Thom Yorke @ Echoplex, Los Angeles 10/2/09

Scott Lapatine | October 3, 2009 - 8:18 am

This was not the low-key warm-up gig (“total chaos … kind of a rehearsal”) Thom promised. Attendees of last night’s pre-Orpheum preview got a full (and by most (Twitter) accounts “awesome”) 90-minute set beginning with The Eraser played by Thom’s new group (Nigel Godrich, Flea, Joey Waronker, Mauro Refosco). This was followed by a solo performance of three new songs: tranquil piano ballad “Open The Floodgates” (“Don’t bore us/ Get to the chorus”), potential Radiohead strummer “Lotus Flower,” and Coldplay-esque “Skirting On The Surface” According to ateaseweb “Floodgates” and “Skirting” are actually a few years old, but were never publicly performed until last night. The band returned for a final segment during which Thom bared his chest Moz-style. They played Radiohead b-side “Paperbag Writer,” “Judge, Jury, & Executioner” (intro’d as “brand spankin’ new” — i.e., not an alternate version of “Myxomatosis”) and “The Hollow Earth”/”Feeling Pulled Apart By Horses” from the new 12″ one could purchase on-site while rubbing elbows with celebrity attendees Ellen Page, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Spike Jonze, and Rosanna Arquette. Check out YouTube footage of the new songs along with photos and setlist:

01 “The Eraser”
02 “Analyze”
03 “The Clock
04 “Black Swan”
05 “Skip Divided”
06 “Atoms For Peace”
07 “And It Rained All Night”
08 “Harrowdown Hill”
09 “Cymbal Rush”
(Thom solo)
10 “Open The Floodgates” [NEW]
11 “Lotus Flower” [NEW]
12 “Skirting On The Surface” [NEW]
13 “Paperbag Writer”
14 “Judge, Jury, & Executioner” [NEW]
15 “The Hollow Earth”
16 “Feeling Pulled Apart By Horses”

“Open The Floodgates”

“Lotus Flower”

“Skirting On The Surface”

“Judge, Jury, & Executioner”

“Paperbag Writer”

“Feeling Pulled Apart By Horses”

“The Hollow Earth”

“Cymbal Rush”

“At one point in the evening, a member of the audience shouted, ‘Play some Skynyrd!'” writes NME. “Yorke responded by flashing both middle fingers, saying, ‘You think I should be playing Stone Temple Pilots too?'” (Rock Is A Girl’s Best Friend’s quotes Thom differently: “Shouldn’t you be calling out Stone Temple Pilots or something more current? ‘Freebird’ is so 80’s!” That sounds more likely.)

And sorry New Moon fans, you’ll have to wait a little longer for “Hearing Damage.”