Radiohead - The King of Limbs

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I was wondering if I should order the DVD but it came out while I was in Cornwall - might make ut the last media purchase I make as an employed person.

I dunno tho - I always warn ppl that attempting to draw conclusions about ~how artists work in the studio~ is pretty much just fan fiction. I don't know that stuff is assembled on a laptop and looped?

I have actually been enjoying the live clips, but more as a replacement for going to some stadium show where you see 5 ants on a stage (I haven't seen them live since South Park) Actually seeing how the songs are constructed or reconstructed is quite interesting as a music geek.

That version of Give Up The Ghost is p heartbreaking - becoming my favourite on the album - also shows it as not being constructed on a laptop but on a reel to reel tape recorder with all its wonky fallibility which I love.

White Chocolate Cheesecake, Monday, 16 January 2012 21:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

If I remember correctly they had a video podcast thing a while ago that I must have subscribed to and downloaded. Was this the From the Basement videos? If so, I think they're on my home computer and I should get around to watching the whole thing sometime.

mh, Monday, 16 January 2012 21:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

I dunno tho - I always warn ppl that attempting to draw conclusions about ~how artists work in the studio~ is pretty much just fan fiction. I don't know that stuff is assembled on a laptop and looped?

I guess my (confusing) point is that much of KoL, particularly the first half of the album, sounds like laptop loops, regardless of whether the loops were programmed directly into the laptop or extracted from longer live takes. Whereas the live versions reveal more of the human hand behind the repetition.

your pain is probably equal (Z S), Monday, 16 January 2012 21:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

weird how people use "laptop" as synonymous with making electronic music. most studios run desktops, you know? i guess it's from dudes always having macs on stage.

the third kind of dubstep (Jordan), Monday, 16 January 2012 21:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

I could kind of see them doing some of the looping bits at the mixing desk, but as for composition, I'd guess it's more likely they'd just play with hardware looping pedals and such in the studio.

mh, Monday, 16 January 2012 21:52 (2 years ago) Permalink

4 weeks pass...

I want to echo ZS's comments re: the Basement performance vs. the studio album. It really opens up the songs, and much as I don't want to use the term, its much more organic feeling than the studio version and therefore far more compelling.

There's also a Live From The Basement version of "In Rainbows" which is also great.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 02:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

So this was kinda boring, yeah? Moreso than anything else they've done; the audience polarization aspect was the most interesting bit. New single not bad though.

Raymond Cummings, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 05:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

What new single?

Moka, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 05:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

Lotus Flower and Codex are the only songs I can be bothered listening to any more.

Inevitable stupid samba mix (chap), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

Separator!

Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:53 (2 years ago) Permalink

I feel it was an ok effort but the reason I didn't like it that much was because of its length. Even Ok Computer or Kid A would have felt like less important if they'd removed say the last two tracks of each, per example.

If they had released the album with Daily Mail / Staircase or Supercollider / The Butcher instead of releasing them as separate singles it would have made more of an impact on me. Since Radiohead became more 'artsy' and experimental their songs became hit or miss, so the more songs they cram in there, the better. It's all about first impressions, no? I would have rated the album an 8 instead of a 6 if Supercollider and the Daily Mail were on it. Even Staircase sounds better to me than some of the songs that did made it.

Moka, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 22:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

Give Up The Ghost! That's an amazing song. I still totally rate the last 5 songs on this album.

Though I do actually wish Staircase (but not Daily Mail which is blah) and Supercollider were on it.

White Chocolate Cheesecake, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 23:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ok remember that a year ago I posted a link to rearrange the tracklist in accordance to the newspaper version? ( http://www.oesquema.com.br/trabalhosujo/2011/02/28/the-king-of-limbs-newspaper-album-ou-codex.htm#comment-21810 )

Well, I was thinking about using this rearranged tracklist and adding supercollider and staircase in there to make it a 10 track album. daily mail and butcher I feel like they disrupt the overall aesthetic of the album and I'm fine with leaving them as b-sides. I was also thinking of removing Feral completely and adding Staircase in there because it sounds great in between lotus flower and little by little. Without removing any of the original tracks this is what I came up with. I think it sounds fantastic. Give it a try and tell me what you think:

1) “Lotus Flower”
2) “Feral”
3) "Staircase"
4) “Little By Little”
5) “Codex”
6) “Give Up the Ghost”
7) " Supercollider"
8) “Morning Mr Magpie”
9) “Bloom”
10) “Separator”

Moka, Thursday, 16 February 2012 06:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

Just had a quick listen to the Basement sessions and eff me if they aren't a zillion times better than the studio album. I just don't like the majority of KOL - too many experiments that don't work, like bad IDM. Bloom is the prime example - listening on good headphones makes it sound WORSE because you can hear all the horrible production clicks and it sounds like a CD skipping (not in a good way).

