You will rarely hear an indie act complain about piracy; if they’re successful enough to care, they achieved that success in an ecosystem built on piracy from the get-go. But Droste will say that paying $9 for a digital download of an act’s new album—the price of “a fucking appetizer, a large popcorn at the movie theater, and you’ll have it forever, and they took two years to make it”—matters more than people seem to think, and not just in terms of income.
I’ve never bought a Grizzly Bear album, so I’m not being self-righteous. I think I heard part of one of their songs during a commercial on television once. But if you like Grizzly Bear, you should buy their albums. If you like any band, you should buy their albums. A lot of good music will cease to exist and will never get made — at least the kind you would like to use to score your iPhone-shot, iMovie-edited slow-mo short film about your and your friends’ late night convenience store shenanigans — without money changing hands.
As our own Elliott Teller would say, “What a wild, strange trip it’s been” (sic). Yes, releasing our new full-length, Slim Century, has taken about six months longer than we promised our Kickstarter contributors, but it is finally here and it is not going anywhere. Follow the link above to stream the album, download the first single for free, and then obey the compulsion to purchase it for yourself. Listen in good health.
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Should be a buzz band-free September at Lillly’s, in Lincoln Park. The Canoes are playing 9/29. Be there.
Probably not the first to point this out, but there’s something perverse about treating fighter jets as entertainment.