Caught in the Net: Judgement time for the men of Peace
Saturday 12 January 2013
Thom Yorke once joked that Radiohead was like the UN with him as America. It seems he may have kept a similar power structure with his project Atoms for Peace.
On Monday the group, which also features Nigel Godrich, Flea, Joey Waronker and Mauro Refosco, revealed the new single from their upcoming album Amok. The track, "Judge Jury and Executioner", which has been released on iTunes, sounds right out of Yorke's playbook, where twitchy electronica, minimal instrumentation and his stark vocals meet. The song comes with a graphics-based video at youtu.be/r4tW3mhp9io. As has been suggested elsewhere, the song title is even very Radiohead-like. None of which is terribly surprising, I suppose.
From riot grrrl to Ruin, with bells on
The Julie Ruin is the new band iteration of a one-time solo project from Kathleen Hanna, trailblazing leader of riot grrrl group Bikini Kill and electro experimentalists Le Tigre. The new grouping is working on a record with help from the likes of James Murphy. In the meantime I'm pretty keen on a song the band put out a few weeks ago: it's part of a soundtrack to a new book by the American author T Cooper. Each track is inspired by a chapter from Real Man Adventures and will be available as a CD when Cooper tours the book. A number of the songs are available to download from therumpus.net. Hanna and the Julie Ruin's "Girls Like Us" is a catchy, faux-sweet affair, with vocals by drag performer Vaginal Creme Davis – listen out, too, for the brilliant bells: ind.pn/11blTOX.
Electronic livewires make sparks fly
Aaron Jerome, aka SBTRKT has released a live album on iTunes, called Live. The 10-track release was recorded at London's Shepherd's Bush Empire, where SBTRKT recreated his electro meets post-dubstep meets art-pop sound with vocalist and musician Sampha. Also in live electronic music, stories emerged last month that DJ Shadow had a DJ set he was performing at a Miami nightclub cut short by the management because the music was deemed inappropriate for patrons (the club later apologised). He has uploaded the set to SoundCloud, so decide for yourself who was in the wrong (snd.sc/TVodaS).
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