Last night, I was able to scratch one of the giant names off of my ”Must See In Concert” list. Last night, I was able to scratch off the band that topped that list. Less than a week before Radiohead plays this year’s Coachella festival down south, they made a stop in San Jose. The show that they put on to for their sold out crowd was beyond amazing.
Standing on the floor, watching the genius that is Radiohead, in the midst of one hell of a tranced out crowd—easily one of the best concert experiences I can remember being a part of. While their set seemed to fly by, a total of 23 songs were performed. To look for something to complain about (other than the fact that one of their screens was out over half the show), I’d have to go to the fact that they only played one song from The Bends (my personal favorite album).
And, since I just touched on their stage, I have to say that it definitely had its pros and cons. While it was an incredibly intricate setup, it was almost too intense. The moving screens and lights were mesmerizing. They just shouldn’t have been adjusted between every song. I also wish that the videos changed monitors a little more (I’m pretty sure I only saw Jonny Greenwood on them twice lol).
But, I must reiterate, when you go to something this good, you have to search for things to complain about. All in all, this some was fantastic. Am I glad that I can finally say that I’ve seen Radiohead play live? Absolutely. Would I go and see them again next time they come around? Absolutely. Is Thom Yorke seriously as weird in person as he comes off in the media? Absolutely.
Radiohead—4.11.12 @ HP Pavilion, San Jose, CA
- 15 Step
- Morning Mr. Magpie
- Kid A
- The Gloaming
- The National Anthem
- The Amazing Sounds of Orgy
- Climbing Up the Walls
- Karma Police
- Lotus Flower
- There There
- Little by Little
- I Might Be Wrong
- Everything In Its Right Place
- The Daily Mail
- Planet Telex
(minus songs from In Rainbows, since these are not online for streaming)
After posting my “Best Albums of 2011” list last night (here), I wanted to continue posting some of my other favorites from last year. So, here is my next Best of list, listing what were my ten favorite songs of last year. After you read the list, feel free to give the songs a listen on this Spotify Playlist.
Best of 2011 - Singles
10. The Art of Almost- Wilco (Spotify)
9. Will Do- TV on the Radio (Spotify)
8. Video Games- Lana Del Rey (Spotify)
7. The Wilhelm Scream- James Blake (Spotify)
6. Lonely Boy- The Black Keys (Spotify)
5. Save the World- Swedish House Mafia (Spotify)
4. Barton Hollow- The Civil Wars (Spotify)
3. Helplessness Blues- Fleet Foxes (Spotify)
2. Holocene- Bon Iver (Spotify)
1. Midnight City- M83 (Spotify)
At the end of the playlist I linked you to, I’ve included several honorable mentions. While I didn’t listened to these songs quite as much as the ten above, they still stood out to me this last year. They were some of the more powerful, and just flat out incredible songs of the year (IMO), and feel they should also be shared.
Simple Math/Virgin- Manchester Orchestra
Give Up the Ghost- Radiohead
Exile Vilify- The National
Heartbeat- Childish Gambino
Last night, Radiohead seemed to wrap up their random, and brief, tour of New York with one of the more intimate performances I’ve seen in quite some time.
Thom Yorke and Johhny Greenwood, along with live recorded loops of Yorke’s “Don’t haunt me…”, played the climax of their newest record King of Limbs, and delivered exactly what fans of the band have come to expect- perfection.
What, I believe, is one of the most hauntingly beautiful song in their catalogue; Give Up the Ghost is just simple. Nothing more than seven short lines, the amount of love, of pain, of suffering, that is packed into these few minutes is something of genius.
Truly, a performance that was both beautiful and emotional. This was one that could turn just about anyone into a fan.
I for one cannot wait until they are finally back on the west coast.
Looks like today will be a Radiohead kind of day. And that’s never a bad thing.
The King of Limbs
iTunes | Amazon | Spotify
Can’t believe that this album is ten years old tomorrow.
I mean, wow…