radiohead returns with the king of limbs

So this is what I miss while I’m in status meetings. This morning, the interweb is abuzz — not only with Arcade Fire’s improbable Grammy victory — but also with the sudden announcement of Radiohead’s 8th studio album.

The King Of Limbs will get a digital release this Saturday, with an elaborate physical package to follow May 9th. No tracklist yet, but The Amplifier blog takes a crack at some unreleased Radiohead tunes that could make the cut.

The album’s title evidently comes from a 3,000 year old oak tree in Savernake Forest — the largest privately owned forest in Britain. Have a look at the craggy old man below:

You can preorder the digital album now for Saturday delivery. No name your own price this time..  it’s 9 bucks for MP3 files and 14 for WAV.

The physical release will cost you $48 or $53, depending on your digital file preference. You’ll also get what Radiohead are calling a “Newspaper Album” featuring two clear 10″ vinyl records in a custom sleeve, a CD and many exclusive pieces of artwork.

Here’s hoping they pick up where the outstanding In Rainbows left off. Doesn’t get much better than “Reckoner”:

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