Radiohead - The King of Limbs

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i suspect you'll be able to buy a normal CD of it in the store eventually

ciderpress, Monday, 14 February 2011 14:45 (3 years ago) Permalink

Can't say that I'm all that excited about this. $48 seems too steep for me. I'll wait for the 12" when it's only $15.

van smack, Monday, 14 February 2011 14:46 (3 years ago) Permalink

The regular CD will be in stores on March 28th.

Melissa W, Monday, 14 February 2011 14:47 (3 years ago) Permalink

i suspect you'll be able to buy a normal CD of it in the store eventually

Yeah, but that also means that I'd have to wait until the end of March to hear it when the album has already been discussed to death and no one cares anymore. Good job Radiohead on forcing the illegal downloads!

one pretty obvious guy in the obvious (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 14 February 2011 14:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

£6 is not exactly an enormous amount to pay if you want to hear in that much!

Psyched for this, although I'm not sure I'm actually going to be able to listen to this on the 19th. Feels weird for an album to have a RELEASE DATE that means something in 2011 - I miss release date excitement far more than the physical CD in this day and age.

Matt DC, Monday, 14 February 2011 14:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

See, I would totally be jumping on a, like, $15 for digital download now and get the physical CD when its rleased. I just happen to fall into that gap where I want a physical product, but I don't want to shell out $48 for it.

one pretty obvious guy in the obvious (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 14 February 2011 14:51 (3 years ago) Permalink

Agree there should be a middle option, with just a compact disc preorder. I don't even have a turntable anymore, and if I did, that still seems a pretty steep price to pay for some fancy packaging and an album I'm not even sure yet whether or not I'll like.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 14 February 2011 14:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

In Rainbows = Pay what you want
King of Limbs = sorry, we gotta get paid

van smack, Monday, 14 February 2011 14:55 (3 years ago) Permalink

i'd imagine if they could have manufactured the CD/LP themselves and sold it and avoided labels completely, they would have. to think they hadnt thought it through and done the sums is probably naive - i would imagine the amounts they lose in illegal downloads in the month before its in the shops is not comparable to taking on the distro themselves.

matt h, Monday, 14 February 2011 14:55 (3 years ago) Permalink

My barrier isn't the price, it's the extra crap I have no space for in my house.

CAN YOU GULP ANY LOUDER PISS WOMAN (DJP), Monday, 14 February 2011 14:55 (3 years ago) Permalink

can't believe you're unwilling to make room for 625 tiny pieces of artwork

aerosmith: the acid house years (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Monday, 14 February 2011 15:00 (3 years ago) Permalink

In Rainbows = Pay what you want
King of Limbs = sorry, we gotta get paid

― van smack, Monday, February 14, 2011

eh, this is more than a little unfair as a criticism, unless you subscribe to the "music years to be free (of charge)" school of thought.

Daniel, Esq., Monday, 14 February 2011 15:00 (3 years ago) Permalink

radiohead have families to feed, you know.

Daniel, Esq., Monday, 14 February 2011 15:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

can't believe you're unwilling to make room for 625 tiny pieces of artwork

That has about the same level of appeal as "also included: a really old slice of ham" for me

DJP, Monday, 14 February 2011 15:02 (3 years ago) Permalink

^ yes, this

Johnny Fever, Monday, 14 February 2011 15:02 (3 years ago) Permalink

i always thought the brilliant bit of the In Rainbows release was not the pay what you want model but the fact that they had complete control of its dissemination, i.e. no leaks, no promos, no record stores opening it early, etc. it's much easier to sell people a record they don't have yet.

ciderpress, Monday, 14 February 2011 15:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

The regular CD will be in stores on March 28th.

source?

Damn this thread seems so....different without ilxor (ilxor), Monday, 14 February 2011 15:05 (3 years ago) Permalink

I admit I am looking forward to the anguished "WHERE ARE THOSE LAST TWO PIECES OF TINY ARTWORK" blog posts/tweets

DJP, Monday, 14 February 2011 15:06 (3 years ago) Permalink

i agree w/ lj and johnny that there should be a "middle option" between the download and deluxe "newspaper album" (lol) box set. but i get why they would delay the standard cd edition. big radiohead fans who want a physical product asap will be more likely to order the box without a lower-priced physical option to trade down to. smart business move imo

Damn this thread seems so....different without ilxor (ilxor), Monday, 14 February 2011 15:06 (3 years ago) Permalink

also, this drawing from the radiohead blog should be the album cover imo

Damn this thread seems so....different without ilxor (ilxor), Monday, 14 February 2011 15:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

They'll make enough money off selling t-shirts with that album cover on them. It seems designed to have the maximum possible appeal to teenage goths.

Matt DC, Monday, 14 February 2011 15:09 (3 years ago) Permalink

And so the laughable bullshit begins...

― Under Me Smang Tang (Doran), Monday, February 14, 2011 9:21 AM (39 minutes ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

"What's not yet clear is why it's called a "Newspaper Album". But newspapers – it's no secret – are suffering the same sort of woes as the music industry. Is there some hidden clue here for how the print business will find salvation, too?"

Evan, Monday, 14 February 2011 15:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

i have nothing to say about this except to register my respect to Melissa W for starting this thread after already starting the 'in rainbows' thread

J0rdan S., Monday, 14 February 2011 15:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

That has about the same level of appeal as "also included: a really old slice of ham" for me

was so excited for you to get the pic they commissioned from me :(

aerosmith: the acid house years (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Monday, 14 February 2011 15:11 (3 years ago) Permalink

xpost -- Hahah I was thinking that too. A sign of true reliability!

