Get 'em while they are hot.
No doubt you've heard the news about the popular bittorrent website OiNK being shut down. Here's a short article with Saul Williams and Trent Reznor, talking about why they released their new album in the Radiohead style and Trent explaining how he was an OiNK user.
They're not stealing it because they're going to make money off of it; they're stealing it because they love the band. I'm not saying that I think OiNK is morally correct, but I do know that it existed because it filled a void of what people want.
Just a heads up about another D.I.Y. digital distribution strategy. Saul Williams has released his new album, The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust! (produced by Trent Reznor of NIN) online, and has given the option to either pay $5 and download the album in your preferred format - options available are 320 kbps, 192 kbps, or FLAC (lossless). The other option is to pay $0 and download the album in 192 kbps. I kind of like this strategy even better than the Radiohead release, mainly because it lays out the options very plainly. For me, I immediately opted to pay (they support Paypal too) and get the FLAC version. It looks like they are using Amazon's S3 service to deliver the album.
A website surveying how much people payed for the new Radiohead album has released their results.
Check it out at What Price Did You Choose.com
Average price per download: £3.88 ($7.93)
(Average price per download, excluding discbox buyers*: £3.55 ($7.25))
28.5% of respondents said that they had decided to pay £0.00-0.01 ($0.00-0.02)
56% said that they had paid between £0.02 ($.04) and £10.00 ($20.43) for the download.
2.5% paid between £10.00 ($20.43) and £39.00 ($79.68) for the download.
13% said they had paid £40.00 ($81.72) for the download (which came free with the discbox)
Whew! Had to shutdown the mothership for some emergency repairs. Things should be back to normal...
- Slum Village - Fantastic 2
Orange Drink will be opening for the amazing group, Baby Magic, next Wednesday, Oct. 3rd at Gallery Cabaret. This will be a 2-man acoustic guitar+sampler+surprises setup, so watch out!
Baby Magic w/Orange Drink
Wednesday, October 3rd 2007 @10pm
2020 N Oakley Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(bring quarters, their website says they have arcade games!)
Amazon has just opened their new Amazon MP3 Store. So far it looks like a promising alternative to iTunes.
1) You can browse songs on the web, no need to download a client like iTunes.
2) The interface is very simple, and works the same way as other parts of Amazon.com.
3) The single song prices are variable.
4) Some bands (Radiohead) only want to sell full albums, with no single downloads available. iTunes doesn't support this, but Amazon does. I really, really like this.
5) No DRM.
6) It's not iTunes.
7) It's an actual STORE. I can buy other things like shoes.
1) They only sell MP3s. I still can't convince myself buying lower quality music is worth the money. When will these stores start selling high quality audio? They could set multiple price points based on quality.
TO BE DETERMINED:
1) What's the price breakdown of a sale? iTunes gets .30 for every .99 cents. Will this be variable? Fixed? Set by the seller, or Amazon?
2) Openness of the system
What I'm hoping happens is that Amazon can open the doors of this system to any Joe that wishes to sell their music on their store, even if they don't have a label. Amazon already lets you stock your independent CD directly with them, so it seems like a natural progression. If, however, they go the route of iTunes and only deal with labels, that will be a mistake and they will broil in the fiery pits of hell.
Open up the goddamn floodgates already!
From someone who has never bought an MP3 in his life, and shuns the concept of third party vendors selling an overpriced, lower quality product, the Amazon store seems interesting.
I'll still always support artists selling directly on their website first. But having fair and decent alternative methods is important too.
To be continued...
The Elbo Room has just informed me they will be closed for "reasons beyond our control" on Monday Sept 3rd (labor day). They have offered to reschedule the show at a later date, I will try and keep you all informed and sorry for any inconvenience.
Booked the very first solo zirafa show Monday, Sept 3rd at the Elbo Room in Chicago. It'll be an opening slot right at 9 o'clock sharp. Probably will be a mix of electronic tracks, live performance, and some sort of random surprise. Thanks to Johnny Twenty Three for hooking up the show!
Sept 3rd, 8:30 pm @ Elbo Room (2871 North Lincoln Ave)
Yesterday Max Roach passed away. Saying he was one of the greatest jazz drummers in history is an understatement. One aspect about him that I liked was that his approach to drumming was so much more melodic. Not just hitting things as fast as possible - but trying to create phrases, patterns and more. It's that sort of musical feel that attracted me to the drums in the first place, and he'll be missed. He was also not afraid to experiment, or confront racial issues; he pushed boundaries constantly.
On another note: If you have a chance to see a great jazz legend, you should DO IT NOW. People think jazz is old and dead, but the truth is some of the greatest legends are still alive and still touring and kickin ass. So if you want to experience jazz, feel jazz, and not just read about it and listen to it on some dusty record, go see a live performance before it is too late...