Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has become embroiled in an online dispute with Moby after the dance star criticised the singer for failing to embrace online music streaming service Spotify. Yorke hit headlines earlier this year (13) when he decided to remove music by his side project, Atoms For Peace, from the web platform following a dispute over artist royalty rates, and he subsequently accused the company of changing the music industry for the worse.
His comments have riled fellow musician Moby, who is a supporter of Spotify, and he criticised Yorke in an interview with Mashable.com, saying, "Artists who are adaptable are doing fine... If you can learn how to adapt - it's really weird and unhealthy when people talk about restricting progress to accommodate the inability of people to adapt. Every industry has been impacted by (changes in technology) in both negative and positive ways, but I feel like to complain is pointless. I love Thom Yorke, but when I heard him complaining about Spotify, I'm like, 'You're just like an old guy yelling at fast trains'. I love anything that enables people to have more music in their lives."
Yorke has since posted a link to Moby's comments on his Twitter.com page, writing, "I am a 45 yr (sic) old Luddite and proud of it... yawn."
Moby responded by declaring his respect for the Radiohead singer and David Byrne, another outspoken critic of Spotify, but he also insisted the stars need to embrace the digital music age.
In a post on Twitter, he writes, "To be clear, I love Thom Yorke and David Byrne, creative geniuses. I just don't see the point in fighting a future that's already here."
Rocker Thom Yorke has launched a furious broadside against online music retailer Spotify, insisting the music industry should band together to close the service. The Radiohead frontman hit headlines in July (13) when he pulled his side project Atoms For Peace's work from the streaming platform over the low royalties paid to artists.
Now he has slammed Spotify bosses, accusing them of trying to muscle in on attempts to modernise the music industry and telling them, "We don't need you. F**k off."
Yorke is adamant Radiohead's method of releasing their 2007 album In Rainbows online and inviting fans to pay only what they could afford to download it is a potential model for the future.
He tells website Sopitas.com, "When we did the In Rainbows thing what was most exciting was the idea you could have a direct connection between you as a musician and your audience. You cut all of it out, it's just that and that. And then all these f**kers get in a way, like Spotify suddenly trying to become the gatekeepers to the whole process. We don't need you to do it. No artists need you to do it. We can build the s**t ourselves, so f**k off.
"But because they're using old music, because they're using the majors... the majors are all over it because they see a way of re-selling all their old stuff for free, make a fortune, and not die. That's why to me, Spotify, the whole thing, is such a massive battle, because it's about the future of all music. It's about whether we believe there's a future in music."
Legendary rocker Sir Paul McCartney is hesitant to reach out to Thom Yorke to propose plans for a dream collaboration because he fears the Radiohead frontman will reject him. The Beatles icon admits his fashion designer daughter Stella is keen for the pair to hook up in the studio, but the Yesterday hitmaker is worried Yorke won't have time to fit him into his busy schedule.
He tells Britain's NME magazine, "My daughter Stella is very keen (for a Thom Yorke collaboration). She's got a project, she keeps saying to me, 'Ring Thom and just go into the studio and just see what you come out with.'
"I'm a bit sort of paranoid to just ring him up. 'Hey Thom, it's Paul here. What do you fancy, what are you doing? Do you fancy writing something?' Just in case he says, 'Er, actually I'm busy'."
However, there's one dream duet partner McCartney is eager to turn into a reality: "There were big rumours a couple of years ago about me and Bob Dylan writing together (sic), and I've still got that at the back of my mind. I would like to do it."
WENNPreviously the sole preserve of aging prog-rockers, the concept of the supergroup has recently been embraced by artists from the worlds of EDM (Swedish House Mafia), indie-rock (Tired Pony) and hip-hop (Slaughterhouse) and even the odd boyband (NKOTBSB). But only a handful ever live up to their 'super' billing. Here’s a look at five of the best from the 21st century.
