Tuesday, September 2, 2008

TVD Shuffle Bored | September 2, 2008

So, you give me an extra day over the weekend and the gears in my brain start grinding away. And not in a particularly good way either. See, I'm having some mixed feelings suddenly about all the Mp3 posting going on here. I mean, ostensibly 99% of the readership checks in to see what's being posted and to download to make life bearable in what can be construed as the all consuming 9-5 work cubicle, I'm assuming. (Then there's the 1% that's here to proof spelling and proper syntax. Really, I get letters...)

The other day I read that The Blow Monkeys, a band who I kinda dug in the '80's, had a new CD out - something like 17 years after their last one was released. I was intrigued and happened upon the track 'The Bullet Train' that's being circulated with the band's consent posted by Mr. 17 Seconds...and y' know what - it kinda' killed. I thought the TVD readers would like to give it a preview too and as I'm searching for the LP art to post along with the track, one Google search page in - BOOM! - there's the ENTIRE release downloaded to my desktop before the thing has hit stores or even made land on iTunes. And guess what - I felt like crap. See, me--I WILL buy the thing if I like it and I can see ponying up to purchase this release--but really, how many others will?

Then there was the comment left a number of weeks back when TVD was doing it's 'Britpop 101' theme in regard to the Stone Roses post--an anonymous poster wondered aloud, "Is it entirely ethical however to post the 5 biggest tracks off the album?" I replied, " Yes, indeed. I trust the TVD readers--all excellent consumers--to preview here and then purchase. We're cheerleaders, not pirates." ...which I stand by. But really, how many others will go about buying the thing?

As a result, I'm thinking of reducing the number of tunes posted from ONE singular release from five to three and perhaps cutting in half their availability to one week as opposed to the two weeks as exists now in an effort to be even more promotional and less of a source for simply free tunes.

SO, am I onto something here with this or is this simply heresy? I'd truly be interested in hearing the thoughts from the many of you who visit daily and download yet refrain from commenting as well as the frequent commenters.
Keep things AS IS...or?

While you're pondering this, all week we'll be giving it to you randomly off the iPod. (Yes, that IS Leo Sayer down there. SIGH.)

Leo Sayer - You Make Me feel Like Dancing (Mp3)
Ultravox - Vienna (Mp3)
The Sound - One More Escape (Mp3)
Romeo Void - A Girl in Trouble (Mp3)
Moonbabies - Over My Head (Mp3)