The Early Radioheads:
Another week, another Radiohead leak. Though this time, the two tracks in question are purportedly from the On a Friday version of the band, the pre-Jonny Greenwood days in the mid-80s when Yorke and friends were young Oxfordshire boarding school lads, reports Radiohead fan site At Ease. If true, “Fat Girl” is the closest visual bridge between The Smiths and modern day Radiohead we’re going to get, a possible Yorke suavely crooning the ill-fated attempts of a young girl’s attempt to be skinny. While “Fragile Friend” is a jangle-scrap playful pop tune until, again, a possible Yorke wails-in with a “Don’t let me down” refrain.
Get Cheeky With It:
Halting internet leakage, rumors and creative rib jabs, Sir Paul officially revealed the title of his 15th solo album as Kisses on the Bottom, due February 6th on Starbucks imprint, Hear Music. Who’s bottom? Kisses from who? The McCartney camp explains, specifically to those who have “historically subjected his every move to microscopic scrutiny”: “The phrase ‘Kisses On The Bottom,’ however, actually comes from the album’s opener ‘I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter’. Originally made a big hit by Fats Waller in 1935, the song opens with the lines ‘I’m gonna sit right down and write myself a letter and make believe it came from you/I’m gonna write words oh so sweet/They’re gonna knock me off of my feet/A lot of kisses on the bottom, I’ll be glad I got ‘em’.” Literal cheeky title or not, there will be two new tunes “My Valentine” and “Only Our Hearts” on the record, while the rest will be interpretations of favorites from McCartney’s childhood.
Bjork Vs. The Universe:
Iconic Icelandic singer/songwriter Bjork is bringing the live portion of her ambitious “Biophilia” project to New York City, the New York Times reports. Debuted at the Manchester International Festival in England back in June, Bjork dubbed the performances a “meditation on the relationship between music, nature and technology,” utilizing all sorts of bunches of mind-melting musical innovations, i.e. a Tesla coil that harnesses the Earth’s gravitational pull in the name of melody. We’re confused and titilated, too. But the critics have spoken in diggable unison. And NYC will see ten productions of it, six at the New York Hall of Science and four at the Roseland Ballroom. While the album sector of it dropped in October, and all can get their minds blown by the first ever app collaboration Bjork put together with Apple, at your leisure.
White Stripes Demos:
Jack White’s naturally been a busy dude down in Nashville in a post-White Stripes world, with Third Man Records and such. And as with the reality of nothing being over when it’s said to be over, White is blessing the world with two alternate cuts from the duo’s self-titled debut circa 1999, “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground” and “Let’s Build a Home.” A branch of the “Vault” section of Third Man, the label is calling the cuts “markedly different from the ones that would eventually be recorded and real eased on White Blood Cells and De Stijl. We can’t imagine this will be the last of such a thing.
Vibrato folkette Joan Baez turns 71-years-young today. One of social justice’s most outspoken interpreters, there were few and far between pivotal marches or demonstrations without an appearance by Baez, a guitar and her operatic vocal range. Though, most infamously, her version of civil rights anthem “We Shall Overcome,” is a testament to how powerful we are as humans with the very barest of tools, Baez song-birding, “The truth will make us free.”