Lucy PearlThe brainchild of A Tribe Called Quest DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad and former Tony! Toni! Tone member Raphael Saadiiq, Lucy Pearl then became worthy of their supergroup tag when they recruited Dawn Robinson as a last-minute replacement for D'Angelo. A glorious mix of neo-soul, funk & R&B, their 2000 self-titled debut album produced a string of classic singles ("Dance Tonight," "Don’t Mess With My Man"). But following the En Vogue star's departure, the whole project sadly disbanded just two years later.
Atoms For PeaceNamed after a speech by former US President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Atoms For Peace saw Thom Yorke form an unlikely alliance with permanently shirtless bassist Flea alongside longtime Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, Beck drummer Joey Waronker and Brazilian percussionist Mauro Refosco. Their debut album's sketchy and minimalist blend of IDM, post-garage and experimental electronica may have confused fans of Red Hot Chili Peppers' funk rock. But Amok proved that their random line-up wasn’t the only intriguing thing about them.
ApparatijkDespite featuring the bassist from arguably the world’s biggest band, Apparatijk's cinematic blend of post-rock, indie and electronica has been all but ignored since they first came together to record the theme tune to BBC documentary, Amazon. Which is a shame as Coldplay's Guy Berryman, A-Ha's Magne Furuholmen, Mew's Jonas Bjerre and producer Martin Terefe have produced two albums (We Are Here, Square Peg In A Round Hole) which stand up against any of their respective groups' output.
The Last Shadow PuppetsAllowing Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner, former The Rascals frontman Miles Kane and Simian Mobile Disco's James Ford to embrace their love of '60s orchestral pop, The Last Shadow Puppets reached number one in the UK and even earned a Mercury Prize nomination with a grandiose debut album, The Age Of Understatement, which recalled everything from the classic Bond themes of John Barry to the wondrous The Walker Brothers.
Magnetic ManPioneers of the dubstep sound, Benga, Skream and Artwork then took the genre to new commercial heights with a 2010 self-titled debut album under the guise of Magnetic Man which featured inspired collaborations with the likes of John Legend and Ms Dynamite and also introduced the talents of a young Katy B.
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We’re three quarters into 2013 and the year is already chock full of creative and unique music videos. In the 1980s and '90s, artists wanted to create videos that were meaningful and larger-than-life, but in today’s digital age, the art of music videos is starting to be replaced by DIY videos that aim to go viral. Thankfully, the following artists have managed to find a happy medium between the two, and the result is 10 of the best music videos that have come out this year.
Allison Weiss – “Making It Up” We all know that breaking up is hard to do, but what happens when you get dumped by the one creature that’s supposed to be give you unconditional loyalty? Allison Weiss knows what that pain’s all about. In the Kristen Winter-directed video for “Making It Up,” Weiss comes home to a note on her bed that simply says, “Allison – I can’t do this. I’m sorry. –Scott.” You can’t even do it in person? How rude, Scott! A lot of furrowed brows and pacing around later, Weiss goes off to confront her dumper … who just happens to be her dog. Weiss is perfect in her genuine disappointment over breaking up with Scott, the handsome dog with the stylish name-embroidered scarf that clearly anyone would’ve fallen for. Breaking up has never been cuter.
Django Django – “WOR” In this brilliantly-directed Jim Demuth video, Django Django take the audience into a dizzying look into a night in the life of the infamous Well of Death riders in Allahabad, India. Clocking in at less than 5 minutes, the video is more like a mini-documentary, showcasing not only the crazy stunts that the daredevils pull off, but also the human side of the stuntmen, giving introductions and quotes from the featured riders. The visuals are the perfect complement to the rousing music, and the video manages to leave afterthoughts about mortality and heroism lingering in the viewer’s mind. Deep stuff.
