Radiohead, In Rainbows (bonus disc)
Official release date: ??
We think: Some lucky, benevolent chump who paid $82 for the In Rainbows "discbox" must've received his a little early, since MP3s from the bonus disc hit the BitTorrent sites with a vengeance last night. An e-mail from Radiohead's merchandise company says Jonny Greenwood finished licking stamps and mailing out the last of the sets on Saturday, so it makes sense that somebody in the U.K. might have one already. ("Wherever possible [especially to customers in the USA], we've sent these by road and sea," says the note, implying that American fans can probably expect their packages sometime in April.) But what of the music? Typical odds and ends, really. "Down Is the New Up" is totally awesome and was probably only left off In Rainbows because it sounds too much like "Reckoner," and "Bangers + Mash," an obvious descendant of Talking Heads' "Crosseyed and Painless," will likely be receiving a fair bit of play at Vulture HQ as well. But everything else is just mopey, shapeless, negligible filler. Oh, well — it's not like this will hurt Radiohead's status as the Most Important Band Ever or anything.