I received an email a couple weeks ago from the 1090 Club, the delightfully unique indie rock outfit from Billings, Montana. The band was offering its new album,Natural Selection
, for digital download for free throughamiestreet.com
. I had never heard of the website, but, after having gone all gooey over the group's previous release,Shipwrecked on Shores
(which, as of today, is available for$2.98 from SideCho Records
or$1.93 from Amie Street
I knew I'd get more than my zero dollars' worth for the new record.
Amie Street is a pretty fascinating digital distribution company. Founded two and a half years ago by three Brown University students, the web-based business aims to promote new music by using a kind of social networking logic and a very literal application of basic economic principles.
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ever do through physical CD sales through, for example, a major label.
It certainly isn't my place to endorse Amie Street or any other business, but seeing what 1090 Club has accomplished through this particular channel made me think of all of Denver's beloved and struggling musicians, especially those who are waiting for a benefactor in the form of a record label to help them distribute and make a little beer money from their recordings. Wait no longer, my friends! Whether it's Amie Street or someone completely different, there are OPTIONS to get your music heard! This is good for musicians, good for music fans, and good for music.
-- Eryc Eyl