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  1. I also wonder if they haven't included the whole package of b-sides here because they're actually a bit shit in hindsight... Those two tagged-on outtakes aside, I think this remix suite is probably stronger than that b-side collection, on the whole. Gotta respect them actually caring about the curating of their work and not just doing an full archive dump (which they said they're never do anyway, right?)
  2. Okay, yeah. I misunderstood on that point. They certainly do seem tagged on the end of what otherwise works really nicely as a "remix" album. I guess that's the real strength of this thing -- making songs that are technically really familiar sound totally out of this world, whereas the "new" songs actually feel a bit tired. Before hearing it, I did think, "yeah, I don't really care about how the strings from HTDC sound on their own, tbh." But it's actually incredible. Even more haunting on their own than the original maybe.
  3. I find it interesting that people think the two outtakes should have just been left to gather dust. I don't disagree with the sentiment that people could take them or leave them. But I reckon it's probably pretty freeing for the band. I was thinking about it the other day -- the fervour around all their online activity back in the day and our collective obsessiveness over live rarities really came to fruition around In Rainbows, with all these different tracks that people assumed were lost to the cutting room floor finally finding final studio versions, and considering that "Burn the Witch" and TLW bookended AMSP felt like a massive achievement considering that history -- the most notorious unheard track and the most beloved live rarity finally finding a place on a record. But there was a sense with AMSP that they were starting to live in their own shadow a bit, still working through stuff they'd started some 20 years earlier. Considering what a tabula rasa Kid A / Amnesiac was heralded as for them at the time, it's almost like they've spent all their time since working through the stuff that period generated. TL;DR, I'm happy that they're just ejecting their archives into public hands at this point, whether its revelatory or just puts to bed fan speculation. It's undoing some of the mythology but that in itself has become an albatross around their neck, surely. Makes me excited for whenever they come back together, they might feel more refreshed and free of their back catalogue than they ever have this century.
  4. haha thanks, i know what it was like. i etched it onto my brain clicking through it obsessively at the time. i just mean, if you want to celebrate a particular "era", i'm curious as to how you can best do that when so much of that "era" was basically online. they fully embraced the blogging era, but the worst way to celebrate that time and what it meant is by just printing it off and binding it. at least OKNOTOK made sense because it was all pretty analog, with notebooks and stuff, but the RH online turn is harder to commemorate properly, i think. i dunno. maybe i'm just being a pedant and overthinking it, but i'd be cool with them doing something that wasn't a standard shelf-hogging boxset for once.
  5. Saying that, the best response to that sentiment would probably be something a lot more adventurous than a vinyl boxset lol.
  6. This is how I feel about it. It's how I feel about all of their releases, honestly. They've always sat really weird on the shelf and just don't get used because they're so awkward. I sold my In Rainbows and AMSP boxsets of Discogs last year, and I've trying to get rid of my 10" editions of Kid A and Amnesiac. Partly why I hope they do release a new thing and do it properly. They've never really been presented properly in a large format, imo. (Although I've never seen that award-winning Amnesiac box in the flesh.) It's taken over a decade, but think I've learned the hard way that a solid normal edition of these albums is better than some bloated excuse to house Stanley's bonus doodles. Saying that, I do think the OKNOTOK box was the most successful thing they've done so far in that regard. It is nice to have all those b-sides together in one place, and I liked the listening experience of the cassette, honestly. But the artwork presentation is pretty terrible. Having a Kid Amnesiac version of that would definitely be the holy grail. Cohesive, as-first-intended boxset, b-sides, all that web art stuff. A large part of that era's whole vibe is surely exploring the potentials of the internet and the transparency of the process. Never was a fan of OKC's prog-Orwellian vibe, personally. Showing the album off as not just a goodbye to shitty Britpop Nineties but as an embrace of the 21st century would be a wonderful thing to celebrate. Agreed there.
  7. dare i wade into the dead forum weirdness to stoke hype for a potential Kid Amnesiac reissue? it is gonna feel weird if every album gets a 20th anni special treatment... i get weird Record Store Day vibes, even if it's warranted. bloated vinyl editions have been ruined by a fetishistic marketplace. i'd still buy it though
  8. Listened to the whole thing at work today. Thanks for sharing the full thing. I'm traumatised by the fact this is 12 years ago. Same year I joined this board.
  9. jesus... this takes me back... this was mythical shit. i never thought the full version of this would see the light of day.
  10. all up to date here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1J4sah9NgTfsOSpcEVRimHTbjgyPP10QAHLUbOP9Dfp8/edit?usp=sharing
  11. there's so many little nerdy mysteries being solved in these booklets most intrigued that one of the last pages in the smaller booklet has lyrics under the title "dogwander / the national anthem" dogwander eventually becoming TNA is a twist i was not expecting but the lyrics on that page are also completely different to TNA i feel like the band are purposefully piling work on the Citizen Insane website guy at this point, they need to give him a break so he can catch up
  12. this is all part of the critique of the video though. "peace message" sounds like a euphemism for "vague apolitical platitude". compared to Thom's frequent display of the Tibetan flag (is it still a fixture...?) which is/was a pretty explicit message, to share the flag of an "unrecognised" state. personally, not a big fan of Israel's actions against Palestine, and it does seem weird of Thom considering his unabashed political activism on so many other issues. the video says it all perfectly i think. and a little message during the show(s) is not enough.
  13. Going by Stanley's teaser on Instagram, my money is on anniversary webcast - it's been a while!
  14. response on social media has been... mixed, to say the least. i'm sure they'll see it though. not sure if it's gone "viral" as such yet but so many people on twitter especially sending it to the band's accounts directly.
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