The Knife – “Full Of Fire” If you know anything about Swedish electro duo The Knife, you know that they’re the dictionary definition of “awesomely weird as hell.” “Full Of Fire” is one of their less creepy songs, more upbeat and frantic than sullen and saturnine, and the almost-10-minute-long video works to keep up with the pace. “Full Of Fire” is essentially a short film by Stockholm and Berlin-based filmmaker/visual artist Marit Ostberg that takes the audience on a crazy ride through protests, random people’s apartments, kids playing with broken glass, and so much more haphazardness.
David Bowie – “The Next Day” (NSFW) 2013 was the year that David Bowie decided to venture back into the music world and show us all how it’s really done. The title track of his latest (and twenty-fourth) studio album, “The Next Day” video was written by Bowie himself and directed by famed Canadian-Italian photographer/director Floria Sigismondi. The video finds Bowie as a Jesus-type prophet singing in a dive bar to an audience of washed up church figures who are drinking their pain away. Marion Cotillard stars as a gorgeous siren (so basically, herself) who gets a really bad case of stigmata, while Gary Oldman is featured as a sleazy priest who just wants to get his dance on. The Catholic League denounced the video, calling it a “mess,” which basically translates as “Welcome Back” as far as Bowie is concerned.
Foals – “Late Night” (NSFW) British indie rockers Foals have a doozy with the NABIL-directed “Late Night.” A 5 minute exercise in existentialism, “Late Night” goes through the basic human events that make up late nights, like death, sex, crime, birth, suicide, violence, and drama. Set in a decrepit hotel straight out of a Hitchcock film, the band plays in the lobby while chaos takes place between the floors and walls. Although the visuals are graphic, the video is anything but gratuitous when it comes to nudity and violence, instead focusing on the realness and grittiness of basic human instincts instead of glorifying them.
Beach House – “Wishes” Beach House’s “Wishes” was directed by Eric Wareheim, one half of Adult Swim comedy duo Tim & Eric. The video is ridiculously amazing, if only for the fact that the star of the show is Ray Wise (yes, Twin Peaks Ray Wise). Wise stars as a football coach singing the melancholy “Wishes” to a huge crowd before the start of a game, while cheerleaders do their routines with bigass machete things and horse-headed people start to pop out in the crowd. “Wishes” is what Tim Riggins would’ve seen if he dropped acid before the start of a game in Friday Night Lights. In other words, this video rocks.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Sacrilege” (NSFW) NYC’s Yeah Yeah Yeahs never disappoint with their videos, and “Sacrilege” is no different. Directed by French collective Megaforce, “Sacrilege” has model/actress Lily Cole bedding a bunch of men (and 1 woman), only to wind up getting chased through the streets by all her paramours who want to burn her at the stake. Whoa.
Atoms For Peace – “Ingénue” Thom Yorke. Interpretive dance. If those 4 words don’t make your entire life, you’re probably hopeless. Directed by Garth Jennings, “Ingenue” has a simple concept: dress Yorke up like the new kid at Hogwarts, stick him in front of a white screen, and get him to bust out some Wayne McGregor-choreographed dance moves with dancer Fukiko Takase. The result is 4 minutes of the best continuous GIFs you’ll ever find anywhere.
Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z – “Suit And Tie” Thankfully, Justin Timberlake stopped trying to make “Timberlake, actor” happen for a bit and went back to what he does best: music. “Suit And Tie” was his big return back to the pop world, and the David Fincher-directed video lives up to the grandiosity of his comeback. The video juxtaposes 50s-style charm with contemporary hip hop dancing, and the black and white film makes the whole affair look classy (even the chick writhing around on the wet floor). In an age where everyone and their dog is trying to make their own meaningful videos with their iPhones, the glamor and lavishness of “Suit And Tie” is refreshing, taking us back to the extravagant videos of pop stars of yore.
Yo La Tengo – “I’ll Be Around” At the end of January, indie rockers Yo La Tengo released their video for “I’ll Be Around,” directed by Phil Morrison of Junebug-fame. The video is as minimal as the song, featuring Superchunk frontman Mac McCaughan singing the track with an acoustic guitar in the woods. The forest shots are simply beautiful, and poem-like text and recipes for delicious stuff are superimposed throughout the video. “I’ll Be Around” ends with the band sitting down for dinner, only to have bassist James McNew get arrested by some buzzkill cops (probably for being part of a kickass band that makes illegally awesome music videos).
