Thom Yorke released a new album distributed via BitTorrent (download it now!)

Thom Yorke

Thom Yorke

The mystery of Thom Yorke’s secret new record has been solved: the Radiohead frontman has announced the release of his sophomore solo album, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes.

Once again, Yorke has come up with an inventive way to distribute the album. It’s being released through BitTorrent, a move which he says, if successful, could revolutionize the music industry. Click here to download the album now.

“It’s an experiment to see if the mechanics of the system are something that the general public can get its head around,” Yorke explained in an issued statement. “If it works well it could be an effective way of handing some control of internet commerce back to people who are creating the work. Enabling those people who make either music, video or any other kind of digital content to sell it themselves. Bypassing the self elected gate-keepers. If it works anyone can do this exactly as we have done.”

As of late, Yorke has become a particularly vocal critic of online music distribution, calling into question the royalty rates of streaming platforms such as Spotify. He and Radiohead carried out a similarly innovative release with the band’s 2007 album, In Rainbows, introducing the industry to the pay-what-you-want format.

Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes serves as the follow-up to Yorke’s debut solo LP, 2006’s The Eraser. The new album spans eight tracks and can be purchased digitally for just $6.00. It’ll also be available for purchase on 180 gram white vinyl.

The opening track “A Brain In A Bottle” and its corresponding video can be downloaded for free here

Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes Tracklist:
01. A Brain In A Bottle
02. Guess Again!
03. Interference
04. The Mother Lode
05. Truth Ray
06. There Is No Ice (For My Drink)
07. Pink Section
08. Nose Grows Some02 Guess Again!

 

Roger Waters’ ‘The Wall’ Tour Documentary Premieres in Toronto

ROGER WATERS - THE WALL

ROGER WATERS – THE WALL

Special Presentations | United Kingdom | Roger Waters, Sean Evans | 133 minutes
Sun, Sept 14 at 8:30pm –  Scotiabank Theatre
Festival Box Office NOW OPEN Sept4-14 7am-7pm
Pink Floyd bassist and vocalist Roger Waters has premiered his tour documentary Roger Waters: The Wall at the Toronto Film Festival.The documentary was shot by Waters himself alongside director Sean Evans and shows footage from between 2010 and 2013, when the singer was touring Pink Floyd’s seminal 1980 double album across the world.

A synopsis by Toronto International Film Festival director Piers Handler says the following about the documentary: “Ever since The Wall was released, it has become one of the classic rock albums of all time. Its popularity continues and its message is still timely. Deeply affected by his father’s and grandfather’s deaths in the two world wars, Roger Waters has crafted a plea to tear down the walls that lead to misunderstandings and wars. This powerful performance film allows Roger to explore what The Wall still means to him as he performs it in front of tens of thousands of fans, and visits more personal places that resonate with meaning on the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.”

The film itself runs for 133 minutes and will be shown twice more in Toronto, however a worldwide release date is yet to be confirmed. The ‘sound’ credit on the film, meanwhile, is attributed to regular Radiohead collaborator Nigel Godrich.As the Toronto Sun reports, Waters also took part in a Q&A session after the screening, commenting on various aspects of ‘The Wall’s continued endurance. Addressing this issue, Waters stated, “I think people are sick and tired of being told that the most important thing in their life is commerce and the new this and the new that. I think people are probably ready to go now, ‘Well, all of that rhetoric lead us to lob bombs over the top of the wall, that divides society ecologically, economically, philosophically and politically, from all our fellow human beings. And we no longer want to be told by our political leaders that they are scum and that we are great. ‘So that I believe that it may be we’re no longer interested in the ‘us and them’ form of political philosophy that we’ve been fed on for the last couple of 1,000 years and that we may be ready to move into a new place.”Roger Waters also celebrated his 71st birthday at the event.

First Listen: Warpaint, ‘Warpaint’

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The band will release their forthcoming new album ‘Warpaint’ on January 20, 2014. The album is streaming one week prior to release ‘Biggy’ and ‘Love Is To Die’, both of which have been revealed prior to the release of the album, feature on the record.

Warpaint’ is the follow-up to the US band’s 2010 album ‘The Fool’, and was self-produced along with producer Flood (PJ Harvey, Sigur Ros), and mixed by Flood and Nigel Godrich (Radiohead).Meanwhile, Warpaint will play an album release gig at London’s Electrowerkz on January 22 before their full UK tour kicks off the next day at Brighton Dome.Warpaint is a smoky, spidery and delicate album, yet it’s also muscular, tight and intensely emotive. It teases out the band’s post-punk and dream-pop sensibilities with understated guitars and shadowy electronics, yet it also plays with hip-hop rhythms, as on the cutely-titled Hi, and jarring, calculated key-changes, as on lead single Love Is To Die.

Warpaint – Love Is To Die (Official Audio)

Warpaint – Biggy (Official Audio)

The band’s centrepiece is Australian-born drummer Stella Mozgawa, whose talents are often placed atop the mix, distancing her from the rest of the band, most notably on Intro and Feeling Alright. When she is placed at the very bottom, it’s to support some subtler, acoustic work, like Teese and Drive.

The album boasts plenty of notables. There’s master-producer/mixer Mark Ellis aka Flood, best known for his work with PJ Harvey and New Order, and co-mixer Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Atoms For Peace, Ultraísta). There’s also Warpaint guitarist Jenny Lee Lindberg‘s filmmaker husband Chris Cunningham, known for his IDM video art, who contributed a forthcoming documentary detailing the album’s genesis, complete with a remix of the album as its soundtrack.

Warpaint’s self-titled full-length is a deserving canvas for these more-than-capable hands. It’s a nuanced record about love, mortality, sleep, confusion and certainty, showcasing a maturing band, but one that is yet to reach the height of its powers.

Warpaint’s self-titled sophomore album is slated for release this Friday, 17th January.

Thom Yorke & Nigel Godrich – MoMA PS1 Warm Up 9/8/12 – Mashup

New York City:
MoMA’s PS1 Warm Up was a beloved Saturday fixture all summer, and on September 8th, it had to say “farewell.” Thom Yorke sang and DJ’d for the packed house who braved intermittent storms to have one last dance.

This is a mashup of a few of the songs from the AFP set. Shake Your Rump from the Beasties, Once in a Lifetime from Talking Heads, Baby Love from Diana Ross (which is what they went out on). It was really dark so thank you to all the camera flashers who allowed him to be seen at the end.

SEE pictures of MoMA’s PS 1 Warm Up on Saturday