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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Hooray for Radiohead

So, Radiohead! Woo! The new album is good. I'm not totally bowled over by it, but probably I just need to listen to it a few more times. There seems to be a sort of bell curve with albums; at first I don't really get into them but then after a few listens I do. Then after a while it peaks and then gradually falls back when I've heard it heaps of times. But of course the curve is very different for different albums. For example I used to sort of like Good Charlotte after getting a free single (The Anthem) with my discman. The enthusiasm curve rose quickly, then wavered a bit, then dropped quickly as I realised that Good Charlotte blow ass. At the other end of the spectrum of musical worth, most Pink Floyd albums followed a general pattern of rising slightly less quickly (due to being less accessible) but then going through the roof and eventually settling at "very high". The general Radiohead curve rises fairly slowly for me but usually ends up pretty high. I guess I haven't really listened to them enough to see if/how the curve will drop but it will be pretty gradual, I expect.

I really take my hat off to them for their distribution model (which, in case you live under a rock, is that you choose your own price (e.g. free) and then download the album). It's pretty much a huge "fuck you" to the whole recording industry, which is great. Record companies have had their head in the sand for too long, and with any luck they'll finally see that simply lowering album prices and embracing the internet like Radiohead have will pretty much eliminate the bulk of music piracy. It is a good feeling to legally choose my own price for an album, and I totally would have payed for it if I had a credit card (they probably should have had PayPal as an option). Ultimately I think In Rainbows will be remembered almost as much for its distribution model as for the music.

In other news: The Supanova Pop Culture Expo is on this weekend. I didn't even know it was on until I saw a TV ad for it. Should be fun.



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