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On Sunday, bespectacled, cirrhosis-livered Hold Steady guitarist Tad Kubler set off a music-blog firestorm by brutally slagging off Radiohead during an interview with BBC’s Radio 6. “I think they’ve lost the plot,” he said. “I like them as a rock band, all the buttons and sequencing and stuff like that I don’t really care for. I’m a fan of rock music, and what they’re doing now I don’t think is very good.” But Kubler wasn’t the only boozy indie-rock titan to weigh in with a negative opinion of Radiohead this week! On Monday, Silver Jews leader David Berman told Pitchfork, “You can go through the whole new Radiohead album and try and tell me what they’re saying, and all you’ll get over and over again is things are miserable, don’t try, things suck … Never before has there been a ‘greatest band in the world’ who had so little to say about anything.”
The list of things Radiohead have nothing to say about evidently includes the Hold Steady and Silver Jews, as neither Thom Yorke nor any of the various Greenwoods have responded to either attack. There’s currently no mention of any beef on the band’s official blog and a search on Hype Machine indicates that no dis tracks have yet been recorded. Are they simply too big for this? Or are they holed up in Oxford right now putting the finishing on a Nigel Godrich–produced ironic cover of “Chips Ahoy!”? God, we hope so. Come on, guys, it’s the slowest news week of the year!
Steady vs Radiohead [BBC]
Interview: Silver Jews [Pitchfork]