Episode 341: Pablo Honey - Radiohead [Discologist]

Episode 341: Pablo Honey - Radiohead [Discologist]

Every great band starts somewhere and for Radiohead, their introduction to the world was the biggest hit of their career wrapped in an album of loud, forward-thinking, guitar rock.

And for some reason their fans hate it. 

We're holding court to defend this classic album and show why it's not just so much more than "Creep", it's one of the best albums of their career.

Episode 296: OK Computer - Radiohead [Discologist]

Episode 296: OK Computer - Radiohead [Discologist]

With one of the biggest rock hits of all time ("Creep") and a genre defining guitar-rock classic (The Bends) under their belts, Radiohead had little left to prove when OK Computer was released in the Summer of 1997. Despite that, what they achieved was an album full of fear, anxiety, and beauty that quite literally changed the course of rock music as we know it.

On the latest installment of our Discologist series, we're taking a look at everything that made this modern-day masterpiece great, why it has withstood the test of time, and how its techno-phobic, anti-fascist themes are almost horrifically as relevant today as they were twenty years ago.

Episode 184: Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

Episode 184: Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

Is Apple aiming to kill music downloads in the near future? Are we ready to go "full digital" or is this just an idea that's not ready for prime time?

You might have heard that Radiohead is back. Their new album is called A Moon Shaped Pool. We're talking about it. 

Go-go, the soul of Washington, DC, may be out of the spotlight in 2016, but it will never die thanks to Rare Essence keeping on keeping on and their new album Turn It Up.

ROCKTOBER 2012: 2007 - You Can't Put A Price Tag On A Rainbow

 2007 was the year where bands reuniting wasn’t quite overdone, so when Sting & The Police finally set aside their differences and hit the road in honor of “Roxanne”’s 30th anniversary, the music world was elated. After nearly a decade apart, Zach de la Rocha returned to front his old band Rage Against The Machine. Conveniently enough, his fellow bandmates were still playing together in Audioslave, but now that Rage had returned, their fans who were angry and wanted change back in the 90s were now older, wiser, and probably still just as angry, but happy that their favorite band was back onstage. On the flipside, The Spice Girls reunited. THAT ACTUALLY HAPPENED.


As the years went on, and more and more households acquired the internet, piracy became a huge hot button topic. With leak culture being huge and artists and record labels struggling to combat it, some actually took the opportunity to capitalize on it. Free from their contract with Capitol Records, Radiohead did the unthinkable. Not only did they announce that their latest release, In Rainbows, would be out in 10 days, but they defied all logic and told people they could pay what they wanted for this new album.

ROCKTOBER 2012: 1997 - Everything Is Gonna Be OK

1997 was a year in transition for the music industry.  As Chunky Rusty noted in his paean to 1996, the mid to late 1990s found the music industry uneasily poised between the business models of the past and an uncertain digital future.  While (as anyone who was in college in 1997 can tell you) folks had already discovered how to upload their music to the Internet and share it with friends, the process was still unwieldy for most (IRC / FTP sites anyone?).  Napster was still two years away from release and broadband Internet was not yet widely available outside of the dorm.  As such, the CD, with its $17.99 price tag (or life ruining Columbia House subscription) was still the king of the home listening market.  And, if CD was king, radio was its ubiquitous, frequently annoying herald.

If 1997 is not the year with the most overplayed, persistent radio earworms in history, it must be in the top-5.  It is as though the music industry saw the changing landscape and, in a pre-emptive move to retain a stranglehold on the listening habits of the American populace, launched an all-out assault on the nation’s earholes.  But don’t take my word for it.  Rather, take a listen to this list of 9 radio mainstays from 1997 that you will be unable to get out of your head for the next week:

Put these in your ear and, uh, smoke em.

You’re welcome…and I didn’t even bother to include some of the truly execrable crap that was unleashed on the listening public that year like Celine Dion’s Let’s Talk About Love and its ubiquitous single “My Heart Will Go On.” 

TRACKING: Atoms For Peace - "Default"

SOUNDS LIKE: Four Tet, Burial, Radiohead
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: Over two years after taking his Eraser songs on tour, Thom Yorke's other band is readying their first LP

Thom Yorke is one to always surprise fans of his music.  In 2007, Radiohead announced their now classic In Rainbows only 10 days before it would be available to the world.  In 2011, the window was a mere week between the unveiling of The King Of Limbs and its availability to the world.  It would only be appropriate for Yorke to do the same with his solo career as well.

Throughout 2012 as Radiohead toured the world, there was talk of an album from Atoms For Peace, Yorke's live band that he took on the road to play out songs from 2006's solo venture, The Eraser, and preview then unreleased material.  The band, featuring unofficial sixth Radiohead member Nigel Godrich and (surprisingly) Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, eventually entered a studio to craft what would be not just Yorke's second album outside of Radiohead, but their first group outing. 

