The Smile - "Thin Thing"

The Smile - "Thin Thing"

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Godrich on New Radiohead Side Project: ‘It’s not a rock record’

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Besides his long-standing relationship with Radiohead, producer Nigel Godrich has been enlisted by other artists to helm albums, including Paul McCartney, Beck, Gnarls Barkley, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Air. In addition, he’s produced and played on Thom Yorke side projects including the solo album “Eraser,” Atoms for Peace (with the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea) and the new group Smile that also includes Jonny Greenwood and British jazz drummer Thomas Skinner.

In an interview with the Coda Collection, Godrich revealed that Smile has finished an album, and it’s “not a rock record. …It’s an interesting juxtaposition of things, but it does make sense. It will make sense.” 

He described Skinner as “the British Joey Waronker,” referring to the versatile American drummer who has worked with everyone from R.E.M. to Roger Waters. 

“He’s a great musician and a great guy,” Godrich says. “He’s in Sons of Kemet (with British jazz innovator Shabaka Hutchings) and also done tons of session work. …I sort of smile to myself, because I can see he’s going to get a lot of attention.”

Radiohead - From the Basement

Complemented by a brass section and percussionist, Radiohead reinterprets its then-newly released "The King of Limbs" album in an intense, revealing performance filmed in 2011 for Nigel Godrich's "From the Basement" series.

Greg Kot is the editorial director of The Coda Collection. He is also the cohost of the nationally syndicated public-radio show and podcast “Sound Opinions” with Jim DeRogatis, and previously the music critic at the Chicago Tribune for 30 years. His books include acclaimed biographies of Mavis Staples (“I’ll Take You There”) and Wilco (“Learning How to Die”) and a history of the digital music revolution (“Ripped”). He also coauthored “The Beatles vs. the Rolling Stones: Sound Opinions on the Great Rock ‘N’ Roll Rivalry” and has written extensively for Rolling Stone, BBC Culture and Encyclopedia Britannica. When he takes off the headphones, Kot coaches in his Chicago-based youth travel basketball program (OTEhoops.com). In addition, he has coauthored two best-selling editions of the book “Survival Guide to Coaching Youth Basketball.”

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