Radiohead’s “pay what you want” gamble pays off

August 12, 2008

Radiohead's In Rainbows

People downloaded “In Rainbows” for free, but many also chose to pay

Radiohead’s risky gamble of asking people to pay what they felt was a fair price for their latest album, In Rainbows, seems to have paid off and has now put the music industry on notice. Read the rest of this entry »


Liam Gallagher or Richard Ashcroft? Jarvis Cocker or Dave Gahan?

July 18, 2008

Richard Ashcroft of The VerveRichard Ashcroft of The Verve brimming with confidence

Growing up in suburbia in the 1980s, the lines of division were clear cut: you either liked Depeche Mode and Simple Minds (before “Don’t You” came out) or you were a fan of Motley Crue and Judas Priest. Thanks to the gift of CFNY 102.1 and some older cousins with taste I fell into the former category and eschewed the black leather/spandex/big hair of the latter. New Wave begat Madchester which begat Britpop and so on and so on. One thing remained constant though, the lead singer of any British pop band always had a swagger, a grasp on irony, intelligent banter, and was never more than a few seconds away from calling a boring American interviewer a “tosser”. I’m not exactly proud to link you readers to Muchmusic, but their blog has a listing of the 10 “most fierce” British leads in music. I guess the descriptor “fierce” is what excluded Thom Yorke…..

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Hey, wanna direct your own Radiohead video?

July 17, 2008

radiohead video

Image from “House of Cards” by Radiohead

After the success of their “pay what you want” download coup for “In Rainbows”, Radiohead are now taking fan interactivity a step further by allowing you to play with their new video. It’s Open Source and once you create your take on the song, you can upload to a YouTube Group specific to the song. Sean Dodson of the UK Guardian explains it a bit further in Is Radiohead the latest band to go open source?