The rumors were true: Radiohead has announced plans to publish an actual newspaper to accompany the North American release of their “newspaper album,” The King of Limbs, on Tuesday, March 29.
Free copies of The Universal Sigh will be handed out by “dedicated teams of newspaper delivery people” at selected locations around the world, all of which are listed with links to Google Maps on the publication’s official site.
The band is quick to point out that “This event IS NOT a live performance by Radiohead,” dissuading hopeful fans and adding that they plan to offset the ecological impact of the project by using Carbon Retirement.
Details on the specific content of The Universal Sigh are still not known, but one can assume that we’ll be receiving more than a bit of weirdo artwork and "save the world" lecturing. Download codes seem likely. If you’re wondering where exactly you can pick up your copy (and I know you are), there’s a section on the website with all the locations. Go here to locate your nearest distribution point http://www.theuniversalsigh.com/locations/.
The full message from Radiohead from the Universal Sigh website is below, for those who want to deconstruct the sentence structures and filter the punctuation through a hieroglyph machine to construct an alternate alien text only readable on the fifth day after killing a rabbit by electrocution under the full moon. Or something. Radiohead fanatics are a bit strange with their deciphering of undecipherables.
The Radiohead album ‘The King of Limbs’ will be available for purchase in all good record stores everywhere on Monday 28th March, except in the United States of America and in Canada, where for reasons beyond the purview of this writer it will be available from Tuesday 29th March. On VINYL! On COMPACT DISC! As a DOWNLOAD!
To commemorate this momentous occasion, Radiohead have produced a newspaper which will be given away, free, gratis, without cost to the consumer by accredited vendors from a multitude of locations WORLDWIDE! In the USA, in the Netherlands, in Belgium, Poland, Germany, Austria, in the Czech Republic, in Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Ireland, France, Italy, Slovakia, Finland, Greece, Norway, Lithuania, Estonia, Russia, Australia, Latvia, Iceland, Romania, New Zealand, the UK and a load of other places around the globe, our dedicated teams of newspaper delivery people will be handing out copies of THE UNIVERSAL SIGH to anyone who wants one, until we run out!
In conjunction with this unbelievable offer, Radiohead have established THE UNIVERSAL SIGH as a website on the internet, where details of your nearest vendor can be found, as well as more informations and a photogallery where we will be posting photos and the lucky owners of the gratis tabloid are invited to post pictures of themselves and their friends reading the newspaper in locations diverse and unusual. There will be other stuff too, but we haven’t thought of it yet.
This newspaper IS NOT the newspaper that accompanies the Newspaper Album version of The King of Limbs.
This event WILL NOT be repeated.
This event IS NOT a live performance by Radiohead.
Pick up the King of Limbs at the album’s official site.