New media has affected the music industry in some pretty cool (and not as cool) ways. Here are some of the nuggets we already have in 2009:
- M. Ward‘s new album, Hold Time, is streaming on NPR a whopping five weeks before its Feb. 17 release date. (Thanks, Jes!)
- Nine Inch Nails have made available, for free (again), more than 400GB (!) of HD concert footage to its fans. Though I don’t really get down to NIN anymore, Trent Reznor’s been one of the biggest supporters of new media in music and wants to give you free stuff like an animal. And that’s something I can get behind.
- Over the past year, Chicago’s own Andrew Bird has been writing for The New York Times‘ songwriting blog, Measure for Measure. In his posts he’s chronicled (with text, audio and video) the making of his forthcoming album, Noble Beast, and album supplement, Useless Creatures, which get released next Tuesday. Very behind-the-scenes-ish and cool.
- Bono, ubiquitous as ever it seems, has begun writing for The New York Times as well — about metaphysical things and things far more important than music, but, ultimately, about things that are not as important as U2’s own music, nor any of the tracks on No Line on the Horizon, which apparently hits arenas soon. There’s even audio of him reading his own article. Hooray! Because we want to hear that.
- With the premier of the second season days away, Flight of the Conchords will be posting their songs to iTunes after each episode airs, available for purchase every Monday morning.
- You can listen to Neko Case‘s new single from Middle Cyclone (out Feb. 3) starting now, and for every blog that reposts the song and/or iLike user who adds it to their profile, Neko and the label will make a cash donation to Best Friends Animal Society. The promotion runs from Jan. 13-Feb. 3, 2009, and $5 will be donated for every blog post and $1 for every iLike user. So, ahem, without further adieu, Harold’s Kids and Abraham Lincoln present “People Got A Lotta Nerve“!
- Last but not least, I would be remiss if I did not link to Steve Alberts‘ music blog. Steve (director for Marsteller here in Chicago) and his 4-year-old daughter, Lily, have formed kindie-rock duo The Chestertones, complete with distorted, fuzzed-out riffs from dad and brooding, cynical vocals from daughter. I smell a gold record brewing, Steve!
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