From the Basement

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From The Basement
Created by Nigel Godrich
Directed by David Barnard
Sophie Muller
Quin Williams
Vern Moen
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 13
Producer(s) James Chads
John Woollcombe
Dilly Gent
Location(s) Maida Vale Studios, London, England
The Hospital Club, Covent Garden, London
Camera setup Multi-camera
Original network Sky Arts
Original release 18 December 2006 (2006-12-18) – 7 January 2009 (2009-01-07)
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From the Basement is a podcast turned television programme created by music producer and engineer Nigel Godrich and producer Dilly Gent that features live performances from various musicians, without a host or audience.[1]


In September 2006, it was announced that Godrich, along with producer Dilly Gent, producer James Chads and John Woollcombe, were shooting the music series From the Basement, filmed from London’s Maida Vale Studios.[2]

The series was to focus on intimate, live performances by musicians without a host or an audience. Godrich told Pitchfork Media in an interview, "We’ve got a lot of people that I’d like to see on the show [that] we’re talking to. [But] I don’t want to mention their names. Obviously, I’m really interested to capture some really iconic, bigger names– really the whole point is to get people who are having their moment, to try and get a definitive record of what they’re doing."[3]

Godrich first conceived From the Basement as a means of authentically documenting music being made. Drawing further inspiration from British television music series The Old Grey Whistle Test, Godrich came upon the idea of a television program. Despite early reports, "From the Basement" would not appear on British television, because of not taking on corporate sponsors.[3]

Comedian Adam Buxton, was originally in talks to be the host of the show, but this idea was soon dropped.


Originally when the pilot was in production, From The Basement was to be an online programme only. The series would be available solely as an Internet download, with individual videos available for purchase through iTunes and through the official website. This option did not generate enough money to produce the episodes to the quality level desired. Instead, the producers went to international TV networks to receive money up front to produce the series.[4]


The podcast launched on 18 December 2006. The first UK broadcast was on Sky Arts on 1 December 2007 and premiered in the US on Rave HD on the 22 February 2008, followed by a run on the Independent Film Channel in the fall of 2008. The IFC chose to split the episodes listed below into shorter, half-hour segments.[5]

They were also amongst the final programmes broadcast by the now defunct YLE Extra in Finland.[6][7]

MHD (Music High Definition) network on Comcast cable in the US is now broadcasting a Radiohead only version of the program. It is unclear whether the show was produced all at once, or was recorded over multiple sessions.

A second series of shows ran on Sky Arts from 3 December 2008 to 7 January 2009.

On 10 March 2009 the series of performances was released on DVD.[8]


Each episode of From The Basement features performances from several musical artists. The first podcast episode of the series featured Thom Yorke on the piano performing songs from the then upcoming Radiohead album In Rainbows, alongside performances from The White Stripes and a collaboration between Four Tet's Kieran Hebden and drummer Steve Reid. The episode was filmed by director Sophie Muller.

Episode 6 of series 1 was filmed in Bob Clearmountain's Berkeley Street Studio in Los Angeles rather than in London’s Maida Vale Studios.


# Title Original air date Production code
01 "Episode 1" Unknown 101
  1. The White Stripes - "Blue Orchid / Party of Special Things to Do"
  2. Thom Yorke - "Videotape"
  3. Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid - "Mom's Marmalade"
  4. The White Stripes - "As Ugly as I Seem"
  5. Thom Yorke - "Down Is the New Up"
  6. The White Stripes - "Red Rain"
  7. The Big Brother Show Episode

Television Series 1[edit]

