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diggin'

Posted by paulus | October 23, 2008 6:56 PM
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Great idea, but why not just go the whole nine and make both free to the public, particularly if the band is hurtin' for acclaim. Radio Boy, one of Matthew Herbert's alter egos, did something similar years ago with "THe Mechanics of Destruction" (though that was more a protest to crass commercialism than anything else). Radiohead almost had it, but had to offer lower bit-rates. Finally, NIN have made their last two releases free for download (though one might ask whether or not we should have ever had to pay for the teen-boy-angst lyrics of Trent Reznor).

I wonder if there's some type of equation in the minds of labels/musicians that seems to equate lyrics with loot. A lot of the albums I see for free (not counting crappy free DRM itunes singles) seem to be instrumental in nature.

Posted by j.lee | October 24, 2008 3:21 PM
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haha, Supertramp were first, dean.

Posted by mackro mackro | October 24, 2008 6:58 PM
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After See You on the Other Side, Mercury Rev have become progressively more boring and maudlin. Haven't heard the new one yet, but I'm not optimistic. I say this as one of the world's foremost fans of Yerself Is Steam and Boces.

Posted by segal | October 25, 2008 1:22 PM
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@4:
Hello! The band that recorded "Boces" no longer exists. You is-a pretty much talking apples & oranges here.

Posted by Keekee | October 27, 2008 9:50 AM
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@5
I know. I'm just mourning the passing of the best Mercury Rev phase and letting you know my biases.

Posted by segal | October 27, 2008 10:57 AM

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