The best band in the world at the peak of their power: Radiohead live at The Hospital Club's TV Studio in London

Radiohead had already established themselves as the best live band in the world, and a modern day artistic successor to The Beatles, before the 2007 release of their seventh studio album, In Rainbows.

Radiohead got a lot of attention for they way they released In Rainbows – on their own, as a pay-what-you-want digital download.

What got missed, in the minds of critics and fans alike, was the record itself. It's magnificent, lyrically and sonically. Personal and sublime. Restless and recursive. Powerful and contemplative.

This blistering in-studio live set features seven tracks from In Rainbows – Weird Fishes/Arpeggi, 15 Step, Bodysnatchers, Nude, House of Cards, Reckoner and Videotape – as well as three tracks from the underrated Hail To the Thief – The Gloaming, Myxomatosis, and Where I End and You Begin.

Remembering Prince Be and P.M. Dawn

Rolling Stone reports ("Attrell 'Prince Be' Cordes, P.M. Dawn Rapper, Dead at 46"):
Attrel "Prince Be" Cordes, founding member of the chart-topping hip-hop duo P.M. Dawn, died Friday in a New Jersey hospital following a battle with renal kidney disease. He was 46. A representative for the group confirmed Cordes' death to People.

Although health problems stemming from diabetes took its toll on Prince Be – he suffered a stroke in 2005 that paralyzed the left side of his body, and his one of his legs was amputated below the kneecap – P.M. Dawn continued to have a considerable impact on contemporary hip-hop, including its "cloud rap" offshoot."

Few people realize that P.M. Dawn recorded, but never released, a fifth studio album: Fucked Music. In my estimation, that album is a masterpiece. It's a shame that so few people have heard it.

So, to commemorate Prince Be's passing, I'm making that album available for download here.

If anyone who represents the band object's to me making this unreleased music available, please let me know and I'll remove it immediately.

The 17 Best Albums of 2015

It's been a very good year for music, hasn't it?

So many great records have been released in 2015, it's difficult to make a list of the best 10, so I'm allowing myself 17.

Below are my favorites, in order of their release. It's no coincidence, I suppose, that I saw all of these bands live this year.

I've also put together a video playlist featuring each album in its entirety. Ah, the joys of Youtube.

Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear - February 10, 2015

Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit - March 20, 2015

Sufjan Stevens - Carrie & Lowell - March 31, 2015

Toro y Moi - What For? - April 7, 2015

Built to Spill - Untethered Moon - April 21, 2015

Blur - The Magic Whip - April 28, 2015

Django Django - Born Under Saturn - May 4, 2015

My Morning Jacket - The Waterfall - May 4, 2015

Hot Chip - Why Make Sense? - May 18, 2015

Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi-Love - May 26, 2015

Wilco - Star Wars - July 16, 2015

Fine Points - Hover - July 17, 2015

Tame Impala - Currents - July 17, 2015

Astronauts etc. - Mind Out Wandering - September 18, 2015

Kurt Vile - B'lieve I'm Goin Down - September 25, 2015

Blitzen Trapper - All Across This Land - October 2, 2015

City and Colour - If I Should Go Before You - October 9, 2015