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RadioheadLP7.com

Dead Air Space contains teasers and outtakes. Thom Yorke offers assurances. Wikipedia summarizes the cryptic messages, the history of the project and the speculation.
posted by edverb (55 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
Shadows blue and red, shadows blue and red
Your alarm bells, your alarm bells
They should be ringing
posted by UbuRoivas at 10:19 PM on September 27, 2007


Erm, you do know that the consensus is that the radioheadLP7 site is fake, right?
posted by jokeefe at 10:20 PM on September 27, 2007


"However, as of the 26th of September, the website has not been confirmed by the band to be an official site, and may yet prove to be an elaborate hoax."

It has to be a hoax. They're using Coldfusion. Who in their right mind would code a site these days using Coldfusion?
posted by blacklite at 10:20 PM on September 27, 2007 [8 favorites]


.................which has been proven to be a fake.

1. Registered through GoDaddy.

2. Kid A era font/design

3. And, uh, Radiohead's website designer said on the official board it's not affiliated with Radiohead. It's a fan's hoax.


And while I am the biggest Radiohead nut on the planet, really, is this news?
posted by Windigo at 10:22 PM on September 27, 2007


Who in their right mind would code a site these days using Coldfusion?

Good question. Pray tell, when was the last time Thom Yorke showed any signs of being in anything even vaguely resembling a right mind?
posted by UbuRoivas at 10:23 PM on September 27, 2007


It has to be a hoax. They're using Coldfusion. Who in their right mind would code a site these days using Coldfusion?

You do know what this site is running, don't you?

If it were a hoax, why pay for ColdFusion? I would assume that PHP is the language of choice for hoax applications.
posted by me & my monkey at 10:24 PM on September 27, 2007


There's no news yet. There will be, soon, I hope. Right now we've basically got Stanley posting the little cryptic and totally uninformative Worm Buffet code messages.
posted by jokeefe at 10:24 PM on September 27, 2007


If I knew it was a hoax, I wouldn't have posted. So, please accept my conditional but likely apologies.

I want to believe.
posted by edverb at 10:25 PM on September 27, 2007 [2 favorites]


Also, the LP7 site is registered to an address in Arizona. It is was real, it would be registered to Courtyard, in Oxfordshire, just as the Eraser site was.

The links to DAS that you used are months old-- from before the summer break. There's really nothing to see here, yet.
posted by jokeefe at 10:25 PM on September 27, 2007


If it were a hoax, why pay for ColdFusion?

What makes you think they necessarily paid for it?
posted by Windigo at 10:26 PM on September 27, 2007


There's really nothing to see here, yet.

....we could always have a dance party.

*dance dance*
posted by Windigo at 10:28 PM on September 27, 2007


*gurn gurn ramble crash*
posted by pompomtom at 10:30 PM on September 27, 2007


Yeah, sorry to jump all over you edverb. Some of us are just a little twitchy these days. As we wait. And wait. And LP7, recorded, finished, mastered, etcetera, sits around in Thom's sock drawer gathering dust while they "figure out what to do with it."
posted by jokeefe at 10:30 PM on September 27, 2007


NOT OK
posted by Poolio at 10:31 PM on September 27, 2007


....we could always have a dance party.

*flails Idiotequely*
posted by jokeefe at 10:32 PM on September 27, 2007


I'm telling ya, the whole LP7 thing is a clever myth to distract us from the fact that Radiohead are busted, they're through, and they're all planning on starting a chicken farm. Or a goat farm. Well, most likely a tofu farm if Thom is involved. Maybe the tofu is molded into chicken and goat shapes. I really wouldn't know.
posted by Windigo at 10:35 PM on September 27, 2007 [1 favorite]


No worries jokeefe. It's probably a futile exercise to guess what Radiohead may or may not do.
posted by edverb at 10:36 PM on September 27, 2007


*checks Windigo's user profile*

Hey! It's so odd seeing you here! I see you're already noted this thread on the board. *waves*

posted by jokeefe at 10:37 PM on September 27, 2007


shhhhh! We're incognito!
posted by Windigo at 10:39 PM on September 27, 2007


I'm telling ya, the whole LP7 thing is a clever myth to distract us from the fact that Radiohead are busted, they're through, and they're all planning on starting a chicken farm. Or a goat farm. Well, most likely a tofu farm if Thom is involved. Maybe the tofu is molded into chicken and goat shapes. I really wouldn't know.

