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Atoms For Peace – Club Amok at Fais Do-Do, Los Angeles – Live Report

Atoms For Peace – Club Amok at Fais Do-Do, Los Angeles – Live Report

Atoms For Peace played their secret club show at Fais Do-Do, Los Angeles. Tickets for the show were hard to get and ended being raffled and given away through radio stations KROQ and 98.7 FM. Later in the day tickets were made available through select music stores.

The independent record stores were only given a handful of tickets, ending up in long lines with disappointed fans. The show was a warm up show for the upcoming world tour of Thom Yorke’s band. The band consisting of Thom Yorke, Nigel Godrich, Joey Waronker, Mauro Refosco and Flea opened with Default (see video below) and played a 14 song set with tracks from the latest album AMOK and Thom Yorke’s album The Eraser. The encores included more b-sides including Radiohead’s Paperbag Writer, a solo and acoustic version of the unreleased The Present Tense (video below), originally not on the setlist, which you can see below. After about a minute in the song Thom yelled out to the audience: ‘Who the fuck is talking, Man?! Why did you turn up? Talk when I’m fucking done!’ The band closed the night with UNKLE’s Rabbit In Your Headlights (video below). This must be the first time the song was played live since 2002.

The after show was for Gaslamp Killer and shortly after 1 AM Thom Yorke started a DJ Set.

Here’s the setlist of the show:

Setlist Atoms For Peace Los Angeles01 DEFAULT*
02 UNLESS*
03 THE ERASER
04 THE CLOCK
05 BLACK SWAN
06 INGENUE*
07 DROPPED
08 SKIP DIVIDED
09 ATOMS FOR PEACE
10 STUCK TOGETHER PIECES
11 REVERSE RUNNING*
12 HARROWDOWN HILL
13 AMOK
14 CYMBAL RUSH

ENCORE #1:

15 BEFORE YOUR VERY EYES
16 PAPERBAG WRITER
17 THE HOLLOW EARTH*
18 FEELING PULLED APART BY HORSES

ENCORE #2:

19 THE PRESENT TENSE (THOM SOLO, ACOUSTIC)*
20 RABBIT IN YOUR HEADLIGHTS*

* = VIDEOS BELOW

Pictures by @KidJulian8, videos by @Suprefan. A review from LA Times over here.







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31 Comments

  • Any idea what was in the DJ set list?

  • [...] Watch fan-shot video footage from the show below (via At Ease). [...]

  • I won tix to this… so awesome.

  • [...] Last night in Los Angeles, Thom Yorke‘s band Atoms for Peace performed a surprise show at “Club Amok”– which turned out to be Fais Do-Do. It was a rehearsal of sorts for their upcoming full band world tour. (They’ve also been sharing a string of rehearsal footage recently.) Check out some performances from the show via At Ease. [...]

  • So now Thom Yorke has taken a page from Keith Jarrett’s So Very Important playbook with the “who’s fucking talking, man” comment? Disappointing. Luv the guy, luv the music, but c’mon dude. Closing a rock show in Los Angeles with a solo acoustic song and expecting to not hear a pin drop? Really?

    • I didn’t realize that was the last song. Maybe the guy talking had a few drinks in him? (no excuse) I guess I can see both sides. Good footage either way though.

    • No way. Thom’s right. If you “luv the music”, you should support Thom supporting the right of everyone around that talking person to hear it.

    • Agree. Talking guy might be annoying but interrupting the song like this is a bit of overreacting. Yells and noises is a part of live experience and maybe Thom just need to keep his ear monitors on.

    • If you go to the symphony, opera or heck even a stupid movie people aren’t talking. I’m pretty old and have been to a lot of small club shows and I’ve never understood why people pay good money to see a musician play and spend the whole time talking about their job or some other crap. Mostly its does douche trying to impress a chick. I wouldn’t go to your work meeting and start talking over you.

      It’s the same reason they serve drinks on one hour flights. People can’t just sit down and shut-up for one hour. G-d forbid you talked to your friends before/after the show.

  • Well said, Thom. I HATE people who talk or make any noise during a performance. Thank you for trying to change the upsetting culture at concerts that doesn’t take the music seriously. It’s one reason I’ve stopped going.

  • Including songs like Paperbag Writer and Rabbit in Your Headlights is really good idea. Looking forward to see them live in Munich!

  • Wow, that was a wee bit of an overreaction from thom in my opinion.

  • I honestly think that was a pretty disgusting reaction to something that happens to pretty much every musician in the world. Last few years he has really changed as a person. Bit more humility wouldnt go astray….

  • It was a totally justified reaction. This was a show that many die-hard fans would’ve killed to get in to and all of these jaded LA-spoiled trust fund kids were chatting and ruining the moment.

    Music is a LISTENING experience. Disrupting people’s ability to HEAR the music is intensely disrespectful, especially during a quiet song. You will get kicked out of a classical venue for doing that. It’s the equivalent of flashing a laser pointer on a movie screen at a crowded theater, you are ruining and disrupting the main reason that all the people are there and have payed a lot of money to be there.

    It was a spontaneous treat for the fans to perform that particular and unreleased song. It is achingly beautiful and clearly has a great deal of emotional meaning to the man that wrote it. Thom is pouring his heart out in that song and it obviously means a lot to him to express it. In the song he is saying outright that dancing and rejoicing in music is the only way he can strike out against and come to terms with the fact that our society and planet is falling to pieces.

    It’s a very heavy song and it takes a lot of effort to get into the emotional head-space he needs to be in to perform the song properly and do it justice. Most people have no clue what it takes to perform music on that emotional level when people have paid to see it and others are completely fucking with your ability to perform it.

    Also, regarding people saying “Thom’s changed in the last few years”, I saw Radiohead in 1998 in Chicago and Thom had this exact same reaction during a performance of “Exit Music”. If anything he has mellowed a lot in recent years. They’re lucky he even finished the song and didn’t just walk off.

  • year DJ number one

  • I think that was a pretty disgusting reaction to something that happens to pretty much every musician in the world.

  • Not gonna lie, the show @ le poisson rouge that is available on youtube is fucking incredible. I have tickets to Chicago, but I think I’d be more excited to see Thom and Nigel get down then the full band where there seems to be a lot of tug of war chemistry going on.

  • This is what I’ve been looking for. Thank you!

  • That hard pounding pitter patter cranky wanky style of music Thom Yorke has been into for the last 5 years is just awful!!!
    Its just a bunch of noise!!!
    There is no soul or style. Just a bunch of noises put in sync.

    I’m glad Thom said something. Being to a concert with people talking is why I do not show up anymore. I would rather stay home and listen in peace and quiet.

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  • very impressive article. I have read each and every point and found it very interesting

  • wow ! the show very meaning!

  • I think Thom has met his match for stage dominance… Flea! Love that he’s in sweats :) That being said, I love Thom’s performance too.

  • wow ! awesome ! my heart pounding like crazy with non-stop action.

  • [...] tracks, foregrounding Flea and a 70s funk bassline.) This Amok world tour – which began with a dress rehearsal in LA last month – transliterates all that digital work back into its instrumental constituent parts, with [...]

  • [...] tracks, foregrounding Flea and a 70s funk bassline.) This Amok world tour – which began with a dress rehearsal in LA last month – transliterates all that digital work back into its instrumental constituent parts, with added [...]

  • I like lyrical songs, it has to be heard, I liked the way he ‘s performance, he will always wish success.

  • I honestly think that was a pretty disgusting reaction to something that
    happens to pretty much every musician in the world. Last few years he
    has really changed as a person.

  • very impressive article. I have read each and every point and found it very interesting. I love DJ.

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