Real Old School Nr. 03: Johnny Greenwood and the London Contemporary Orchestra

Real Old School
Classical Music Worth Curating

  • Is it cheating if I feature one of my favorite rock musicians in this “Real Old School” series on classical music?
    • I don’t think so
  • Radiohead guitarists and multi-instrumentalist savant Johnny Greenwood has been dabbling in classical composition for a while. And, he is very good at it.
    • His soundtrack for There Will be Blood should have won an Academy Award, but was disqualified on a technicality. He also scored The Master. Haunting Stuff.
  • Here he is with the London Contemporary Orchestra performing some new and old stuff at the Royal Albert Hall.
    • It is on a “live” loop, so just hit play and let it go in the background.
  • In quasi-related news, Radiohead are reportedly in the studio right now recording.
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Best Albums of 2011

Best Albums of 2011
To see the previous versions of the list as they came out throughout the year, click here:

LPs
  1. Blue ScholarsCinemetropolis
  2. Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues
  3. Bon IverBon Iver
  4. BattlesGloss Drop
  5. RadioheadThe King of Limbs
  6. WilcoThe Whole Love
  7. The Head and the HeartThe Head and the Heart
  8. TV on the RadioNine Types of Light
  9. Noah and the WhaleLast Night on Earth 
  10. Death Cab for CutieCodes and Keys
  11. Saves the DayDaybreak
  12. The Get Up KidsThere Are Rules
  13. OwenGhost Town
  14. The Mountain GoatsAll Eternals Deck
  15. A. A. BondyBelievers
  16. MaritimeHuman Hearts
  17. Bright EyesThe People’s Key
  18. Explosions in the SkyTake Care, Take Care, Take Care
  19. Cold War KidsMine is Yours
  20. R.E.M.Collapse into Now
  21. Iron and WineKiss Each Other Clean
  22. Mike DoughtyYes and Also Yes
  23. The Wooden BirdsTwo Matchsticks
  24. Prometheus Brown and BambuWalk into a Bar
  25. Lateef the Truthspeaker –  FireWire
  26. The DecemberistsThe King is Dead
  27. Sigur RosInni
  28. Okkervil RiverI am Very Far
  29. Fruit BatsTripper
  30. David BazanStrange Negotiations
  31. R.E.M.Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage
  32. Ben FoldsBest Imitation of Myself: a Retrospective
  33. Rob CrowHe Thinks He’s People
  34. General ElekriksParker Street
  35. CakeShowroom of Compassion
  36. Collections of Colonies of BeesGiving
  37. MogwaiHardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
  38. Damien JuradoLive at Landlocked
  39. Strange Fruit ProjectA Dreamer’s Journey
  40. They Might be GiantsJoin Us 
  41. Beastie BoysHot Sauce Committee Part Two
  42. Mates of StateMountaintops
  43. John VandersliceWhite Wilderness
  44. Lateef the TruthspeakerTruth at Sea Mixtape
  45. Say HiUm, Uh Oh
  46. Someone Still Loves you Boris YeltsinTape Club
  47. Saul WilliamsVolcanic Sunlight
  48. ShearwaterThe Island Arc Live (Excerpts)
  49. Ben HarperGive Until It’s Gone
  50. Amos LeeMission Bell
  51. Smith WesternsDye it Blonde
  52. Kurt VileSmoke Ring for my Halo
Singles / 7 inches / Misc

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Rumoring Radiohead

So, yesterday I had this idea about the pie in sky possibility that Friday’s The King of Limbs might just the first installment in a bigger album.  It was fun to put the word out, speculate and start rumors.  Apparently, it is an idea a lot of people liked.  That post, so far, has attracted over 5,000 6,000 10,000+ visitors to the blog in just a couple days.  More interesting, however, is how this rumor I started has now popped up on forums, discussion boards, album reviews, record label sites, youtube, etc…

So, what do we learn?  A rumor doesn’t have to have much substantiated evidence to get spread around like wildfire – it just has to be something people WANT to believe.

Would a double-album, with more to come today or later be great?  Yes.  Is it likely to happen?  No.  But, that is why I started the rumor – because I want to believe.

On a happier note, Radiohead LP sessions have always included a large amount of additional material, released later as EPs, single b-sides, bonus discs or 2nd LPs (in the case of Amnesiac).  So, any way you slice it, this surely isn’t the last we have heard from the King of Limbs sessions.