - whenever anyone says "I like my genre X x-ish and my genre Y y-ish and NEVER THE TWAIN SHALL MEET" you know you are in the presence of someone so small minded that they probably also say things like "I don't know much about art but I know what I like" which means it's perfectly OK to just go ahead and not read the rest of the review.

I find theartsdesk often baffling because they have one or two really good critics/writers, and then seem to make up the rest of the team with people who stubbornly fold their arms across their chest and refuse to have their preconceptions challenged - and the editorial team goes for it because they know that nothing brings the pageviews like challops.

We get it! You don't like synthesis, homage or genre-fusion. We got it from the first paragraph. We continued to get it over the pageview-grabbing two-page split to double advertising revenue on what was a really boring and tedious 1-note review. And we continue to get it. Now fuck off back to Covent Garden you Britney-loving rebel you.

Sorry I couldn't have responded in The Other Place. I still feel awkward and unhappy about how things went down over there.

Popcorn Supergay Receiver (Masonic Boom), Monday, 26 March 2012 09:13 (five years ago) Permalink

smdh at that Arts Desk critic. You're right - the first paragraph makes the rest of the review redundant.

It's also a very common anti-middlebrow pose dressed up as if it were iconoclasm. Like critics who say they only like Iranian arthouse and Transformers 3 and nothing in between.

And I have been called "The Appetite" (DL), Monday, 26 March 2012 10:25 (five years ago) Permalink

Have to say that I thoroughly agree with both MB and DL here. And also with Owen Pallett on another thread who said that the Worst 200 Songs Project was redolent of the kind of book-burning “THIS IS SHIT” English mentality that made him sick. It really gets my goat too (but then I’m not an Englishman).

You see it all over the place; Ian Martin’s Guardian column today, the Popdose website (don’t waste your time; I look at these things so you don’t have to), too many other places – the underlying message being “Don’t bother with that awful new music that is so difficult to listen to, stick with what you know, let’s all like the same things and that will simplify our demographic reach, make our lives easier.”

Fair enough, Mr Petridis tries to readdress this issue in today’s edition (with the substantial aid of his daughter). The difference being that when young Richard Williams was making his way as a music writer in the late sixties, he already knew about Ligeti and Stockhausen, but I recognise that these are different times.

But when you have someone say, in today’s paper, that “we want to turn our readers into a resource,” then it’s a revolver-reaching-for situation, I’m afraid.

Here he is with the classic "Poème Électronique." Good track (Marcello Carlin), Monday, 26 March 2012 13:18 (five years ago) Permalink

Sorry MB, I didn't notice this was your thread, feel free to delete and I'll go off and have a moan elsewhere

*exits sheepishly, stage left*

Here he is with the classic "Poème Électronique." Good track (Marcello Carlin), Monday, 26 March 2012 13:24 (five years ago) Permalink

The only ownership that I assert over this thread is that it is specifically ~for fangirling~ - i.e. one should only post on it if one is actually a fangirl or else if one is prepared to put up with, support, condone or otherwise just not-be-awful-and-negative-about fangirling as a mentality. Anyone who is prepared to do that, is welcome. Anyone who isn't won't be deleted, they'll just be squealed at, loudly, until they go away.

But yeah, the whole schtick of that article was just so distasteful. In point of fact, what it screamed was I DON'T KNOW MUCH ABOUT ART, BUT I KNOW WHAT I HATE!!!

Like, I understand the appeal of hating. It's very comforting, in a way. I know I do it myself, that there are artists I just *take against* and it becomes almost part of my identity that I hate Artist X. Because it's easier to establish one's identity in opposition to something, rather than by positive qualities. Maybe also lazier, and avoids actually ever putting oneself out there emotionally by committing to something as ~uncool~ as love. Because loving something or someone, really renders one quite vulnerable.

But, for me, Hating An Artist is kind of an active process, it's something I'm often testing. Like, I will, every year or so, go and listen to artists I actively hate, to test myself, to test my preconceptions. Sometimes I listen to something I hate for about 30 seconds, and go "yup, so relieved, still hate that" and sometimes it will blindside me and take me by surprise and I'll have to evaluate, has this artist changed, or have my tastes changed, and it's this process of give and take, defining and redefining boundaries. (Relieved I still don't like Penderecki, but have had to adjust my opinions on Autechre and Neil Young in the past few years after being ambushed by unexpected emotion.)

But to go to a show by an artist you know in advance you hate, you have already decided to hate, and then just spend the whole article just missing the point of what other people actually *like* about said artist. There's just something so... *lazy* about that.

And I think DL is right about that, that it's kneejerk anti-middlebrow. That it's actually been established and accepted that to enjoy only highbrow material is limiting, snobby and perhaps even vaguely classist. But if you add in "oh, but I also like complete trash, look at how much I'm enjoying this lowbrow art (with a side order of condescension and lashings of irony)" then somehow that balances it out? No it doesn't! That's not Poptimism, that's inverse snobbery.

Popcorn Supergay Receiver (Masonic Boom), Monday, 26 March 2012 14:09 (five years ago) Permalink

hahahah OK, I guess I don't have a choice in this Dogwood matter.

Popcorn Supergay Receiver (Masonic Boom), Monday, 26 March 2012 15:42 (five years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Red trousers. Sigh.

^^^^what's so tantalising is that my father is also a photographer for this paper. If only he could have got the passes instead.

(hey, Thom and my dad could have exchanged ponytail tips.)

Popcorn Supergay Receiver (Masonic Boom), Friday, 13 April 2012 08:55 (five years ago) Permalink

Melissa W, Sunday, 22 April 2012 18:08 (five years ago) Permalink

OK, I hate it, hate it, hate it, when people do this about women, and I'm well aware of how offensive I'm about to be, and yet, I cannot stop myself from shouting out...


