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Less Is More When You’re A(head)

September 9th, 2009

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Almost two years ago, Radiohead welcomed a new experimental dawn with the introduction of their “pay-what-you-want” economic model when they released In Rainbows online and offered it to anyone who wanted listen – for free (with an option of leaving something in the post-modern tip jar).

After thousands of fans came knocking on Radiohead’s virtual door, and before the release of the physical album on Oct. 10, Radiohead was able to surpass the total income of their previous album Hail to the Thief.

So what about the fancy (and now poor) labels? They can still feel the aftershocks that quaked through the music world (suckers), as it remains flipped on its axis and looking for a way to cure the digital hangover.

But let’s get back to the point.

There is no one album in Radiohead’s catalogue that mirrors its forerunner, which is a testament to the band’s creativity and energy. So should a surprise 12-inch vinyl release really be that big of a shock to anyone? Right. But you’re still allowed to be really freakin’ excited!

This vinyl-only deal will be released on Sept. 22 through the ATO sub-label TBD Records (you may remember this gem from the CD release of In Rainbows.) The record exhibits two new solo joints loosely released under Yorke’s name, which are co-produced by Nigel Godrich and include the unreleased tracks “Pulled Apart by Horses” (co-written and played with Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood) and “The Hollow Earth”. Keeping in line with old Radiohead fashion, the single will eventually be available for download on Oct. 6 with no CD version in sight. Will the virtual tip jar be making a comeback?

There has been no official statement released by Thom Yorke, which leaves a lot of questions and the pondering thought: What’s up your sleeve Thom?!?

Conveniently, The New Moon soundtrack comes out on Oct. 20, in which Thom is a rumoured participant – but all of you Radiohead-ers already knew that. Or maybe these songs are just a little snippet of something bigger coming out of the Head’s rebellious think tank? Just maybe.

Either way, you’ll get your 4 minute warning (no pun intended).

(Image courtesy of Getty)

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