Radiohead - The King of Limbs

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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

Well, it's a basic non-grungy font. It's just that it's kind of translucent and you can see the design beneath it.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 14 February 2011 15:44 (3 years ago) Permalink

Right. Its paired with such a gothy t-shirt ready image as Matt said.

Evan, Monday, 14 February 2011 15:45 (3 years ago) Permalink

Although I'm not as hardline about it as Geir, I'm one of those people stuck on the physical format and I'm having a really hard time letting go of that. I know there are so many reasons to get over myself - a) I don't have unlimited physical space for my ever growing collection, b) from an environmental standpoint, its kind of wasteful and indulgent, and c) the "cloud" is obviously the way of the future; but I'm finding myself frustrated when I get "punished" for waiting months and months for a physical item.

one pretty obvious guy in the obvious (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 14 February 2011 15:57 (3 years ago) Permalink

what typeface are we talking about here?

xpost

got electrolytes (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Monday, 14 February 2011 15:58 (3 years ago) Permalink

jon and Geir are experiencing what may be the platonic ideal of First World Problems

DJP, Monday, 14 February 2011 15:59 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I guess I'm just a big old douchey dinosaur for feeling like I do.

one pretty obvious guy in the obvious (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 14 February 2011 15:59 (3 years ago) Permalink

Just about the download, it looks like you need to be able to unzip the files once you get them. Cos I don't generally download stuff (other than from iTunes, Amazon and eMusic), I never got round to buying an application to extract files. The King of Limbs site links the user to Winzip, so if I were to follow their advice, then this whole thing is going to cost me £32. Thanks guys!

seminal fuiud (NickB), Monday, 14 February 2011 16:00 (3 years ago) Permalink

what typeface are we talking about here?

seminal fuiud (NickB), Monday, 14 February 2011 16:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

oh!

got electrolytes (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Monday, 14 February 2011 16:02 (3 years ago) Permalink

winzip is free to all intents and purposes. 7zip is really and totally free: http://www.7-zip.org/

ledge, Monday, 14 February 2011 16:02 (3 years ago) Permalink

if you preorder the 'newspaper' edition you'd have to wait a month longer than the people picking up the regular CD/LP. the leak is on saturday, the physical release a month later, the deluxe release a month later than that.

matt h, Monday, 14 February 2011 16:02 (3 years ago) Permalink

I mean, I want a physical CD without 625 choking hazards as well, which is why I am either going to wait for the physical release or buy the mp3s and pick up the album later if I like it enough

(which reminds me, I still need to pick up physical copies of Heligoland and Heartland)

xp: most modern operating systems open .zip files natively now; they are treated just like regular folders

DJP, Monday, 14 February 2011 16:02 (3 years ago) Permalink

Thanks ledge. Why aren't the Radiohead sending people there instead? xxp

seminal fuiud (NickB), Monday, 14 February 2011 16:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

xxxp: what OS are you on? windows has native support for unzipping zip files, at least since XP if not older versions

ciderpress, Monday, 14 February 2011 16:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

and winzip is 'shareware' or whatever, it asks you to buy it but it never actually disables any features after the 30 days are up iirc

ciderpress, Monday, 14 February 2011 16:06 (3 years ago) Permalink

I got xp, so it may or may not work I guess. Hasn't worked in the past, but I'll figure it out somehow...

seminal fuiud (NickB), Monday, 14 February 2011 16:08 (3 years ago) Permalink

well 7-zip should work regardless, so you're all set

ciderpress, Monday, 14 February 2011 16:09 (3 years ago) Permalink

and winzip is 'shareware' or whatever, it asks you to buy it but it never actually disables any features after the 30 days are up iirc

FYI as of version 10 they changed this so that after 30 days you had to buy it; I don't know if they changed it back with subsequent versions

DJP, Monday, 14 February 2011 16:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

does the program actually have features that are worth $ in any sense?

