Happy Radiohead Day!

I just finished downloading Radiohead’s new album, The King of Limbs, from the band’s own Sandbag-powered website, in glorious 320 kbps (my all-time favorite bitrate) mp3. Can’t wait to listen! More specifically, I’m about to join fans and critics throughout the world in a one-of-a-kind listening event!

For the record, this is how every band should do it: Record material on your own time and money, don’t give anything to anybody who might leak it, use the Internet to announce the LP’s release date, and finally sell the album in fairly-priced, high-quality mp3s  using a simple pay-to-download hosting service NOT connected to iTunes or any major record company. It’s production, promotion, and distribution all rolled into one, all taking full advantage of the Internet’s power to sell and deliver music to fans: a model Radiohead hinted at — flippantly — with their 2007 pay-what-you-will In Rainbows release. Now we have the real deal. EVERY major band should be doing this.

Now to explore the music of The King of Limbs! As a start, the brand new video for “Lotus Flower”. Shake it Thom!


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