The debate and drone of the download vs. purchasing of music is endlessly ongoing. Some people are prosecuted. Some people are fined. Some people are threatened to stop sharing files over the internet.
Then there are bands like Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails, and Tim Fite who are giving their music away for free online. This, to me, is revolutionary and brilliant. These bands and musicians rise to the top of the heap in a world so convoluted with options, and then they can sell their merchandise, special releases, live concerts, and more.
Blah, blah, blah…of course it’s not that easy…but I’m still amazed by the willingness of artists to give away “some” of their art.
This is all lead-up to a website I was recently invited to…by the company, who I had never heard of or registered with before. Team Love.
Team Love Records is a New York City based label that was founded in the Fall of 2003 and is host to bands such as Bright Eyes, Jenny Lewis, and The Watson Twins.
They have started something called Team Love Library, where they are posting their entire library’s worth of music digitally for free download! They will not post everything all at once. It will be rotated roughly every month, thus, keeping you aware of their artists, tour dates, and other items.
Smart, smart people at Team Love.
Here’s how they put it:
“When Team Love started we had the simple and possibly self-defeating notion that posting all our albums on the website as free downloads would be a good detour around the wreckage of the music industry and a way to avoid getting bogged down in the number one topic of discussion and distraction: piracy, illegal downloads, P2P networks and so on.
Five years later and the debate still drones in the background, and while some bands have adopted a mutated version of the “free download” (pay what you wish, etc), we’ve decided to reshape out policy in a different direction and introduce the Team Love Library. Each month (or so) we’ll be rotating the Library’s selections, featuring different Team Love albums as well as exclusive content such as unreleased songs, live or remixed versions of TL favorites.
The library will be open to the public 24/7, and as we have an endless abundance of MP3’s (we fucked up and made too many of them), anything you take from the library is yours to keep. You will not be notified if you fail to return something on time, and you will not lose your library privileges if you share selections with friends.
Enjoy the TLL.”
So join up, and download some awesome, legal, free music.