Sunday, February 20, 2005

You love Wilco? Well, Wilco fucking LOVES you.

Consider me a bit on the slow side with this one, but for a few months I've been trying to track down a copy of the Wilco EP More Like The Moon, which has its lyrics listed on cool Wilco lyrics page A Sea Black With Ink. After looking in trendy record shops and online retailers, I decided to Google it, which really should've been one of the first things to do, and came up with this page. Yes the band has it to download for free, just like what they did with Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and A ghost is born. The EP itself is pretty swell, featuring a radically differnt version of "Kamera", with a spelling difference even (!), a demo of "Handshake Drugs", and then four exclusive-like tracks that are quite neat.

There was a great article in this month's Wired about how Wilco is a band that knows how to do things right- offering albums online, putting extra content on their CDs- YHF featured a music video, and ghost had a streaming two-hour concert- and recognizing that music is also about the audience and not just the performer. Getting this EP right after I heard about how a re-issue of ghost is going to have extra content and that if you already own it, you can download it for free really hammers the point home- Wilco loves me. Hurray!

By the by, this is just more proof of how downloading does not hurt sales- ghost is Wilco's highest selling album yet, despite a lot of Wilco fans having listened to it many times before its actual release. Another good case example is Weezer's Maladroit, which had demo and finished tracks availible from the band's website and fan input on the final selection, being its biggest debut on the Billboard charts at position number 3. Basically, fuck those lying RIAA bastards.

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