Stream the New Song from Empress Of, “Go to Hell”
Empress Of has released a defiant new track titled “Go to Hell”, which is currently available to stream via Soundcloud. You can check it out below. Lorely Rodriguez (the woman behind the Empress Me moniker) released her first official album, Me, back in 2015 and followed that with last year’s standalone single “Woman is a Word”.
Thom Yorke and Radiohead Respond Once Again to Israel Concert Backlash
Radiohead is scheduled to perform in Tel Aviv on July 19th (next Wednesday), and their decision to proceed with the concert has drawn much ire from artists and human rights activists alike who support Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS). The controversy surrounds the apparent apartheid-like conditions being imposed upon Palestinians in the region and is essentially divided into two philosophies: the BDS and its supporters are calling for the withdrawal of business, culture, and government support in an attempt to pressure the Israel government, while those opposed believe this approach lacks the necessary dialogue and cultural interactions that could incite real change. The debate has spawned an open letter to Radiohead from a number of musicians and artists, including the likes of Roger Waters, imploring them to cancel the show. Yorke answered the letter by voicing his disagreement, stating the idea of refusing to play “creates divisive energy. You’re not bringing people together.”
Yesterday, film director Ken Loach added more fuel to the fire in an op-ed for The Independent in which he derided the band’s decision to go on with the show, stating, “their stubborn refusal to engage with the many critics of their ill-advised concert in Tel Aviv suggests to me that they only want to hear one side – the one that supports apartheid.”
Thom Yorke took to Twitter this time to defend his stance once again:
Playing in a country isn’t the same as endorsing its government.
We’ve played in Israel for over 20 years through a succession of governments, some more liberal than others.
As we have in America.
We don’t endorse Netanyahu any more than Trump, but we still play in America.
Music, art and academia is about crossing borders not building them, about open minds not closed ones, about shared humanity, dialogue and freedom of expression. I hope that makes it clear Ken.
It appears that the show will proceed as scheduled.