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January 20, 2020 5:31 PM   Subscribe

The Radiohead Public Library is now open for business.

Radiohead have updated their infamously obtuse website with the Radiohead Public Library, “an online resource containing everything we have ever done... well, more or less. Videos, music, artwork, websites, merchandise, and assorted ephemera.”
There’s a ton of stuff but here’s some links to get you started:

Glastonbury 1997
Meeting People Is Easy
OKNOTOK White Cassette
Kid A blips
Hidden Kid A booklet
Bonnaroo 2006
Scotch Mist
In Rainbows From The Basement
King Of Limbs From The Basement
Ton of shirts from various eras
posted by Diskeater (16 comments total) 37 users marked this as a favorite
The content is amazing but the interface is still more than a little obtuse. I was just working on a post myself that puts all the links in searchable text; I'll post it here when it's done (just got to In Rainbows!)
posted by Rhaomi at 6:13 PM on January 20 [3 favorites]

I watched the Lollapalooza 2016 show today, can recommend.
posted by outfielder at 6:15 PM on January 20

the rabbit holes you can fall down here harken back to the band’s earliest websites that were these gloriously weird mazes you could get lost in clicking around for hours—that a minotaur was a recurrent motif in their artwork at one point still seems fitting
posted by josephtate at 7:01 PM on January 20 [3 favorites]

Done! Still rounding up some other unrelated links, but this is the main summary for the Library site.

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Stream the album: YouTube

Music videos: Creep

Gigs: You + My Iron Lung @ MTV's Most Wanted '94 - Creep @ Top of the Pops '94 - Creep + My Iron Lung + Anyone Can Play Guitar @ Rock Am Ring '94

Concert: Reading Festival '94 (YT)

Shirts: Trade Muck and Property Of

W.A.S.T.E. newsletters 1-7

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𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐬

Stream the album: YouTube - Spotify/Apple

EPs on Spotify/Apple: Street Spirit - Fake Plastic Trees - Just - High and Dry/Planet Telex

B-sides on YouTube: Talk Show Host - Bishop's Robes - Banana Co - Molasses
India Rubber - How Can You Be Sure?
Planet Telex (Karma Sunra Mix) - Killer Cars (Mogadon Version)
Maquiladora - Planet Telex (Hexadecimal Mix) - Killer Cars
The Trickster - Lewis (Mistreated) - Punchdrunk Lovesick Singalong - Permanent Daylight - Lozenge of Love - You Never Wash Up After Yourself

Music videos: My Iron Lung - High and Dry - Just - Fake Plastic Trees - Street Spirit (Fade Out)

Archived Bends-era website

W.A.S.T.E. newsletters 8-16

Gigs: Nobody Does It Better + Just @ MTV's Most Wanted '95 - The Bends @ Later... with Jools Holland '95 - My Iron Lung @ Nulle Part Ailleurs '95 - High and Dry + Fake Plastic Trees + Street Spirit + My Iron Lung @ 2 Meter Sessions '95 - Street Spirit + Fake Plastic Trees + Bullet Proof (I Wish I Was) @ Liquid Room, Shinjuku '95 (YT) - Street Spirit @ Bubblegods TV, Tokyo '95 (YT)

Concerts: Live at the Astoria '94 - Oxford Apollo '95 - Pinkpop '96 (including one of the only versions of Lift... until 2017)

Shirts: Oxygen - Mutagenic - Don't - Globe

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Stream the album: YouTube - Spotify/Apple

Stream the 2017 remaster OKNOTOK: YouTube - Spotify/Apple

The 2017 OKNOTOK White Cassette - featuring nearly 80 minutes of rough cuts and rarities, including a phenomenal early version of Motion Picture Soundtrack

Music videos: Paranoid Android - Karma Police - No Surprises - I Promise (2017) - Man of War (2017) - Lift (2017)

Meeting People is Easy - Grant Gee's impressionistic behind-the-scenes documentary of the OK Computer tour

Archived websites: rh0001 - Site4

The evolution of OK Computer's cover art - bonus: the story behind the highway on the cover (...which I helped find!)

Unboxing OKNOTOK

Gigs: I Promise '96 - Paranoid Android + No Surprises + Airbag @ Later... with Jools Holland '97 - Exit Music @ Tibetan Freedom Concert '99

Concerts: Live at the 10 Spot '97 - Glastonbury '97 (pro-shot) - Belfort '97 - Tibetan Freedom Concert '98

Shirts: Carbon Monoxide - Choke - Gucci Piggy - Fitter Happier

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Stream the album: YouTube - Spotify/Apple

All Kid A promotional blips

Music videos: Motion Picture Soundtrack - Idioteque

Archived webcasts: Amateur Night II (YT) and III (YT)

Kid A hardback book and art booklet

2000 website archive

Gigs: Morning Bell @ Nulle Part Ailleurs '00

Concerts: Live from a Tent in Dublin '00

Shirts: Evrything - Gawps - Scribble - Ice Caps

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Stream the album: YouTube - Spotify/Apple

EPs: Pyramid Song - Knives Out - I Might Be Wrong (Live Recordings)

B-sides: The Amazing Sounds of Orgy - Trans-Atlantic Drawl - Fast-Track - Kinetic
Cuttooth - Life in a Glasshouse (Full-Length) - Worrywort - Fog

Music videos: Pyramid Song - I Might Be Wrong - Knives Out - Pulk/Pull + Like Spinning Plates - I Might Be Wrong (by Chris Bran)

Inside-Out Night webcast '02

Gigs: Pyramid Song + Knives Out @ Top of the Pops '01

Concerts: The Gorge '01 - Amnesiac in Paris '01 - Later... with Jools Holland '01 (including the only live performance of Life in a Glasshouse) - Pinkpop '01 - Rock Am Ring '01 (YT)

