This morning at 12 midnight, GMT (although we here in D.C. were thinking of it as 7 p.m. last night), Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood posted an out-of-the-blue statement to the band’s Web site: the band’s long-awaited new album is finished, it’s coming out October 10, and it’s called In Rainbows. Clicking on the album title in that statement leads you to a second statement:
RADIOHEAD HAVE MADE A RECORD. SO FAR, IT IS ONLY AVAILABLE FROM THIS WEBSITE. YOU CAN PRE-ORDER IT IN THESE FORMATS: DISCBOX AND DOWNLOAD.
If you choose the “discbox,” you get a CD; two 12-inch vinyl LPs; an enhanced CD with more songs, artwork, and photographs; printed art and lyrics, all in a hardback book; and the download. It won’t ship (from England, no less) until December 3, but that hasn’t stopped Radiohead from charging you £40 ($81) to pre-order it today.
Or, you can choose the “download,” in which case you get the 10 tracks of the album proper, and how much you pay for it is up to you. (No really, it’s up to you. Although a transaction fee may apply, apparently….)
And you thought some of Radiohead’s music was tough to figure out? Now try figuring out whether you’re getting screwed, or getting the deal of a lifetime.