Robyn, Thom Yorke’s Suspiria score, and 18 more scary-good albums out this month

The spooky season is nearly here, and with it will come John Carpenter’s excellent soundtrack for the Halloween series’ 11th installment and Thom Yorke’s music for Luca Guadagnino’s masterful Suspiria remake. Beyond horror scores, October offers exciting new records from High On Fire, Robyn, Daughters, Julia Holter,…

Thom Yorke released one of his moody, dreamy "spells" from the Suspiria soundtrack

Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria remake boasts a pretty unquestionable roster of talent; in front of the camera, we’ve got Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson, and the enigmatic, possibly fictitious Lutz Ebersdorf. Behind the camera, there’s Call Me By Your Name director Guadagnino, plus a soundtrack from Radiohead mastermind…

Thom Yorke calls petition to cancel Israel show “offensive”

Thom Yorke has responded to calls from a number of other prominent musicians—most notably, Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters—to cancel an upcoming Radiohead show in Israel, calling the arguments and requests “offensive.” Waters, a leading voice in the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement, is one of several musicians…

Thom Yorke to use his musical witchcraft to score the Suspiria remake

He’s no Goblin, and we’re not just defending the guy’s appearance: It’s been announced that Radiohead frontman and sentient conception of “ennui” Thom Yorke has been hired to score the upcoming remake of Dario Argento’s Italian horror classic Suspiria. The film, which moved from “ghastly idea” to “let’s give it a…

Week 19: It’s the end of the purge as we know it (and I feel fine)

Wesley Willis: Wesley Willis is a Chicago legend for good reason: His massive frame was matched only by the joy he took in singing—and the mental illness that plagued him. It would be easy, especially in hindsight, to think that people listen to Willis’ music to make fun of him, but in my experience that wasn’t the…

Radiohead gets intimate in new, Paul Thomas Anderson-directed video

Director Paul Thomas Anderson has had a long relationship with evergreen alt-rockers Radiohead, mostly through the band’s guitarist, Jonny Greenwood, who’s scored a number of Anderson’s films. Earlier this year, rumors leaked that the Inherent Vice director was working with the band in a more direct fashion, filming a…

Thom Yorke looks just thrilled to be hanging out with Radiohead contest winners

Last week, we reported on a contest being held by actor and conservation advocate Edward Norton, in which a lucky Radiohead fan could win a chance to hang out with him at one of the band’s concerts, trading awkward small talk and catching occasional whiffs of his powerful Norton musk. Well on Tuesday night, that dream…

Thom Yorke wants to lull you to sleep with this bedtime playlist

If Radiohead puts you to sleep, you’re in luck. Thom Yorke teamed up with BBC Radio 1 to put together a “bedtime mix.” The curated collection plays out in one long stream and it includes Radiohead’s “Melatonin,” Yorke’s live solo performance of “Bloom,” Holden’s “Triangle Folds Inside Out,” Laurie Spiegel’s “The…

The oral history of Radiohead’s GooglyMinotaur, a chatbot ahead of its time

When Radiohead released Amnesiac on June 5, 2001, the album arrived with a mysterious online companion: GooglyMinotaur. The Where The Wild Things Are-like character was a goofier take on Stanley Donwood’s figure on Amnesiac’s cover, and he was friendly. AOL Instant Messenger users could add the GooglyMinotaur to their…

Radiohead burns itself clean with a tense and pained new album

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For a band that has so significantly reinvented its sound over nearly 25 years’ worth of recordings, the mood of Radiohead’s music has remained remarkably consistent—a mood that might best be described as “troubled.” A sense of unease and tension runs through nearly the entirety of the band’s catalog, from the jagged…

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