Radiohead - The King of Limbs

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Download out on the 19th.

Melissa W, Monday, 14 February 2011 09:33 (ten years ago) link

OMG

markers, Monday, 14 February 2011 09:34 (ten years ago) link

YAY 2011!!!

markers, Monday, 14 February 2011 09:34 (ten years ago) link

i love these dudes

markers, Monday, 14 February 2011 09:35 (ten years ago) link

i love these dudes

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nate woolls, Monday, 14 February 2011 09:37 (ten years ago) link

whoa rad!

Clay, Monday, 14 February 2011 09:40 (ten years ago) link

So the mp3s (320k) are priced at £6 in the UK. I guess they've used their research from the In Rainbows experiment to find the optimum price.

Bob Six, Monday, 14 February 2011 09:41 (ten years ago) link

love the blog post announcing this, btw: http://radiohead.com/deadairspace/

markers, Monday, 14 February 2011 09:42 (ten years ago) link

PITCHFORK, DON'T DISAPPOINT US NOW -- AWESOME, HYPERBOLIC AMY PHILLIPS NEWS STORY PLZ

markers, Monday, 14 February 2011 09:45 (ten years ago) link

It's 2011, why don't you people listen to something a little less boring?

Keepin' it Rael with Peter Gabriel (King Boy Pato), Monday, 14 February 2011 09:46 (ten years ago) link

KBP, EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *claps claps claps, claps claps snaps*

markers, Monday, 14 February 2011 09:46 (ten years ago) link

more like "The King of Limp (Cocks)" btw

Keepin' it Rael with Peter Gabriel (King Boy Pato), Monday, 14 February 2011 09:47 (ten years ago) link

clever

Melissa W, Monday, 14 February 2011 09:49 (ten years ago) link

clever dick, even

Keepin' it Rael with Peter Gabriel (King Boy Pato), Monday, 14 February 2011 09:53 (ten years ago) link

can't tell if markers is being ironic or

Faust Arp

dentarthurdent (dog latin), Monday, 14 February 2011 10:18 (ten years ago) link

Excited! But "newspaper album" sounds so so lame...

La descente infernale (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 14 February 2011 10:22 (ten years ago) link

Thought it was going to come free with the Daily Mail when I read that.

James Mitchell, Monday, 14 February 2011 10:34 (ten years ago) link

Lol at p4k not mentioning this yet. Someone's gonna get fired for that

La descente infernale (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 14 February 2011 10:38 (ten years ago) link

weren't they only going to put out EPs and individual tracks for a while instead of albums? still, psyched either way. if it's half as good as In Rainbows i'll be impressed. artwork looks dreadful but i'm used to that with Radiohaed by now.

piscesx, Monday, 14 February 2011 10:41 (ten years ago) link

Radiohead really aren't very good at artwork.

dentarthurdent (dog latin), Monday, 14 February 2011 10:48 (ten years ago) link

oxo-degradeable plastic to hold it all together

Yes, that should do the job

seminal fuiud (NickB), Monday, 14 February 2011 10:52 (ten years ago) link

Don't put Oxo on your records in you wanna keep them guys

seminal fuiud (NickB), Monday, 14 February 2011 10:53 (ten years ago) link

Radiohead really aren't very good at artwork.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_ePwDySjVdyo/TVkLDgmbhKI/AAAAAAAAAc4/3Icm8nzLAHI/s640/radioheads.jpg

Johnny Fever, Monday, 14 February 2011 11:01 (ten years ago) link

weren't they only going to put out EPs and individual tracks for a while instead of albums? still, psyched either way. if it's half as good as In Rainbows i'll be impressed. artwork looks dreadful but i'm used to that with Radiohaed by now.

― piscesx, Monday, February 14, 2011 10:41 AM (25 minutes ago) Bookmark

i think they've been saying this since 1997

totally stealing this one

ledge, Monday, 14 February 2011 11:20 (ten years ago) link

I think the artwork's better than usual, actually!

Inevitable stupid dubstep mix (chap), Monday, 14 February 2011 12:20 (ten years ago) link

Mmmm I don't really like the cover, if it weren't Radiohead behind this I'd completely ignore the album but maybe it will make more sense when paired with the rest of the artwork (Execution of Kid A and Hail to the Thief's artwork was really well done imho) but as ever I'm genuinely excited about this.
Any word on tracklist?

