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Thom Yorke crashes garden party, plays half-hour acoustic set

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Everybody loves a good garden party, what with the little sandwiches, the pastel-colored shorts, and the colorful paper lanterns hung from trees, but even the best garden party could be improved by the addition of a sullen English guy playing alternative rock tunes on a guitar. Apparently, that’s the sort of thing that can happen when you live near Thom Yorke, because Rolling Stone is reporting that he recently showed up in his neighbor’s yard during a party to play some acoustic songs while he “sipped from a champagne flute and bobbed his head to the beat.” Who knew Yorke was such a chill dude?

A YouTube user known as Doctor Tchock has uploaded a pair of videos featuring Yorke playing “Reckoner,” and it looks like it must’ve been a perfectly delightful little shindig. We don’t know what other songs he played or how much of this performance was planned ahead of time, but it seems safe to assume that Yorke prefaced his arrival with an elaborate internet campaign.

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