Radiohead’s Scotch Mist: An Hour of In Rainbows Goodness

Current TV has the full hour of Scotch Mist, an hour-long taping of Radiohead performing In Rainbows. I have to say, while I enjoyed the album, I think this top-to-bottom performance has even more soul in it; you really get a sense of the focus and craft of the songs as they’re played live. Oh, and you get some poetry and art, too — bonus. As this is not the Beatles, you don’t get to watch Thom and Jonny arguing about the arrangements. Sorry. This certainly gives more insight into the music. Sure, In Rainbows’ pay-what-you-will pricing may have overshadowed …

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Radiohead, Max/MSP, a Lost Authorization, and Self-Pricing

It seems even Radiohead sometimes lose their copy protection authorization for Max/MSP. That doesn’t stop our friends at Cycling ’74 support from getting a bit cheeky. But careful what you say: it might wind up as the lead to a New York Times article: SHORTLY after Radiohead released its album “In Rainbows” online in October, the band misplaced its password for Max/MSP, a geek-oriented music software package that the guitarist Jonny Greenwood uses constantly. It wasn’t the first time it had happened, Mr. Greenwood said over a cup of tea at the venerable Randolph Hotel here. As usual Radiohead contacted …

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Reznor, Saul Williams One-Up Radiohead with Free Album

It was inevitable. With the likes of Radiohead doing “donationware”, DRM-free MP3 downloads, someone was bound to follow. (And, in fairness, Radiohead were by no means the first — this is something various artists have been talking about or doing for years. Updated: for some examples of other free albums through music history, see comments below. And as the trend grows, expect a lot more artist-to-listener downloads, or even small label-to-listener or small online store-to-listener, soon.) The latest is Saul Williams, with the album “The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!” So, what has he got that Radiohead hasn’t got?

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New Donationware Radiohead Album Now Available for Download

As you’ve probably heard, Radiohead’s new album In Rainbows is available via a unique purchasing scheme: Online-only sales, direct from the artists. International: charged in GBP, but you can buy from anywhere in the world and the store will convert currency via credit card. (This detail is usually left out of the discussions; one problem with standard label distribution is that it’s often limited to certain countries.) DRM-free download sales as donationware: choose what you think is the right amount to charge, the download equivalent of passing the hat. Or spend a bunch of cash on physical media: GBP40 gets …

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