Don't forget that it's Ed's job to hold the signs. And Phil has to keep tabs on the "compost".


*cough* Sorry. We should just quietly excuse ourselves and continue this conversation, you know, over there.

PS Zombinomia
posted by jokeefe at 10:42 PM on September 27, 2007


oooh! dancing!

*oscillates wildly*
posted by UbuRoivas at 10:43 PM on September 27, 2007


shhhhh! We're incognito!

You're right. Let's hope the thread gets deleted, or something. And it's odd; I'm having web persona conflict syndrome, or something.

posted by jokeefe at 10:46 PM on September 27, 2007


Because it's more interesting than anything Radiohead will ever release (and because it's already on my clipboard), I bring you Lemon Incest.

Now that's how you crash and burn.
posted by item at 10:47 PM on September 27, 2007


Goddammit.

I so wanted this to be real.
posted by PostIronyIsNotaMyth at 10:55 PM on September 27, 2007 [1 favorite]


I dunno jokeefe, you seem totally in character.

And ummm Radiohead? I mean, really...
posted by Eekacat at 11:05 PM on September 27, 2007


I hear Radiohead is the new Travis.
posted by The World Famous at 11:58 PM on September 27, 2007


2. Kid A era font/design

This is not necessarily indicative of anything (Kid A's font has shown up on many things).

It's the other two points that are damning. Particularly radiohead's publicist denying any affiliation (as well as Maxk's denial of affiliation).
posted by sparkletone at 12:24 AM on September 28, 2007


PS: I think this is probably going to end up being something like the most elaborate RickRoll ever attempted.
posted by sparkletone at 12:29 AM on September 28, 2007 [3 favorites]


Jesus... How many times do they have to (be framed for??) ripping off Autechre??
posted by afx114 at 1:05 AM on September 28, 2007


But for the cursed letter P, this could have been my all-time favourite mash-up.
posted by Sparx at 2:42 AM on September 28, 2007


Damn, I was all excited there for a moment about some sort of possible net release tomorrow. Oh well.
posted by davebushe at 2:45 AM on September 28, 2007


Radiohead: Tusk.
posted by Kinbote at 4:28 AM on September 28, 2007


didn't Radiohead's label contract expire with Hail to the Thief? do we have any indication how the next release will be done? If they do incorporate a digital release, I hope they stick to their guns and don't sell individual tracks on itunes or something similar -- the whole album or nothing.
posted by modernnomad at 5:32 AM on September 28, 2007


A Radiohead thread, neat!

One of those always gives me a chance to dust off this golden oldie snark:

I loved Radiohead back when they still made songs.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane at 6:03 AM on September 28, 2007


2. Kid A era font/design

I am so, so sorry for pointing this out but there is an unseen force that compels me. You don't mean font, you mean typeface.

Actually, I'm not that sorry.

Sorry.
posted by i_cola at 6:16 AM on September 28, 2007


I am so, so sorry for pointing this out but there is an unseen force that compels me. You don't mean font, you mean typeface.

Actually, I'm not that sorry.


You're right. I should know better. I should REALLY know better, actually.

Hopefully the Design Gods will forgive me.
posted by Windigo at 6:31 AM on September 28, 2007 [1 favorite]


My two-year-old niece loves this CD called Baby Radiohead that has all these twinkly glockenspiel sounds and carousel noises used in these renditions of Radiohead songs. And the bizarre thing is that it sounds exactly like Radiohead...
posted by jonp72 at 6:52 AM on September 28, 2007


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posted by Terminal Verbosity at 6:54 AM on September 28, 2007


goodnewsfortheinsane: If you listen to this album when it finally comes out, listen to Nude, Last Flowers, and House of Cards (or whichever of those make the cut). Granted, the first two of those are unreleased fan favorites from your fondly remembered days when they were more accessible, but still, all you haters can expect some songs on this album.
posted by abcde at 7:21 AM on September 28, 2007


My two-year-old niece loves this CD called Baby Radiohead

Rockabye Baby!

The Zeppelin is fantastic, but the Coldplay doesn't sound much different from the real thing. Worth a visit to the site just to read the descriptions.

"Close the doors and put out the light. This evening, your child’s journey consists of a delicate dreamscape woven by the heavens and forged by the hammer of the gods. Although Led Zeppelin’s music was rooted in blues and hard rock, an element of fantasy was always present. On this album, Led Zeppelin’s most extraordinary songs have received the lullaby treatment. Hasn’t it been a long time since your baby rock and rolled?"

