July 07, 2004
Spilling Toward Alpha

"I am totally in favor of tape trading, and file sharing never did anything wrong by me. People got into The Mountain Goats after downloading my stuff. The only people who are afraid of file sharing are the people whose albums are so dull presentation-wise that nobody cares about owning the actual finished product, and the people who have so little connection to their listeners that said listeners have no reason to care whether the artists they like are getting reimbursed for their efforts." With these inspired words of John Darnielle (that echo my own feelings on the subject), the Mountain Goats will now be available at the Internet Live Music Archive. There are no shows currently available, but check back often.

What does this mean? Live Mountain Goats shows will soon be made available to download, and a deserving musician will hopefully gain adoring fans. An advantage to the Live Music Archive is the availability of individual tracks versus entire shows (like Sharing the Groove), so you can sample a show or artist before committing to a show download. Browse the archive, grab some live tunes from your favorite bands or discover something new. There are even lossy (mp3/ogg) shows available for the bandwidth-challenged.

Posted by david on July 07, 2004

Great, great, great news! Man, how i respect JD! Not only does he write the greatest lyrics ever, he also has an extremely intelligent vision on the music industry. (which is the same as mine ;-) )

Thanks for the update, and thanks for the uploaded show. It's one I didn't have yet.

Posted by: Smintjes on July 7, 2004 01:19 PM

I feel the same way. I'll be uploading all my lossless shows soon, sharing that MG love.

Posted by: david on July 7, 2004 02:43 PM

it's so great to see an artist acknowledging how filesharing helped build him a fanbase. i'm not sure how many bands actually realize how much mp3s have helped them. i'm reminded of a thread on the xiu xiu messageboard. we were all discussing fabulous muscles, that had leaked on soulseek, ranting and raving about how good it was, when jamie stewart posted a message that wasn't mean, but was basically reprimanding us for it, because of the damage it could do to his publicist/manager/etc/etc. the great thing to see was that it seemed like EVERYONE in the board then piped up with a story about how they'd found xiu xiu through mp3s, then gone on to buy albums, drive long distance to shows, etc etc etc. when jamie responded again you could see that he was surprised, and he said he had some reevaluating to do. great to see openmindedness like that.

Posted by: justin why on July 7, 2004 06:30 PM

I've gotten to the point where I have sampled about 95% of the music I buy before I commit my dollars.

Almost all of it comes from a couple basic sources- either MP3 blogs like this, or band websites or Insound/Epitonic-type repositories. Some comes from shows I download (usually, I'm already a fan, but the Internet Archive single-file dl feature is poised to change that), the rest is through compilations like CMJ or Heavy.

From 1980 until 1998, about 95% of my music purchases were based on songs from the radio, Mtv or friends' collections. Since 98, the radio in Vegas has sucked so bad that by the time a cool song hits, I've owned it for months.

C'est la vie.

Posted by: brewdog on July 7, 2004 07:39 PM

this absolutely rules! i have been out of control with these guys for two weeks now.

thanks for letting us know!

Posted by: jim on July 7, 2004 08:05 PM

this is indeed wonderful news !
I would sure like to share my collected tmg-shows - can you give me some advice on how to upload to the archive ? I have not been able to locate a link...

Posted by: dd on July 8, 2004 06:01 AM

Hear! Hear! Previews are wonderful -- I like to preview my music, too. I would buy an entire collection only to find one or two good songs on it.

Posted by: Terry on July 9, 2004 02:05 PM
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