New Radiohead album: "We're at the finish line"

....said guitarist Ed O'Brien on Adam Buxton's BBC 6 radio show. 

From MTV...

O'Brien says that while he believes the album could be in fans' hands by the end of the year, there are always variables.  "Ideally, it would be great if it came out sometime this year. It has got to. I hope so," he said. "But of course, it being a creative process, at the last bit also, you have bursts of energy, you achieve a lot of things in a small period of time and then you're nearly there. It might slow down. But yeah, hopefully it will be a matter of weeks."

This is, by far, the most information we've gotten on the anticipated follow-up to 2007's In Rainbows.  Even so, this is like Radiohead giving us a bag of peanuts and a Diet Coke for an 8 hour flight.

Tentative title?  Nope.

Still collabing with longtime producer, Nigel Godrich?  Who knows?

Roughly recorded bootlegs? Nada (Or maybe?  Meet us in the back alley around 8 if you've got the goods)

Departure in sound?  Well, yes apparently...

"It's genuinely exciting.  It's very different from what we did last time," he said. "It's really nice to be doing this. It's so good to be making music with the band that you feel is still as good as it's ever been."

(via MTV)

In Rainbows made massive waves in 2007 when Radiohead decided to release the album on the web with a pay-what-you-can pricing model, the first move of its kind in the rapidly declining record industry.  Artists like Girl Talk and most recently, Omar Rodriguez Lopez of the Mars Volta have followed suit.

Makes you wonder if Radiohead will do it again; and about the resulting reprucussions if they don't.

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