Earlier this week, we all became witness to one of the biggest gambles in music industry history. This gamble is of course the landmark decision by Radiohead to offer their newest album, In Rainbows, as a digital download less than two weeks after the project was announced as completed for whatever price the consumer chooses.
In an age where album leaks have become an industry standard and CD sales are slumping, Radiohead is attempting to buck the trend by trying something completely radical and unprecedented. They will also be selling a box set to come out in early 2008 for 40£.
Or are they trying to buck the trend? The move is unprecedented and is something that has...
Dead Air Space, Radiohead's blog, has been posting several cryptic images in the past few days, which fans are guessing has to do with their seventh studio album. Several fans on the At Ease Web have been hard at work deciphering the messages; the first one reads "Yes We Are Still Alive" and another contains the words ""BlinkYourEyes, OneForYes, TwoForNo," which are some of the lyrics from the new song "BodySnatchers". Other messages include "Xendless," "Plausible Deniability," and "Might Not Operate Properly."
Jonny Greenwood (from Radiohead) has announced two special performances of "Popcorn Superhet Receiver" in New York City scheduled for January of next year, part of the Wordless Music Series. More information can be found in the replies.
Last week, "Become What You Hate" won by an overwhelming margin to become what you all thought should be the next single from Midtown's Living Well is the Best Revenge. This week we're going to shift focus from pop-punk to the brooding and the more ambiguous. It's time to decide what should have been.
Radiohead's Kid A came out in 2000 and became an unqualified success even without any formal music video or single. An early Internet leak and buzz from previous albums helped this band succeed into mainstream territory sales of over one million albums sold. Later, the song "Optimistic" made it onto the Billboard charts, reaching as high as #10 on the modern rock charts.
In celebration of Halloween, Quote Unquote Records, the world's first, donation-based record label, has released a live set free for downwload from The Arrogant Sons of Bitches. The set, which features twelve, one-time only Radiohead covers, was recorded by the now defunct, Long Island ska-punk act in October 2004. You can download the entire set free of charge right here.
On September 19th, a new Radiohead DVD documentary OK Computer - A Classic Album Under Review will be released through MVD and Sexy Intellectual. It is 53 minutes long and includes live and in-the-studio performances of each song off of the original album. Of course, there is commentary by "experts", biographies and a Radiohead quiz.
Taken from MammothPress.com: Well, friends...Rock legends Radiohead have finally seen fit to start up a Myspace.com page again. The page will feature links to bands that Radiohead highly reccommend, and will serve as an actual question/answer forum on occassion for the band. That's right...they might actually respond to your geeky fanboy questions!
Radiohead's new album will most likely be out sometime this fall, with a proper version of the popular online bootleg song "Nude" (also known as "Big Ideas (Don't Get Any)") originally from the OK Computer era, being included on the album. Check out pictures of them in the studio here.
Radiohead still has no title or release date set for the album they've been working on since August; however, the band has announced that Mark "Spike" Stent will be producing the effort when sessions for the new album resume in February. This is the first time since 1993's Pablo Honey that the band has not worked with Nigel Godrich.