Radiohead Plays ‘Let Down’ For The First Time In Ten Years During MSG Opener

first_imgRadiohead hit the Madison Square Garden stage for the first time in 13 years last night, and they showed why their reputation as the best live band in the world precedes them. With endless energy and perfect execution, Radiohead ran through an impressive setlist that showcased material from seven different albums. The audience spent most of the night on the edge of their seats, silently listening to Thom Yorke‘s dream-state vocals while watching master multi-instrumentalist Johnny Greenwood create lush soundscapes that brilliantly filled the large confines of MSG.The show opened as all other Radiohead shows have in 2016, with the first five songs from this year’s beautiful release, A Moon Shaped Pool. Beginning with “Burn the Witch”, they moved through “Daydreaming”, “Decks Dark”, “Desert Island Disk” and “Ful Stop” with ease, giving the audience a healthy dose of new material to start things off. “Daydreaming” particularly connected with the audience, as the crowd erupted in applause on at least two occasions simply because the song was so beautiful. By the time the band got to “Ful Stop”, the energy was palpable, and Radiohead responded with a wild, freak-out version of the pulsating track. Thom Yorke held a keyboard in his hand and added spooky synth flourishes throughout as the lights strobed to create a wild audio/visual effect.The true meat of the show, however, began once Radiohead got past the AMSP material. To start things off, Thom Yorke picked up his maracas while Greenwood had a series of analog synthesizers brought to the stage, as the band kicked into high gear with a fast-paced version of The King of Limbs single “Lotus Flower”. The band kept the energy at maximum with “The National Anthem”, which featured its typical sinister bass playing from Colin Greenwood. Next up, “15 Step” made it’s first appearance of 2016, with the In Rainbows track providing the crowd with an opportunity to let loose and dance. “15 Step” was a tour staple of Radiohead’s since 2008, so it was nice to see them bring it back into the rotation at MSG, and the band absolutely nailed the version, using the 5/4 time signature to build tension as Johnny Greenwood added layers of effects.After building up the energy in the room, Radiohead took things down a notch with three consecutive ballads. OK Computer fan-favorite “No Surprises” was first, with it’s lullaby-esque intro sending the crowd into a frenzy. “Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor Rich Man Poor Man Beggar Man Thief” followed, with the AMSP track perhaps acting as a moment to give the crowd a moment to catch their breath. TKOL track “Separator” kept the chill vibes going and gave Thom Yorke a chance to really showcase his voice.Radiohead kicked off the final portion of their main set with a mean take on The Bends‘ opening track, “Planet Telex”. Most fans start their Radiohead education with The Bends, so “Planet Telex” is a familiar favorite to almost every fan. The song doesn’t get played that often, only making it into five shows this summer, so the song was certainly well received. “The Numbers” followed, and the acoustic climate-change-focused piece from AMSP brought the house down. The song laments the role humanity has played in changing the world’s climate, so following that song up with the high energy Orwellian rager of “2+2=5” made for a poignant moment.After the short-but-sweet rocker, Thom Yorke surprisingly switched to his keyboard and started up Kid A‘s “Everything In Its Right Place”. The song usually finds itself in the set-closing or encore slots, so its different placement was a welcome change, giving fans another opportunity to dance as the band worked through this melodic, effects-laden, thumping track. Electronic bass freak-out “Myxomatosis” came next, and the Hail To The Thief track was a true highlight of the night, showing Radiohead at perhaps their angriest and most evil. To bring the main set to a close, Radiohead brought the crowd to it’s feet again for another dance number in “Idioteque”.Following a brief encore break, Radiohead returned to the stage with their biggest surprise of the night: the first performance of “Let Down” from OK Computer in ten years. The dreamy ballad was the perfect way to kick of the encore, showing their appreciation to the excited audience by busting out a rare tune from their most popular album. “Present Tense” followed, marking the eighth and final song of the night from AMSP, and its Bossa Nova vibe really works well in the live setting. Following a note-perfect take on their classic “Paranoid Android”, Radiohead brought their first encore to a close with two In Rainbows songs: the absolutely gorgeous ballad “Nude” and the high-energy rocker “Bodysnatchers”.For Radiohead’s traditional second (and final) encore, the band kicked things off with The King Of Limbs‘ opening track, “Bloom”. This track features a lot of layered percussion, and Johnny Greenwood actually had a full drum kit brought out on stage so he could play the song’s jazzy drum loop live. One of Radiohead’s biggest tricks in the live setting is to re-create the production from their albums, so watching Greenwood carefully play the same pattern over and over with different emphasis based on where the band was in the song was truly a treat. It’s easy to focus on Thom Yorke as the “front man” with his unique voice, mischievous energy, and passionate dance moves on stage. However, make no mistake, as Greenwood is just as important to Radiohead’s live show and sound. A guitarist by trade, Greenwood spent most of the night twisting and turning nobs on the electronic musical tools that he keeps in his live arsenal, helping to augment the band’s sound and create the atmospheric soundscapes that they’re known for.Radiohead finished the show with an epic version of “Street Spirit (Fade Out)” that had the crowd howling the song’s “fade out” refrain into the sky, providing one last opportunity for the band and audience to sing together before bringing the night to a close. The group turned in a truly amazing performance at Madison Square Garden, showcasing the band’s diversity and their beloved catalog. The band really knows how to cater to their audience, mixing live staples, fan-favorites, bust outs, and perfect renditions of their new songs coming together to form a cohesive, fun, and intense show that left fans begging for more. Luckily, Radiohead returns to The Garden tonight for the second and final night of their run!Check out incredible videos from last night’s Radiohead show at Madison Square Garden, courtesy of YouTube user suprefan.“Let Down”“The National Anthem”“Planet Telex”“The Numbers”“2+2=5”“Myxomatosis”“Street Spirit (Fade Out)”Check out the full setlist below.Edit this setlist | More Radiohead setlistslast_img read more

