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After Adele’s performance at the Grammy Awards, the Wall Street Journal ran an article scientifically explaining why her winning song “Someone Like You” brings so many listeners to tears. Apparently, all it takes to make people cry is something called “appoggiatura.” Throw a few of these ornamental notes on top of emotionally charged lyrics, and turn on the waterworks. The article goes on to say that even when a song makes people sad, they love it: "...emotionally intense music releases dopamine in the pleasure and reward centers of the brain, similar to the effects of food, sex and drugs. This makes us feel good and motivates us to repeat the behavior." [Ed. note: THIS EXPLAINS MY WHOLE LIFE.]
With that in mind, here are a few imaginary appoggiatura-laced dopamine inducers:
The only way to keep from sinking in Star Anna’s “Restless Water” is to pull somebody out on the dance floor and hold on real tight.
Thom Yorke’s voice is almost drowned out by the building noise as Radiohead’s “How to Disappear Completely” starts to fall apart. Then suddenly he soars out of the wreckage, it all comes back together, and I fall apart:
When I was a very little man, probably three years old, my family took me to the circus. As I observed the caged lions and tigers, I confidently asserted that they were not ferocious beasts, but rather “people dressed up” as animals. Yes, I was a cynic even as a toddler.
In the days since its release, I’ve listened to Radiohead’s The King of Limbs between 40 and 50 times, which suggests two things: 1. I probably need a girlfriend and 2. I LOVE Radiohead. The latter point cannot be overstated - I’m so into them that, on more than one occasion, I’ve actually forgotten to breathe while taking in a new record. Suffice to say, I greeted news of their 8th LP with considerable enthusiasm.
The initial volley of songs on Limbs quickly make it known that the now-legendary Oxford quintet are not content to rest on their laurels. In Rainbows, Part II, this is not. While the warm, amorous aura of In Rainbows remains, Limbs has much more in common with the records that now make up the literal centerpiece of their career - Kid A and Amnesiac.
If you haven't caught Radiohead live, NPR is ready to stream what you've been missing.
I haven't seen many twitters, chirps, or FaceBook status check-ins mentioning that peeps are headed to the White River Amphitheater to see Radiohead tonight.
If there's any one question most bands tend to dislike it's how they got their band name. A band will most likely answer with, "Well, this one night we were drunk..." or something similarly dissatisfying and anti-climatic, which is I avoid the question during interviews.
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Radiohead have put out an iTunes-exclusive live video set from "In The Basement," and it's fantastic.
Most exciting is that the collection will be available on CD, Limited Edition double-CD, quadruple vinyl (!!!), or by digital download.