According to a blog post from L.A. Times writer Jai-Rui Cook, Radiohead hosted a ‘wrap party’ after a three week recording session in L.A. reportedly held at Nigel Godrich’s (long time Radiohead producer or ‘the sixth member’ to some) home in the Hollywood Hills on the 30th of January.
While this could all just be a lie, the band were in L.A. in late January, performing a benefit concert for the victims of the Haiti earthquake, and there is this little snippet we got via NME:
“Bryan [Cook, engineer] 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, Salma Hayek and Danger Mouse chatting around the same pool where Dean Martin and the Rat Pack used to hang out. 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 LA 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 realised 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.”
Anyway like I said this might just all be gossip, but with Thom Yorke ???? scheduled to play Coachella later this year, I can’t help but wonder.
(By the way, that’s not a typo. Promotional materials for Thom Yorke’s upcoming solo performances have been deliberately labelled with four question marks after his name. As to why, we’re not exactly sure… – Ed.)