There happens to be a 1,000-year-old oak tree in Wiltshire’s Savernake Forest in England called The King of Limbs. Savvy Radiohead fans are familiar with the tree, which was three miles away from where the band recorded their landmark name-your-price album In Rainbows. What’s even more fascinating is that those crazy Brits are naming their brand new album after that tree.
Oh yeah, they’re also releasing it this Saturday. Yes, Radiohead’s eighth album is arriving on February 19th. Here are the details from Thom Yorke & Co. via TheKingofLimbs.com:
Radiohead’s new record, The King Of Limbs, is presented here as the world’s first* Newspaper Album, comprising:
Two clear 10″ vinyl records in a purpose-built record sleeve. A compact disc. Many large sheets of artwork, 625 tiny pieces of artwork and a full-colour piece of oxo-degradeable plastic to hold it all together. The Newspaper Album comes with a digital download that is compatible with all good digital media players. The Newspaper Album will be shipped on Monday 9th May 2011 you can, however, enjoy the download on Saturday 19th February 2011. Shipping is included in the prices shown.
The King Of Limbs will also be presented with your choice of two digital formats: an MP3 version which is a 320K constant bit rate file, or a WAV version, which is a full CD quality uncompressed digital audio file.
One lucky owner of the digital version of The King Of Limbs, purchased from this website, will receive a signed 2 track 12″ vinyl.
The King of Limbs can be pre-ordered now and downloaded on Saturday 19th February 2011. A visit to TheKingofLimbs.com brings up a world map, where users can click on the region in which they live. You are then taken to a pre-order screen where you can order the full physical package of the new album, or the digital-only version.
The Newspaper Album will run $48, while the digital album will cost only $9. The shipping date for The Newspaper Album is May 9th, 2011. The album will also be released as a 12″/CD on March 28th via XL (Europe), TBD (North America), and Hostess (Japan/Asia).
Awesome, but just one question: What the hell is a “Newspaper Album”?