Harvey Danger (of “Flagpole Sitta” fame) have released their latest album as a free download. You can get OGG and MP3 versions via torrent, or a slightly smaller MP3 version via direct download. Why, you ask?
Why are we doing this? The short answer is simply that we want a lot of people to hear the record.
However, it’s important that people understand the free download concept isn’t a frivolous act. It’s a key part of our promotional campaign, along with radio and press promotion, live shows, and videos. It’s a bet that the resources of the Internet can make possible a new way for musicians to find their audience – and forge a meaningful artistic career built on support from cooperative, not adversarial, relationships.
We realize that digital files are the primary means by which a huge segment of the population is exposed to new music; we also believe that plenty of music lovers in the world will buy a record once they’ve heard it – whether via radio or computer.
Finally, somebody gets it.
It’s a pretty good album, too, so head on over and give it a download. Also, I should mention that they have a song called “Moral Centralia.” Awesome.