Watch Atoms for Peace Perform “Judge Jury and Executioner” – Thom Yorke

Update: XL Recordings have revealed the deluxe edition packaging for Atoms for Peace’s forthcoming debut album, Amok. Check it out in gif form below.

Naturally, the build-up to the release of the Thom Yorke/Nigel Godrich/Flea/Joey Waronker/Maouro Refosco project Atoms for Peace‘s debut album has been marked by relative mystery.

Now, if you scroll through the Stanley Donwood-designed landscape on Atoms for Peace’s website, you’ll find a grim-looking little man wearing a black hooded jacket in a rowing boat; when clicked, he reveals a live video of the band performing “Judge Jury and Executioner” at Japan’s Fuji Rock festival.

Rather than spoil your fun by posting it here, scroll along yourself to unearth the clip, and watch a Tarik Barri-designed visual for the song below.

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Update: That’s the single artwork above. It will be released on 12″ vinyl accompanied by the B-side “S.A.D.” on March 19.

Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich just dropped by Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show, where they premiered the new single from the Atoms for Peace project, “Judge Jury and Executioner”. It’s off their album Amok, which is out February 25 in the UK and February 26 in the U.S. via XL Recordings.

Atoms for Peace also features the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea, Joey Waronker, and percussionist Mauro Refosco. Talking with Lowe, Yorke and Godrich said that they don’t have any shows planned at the moment, but they’re considering a European tour. They hinted that members of the group will probably play Glastonbury in some capacity. But according to Yorke, the full band “won’t have our shit together by then.”

As for that Radiohead stuff recorded at Jack White’s Third Man Studio, Yorke said it will be released eventually, “but I have to pick the kids up from school first.”

The single is available for purchase on iTunes starting at midnight UK time or offered as a free download for those who pre-order the album.

There’s also an accompanying visual for the track, with imagery by Tarik Barri. See below:

Update: This is the single artwork above. It will be released on 12" vinyl accompanied by the B-side "S.A.D." on March 19.  There's also an ccompanying visual for the track, with imagery by Tarik Barri.

Update: This is the single artwork above. It will be released on 12″ vinyl accompanied by the B-side “S.A.D.” on March 19. There’s also an accompanying visual for the track, with imagery by Tarik Barri.

Blending of Art & Music: Best Creative Album Covers

Musicians Know That Ears Have Eyes

Music and art go hand in hand. And the best way to get a potential buyer’s attention is with an eye catching album cover. We all know you can’t just judge a book by it’s cover but it doesn’t hurt to give CD and LP covers a spin based off a beautiful piece of art.

Below we present several excellent examples of beautiful, creative and impressive album covers that will certainly inspire you to head down to the local record shop and start browsing through records and labels. We have tried to address various cover designs and present both CD covers and LP covers, however some excellent album covers are definitely missing. Please let us know about them in the comments to the post!

Here we are showing a few…

Gojira - L'Enfant Sauvage

Gojira – L’Enfant Sauvage / See video

Sam's Town - The Killers

Sam’s Town – The Killers. Cover art is by Anton Corbijn and features model and singer Felice LaZae.

Dikers - Casi nunca llueve

Dikers – Casi nunca llueve

Morphine - Cure For Pain / Album cover by Morphine

Morphine – Cure For Pain / Album cover by Morphine

Hertzainak - Zuzenean 91-01-19

Hertzainak – Zuzenean 19-01-91

Tom Waits - Rain Dogs

Tom Waits – Rain Dogs. The cover photograph is one of a series taken by the Swedish photographer Anders Petersen at Café Lehmitz (a café near the Hamburg red-light boulevard Reeperbahn) in the late 1960s. The man and woman depicted on the cover are called Rose and Lily.

The Smiths

The Smiths. The group’s cover artwork had a distinctive visual style and often featured images of film and pop stars, usually in duotone. Design was by Morrissey and Rough Trade art coordinator Jo Slee.

Eddie Vedder - Ukulele Songs

Eddie Vedder – Ukulele Songs. The cover art features a photograph of the sculptural work “The Lost Correspondent” by Jason deCaires Taylor. The sculpture is underwater with many others at a dive site called Moliniere Bay – Underwater Sculpture Park, Grenada.

Pearl Jam Live - On Ten Legs

Pearl Jam Live – On Ten Legs. See video of Pearl Jam on Ten Legs

Zain - XXI Mendeko Piratak

Zain – XXI Mendeko Piratak

Apocalyptica - End of Me / Cover art by Apocalyptica

Apocalyptica – End of Me / Cover art by Apocalyptica

Beatles - Tribute to Kiss

Beatles – Tribute to Kiss

The Strokes - Is this It.. Cover art by Colin Lane

The Strokes – Is this It.. Cover art by Colin Lane

Willis Drummond - A ala B

Willis Drummond – A ala B / Cover art by Ramon M.Zabalegi + Inaki Rifaterra + Nagore Legorreta

The Clash - London Calling. Cover art  of an infuriated Paul Simonon, smashing his bass. By Pennie Smith

The Clash – London Calling. Cover art of an infuriated Paul Simonon, smashing his bass. By Pennie Smith

Ryan Bingham - Tomorrowland

Ryan Bingham – Tomorrowland. Cover photos (front & back) by Ryan’s wife Anna Axster. Tomorrowland is on their own label. See video about the album cover

Korn - Untouchables

Korn – Untouchables

Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures / Cover art by Peter Saville

Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures / Cover art by Peter Saville


Breathe - Crossing The Delaware

Breathe – Crossing The Delaware

Eskorbuto - Maldito Pais

Eskorbuto – Maldito Pais

Blondie - Rock Bird

Blondie – Rock Bird

The Killers - Mr Brightside

The Killers – Mr Brightside

U2 - War

U2 – War

Matthew Ryan: In The Dusk of Everything

Matthew Ryan: In The Dusk of Everything

Pearl Jam - Rearview Mirror

Pearl Jam – Rearview Mirror

Battles - Mirrored

Battles – Mirrored

Squarepusher - Ufabulum

Squarepusher – Ufabulum

Bloom - Beach House

Bloom – Beach House

Radiohead - OK Computer / Cover art  is a collage of images and text created by Stanley Donwood and Yorke, credited under the pseudonym "The White Chocolate Farm."  The jazz fusion of Miles Davis and and political writings of Noam Chomsky influenced OK Computer.

Radiohead – OK Computer / Cover art is a collage of images and text created by Stanley Donwood and Yorke, credited under the pseudonym “The White Chocolate Farm.” The jazz fusion of Miles Davis and political writings of Noam Chomsky influenced OK Computer.

INXS Platinium - Greatest Hits

INXS Platinium – Greatest Hits

Ratatat - LP4

Ratatat – LP4

The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers.  Artwork was conceived by Andy Warhol, photography was by Billy Name and design by Craig Braun.

The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers. Artwork was conceived by Andy Warhol, photography was by Billy Name and design by Craig Braun.

Nirvana - Nevermind. Cover art by Robbert Fisher.

Nirvana – Nevermind. Cover art by Robbert Fisher.

Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti

Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti

Pink Floyd - Tree Of Half Life. Cover art by Storm Thorgerson

Pink Floyd – Tree Of Half Life. Cover art by Storm Thorgerson