Radiohead

(Editor’s note: This is the last of three posts about this past Saturday, which was jam-packed with great music. Click here for the first post, which talked about meeting the stepdad of Jeremy Salken from Big Gigantic, and click here for the second post, which chronicled the fantastic Trillions CD release show at Gallery 5.)

The world is a tiny place. It used to be big. Huge even! So huge that we didn’t even know the fucker was round! Crazy, right? Now it’s so small that I can write a blog post about meeting the stepdad of a famous musician and hear back from that musician via Twitter in a matter of minutes. And it’s so small that we can be several places at once. Thanks to the world wide web of information, just as we can watch every single game of the NCAA basketball tournament, we can now attend music festivals from thousands of miles away, and last weekend was a great example. Throughout the weekend, Coachella was webcasting performances, 3 at a time, and I was in heaven. And though I’m not going to argue that watching on my laptop beats being there in person, there is one HUGE advantage.

I’ve been to Bonnaroo twice, in 2004 and 2005, and one of the most difficult things about the monster music festival experience (aside from not showering for 3 days and being around other people who haven’t showered in 3 days) is the decision-making. One band vs. another that’s scheduled to play at the same time. It’s downright painful in the moment, and there’s around a 95% chance that you will despise your decision a few years later (Jack Johnson over the Black Crowes haunts me to this day). But there I was on Friday night, zooming from Dawes to Arctic Monkeys and back in the blink of an eye. Like I said, heaven. But Saturday was a little more stressful. As I left the Trillions’ CD release show, holding two new CDs, one sticker and a whole mess of excitement, I was also lugging around a serious sense of urgency.

I had to find a taxi and get my ringing ears home, because Radiohead’s Coachella performance was set to begin at 11:05 PST. My anxiety was heightened by a checkered history of trying to see Radiohead live and the fact that I’m scheduled to see them in person for the first time on June 3 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. and, in the same way that Mrs. You Hear That likes to check restaurant menus online before we go out to dinner, I like knowing a little about what songs I might hear at a show. Thankfully, I found a cab and the timing worked out perfectly. However, not long after I connected the HDMI cable to the side of my laptop, a major DISadvantage of watching a concert this way reared it’s ugly, ugly head. That’s right… [GASP] buffering.

And more buffering. And then a shitload more buffering. It was painful. Talk about an unholy marriage of accessibility and inaccessibly. Eventually, the bandwidth clouds cleared, songs started playing uninterrupted, and it felt like I was in heaven again, especially when, at the very end of the show, I heard the first few notes of the tune I’m most excited to maybe, hopefully, possibly see in person on June 3: “Paranoid Android.” I’ve been dying to witness Jonny Greenwood tearing into the song’s herky-jerky solos firsthand since I saw the video posted above, which is from the group’s performance on Later… with Jools Holland in 1997. So explosive, so crisp and so cathartic, I’ve watched this rendition dozens of times, and though Saturday’s webcast was shot from a distance, making it tough to obsess over Jonny’s execution, it still got my hopes up for the tune’s inclusion at the Verizon Center.

Saturday’s performance also clued me into the fact that I’ll likely be seeing quite a bit of Radiohead’s most recent studio album, The King Of Limbs, so to get myself jazzed up for it, I’m going to be making my way through all the official remix tracks that were released late last year. Take a listen below to one of my favorites so far, the SBTRKT remix of “Lotus Flower,” and click here to buy the 19-track remix album, entitled TKOL RMX 1234567.

Radiohead — “Lotus Flower (SBTRKT RMX)” [Spotify/iTunes]

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