TMT EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Thom Yorke Announces Official Blip Festival 2009 Lineup

On Monday, the TMT offices received a routine call from Thom Yorke (perhaps better known by his stage name, "RadioHead"). Normally, our receptionist forwards Mr. Yorke's calls to a voicemail box that no one ever checks (around the breakroom, we jokingly call it "The Black Hole"!) and goes back to sorting CD-Rs. At the particular moment of Yorke's call, however, Candace had happened to leave her desk to bring Mr P his mid-morning mille-feuille and pomegranate cordial, and the call was automatically re-routed to the desk of ace writer Nat Towsen. Eyes glued to a spectral analysis of a web-exclusive Leonard Cohen cover by Beck and The Record Club, Towsen unwittingly answered the errant communique. After suffering an audibly teary plea from Mr. Yorke, Towsen found a soft spot in his usually granite-hard exterior, and agreed to conduct an interview in person the following morning. This is that interview.

NT: Thank you for sitting down with me, Mr. Head. Can I call you Radio?

TY: You can call me Thom, which is my name.

NT: Noted. How are the kids, Thom?

TY: The cost of education, simply from a sociological perspec--

NT: Let's get to the point. You said you had a big announcement. You wanted the story done right. You came to TMT. Let's have at it, clammy.

TY: Fine. I want to announce that... the 2009 Blip Festival, which is December 17-19 at Brooklyn, NY's The Bell House, has confirmed its lineup.

NT: Wait, Blip Fest? Really? Chiptune? 8-bit synths and video art? You're into that stuff?

TY: Oh yeah. I try to keep abreast of all the fringe music scenes. I listen to Sunn O))) and The Bug. I once let Rudolf spit in my eyes. I even used a modified NES on one of the Radiohead albums.

NT: Really? Which one?

TY: Whatever.

NT: Which album?

TY: The point is, Blip Festival is going to be exhilarating, even transcendent at times. Just like last year.

NT: You were there last year?

TY: No, but you were.

NT: I was! And it was exhilarating, even transcendent at times! I was amazed by the variety of performances and musical styles united by a single element that is both physical and aesthetic!

TY: That's the ticket! This year's fest includes U.S. favorites Bit Shifter and Nullsleep, as well as Japan's The Hunters, France's Eat Rabbit, and so many more musicians! Plus, visuals from a host of talented folks, including VBlank, The C-Men, and No Carrier. You can check out the full lineup here!

NT: You just spoke a hyperlink. How did you just do that?

TY: I told you, I keep ahead of the curve. Earlier in this interview, I pronounced "Sunn O)))" and you didn't even flinch.

NT: I was still shocked by the fact that you'd set up an exclusive interview just to announce a festival that you actually have nothing to do with.

TY: You know, if you mistype "festival", you can write "festical", which is just like "testical". Testicle.


TY: This interview is over.

NT: Really?

TY: No.

NT: Good, because I--

TY: Okay, now it's over.

Blip Festical 2009 Lineup (Music Act -- Visualist):

Thursday, December 17:

Silent Requiem -- Jean Y. Kim

failotron -- Paris

Leeni -- VBLANK

minusbaby -- Enso

Chromix -- C-Men

Je Deviens DJ en Trois Jours -- NO CARRIER

Albino Ghost Monkey -- outpt

Eat Rabbit -- Rosa Menkman

Friday, December 18:

Disasterpeace -- Enso

Starscream -- Jean Y. Kim

Fighter X -- outpt

little-scale -- Rosa Menkman

I, Cactus -- VBLANK

Nullsleep -- Rosa Menkman/Paris

Rainbowdragoneyes -- C-Men

Patric C -- NO CARRIER

Saturday, December 19:

The J. Arthur Keenes Band -- Rosa Menkman / Enso

tRash cAn maN -- Jean Y. Kim / Paris

Bubblyfish -- NO CARRIER / outpt

The Hunters

glomag -- C-Men / VBLANK

Bit Shifter -- outpt / Enso

David Sugar -- NO CARRIER / VBLANK

Psilodump -- Paris / C-Men