Nine Inch Nails new release, ‘Ghosts I-IV’ has hit the virtual streets. I forked over my $10 (Plus $6.99 for, um, Shipping and Handling, er, I meant “Shipping” and “Handling”…) and downloaded all 36 tracks.
Yes, that’s 36 tracks, and not a vocal on a-one of them. Still haven’t had a chance to listen to the whole thing yet, but I like what I hear so far. It’s the essence of what makes NIN so great. Layers. Textures. Tones. Things that most bands today can’t even imagine, and what makes people like Pink Floyd, Marillion, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix masters in their craft.
The real buzz behind Ghosts is the release format. The first nine tracks are being given away online for free under Creative Commons licensing.
I could go on (again) about how the old Music Industry doesn’t f**king work, and how I think it should be fixed, but this article from fool.com does a better job than I could.