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No more Radiohead albums?

posted by Jason Kottke   Aug 11, 2009

Thom Yorke says that there will be no more Radiohead albums.

“None of us want to go into that creative hoo-ha of a long-play record again,” he said. “Not straight off … It worked with In Rainbows because we had a real fixed idea about where we were going. But we’ve all said that we can’t possibly dive into that again. It’ll kill us.”

No!! (via @davidfg)

Kanye, Radiohead, mashup

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 29, 2008

Love Lockdown + Reckoner. Kanye mashed up with Radiohead, I pretty much gotta post it. (via delicious ghost)

Radiohead and Google, together at last

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 14, 2008

Radiohead + Google + data visualization + lasers = I am contractually obligated to post this. Google has the backstory and some code for Radiohead’s new music video, which was “filmed” using lasers instead of cameras. (via jimray)

Radiohead’s Nude played by old computer hardware

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 06, 2008

An inventive cover version of Radiohead’s Nude played by the following instruments: Sinclair ZX Spectrum computer, Epson dot matrix printer, HP Scanjet scanner, and an array of hard drives. Skip ahead to 1:08 if you can’t wait through the opening. This isn’t the correct technological time period to be steampunk. Bitpunk anyone? (via waxy)

Radiohead on iTunes

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 05, 2008

After months/years of the band putting the kibosh on it, Radiohead albums are finally available through iTunes. (The albums have been available at Amazon’s MP3 store for months.)

Short interview with bassist Colin Greenwood about

posted by Jason Kottke   Apr 03, 2008

Short interview with bassist Colin Greenwood about the State of Radiohead, among other things.

Pitchfork: The Pitchfork review of Hail to the Thief put forth the idea that “anything Radiohead does from here on out will sound like Radiohead”…

CG: That’s like a late-night stoner comment. At about three in the morning — after you’ve put on Captain Beefheart and you put the red scarf over the light bulb — it makes a lot of sense. But the next morning you’re like, “I don’t know, maybe the world is fucked and we didn’t solve it.” So I don’t know about that.

Sounds like he’s got Pitchfork figured out. And as your musical sommelier, I’d recommend the 2007 In Rainbows with this interview.

A comparison of the Last.fm chart

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 17, 2007

A comparison of the Last.fm chart and the official UK downloads chart after Radiohead’s In Rainbows was released online last week. The top 10 on Last.fm: all Radiohead. Official chart: nada. (via adactio)

Marginal Revolution and CNN (and New York

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 11, 2007

Marginal Revolution and CNN (and New York magazine and Reddit and etc.) asked their respective readers: how much did you pay for In Rainbows, Radiohead’s new album which is only available as a pay-what-you-want download. I paid around £8.50 (~ US$17), which splits the difference between a typical album price in the UK and the US. (Actually, what I did was download it from elsewhere because Radiohead’s online store was down yesterday morning and then went back to pay for it just now.)

Radiohead has a new album coming out

posted by Jason Kottke   Sep 30, 2007

Radiohead has a new album coming out called In Rainbows. It’s only available from their site for now, either as a download (released Oct 10) or as a “discbox” that includes the CD, a bonus CD, two records, and assorted photos, books, etc. (released Dec 3). (via rex)

Update: Also, Radiohead is letting the buyer choose his/own price for the online album. This has been done before, notably by Magnatune, who offers albums for between $5 and $18 with a recommended price of $8…and people often pay more than the recommended. (thx, greg)

Update: Singer Jane Siberry does variable pricing for her music as well. Siberry also cleverly lists what other people are paying (currently $1.18 per song, a bit more than the recommended $0.99). Freakonomics explains. (thx, phil)

If you thought that Nevermind’s 15th anniversary

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 15, 2007

If you thought that Nevermind’s 15th anniversary made you feel old, try this one on: Radiohead’s OK Computer was released 10 years ago tomorrow. (via 6f6)

This is brilliant: the weird video of

posted by Jason Kottke   Apr 06, 2007

This is brilliant: the weird video of Dick Cheney lurking in the bushes during a press conference at the White House with Radiohead’s Creep playing over it. “I want you to notice when I’m not around….” (via cyn-c)

Video of a live performance of Creep

posted by Jason Kottke   Mar 08, 2007

Video of a live performance of Creep by a Radiohead quite different than today’s version.

Interview with Thom Yorke about politics, his

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 26, 2006

Interview with Thom Yorke about politics, his solo album, and Radiohead’s impending (yet distant) new album. (via dooce)

Listen to three tracks from Thom Yorke’s

posted by Jason Kottke   May 31, 2006

Listen to three tracks from Thom Yorke’s new solo project, the eraser. Radiohead it ain’t, and I’m not sure I like it.

Neil is compiling a list of notable

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 07, 2005

Neil is compiling a list of notable musicians who blog…help him out in the comments. So far, he’s got Franz, Radiohead, Shatner (!), Ted Leo, M Doughty, etc.

Plastic recently considered the question of perfect

posted by Jason Kottke   Aug 30, 2005

Plastic recently considered the question of perfect albums, those where every song is great and you never want to skip over them. Philip compiled a list of the responses; Radiohead’s OK Computer and Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue came out on top.

Radiohead has a weblog, although it just

posted by Jason Kottke   Aug 18, 2005

Radiohead has a weblog, although it just got going and Thom’s the only person who’s posted to it so far.

Thirteen favorite albums of the last twenty years

posted by Jason Kottke   Jul 11, 2005

Spin magazine’s recent list of the best albums from the last twenty years (as well as MSNBC’s alternate list) got me thinking about what my favorites list from that era might look like. Since I’m not Spin and my musical opinion doesn’t carry any weight, I felt free to list what I like, influenced me, continue to find enjoyable, and will still listen to in the future instead of what’s actually good…whatever good means.

In rough chronological order and briefly annotated:

Conclusions: I seem to like all sorts of music, but the common thread is the mainstream-ness of these albums; they’re typically the most popular examples of a particular genre, style, or time period. Gangsta rap wasn’t that mainstream at the time, but The Chronic went multi-platinum. Nevermind was grunge for the mainstream, and The Downward Spiral was one of the few industrial albums to make it big. The same for Rave ‘Til Dawn, Daft Punk, DJ Shadow, Smashing Pumpkins, and Sigur Ros, if to a lesser extent.

Spin names Radiohead’s OK Computer the best

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 22, 2005

Spin names Radiohead’s OK Computer the best album from the last 20 years.