Front up, some new writerly musings from yours truly over at Beat magazine.
Namely Smith Westerns' Dye It Blonde, my full review of The Hidden Venture's Live At St Andrews EP (from my previous listening station) and that vaguely snarky Pearl Jam from a few days back (featured here). Also, it may have got missed in the last couple of days' rabid posting, but Al's Music Rant is appearing as part of the Comedy Festival - details here.
What causes fatigue and is currently all over the interwebz? (aside from pop-up ads)
...that's right, Radiohead's new album The King of Limbs. It seems you can't throw a rock into the digital landscape without hitting someone who has something to say about it. Hell, when it comes to conducing hype, I'm no better. But I'm sort of enjoying this over-saturation. Surely there have been, and will be, bigger things to happen to the world than 37 minutes of new music, but there's something exciting but the circus of it all. I've actually got a 'proper' review in the can and ready to go, but for the sake of letting the dust of opinion-forming muster a little longer, I'm gonna hold off for the time being. Speaking
Anyway, in my role as being not part of the solution but part of the problem, here's the highlights concerning what we'll now code RHLP8 for fear of increasing those Google hit rates.
- Stereogum takes the cake for the best comments section; with music snobbery a-plenty, the slobber of fanboy drooling, some good ol' fashioned moaning and even some Yorke gifs.
- AtEase ran an article about the influence of one Steve Ellison, aka Flying Lotus on The King of Limbs. It may be an obvious read for the more discerning left-field electronica listener, but an interesting one nonetheless
- triple j Music Director Richard Kingsmill got in on the action, dedicating part of his 2011 program to playing the new record in its entirety; as well as tallying a listener's opinions into a metacritic-savvy score. Go The King.
- Popular entertainment blog The Vulture provided a wonderful take on the band being 'serious listening.' Focusing on the unique position they've carved for themselves, and the hope that LP8 is leading to something grander - which brings us to...
- An interesting conspiracy theory developed by Music Snobs Anonymous that TKOL is, in fact, part of a larger double-album. Probably wishful thinking, definitely tenuous (particularly those Separator lyrics) but fun to think about anyway.
- And, of course, all those spoofs of Mr. Yorke's frenetic dancing in the Lotus Flower video. There's been Single Ladies, Benny Hill, and even Ginuwine's Pony (courtesy of local writer Clem Bastow - keeping the internet interesting since June 1982).
If it all gets a bit much, just go chuck on some Nirvana, now there's a good old fashioned rock band that wasn't affected by the hype... oh, waitaminute....