Sanders says most Vermonters saw federal taxes drop

first_imgOn today’s income tax filing deadline, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said federal taxes are down for most middle-class Vermonters and Americans but much more needs to be done to create a fair and equitable tax system.“Despite much political rhetoric to the contrary, 99 percent of Vermont working families and individuals received a much-needed average federal tax cut of over $1,100 for 2009,” Sanders said.As a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, some 300,000 Vermont households were able to receive a tax cut of up to $400 ($800 for married couples). Further, 14,000 Vermont families were able to receive an expanded tax cut to send their kids to college last year. More than 20,000 Vermont children benefitted from an expansion in the child tax credit. Nearly 60,000 Vermont small businesses received tax cuts to purchase new equipment and other things. Nationwide, Congress cut individual federal income taxes by about $173 billion shortly after President Obama took office. “This tax relief is welcome news for Vermonters who continue to suffer through the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression,” the senator said.While federal taxes on middle class fell, Bush-era tax breaks for the wealthy continue to increase the skyrocketing federal deficit and too many large corporations took advantage of loopholes in the tax code to evade paying billions of dollars. “Congress has a lot of work to do to create a fairer tax system. This tax day we must resolve to make the tax code more progressive, simpler and fairer to the American people,” Sanders said.“With the top 1 percent now earning more income than the bottom 50 percent and the gap between the very rich and everyone else growing wider, we have to make sure that the wealthiest in our society and the largest and most profitable corporations in America pay their fair share in taxes. This is especially relevant given the reality that we have a record-breaking deficit and our national debt is approaching $13 trillion.” The federal tax code is so absurd that Warren Buffett, the third richest person in the world worth $47 billion, pays a lower overall tax rate than his secretary.  Equally outrageous is the fact that the top 25 hedge fund managers who made an average of $1 billion last year, pay a lower effective tax rate than many teachers, nurses, police officers, and fire fighters. Sanders also called it a “national disgrace” that Exxon Mobil, the most profitable corporation in history, evaded paying billions in taxes last year by setting up tax shelters in the Bahamas, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, among other things.  “As gas prices continue to climb, making it harder for Vermonters to afford to commute to work, Exxon Mobil shouldn’t be allowed to skirt its tax bill by setting up bogus tax shelters in the Caribbean,” he said.A member of the Senate Budget Committee, Sanders said he will work to repeal the Bush tax breaks for the wealthiest 1 percent, end corporate tax loopholes, and make the tax code fairer and simpler for ordinary Vermonters.Source: Sanders office. 4.15.2010last_img read more

