Released in 2000 and marking a radical change in direction, ‘Kid A’ took Radiohead into a new territory of avant garde electronica. Their traditional guitar led sound was replaced by a futuristic vision of drum machines and synthesisers coupled with the antipodal sonics of string orchestration and brass bands. Produced by Nigel Godrich at locations across Europe, the album would go on to win the Grammy for best alternative album and also garner a nomination for album of the year.
Initially the album elicited mixed reviews from journalists, Mojo magazine would comment “upon first listen, Kid A is just awful … Too often it sounds like the fragments that they began the writing process with – a loop, a riff, a mumbled line of text, have been set in concrete and had other, lesser ideas piled on top”. Many others would recognise it’s genius immediately, Pitchfork’s Brent DiCrescenzo gave the album an instant 10/10, “It’s an album of sparking paradox. It’s cacophonous yet tranquil, experimental yet familiar, foreign yet womb-like, spacious yet visceral, textured yet vaporous, awakening yet dreamlike, infinite yet 48 minutes. It will cleanse your brain of those little crustaceans of worries and inferior albums clinging inside the fold of your gray matter. The harrowing sounds hit from unseen angles and emanate with inhuman genesis.”
Joins us to hear ‘Kid A’ like you’ve never heard it before, switch off your phones, relax and enjoy one of the finest albums of the century so far!
Sunday 4th October 5 – 8pm
Brilliant Corners, 470 Kingsland Road, London, E8 4AE
Tickets: £10 online here and £12 on the door
Presenter: Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy
Audio Menu: Dynavector D17D3 MC Cartridge, Rega P9 Turntable, Rega IOS Reference MC Phono Stage, Audio Note Jinro Integrated Amp, Chord Signature Speaker Cable, Chord Signature Tuned Aray interconnects, ISOL-8 Substation Integra Power Conditioner and Klipschorn Loudspeakers
New York City
Sunday, October 11th, 4 – 7 pm
Good Room 98 Meserole, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Tickets: $8 online here / $10 on the door
Presenters: Ron Like Hell (Wrecked)
Audio Menu: Rega Apheta MC Cartridge, Rega P9 Turntable, Audio Note UK pre-amplification and power amplification, AudioQuest Interconnects and cabling, Klipsch Loudspeakers, Klipsch SW-115 Subwoofers
Sunday, October 18th, 6 to 9 pm
Venue: Cafè Mono
Tickets: NOK100 in the door or in advance here, Students/Seniors half price.
Presenters: Kent Horne with author John Erik Riley and singer Nina Swan.
Visual interpretetions by João Doria
Audio Menu installed by Duet Audio: Cartridge: Ortofon Cadenza Black, Turntable: Dr. Feickert Woodpecker, Tone arm: Jelco 750 LB, Integrated Amp with phono stage: Soulution 530, Loudspeakers: Piega Classic 80.2, Interconnects: Midas Reference Silje, Speaker Cable: Midas Reference Silje, Power Conditioner: Oyaide
Sunday, October 18th, 1 – 4 pm
Waldo Pizza, 7433 Broadway Street, Kansas City, MO 64114
Tickets: $5 in advance here and if seating is still available $8 on the door.
Presenter: Kelsyn Rooks
Audio Menu: Audio Note Turntable setup – TT2 Turntable, Deluxe Arm 3, IQ3 cartridge; Audio Note Ankoru Amplifiers and M6 Phono pre-amplifier; Audio Note interconnects and cabling, Klipsch La Scala II loudspeakers, Klipsch R-115SW subwoofers