Support The FutureHere and Now of Music!

By M. David Peterson
July 23, 2008 | Comments: 2

As much as I love Radiohead, there is only one man and one band who has/have proven he/they understand the way the music industry now works.

Please support him/them. (AKA "The Slip will remain free for download indefinitely." (AKA, AKA: Listen. If you like, share. If the music moves you, support.")

BTW... "Pay what you think it's worth" *IS NOT* the future. Nor is it "ground breaking". It's foolish, gimmicky, and *DOES NOT* represent anything that resembles the future.

Do you tip on the "value" or the price?

Yep, both.

But there needs to be a price before there can be value. (And that price *SHOULD NOT* include something that resembles jail time! Nor any other type of social penalty, for that matter.)

For those left wondering, the future looks like this. Or, in other words, it looks like the kind of world that embraces the way the web *actually* works.

Not the way the corporate execs seem to think it works.

(AKA, nobody cares about "free as in price". They care about "Free as in freedom." Figure that out and the world is your Oyster. Don't, and they are your Shark.)

Now on to the one man/band who has/have proven they understand this.


A physical release of Nine Inch Nails' The Slip will be available worldwide
in the upcoming days as a limited edition CD with bonus DVD through the Null
Corporation label. Release dates as follows...

Australia: July 19
Europe: July 21
US: July 22
Canada: July 22
Japan: July 22
UK: July 28

This CD with bonus DVD edition will be a one time only worldwide run of
250,000 individually numbered digipacks. Each digipack features a six-panel
layout, 24 page booklet and an exclusive three sticker set. Art direction
by Rob Sheridan.

The bonus DVD includes 5 live performances filmed during rehearsals for Nine
Inch Nails' upcoming tour, including album tracks Echoplex, 1,000,000 and
Letting You.

A gatefold vinyl version of The Slip which contains one 180gm vinyl LP and a
24-page booklet will also be released in the US and Canada on August 12 and
in the UK on August 18.

The Slip, written and performed by Trent Reznor, with Josh Freese, Robin
Finck and Alessandro Cortini, has been downloaded 1.6 million times
worldwide since its online release on May 5, 2008.

NIN's Lights in the Sky Tour opens in Pemberton, Canada on July 25, 2008
with support slots from Crystal Castles, Deerhunter, Does it Offend You,
Yeah and A Place To Bury Strangers. Visit for the
latest tour information.

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I've said it before and I'll say it again, music is a public service in the way PBS is a service - the short tail minority is happy to pay through premiums, and the long tail majority benefits from this. I'd be interested to see if a band like NIN could sell futures on an upcoming album (ie we're planning to record ____ and release it in a year's time, would you like to preorder the super-duper platinum edition, with your name in the thank-yous?)

But also download the new Paul Westerberg release from amazon ( - it's priced at 49 cents

And if one more person comments "Crystal Castles - don't they steal music?" I will scream!


As usual, I can't help but agree with your point. And furthermore,

>> And if one more person comments "Crystal Castles - don't they steal music?" I will scream!

*YES*! I can't wait to point Jake Joaquin at this comment. It'll bring a smile to his face for sure. Look for a ping on Twitter...

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