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Thom Yorke announces new LP is now available via BitTorrent

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has released a new LP, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, and yet again he’s challenging norms of the music industry. In a press release, Yorke and longtime collaborator Nigel Godrich explained, “As an experiment we are using a new version of BitTorrent to distribute a new Thom Yorke record” as a method of “bypassing the self elected gate-keepers.”

Yorke and Godrich’s statement included some details about the BitTorrent technology:

The new Torrent files have a pay gate to access a bundle of files..
The files can be anything, but in this case is an ‘album’.
It’s an experiment to see if the mechanics of the system are something that the general public can get its head around …
If it works well it could be an effective way of handing some control of internet commerce back to people who are creating the work.
Enabling those people who make either music, video or any other kind of digital content to sell it themselves.
Bypassing the self elected gate-keepers.
If it works anyone can do this exactly as we have done.
The torrent mechanism does not require any server uploading or hosting costs or ‘cloud’ malarkey.
It’s a self-contained embeddable shop front…
The network not only carries the traffic, it also hosts the file. The file is in the network.

The announcement comes after a week of Yorke-related speculation, fueled by tweets of mysterious white records and news that Radiohead was back in the studioTomorrow’s Modern Boxes will be Yorke’s first new music since 2013′s AMOK, by his Flea-featuring supergroup Atoms for Peace. Radiohead hasn’t put out a new record since 2011′s The King of Limbs.

Yorke’s BitTorrent experiment is just his latest attempt to reclaim some independence for musicians. In 2007, Radiohead famously released In Rainbows on the Internet with a pay-what-you-want scheme—which for many translated to a free record. Last year, Yorke pulled AMOK, as well as his only solo album, 2006′s The Eraser, from Spotify. “The reason is that new artists get paid f–k all with this model,” Atoms for Peace said in explanation. “It’s an equation that just doesn’t work.”

Get your digital hands on Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes for $6 here.

Watch Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich get groovy in this Atoms for Peace live clip

If you weren’t able to make it to last week’s intimate Atoms for Peace show at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge — and odds are, you weren’t (even if you were awake at 1am, when the set started) — then we’ve got your back.

The clip below shows the Thom Yorke-headed group going at it live for 17+ minutes as they perform “Black Swan”  — a solo Yorke jam — and “Stuck Together Pieces,” off AfP’s debut album AmokAdditionally, the show also included some appropriately headtrippy live visuals courtesy of Tarik Barri.

Baby’s all grows up! Check it all out for yourself in the video below:

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Bruno Mars tops album chart for the first time, Thom Yorke takes second place

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It took a while, but Bruno Mars’ Unorthodox Jukebox is now a No. 1 album.

When the album was released last December, it hit debuted at No. 2., just behind Taylor Swift’s RedJukebox has been hanging out fairly high on the Billboard 200 albums chart since then, and sat at No. 2 last week.

But with some help from a massive sale on Amazon, which sold the album for $1.99 and then $3.99 last week, Mars’ second release finally had enough juice to top the charts, with Nielsen SoundScan reporting 95,000 copies sold. That’s a 96% increase from its performance the week before, giving Mars his first ever No. 1 album. (Billboard’s math wizards have deduced that without Amazon’s efforts, Jukebox would likely have ranked at No. 2 this week.)

So who would’ve been No. 1 otherwise? All signs point to Atoms for Peace, the Thom Yorke-led group whose debut Amok came in at No. 2 with 50,000 moved units.

Before Mars’ ascent, Mumford and Sons’ Grammy-winning Babel had a two-week hold on the top spot, but this week it fell to No. 3, with 43,000 sold. READ FULL STORY

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