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This is Taimane Gardner. She’s 22, from Hawaii, and has stripey pants and a small hat. She kind of reminds me of Diane Kruger if Diane Kruger was Hawaiian and shredded mad ukulele. Why yes, we are going to get married, thanks for asking.
Hello Mr. Blog, it’s been a while. While I was gone, Radiohead decided they would announce the release of their new record The King of Limbs much in the same vein of their In Rainbows release. Again they’re releasing independently, but without the pay-what-you-want scheme of In Rainbows. Digital downloads are priced at $9 for MP3 and $14 for lossless WAV files. There is also the fancy vinyl package for $48.
The price point is very interesting to me, as retail CD’s don’t go for much more than the $9 or even $14 they want for the download. Especially since they are releasing this independently as a download and distribution costs are virtually zero, they stand to make lots and lots of money.
Well enough about that. After In Rainbows seemed to be a combination of their previous records, I was interested to see where Radiohead would go with this one. They had released a couple of singular songs in the past year or so, none of which I was really a fan of.
The King of Limbs is short. 8 songs, 37.5 minutes. Radiohead had previously said that they would like to move away from full-length albums and more toward an EP-based approach, so maybe that’s why TKOL is at a kind of in-between length. So for a minimum of $9 you get 8 songs. I think that’s roughly what an album costs on iTunes, though I haven’t bought music from there in a long time. Apple takes something like 30% of all sales on iTunes, which means Radiohead is making more per-sale than they would on iTunes. Which is a long cry from the pay-what-you-want model of In Rainbows. HAHA OKAY REALLY DONE TALKING ABOUT MONEY NOW.
As for the music, the album is a lot more stripped-down than anything else from Radiohead. Stylistically I’d say it’s somewhere in between Amnesiac and In Rainbows. It’s more percussive and a lot less melody-centric than I’m used to from them. It’s certainly a long way away from the triple-guitar driven days of the late nineties.
I guess everyone should stop being surprised when new Radiohead sounds completely different than old Radiohead, seeing as this is the band that has released Pablo Honey and Amnesiac without skipping a beat.
I’ve been discussing this with one Rajib K. Mitra, and we both agree that if you’re looking for serious catchy guitar riffs, you’re going to be disappointed. Fortunately, Radiohead does downtempo sad songs as well as anybody. The King of Limbs is not something you’re going to want to listen to when you want to rock out and pep up your day.
There are some rumors going around that the band is going to release more songs at some point, as the album currently is quite short, and there are many other songs known to be recorded that are not present in the track listing. There’s also something in the lyrics for “Separator” (the last song) about ‘If you think this is over/Then you’re wrong.’ Radiohead have been known to put little hidden things (the presence of the number 10 in In Rainbows, Kid 17) within their albums, so I guess nothing’s out of the question. I would think this would be the last release for at least 6 months though.
So, watch this:
The jury is out on whether this is a legitimate artistic dance interpretation of “Lotus Flower” or whether Thom is snickering at everyone taking this seriously. It’s certainly a change of image for a man seemingly irked by the spotlight throughout his career. As happens with an video of something dancing goofily on the internet, people have taken Thom’s dance and set it to a variety of hilarious soundtracks, this being the best I’ve seen so far:
via Dumb-Bee Elkins
Regardless of your enjoyment of the album, I hope you can agree that Thom dancing to Beyoncé is hilariously awesome.
This is definitely one of the most interesting/awesome/neat-o music videos I’ve ever seen. It doesn’t hurt that the song rules too.
HD > Full Screen > Aw Yeah.
I really thought I had, but I just looked back and it looks like I haven’t. Even if this is a double post, it’s worth watching again and again and again and again because the Black Keys are the coolest people in the world.
Aw crud embedding is disabled because WMG sucks. Click through anyway though cause it’s mad awesome.
Uh well the first time I tried to play it on-site it wouldn’t play and made me watch it on youtube, but now it plays. So I don’t know what’s going on. JUST PRESS PLAY AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS.