# Title Original air date Production code
01 "Episode 1" Unknown 101
  1. The White Stripes - "Blue Orchid"/"Party of Special Things to Do"
  2. The Shins - "Turn on Me"
  3. Neil Hannon - "Lady of a Certain Age"
  4. The White Stripes - "Forever for Her (Is Over for Me)"
  5. The Shins - "Phantom Limb"
  6. The White Stripes - "Ugly as I Seem"
  7. The White Stripes - "Little Ghost"
  8. The Shins - "A Comet Appears"
  9. The Shins - "Australia"
  10. Neil Hannon - "Our Mutual Friend"
  11. The White Stripes - "Red Rain"
02 "Episode 2" Unknown 102
  1. Thom Yorke - "Videotape"
  2. Albert Hammond, Jr. - "Everyone Gets a Star"/"Postal Blowfish"
  3. Envelopes - "Free Jazz"
  4. Thom Yorke - "Analyse"
  5. Albert Hammond, Jr. - "Holiday"/"Hard to Live in the City"
  6. Envelopes - "Party"
  7. Thom Yorke - "Last Flowers"
  8. Envelopes - "Sister in Love"
  9. Thom Yorke - "Down Is the New Up"
  10. Albert Hammond, Jr. - "In Transit"
03 "Episode 3" Unknown 103
  1. Beck - "Motorcade"
  2. Jarvis Cocker - "Fat Children"
  3. Jarvis Cocker - "Running the World"
  4. Jamie Lidell - "The City"
  5. Beck - "Think I'm in Love"
  6. Jarvis Cocker - "Disney Time"
  7. Jamie Lidell - "A Little Bit More"
  8. Jarvis Cocker - "I Will Kill Again"
  9. Beck - "Landslide"
  10. Jarvis Cocker - "Black Magic"
  11. Beck - "Cellphone's Dead"
04 "Episode 4" Unknown 104
  1. Sonic Youth - "The Sprawl"
  2. José González - "Abram"
  3. José González - "How Low"
  4. Sonic Youth - "Hey Joni"
  5. José González - "Down the Line"
  6. José González - "Fold"
  7. Sonic Youth - "Incinerate"
  8. Laura Marling - "Your Only Doll (Dora)"
  9. Sonic Youth - "Jams Runs Free"
  10. José González - "Killing for Love"
  11. Sonic Youth - "Pink Steam"
05 "Episode 5" Unknown 105
  1. PJ Harvey - "White Chalk"
  2. Super Furry Animals - "Let the Wolves Howl at the Moon"
  3. Free Blood - "Ready"
  4. PJ Harvey - "The Piano"
  5. Super Furry Animals - "Neo Consumer"
  6. Super Furry Animals - "The Gateway Song"/"Run-Away"
  7. Operator Please - "Just a Song About Ping Pong"
  8. Operator Please - "Leave It Alone"
  9. Free Blood - "Quick and Painful"
  10. PJ Harvey - "The Devil"
  11. Super Furry Animals - "The Gift That Keeps Giving"
  12. Free Blood - "The Royal Family"
  13. PJ Harvey - "Grow"
06 "Episode 6" Unknown 106
  1. Damien Rice - "Delicate"
  2. Autolux - "Plantlife"
  3. Eels - Millicent, Don't Blame Yourself
  4. Damien Rice - "Rootless Tree"
  5. Autolux - "Turnstile Blues"
  6. Eels - "It's a Mutherfucker"
  7. Architecture in Helsinki - "Maybe You Can Owe Me"
  8. Damien Rice - "9 Crimes"
  9. Autolux - "Supertoys"
  10. Eels - "Cheater's Guide"
  11. Architecture in Helsinki - "Heart It Races"
  12. Damien Rice - "The Blower's Daughter"

Television Series 2[edit]

# Title Original air date Production code
01 "Episode 1" Unknown 201
  1. Gnarls Barkley - "Going on"/"Crazy"/"Who's gonna save my soul"
  2. Sparks - "Good Morning"/"Stange Animal"/"I Can't Believe That You Would Fall for All The Crap In This Song"/"Lighten Up, Morrissey"/"Propaganda/At Home, At Work, At Play"
  3. The Kills - "Tape Song"/"Getting Down"/"Goodnight Bad Morning"
02 "Episode 2" Unknown 202
  1. My Morning Jacket - "Thank You Too!"/"One Big Holiday"/"Touch Me I´m Going To Scream, Pt.2"/
  2. The Fall - "Is This New"/"Wolf Kidult Man"/"50 Year Old Man"/"Latch Key Kid"
  3. White Denim - "All You Really Have to Do/ Mess Up Your Hair"/"Heart From Us All"/"New Coat"
03 "Episode 3" Unknown 203
  1. Iggy Pop and The Stooges - "Trollin´"/"Little Doll"/"Loose"
  2. CSS - "Let's Make Love and Listen to Death from Above"/"Off the Hook"/"Left Behind"/"Let´s Reggae All Night"
  3. The Shortwave Set - "No Social"/"Casual Use collage!!!"
04 "Episode 4" Unknown 204
  1. Radiohead - "The Gloaming"/"Where I End You Begin"
  2. Andrew Bird - "Tenuousness"/"Plasticities"
  3. Fleet Foxes - "Blue Ridge Mountains"/"Sun Giant"/"English House"/"Your Protector"
05 "Episode 5" Unknown 205
  1. The Raconteurs - "Carolina Drama", "Consoler Of The Lonely", "Rich Kid Blues/Kissy Kissy"
  2. Seasick Steve - "Thunderbird"/"St. Louis Slim"/"Walkin´Man"
  3. Band of Horses - "Ode To LRC"/"The Great Salt Lake"/"Detlef Shrempf"
06 "Episode 6" Unknown 206
  1. Queens of the Stone Age - "Millionaire"/"Mexicola"/"Turnin' On The Screw"/"Monsters in the Parasol"/"I think I Lost My Headache"
  2. Cold War Kids - "Cryptomnesia"/"Mexican Dogs"/"I've Seen Enough"/"Bullies Always Win"
  3. Zee Avi - "Monte"


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  2. ^ "New music show will preview Radiohead songs". Retrieved 2009-04-27. 
  3. ^ a b "Nigel Godrich on ‘From The Basement’". 2006-12-14. Retrieved 2009-04-27. 
  4. ^ Godrich, Nigel. "From The Basement - Welcome". Archived from the original on 11 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-27. 
  5. ^ "From The Basement - Original Series". IFC. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
  6. ^ "YLE Extra Schedule - 24 December 2007" (in Finnish). 2007-12-24. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
  7. ^ "YLE Extra Schedule - 30 December 2007" (in Finnish). 2007-12-30. Retrieved 2009-04-28. 
  8. ^ Wong, Thom (2009-04-16). "From the Basement to the Stars". Retrieved 2009-04-27. 

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