Moka, Monday, 14 February 2011 12:44 (ten years ago) link

Just been searching for one, nothing turned up.

Inevitable stupid dubstep mix (chap), Monday, 14 February 2011 13:00 (ten years ago) link

http://img143.imageshack.us/img143/5225/backgroundef.jpg

Like this a lot more than the actual cover. And there's no word on the tracklisting yet.

Melissa W, Monday, 14 February 2011 13:09 (ten years ago) link

how can people not like that awesome cover with the ghost dudes on it, what is wrong with you

the other one looks like the default Indie Band With Money template in Aldus Pagemaker

cool

ciderpress, Monday, 14 February 2011 13:24 (ten years ago) link

I like everything about the actual cover except for the orange and green and the dated grungy font. The coloring just makes it look like Aquaman made it or something.

Melissa W, Monday, 14 February 2011 13:25 (ten years ago) link

Radiohead really aren't very good at artwork.

I like the covers to this, Amnesiac and Hail to the Thief. Everything else is kind of nondescript.

Inevitable stupid dubstep mix (chap), Monday, 14 February 2011 13:25 (ten years ago) link

I tried to order this and the last step ended up in SQL hell and I have a short attention span so now I will probably never hear it. good luck king of limbs

radiohead's announcement cynically timed to steal the arcade fire's thunder.

Daniel, Esq., Monday, 14 February 2011 13:28 (ten years ago) link

I had to do it twice. It worked the second time. x-post

Melissa W, Monday, 14 February 2011 13:28 (ten years ago) link

They suck for not releasing the CD on the same date. I will never pay for downloads when I intend to buy the CD anyway. Physical CDs >>>>>>>>>>>>> downloads.

You're Twistin' My Melody Man! (Geir Hongro), Monday, 14 February 2011 13:29 (ten years ago) link

Uh, if you buy the cd, you get the download on Saturday and the cd when it's ready.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 14 February 2011 13:32 (ten years ago) link

or wait, can you get the cd w/o buying the extravagant vinyl package? maybe not.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 14 February 2011 13:33 (ten years ago) link

That's more offensive to me than buying mp3s.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 14 February 2011 13:33 (ten years ago) link

Preorder? May go for it then. Or just enjoy the album on Spotify until the CD is ready.

You're Twistin' My Melody Man! (Geir Hongro), Monday, 14 February 2011 13:33 (ten years ago) link

I still don't understand why killing the CD seems so important for some people while currently there is no format that can realistically compete with CDs in terms of sound quality. Yes, lossless exists, but nobody buys lossless.

You're Twistin' My Melody Man! (Geir Hongro), Monday, 14 February 2011 13:34 (ten years ago) link

Well, looks like there's no separate cd option yet, but there's one included with the vinyl sale. They do sell it in .wav format, though, so you can burn your own cd.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 14 February 2011 13:35 (ten years ago) link

I doubt if this'll ever be on Spotify, In Rainbows isn't.

nate woolls, Monday, 14 February 2011 13:36 (ten years ago) link

xp Yes they do

philippe is standing on it (MaresNest), Monday, 14 February 2011 13:36 (ten years ago) link

I had to do it twice. It worked the second time. x-post

yeah I have a rule with shit like this, if your frontend is too clunky to let my order go through the first time then I just buy an old Bathory album from Hells Headbangers instead

in some ways, this is an even more interesting experiment with digital-sales than in rainbows, since now -- with the data the band gathered the last time -- they can see if the model for hitting an optimal price-point works.

i guess the response is that radiohead, unlike a lot of other bands, has a built-in, passionate fanbase that will go out of their way to buy the product.

Daniel, Esq., Monday, 14 February 2011 13:38 (ten years ago) link

coincidentally enough, this album is completely comprised of bathory covers!

