Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Here are the philtastic excerpts:
Phil returned to his percussion palace, but only to grab a chair and bring it towards us. Neil officially welcomed him to the front of the stage, “making his UK debut.” And in case we got worried when he disappeared from view, Neil pointed to the Argos keyboard and said he would be just there, “just so you know”. Phil sat down with an acoustic guitar and praised the “sitting down time,” then looked at the pathetic sweaty standing mass in front of him and said, “why don’t you join me?” I’m sure we wished we could.
As Phil started plucking the strings of his guitar, I saw that Neil was also playing an acoustic guitar rather than the keyboards beside him. The two played an introduction that initially reminded me of the Hunters and Collectors much covered song (including by Finns; it was written by Mark Seymour, brother of Crowded House’s Nick) Throw Your Arms Around Me. Rather than some subtle sign that it was time to add vocals, Phil just asked Neil if he were ready, and Neil replied with exaggerated gusto “oh, yeah!” They performed The Ties That Bind Us ...
As John beamed at the back of the stage, Neil asked Phil if he had another tune for us, insisting “I think you have!” Phil appeared from wherever he had been and sat centre stage with an acoustic guitar, with Neil returning to the keyboard. Phil said it was quite fun up front and he and Neil kidded that there was no going back now that Phil was getting a taste for it. It was a joke but I think most people present would encourage him to write more and provide lead vocals more often in the future, as he’s a wasted talent just tucked at the back with drums, no matter how amazing a drummer he is. [Phil doesn’t seem to have been involved in as many projects as some of his Radiohead colleagues, although he did work on the McCusker/Woomble/Drever album Before the Ruin, which is funny as he not only reminded me a bit of John McCusker, but that John played at the last gig I saw. Phil also appeared with Jarvis Cocker as a band member in a Harry Potter film (Goblet of Fire) and played his (animated) self in an old South Park episode, plus does amazing work with the Samaritans. So an all around interesting and surprisingly outgoing person.)
More mobile phone interference right when a soft song was about to begin had much of the audience grumbling “Turn it off!” but Neil just referred to Phil having offers pouring in now, and they did not let it disturb them. Phil sang a heavenly song he had written, The Witching Hour, in a wispy, beautifully delicate voice, with Neil accompanying him on electric piano. The tune was easy to love, and snippets of the lyrics were “Take me, take me out into the night”, “hold me, hold me, I am like a child” and “those I love carry me home, carry me home”. Neil joined in on some truly haunting harmonies at the end, and the song was certainly one of the many highlights of the evening. Glenn and John’s constant smiles had competition from the audience who had fallen under Phil’s bewitching spell.
Lisa Germano recently spent time in England contributing to recordings by Radiohead drummer Phil Selway's solo project.
The recording was reportedly done in Radiohead's Oxfordshire studio. Besides Lisa Selway's collaborators were - Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche and multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone, and former Soul Coughing bassist Sebastian Steinber (who also appears on Lisa's latest solo offering).
All of these musicians including Germano collaborated on Neil Finn's recent Seven Worlds Collide project, including a charity album, The Sun Came Out.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Radiohead drummer Phil Selway to release solo album
Selway has taken his hand to singing for new effort
Radiohead drummer Phil Selway has announced that he is set to release a solo album.
Selway, who sings on the album, is currently in the process of recording the as-yet untitled record in his band's Oxfordshire studio.
He enlisted the services of Wilco members Glenn Kotche and Pat Sansone to play on the project, and multi-instrumentalist solo artist Lisa Germano and bass player Sebastian Steinberg have also contributed.
The Radiohead man debuted a solo song, 'The Family Madness', live in Auckland in January, playing guitar and singing. The show was for the 7 Worlds Collide project, which the musicians working on his album are also part of.
Selway is yet to reveal the release date - and crucially as a member of Radiohead - the method by which his solo album will come out.
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
7 Worlds Collide comes to London for special one-off gig
Neil Finn is bringing the 7 Worlds Collide project to London for a very special one off show at Dingwalls in Camden.
The exclusive and intimate show will take place on August 11th, and will feature Neil Finn, Ed O'Brien and Phil Selway of Radiohead and Glenn Kotche and John Stirratt of Wilco. Together they will be premiering tracks from the forthcoming album The Sun Came Out.
