As previously reported, Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich’s “From the Basement” will be available for download December 18, right here. The first show includes a preview of two new Radiohead tracks; ‘Down Is The New Up’ and ‘Videotape’.
Taking time out from working on the new Radiohead record, Godrich told Pitchfork in a recent interview, “We’ve got a lot of people that I’d like to see on the show [that] we’re talking to. [But] I don’t want to mention their names. Obviously, I’m really interested to capture some really iconic, bigger names– really the whole point is to get people who are having their moment, to try and get a definitive record of what they’re doing.”
“And also, I’ve got a lot of friends in smaller bands,” continued Godrich, “and there’s an element of trying to promote stuff that we think is good.”
Indeed, Godrich first conceived of “From the Basement” as a means of authentically documenting the pulse of music being made today. “Beck and I [had] been watching Rock and Roll Circus, that Rolling Stones movie that they made after they’d been on tour…we were just saying how amazing it was to see such a snapshot of that time: You get to see them, warts and all…hanging out with John Lennon and Eric Clapton and all these people.
“[We were] just saying what a shame it was that there wasn’t anything that really felt as honest as that anymore, at the moment.”
Drawing further inspiration from British television music series “The Old Grey Whistle Test”, Godrich soon landed upon the idea of a television program. But despite early reports, “From the Basement” will not appear on British television– instead it will be available solely as an Internet download.
Explained Godrich, “They were quite prepared to put it out on TV if we would take a sponsor, like a mobile phone company or whatnot, and I was just like, ‘No fucking way, that’s just not the point at all.’
“The idea is to be independent– to have no agenda, to the point that we don’t have to present that, because I don’t want anybody to– it’s got to be neutral.”
Oh right, and that Radiohead record? “We’re just getting on with it, really…I honestly really don’t know [how long it will take], and that’s the truth.” [read the full interview at Pitchfork]