If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, says UK rockers The Crimea who, on May 13, will offer up their sophomore album, Secrets of the Witching Hour, to download for FREE. They aren’t the first band to take this approach (one of my personal favorites, Bel Auburn, did the same thing last year … but they certainly weren’t the first to do it), but The Crimea may be the most well-known band in recent memory to just give away their music.
Here’s what the band says on their website:
Let’s cut to the chase here, our second album, Secrets Of The Witching Hour, will be available from May 13. What’s more, it will be available for free, for ever, for you, from a secret location on the web that we’re currently working on. And you read that right, by the way. It’s free, folks. Free as a bird, Free as that dodgy band that sang ‘Alright Now’, free as something you have to pay nothing, zip, nada, rien for. And it’s amazing. So good. So much blood, sweat and tears, but so, so good. You’ll shit yourselves. And that’s a guarantee.
Eagle-eyed observers of the shop may also see that you can also buy the album. This is for those of you who like something solid in your hands from time to time. And who can blame you. It’s a shiny disc, with full artwork, lovingly crafted by our very own J. Udwin. It’s the option for traditionalists, for purists for people who need something a little more… well… round. It’s available for pre-order now, with delivery guaranteed on or before the 13th.
It’ll be VERY interesting to see how this thing plays out.
Now in season two, the Virgin Festival brings together some of the biggest names of the past, present, and future for 2 days of glorious rock and roll out on a horse race track. The two headliners that were initially announced were The Police and The Smashing Pumpkins. Those two alone were enough to inspire some excitement but now that the 2-day lineup has been disclosed, well, it’s hard to believe that this thing won’t sell out.
August 4 lineup
The Beastie Boys
Peter Bjorn and John
Sasha and John Digweed
TV on the Radio
Sander Van Doorn
Shout Out Out Out Out
Felix da Housecat
Fountains of Wayne
August 5 lineup
The Smashing Pumpkins
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The Crystal Method
Dieselboy and Andy C
Tickets go on sale on May 5. Two-day passes are $175 while single-day tickets will set you back $97.50 (that is, if they don’t sell all of the two-day passes in which case the single-day tickets will not be put up for sale).
Anybody affiliated with the festival want to give me a press pass?
Last year I was part of a mix CD club along with 11 other people. The rules were simple. Every month, one of the people in the club would send a mix CD out to the other 11. That way, every month, everyone in the club got a new mix CD in the mail. One of the songs I put on my mix was Minus the Bear’s “The Game Needed Me,” the first track from 2005′s Menos el Oso, because it reminded me of the Dismemberment Plan.Â Of the 19 tracks on my mix, this is the one that the rest of the club seemed to dislike the most, much to my surprise.
Minus the Bear has a new album coming out in August on Suicide Squeeze records and have posted a new song to give people a sample of what’s in store. While “Dr. L’ Ling” doesn’t remind me of the Dismemberment Plan, I’m digging the song all the same. Give it a listen and let me know what you think of it.
Proving once and for all that time machines do in fact exist, The Detroit Cobras are visiting us here in 2007 from the mid-60s, having left behind a music scene in which girl groups and garage rockers exist hand-in-hand making harmonious music for all the high school kids to enjoy. A quick listen to the band’s latest nostalgic platter, Tied and True, released today, is all the proof you’ll need.
Check out the nice video recap somebody posted on YouTube.
I don’t have many theories after watching last night’s episode. I was hoping to catch some hidden things in the opening scene when the images flashed by really fast (ah, I love having Tivo and being able to watch frame by frame) but really all they showed were things that happened later on in the episode.
Obviously, the name of the episode (and the book, in Portuguese, that the parachutist – at least I’m assuming it’s the parachutist’s – had was “Catch 22″) played heavily into the plotline. If Desmond lets Charlie die, perhaps the parchutist is Penny. If Desmond saves Charlie, then perhaps he’s missing a chance to see Penny.
We finally learned why Desmond calls everybody “Brutha”. His backstory probably could have been wrapped up quicker but I’m a big Desmond fan (or, should I say, I big fan of Desmond’s acccent) so I enjoy the episodes he’s in even if I don’t know how they are going to play into the bigger puzzle. It seems like in this episode and the other Desmond-centric one, he’s being told that he has a bigger calling …. that’s he’s got a purpose/destiny to fulfill. I’ve been so accustomed to watching each episode with an eye for hidden easter eggs that when Desmond was leaving the monastary and talking to the monk, I noticed right away the poorly Photoshopped photo on his desk with the monk and the storekeeper that Desmond encountered in his last backstory.