Tickets go on sale Monday 3rd August at 9am and cost £25. Get them from Live Nation online, or by calling 0844 576 5483.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Radiohead memorabilia goes under the hammer
A drum kit belonging to Radiohead drummer Phil Selway will be among the lots in the Pop Culture sale at Christie’s, in London, on July 1.
The drum kit has been autographed by Abingdon-born Mr Selway and other members of the Oxford band, who met while pupils at Abingdon School, and is expected to fetch £4,000.
The Premier rosewood and cherry red lacquer kit was used to record the 1997 album OK Computer, which went triple platinum in the UK, and double platinum in the US.
Mr Selway, 42, was last year voted the 26th-best drummer of all time by online music magazine Gigwise.
He gave away the drums as a prize in a charity draw seven years ago in aid of the Samaritans charity, which he has worked for as a helpline volunteer.
(via Oxford Mail)
At the hotel, we sat down and started chatting and suddenly one of my friends looked somewhere, shocked. I turned around... and Phil was there. I'm still shocked. He was absolutely amazing, so calm and educated.
The welcoming committee:
Phil opens gifts:
Oh yes, the cupcakes I made... Phil wasn't going to share with anyone.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Radiohead and Johnny Marr releasing new material on charity album
'The Ties That Bind Us' sees Phil Selway's solo vocal debut
Radiohead's Ed O’Brien and Phil Selway and The Cribs' Johnny Marr have all contributed to 'The Sun Came Out' - a double album of original material that will raise money for Oxfam.
The album, co-ordinated by Neil Finn, will be released on August 10.
Drummer Selway makes his recorded vocal debut on the record on the song 'The Ties That Bind Us'.
Selway made his live singing debut at a gig in Auckland, New Zealand in January at a gig organised in conjunction with the project.
The album also sees collaborations between Marr and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy on 'Too Blue', and KT Tunstall and Neil Finn of Crowded House on 'Hazel Black'.
'The Sun Came Out' tracklisting will be:
'You Never Know'
'Little By Little'
'Learn to Crawl'
'Black Silk Ribbon'
'Girl, Make your Own Mind Up'
'Run In The Dust'
'Red Wine Bottle'
'The Ties That Bind Us'
'What Could Have Been'
'All Comedians Suffer'
'Riding The Wave'
'The Witching Hour'
'Over And Done'
'Change of Heart'
'Don't Forget Me'
'Long Time Gone'
'3 Worlds Collide'
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Q: There are rumours that you are working on a solo project, produced by John McCusker. Is that true?
It's true that I've been working on solo material over the past year or so. I'm working with Ian Davenport. We've been working in the gaps in the Radiohead schedule - it's been quite a busy few years for the band so progress has been gradual.
Q: Can you give us some sort of update about where in the development process the album is?
Well, bar a few lyrics, all the songs are written. I'm getting together with some of the musicians from the Seven Worlds Collide project, later in the year, to record them all.
Q: What music excites the two of you right now?
Phil: Currently listening to The Hazards of Love by The Decembrists.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Praça Da Apoteose
Rio de Janeiro
Chácara Do Jockey
La Pista Atlética del Estadio Nacional
La Pista Atlética del Estadio Nacional
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Radiohead fans that call drummer Phil Selway their favorite member of the group, form a small but dedicated minority. As Tobias Fünke might say, “There are dozens of us. Dozens!” When I heard the news early last month that Selway was debuting some new material as part of Neil Finn’s Oxfam-supporting 7 Worlds Collide project, I was glad to hear that one of rock’s most reliable pacesetters would have a chance to do flex his creative muscles outside of the yeoman’s work at his world-famous day job.
Last year’s In Rainbows provided ample evidence that Selway is in many ways his band’s secret weapon, but his guitar playing and lead singing at this year’s 7 Worlds Collide reunion reveal that he might have more tricks up his sleeve than even his hardcore fans suspected.
Thankfully, YouTube user Schro23 uploaded a video of Selway’s original tune “Family Madness”, as performed in Auckland last month. The song—a slow number reminiscent of Radiohead’s “Follow Me Around”—manages to out(Fleet)fox the Fleet Foxes, as late-oughts harmony-laden folk tunes go. Not a bad start, Mr. Selway!
The song should appear on the upcoming 7 Worlds Collide album, which follows Finn’s 2001 live album of the same name.
