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Radiohead finishes recording; Phil Selway announces tour dates

on February 03, 2010, 1:34pm

So by now everyone knows Radiohead has begun work on studio album #8. In fact, as OneThirtyBPM discovered, Thom Yorke’s crew is actually done recording the followup to 2007’s In Rainbows… for now.

Basically, the band recently finished up a three week recording session in Los Angeles. The news comes from L.A. Times contributor Jia-Rui Cook, who posted a blog entry (now removed) detailing the band’s wrap up part last Sunday night. In the entry, which you can read below, Cook writes that Radiohead had been collaborating with Bryan Cook, a music mixing engineer who “helped transform a house in the Hollywood Hills into a recording studio and spent the last three weeks there recording Radiohead with Nigel Godrich.”

Bryan helped transform a house in the Hollywood Hills into a recording studio and spent the last three weeks there recording Radiohead with Nigel Godrich. On Saturday, we waded through a driveway full of Priuses and Minis to get to the wrap party. I was giddy seeing Beck, Selma Hayek and Danger Mouse chatting around the same pool where Dean Martin and the Rat Pack used to hang out. I marveled at the hair on one rock star that resembled one of those fuzzy boom mic covers. How exactly did he describe what he wanted to his hairdresser? I guess it was just proof rock stars can get away with stuff regular folks can’t. Thom Yorke periodically toyed with the iPhone that controlled the speakers. Usually he skipped forward to a Rolling Stones song. The band wanted to record in L.A. to get away from the dismal English winter. Nigel said they were probably lolling about too much in the sunshine when they first arrived. When it started pouring down, they realized someone up there was telling them to get on with it. If their last album was “In Rainbows,” I guess they could call this one “In Rainstorms.”

Of course, being the overly cryptic band that it is, Radiohead hasn’t really commented on the album, aside from noting “We are in a very different place, a very new place.” So, we have no idea the effort’s title, release date, or even if it is already done.

That said, one member of the band has announced a few specifics… for an upcoming European solo tour. With Yorke hanging in Indio, drummer Phil Selway will hit the road this March in anticipation of that solo album he’s been working with. Find the dates below; then go stream the Haiti benefit concert while you twiddle your thumbs and debate whether you should buy a plane ticket to Italy.

Phil Selway 2010 Tour Dates:
03/27 – Turin, IT @ Spazio 211
03/28 – Florence, IT @ Sala Vanni
03/29 – Flerrara, IT @ Sala Estene
03/30 – Bologna, IT @ Covo Club
03/31 – Rome, IT @ Circolo Degli Artisti
04/01 – Milan, IT @ Tunnel
04/03 – Barcelona, ES @ La 2 de Apolo
04/04 – Valladolid, ES @ Auditorium
04/05 – Puerta de Santa Maria, ES @ Mucho Teatro
04/06 – Lisbon, PT @ Aula Magna
04/07 – Porto, PT @ Casa de Musica
04/08 – Vigo, ES @ Museum of Contemporary Art

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