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Re: “Reinterpreted by Ten Local Bands, Radiohead's 'Kid A' Keeps Its Wounded Soul

oops oops oops, obviously. Please disregard. All the comments disappeared for a little while there, and we're back. Sorry for jumping to conclusions, guys.

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Posted by Handwringer on 02/27/2013 at 10:38 PM

Re: “Reinterpreted by Ten Local Bands, Radiohead's 'Kid A' Keeps Its Wounded Soul

Hey Lenika, I posted some honest, thoughtful feedback to your article and the show, and you deleted it without any comment. Is that how it goes at the East Bay Express?

Posted by Handwringer on 02/27/2013 at 10:37 PM

Re: “Reinterpreted by Ten Local Bands, Radiohead's 'Kid A' Keeps Its Wounded Soul

Lenika, I appreciate your close reading of the interpretations of the tracks, which I think makes for a fine, fair review of the recordings alone. There are some seriously overlooked or flatly ignored elements, though, that made this the single weirdest clusterfuck live show I've ever been to. Your rundown doesn't translate anything about the audience experience of this near-$30 Rickshaw show, totally sold out and packed the the walls with people who, in the end, mostly took away that it was at least nice to be in a room full of people who also liked Radiohead. There were odd, confusing, overwrought instructions from a bossy, details-stressed lady about how the show would run (only sometimes realized-- watch the stage! Now watch the screen! Wait, these musicians clearly hate being interviewed-- why are we doing this again?), coupled with weird self-congratulatory moments from everyone who had the mic about how visionary this whole thing was, as if we should all be more grateful than the exorbitant price we paid to get in. Yes, the set changes were "complicated"-- sometimes taking as long as ten minutes between performances for an album of tracks that were not supposed to be broken up. By the second intermission, and increasingly through the show, people all around me were turning to each other to quizzically, shyly figure out from each other how they were supposed to feel about this. Nobody expected Radiohead proper, because we knew better, but my God: by the middle third of the album, people all over the venue were being less shy about recognizing together what a total shitshow this was.

The musicians mostly hovered outside, and there was great shrugging and shaking of heads that went beyond the normal post-show "Did-we-do-alrights". Judging by the way the bands were talking and the breakneck accolyte praise on the UnderCover Facebook page, the organizers of this thing seem to be sort of feared and respected in the SF scene, but everybody was so busy patting each other on the backs (even as the stage management was at a complete breakdown standstill) that I'm not convinced they were at all aware of the audience's despair at what was happening, or of the conversations happening in literally every corner of the club about this whole thing being the worst, limping dog and pony show of egos that the city has seen in recent memory.

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Posted by Handwringer on 02/27/2013 at 9:29 PM

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