By now you’ve heard of the recent rash of net hijinx involving Radiohead, enough to keep the busy bees at atease buzzing for the past week or so. But for how much of it is Radiohead personally responsible? Whatever’s turning up on deadairspace is coming from the band at least, and apparently they’re communicating some sort of message with odd, square shaped symbols. NME says fans have cracked the code, and it goes a little something like this:
September 20: YES WE ARE STILL ALIVE
September 21: BLINK YOUR EYES ONE FOR YES TWO FOR NO CODE CODE CODE
September 22: PLAUSIBLE DENIABILITY
September 22: XENDLESS
September 23: MIGHT NOT OPERATE PROPERLY
September 24: A FLATLINE WE ARE IN A MEETING
September 25: CONSIDERING DISSEMINATION
September 25: SEMAPHORE ELEMENTS
September 26: MARCH WAX
That last meessage could be hinting at release date, and maybe that they’ve settled on a label (Wax or Earwax Records?). Either way, that uncertainty’s probably feeding the frenzy over the other round of ‘netty speculation regarding the recently launched URL RadioheadLP7.com, a mysterious site which has had its authenticity denied by band management. Understandably, ateaseweb’s been sleuthing this through, and last night shit went from having an uncrackable login/password prompt to a big ol’ doomsday clock, counting down to 9AM EST at which point … who knows what the fuck happens. ‘Cause really … this thing’s gotta be a hoax. Let us count the ways:
1. Just look at that login page. Not very design forward.
2. Why would they move back toward Kid A-style font?
3. Some domain registry info:
Registered through: GoDaddy.com, Inc. (http://www.godaddy.com)
Domain Name: RADIOHEADLP7.COM
Created on: 25-Sep-07
Expires on: 25-Sep-08
Last Updated on: 25-Sep-07
Private, Registration [email protected]
Domains by Proxy, Inc.
15111 N. Hayden Rd., Ste 160, PMB 353
Scottsdale, Arizona 85260
(480) 624-2599 Fax — (480) 624-2599
Godaddy? So lowbrow, Thom!
For added fun, check out what the site’s saying across the bottom.
Moral of the story, kids: Don’t believe everything that you read. Unless it involves a sex tape.
UPDATE: Radiohead’s publicists confirm to Stereogum it’s phony. “Unless band and mgmt are deliberately keeping it frrom me.” Not likely.