Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Happy Radiohead Day!
So I'm thinking of lobbying the Government of the World to mark October 10th as a Universal holiday from this point forth. I'm not sure what name I want to give it, however. I'm stuck between "Radiohead Day" or "The Day the Record Industry Died". Perhaps they're synonymous.
As we posted a couple days ago, Radiohead is in the process of revolutionizing the recorded music industry, and today is the day it all comes to be. This also comes one day after the Telegraph reported that both Oasis and Jamiroquai (along with many others) will following RH's lead by releasing their upcoming albums label-free, and free-of-charge to online fans.
Their hotly anticipated new record, In Rainbows, became available for download today. It's PWYC, with all of the revenue going directly to the now label-less band.
The unwritten "suggest retail price" for this piece of digital history is 5 UK pounds, and I believe the maximum one can pay is upward of 200.
The download site has been jam-packed all day long; it took myself hours to even be able to get on to check it out. But already, as I'm less than half way through my first listen, I can tell it was worth the wait (and the donation). I'm not one of those die-harders, but I predict that nobody will be disappointed with this release, even after waiting for 2+ long years.
Reports are circulating that Thom Yorke and Johnny Greenwood are spending their day drinking latte's in their underwear whilst periodically hitting "refresh" and watching their bank balances inflate exponentially by the second.
Okay, I made that last part up.
Here's a sneak peak at what can be yours with a click of a button, if the price is right (which it is).
Radiohead - 15 Step
Radiohead - Bodysnatchers
PS: A BBC article about how In Rainbows may revolutionise the music industry can be found here.