A hip-hop documentary called Word Is Bond is going to premiere on Showtime on Friday, February 16th. The network shared a trailer featuring Anderson .Paak discussing his influences tody. “I consider myself someone that’s coming up out of the hip-hop culture. And when I really was trying to write music, I thought I was going to be an MC. I thought I was going to be a gangster rapper,” he says. “I was influenced by Snoop and Dre, and there was nothing bigger than that.”
.Paak continues, “I love Radiohead’s stuff. I like sad white boy music, too. That stuff is all important to me, and it all goes into my artistry, but it’s coming from a hip-hop perspective. I feel like it’s coming from a drummer’s perspective.” Watch below.
Word Is Bond is directed by Sacha Jenkins and according to a press release, “the film explores the transformative power of lyrics in the world of hip-hop.” The documentary will also feature interviews with Nas, Pusha T, J. Cole, Rapsody, Big Daddy Kane, and others. Word Is Bond will premiere at 10 p.m. Eastern on Friday, February 16th.
Millican, a company that makes eco-friendly bags, have announced a new backpack in collaboration with Radiohead. Working with Stanley Donwood, the band’s designer, they have announced a new, sustainable bag that features the artwork from the group’s latest album, A Moon Shaped Pool. The bag is made of 40 recycled plastic bottles and features adjustable shoulder straps, a padded laptop sleeve, and “hidden functions that make life easier on the road.” Check it out at Millican’s site and Radiohead’s online shop and runs for $110. Check out a picture of the bag above.
Radiohead have shared a new video for a previously unreleased studio recording of “Man of War.” The clip was directed by Colin Read and depicts a man being followed. Watch it below. It is the second of three unreleased tracks that will be on their upcoming OK Computer reissue, OKNOTOK. The other songs are “Lift” and “I Promise,” which also has a music video which can be watched here.
Radiohead performed at the Oslo Spektrum in Norway today for their second show of their European tour. The band played the recently released OK Computer-era song “I Promise,” the first live performance of the song since 1996 during the set. “Normally, I don’t think we’re the sort of people to look back,” Yorke said before playing the track. “But, it was interesting, when we did, what a bunch of nutters we were, and probably still are. One of the things—one of the crazy things we did was not release this song, because we didn’t think it was good enough.” Watch it be performed below.
Radiohead recently released a new video for “I Promise” which can be released as well.
Radiohead have released a new video that is soundtracked by the distorted voice of a young girl and the glitchy computer visuals are very much indecipherable except for several lines of text, which read, “Program: radiohead” and, near the end, “1 REM.” The girl’s narration includes lyrics from the song “Climbing Up the Walls” from OK Computer. Watch it below.
Radiohead headlined the first night of Coachella’s opening weekend yesterday. Racked by technical difficulties throughout the set, the band seemed to be mostly unruffled, with Thom Yorke making jokes in a seemingly dry manner. The career-spanning concert included a number of their classics, including “Creep,” “Karma Police,” “Paranoid Android,” as well as songs from A Moon Shaped Pool. Watch clips from their performance below. Once they finish their second Coachella set on April 21st, they will go overseas for the European leg of their tour.
In a recent interview with The Sunday Guardian, guitarist for Radiohead, Jonny Greenwood said that he has been in a fort in India recording with Shye Ben Tzur, an Israeli composer, and a dozen local artists.
“We’ve been living here for nearly three weeks and recording an album here, in the [Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur],” Greenwood said. “The Maharaja allowed us use of the fort, and we’ve basically been living here with 12 Indian musicians and we’ve made a record.” The guitarist had performed at the World Sacred Spirit Festival with the group, where they performed the new material live before recording the mix of “Arabic, Indian and western music.”
Greenwood also added: “It’s been amazing, actually, working with Indian musicians,” saying that the culture there makes making music a part of him “rather than just being an occupation. It’s different; there’s music everywhere. Like when we’re playing and recording or rehearsing with these musicians, when they take a break, they go and play more. That’s not true in England.” He also said: “some of the musicians are so young, it’s great. One of the dholak players, he’s 16, and I just sit and watch him play and learn so much from how he thinks about music. He’s amazing.”
Greenwood also commented later in the interview on the progress on Radiohead’s upcoming album. “We’ve done a couple of months of recording, and it has gone really well,” Greenwood said, saying he hasn’t listened yet to the sessions. “But we left it at a good place when we last stopped. We’ve certainly changed our method again. It’s too involved [to explain how]. We’re kind of limiting ourselves; working in limits. So we’ll see what happens. It’s like we’re trying to use very old and very new technology together to see what happens.”