The Bonnaroo 2012 Experience (Day Two, Radiohead)

I consider day two of Bonnaroo the first “real” day, as most of day one was spent picking up my wirstbands and setting up camp. Music didn’t start until 4pm and the two main stages for headliners weren’t even open.

Day two, on the other hand, was jam packed. Here’s the thing about Bonnaroo…Music. Just. Doesn’t. Stop. There’s way too much to see. You’ll legit have some sort of music to attend until about 6am (at which this point the sun has already risen and not to mention it gets sizzling by 9am, aka no more sleeping in your tent sauna.)

Prior to this, the biggest festival I had attended was Lollapalooza. Music gets cut off by 10pm there, mainly because you’re in a big city with noise ordinances. At Bonnaroo, you’re in a dusty, rural town with a typical population of around 10,000 people that swells to an enormous 100,000 during the festival weekend. So yeah, there’s no rules around this country.

The big catch of the day was of course Radiohead. I had seen Thom Yorke and company once prior at Lollapalooza in 2008, so I was worried that I had been spoiled and that their performance the second time around would seem lackluster. Nah. I was wrong.

I mean, there’s a reason these dudes have been killing it since as far back as the 80s. They evolve. Both in music production as well as performance. I’ll let the video below do most of the talking, but the entire set was more like watching a 2-hour music video. There was a camera on each member the entire time, displayed on huge flat screens hanging above them, which really let you get an “inside” scoop on the inner workings of the troupe. The lights were dazzling and the Thom Yorke was as weird as ever with his ad libbing.

Like I mentioned earlier, the strange thing about Bonnaroo is that even after your 120-minute headliner, the show goes on. I mean, after a big gun like Radiohead you kinda think to yourself, what else is there? Well on that particular night I happened to catch the likes of Major Lazer, Black Star and Flying Lotus…that’s all AFTER Radiohead. Shit.

Check out the performance of “Lotus Flower” below and enjoy the five-track playlist made up of acts I saw on Day Two.


Rodrigo y Gabriela – Hanuman

Radiohead – Everything In Its Right Place

Major Lazer – Hold The Line feat. Mr. Lexx & Santigold

Black Star – Definition

Flying Lotus – A Milli (Remix)

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MF DOOM, Thom Yorke & Jonny Greenwood – “Retarded Fren”

“This the super villian y’all know who this is”

Usually when I post music I try to write about my opinion on said music…but I don’t know what’s going on. Thom Yorke and MF DOOM? That’s like a strange twisted dream collaboration, I haven’t gotten that excited about seeing two artists work together in longer than I can remember.

But this? “Retarded Fren?” I’ve never heard anything like this. Thought it was horrible the first time I heard it, just confused me. But I’ve relistened maybe 10 times, and every time I listen to it I like it a significant amount more.

It’s a weird song, be warned. Only DOOM and Thom Yorke and the guys from Radiohead could ever create a song like this.

Listen to it over at Pigeons and Planes and let me know what you think, I’m curious to hear the general consensus on this one.

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Radiohead – The King of Limbs [Album Review]

Radiohead’s newest release, The King of Limbs, required a full run-through before it really settled with me. After one spin, though, I remembered that Radiohead isn’t necessarily trying to sound ‘good’ by society’s standards. They’re a band that has made a name for itself by stretching limits and pushing boundaries. This album is just that: beautiful instrumentals coupled with electronic qualities that sound a little off-centered or strayed from the norm. If you’re not a long-time fan of Radiohead, this album may seem haunting, but let it settle and you will likely be reminded that music is an artform and subsequently blown away by all that Radiohead does with merely 7 notes.

Favorite Song: “Codex”

Recommendation: Purchase – Pick and Choose – Pass

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Radiohead – Lotus Flower

Radiohead released their album, The King of Limbs, one day early. If you’re one of the masterminds in the music industry, you are allowed to break the rules. So what does Thom Yorke do? He breaks the rules. Releases the album a day earlier than he said he would. Releases the album on … a Friday? Gets so excited about it, he goes and dances his heart out in a dark shed. This is art right here people. Real art.

Go get your copy of The King of Limbs right here.

“Lotus Flower” – Radiohead

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