What a lovely thing to wake up to, an email telling me I can download two new tracks by Radiohead…free!
Problem is, and this is the bit where I must surely be repeating myself, where do they belong? Are they King Of Limbs outtakes that didn’t make the cut or are they an EP on their own or the modern equivalent of B-sides or what? You see I still cling to the format of an album. I’m not sure if Radiohead do any more. Maybe The King Of Limbs was only 8 tracks for a reason, to gently kill the idea of a Radiohead album. But I still regard an album as the release of the best that a band has done at the time. Don’t get me wrong, I like Supercollider and The Butcher but I’m uneasy about where they belong or even whether they are supposed to. My friend notes how stubborn I am in sticking to a certain artistic vision regardless of whether it alienates people and I can see this is just me being stubborn about my love for the album as a format. All this ‘download these tracks from this album’ and ‘yeah I decided to get tracks 1 to 4 but I couldn’t be bothered to listen all the way through’. Surely our lives haven’t got so hurried that we can’t stop for an hour of our lives to appreciate an album from start to finish? Jools Holland, for two weeks running on Later… has prompted the audience to applaud vinyl versions of albums (by Robbie Robertson and Raphael Saadiq) – good on him.
Speaking of an album in it’s entirety, you can download, for whatever price you like (even free), D-Songs, our latest collection of songs. Do me a favour though, at least once, listen to it through in its entirety, yeah?
Masters of playing the game that is necessary for survival in the music business (or some might say staying ahead of that game), with music that is as almightily beautiful and challenging as anything on the planet, and accompanied by yet another brilliant video.
It must take a huge amount of work and dedication for them to still be this good:
(thanks Claire x)
Someone or sometwo were putting up 15 albums on the Book of Face that had affected them in some way. I always like a list (being a man, or English, or both) so here’s 15 albums that have touched or affected me:
Dare! – The Human League
High Violet – The National
Disintegration – The Cure
In Rainbows – Radiohead
Absent Friends – The Divine Comedy
Standing In The Light – Level 42
Santogold – Santogold
I Am Kloot – I Am Kloot
Transatlanticism – Death Cab For Cutie
The End Of History – Fionn Regan
Construction Time Again – Depeche Mode
Aerial – Kate Bush
Dark Side Of The Moon – Pink Floyd
The Bends – Radiohead
Organisation – Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
Filed under General, Music
When the release of Kid A was imminent, I listened to a radio programme in the evening where I believe Mark Radcliffe was interviewing members of the band and playing tracks from the album. I also believe they played Treefingers and I loved it. When I bought Kid A, I heard the first bars of Everything In Its Right Place and knew I would love the album. I knew I would love the album even though I hadn’t yet heard it. I did love the album. I still do love the album. I like OK Computer and especially The Bends and In Rainbows more than Kid A, but I still get a sweet, fuzzy little memory of that thrill I felt when the first few seconds of that album start.
Just wanted to share.