When it comes to property plenty of investors are still breaking this golden rule

first_imgPlenty of property investors are breaking the first golden rule of property when they choose what to buy.WHEN it comes to buying property new research shows plenty of investors are still breaking the golden rule.Analysis by lender ME has found plenty of investors are just relying on past performance as a guarantee of future success.In fact more than half of those investors surveyed were doing exactly that.When asked what made them most confident that they had made the right investment, 56 per cent of respondents said it was that house prices had always gone up in the past.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by About 11 per cent admitted they were just following the crowed. They said with so many people buying investment properties they assumed it must be safe.Only about a third of property investors admitted they had sought expert advice or analysis of the market.ME head of home loans, Patrick Nolan, warned investors should be cautious and objective when buying.“Australia’s property market is diverse and not all properties are performing equally at any one time,’’ he said.“Your investment timeline is another important factor: the longer you’re able and prepared to remain invested the more likely you are to see growth.He said the best basis for making an investment decision was analysis and advice.last_img read more

Okpekpe Race: Ndiema Replaces Injured Habtegebrel

first_imgTop Kenya long distance and road runner Esther Chemtai Ndiema has replaced Shitane Habtegebrel in the list of elite athletes for next month’s fourth Okpekpe International 10km Road Race in Okpekpe, Edo state.Spokesman for the IAAF bronze label race, Dare Esan, said at the weekend that the Bahrainian, Habtegebrel pulled out because of injury.Habtegebrel, a silver level running athlete is injured after she has been confirmed for the race and our Elite Athletes Manager, Walter Abmayr, has promptly replaced her with the Kenyan Ndiema,” observed Esan who further revealed that Ndiema is a gold level running athlete.“This has brought the number of gold level running athletes for the race from four to five women following the confirmation of Pascalia Kipkoech, Maryane Wanjiru and Polline Wanjiku from Kenya and Ethiopia’s Buzunesh Gudeta for the race. These are all gold level running athletes,” said a delighted Esan.“It’s obvious we are organising a bronze label event with the requirements for a gold label race. This is a demonstration of our determination to improve to a silver label rating next year. This is the dream of Pamodzi Sports Marketing, organisers of the only IAAF label race in Nigeria nay West Africa and one of only two in Africa this year,” he further said.Esan also revealed that  IAAF is taking keen interest in the race which is the second of four labelled 10km races in the world this year after the IAAF Gold Label World’s Best 10K race in San Juan, Puerto Rico in February and the IAAF Gold Label Ottawa 10K race in Ottawa, Canada on May 28and IAAF Bronze Label B.A.A. 10K race in Boston, USA in June.“Since it is a label race which means it is one of the leading road races in the world, the IAAF automatically takes interest in how it is organised and we are delighted to announce that we are ready to organise a benchmark edition this year.“The world governing body for the sport has sent a list of requirements that must be followed.“The race will be organised in accordance with the IAAF Competition Rules and that of the Athletic Federation of Nigeria who are providing the technical partnership for the race with our international elite athletes manager, Abmayr.“Our race Director, Zak Amodu, will ensure that all officials and competitors are fully informed regarding IAAF Competition Rules,” Esan concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more