And late last week, characteristically out of nowhere, a new single just popped up on iTunes without announcement.  "Default" is what you'd expect from Yorke: blips and bloops careening and swirling around your brain, cascading from one ear to the other, wrapped around Yorke's trademark voice.  What's surprising, though, is what sounds like the absence of the other Atoms For Peace members.  Where is Flea's trademark funkier-than-though bassline? Is Mauro Refresco really there shaking maracas or a tambourine? It comes off as Yorke showing off all of his favorite electronic contemporaries, and giving us a song we'd expect from him.  Nevertheless it is good and exciting, but let's just hope the rest of the band gets a moment to shine when Atoms For Peace album is given to the world, probably without much notice, next year.


LIVE: Radiohead @ The Verizon Center - 6/3/12

So Venus transited across the face of the Sun and Ray Bradbury took his final trip into the gaping cosmic yawp, but those weren’t the only stratospheric things happening to DMV residents this week - if you were lucky enough to hold a golden ticket into Verizon on Sunday, you could also watch Radiohead put on yet another brain-melting, heart-wrenchingly good, though wildly eccentric show. Looking for accessibility, easy anthems, your favorite song from The Bends? Keep moving, pal, because Radiohead is not here to play the hits. They’re here to make art all over your face, with a concert that is as much visual spectacle as it is music - they’ve moved on, evolved, and they want you to do so as well.

PRESS PLAY: Sara Jarosz (w/Punch Brothers) - The Tourist

Sounds like: Distilled awesome witha dash of Punch Brothers and just a smidgen of Radiohead (duh)
Why you should care: ummmmmm.

Given that later today Radiohead is kicking off their world tour down in Florida (w/Other Lives opening!!!) we figured now is as good a time as any to show the band some love in the form of other people showing the band some love. 

Radiohead Schedule US Tour Dates For 2012!

Heard it here first kids:

The band's first extensive Stateside trek since 2008 will begin February 27 at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, FL, with dates currently running through March 15 at the Arena in Glendale, AZ. Other Lives will support on these dates.

General on-sales for these shows will begin November 12, with the exception of the February 29 Tampa, FL date, which will go on sale November 19. 

There will be a four ticket per person limit.

For further information on ticketing, go to


Tour Dates

27-Feb Miami, FL American Airlines Arena

29-Feb Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum

1-Mar Atlanta, GA Philips Arena

3-Mar  Houston, TX Toyota Center

5-Mar Dallas, TX American Airlines Center

7-Mar Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center

9-Mar St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center

11-Mar Kansas City, MO Sprint Center

13-Mar Broomfield, CO 1stBank Center

15-Mar Glendale, AZ Arena


What? No DC love guys?



No, we didn't go. NYC is a long way to travel on a "school night", even if Radiohead happens to be playing an impossibly small/intimate venue for a band their size. And we're not bitter.*

That being said, it's OK, because we're living in the FUTURE folks. A future where we all have hi-def video cameras in our freaking PHONES, and if you put all of the video shot last night from those phones you can be sure that it would be just like being there...minus the awesome I mean.

We're sure you superfans are going to comb through each and every tiny corner of the internets until you find them all, and that's all you guys. We'll get you started though with this video shot by the good people over at BrooklynVegan, who apparently (and expectedly) all up in Radiohead's face for the benefit of us all.

Radiohead - Reckoner (Live @ Roseland Ballroom)

 *We actually HAD tickets pulled up (amazingly) and chose otherwise. Crazy I know but Radiohead don't pay the bills people.

Daily Listen: Radiohead - Supercollider/The Butcher

It's in print now so I can't really hide from my initial disdain of Radioheads The King Of Limbs. But I have come around to it a bit, so at least it's listenable now. I'll wait until I get my vinyl package delivered to make my final FINAL decision on the album.

Either way though, people dig it, and now they've released to extra tracks. Supercollider and The Butcher aren't meant to be a part of the album, but to be sure they came out of the same intellectual miasma that produced the bands newest record. 

So there you have it. New NEW Radiohead.



 Radiohead - Supercollider

Radiohead - The Butcher



Review: Radiohead - The King Of Limbs

It had had to happen eventually. Like Wilco and the Hold Steady before them (Wilco (The Album) and Heaven is Whenever respectively), Radiohead has gone and dropped the most disappointing album of their career.

But is it BAD?

That’s a really hard question to answer.

Let’s start with the obvious. Clocking in at just under 40 minutes the album is snoozer. And by that I mean it’s BORING. The truth of the matter is that you could lay Yorke’s voice over a f@#@ing Ace of Bass track and it would sound fantastic. But it wouldn’t be good....





"It's Friday... It's almost the weekend...It's a full moon....

You can download 'The King of Limbs' now if you so wish!


Thank you good people for waiting ... Have a great weekend wherever you are....




And with that, the new Radiohead album, "The King Of Limbs" is released.




Wait!!! There's more!!! The new video for the track "Lotus Flower"




New Radiohead album is almost HERE!! "The King Of Limbs" to be released on 2/19!


Hot on the heals of Arcade Fire's win last night comes this news:


I for one couldn't be more excited. Radiohead is a band that has continued to evolve throughout their carreer and with each consecutive album has given us something that we didn't even know we wanted to hear until they dished it up. Yea, I'm a fan, but you should be to given their track record. 

So far I'd say that this is shaping up to be a damn good week for music. What's next? Bill Berry rejoining R.E.M.? (pleasepleasepleaseplease) 

Preorder "The King Of Limbs" right here.