Left Hand Red‘s new three-track demo, Voyeur (named after the first track), should be ready very soon. Dan is going to record an extra vocal, and after that it just needs a few tweaks to the mix.
We’ll be selling the CD through the website (I really, really better get cracking on that redesign) for a paltry £1, but it will also be available free to anyone who comes along to one of our gigs (while stocks last!).
We’ve agreed to charge for the CD to recoup costs, but to give them away at gigs, as anyone who comes to see us deserves something for their time (and hopefully it will encourage people down). No-one’s mentioned downloads, but as they don’t have any overheads, I will sneak them up on the site free of charge. :)
And I thought Amazon’s approach to online music distribution was radical!
It appears that Radiohead are making the most of being out-of-contract with Parlophone (EMI) by letting fans decide what they want to pay for their new album.
In Rainbows is out on the 10th of October, and is available for download at a buyer-defined price, or in a ‘print-on-demand’ box-set with the album on CD and 12″ vinyl, an extra enhanced CD, photographs and artwork, at a cost of £40.
It’s a very interesting approach to selling your new album. It’s not like Radiohead are an obscure band, and I doubt they’re short a few quid, but the slightly pricey box-set will be a must-buy for die-hard Radiohead fans and collectors, while the (potentially) cheap download version will help promote the band. I also expect that quite a few purchasers of the download version will go on to buy the box set.
From Boing Boing: Radiohead lets fans pick price for new album:
“[…] the box set (Glorious thick 12” vinyl! and “enhanced CD”) is $80, but the downloads are name-your-own-price.”
“This is major, and it’s such a slap in the record industry’s face. An unsigned superband, treating loyal fans and customers like loyal fans and customers instead of thieves — what a revolutionary concept.”