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 (1 year 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 (1 year ago) Permalink
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 (1 year 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 (1 year ago) Permalink
What new single?
― Moka, Wednesday, 15 February 2012 05:58 (1 year 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 (1 year ago) Permalink
― Sick Mouthy (Scik Mouthy), Wednesday, 15 February 2012 21:53 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year ago) Permalink
The King of Limbs is by far Radiohead's best EP.
― Melissa W, Thursday, 16 February 2012 13:34 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year ago) Permalink
ha, that's great. willing to share?
― willem, Thursday, 16 February 2012 14:10 (1 year ago) Permalink
that sounds awesome.
― tmi but (Z S), Thursday, 16 February 2012 14:15 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year ago) Permalink
Wait, maybe that's ~Thom Yorke's hair~ I'm thinking of?
― White Chocolate Cheesecake, Thursday, 16 February 2012 14:21 (1 year 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 (1 year ago) Permalink
Aw, I like "Palo Alto." If only for that crazy mean guitar tone.
― Simon H., Thursday, 16 February 2012 17:38 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year ago) Permalink
― Moka, Thursday, 16 February 2012 20:30 (1 year ago) Permalink