Among the many attractions at last week’s splashy Spotify press conference with Lars Ulrich of Metallica and Glassnote Records CEO Daniel Glass (who announced a new Phoenix album for 2013), alternative R&B sensation performed a short set during which he offered a brief cover version of Radiohead’s 1995 single, “Fake Plastic Trees.” Watch it here.
The understated performance was the culmination of the extremely exclusive event, with a majority of the music industry-heavy audience seemingly oblivious to Ocean’s nod towards Thom Yorke’s famous band, given the audible din of conversations in the background.
The cover continued in Ocean’s tradition of performing abbreviated cover versions in concert, which in the past have included Prince’s 1980 song “When You Were Mine” in Los Angeles and R&B legend Sade’s “By Your Side” at this year’s Lollapalooza festival in Chicago. Ocean also covered Coldplay’s “Strawberry Swing” on his much-lauded 2011 mixtape, Nostalgia, Ultra.
Ocean is nominated for six 2013 GRAMMY awards, including Best New Artist and Album of the Year for his debut full length, Channel Orange.
-Scott T. Sterling, CBS Local