Monday, January 14, 2008

The new music

Before Christmas, I bought the new Radiohead album online. The album took my favorite band about two years to finish. Wow, it is amazing. Every track pushes the boundaries of music. It takes music to more than just beats, I think it is more like an art form that you can listen to. This release is the band's first album after the end of their contract with EMI and the end of the longest gap between studio albums in their career. Because they were not under contract with any company, the record was released online in a digital format. In a completely revolutionary move, the band let fans choose the price of the album. Radiohead will not confirm how many records were bought online before the release in store, or how much they made off this online sale. Despite these advance sales, the album's release topped the charts around the world as the number one album for sales.

What a cool way to get music. Hopefully the band tours somewhere near Halifax this summer. The frontman for Radiohead, Tom Yorke, has stated many times that he is not in favour of touring simply because of the negative effects on the environment and the contribution of Carbon Dioxide to the atmosphere causing climate change. Maybe I'll be lucky enough to get tickets for a Boston or Toronto show. Shipping things around the world also gives off a lot of pollution. Although CDs are a very small thing to ship, it still helps to download the album in a digital format to save on shipping.

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