A version of this article originally ran in Billboard on October 21, 2014.
On September 22, Thom Yorke published an image of a vinyl record. The earth was thrown off its axis, as Consequence of Sound reported. And it was again, four days later, when the record was released as a BitTorrent Bundle. That isn’t hyperbole, but instead, obvious and insignificant. That’s what records are supposed to do. To throw you off. To draw you in. To make you hear, see, and remember the world around you differently. Every record, regardless of the artist, is our own: a personal history of listening, an artifact of life lived out loud.