Ok I am sure everyone has heard the news…Radiohead is set to release their new album next week on their own without the help or hindrance of any label. Not only that but they are even having their fans input the price of the digital download that will be available directly from Radiohead’s website. This has caused record label execs to shake in their boots, I am sure some will suffer permanent damage like some sort of nervous twitch will develop because of this. But regardless I have to stand proud and salute the band for possibly paving the way of the future for the music industry and hopefully opening the eyes of some of these record execs. For more information check out Green Plastic

But what do you all think?

mp3: Planet TelexRadiohead

The Bends 1995 (Capitol)

Album available HERE


14 Responses to “Holy Radiohead”

  1. Pip on October 2nd, 2007 8:52 am

    I wholeheartedly agree… this is the wave of the future. It might take a few years to sink in, but between this and the anti-DRM thing going around right now… it’s time for the death of the old guard as the prophecy has foretold!!!

  2. Rachel on October 2nd, 2007 9:32 am

    LOL hehe “it’s time for the death of the old guard as the prophecy has foretold!!!”
    Spoken like a true gamer geek ;-P

  3. g on October 2nd, 2007 9:52 am

    while i am a radiohead fan…im not sure that allowing fans to name their price will be an industry changing event or pave the way for the future of the music industry. i think the industry changing event already happened…. ie … most bands, now truly utilize the internet to a great extent; to reach fans, to offer free or cheap downloads, to communicate band updates and tour info with member presale opportunities.

    control was removed from the industry execs some time ago by all the ‘little bands’ and even some bigger bands who ventured out on their own and built their own ‘small, long tail fan base’ (read ‘the long tail’ if you are interested in the economics side of things – and whose site actually discusses the new radiohead offering http://www.thelongtail.com/)

    anyway, sorry for the rambling…in short … this isnt the future… its the present and actually part of the brief past.

  4. Richard on October 3rd, 2007 2:32 am

    I am sooooooooooooooooooooooooo excited about this. I’ve ordered the box ste thingy majig and am counting down the the days til it arrives.

    Lets hope this releasing on theri own works for out. I wondewr though how likely other band will be to follow them. And whether you would need the reputation and standing of Radiohead to make this way of releasing records work.

  5. Rachel on October 3rd, 2007 7:52 am

    Richard, I knew you would be first in line for this one and I am right there behind you. :-)

    I think it would be difficult for just any band to go this route, but hopefully it will have a positive affect on the labels and they will start treating their bands and talent with a bit more respect and they can start paying them their worth. But it could have the opposite affect and labels will just start tightening their belts even more so…Hopefully they aren’t that stupid.

    But man I am soooooo excited I can’t wait to hear this album and I can’t wait to hear all the extra songs…And I just can’t wait!!!!

  6. g on October 3rd, 2007 12:29 pm

    ive tried twice to reply to this post… but my response never shows.

    basically what i want to say though is that this isnt necessarily new or ground breaking…not to take anything away from radiohead… i am a huge fan … but other bands have done this and succeeded and … other businesses have even done this (i remember reading about a coffee shop i believe in seattle that offered coffe in this manner) … this isnt some wave of the future… it is the present and even a small bit of the past. yes, hopefully in the future we will see more and more of this but this certainly isnt some first step … the first step was taken years ago when young bands were first to really utilize the power of the internet.

    anyway… sorry for the rambling… being an econ kid i thought id write in.

  7. Pip on October 3rd, 2007 8:13 pm

    Yes, g, I think everyone knows about all the many bands barely anyone has heard of doing this… they’re not the ones that will cause massive change to happen. So yes it is a first step for a band of this stature and size to do such a thing. Yes it is the wave of the future, for it’s the only place for things to go.

  8. tara on October 4th, 2007 8:38 pm

    maybe g did it first and thats why he/she is so defensive? ;)

    rach-im STOKED abou this. good on them!

  9. g on October 5th, 2007 6:53 am

    well since ive now lost 3 d@mn posts and have been slapped around ill just say this.

    PRINCE issued a free album in a national newspaper… and regardless of your tastes he is certainly bigger then radiohead. and other bands .. taking the PRINCE lead, are offering free downloads….and other bands since the advent of the internet have offered free albums and downloads to fan club members and the like.

    my point though, is this isnt the wave of the future this is the present and the past and since im already frustrated enough that i lost 3 posts im not going to ramble on…

    if you’re actually into economics read the long tail and do a little thinking and you’ll understand what im saying… if not … then nevermind.

    sorry to create such negativity.

  10. Rachel on October 5th, 2007 7:50 am

    g I agree with you…The fact that I said Radiohead is “paving” the way is actually a little inaccurate on my part. I just meant that a band of this stature who sells out concert after concert has basically said fuck you to the record labels and I applaud. Because I freaking love Radiohead and know their obvious distaste for the record label industry so it makes me happy to see one of my favorite bands of all time reaching out and connecting with their fans with no middle man involved. :) Countdown continues 4 days to go until the download is available.

    And g what is with the troubles commenting? I hope this is not due to Untitled Records. Let me know if I can do anything to help :)

  11. g on October 5th, 2007 8:55 am

    the troubles… im not sure… i posted a big reply but it didnt show… i randomly enough actually copied it into word and write in in there so since it didnt post i just copied it in and posted again at which point the site said ‘sorry you already posted this, yuo can post again’ (i guess as a spam blocker tool) …then my browser crashed on the third follow up post.

    no biggie

  12. tara on October 5th, 2007 11:01 am

    g i was just screwing with you. ;)

  13. g on October 5th, 2007 11:08 am

    haha… im too sensitive sometimes… no worries… to add to the list i believe NIN has all their new stuff all free for download…anyway…peace

  14. Pip on October 9th, 2007 8:20 am


    The sheep are following already… sure it’s only Oasis and Jamirasomething… but still!

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