"It has been decided that we call ourselves Atoms For Peace. Hope you like it...It seemed bleedin' obvious," stated Thom Yorke on the Radiohead website a couple weeks ago. It's the band he's been having "too much fun" with, having performed The Eraser live at Coachella last year. And they're now taking that fun on the road to 5 cities, including New York, in early April. Bandmates include Flea (bassist for you know who), Joey Waronker (drummer for Beck, R.E.M, Smashing Pumpkins, etc.), Nigel Godrich (guitarist and Radiohead producer) and Mauro Refosco (Brazilian percussionist for Forro in the Dark). The band is named for track 6 off The Eraser as well as for the December 8th 1953 United Nations address President Eisenhower gave before the General Assembly, in which he referred to the "new language of atomic warfare" in the wake of the cold war.
Tickets went on sale for the two New York Roseland Ballroom shows yesterday at 10am. Craig's List and eBay have since been swarming with inventive ways for scalpers to sell the paperless tickets. Flying Lotus opens.