There’s good news and bad news about the new Radiohead album, “In Rainbows.” The bad news is its not as good as “Ok Computer;” The good news is its not as bad as “Hail To the Thief” or Thom’s solo album. If it had been as bad as the two latter mentioned albums, I might have to refer to it as “In Rainblows.” In all seriousness, I like it -which is saying a lot considering the expectations I put on a band like Radiohead. They seem to be the type of band that is full of potential, but sometimes sinks to the lowest and/or laziest common denominator. So when they put out a new album, I approach with caution. Its nice to know that “In Rainbows,” while certainly not their best work, lives up to the bar I’ve set for them.
In other news, I just saw the video for “Challengers” by The New Pornographers. It was kind of creepy at first, but worth watching. The use of color vs black and white alone….while not the most original concept, makes it a worthwhile use of three minutes. Though the scene with Neko, Katherine, and Carl just standing there singing still freaks me out. And it looks like Neko’s drinking something radioactive too.