you own me, there’s nothing you can do;
The above is The National performing new song “A Thousand Black Cities” live at the Vega in Copenhagen the other night. Good stuff. I haven’t grown tired of this band since the day I fell for them [via You Ain't No Picasso].
Bless you, internet. The music industry might think you are smothering it, but me? I love the fact that one of my favourite bands, despite being relatively unheard of in my country, can air a new song somewhere else entirely and I can stream it at my desk the next day. And I love that blogging gives me the ability to share these bits and pieces as well as keeping a record for myself – sorta like the boxes of magazine clippings I kept on top of my wardrobe as a kid only in interactive, multimedia format.
You did note the sarcasm when I joked about the internet smothering the music industry above, right? This has been a banner year for those bands and record labels who, rather than stick their heads in the sand and hope that the nasty downloaders will be scared off by threatening letters and botched prosecutions in the US, have recognised that the internet offers unprecedented opportunity for marketing directly to those hardcore faithful who’ll hang on a band’s every lyric. Radiohead got the ball rolling in the most high-profile way of course, but it was Paul Westerberg’s 49:00 project (since pulled, ironically for “copyright reasons“) that got me most excited.
Hell, it all gets me excited. It shouldn’t really, because so many of the people involved at least in the more “independent” side of the music industry are my age, and must be wise to the potential new forms of technology offers for the promotion of their product, but it does. The other day I got an email from Jagjaguar, letting me as somebody who had purchased Okkervil River material directly through them before that the new album is now available for preorder. That’s not the best bit though – preorder packages come with a poster set, and an electronic version of the album prior to release date.
Now, I can’t be a hypocrite here: the album leaked a while ago, and I’ve heard it. But far better to have an official, properly mastered electronic version, while waiting for the physical product that I still love above all else.
And Jagjaguar wouldn’t be this worthy of my praise without a web 2.0 friendly mp3 from the forthcoming album:
[MP3] Okkervil River – Lost Coastlines [courtesy of Secretly Canadian]