The Invisible Superstars (dog latin), Thursday, 16 February 2012 09:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

The King of Limbs is by far Radiohead's best EP.

Melissa W, Thursday, 16 February 2012 13:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

RONG. That's How Am I Driving.

Wow, but atease really hate this record, don't they?

White Chocolate Cheesecake, Thursday, 16 February 2012 13:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

I only ever listen to the Basement recordings at this point. So much so that I actually ripped them myself, edited out the studio chatter, and arranged into a playlist so I can basically pretend it is the record.

Simon H., Thursday, 16 February 2012 14:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

ha, that's great. willing to share?

willem, Thursday, 16 February 2012 14:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

that sounds awesome.

tmi but (Z S), Thursday, 16 February 2012 14:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

love the cheapness of king of limbs, sounds homemade, like they made u a demo tape

mod flanders (m bison), Thursday, 16 February 2012 14:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yes, homemade is a good way of putting it. It sounds very organic, the accretions of time, like it grew that way, shaggy and slightly mossy.

White Chocolate Cheesecake, Thursday, 16 February 2012 14:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

Wait, maybe that's ~Thom Yorke's hair~ I'm thinking of?

White Chocolate Cheesecake, Thursday, 16 February 2012 14:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

The Airbag EP has some great tracks on it but the tracks don't really mesh into a nice whole. Also Palo Alto is on there, and Palo Alto shouldn't be on anything.

Melissa W, Thursday, 16 February 2012 15:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

Aw, I like "Palo Alto." If only for that crazy mean guitar tone.

Simon H., Thursday, 16 February 2012 17:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

OMG Melissa we can no longer be friends. Palo Alto is not just one of my favourite guitar tones but also contains some of my favourite Thommist lyrical images of all time - "in a beautiful bombshell I throw myself into my work!" but also the maniacal boredom with which he repeats that "I'm ok how are YOU!" line so that it almost sounds like a threat.

Also I love the artwork / packaging so so much and also the story of Thom and Stanley getting hold of an EMI marketing research questionnaire and ~customising~ it in their special way, I just love it as an object as well as the music on it.

Also Meeting In The Aisle is still my favourite RH song ever but we've been through this before.

How can you not like Palo Alto o_0

White Chocolate Cheesecake, Thursday, 16 February 2012 17:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

ya Palo Alto is p all time amazing

I have one thing to say: "Roxanne Shanté" (Stevie D(eux)), Thursday, 16 February 2012 18:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

I love Meeting in the Aisle, but Palo Alto is just annoyingly sing-songy in its melody. I know it's supposed to be, but it goes too far for me to be able to enjoy actually listening to it.

Melissa W, Thursday, 16 February 2012 20:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

Ok fair enough, because that is exactly what I love about it. It's got this real nursery rhyme, playground chant aspect to the melody, especially of the choruses that really highlights and brings to the foreground the repetitive and almost nonsensical aspects of ritual interrogative conversation especially in a workplace environment.

It's also one of those songs that totally sounds like he was describing when he wad talking about getting thoughtworms/earworms (obviously he didn't use thoughtworm as a phrase but he totally described a thoughtworm) and then he said words to the effect of "yeah I get them stuck in my head until I put them in a song, then they're out of my head and into YOUR head hahahahahahaha" ::maniacal Thom giggles::

Also Jesus Christ the textures on that song, did Jonny mic up a malfunctioning radiotelescope or what?

White Chocolate Cheesecake, Thursday, 16 February 2012 20:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

I keep moving from city to city and I always find myself singing along Palo Alto in my first days in the place even tho I don't even have it in my ipod and I've only listened to it on the Meeting People dvd.

Moka, Thursday, 16 February 2012 20:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

this clip

Moka, Thursday, 16 February 2012 20:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

Did we actually had a poll for this album? I'm just looking at two banned threads and one joke poll.

Moka, Sunday, 4 August 2013 20:44 (1 year ago) Permalink

Either way we should make one with the 4 b-sides included.

