Thursday, March 08, 2007

I'm a reasonable man, get off my case, get off my case

Recorded simultaneously with Kid A and released 6 months later, Amnesiac continued Radiohead's trend toward more avante garde music. Increasingly experimental production techniques were engaged - melodies recorded backward and then played forward, electronic distortions, sped-up tracks, and an increasing emphasis on looping and layering of samples. Many of the tracks feature a considerable jazz influence, most notably Pyramid Song and Life in a Glass House which features some great New Orleans style trumpet.

I'll admit that prior to Radiohead week, I didn't listen to Amnesiac very many times. I have been finding out the last day or so (as I immersed myself in it), that this was an oversight. Much of Amnesiac is steeped in a very moody atmosphere. You and Whose Army is a world-weary final feeble kick at authority, while Pyramid Song is an ethereal piano-driven piece which builds into a symphony. Conversely, tracks like Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box, Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors, and Hunting Bears (instrumental) are highly percussive, but in radically differing ways. Maybe that's what prompted Thom Yorke to state that Amnesiac was for people who wanted to shag at 80 beats per minute.

and the video for Pyramid Song:

So says Bobby Gillespie, frontman of Primal Scream, and once upon a time Jesus and Mary Chain drummer. And some sites are reporting that he actually will be joining them for their Coachella reunion next month.
WIll, you have got to go to Coachella! And bring all your camera equipment
You remember that prank you used to pull back in university or whenever, where you would stretch Saran wrap over the toilet seat, causing the victim to pee all over the place? Well, I just did that to myself today. Not the toilet seat, but I tried pouring some stuff into a bowl without first removing the plastic wrap. What a moron. I'm just glad it wasn't urine I was pouring.


Anonymous said...

Ah, Life in a Glass House is so freaking brilliant, so many little things make me love this album, like the guitar riff from I might be wrong.
Too bad Coachella sold out, I would love to go this year what with RATM and JAMC reforming.

John Mutford said...

Wow I love these. I hadn't heard anything from this album. If these are any indication, I've been missing out.

Anonymous said...

booby and jim r 4 life

Allison said...

A little part of me dies when I think about Coachella this year. Please, somebody has gots to go. That would be a great concert to roadtrip too, I think. Just not in a VW bus ;)

Hmm, yes, enjoyed Pyramid Song. I can't believe I've been converted into a Radiohead fan this fast. Unlike Toccata, her poor ears.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It's an amazing song, Fearless, there are so many amazing songs on Amnesiac. Why didn't I ever really stop to listen to it before? Cause I'm an idiot.
If Coachella is sold out, I no longer care that I haven't gotten my passport back yet. But I would kill to see the JAMC and Jarvis Cocker.

They are an indication, John! The album is brilliant! And it sat in the back of my cd rack forever. I more than made up for it today though.

hahaha Anony, how true! In fact my daughter would say that they go together like vegetables and drugs.

I'm counting on Will to be our rep at Coachella, Al. But I want pics and film footage and a t-shirt.
It would be a totally bad-ass trip in a VW bus, as long as the clutch worked.
I know, poor Toccata! I think I scarred her for life. I'm trying to convince her to listen to Fake Plastic Trees, but I'm sure she doesn't trust me anymore lolz.

Toccata said...

Yes, Toccata has been scarred for life and I'm at the point that I am scared to click on any tree thing, fake plastic or not! You just have no idea what that first song did to me. It had the same effect as Dean Martin's voice; my entire body screams out in pain and I can barely walk because my entire body contracts in some weird way.

But hey you did introduce me to The Decemberists and The Pogues and for them I will be forever grateful to you.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

That sounds serious, Toccata! It's the dreaded Dean Martin affliction (Dean Martin? hahaha, you kill me).
I can promise you that Fake Plastic Trees is a gorgeous ballad, but it is sung in falsetto, and I'm not sure what effect that has upon your ambulatory abilities. I'm not going to push you though, I respect your boundaries.

Deb said...

Barb...I haven't done the saran wrap thing but my last shift at work involved throwing bean salad all over my booth at work (I lifted in by the lid, that wasn't on properly). All day long I kept finding was even in the display where the tickets are. Ty said I should've sold it as a magic one.

this fellow is going to Coachella and will probably have a pretty good review of things so we'll all know what we missed.

justacoolcat said...

Amnesiac tends to get the most listens from me just after The Bends. It's great background music while doing things around the house.

BeckEye said...

Radiohead is one of those bands that I don't follow closely, but everything I hear by them, I end up liking. It's weird that I don't have any of their records. I feel the same way about Beck...he never disappoints, yet I don't own any of his stuff. I need a better job so I can have more money to buy all the CDs I want!

John Mutford said...

Beckeye, I feel the same way. In fact, even before reading your comment I was comparing my like for Beck in the same light.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Ty is a smart dude, and has definite entrepreneurial tendencies, Deb. Was it a three-bean or a five-bean salad? Because you could have charged differing amounts depending on bean type.
I will keep an eye on your friend's site for Coachella reviews - thanks.

I can't wait for them to start playing Amnesiac in elevators, Just A. Then I will know I am really old.

There's not enough money in the world to buy all the cds you want, Beckeye.
I don't own any Beck either, but my kid does and I always enjoy it when she plays it, but I never think to go borrow it. Similar issues I guess.

Maybe there's just some musicians we take for granted, John. Poor Beck.