Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Check It. Preorder Radiohead's new album "The King of Limbs."

Well, they've done it again. Besides being quite arguably one of the best bands in the world, Radiohead has really taken the cake in turning the music industry on top of its head. First, there was the pay-what-you-want model for In Rainbows. And now it's the "newspaper album" The King of Limbs, which is offering fans a collectible product and a wholly worthwhile reason to buy music again.

The album is effectively in pre-order status right now, and people who purchase the newspaper album will be receiving two vinyl records, a CD, and 625+ (!) pieces of artwork on May 9th. But they'll also receive a digital copy of the album, which will be delivered this Saturday. It'll cost a pretty penny at $48 for mp3s and $53 for WAVs, but considering what you're getting, it's surely worth it.

If you can't necessarily pony up for the special stuff, you can still show some love by purchasing the digital album only, for a mere $9 for mp3s and $14 for WAVs, also to be delivered this Saturday, Feb. 19.

There's no doubt that the release will be interesting, and probably, as per usual with Radiohead, pretty mind-blowing. (It also was at least partly recorded or worked on out here in L.A., if you wanted to know an interesting fact.) It's great thinking that a band has the ability to control their music themselves, and catering directly to fans, without any annoying marketing or record label middle man. You don't want to miss out on this. Support music for what it can and should be.

Get more info on The King of Limbs here.

-- Chau Tu

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