The Low Keys were a rock sensation hailing from Abington, Pennsylvania. Their popularity peaked at Abington High School’s 2007 Battle of the Bands, in which they received first prize and were subsequently featured on AMPTV, shown on millions of TV’s all over the Delaware Valley.
As with many great musical acts, their career was much too short. As college came and band members were separated, they moved on to new musical projects.
Isaac Clark and Andrew Hankin have recently formed Youth On Fire, now based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Now in their third band together, the duo has moved onto a more electronically-influenced sound. Clark plays neato guitar things and sings while Hankin uses his 8 monkey arms to play both drums and synthesizer at the same time, giving the band a much more full sound than other duos. I guess you would call it electronic pop rock or something. Whatever it is, it will make you want to shake your groove-thang. Give them a listen, you won’t regret it. I promise one of the catchy synth parts or guitar riffs will be stuck in your head later. I’m going to try this fancy embeded player thing so I don’t really know what’s going to happen in the space below:
I told it to have “Hotel Chelsea” on there, because that’s my favorite, but who knows what’s really going to happen. Also check them out on ReverbNation, Facebook, and now even Twitter. Their first demo is entitled “Oh, Hi” and they’re sure to be playing shows in the Ann Arbor area soon, so keep your eyes and ears open for big things.
The bass from The Low Keys, Brett Schupack, has also moved in a more electronic direction, though in a much different way. He is now a well-known DJ almost statewide. Currently hailing from Pittsburgh, DJ brett SCHUPACK has released a legitimate mixtape and DJ’s legitimate places.
DJ brettsliceme has exceptional taste in house music, and it shows in his mixtape entitled “FIRST”. It’s the first one he’s released. I haven’t been a huge fan of house music for too too long, but I know enough about it to tell you that this mixtape is really really awesome. Even if you’re not into house, give it a listen. You’ll probably want to go back for another soon after. More fancy embedding I hope:
If you’re in Pittsburgh, be sure to find him and worship his beats. I know I would. Here’s a P&P+S exclusive tracklisting from the man himself, DJ B.S.:
The Island (Steve Angello Remix) – Pendulum
Dance the Way I Feel (Armand Van Helden Remix) – Ou Est Le Swimming Pool
Fire In Your New Shoes (Interpartysystem Mix) – Kaskade
Teenage Dream (Kaskade Remix) – Katy Pery
Silvia to Ibiza (Myndset Mashup) Swedish House Mafia vs. Miike Snow
Bumby Ride (Sebastian Ingrosso Remix) – Mohombi
Leave the World Behind – Axwell
Who Wants to Be Alone (Phillip D REmix) – Tiesto
Teenage Crime (Axwell & Henrik B Remode) – Adrian Lux
So there you have it. A band splits at the height of their fame, only to spawn two even more promising musical ventures. Don’t be surprised when they’re all famous in a few years and you can tell all your friends that you were a fan way back when. I for one am hoping Youth On Fire and DJ Beep Boop both make it big, only to reunite later and create some crazy club bangers filled with intimate lyrics. As DJ Brizz Brizz says: Listen to it loud. Listen to it often.
Well blog, I did it. A real post. I’d be lying if I said I’ve been too busy to post, as I did pretty much nothing over my winter break. I’m going to chalk up the lack of posts to the fact that I didn’t really get to listen to too much music over the last month or so and lacked writing inspiration. Now that I’m back at school and need to procrastinate from doing actual work, real posts should come with more frequency.
I had planned to do a best of 2010, and maybe I will at some point. Maybe not, who knows. I think I would have posted most of the fantastic things on here anyway, as this blog has been around since last March or something like that. 2011 is sure to bring some awesome things as well. The Strokes will finally release a new record in March, and watch this:
I’ve never seen an album sampler thing like this before an album is released, but I think it’s a great idea. It’s gotten me super excited for Mind Bokeh, a new album from Bibio, also slated for a March release. It seems like March has been a good month for music. More need to do these album sampler videos.