I got the link from a promo-mailing of the record company, and now the video was removed for copyright violation. oh, how glad I am that big bad record companies are a dying species and users are always faster. here's the youtube-link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIfkUI5xaaM
ARE they miming? Sure the extra screen with the bars moving all over the place has no purpose.. but it appears thomas is hitting the pads to trigger the vocal samples, and there is other knob turning for beat repeat etc.. i dont know... i just want to believe!
I personally want to believe that Thomas Banglater and Guy man were actually chillin' in there homes while the robots in there bad ass suits took care of looking pretty. That'd be sweet. Especially if the entire Alive 2007 tour was like that. I mean why not? They got the funds/tech to do it. I mean I would.
as i didn't recognize their pyramid, i went from "they're doing this song? really?" to "oh cool, the actual dudes." now we just need to find the guys Daft Punk sampled from and throw them on the stage somewhere.
I especially enjoyed the article in the recent Sound on Sound about Manny Marroquin (sp?) mixing the Kanye West "song". Apparently he was the sixteenth person to do so - that's how exacting Kanye West was about "getting it right".
Come on now. The guy is rapping over someone else's hook with some hip-hop drums over it. How much real production does that require? I see people do more complex things in those five minute "creating a beat on an MPC" videos on YouTube.
Radiohead have just bought some Lemur controllers as well now! See Thom Yorke discuss this and his approach to gear etc in this interesting NPR interview: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=18960914
I would agree that they are miming, and would take it a step further - I would venture to say it wasn't even them up there. They probably have better things to do.
Nothing annoys me more than Kanye going around bitching about getting the credit he is due, when all he does is rap (badly) over someone else's (who also sample from elsewhere) hook. Where's the talent there? I have nothing against sampling, but this is just a weak remix/mashup as far as I'm concerned.