Daniel, Esq., Monday, 14 February 2011 13:39 (ten years ago) link

wow more like analhead - the licking of rims jk this is not bad and yall need to calm down in the radiohead - the king of limbs thread

class project pat (m bison), Sunday, 20 June 2021 00:56 (three days ago) link

yeah, what's going on here. we're just trying to hang out and have a good time

Karl Malone, Sunday, 20 June 2021 00:59 (three days ago) link

i was going about my saturday evening, rearranging my living space. and now suddenly i have this problem

Karl Malone, Sunday, 20 June 2021 00:59 (three days ago) link

if he ever wants another lazy damaged eye I'd be happy to volunteer for throwing some battery acid and rubbing some industrial swarf in his other eye just get the lol of it!

calzino, Sunday, 20 June 2021 01:08 (three days ago) link

two fucked up eyes would make him look really deep and enigmatic

calzino, Sunday, 20 June 2021 01:09 (three days ago) link

calzino you DO know about the infamous Curse of Thom's Lazy Eye, right? it comes upon all those who make fun of his eye. it makes your every spoken word sound exactly like him at the end of climbing up the walls :-O

Karl Malone, Sunday, 20 June 2021 01:15 (three days ago) link

kick them off the island Karl

assert (matttkkkk), Sunday, 20 June 2021 01:57 (three days ago) link

this has already been a hard month for a lot of people. ed o'brien, colin greenwood, phil selway -- all sacked. they found out via twitter. it's sad, but fair. but the curse of thom's lazy eye isn't up to me. the wheels are already in motion though

Karl Malone, Sunday, 20 June 2021 02:08 (three days ago) link

Xxxpost:

Separator is my favorite song too. It’d be Staircase if that was a proper song on the album. Supercollider is also one of my favorite songs from these sessions… I hate that neither made it to the album. If I had to rank them it’d be:

1. Staircase
2. Separator
3. Codex
4. Supercollider
5. Lotus Flower
6. Little by Little
7. Bloom
8. Give up the Ghost
9. Morning Mr Magpie
10. Feral
11. Butcher
12. Daily Mail

✖✖✖ (Moka), Sunday, 20 June 2021 03:37 (three days ago) link

I picked this thread to comment on because the concert was from the TKOL period and so there was a lot of what doglatin rightly described as 'indistinct, skittering drumming that sounds like it was recorded on a phone' - which, for some reason, they felt they need to reproduce live using two bald drummers and which, into the bargain, was surely dated as hell in 2012? Also guitarists who start to play guitar and some horrible digital synth sound comes out, like Wire tried doing, to universal derision, on their famously shitty "Manscape" album twenty years previously. I don't mind this band, apart from Thom Yorke, I watched the concert to see what exactly it is about them that people with fairly good taste like. I get the impression this was not a good period for them though.

Are Animated Dads Getting Hotter? (Tom D.), Sunday, 20 June 2021 08:53 (three days ago) link

u guys thom's been fired

maf you one two (maffew12), Sunday, 20 June 2021 12:33 (three days ago) link

It was only a matter of time. The Thom limb has been removed. The king of limbs is now Jonny and the band is now called Jonnyhead

Karl Malone, Sunday, 20 June 2021 13:25 (three days ago) link

Xp it is definitely least favorite period of theirs, though the From the Basement versions of them improve on most of them a bit.

Karl Malone, Sunday, 20 June 2021 13:30 (three days ago) link

Hey, bald drummer #2 played on all those Portishead and Roni Size records, please treat him with respect.

change display name (Jordan), Sunday, 20 June 2021 15:57 (three days ago) link

One bald drummer is fine, two is beyond the pale.

Are Animated Dads Getting Hotter? (Tom D.), Sunday, 20 June 2021 16:17 (three days ago) link

The baldshaming itt is a disgrace.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Sunday, 20 June 2021 16:24 (three days ago) link

It was about time Radiohead released something that actually divided the fanbase.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Sunday, 20 June 2021 16:27 (three days ago) link

Know what's beyond pale? Those bald-ass heads.

Mr. Cacciatore (Moodles), Sunday, 20 June 2021 16:44 (three days ago) link

I won't come in here and say this is my favorite or the best Radiohead album, but Andy does like it a lot more than what seems to be the consensus. Also have to agree that the Basement versions are the better way to hear this material — though I do not mind listening to the proper album one bit. Further, I also agree that "Supercollider" and "The Butcher" are necessary additions whenever this era is considered. Not sure why, but I remember being extra excited when we were able to buy the 12" for those.

things repeat forever and there never is a remedy (Austin), Sunday, 20 June 2021 17:44 (three days ago) link

Don't really get the talk of the poor production on the album, but that's oddly how I feel about Hail to the Theif.

maf you one two (maffew12), Sunday, 20 June 2021 18:10 (three days ago) link

httt was their "lets rush thru this shit to get out of our label contract asap" record so that makes some sense

class project pat (m bison), Sunday, 20 June 2021 19:04 (three days ago) link

I actually love how TKOL sounds, can’t agree with HTTT hate how thin and crisp everything sounds in that one.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Sunday, 20 June 2021 21:31 (three days ago) link

