Archive for October, 2007

radiohead-in rainbows

October 12, 2007

well, if anyone didn’t know, radiohead has finished their new album, and the shit is not in stores. no, no they decided to open a website, and for a minimum of 90 cents (credit card transaction fee) you can get the album. me, i decided to throw down 5 pounds, about 10 bucks.

there’s some contention around the album though. while i’m not thrilled about this, i can’t say i’m pissed. i was already thinking about ordering the discbox for myself for christmas (for bein such a good boy this year). i would love to have some radiohead on vinyl. plus the added cd, if the live versions are any indicator, makes it worth it. two cds, two LPS, and an art book. and you should all know how much i love stanley donwood, who does all the art for radiohead and is one of my favourite writers.

so, i’ve got a ‘sub-par’ recording (160kbps). yes, i notice. but the fact is, i rarely use my cd player. it’s much easier to use my computer- itunes is by far the best software for large libraries. so, this ‘sub-par’ recording sounds the same as all my other mp3s, and the cds i’ve been burning for years, because i do not buy them anymore.

does that make me a bad person? no, it makes me a pragmatic person. with little exception, bands get about ten percent of the profits from album sales. the real money is in merch and tours. i don’t feel a damn bit of regret when i look at stacks of burned cds, knowing some fat greasy fucks who have been systematically destroying the institutions of music through sloth and greed and sheer stupidity are not getting any of my money.

i do buy records at shows. i do try to go to shows. i may be leeching a bit, but nowhere near as much as the industry does on its artists. if anything, i’ve ended up giving more money to music because i download regularly.

the hard copy of in rainbows is coming out in january, printed by a major label. but when i bought the album online, the money went directly to a band i fucking love.

and this album, it blows hail to the thief out of the water, without a doubt. i can’t wait to hear it on vinyl, and hear the bonus disc tracks, particularly ‘bangers n mash’.

this album is gritty, soaring, and very creepy all at once. the final version of ‘nude’, a song i’ve been covering for years that previously was only available from live recordings is gorgeous. my version isn’t bad either.

in the grand tradition of most radiohead albums, there’s some real weepers on here. the last track will likely make you cry. think ‘motion picture soundtrack’ meets ‘fog’ meets ‘cuttooth’. phil selway’s drums are incredible, and thom yorke’s voice has gotten even more like an abused angel’s.

since it’s only a dollar (if you don’t want to give them your money for a sub-par recording) i recommend picking it up without delay.

it still pains me to know they’re never going to write another album like the bends (fuck off, i’m a bar rat, and bar rats like loud guitars and beer, think-music and wine comes second) i’m really glad they took the time to write a really solid album. hail made me think they had peaked.

radiohead-in rainbows: grade: A

and as a notice, from now on, i’ll be doing music reviews more often, and more in the style of real reviews. i used to do it all the time. just google me, i still show up in places.