Moka, Sunday, 4 August 2013 20:45 (1 year ago) Permalink

i never really got into this i guess

markers, Sunday, 4 August 2013 22:03 (1 year ago) Permalink

good album. it feels quite a minor entry in their catalog though and I think that's because of its relatively short length. If they'd put The Daily Mail, Supercollider, etc. on it then I think it'd be seen as heftier.

arctic mindbath (President of the People's Republic of Antarctica), Sunday, 4 August 2013 23:22 (1 year ago) Permalink

Heft is what i go to Beethoven for - I actually rank TKOL just below Kid A, my favorite. Many of their albs are bloated where TKOL does what it sets out to, does it well and moves on not a minute too late.

recordin' mofo (rattled), Monday, 5 August 2013 01:24 (1 year ago) Permalink

I don't understand the hate for TKOL, the grooves that they achieve in here are excellent, they've been trying to hit this plateau for almost two decades. This is the first album where the band feel in full control of what they wanted to do, the interviews with the band sort of confirm it, they feel relaxed and happy. This might be the first RH record where Thom's interviews aren't unnecessarily cryptic.

Moka, Monday, 5 August 2013 05:32 (1 year ago) Permalink

have i said this? live from the basement tkol > tkol

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Monday, 5 August 2013 06:40 (1 year ago) Permalink

Serious lol at the idea of any album being improved by adding The Daily Mail to it.

Matt DC, Monday, 5 August 2013 08:51 (1 year ago) Permalink

why not, Matt?

arctic mindbath (President of the People's Republic of Antarctica), Monday, 5 August 2013 10:00 (1 year ago) Permalink

Xxpost yeah the LFTB version is loads better

Pingu Unchained (dog latin), Monday, 5 August 2013 10:43 (1 year ago) Permalink

i'm not crazy about TKOL, i feel like "in rainbows" is the best thing they've done. when i feel like listening to radiohead i put on in rainbows. it just exudes more of warmth and accessibility that a lot of the others. despite being a radiohead stan in my college years, nowadays i feel like i almost flat out don't like ok computer, the bends, HTTT, or TKOL.

marcos, Monday, 5 August 2013 13:13 (1 year ago) Permalink

Xxpost yeah the LFTB version is loads better

Agreed. It's the version of these songs that I still reach for.

doug watson, Monday, 5 August 2013 13:57 (1 year ago) Permalink

6 months pass...

this is still a very good, very interesting album (which has a much stronger second-half).

Daniel, Esq 2, Saturday, 1 March 2014 17:30 (7 months ago) Permalink

It's interesting and good but I still can't particularly get into it.

I wish to incorporate disco into my small business (chap), Saturday, 1 March 2014 18:05 (7 months ago) Permalink

i went through the typical arc. loved it; began recognizing its flaws (lack of hooks, some meandering, interesting ideas that don't always yield interesting songs); returned to it a few years later and realize, again, it's damn good.

Daniel, Esq 2, Saturday, 1 March 2014 18:08 (7 months ago) Permalink

I don't remember where I read/heard this but someone somewhere said something about the title being a double reference: the obvious reference is the tree, but the secondary reference is the influence of dubstep. Considering the sound of a couple of the album's tracks ('Feral' most prominently and obviously) and the remix project that followed, this seems more than a little plausible.

I didn't read this whole topic, so sorry if someone's already mentioned this upthread.

But yes, King of Limbs is very high in my favorite Radiohead albums list. Arguably #2.

Austin, Saturday, 1 March 2014 19:38 (7 months ago) Permalink

it's one of the most interesting radiohead discs. a big, interesting left-turn.

it's been three years! when's the next disc coming out? overdue.

Daniel, Esq 2, Saturday, 1 March 2014 19:48 (7 months ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Definitely a grower this one, the only track I'm not into at all now is Feral.

Three years to creep up on you is a hell of a slow-burner though.

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Thursday, 3 April 2014 11:37 (6 months ago) Permalink

And it's not like I didn't listen to it for two years, stuck it on one day and was like 'actually this is quite good'. They are one of my favourite bands and I have been actively trying to crack it since it came out.

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Thursday, 3 April 2014 11:42 (6 months ago) Permalink

i put it on this week for the first time in quite awhile and had the same reaction. it comes off much better without the weight of 'new radiohead album!' expectations. the second half is really lovely (codex!).

festival culture (Jordan), Thursday, 3 April 2014 12:53 (6 months ago) Permalink


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