January 26th, 2011

monkey pirate

And Suddenly, Music

I don't know how long it's been since I bought more than a single or two of new music. I've really resisted using iTunes, too - the DRM that locks it out of any device other than one that Papa Jobs approves of is really odious. Amazon offers much the same library, but without the DRM and at the same price, so that's almost always preferable.

But suddenly, out of the woodwork, a ton of new (good) music comes out, and I find myself spending money on music like a teenager with a paper-route.

"The King is Dead" by the Decembrists. And how frustrating to find out after-the-fact that I could have bought it directly from the band, always preferable.


"The King is Dead" by the Decembrists. And how frustrating to find out after-the-fact that I could have bought it directly from the band, always preferable.

"Lost Days" by Ringside

"Showroom of Compassion" by Cake

"Fool's Gold" by Fool's Gold

If great bands were putting out good music like this, the music industry wouldn't be anywhere near as troubled as it is now. I'm sure part of it is just being a nerdy white guy, and part of it being out of touch with pop culture (a big part of it) but it sure seems like it's been ages since I've been excited about more than one release at a time. At least for my part, it has nothing to do with the ready availability of pirated music - I've paid for every song I've downloaded that was legally available since it was possible. For me, it's just been about the lack of choice. Keep it up, music industry!
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