Wednesday, October 10, 2007

rainbows and zombies are besty friends

Damn! I so didn't get to blog till my fingers bled today despite not having any appointments or urgent trips to the recycling depot to attend to. What genius decided that a day should only have 24 measly hours in it anyway?

But before this day is dead and buried, I shall fulfill my vow to bring you The Zombie Files, as well as swoon and drool just a little more than I already have over the new Radiohead release, In Rainbows.

First, my boyfriends.

I've only listened to In Rainbows 7 or 8 (possibly 9) times since downloading it late last night, so I can't really comment on it in too much detail. I haven't really paid too much attention to the words so far, I have just been letting the sound wash over me.

And it made me cry.

Okay, I am probably a little high up on the emotional scale today, but regardless, this is a damned fine album. In Rainbows is very lush, probably the most orchestral sound I have ever heard from Radiohead, and it's a much more mature sound than any of the past albums. I have heard most of these songs before as concert recordings, but the studio recordings are far removed from those earlier versions.

And this is the song that made me cry - House Of Cards.MP3

And if today is Wednesday, that means it's time for the second installment of The Zombie Files, those Hallowe'en related songs that could not squeeze into my contributions to the Green Monkey Music Project. Since it is also Radiohead appreciation day (more so than usual), we would be remiss if we did not include one of their songs, to say "I love you guys!"

It's only fair.

We Suck Young Blood (Your Time's Up).mp3 - Radiohead

Ghostsong.mp3 - John-Rae and the River

ooooooh, scary, kiddies!


Toccata said...

I keep thinking I ought to give them another try. Think I'll wait until I've had copious amounts of wine. The more I think about it the more I think that's the way to go.

strangemange said...

I just d/l'd & listened to House of Cards (THANK YOU!)... then, of course, I had to look up the lyrics because as beautiful as Thom Yorke's voice is... he's all but unintelligible when he's in his vocal zone. Or ever, some would say, hah.

Anyway, I now know what my next iTunes purchase is going to be - it's just sooner than later & that's the way it should be. Budget for the good shit, right?

RADIOHEAD FANS RULE. No offense, toccata.

great big hugz from us back at ya!

Beth said...

I need to go and download that Radiohead disc.

Thanks for the tunes!

K.B said...

I completely agree with you about the new album! I've listened to it constantly since I downloaded it and it just keeps getting better and better. It made me skip work and just hang out in my studio all day! :)

House of carss is great! Reckoner is also a fantastic song! Thoms singing on that one is...making me speachless. Especially when listened to in headphones.

Now I'm looking forward to getting my hands on the discbox in december.

JustRun said...

Alright, alright, alright, alright... I will listen to some Radiohead already. This weekend. Promise.

justacoolcat said...

I can't wait to download this album and cry!
So how much did you pay?

New and Used Records said...

OK, so I haven't even been able to download this ... but I'm going to listen to the one that made you cry. When I remembered today that the album had come out, one of my first thoughts was, "I'm sure Barbara's already listened to it. I wonder what she thinks."

Allison said...

You know, I was thinking that even Toccata might enjoy this album...well most of it.

I'm surprised you posted songs! I thought that went against the whole "social experiment" they were trying to do. Well, seeing as you did, I have no problems with it now, and probably will post some later. I'm in love with All I Need. Makes me tear.

And Nude.
And Jigsaw.
And Weird - well, you get the idea ;)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Toccata, some reviewer wrote that if you weren't already a fan, this album wouldn't make you one, but I disagree. I think you would like the orchestration in many of these songs - like House of Cards, for example. I urge you to give it a try, it's stunningly beautiful.

Radiohead fans can be pretty scary sometimes, Michelle, but we're harmless. I noticed that green plastic has all the lyrics up already.
You know that you can set your own price over on, right?

My pleasure, Beth, and yes, you need this album. I don't know how I lived without it before.

I love it, Karl, staying home from work to listen to Radiohead! Bless you, you are a real fan! I noticed a difference listening on the computer and in the car, and again now listening on headphones for the first time. You are right, it just keeps getting better and better.

For the sake of your soul, Justrun you MUST! You can thank me later.

I bought the discbox for 40 pounds, Just A, so I got the download for free with that. I understand most people are electing to pay industry standard prices for the downloads.

I'm on about my 12th or so listen now, Will, I just keep hearing more and more in it. It's really layered and yet simple at the same time. If you know what I mean.

I think you're right, Al, even Toccata would like some of these - the back half of the album anyway.
It's funny, Jonny Greenwood claims that this was not a social experiment or a dig at the industry, but rather just what they saw as the simplest way of doing things. Although certainly they liked the idea of causing people to think about how much musci is worth to them.
God I love those guys - they make me think AND cry.

Allison said...

Ah, see I shouldn't believe everything I read.

I loved how you could choose, and if you kept hitting next the end response was "no really, its up to you!"

Loved it!

busterp said...

Happy belated Birthday.

Here is a link to a song I heard on new releases Thursday. See if you like or not. (old but remastered and coming out new)

New and Used Records said...

I'm so used to anticipating Radiohead albums weeks (months?) in advance and then, you know, not listening to leaks and waiting for the release date and buying it on the release date. This has me so off guard but I love the f- the majors mentality.

justacoolcat said...

I understand most people are electing to pay industry standard prices for the downloads.

I've heard the downloads are not variable rate rips so the quality will suffer. I'd recommend for people that don't want to buy the box set to get the downloads for free and buy the CD when it comes out in January.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

That was one of my favourite parts, too, Al! It almost makes me wish I had only bought the download just for the experience. But I know once I get the discbox I will go into throes of ecstasy all over again.

Hi, Busterp, welcome! And thank you for the link. I'm going to give that a listen and get back to you with my impressions.

You know, Will, I'm generally all about the anticipation in life, but for some reason those 10 days of anticipation was plenty enough for me. Well, plus I have to wait till December for the discbox. I loved the way they just took charge.

I don't know about that, Just A. I too have heard OF people complaining about variable quality (although I have yet to hear any complaints myself), but personally I did not have any issues with the quality. But maybe my ears aren't savvy enough.

Toccata said...

I am actually going to give it a try. I read the review in the Globe and Mail and they said the album was less discordant and I think that was my problem with their music previously. Although I suppose listening to one song and turning up my nose is maybe not the best attitude but I keep thinking if you like them so much there must be something to them. So here goes. Will let you know!

BeckEye said...

I still have to get this. I'm sure I could pay only 50 cents for it, but I don't want to do that. They deserve more.

Bubs said...

I dig those spooky songs. Whoo.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You are very brave, Toccata because I remember how Paranoid Android made you ill. This album, with the exception of the first couple of songs, is much less discordant. Please let me know what you think (good or bad).

They deserve lots more, Beckeye, but if they did not want you to pay more than you can afford, they would not have offered. You can always buy the cd proper in the new year to assuage your guilty feelings.

Spooky songs rule, Bubs!