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Welsh actor Rhys Ifans is set to go solo in a one-man play about the 'Occupy' protests in London in 2011. The Notting Hill star will perform in Protest Song, a piece written by Tim Price which focuses on the anti-corporate greed campaigns which took over the area surrounding London's iconic St. Paul's Cathedral for several months.
Ifans will play a homeless man who awakes to find himself surrounded by demonstrators. The play will run from 16 December (13) to 11 January (14).
Radiohead's Thom Yorke, Massive Attack and Rage Against The Machine star Tom Morello were among the stars who were outspoken in their support for the rallies, which took place in major cities around the world.
Bat For Lashes star Natasha Khan called Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke when her hectic work schedule and mounting personal problems left her on the verge of a meltdown. The singer was seriously fatigued and suffering from writer's block when she was first attempting to record her 2012 album The Haunted Man, and she admits a personal crisis left her on the brink of quitting.
She called Yorke for help after previously growing close to the singer on a tour with Radiohead, and he told her to take a break to clear her head, according to Britain's The Times.
Khan tells the publication, "I'd been touring and living this very different lifestyle for a while. In my personal life I'd had this really... bad news... and suddenly I was on my own, thinking, 'I want to make this record, but I don't know how to do it'."
The star goes on to insist taking a break from work to indulge in "quietude and reflection" did her good.
She adds, "In my relationships with my family, with lovers, whatever, there were fewer swings and extremes."
Veteran rocker Peter Gabriel fears he will never get to work with Radiohead as frontman Thom Yorke was insulted by his version of their hit track Street Spirit (Fade Out). The former Genesis star recorded orchestral renditions of songs by artists including Neil Young, Lou Reed, and David Bowie for his 2010 album Scratch My Back, and the Radiohead cover was part of that project.
He had hoped the artists featured would return the favour by choosing one of his tracks to record, but the plan hit the buffers when several stars, including Bowie and Radiohead, backed out, and Gabriel fears the Creep hitmakers were offended by his efforts.
He tells Mojo magazine, "Thom Yorke's not got back to me. He was keen to do Wallflower. But then I think he or the others didn't like the version I did (of Street Spirit). I talked about it in another interview, and I think that further p**sed him off. So I think that might be one for the next life."
Singer/songwriter Aimee Mann has filed a multi-million dollar copyright infringement lawsuit in a fight over digital song royalties. The Save Me star filed papers in California federal court on Monday (22Jul13), claiming that bosses at MediaNet, which provides over 22 million tracks to online music services such as Yahoo Music and Playlist.com, do not own the rights to around 120 of her songs, which they reportedly offer for streaming on the Internet.
She alleges MediaNet executive's actions have cost her big in royalties and she is seeking up to $18 million (£12 million) in damages, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Mann's lawsuit emerges just days after Radiohead star Thom Yorke pulled music from popular streaming service Spotify. In a number of tweets, his Atoms for Peace bandmate Nigel Godrich claimed the site was "bad for new music" as up-and-coming acts do not reap any benefit from their songs appearing on the site.
Thom Yorke's band Atoms For Peace axed a festival slot in Poland on Saturday night (20Jul13) due to technical difficulties. The Radiohead rocker was due to hit the stage with his side-project at the Malta Festival in Poland, but the show was called off just hours beforehand.
A statement from organisers put the cancellation down to safety concerns. It reads, "We are sorry to inform that due to technical reasons related to the safety of the event, (the) concert of Atoms For Peace (sic) has been cancelled. The information on the refund of the tickets will be available on Monday, 22nd July."
Yorke added in a post on Twitter.com, "Sorry due to technical reasons - safety of the event... (the) show in Poland (is) cancelled."
No more details were available as WENN went to press.