Archived websites: Site7 and Site8

Shirts: Citizen Insane - Amnesiac - Test Specimen - Bear Crest

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𝙷𝚊𝚒𝚕 𝚝𝚘 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚃𝚑𝚒𝚎𝚏

Stream the album: YouTube - Spotify/Apple

Com Lag: 2+2=5 EP

B-sides: Paperbag Writer - I Am a Wicked Child - I Am Citizen Insane - Gagging Order - Fog (Again) Where Bluebirds Fly

Music videos: There There - Go to Sleep - Sit Down, Stand Up

The Most Gigantic Lying Mouth of All Time webcast - Episode 2

HTTT-era webmaze

Gigs: There There + Go to Sleep + 2+2=5 + Where I End and You Begin @ Later... with Jools Holland '03 - There There + Fake Plastic Trees @ Jonathan Ross '03

Concerts: Glastonbury '03 (pro-shot) - Le Reservoir '03 (YT) - Werchter '03 - Musique Plus Montreal '03 (YT) - Eurockeennes '03

Shirts: WSYB - Radiohead TV - Pacific Coast - Minotaurs

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Stream the album: YouTube - Spotify/Apple

Stream Disk 2: YouTube - Spotify/Apple

"I Want None of This" charity track

Music videos: Jigsaw Falling into Place - Nude - House of Cards - Videotape

In Rainbows: Live From the Basement

Archived webcasts: Scotch Mist - Thumbs Down (YT) - Entanglement

All the artwork and photos from the box set

Gigs: Weird Fishes/Arpeggi @ Later... with Jools Holland '08 - Nude @ Jonathan Ross '08

Concerts: Bonnaroo '06 - Saitama '08 - Reading Festival '09 - Outside Lands '08 - Buenos Aires '09 - Sao Paulo '08 - Prague '09

Stream the band's IR-era "office charts"

Mr. Hands assembles In Rainbows

Shirts: RHQ - No Matter - New Suburb - Trapped

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Stream the album: YouTube - Spotify/Apple

EPs: The Daily Mail/Staircase - Supercollider/The Butcher - TKOL RMX - TKOL RMX 8 - These Are My Twisted Words - Harry Patch (In Memory Of)

B-sides: The Daily Mail - Staircase
Supercollider - The Butcher
These Are My Twisted Words
Harry Patch (In Memory Of)

Music videos: Lotus Flower, which spawned a thousand memes

The King of Limbs: Live From the Basement, which many fans believe brought more warmth and dynamism to a very weird album

Concerts: Austin City Limits '12 - The Colbert Report '11 (don't miss the hilarious interview) - Bonnaroo '12 - Coachella '12 - Roseland Ballroom '11 - Radiohead for Haiti '10

The King of Limbs promotional newspaper and The Universal Sigh (background)

The resurrected Polyfauna apps 1 and 2 for iOS (previously) - Android version coming soon!

TKOL-era "office charts"

Shirts: Litigation - Larch - Daehoidar - Lightning

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Stream the album: YouTube - Spotify/Apple

Extra tracks: Ill Wind (YT) - Spectre (YT), their rejected Bond theme (see it in action!)

Music videos: Burn the Witch - Daydreaming - Present Tense - The Numbers

Fan-made video vignettes (click right arrow for more)

Stanley Donwood's alternative AMSP drip-art (or make your own!)

Concerts: Lollapalooza '16 - Osheaga '16 - Coachella '17 - Northside '17 - I-Days Festival '17 - Best Kept Secret '17 - Glastonbury '17 (pro-shot) - Open'er, Poland '17 - Werchter '17 - Tel Aviv '17

AMSP "office charts"

Unboxing AMSP

Shirts: Rainbow - Despot - Grim Reaper - Cutout

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Final bonus: Make your own library card! Just click the button in the top-left.
posted by Rhaomi at 7:06 PM on January 20 [24 favorites]

Cool! With this and the ZombocomVR a couple days back it feels like the old weird web is having a bit of a moment.
posted by rodlymight at 9:26 PM on January 20

Rhaomi wins the day.

You totally could have made a post out of that stuff, btw.
posted by booooooze at 6:09 AM on January 21 [1 favorite]

This whole thing is the real hero.
posted by nevercalm at 6:36 AM on January 21

Wow...just looking at all those front page images shows how much Colin Greenwood is often invisible on stage. He's literally hiding behind the drum kit most of the time.
posted by rocket88 at 8:32 AM on January 21

I don't think he's hiding, that's just where one plays the drums from. Behind the drum kit.
posted by thelonius at 9:20 AM on January 21

He plays bass.
posted by rocket88 at 9:22 AM on January 21 [1 favorite]

Ah! Bass. Carry on then!
posted by thelonius at 9:33 AM on January 21 [1 favorite]

oh no i have so many t-shirts to buy now why have they done this
posted by Maaik at 9:43 AM on January 21 [1 favorite]

This brings me back to my semi-annual quest for No Kid No Computer, apparently a bootleg recording of a live show. Maybe it was in Japan? I listened to these versions on repeat for years in my car. Have never found it streaming, though.

At one point, Thom addresses the crowd, saying, "Good job to Johnny -- he's sick as a parrot."
posted by quadrilaterals at 11:00 AM on January 21

this site is incredible but i just want to shoutout citizeninsane.eu, which until now is what i thought of as the "radiohead library". extremely comprehensive site where you can track the development of a song from it's first ever performance to its final version, plus quotes from interviews about the song, lyric fragments used in visual collages album artwork, and a history of every time it's been played live. very cool and nerdy fansite you can lose a lot of time to, hopefully if they continue expanding the "official" library someday they can bring this guy on as their official archivist
posted by JimBennett at 12:45 AM on January 22 [5 favorites]

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