Posted in industry | music on October 10, 2007

In Rainbows - homemade artwork
In RainbowsIn Rainbows

What’s motivating the band to distribute the album this way?

Just getting it out quickly. It was kind of an experiment as well; we were just doing it for ourselves and that was all. People are making a big thing about it being against the industry or trying to change things for people but it’s really not what motivated us to do it. It’s more about feeling like it was right for us and feeling bored of what we were doing before. [Jonny Greenwood talked to Gothamist]

Tickets are still on sale for Jonny's Wordless Music Series shows. Radiohead's new album is out now.

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Comments (29)

"and feeling bored of what we were doing before."

So they do listen to their albums...

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2007 3:03 PM

Awesome!

If all bands had the power to do what they wanted, the music industry would be in a totally different place today.

I sent Radiohead my money, and felt an incredible sense of connection with the band, and empowerment to help make a change.

I know it wasn't the bands intention, but i felt like i was doing my part in destroying the current record biz with my $10 going directly to the band in exchange for their "art".

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2007 3:04 PM

/\ hahahahaha

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2007 3:09 PM

"So they do listen to their albums..."

ZING!

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2007 3:12 PM

That's "Jonny" Greenwood to you (and me).

Posted by drewo | October 10, 2007 3:14 PM

What a disappointing quote to read. After all of Thom's talk about not needing a record company and taking perverse pleasure in fucking them over, it seems like Jonny is doing some pretty fast backpedaling.
I guess they think they need a record company for distribution after all.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2007 3:18 PM

exactly my thoughts. now they know they must have a label, they don't want to make it seem as though they were trying to bypass them from the beginning.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2007 3:22 PM

anyone having trouble downloading the album? I didn't get any e-mail as promised by waste this morning and im quite anxious.. let me know!

Posted by joe | October 10, 2007 3:29 PM

check your spam folder. mine was there along with a few of my friends and read some reports online of the same thing happening.

Posted by spam | October 10, 2007 3:38 PM

"Jonny"

fixed thx!

Posted by brooklynvegan | October 10, 2007 3:47 PM

What bullshit. Thom is a devout anti-capitalist and that's what this is comes down to. It's terrible for the industry and irresponsible of them to perpetuate the devaluation of music like this.

Posted by Blah | October 10, 2007 4:15 PM

^^^^^^^
lol

Posted by slim | October 10, 2007 5:03 PM

jonny is lying

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2007 7:05 PM

popcorn superhet '08!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2007 7:16 PM

Their initial announcement did not strike me as revolutionary or groundbreaking because I knew they would need outside assistance getting whatever physical product they chose to release into retail outlets.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2007 7:20 PM

They're certainly not doing anything revolutionary in the least. Its a low bitrate mp3 much like those you might find on a myspace album stream. In fact, its kinda wrong for them to let people pay for this crap. To anyone who wasted 10 bucks on a zip file you can get for free on their message board: Congratulations, youve been had.

Posted by Anonymous | October 10, 2007 11:03 PM

spent the day listening to the album. not as impressed as i expected to be. anyone share this?

Posted by drLES | October 10, 2007 11:42 PM

"spent the day listening to the album. not as impressed as i expected to be. anyone share this? "

Go out and "buy" the new vinyl and stop complllllaining

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2007 8:32 AM

totally sounds like coldplay...ugh

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2007 9:01 AM

Yes!!! That's the problem, they sound like Coldplay with an attitude.

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2007 9:13 AM

i'm probably on my sixth or seventh listen at this point and, as in the past, i have gone from underwhelmed to wholly impressed. i think a lot of people are going to be changing their tune over the next six months or so as this record seeps in. just try to remember what your initial reaction was after your first time listening to KID A or Amnesiac

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2007 9:16 AM

"i think a lot of people are going to be changing their tune over the next six months or so as this record seeps in."

This is also called brainwashing. If you listen to any albums for six months, you might find it "seeping in", but maybe not for the good reason.
I think Radiohead are a good band, made good albums, but since Hail To The Thief, they have been an average band. They need to stop trying to be different, and just be what they are.

P.S. Am I alone here but I prefered Thom Yorke's solo album way better...

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2007 9:58 AM

>but since Hail To The Thief, they have been an average band.

Um, guy? Hail to the Thief was their last album.

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2007 10:13 AM

I love how people bitch about Hail To The Thief like it's some crap album that Radiohead outsourced to Coldplay...

Hail To the Thief is a great f'ing album!
"Wolf At the Door", "Sail To the Moon"...???!!! Come on people!

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2007 3:55 PM

A comment in another thread nailed it: Besides Pablo Honey, Radiohead haven't done anything worthwhile since they called themselves On a Friday.

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2007 5:38 PM

Has an unauthorized, lossless version leaked yet?

Posted by Anonymous | October 11, 2007 6:25 PM

On 2 listens this is an excellent record - maybe more a collection of songs than a thematic album, it beguiles nonetheless. Considering the weight of all the expectations of a band some consider the best in the world, and a long decade-and-half into their career, Radiohead still deliver the goods.

"Bodysnatchers" alone is worth the cost of the download.

Posted by drewo | October 11, 2007 6:57 PM

i have to disagree with the new albums resemblance to coldplay. coldplay is extremely main stream now. you dont find as much variety and experiment in their albums, basically, they kind of suck. if radiohead sounds like anyone, its this really random band called kunek

Posted by zoop | October 31, 2007 10:05 PM

i have to disagree with the new albums resemblance to coldplay. coldplay is extremely main stream now. you dont find as much variety and experiment in their albums, basically, they kind of suck. if radiohead sounds like anyone, its this really random band called kunek

Posted by zoop | October 31, 2007 10:07 PM

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