Ned Raggett, Monday, 14 February 2011 15:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

btw, yes, former Midwesterners, that's ham with cream cheese on it. I'm going to boil it in 2 gallons of cream of mushroom soup and then serve it on a bed of saltines.

aerosmith: the acid house years (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Monday, 14 February 2011 15:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

Those scallions look good.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 14 February 2011 15:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

[q] The regular CD will be in stores on March 28th.

source?[/q]

The guy who runs the atease news site. Always reliable when it comes to this sort of thing.

Melissa W, Monday, 14 February 2011 15:13 (3 years ago) Permalink

Ugh, ignore code fuck-up.

Melissa W, Monday, 14 February 2011 15:14 (3 years ago) Permalink

Can we conclude now that ultimately Radiohead's "groundbreaking" In Rainbows sale approach, ie. let the customer decide, was just a one off and has failed? It was hailed as The Future of Music Buying when IR came out, but already they are going back to a more traditional way of selling their music. I don't know any figures on how IR did, what the average was that a buyer paid for it etc. But surely the band themselves must be disappointed. If not them, then at least the ever horny and looking for saviours mainstream music press will be. But then they are, again, hailed as the saviours of the music biz now, judging by that Grauniad article linked up here.

La descente infernale (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 14 February 2011 15:14 (3 years ago) Permalink

iirc In Rainbows 'sold' pretty well but everyone agreed that was only possible due to the high profile/large fanbase of the band

ciderpress, Monday, 14 February 2011 15:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

i have nothing to say about this except to register my respect to Melissa W for starting this thread after already starting the 'in rainbows' thread

― J0rdan S., Monday, February 14, 2011 9:10 AM

Not sure if this is respect or "respect"?

Melissa W, Monday, 14 February 2011 15:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

That doesn't even work as sarcasm Jordan.

Matt DC, Monday, 14 February 2011 15:17 (3 years ago) Permalink

J0rdan has been trying to make up for Whiney being gone.

one pretty obvious guy in the obvious (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 14 February 2011 15:18 (3 years ago) Permalink

I'm pretty sure that the In Rainbows thing did quite well for the band, but that they considered it a card that could only be played once.

Melissa W, Monday, 14 February 2011 15:18 (3 years ago) Permalink

i think it all depends on how much they did take in.

got electrolytes (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Monday, 14 February 2011 15:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

guys i wasn't being sarcastic

J0rdan S., Monday, 14 February 2011 15:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

I doubt they're that arsed how much money they make from this.

Matt DC, Monday, 14 February 2011 15:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

i think the idea is, radiohead "discovered" with In Rainbows how much ppl are willing to pay for a Radiohead digital download. so now they are most likely charging prices along the lines of what ppl were willing to pay for the last one... right?

Damn this thread seems so....different without ilxor (ilxor), Monday, 14 February 2011 15:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

to be far to radiohead, they were very keen to emphasise that pay-as-you-want was not "the future of music buying" as the press labelled it, but rather a reaction to the situation they found themselves in - i.e. unable to decide on a pricing model. looks like thats not the case this time.

matt h, Monday, 14 February 2011 15:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

Here's a fake cover for you, ilxor. You can tag your mp3s with this:

Johnny Fever, Monday, 14 February 2011 15:24 (3 years ago) Permalink

hahahaha <3

Damn this thread seems so....different without ilxor (ilxor), Monday, 14 February 2011 15:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

radiohead have families to feed, you know.

Sure, I paid them last time (for a physical CD) and I'll gladly pay them this time around too. But it pisses me off that once more it'll take months for the physical CD to eventually appear in the shops.

You're Twistin' My Melody Man! (Geir Hongro), Monday, 14 February 2011 15:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

i think the fact that they're totally in control of the distribution (at least to start out with) is a lot more important to them than the price point

bows don't kill people, arrows do (Jordan), Monday, 14 February 2011 15:29 (3 years ago) Permalink

i guess the leaky nature of standard label/distro channels precludes a simultaneous release with the mailorder stuff.

matt h, Monday, 14 February 2011 15:32 (3 years ago) Permalink

Well it's not actually the ghosts and trees which I dislike on the album cover... it's more the choice of colors they picked. Some sort of neon winter reggae... which probably means all songs will sound like variations on 'house of cards'.

Moka, Monday, 14 February 2011 15:35 (3 years ago) Permalink

But it pisses me off that once more it'll take months for the physical CD to eventually appear in the shops.

i hear you but, absent the early digital-release, they could have just released the physical product in late march.

Daniel, Esq., Monday, 14 February 2011 15:35 (3 years ago) Permalink

wonder if Pitchfork is seriously having an office party right now

frogbs, Monday, 14 February 2011 15:39 (3 years ago) Permalink

What looks reggae about the cover?

I think the worst part is the type on top of the cover. It does look very AP magazine emo/screamo/hardcore/postgoth

Evan, Monday, 14 February 2011 15:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

It's apparently a font that was made from handcut blocks of wood that were then scanned. And yet it still doesn't look like anything other than some shitty grungy font from the year 2000.

Melissa W, Monday, 14 February 2011 15:42 (3 years ago) Permalink


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