Thom Yorke

Alternate Routes: Thom Yorke, Lee “Scratch” Perry, and Tuareg “Purple Rain”

Alternate Routes is a column from Flavorwire contributor and WFMU DJ Jesse Jarnow, in which he provides maps to far-flung music, exploring sounds distributed solely outside the Big 3 of Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon.

Perhaps Spotify’s most grievous sin against music, besides its royalty rates, is how boring it is. Besides sales revenues, fidelity, and production credits, the streaming service makes albums feel as if they were trapped inside a listening station at the mall, or worse. There is the paucity of metadata that shuffles long discographies by corporate licensing dates, erasing albums outside the company’s territorial agreements, and deeming artists’ histories as irrelevant to their precious content. In terms of providing hot-and-cold running audio for the regions of the world covered by the relevant sub-clauses, Spotify is a miraculous utility, but is as divorced from real-life musical networks as a glass of water is from a rainstorm. … Read More

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The Best Quotes From Iggy Pop’s “Free Music in a Capitalist Society” BBC Lecture

That’s Prof Pop to you! In addition to his BBC Radio 6 DJ post over the last year, the Godfather of Punk delivered BBC Music’s annual John Peel Lecture Tuesday night (October 13) in an hour-long presentation at the Lowry theater in Salford, Manchester. His topic — “Free Music In a Capitalist Society” — was a fascinating one, particularly for a musical icon who has moved in and out of DIY and commercial realms for much of his career, eventually having little shame over licensing “Lust For Life” to a Carnival Cruise commercial (among other ads). “If I want to make money, well, how about selling car insurance?” he postured. “At least I’m honest. It’s an ad, and that’s all it is. If I had to depend on what I actually get from sales, I’d be tending bars between sets.” … Read More

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No, Thom Yorke’s ‘Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes’ Won’t Reinvent the Music Biz Through BitTorrent

“Thom Yorke hates Spotify” is one of the first Google auto-fills that pop up for me when I enter the Radiohead frontman’s name. I can’t say I remember ever googling that particular phrase, perhaps because I know it to be a fact. The series of tweets he rattled off about music’s most popular streaming service, along with frequent producer and Atoms For Producer bandmate Nigel Godrich, have become beef as classic as a Big Mac. Still, Yorke really did put his money where his mouth is when he removed portions of his discography (Atoms for Peace’s AMOK and his 2006 solo debut, The Eraser) from the streaming service. … Read More

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Thom Yorke Has A New Album, ‘Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes’

Thom Yorke just announced — and released — a new album, entitled Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes. You can download it immediately right here… Read More

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Musicians Drinking the Spotify Haterade: The Collected Complaints

Since Spotify’s stateside introduction three years ago, musicians  have expressed their disdain for the streaming service and its laughably low royalty rates (between $0.006 and $0.0084 per stream). A number of artists, mostly those in the privileged positions of having already established a fanbase, have pulled their music from the service, or in the case of legacy artists, blocked it from ever being streamed there. Spotify, in addition to other streaming music services like Pandora, led David Byrne to suggest that, “The inevitable result would seem to be that the internet will suck the creative content out of the whole world until nothing is left.” The Talking Heads leader is far from the only open opponent of streaming. Let’s take a look at a few others with harsh words for Spotify, a service that claims to have paid out a billion dollars in royalties but still draws constant ire. … Read More

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How Spotify Became the McDonald’s of the Music Industry

Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich caused quite a stir last week by pulling their music off Spotify, demanding that the service pay more to up-and-coming musicians. The thing is, however, that Spotify is already losing money hand over fist, despite expanding its user base dramatically over the last couple of years and only paying out pitifully small per-stream fees to artists. If Spotify can’t make things work paying artists these pissant royalties — and the consensus seems to be that it can’t — then it’s got a problem, especially if the slow trickle of artists moving away from the service starts to speed up and/or emerging artists decide that it’s not worth the time or effort to essentially give away their music for free via the site. So, is Spotify doomed? … Read More

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Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich Pull Music from Spotify; Spotify Defends Itself

Justifiably citing the fact that most artists who use the service “get paid fuck all,” Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich… Read More

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Beyond Radiohead: The Paintings and Prose of Thom Yorke Collaborator Stanley Donwood

In two weeks, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke will sell an original painting at a Bonhams London auction, to benefit The Trade Justice Movement and their Make Poverty History campaign. The work is the product of a collaboration between Yorke and printmaker Stanley Donwood, whom he met as a student.

Donwood first started making album and promo art for Radiohead and Yorke’s solo projects when he worked on their album The Bends in 1994. Since then, his aesthetics have been hard to separate from the band’s, making it shamefully easy to forget how much great prose and painting Donwood has authored outside of Radiohead’s orbit. Here are a few highlights from his portfolio from outside of the music world. … Read More

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Just About Every ’90s Alternative Side Project Album Is Streaming for Free This Week

This week, it seems, is the week that the grand overlords of ’90s indie return to the land. This morning saw a bunch of new records by the decade’s alt-rock luminaries appearing on the Internet for advance streaming purposes, so we thought we’d do the decent thing and round them up in one place for you. The most prominent, of course, is the debut album by Thom Yorke’s Atoms for Peace, which appeared online overnight, but there’s also new work from Trent Reznor’s How to Destroy Angels, Thurston Moore’s Chelsea Light Moving, and a (very) belated solo debut from ’90s godfather Johnny Marr. Click through to have a listen. … Read More

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