The older Last Plane to Jakarta archives are not the easiest thing on the internet to navigate (although the effort, should you expend it, is extraordinarily worthwhile). This means it’s not trivial to find and read John Darnielle’s writings on the topic of Amnesiac; even an old Metafilter post on the subject now has broken links. And the internet is supposed to make everything trivial.
It is my duty, therefore, to present nice orderly links to said writings:
Radiohead’s Reckoner if it was written and produced in the 80s.
i was like “ok” but then HOLY FUCKING SHIT
I was grooving along and loving this and then I just cracked up at the sax solo because it’s perfect.
What even. Whoever made this deserves awards.
AHAHAHAH OH WOW HOLY SHIT
Radiohead is actually one of my favorite bands, without me even being fully aware of it. One day I woke up and I realized I had 80% of their discography. I find it hard to actively CALL them a favorite, because they’re very challenging musically, and if I’m not careful, they can depress me into near oblivion.
However, this does not inspire depression. Rather, this inspires the urge to flip on some sunglasses, don a Members Only Jacket, hop in a Ferrari, and go CRUISE.
finally, I can listen to a Radiohead song without getting into some quasi-nihilistic funk
John Darnielle || “No Surprises (Radiohead cover)”
Part two in the series is this cover of “No Surprises” from Radiohead’s (best album, yeah I said it) The BendsOk Computer. (No idea which synapse misfired to produce this mixup, mea culpa maxima, etc.) Once again, Darnielle’s delivery and mode of recording is wildly different from the original, but the sheer fragility on display makes the song his own.