Thursday, February 19, 2009

Phil Selway, Future Frontman? “Family Madness”

from PopMatters

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

And the Grammy goes to ...

Congratulations to Radiohead for their "Alternative Album of the Year" Grammy win!!

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
Rick Rubin

Best Score Soundtrack Album For Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media
The Dark Knight - James Newton Howard & Hans Zimmer

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Good luck Phil at the Grammys

Phil may or may not be in LA this weekend for the awards show, but we Phillovers would like to say "good luck" to Phil and all his phriends on Sunday night.

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.