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I'm liking it so far. People are whining about the 160k quality, but it sounds great running off my iPod through my car stereo, and in my Shure E-3c earbuds. It's very layered and technically well done, but it's obvious this is going to be one of those albums I can't make judgement on until I've heard it at least 8 or 10 times.
What I do know is it was definitely worth the $5 I payed for it.
If so, you are underpaying, and in the process undermining the purpose of the experiment.
If not, then you got what you paid for. :)
3) Support game play in a near-simulation environment. Where the focus of play would not be solely on doing what it takes to win, but doing so utilizing real-world combat strategy and tactics rather than leveraging exploits provided to players by the design of the game engine.
@leejo: I think it'll sound much better than me listening while driving to work hungover this morning. ;)
@Tempus: I'd have payed more for the full CD, but even at $5, they got at least twice as much as they would've gotten from a $15 CD purchase in a store, so I was happy with that. I don't think their experiment is undermined at all - they were very successful in making people re-think the real value of music/popular art, generating a ton of free press for their album, and still getting paid a lot more per sale than they would have otherwise.
My bands gave away both our EPs for free this year, in a growing trend for smaller bands. Other bigger bands like Madonna, Oasis, and Jamiriquoi have left or are mulling leaving the big labels behind. This should either a)force the hand of big labels to wake up and change their antiquated business model, or b)bankrupt them, as they lose tent pole artists in growing numbers. Either way, artists (and fans!) win. :)
I love the fact they fired their label! I hear Nine Inch Nails did the very same thing. I can't stand the giant music labels and how they completely control what becomes "popular." I'm gonna pay for this album for sure, just to support the very ideals it stands for.
Record producer Steve Albini wrote this great article about the music industry a few years ago. After reading it my naive dreams of the coveted immaculate record contract was smashed. And the loathing began.
These bands are using the momentum gained from record company marketing dollars to sell these records. In the future I think the marketing machine will be ticketmaster and the record companies will be corrected or rightsized into .75 cent per CD duplication houses. It's a new day. Hopefully musicians will be smart enough this time not to let big business chop their heads off.
I just had 12 hours in the car and I threw the new album onto my mixed mp3 cd...so far I'm loving "All I Need" and "Weird Fishes".
I'm taking an alternate approach. Listening and then deciding what to pay.
If the album was crap they would get nothing, since I'm enjoying it I'll probably pay a couple pounds. I'm thinking so far about one pound per each good tune.
Certainly there is no hunting like the hunting of man and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never really care for anything else thereafter.
Ernest Hemingway, "On the Blue Water," Esquire, April 1936