Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Glossary's Better Nature

Murfreesboro roots-rockers Glossary celebrated the band's tenth anniversary this year. In this day and age, that's quite an accomplishment. When you consider that the indie landscape is littered with the corpses of broken bands and bankrupt labels – and don't even get me started talking about the artistic body count and unmarked graves that you'll find on the major label level – the fact that Glossary has persevered, relatively intact, over the past decade and managed to release four albums entirely on their own (OK, maybe with a little help from their friends), well...color me impressed!

Now the band is jumping headfirst into the digital age with a brave and bold business strategy: they're giving their new album away. Yup, you read that correctly...you can download the new Glossary album, The Better Angels Of Our Nature, FREE from the band's web site [link]. Even better, they've provided high and low-resolution files in both AAC (iPod) and MP3 (everybody else) formats. The album is being published under a Creative Commons license that allows you to download it, play it anywhere that you want, burn a copy for your friends, anything but commercial use.

Of course, the band hopes that you'll like their new CD and maybe come out to see them when they play in your town. The Better Angels Of Our Nature will also be available as a limited edition CD on October 23rd, so if you want to have a physical copy of the disc (with packaging by either Grand Palace Silkscreen or The New Year), check back with the band's web site later in the month or, if you're in the Nashville area, check in with either Grand Palace in Murfreesboro or Grimey's Music in the Music City. Glossary will also be performing a FREE live show at Grimey's on the date of the album's release.

The Reverend has downloaded the new album and tho' I haven't listened to it yet, I haven't been disappointed by Glossary in the past, and I don't expect to be disappointed now. I plan on grabbing a copy of the CD when it comes out in a couple of weeks, and I'm real impressed with this forward-thinking and ballsy move by the band. Anything positive and intelligent like this that a band can do to promote their music is going to pay off in spades down the line, and I think that the new fans that this move will bring to the band will more than offset any ephemeral "losses" they might incur from people downloading rather than buying the CD. Bravo, Glossary!

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Anonymous Harper said...

i love this glossary record. it's epic and cozy. two thing that are hard to do at the same time.

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