iatee, Monday, 14 February 2011 16:11 (3 years ago) Permalink

or are they just relying on people who get confused w/ zip files

iatee, Monday, 14 February 2011 16:11 (3 years ago) Permalink

winRAR is free and can open .rar and .zip iirc

bows don't kill people, arrows do (Jordan), Monday, 14 February 2011 16:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

No, not in a world where 7zip exists (xp)

DJP, Monday, 14 February 2011 16:13 (3 years ago) Permalink

not really, it was the first decent zip/unzip program for windows and has been around for ages and ages, so it's used purely on name recognition now that there are good free alternatives

ciderpress, Monday, 14 February 2011 16:13 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, winRAR is the champ for all time.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 14 February 2011 16:17 (3 years ago) Permalink

btw can I just say lol @ all of us for the turn this conversation has taken

DJP, Monday, 14 February 2011 16:18 (3 years ago) Permalink

This is the stuff that Thom Yorke doesn't want you to know.

seminal fuiud (NickB), Monday, 14 February 2011 16:20 (3 years ago) Permalink

this is a good time to ask the question "what is the difference between zip files and rar files?"

iatee, Monday, 14 February 2011 16:21 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, winRAR is the champ for all time.

QFT; it really doesn't get better than WinRAR.

frogbs, Monday, 14 February 2011 16:21 (3 years ago) Permalink

this is a good time to ask the question "what is the difference between zip files and rar files?"

it's a different encoding algorithm; IIRC RAR files are supposed to be smaller on average

DJP, Monday, 14 February 2011 16:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

pretty sure rar compression creates smaller archive files?

xp

bows don't kill people, arrows do (Jordan), Monday, 14 February 2011 16:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

so why would anyone ever use a zip file?

iatee, Monday, 14 February 2011 16:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

this is a good time to ask the question "what is the difference between zip files and rar files?"

Rar compresses more than zip, I think the compression algorithm is just more complex or something

frogbs, Monday, 14 February 2011 16:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

Hey guys, I wonder what this album will SOUND like?!

dentarthurdent (dog latin), Monday, 14 February 2011 16:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

I think zip files are still used because WinZip doesn't do rars or something, I guess it's kind of the same reason why mp3 is still used even if other formats are technically 'better'

frogbs, Monday, 14 February 2011 16:23 (3 years ago) Permalink

because rar sometimes confuses people and zip is better known/maybe more universal?

bows don't kill people, arrows do (Jordan), Monday, 14 February 2011 16:24 (3 years ago) Permalink

so why would anyone ever use a zip file?

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zip compresses faster for big files, rar has more licensing issues

ciderpress, Monday, 14 February 2011 16:24 (3 years ago) Permalink

zip is open format, rar is proprietory.

ledge, Monday, 14 February 2011 16:24 (3 years ago) Permalink

Thought that 'waiting' artwork is more Meat Puppets circa 1985

philippe is standing on it (MaresNest), Monday, 14 February 2011 16:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

I have learned so much this morning, thank you

iatee, Monday, 14 February 2011 16:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

man i wonder how many mbs the compressed archive of this album is going to be!

bows don't kill people, arrows do (Jordan), Monday, 14 February 2011 16:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

c'mon we can get five days more compression software discussion out of this before the album arrives.

ledge, Monday, 14 February 2011 16:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

radiohead's decision to make this a zip file now infuriates me btw

iatee, Monday, 14 February 2011 16:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

Well it's also easier to figure out what to do with a file ending in ".zip" ("hmm, maybe I need to... unzip it?") than what to do with a file ending in ".rar" ("I spent 10 minutes roaring into the microphone and I still can't get to my mp3s ;_;")

DJP, Monday, 14 February 2011 16:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

Please note that compression software data for the entire discography is also included. This was the only data made available with the application, and in order to accurately estimate and verify hearing results, individual album compression data will need to be obtained from the band.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 14 February 2011 16:26 (3 years ago) Permalink


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