Transmissions :: Philip Selway (Radiohead)

Philip Selway, best known as the drummer in Radiohead joins us on Transmissions to discuss his third album, Strange Dance. It’s a sweeping and textural listen, envisioned by its creator as something like a “Carole King record meets Daphne Oram.” We caught up with Phil to dig in. Along the way, we discuss his songwriting approach, explore why he decided to forgo playing drums on this new outing, touch on the side project arrangements enjoyed by Radiohead, the band’s relationship to peers like Portishead, Wilco, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, the 20th anniversary of Hail to the Thief, and much more.

Radiohead :: Kid A Mnesia

The retrospective box set Kid A Mnesia released last month reunites the two albums recorded during these sessions, Kid A (2000) and Amnesiac (2001), along with a cassette of B-sides and a disc of alternates and outtakes. For the faithful, it’s a long-awaited valediction of the band’s most creative and far-reaching period. For the uninitiated, it also offers a perfect place to start. After October 2000, the band was never the same again. Kid A Mnesia is the sound of the band we talk about when we talk about Radiohead being born.

Radiohead :: From The Basement (2011)

As the first 10 years of the new millennium crept to a close, we embarked on a series called Decade. By no means a comprehensive list, our aim was to highlight works within the zeitgeist that had left an impact. (The original master list was near quadruple in length but alas, we ran out of time.) The series concluded the morning of New Year’s Eve 2009 with what we deemed our favorite album of the decade: Radiohead’s Kid A, released October 2, 2000.