07/10/2020

Radiohead has collected its work — including links to little-known tracks from releases like its Drill EP and various ephemera — in a new online “Radiohead Public Library.”

The bands website is now a vast, chaotic archive
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Alright, Ill admit it: despite the headline above, a downloadable library card may be the least exciting part of the Radiohead Public Library, a new online collection of the bands material. But the clever touch emphasizes how much the Radiohead Public Library (henceforth RPL) does feel like browsing a particularly chaotic research archive. And just like a library, it can point you toward some of the bands lesser-known work including its debut album Drill.
The archive launched today, and in a brief introduction, the band describes it as an online resource containing videos, music, artwork, websites, merchandise, and assorted ephemera. Its very loosely arranged by album, and as NME notes, you can find links to work thats been historically tough to find online. Thefour-trackDrillwas just added to the bands YouTube channel. TKOL RMX 8,an addendum to the 2011 remix album TKOL RMX 1234567, is back online after its original digital stream went down.
You can register for a library account to place merchandise orders, but the card itself is just a downloadable image file ideally, you should probably print it out, crop an awkwardly shot passport photo onto it, and laminate it for future use.
RPL also contains scanned newsletters, album art, and a store where you can order dozens of old Radiohead t-shirt designs theyll start shipping February 3rd. NME writes that band members Colin and Jonny Greenwood, Ed OBrien, Philip Selway, and Thom Yorke will each serve as a librarian for one day from now until January 24th Colin Greenwood posted a curated playlist this morning with some commentary and a picture of his library card.
Radiohead has expressed ambivalence of major streaming services, but the band has also made swaths of its catalog available for free in the past including the pay-what-you-want album In Rainbows. It also released 18 hours of previously unheardOK Computer studio sessions last year, following a blackmail threat by a hacker.