Probably my least favorite RH album based on sound alone.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Sunday, 20 June 2021 21:32 (three days ago) link

That’s the actual album of theirs that should have been cut to 8 songs.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Sunday, 20 June 2021 21:34 (three days ago) link

Everyone has their own preferred 8-track version of httt and they all rule in different ways

Karl Malone, Sunday, 20 June 2021 22:36 (three days ago) link

was recently reading a critique of Godrich on rateyourmusic.com on Parquet Courts' "Wide AwAAAAAAAAAKE!" (which he had nothing to do with) that got me trying to put my finger on what it is with Godrich's production sometimes.... but i dunno i think it might be more that the band eventually comes up with more interesting arrangements (e.g. how "The Gloaming" has evolved live). I'm not sure how to discuss production in depth. I guess my next step might be seeing how the hoffman dudes describe it. ANyway, for your entertainment:

When working on Room on Fire, the Strokes had originally worked with Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, but scrapped it, deeming his production as "soulless." It's funny: hardly a bastion of soul themselves or known for their smarts, and yet the Strokes were able to see something that most people wouldn't catch up on for years (still haven't figured out): Nigel Godrich's whistle-clean, digital-doodad production seems to only work for Radiohead, and that sound has been just as influential on the indie-alternative scene of the 2000s as Radiohead themselves. No proof better than Danger Mouse, who followed closely in Godrich's footsteps.

God, what a hack. Brian Burton made his name on The Grey Album, a smart-stupid mash-up between Jay-Z's The Black Album and the Beatles' The White Album that frankly no one has heard more than twice, and then was somehow everywhere after: Gorillaz, Beck (notably, after Beck worked with Godrich), Sparklehorse, Broken Bells, Gnarls Barkley (with Godrich). And it was the same shit each and every time: clean and barren and soulless and not dangerous at all. Safety Mouse! He's the anti-Midas. All of it very much of its time, which would be fine except he's somehow still around producing songs for bigger names.

maf you one two (maffew12), Sunday, 20 June 2021 23:20 (three days ago) link

httt was their "lets rush thru this shit to get out of our label contract asap" record so that makes some sense

pitchfork had called it the "thom got beat up in the street and wrote this" record which might also make some sense.... they deleted the review tho, weird

maf you one two (maffew12), Sunday, 20 June 2021 23:28 (three days ago) link

For better or for worse Nigel is the sixth member of Radiohead. Not counting Pablo Honey and the random collaborations only The Bends and the Suspiria OST were not produced by him and he was still somewhat involved in those two.

I think his style is usually very “dry” but I can’t imagine another producer clicking as well with their vision OKC-onwards.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, 21 June 2021 00:43 (two days ago) link

I think Nigel works for “soul-less” albums like Kid A or Amnesiac, albums like HTTT or In Rainbows I think would have been interesting to hear with someone else.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, 21 June 2021 00:51 (two days ago) link

In Rainbows is my fave, Thief my least, so I'm really not sure how to even talk about this. Is dry production like when you stuff the kick drum with towels?

I feel more like we're talking about the degree to which the songs were fleshed out on the records.

maf you one two (maffew12), Monday, 21 June 2021 00:56 (two days ago) link

I think Nigel works for “soul-less” albums like Kid A or Amnesiac, albums like HTTT or In Rainbows I think would have been interesting to hear with someone else.

― ✖✖✖ (Moka), Sunday, June 20, 2021 5:51 PM

except in rainbows sounds amazing.

things repeat forever and there never is a remedy (Austin), Monday, 21 June 2021 00:58 (two days ago) link

Like what the heck were the Strokes looking for from him?

maf you one two (maffew12), Monday, 21 June 2021 00:59 (two days ago) link

gravitas

class project pat (m bison), Monday, 21 June 2021 00:59 (two days ago) link

orchestral arrangement for "meet me in the bathroom"

class project pat (m bison), Monday, 21 June 2021 00:59 (two days ago) link

julian casablancas wanted to practice his english accents for jokes

class project pat (m bison), Monday, 21 June 2021 01:00 (two days ago) link

"12:51 (ondes martenot outtakes)"

class project pat (m bison), Monday, 21 June 2021 01:01 (two days ago) link

here for it

maf you one two (maffew12), Monday, 21 June 2021 01:01 (two days ago) link

first In Rainbows sessions were with Spike Stent.. Wonder what they were looking for

maf you one two (maffew12), Monday, 21 June 2021 01:07 (two days ago) link

iirc even that was just because nigel was busy with something else at the time

ufo, Monday, 21 June 2021 02:49 (two days ago) link

I agree that In Rainbows sounds amazing… just saying it would have been interesting to hear it under a “warmer” producer. Maybe it would have been for the worse, we will never know.

