Ah… so Wilco reveals the impetus behind offering their new album free. From a brilliant email blast today:
This message has arrived in your inbox because you downloaded Wilco’s new album Star Wars. Thanks for that and we hope you’re enjoying the new tunes.
Now a bit of background… We consider ourselves lucky to be in the position to give you this music free of charge, but we do so knowing not every band, label or studio can do the same. Much of the “music business” relies on physical sales to keep the lights on and the mics up. Without that support, well, it gets tougher and tougher to make it all work.
With that in mind, Wilco has put together a list of some of their favorite recent releases. We encourage you to explore it (and beyond) and yep, even march down to your neighborhood record shop and BUY. There’s a lot of great music out there, lets all try to support it. After all, it’s the years of support (and purchases) of Wilco’s music that allowed us to do what we did last week.
Here’s a list of folks Wilco thinks you should listen to:
Adron – OrganismoCibo Matto – Hotel ValentineEmpyrean Atlas – Inner CircleEleventh Dream Day – Works for TomorrowFull of Hell, Merzbow – Full of Hell & MerzbowGame Theory – RealNighttimeGirlpool – BeforetheWorldWasBigInvisible Familiars – Disturbing WildlifeLandlady – Upright BehaviorLuluc – PasserbyNed Doheny – Hard CandyParquet Courts – Content NauseaRichard Julian – Fleur de LisScott Walker + Sunn O))) – SousedSpeedy Ortiz – Foil DeerSteve Gunn – Way Out WeatherWilliam Tyler – Deseret Canyon
Maybe I shouldn’t admit this, but I’ve only heard of three or four of those artists. Looks like I’ve got some new tunes to check out.
And kudos to Wilco for using their platform to highlight others!