Sunday, February 08, 2009
Album of the Year
Raising Sand - Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals
Sex On Fire - Kings Of Leon
Best Rock Song
Girls In Their Summer Clothes - Bruce Springsteen
Best Alternative Music Album
In Rainbows - Radiohead
Best Short Form Music Video
Pork And Beans - Weezer
Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package
In Rainbows - Radiohead [Stanley Donwood, Mel Maxwell & Xian Munro, art directors]
Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical
Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
The Dark Knight - James Newton Howard & Hans Zimmer
Saturday, February 07, 2009
Coverage for the non-televised portion, hopefully including Jonny's category, starts at 4p NYC time / 9p London time over at the grammy site, with the televised portion beginning at 8p NYC time on CBS. Radiohead are rumored to be opening, so do as Phil would do: set your watch a few minutes fast so you don't miss a moment.
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
We Phillovers are phervently hoping for more Phil songs at the next few concerts!
The New Zealand Herald reports.
Review: Neil Finn's 7 Worlds Collide
7:41AM Tuesday Jan 06, 2009
By Russell Baillie
It had variety. It had comedy. It had songs by the greats - Radiohead, Wilco, Crowded House, er, Thunderclap Newman.
But most of all this Neil Finn-facilitated dream-team line-up had a couple of things you don't see at big shows.
Like risk-taking, spontaneity, genuine surprises, and a great fat wodge of heart.
Yes it might have been a spin-off to the album Finn and his musical mates exotic and domestic are recording in his Auckland studio for Oxfam, as well as a follow-up to the first series of Seven Worlds Collide concerts back in 2001.
But this first night of a sold-out three-night blast at the Powerstation was anything but a predictable charity bash or dull supergroup jam.
Nor was it a case of Neil-and-friends.
He took a backseat for the first half of the show and much of the second. Though the night didn't lack for Finn presence with sons Liam - now established as a brilliant solo act - and younger brother Ellroy roped in. When he wasn't being the night's most valuable player, Liam also provided comic foil.
"Get over it Dad," he quipped as Finn snr pondered aloud yet again on what the assembled band should be called.
"You're 25 now, I guess you can say that to me," answered his father.
"You can hit me now," quipped Finn jnr once more.
'"Well I could always stop feeding you," finished Finn snr.
We're sure he didn't mean that. But if he did, Oxfam do a very good job of helping the starving...
Anyway, it was a show of two neatly unpredictable robust halves. After opening with an all-in swing through Crowded House's Distant Sun, The first was mostly of a tag-team effort with songs old and new each from Don McGlashan, Bic Runga, Liam Finn, Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall and former Smiths super-guitarist Johnny Marr while backed by various combinations of the dozen or so other musicians.
That included four members of American rock wonders Wilco and - returning from duties on the first Seven Worlds Collide series - Radiohead's Ed O'Brien and drummer Phil Selway.
The second half largely belonged to a combination of the Wilco and Radiohead songbook, a match seemingly made in rock-crit heaven.
It also provided the night's biggest wobble. Finn snr wrestled manfully with the vocal to Radiohead's Bodysnatchers, but couldn't quite pin Thom Yorke's original hyperventilations over its monster riff. Not one for the live concert DVD perhaps.
Otherwise, the depleted-to-four-piece Wilco and ring-ins kicked almost as hard as their last Auckland show in March. Their short bracket included oldies including Woody Guthrie's California Stars, a freshly recorded newie while later frontman Jeff Tweedy made a fine job of Radiohead's Fake Plastic Trees, even if beforehand he worried out loud "this is going to be like Paul Rodgers fronting Queen."
Radiohead's drummer Phil Selway delivered one of the night's nicest surprises in what was his live singing debut of a rather lovely self-penned song destined for the album.
Elsewhere, among the smattering of new numbers, Tunstall and Runga delivered a co-written impressively gothic murder ballad to give the feelgood meter a brief respite - but that gauge stayed pretty much in the red zone for the remains of the night.
That was especially when Finn and Marr lead the ensemble through the Smiths' There is a Light that Never Goes Out (reprised from the 2001 7WC shows), or exuberant high harmony jangles through Finn's Four Seasons in One Day and She Will Have Her Way. And best and most disarming of all - was Thunderclap Newman's Something in the Air in the night's encores.
It helped make for a sweetly funny ending to this first night marking a project which Finn snr describes as a "splendid expedition of ours".
Sure was good to be there for this early part of the ride.
There was video montage of the supergroup rehearsing posted on youtube. You can see our Phil on a guitar at about :27.