Monday, May 18, 2009

But There's A Catch

Last month I blogged about the exciting new collaboration between Sparklehorse and Danger Mouse, which also hosts an array of talented musicians and is accompanied by a book of photos taken by filmmaker David Lynch. Apparently Danger Mouse/Sparklehorse are in a bit of spat with the record label EMI, who is holding up the release of the album, and they've taken an unusual step to get their music out to their fans (via Boing Boing):

An unnamed spokesperson for Danger Mouse says that "due to an ongoing dispute with EMI" the book of photographs will "now come with a blank, recordable CD-R. All copies will be clearly labeled: 'For legal reasons, enclosed CD-R contains no music. Use it as you will.'" When contacted, EMI declined to comment and wouldn't confirm whether the label is even involved in the project.

The implication being that since the album is out there, buyers should take the CD they're given and burn a copy of the new album to it...after downloading it (illegally) via a P2P client, of course. Interesting.

Now, you can also do what I'm about to do in a few minutes, and listen to the entire album online on NPR's website. Enjoy.

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