Radiohead to release The King of Limbs on Saturday

Radiohead to release The King of Limbs on Saturday

A special Valentine’s Day announcement: Radiohead are releasing their eighth album this Saturday! Titled The King of Limbs — named, presumably, after the hit sitcom The King of Queens — the album is available for pre-order now at the band’s website and will be made available on MP3/WAV the same day. There will also be a newspaper version released on May 9, which features 625 “tiny pieces of artwork,” two clear 10-inch vinyls, a CD, and more.

Order directly at or you can try your luck and send us money at C’mon, take a risk for once in your life.

UPDATE: According to the group’s publicist, the digital release is on the band’s own Ticker Tape imprint, but the album will also see a more traditional release (CD/12-inch) March 28 via labels XL Recordings, TBD Records, and Hostess Entertainment.


• Newspaper Album - PRESALE
Radiohead’s new record, The King Of Limbs, is presented here as the world’s first* Newspaper Album, comprising:

- Two clear 10” vinyl records in a purpose-built record sleeve.
- A compact disc.
- Many large sheets of artwork, 625 tiny pieces of artwork and a full-colour piece of oxo-degradeable plastic to hold it all together.
- The Newspaper Album comes with a digital download that is compatible with all good digital media players.
- The Newspaper Album will be shipped on Monday 9th May 2011 you can, however, enjoy the download on Saturday 19th February 2011.
- Shipping is included in the prices shown.
- One lucky owner of the digital version of The King Of Limbs, purchased from this website, will receive a signed 2 track 12” vinyl.


• Digital only - PRESALE
Radiohead’s new record, The King Of Limbs, is presented here with a choice of two digital formats:

- MP3 version is a 320K constant bit rate file.
- WAV version is a full CD quality uncompressed digital audio file.
- One lucky owner of the digital version of The King Of Limbs, purchased from this website, will receive a signed 2 track 12” vinyl.

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The Flaming Lips release “Two Blobs Fucking” in 12 parts on YouTube, Zaireeka style

The Flaming Lips have been in the news quite a bit lately, with a tour (including Soft Bulletin shows), a vinyl box set, a collaboration with Neon Indian, and a special project that will see them releasing a new song every month. And just today, Valentine’s Day, the day of fucking/fingering/sucking, the group has come through on the latter promise with the release of the appropriately-titled new track, “Two Blobs Fucking.”

The catch? The song is divided into 12 parts on YouTube, which means you need to have 11 friends if you want to hear it in its entirety. The second catch? They all need to have a cellphone (or laptop, I suppose) capable of handling a YouTube video. From the press release:

“Two Blobs Fucking” was created specifically for iPhone-type devices. Imagine the lo-fi symphonic joy that you, along with family, friends, pets, and others, will create at the touch of a button. The more devices, the more harmonic possibilities can be constructed. You and your device, at one with the music, become the orchestra, just as the Gods of Technology naturally intended it to be.

This sucks for me since I’m a loner with a shitty cellphone, but I’m guessing the rest of you will be able to easily round up some friends, family, and co-workers and have a little “Two Blobs Fucking” party. Actually, if you do end up finding enough people, can I come?

Click here for all 12 tracks. Here’s an instructional video from the band:

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Giving multi-taskers a good name since aught-four, Shugo Tokumaru releases new album this week

The last we heard from multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire Shugo Tokumaru, he was dazzling many with his Beatles/Beach Boys-indebted pop songs and amazing all with his spectacular feat of playing 404 instruments simultaneously. No one has been able to capture the latter for YouTube scholars yet, but some say that if you wish hard enough and drink long enough, Tokumaru will appear to you in a vision as some sort of indie Vishnu, arms playing infinite banjos and tin whistles, kotos and wooden fish. I may be veering a tad too much into last night’s ether-induced dream, but it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of Tokumaru’s music. There is no denying his virtuosity with a good hundred-and-some (seriously) traditional and non-traditional Japanese instruments or his ability to pen effortlessly gorgeous pop tunes, as evidenced on his latest album, Port Entropy. Port Entropy is Tokumaru’s fourth album, his first since the exquisite 2008 set Exit, and will be available in North America via Polyvinyl on February 15 (the album was released last year in Japan on P-Vine). “Malerina,” a tasty tater from the album, can be found here.