[previously]
posted by The Ultimate Olympian at 8:04 AM on September 28, 2007


didn't Radiohead's label contract expire with Hail to the Thief?

Correct. They are, as far as anyone knows at the moment, without a label and have been since they completed HTTT.

do we have any indication how the next release will be done? If they do incorporate a digital release, I hope they stick to their guns and don't sell individual tracks on itunes or something similar -- the whole album or nothing.

We don't. During interviews when they were on tour last year, they were asked about the digital thing. They said they liked the idea, but didn't feel that digital distribution reached quite enough people yet, so they weren't going to go digital only. There had to be a physical artifact that you could get in countries without ubiquitous Internet access.

I'm not worried about them sticking to their guns. A couple places are now selling radiohead albums as mp3s in the must-buy-whole-thing manner. So clearly they're fine with digital distribution, just not with the chopping to bits of their work.

Uh, that's all I'm aware of at the moment.

Smoke if you got 'em.
posted by sparkletone at 9:26 AM on September 28, 2007


A possible early promotional poster?
posted by jokeefe at 10:18 AM on September 28, 2007


I hear Radiohead is the new Travis.

Nah, comparing Radiohead to Coldplay or Travis doesn't rile us fans up anymore. That was so 2002. The band to use now is Arcade Fire.
posted by Windigo at 10:55 AM on September 28, 2007


The timer just jumped from 17 hours to 1 hour...
posted by empatterson at 12:47 PM on September 28, 2007


So when the timer expired, the page reloaded and said

"THE MOST GIGANTIC LYING HOAX OF ALL TIME"

Nice.
posted by empatterson at 2:01 PM on September 28, 2007


Good call, sparkletone. Just a rickroll. Can we close this now?
posted by kyleg at 2:05 PM on September 28, 2007


Nah, comparing Radiohead to Coldplay or Travis doesn't rile us fans up anymore. That was so 2002. The band to use now is Arcade Fire.

Sorry, I thought that Radiohead itself was "so 2002," and thus the 2002 comparison.
posted by The World Famous at 2:40 PM on September 28, 2007


It is a gigantic Rickroll. Sigh.
posted by jokeefe at 3:02 PM on September 28, 2007


BRILLIANT. Spoken as a Radiohead fan, that was fantastic.
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas at 3:15 PM on September 28, 2007


HA HA HA.

I was joking about it being a RickRoll.

I was expecting goatse, or 2girls1cup.

But, yet again, one of my jokes has come true.

I was hoping for better.

But I'm still LOL'ing.
posted by sparkletone at 3:17 PM on September 28, 2007


Dude. Props to the guy who set that up.
posted by ph00dz at 4:15 PM on September 28, 2007


We are being shunted here (fair enough!).

So.

In Rainbows. For realz this time, not some obvious hoax leading to a RickRoll.

Questions, comments, I-don't-see-what-the-big-deal-is-OMG-shut-up snark?
posted by sparkletone at 7:21 PM on September 30, 2007


From a deleted thread, by klangklang:

Hail to the Thief: Reputed to be a "return to form." Wasn't.

It wasn't reputed to be a return to form by anyone associated with the band. The band wanted to do something that captured their live sound, and they wanted to do it very quickly. They did both things.

It was reputed to be a return to form by the same sort of personality who thinks Apple is going to put the moon in a box and sell it to them cheaply, and then complains after every product announcement that nothing was as awesome as their pie-in-the-sky dreams.

There isn't going to be a return to "form." The Bends was not a form. Neither was OK Computer. There is nothing to return to, and I'm not certain they could if they wanted to.

You are never going to get back the britpop band you had in 1995, and you're never going to get back the artier band you had in 1997. It just isn't going to happen.

So why get hung up about it?

In Rainbows: Musically? Who knows. Marketing? Viral. The kids like viral marketing now, right?

Your definition of "viral" seems loose. There's a certain sort of artificiality to viral marketing that seems fundamentally different to me than a band saying, "Hello. We have finished an album. You can buy it from us here. Peace and love."
posted by sparkletone at 7:26 PM on September 30, 2007


Ha. So it wasn't a hoax after all. They even fooled us.
posted by yeti at 5:18 AM on October 1, 2007


No, the radioheadlp7.com site is still a hoax, but no one ever claimed any of the other stuff was.
posted by abcde at 5:31 AM on October 1, 2007


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