Everyone has their own definition of what “dry” or “wet” in production means I guess. Iirc “dry” usually means very clean on effects and recorded without reverb or echo in the room and “wet” is the opposite.

I’m aware Radiohead’s songs are filled with effects but imho they sound “dry” because it’s usually very clear, specially on the first segments on their songs. Radiohead seem to love doing buildups for most of the song and releasing tension in the last minute - They’ve been doing it since “Creep” and refining it ever since - They need that “dry” cleaner sound otherwise when you keep adding layers later on it’s will sound way too saturated and they’ll end up sounding like a shoegaze band.

I can see why the Strokes thought they didn’t make a good match with Nigel. They tend to play very straight songs that can be translated live effortlessly, you need a “wet” sound if you’re not adding layers /as the song advances.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, 21 June 2021 04:08 (two days ago) link

Maybe I’m not making sense. It’s been an exhausting day.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, 21 June 2021 04:08 (two days ago) link

What I mean is that the strokes will make a song structure that goes:

Intro: vocals and lead guitar
Verse: enters bass and drums
Chorus: enter second guitar

And Radiohead will be more like

Intro: electronic drum loop and vocals
Verse: enter guitar 1 and some ambient effect
Verse 2: enter bass, guitar 2 and drums
Chorus: drop 1 of those and add a spooky moog
Bridge: leave random 3 of the above of your choice
Chorus 2: bring everything back but add the london symphony orchestra and start screaming

✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, 21 June 2021 04:24 (two days ago) link

Maybe I'm in the minority for generally liking Godrich's production. Even on Terror Twilight. Always find it really warm and sparkly

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Monday, 21 June 2021 10:26 (two days ago) link

Love Pavement and many of Godrich's productions with Radiohead, but Terror Twilight does nothing for me

Vinnie, Monday, 21 June 2021 11:25 (two days ago) link

It's just interesting to think about stuff like why the Strokes would've wanted to work with him, then. And in the end they put out the famously same-as-their-debut sounding "Room On Fire"... but in my memory it had a much bigger range of sounds than their first.

maf you one two (maffew12), Monday, 21 June 2021 12:51 (two days ago) link

"i was thinking of doing this keyboard thing ..." "Get Radiohead's guy on the phone!"

maf you one two (maffew12), Monday, 21 June 2021 12:52 (two days ago) link

I actually love how TKOL sounds, can’t agree with HTTT hate how thin and crisp everything sounds in that one.

Weird, to me HttT sounds the most like a big modern rock album to me...lots of bass, very compressed, some bigger drum sounds. I really like how it sounds, but it feels like they reacted against it on IR (lots of very dry '70s type drum sounds, like not a lot of room sound or compression-for-effect, with the exception of certain tunes or moments).

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 21 June 2021 14:46 (two days ago) link

not a lot of room sound

I think this is a production problem with both IR and TKOL, though it's more pronounced on the latter. They're both quite "airless" sounding to my ears and it drives me a little nuts. Even on the most outre Kid A/Amnesiac tracks there's a sense of space which grounds the music and makes it feel "live." I think they rectified this a little bit on AMSP. I don't know what exact production techniques contribute to this besides reverb and mixing, but it's interesting to me how different their recordings sound from album to album.

feed me with your chips (zchyrs), Monday, 21 June 2021 15:51 (two days ago) link

Yeah, I always think of the drum sound on IR as being super home record-y and dry, but I guess it leaves room for the lush Ondes & string parts, and the guitars.

But then there's Reckoner, the only one with really bold choices on the drum sound (very compressed and roomy with the drum kit all on the right channel, and that incredibly recorded + verb-ed out tambourine in the left).

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 21 June 2021 16:51 (two days ago) link

When I think of Terror Twilight, I think of The Hexx and how spacey and trippy it sounds. I wouldn't change the production on that at all.

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Monday, 21 June 2021 16:58 (two days ago) link


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