Port Entropy tracklisting:

01. Platform
02. Tracking Elevator
03. Linne
04. Lahaha
05. Rum Hee
06. Laminate
07. River Low
08. Straw
09. Drive-Thru
10. Suisha
11. Orange
12. Malerina

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Put this in your pipe and smoke it: High on Fire and Melvins tour together

High on Fire aren’t idiots. Although their fans may be known for getting rowdy and/or smoking substances out of “tobacco smoking devices,” the band themselves are smart enough to get the hell out of the country during winter and celebrate the last few months of Australia’s summer. They’re bringing the equally stoner-friendly Melvins on the road with them, just to insure that fun will be had down under. Both bands are also playing the Soundwave Festival in Australia, along with every band played on modern rock radio in 1999, including Monster Magnet, Queens of the Stone Age, Slayer, and Rob Zombie. High on Fire are touring in support of their recent album, Snakes for the Divine.

High on Melvins:

02.19.11 - Auckland, New Zealand - The King’s Arms &
02.20.11 - Dunedin, New Zealand - ReFuel &
02.21.11 - Christchurch, New Zealand - Al’s Bar &
02.22.11 - Wellington, New Zealand - Bodega &
02.23.11 - Auckland, New Zealand - Whammy Bar
02.24.11 - Auckland, New Zealand - Whammy Bar
02.26.11 - Brisbane, Australia - RNA Showgrounds - Soundwave
02.27.11 - Sydney, Australia - Sydney Showgrounds - Soundwave
03.01.11 - Brisbane, Australia - HiFi
03.02.11 - St. Kilda, Australia - Gershwin Room @ Esplanade Hotel
03.04.11 - Melbourne, Australia - Melbourne Showgrounds - Soundwave
03.05.11 - Adelaide, Australia - Bonython Park Oval - Soundwave
03.07.11 - Perth, Australia - Claremont Showgrounds - Soundwave
03.09.11 - Osaka, Japan - Club Quattro &
03.10.11 - Nagoya, Japan - Club Quattro &
03.11.11 - Tokyo, Japan - O-East &

& Melvins

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Games reinvent themselves as “Ford & Lopatin,” start Mexican Summer imprint, otherwise remain exactly the same

Enough games. Seriously — enough. Games (consisting of Oneohtrix Point Never’s Daniel Lopatin plus Joel Ford) recently opted to rename themselves Ford & Lopatin, in a very utilitarian decision perhaps designed to eradicate their other name as “that guy from Oneohtrix Point Never.” It was only a few weeks ago that we announced that Games and Oneohtrix Point Never will be touring together this spring, but despite the nominal changes, there are no announced alterations to the dates — except that now the lineup will be Lopatin plus Ford & Lopatin.

In addition to sounding like a legal firm, Ford & Lopatin have set up an imprint on Mexican Summer, entitled Software, which will release F&L’s first LP.

Quick flashback: Late last fall, Daniel Lopatin indicated a prospective name change when he tweeted that Games couldn’t “legally be called Games anymore,” and requested fan suggestions. My question: what lazy tweeter came up with “Ford & Lopatin”? (If you’re really curious, Altered Zones just posted an interview with Dan in which he sort of answers the question.)

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Julian Lynch, friend to man and beast, announces new record Terra

That Julian Lynch is one lovable dude. He’s always putting out records of hazy, near-indescribable music on Underwater Peoples and playing shows and doing cool guy stuff. Cool guy stuff like announcing a new record on Underwater Peoples called Terra. That new record will be out this spring and if you’d like to know more, then just chill out and look at the tracklist. Be cool like Julian Lynch, man. That guy is the coolest.


01. Terra
02. Clay Horses
03. Fort Collins
04. Canopy
05. Water Wheel One
06. Ground
07. On Eastern Time
08. Water Wheel Two
09. Disappointment
10. Back

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