Burn The Witch single sleeve

Radiohead Burn The Witch single sleeve

Don’t go through other people’s sites/links. Legit and direct link for ‘s new track ‘Burn The Witch’ here

The video was directed by Chris Hopewell, and produced by Jacknife. In it, the villagers of a small town accuse its citizens of committing various sins. At the end, a giant wooden statue is revealed—just like The Wicker Man—before it’s lit aflame. The animation appears to be based on the British children’s TV show “Trumpton.”

…and the video on YouTube…

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This little fella popped up on Instagram. Surely it should have been in a tweet!

Just my opinion but it’s possible to put 2+2 together and not make 5!

Parlophone‘s contract with Radiohead’s old album’s has ended and are being reissued by XL. Check any of the streaming sites and you’ll only find full albums, no B-sides or special editions.

A spokesperson for XL said “This is the first step in the transfer of Radiohead’s back catalogue from Parlophone to XL. The main albums are being made available in their original form as a start, before non-LP material is reconfigured.”

In 2006, XL Recordings released Thom Yorke’s debut album, The Eraser. In 2007 the label released Radiohead’s In Rainbows album worldwide excluding North America, and in 2011 Radiohead’s The King Of Limbs album worldwide excluding North America. In 2013, XL released Atoms For Peace’s Amok album worldwide. (Music Week)

SO it’s start again time for Radiohead. After clearing off their social media site and/or posting plain white images this morning we have some Instagram activity. The animated bird on a branch below. Is it singing a song of sixpence, as mentioned on the mysterious postcard sent out to UK fans on Saturday?

It looks like a video for a single off the new album is coming from Chris Hopewell, the guy who created the animated video for ‘There There’ (See Chris’ reel here)

As for the album, I don’t think Radiohead will keep us waiting for weeks so expect it to drop on Friday (May 6th).

So what of this ‘manager’ guy saying the album would be released in June? Would Radiohead really start touring an album before they release it? The answer could be simple confusion between how the US and the world write May 6th. The US write it as 5/6/16, the world writes it as 6/5/16. So was it simply the US short form read as 5th June?

I remember going to a seminar where an industry insider advised against releasing new music on a Friday. ‘It gives the pirates all weekend to sell their stolen goods before we start getting it taken down on the Monday’

So of course all new music now releases on Fridays! Or to use Radiohead’s original band name ‘On A Friday‘!

A video posted by Radiohead (@radiohead) on

 

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Twitter is alive today with talk of Radiohead’s impending ninth album. ‘Burn the Witch’ it says on the flyer dropping through Radiohead fans letterboxes throughout the UK. Although it says ‘We know where you live’ on it they didn’t and couldn’t factor for the extra days I have to wait for my post. Our postie has to be let in to the block of flats so maybe I’ll get it mine after the Bank Holiday!

Tags like…   are spreading like wild fire. Some have pointed out that 1st May is Witch Day (Walpurgis Night), a tradition originating in the Czech Republic. The same applies to International Dawn Chorus Day, with ‘Dawn Chorus’ being the name of Radiohead’s latest registered company.

Does this mean an album is coming tonight… or maybe a single as Thom has hinted at gigs that to play ‘Burn The Witch’ requires an orchestra.

The clues are stacking up! (My guess is it won’t be coming from Spotify!)

Other links: DIY Magazine | Pitchfork | Rolling Stone | Twitter

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My cutting from Melody Maker July 17 1972

It’s 23 years since Mick Ronson’s death and he is still remembered with love, affection and appreciation. It seems he was an authentic guy and was respected for that. He came to fame as David Bowie’s guitarist but in fact he was bit of a renaissance man and maybe, with him Bowie may not have broken through as he did. His guitar sound, created by leaning on his wah-wah pedal to just the right amount and leaving it there, is familiar on Ziggy Stardust, Aladin Sane, Pin Ups etc. The black 1968 Gibson Les Paul where he sanded off the front to reveal the wood underneath can be seen in the photos of the era and is, I believe, in safe hands with a collector somewhere (after being ‘repaired’ and a time spent in Hard Rock jail in Australia).

His style was melodic and expressed his classical training, that also enabled him to arrange many of Bowie’s songs. Back in the day, you couldn’t play what you wrote on a computer to see how it sounded before you handed your sheet music to the hired musicians!

I only saw Mick onstage the once and that was on the Aladdin Sane tour (Birmingham Town Hall, June 73). I still have a picture in my minds eye, close to the stage during Jean Genie before having to run and catch the last bus home with friends and family.

One day, while in a photographers’ studio the radio that was on in the background ran a competition for some prize. As they played Lou Reed’s ‘Walk on the Wild Side’, The question was ‘who produced this track?’. Of course they had the answer pretty quickly and announced their winner and the answer as… David Bowie. I couldn’t let this pass and called up Capital Radio to put this right. After the next song the DJ said ‘thanks to my friend who reminded me that the song was in fact co-produced by Mick Ronson’. A small victory for the man who fitted perfectly in David Bowie’s shadow.

At the time I was in a band with an art school friend (Hi Kev!) and he also sanded off his black Gibson Les Paul. We met recently and visited the ‘David Bowie Is‘ exhibition in Groningen, Holland. We talked of Bowie but we spent just as much time talking of Mr Michael Ronson.

One of my fave tracks…

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