I miss your belly. Your belly was super cute. Please grow it back for me? I will force feed you Cornish blue cheese until you comply.

White Chocolate Cheesecake, Sunday, 22 April 2012 18:38 (five years ago) Permalink

wow, he looks really rough.

crüt, Sunday, 22 April 2012 19:12 (five years ago) Permalink

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Just a weird angle on his face in the other one.

Melissa W, Sunday, 22 April 2012 19:37 (five years ago) Permalink

Am I gonna be thrown out of the Thomosexuals if I admit I'm not crazy about the stuff he does with Modeselektor? (Though I'm not actually sure I like Modeselektor that much without Apparat to pretty them up.)

White Chocolate Cheesecake, Tuesday, 24 April 2012 08:27 (five years ago) Permalink

I love Shipwreck, but This and The White Flash are a bit on the dull side. I like the Burial/Four Tet singles with Thom from last year a lot more.

Melissa W, Tuesday, 24 April 2012 13:06 (five years ago) Permalink

Too much creaky voice on Shipwreck.

White Chocolate Cheesecake, Tuesday, 24 April 2012 13:52 (five years ago) Permalink

Let's just bump this thread every time Thom exposes his abdomen.


They have fangs, They have teeth! (White Chocolate Cheesecake), Sunday, 29 April 2012 07:16 (five years ago) Permalink

(I mean we could talk about Nigel's and Thom's clicky clacky bleepbloopfest, too, but it's still doing my head in.)

They have fangs, They have teeth! (White Chocolate Cheesecake), Sunday, 29 April 2012 07:24 (five years ago) Permalink

Knowing that shot was from the LA DJ MOCA thing they did, this just comes to mind:

And if the world does turn
And if London burns I'll be standing on the beach with my guitar
I wanna be in a band when I get to heaven
Anyone can play guitar
And they won't be a nothing anymore

Grow my hair, grow my hair
I am Jim Morrison

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 29 April 2012 13:35 (five years ago) Permalink

At least his hair now is all his own. Unlike when he wrote those lyrics.

They have fangs, They have teeth! (White Chocolate Cheesecake), Sunday, 29 April 2012 13:38 (five years ago) Permalink

I wonder if some of those AFP tracks are remixes rather than the eventual album tracks. The first one sounds like proper Thom, but the rest sound a lot like they've been reworked by others.

Melissa W, Sunday, 29 April 2012 14:37 (five years ago) Permalink

I was under the impression that they were live remixing on the fly? (Though that's only based on listening, it's hard to tell if Thom is actually doing something or just dancing and checking twitter in the videos.)

I hope that they're not changed too much from the album versions as I like the clicky bleepbloops.

They have fangs, They have teeth! (White Chocolate Cheesecake), Sunday, 29 April 2012 14:55 (five years ago) Permalink

(All these DJ-ing videos that keep popping up do amuse me, though, to find out that for all Thom's talk of DJing and DJ culture, he can't actually beatmatch to save his life.)

They have fangs, They have teeth! (White Chocolate Cheesecake), Sunday, 29 April 2012 15:06 (five years ago) Permalink

Could be. It just struck me how untouched that first track sounded compared to the others.

Melissa W, Sunday, 29 April 2012 15:09 (five years ago) Permalink

Think the first track is just a song-y bone to throw the ateasers howling for "proper songs" and "less bleeps and bloops" before the album jumps off into the pure "electronic dance music" album he keeps telling people he's going to release.

I want the album to be 12 versions of the long version of Twist just to piss people off, but I would.

They have fangs, They have teeth! (White Chocolate Cheesecake), Sunday, 29 April 2012 15:12 (five years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

So this summer, Mr Yorke will be DJ-ing RIGHT ACROSS THE ROAD from where I used to live.

Real life is no fair

Dixie Narco Martenot (White Chocolate Cheesecake), Friday, 1 June 2012 07:00 (five years ago) Permalink

block parties were less anticipated when you lived there.

Cunga, Friday, 1 June 2012 07:45 (five years ago) Permalink

The building had been under construction for so long we thought it was abandoned when I lived there. Now it's a massive posh art gallery.

Dixie Narco Martenot (White Chocolate Cheesecake), Friday, 1 June 2012 07:49 (five years ago) Permalink

that stinks.

Cunga, Friday, 1 June 2012 07:56 (five years ago) Permalink

Love this so much.

Melissa W, Monday, 11 June 2012 22:04 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm on a bus and can't watch it, but I assume that's Full Stop? Love the skittering drums on that now.

Coolyplay G (White Chocolate Cheesecake), Tuesday, 12 June 2012 07:44 (five years ago) Permalink

How is this song so good.

Turangalila, Tuesday, 12 June 2012 18:12 (five years ago) Permalink

I don't know! (There's a better sound quality version of it, though, I swear I've heard one, even though the camera work was sick-makingly drunken)

Also, how is his ponytail so cute?

Coolyplay G (White Chocolate Cheesecake), Tuesday, 12 June 2012 18:44 (five years ago) Permalink


Turangalila, Tuesday, 12 June 2012 18:56 (five years ago) Permalink

Have we had the sun shining out of his behind yet?

Jesus Christ you take a man who is already sex incarnate, and then you make him play the sexiest of all instruments and the power of sexiness just increases exponentially.

Coolyplay G (White Chocolate Cheesecake), Tuesday, 12 June 2012 19:20 (five years ago) Permalink

i don't see anyone playing accordion

he bit me (it felt like a diss) (m bison), Tuesday, 12 June 2012 19:37 (five years ago) Permalink

I didn't know there were bass accordions?

Coolyplay G (White Chocolate Cheesecake), Tuesday, 12 June 2012 19:47 (five years ago) Permalink

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