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Video: Radiohead – ‘Staircase’

Posted: June 21, 2011 in Video

Radiohead recently posted a new video from their forthcoming From The Basement sessions, it contains a new track entitled ‘Staircase’ and features Portishead’s Clive Deamer on drums in tandem with Phil Selway.  This track, which is not on ‘The King of Limbs’,  offers a rare glimpse into the workings of a band who’ve just released what is, in my opinion anyway, one of the most mystifying records in their discography.  The guitar work at the end by Jonny Greenwood is downright gorgeous.

Here’s a new track called Staircase, taken from our upcoming ‘From The Basement’ session.

And no, you’re not seeing double. The doppelganger drummers are myself and Clive Deamer. Clive has long been one of my favourite drummers and so I was really excited when he agreed to perform with us. Hope you like what we’ve all done.



Radiohead fansite At Ease has reported that Radiohead will perform ‘The King Of Limbs’ in it’s entirety via Nigel Godrich’s ‘From The Basement‘ and it will be screened and distributed worldwide through the BBC.  It’ll likely feature a similar set up to their ‘Scotch Mist’ screenings or more probably akin to the ‘From The Basement’ live performance of their last album ‘In Rainbows’, which is featured in the video above.  What is certain, it’ll be interesting to see the band perform these new tracks in such intimate quarters, especially as I’m still not entirely convinced with ‘TKOL’.

The BBC has signed a deal with Radiohead to distribute internationally a new and exclusive live performance of Radiohead’s eighth album, ‘The King of Limbs’. Radiohead – The King of Limbs: Live From The Basement is a 55-minute performance by the band and will feature the notoriously elusive band performing the entirety of their celebrated new album in a studio setting with some additional behind the scenes material. It is scheduled to be the first time that the grammy-award winners are captured on camera this year.

In a press release Bryce Edge of Courtyard Management, Radiohead’s management company said, “This will be Radiohead’s first collaboration with BBC Worldwide and the band are excited at the prospect of having their first live performance of ‘The King of Limbs’ broadcast around the world . The band will be filmed and recorded by the From The Basement team, which includes Nigel Godrich their long time producer, Dilly Gent ,who commissioned many of the memorable Radiohead videos and Grant Gee who filmed the Radiohead documentary ‘Meeting People is Easy’”

Radiohead – The King of Limbs: Live from the Basement becomes available to international broadcasters in June and is embargoed for broadcast until 1st July 2011. The programme is filmed in HD, will have no audience and no presenter – just a rare opportunity to see an intimate performance from one of the greatest bands in the world.


Stanley Donwood has designed all of Radiohead’s artwork. Here he explains the thinking behind the free newspaper, ‘The Universal Sigh’, copies of which were handed out last week

On March 28th and 29th 2011, thousands and thousands of copies of a publication entitled The Universal Sigh were handed out in many major cities around the world. Many people might now be wondering why this happened.  Well me, I got back from London, from Brick Lane, where I and a fellow-conspirator handed out about three thousand free copies of The Universal Sigh outside a record shop called Rough Trade East.

The newspaper can of course be seen as a relic of the past, a dying format that has no place in the modern world where digital content interfaces seamlessly with an ever burgeoning plethora of shiny devices; portable tablet computers and e-readers, laptops, netbooks and smartphones.  But it is also a tactile pleasure, a finger-inking, page-flapping, paper rustling codex of information that won’t crash or corrupt. It won’t become useless without electricity. It won’t end up on the shores of somewhere far away, its innards picked at by underpaid children. But it will, with time, slowly crinkle, yellow, fade and crumble; much as we will

Read The Rest of Donwood’s Article

Read a PDF version of The Universal Sigh

Record Store Day occurs globally only April 16th of this year, a day first conceived in 2007 to celebrate the countless struggling independent record store’s worldwide — though we should note that their numbers have sadly dwindled over the last decade or so.  This is an event that has taken on significant importance in recent years, what with the international recession in full swing, the fact that just about every record imaginable crops up on illegal downloading sites, blogs and p2p clients,  all the while online retailers such as Amazon aren’t that far away from actually monopolising the market.  In my mind,there has still got to be a place for your local record store in this current climate, but then I am an avid record collector, a lot of people aren’t and would probably wonder what the point is in buying an LP , when you can grab in 22 minutes in full binary glory,  all nice and zipped up from Rapidshare.  The people over at Record Store Day  really do deserve commendation for their efforts.

