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New Radiohead Album Saturday: “King of Limbs”

February 18, 2011

Pop-superstar Lady Gaga is as dramatic and extravagant an artist as they come these days.

Or ever will, for that matter.

While the fashion icon draws the anticipation for her upcoming album Born This Way into more than three months of grueling Tweets, Grammy appearances and mega-singles, indie legends Radiohead chose a more satisfying, some would say non-conventional, approach to releasing their latest music.

On Monday, the British band announced that their latest record, King of Limbs, would be available for digital download Saturday, February 19th, via this website. The album’s physical counterpart will become available for shipping May 9th, 2011.

Radiohead reminds us that music is more than just noise running from your speakers. It's art. That means a loyalty to non-conentional experimentation; even in distribution and sharing.

The website also added this special note: “One lucky owner of the digital version of The King Of Limbs, purchased from this website, will receive a signed 2 track 12″ vinyl.”

Wow, love it.

Many remember the band not just for their stellar music, but the groundbreaking method of album distribution taken with their 2007 effort In Rainbows, in which the album was available for download at any price named by the consumer. The physical album, however, did not make appearances on record store shelves in North America until January 2008; nearly three months later.

The group’s latest album will once again make a queer journey, at least in its physical form, to consumers.

Nicknamed the first “newspaper album,” the album will become available in the form of a package deal, including two 10″ vinyl records, once compact disc, 625 tiny pieces of artwork and a digital download code.

Radiohead is simply smashing the prehistoric concept of the album. It’s just plain boring to them. Shipping something to stores, making you get off your couch to buy something…it all seems so ancient. You have to give them credit, as boundary pushers. Despite their artistic appeal, which practically guarantees an unalienable fanbase, they are stretching their legs in all aspects of the music business.

Stay tuned to Hot Hot Music for more news on the subject…

I’m going to go grab a beer…and drink it differently? Maybe.

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