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From their beginnings as Brooklyn-based experimenters to one of the most acclaimed bands of the 2000s and 2010s, TV on the Radio mixed post-punk, electronic, and other atmospheric elements in vibrantly creative ways, and are both visual artists as well as musicians. The group began when multi-instrumentalist/producer David Andrew Sitek moved into the building where vocalist Tunde Adebimpe had a loft; each of them had been recording music on his own, but realized their sounds worked well together. Sitek's brother Jason began playing drums and other instruments with the pair during their recording sessions, which resulted in OK Calculator, a self-released disc of four-track recordings. Jason Sitek left the band for a short time due to other musical commitments but returned to the band when it recorded its Touch & Go debut, the Young Liars EP. After the EP was completed, TV on the Radio added guitarist/vocalist Kyp Malone to their fold. Young Liars, which also features the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Brian Chase and Nick Zinner, was released in summer 2003 to critical acclaim, coinciding with their gigs opening for the Fall. Their first full-length release, Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes, arrived in spring 2004. The band remained busy for the rest of the year, embarking on its own tours as well as dates with the Faint and the Pixies. That fall, they released the New Health Rock EP and won the 2004 Shortlist Music Prize. In 2005, the band kept busy with touring and returned to Sitek's Stay Gold studio to work on its second album. They also made an MP3 criticizing President George W. Bush, "Dry Drunk Emperor," available on their website. TV on the Radio signed with 4AD for European distribution of their albums and moved to Interscope in the U.S. In summer 2006 they resurfaced with Return to Cookie Mountain, a more polished but still searching collection of songs that featured David Bowie on backing vocals. The band went in a sleeker direction on 2008's Dear Science, which featured cameos from Antibalas and Celebration's Katrina Ford. The band went on hiatus following Dear Science. Malone worked on his own project, Rain Machine, and appeared on Iran's 2009 album Dissolver, while Sitek formed the collaborative pop project Maximum Balloon, which released its self-titled debut in 2010. As planned, their hiatus ended the following year, and TV on the Radio released their fifth album, Nine Types of Light, early in 2011. In March of that year, the band announced that bassist Gerard Smith, who had joined the TV on the Radio lineup in 2005, was suffering from lung cancer; the following month, on April 20, 2011, Smith passed away at the age of 34 as a result of the disease. Later that year, the band released World Cafe Live, taken from a set recorded for National Public Radio. Late in 2014, TV on the Radio returned with Seeds, a hopeful, streamlined-sounding set once again featuring production by Sitek. ~ Heather Phares
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Albums by
TV On The Radio

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    Seeds

    13 songs

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    Nine Types of Light

    10 songs

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    Nine Types of Light

    11 songs

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    Dear Science

    16 songs

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    Dear Science [Bonus Tracks]

    29 songs

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    Return to Cookie Mountain [Bonus Tracks]

    5 songs

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    Young Liars

    1 song

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    Million Miles

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    Test Pilot

    1 song

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    Happy Idiot

    1 song

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    Careful You

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    Mercy

    1 song

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    Will Do

    3 songs

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    Read Silence

    1 song

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    Wolf Like Me

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    New Health Rock

    5 songs

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    World Cafe Live

    10 songs

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    Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes

    5 songs

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    Young Liars

    10 songs

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    Nine Types of Light [DVD]

    11 songs

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    Return To My Cookie Mountain

    9 songs

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    Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes

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    Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes

    5 songs

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    Live Session

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Top Songs by
TV On The Radio

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  2.   Wolf Like Me
  3.   Will Do
  4.   Staring at the Sun
  5.   Happy Idiot
  6.   Dancing Choose
  7.   DLZ
  8.   Heroes
  9.   Careful You
  10.   Golden Age
  11.   Mercy
  12.   Hours
  13.   I Was a Lover
  14.   Province
  15.   Family Tree
  16.   Caffeinated Consciousness
  17.   Halfway Home
  18.   You
  19.   Second Song
  20.   Quartz
  21.   Trouble
  22.   Crying
  23.   Let the Devil In
  24.   Love Dog
  25.   Shout Me Out
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