While I’m sure 99% of music lovers have probably illegally downloaded an album at least once (let’s face it, we all have), I still maintain there’s something special about painstakingly searching through the racks of vinyl in your favourite record emporium.   It’s a chance to mingle with fellow music lovers, enjoy the music that’s been spun by the staff, find something totally unique or a record that will soon become integral to your collection and listen to or read about some unheard of  recommendations.  It’s a place that I’ll never tire of visiting.   It’s a concept I don’t think your serial downloader will ever grasp.  Death to those copy/paste mediafire blogs I say!

And it would seem Grinderman’s Jim Scavlvanos share’s these sentiments.  Find your participating local store here (there’s over 180 in the UK, alone)

Do yourself a tremendous favour and go to a record store… The relatively mild exertion of getting off your fat, computer-shackled ass and venturing out to find the object of your desire, the thrill of moving through actual space and time, through row upon row of records, and the tactile ecstasy of fondling the quested treasure—all this will augment and enrich the mental associations the music invokes in you for the rest of your life.  Source: James Sclavunos (Grinderman)

Meanwhile, Queens of the Stone Age head honcho Josh Homme has posted this amusing video in support of Record Store Day. Pres play to allow him to  ‘splain some shit to you‘:

Certain to be among the top selling special edition records is the recently announced exclusive Radiohead vinyl, which according to At Ease:

As announced Today, Radiohead will be releasing a two track 12″ vinyl on the worldwide Record Store Day. The two tracks are The Butcher and Supercollider. The latter has been played before by Radiohead on their previous live shows. Record Store Day is on April 16 and there are rumours of a limited edition of 2,000 copies. This number is most likely for one territory only.

Download a pdf file containing all of the exclusive Record Store Day releases

When Radiohead announced their new album, The King Of Limbs, on February 14, they said it was going to be the first newspaper album. The actual Newspaper album will not arrive till early May, but Radiohead are set to issue a Newspaper on the date of the physical retail release.

Fans will be able to acquire a newspaper made by the band. The newspaper will be distributed in many capital cities around the world. The Radiohead album ‘The King of Limbs’ will be available for purchase in all good record stores everywhere on Monday 28th March, except in the United States of America and in Canada, where it will be available from Tuesday 29th March. On VINYL! On COMPACT DISC! As a DOWNLOAD!

To commemorate this momentous occasion, Radiohead have produced a newspaper which will be given away, free, gratis, without cost to the consumer by accredited vendors from a multitude of locations WORLDWIDE! In the USA, in the Netherlands, in Belgium, Poland, Germany, Austria, in the Czech Republic, in Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Ireland, France, Italy, Slovakia, Finland, Greece, Norway, Lithuania, Estonia, Russia, Australia, Latvia, Iceland, Romania, New Zealand, the UK and a load of other places around the globe, our dedicated teams of newspaper delivery people will be handing out copies of THE UNIVERSAL SIGH to anyone who wants one, until we run out!

In conjunction with this unbelievable offer, Radiohead have established THE UNIVERSAL SIGH as a website on the internet, where details of your nearest vendor can be found, as well as more informations and a photogallery where we will be posting photos and the lucky owners of the gratis tabloid are invited to post pictures of themselves and their friends reading the newspaper in locations diverse and unusual.

The band state that there will be other stuff too, “but we haven’t thought of it yet.” But, just in case you were wondering: This newspaper IS NOT the newspaper that accompanies the Newspaper Album version of The King of Limbs. This event WILL NOT be repeated. This event IS NOT a live performance by Radiohead.

The event will be all around the world as a website will be operational which will host photos of people who have obtained the newspaper, The Universal Sigh, as photos will appear on