Radiohead Turns Music Upside Down, More or Less

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1. Radiohead, “Down Is the New Up”
Is the title of this new track a clever comment on the band’s upending of traditional business models, or just some nonsense that Thom Yorke came up with on the way to the studio? Either way, the drums sound pretty cool. [Strike Gently]

2. Billy Joel feat. Cass Dillon, “Christmas in Fallujah”
Joel’s antiwar ballad sounds even more embarrassing now that the surge is working. [Stereogum]

3. Jeff Tweedy, “All My Life”
In 1998, the Wilco leader was asked to pen the theme song for a Christina Applegate sitcom called All My Life. Then the network changed the title and the track was lost forever. Or until now, we guess. [The Good, The Bad and The Unknown]

4. Jay-Z, “December 4th”
Happy birthday to America’s favorite media magnate, Jay-Z! [Book Note]

5. M.I.A., “Paper Planes” (original chorus)
M.I.A.’s great song, now with fewer weird-ass sound effects in the chorus. Not that this is an improvement. [Dance Hall Hips]

Radiohead Turns Music Upside Down, More or Less