Posted by: Phil | October 10, 2009

Weekly Wrap-Up

It’s been sort of a slow week when it comes to major music news, but here are a few items that you might find interesting.

LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 2: Musician Thom Yorke performs at the Echoplex on October 2, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Trixie Textor)

LOS ANGELES - OCTOBER 2: Musician Thom Yorke performs at the Echoplex on October 2, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Trixie Textor)

This past Friday, Thom Yorke of Radiohead fame put together a rehearsal concert for his new band compromised of the Red Hot Chili Peppers‘ bassist, Flea, Joey Waronker from Beck’s recordings, Nigel Godrich, the producer of Radiohead’s albums, and Mauro Refosco performing some of Yorke’s solo work. A lot of Yorke’s solo career has been more electronic than his work with Radiohead. However, his rehearsal concert gave his work a different, more instrumental feel to his work. Flea’s bass work gave his material a bit more depth and had more of a dance groove to it. It was an interesting concert and Rock Is A Girl’s Best Friend has a great blog post about it and several high quality youtube videos. Below is a sample of the differences between Thom’s solo work and the live performance of it.

Thom Yorke – “Feeling Pulled Apart By Horses”

Live performance of “Feeling Pulled Apart By Horses”

Led Zeppelin: Good Times, Bad Times: A Visual Biography of the Ultimate Band.

Led Zeppelin: Good Times, Bad Times: A Visual Biography of the Ultimate Band.

A new book called “Led Zeppelin: Good Times, Bad Times: A Visual Biography of the Ultimate Band” was released late last month which chronicles the band’s rise from obscurity to international fame through a series of photographs taken throughout the band’s career. It goes as far back as when they first played as the “New Yardbirds” in Denmark way back in 1968 to their reunion concert in London in 2007 with John Bonham Jr. at drums.

John Bonham at Atlantic Studios in New York recording Led Zeppelin's II in 1969. Photograph by Jim Cummins from Led Zeppelin: Good Times, Bad Times (Abrams Books).

John Bonham at Atlantic Studios in New York recording Led Zeppelin's II in 1969. Photograph by Jim Cummins from Led Zeppelin: Good Times, Bad Times (Abrams Books).

Rollingstone.com has an article up detailing some of the newly released photographs of the band including some fan photos which hadn’t been public until now. If you’re interested, the hardcover copy of the book is selling at amazon.com now for a modest $23.10 and will probably end up as a collector’s item down the road for those interested.

Them Crooked Vultures.

Them Crooked Vultures.

Also, in reference to last week’s spotlight on Them Crooked Vultures, antiquiet.com has an interesting interview with the lead guitarist/vocalist Josh Homme which details how the band originally came to be. It finally gives some insight into the band after they had been secretive for so long about the band’s identity and origins. The actual story behind the band’s conception is one of the more compelling parts of the interview.

Josh Homme at the Lotto Arena in 2008. Photo taken by daMusic.be.

Josh Homme at the Lotto Arena in 2008. Photo taken by daMusic.be.

Antiquiet: “I heard this came together at a renaissance-themed birthday party?”

Josh Homme: “Yeah, well Dave (Grohl), he mentioned this idea, and we’re always looking for a chance to do stuff together, Dave and I. So he said, “you know what, maybe I should ask John Paul Jones!” And I was like, “that’d be awesome. And I’ll ask… The President. And we can put it all together.”

And then all of a sudden he starts sending me emails, of correspondence between him and Jones, and I was like… ‘uhhhh… well shit. What do I do?’

I hadn’t played guitar for five months, and I was gonna maybe take a break for a second, for my first time in a long time. But then [Dave] has his birthday party at Medieval Times, and of course he sat us right next to each other. That was the blind date. But he sat in the next row behind us, like looking over (laughing)…

But you know, I think it’s fairly common to meet someone from Zeppelin at Medieval Times.”

The interview also revealed that their debut album will be a “self-titled album” and will be released “before the end of the year” by Interscope in the US and Sony/BMG internationally according to Josh Homme. Be sure to read the full article and more at antiquiet.com.

That’s it for this week. Stay tuned for coverage of the Mars Volta‘s Electric Factory performance tonight at 8 PM.

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