I just bought a 7″ vinyl record by Jane Woodman & Zoë Keating. It’s got an awesome track named Tango on one side, and a real trippy cover of The Psychedelic Furs song Sister Europe, on the other. It’s on blue vinyl with a jacket pocket designed by Jane Woodman, and at $7USD which includes streaming from Bandcamp, and downloads that are available in all kinds of formats, it’s a pretty reasonable price. The cost does increase with the conversion to Canadian dollars. That and the inevitable shipping costs brings the price to $21.29 CDN.
This now makes it an expensive 10 minutes and 19 seconds of music. At least it seems so compared to a digital download.
The thing is, I could listen to it for nothing at Bandcamp. So can you, it’s right up there, or you can go directly to:
I think that being able to listen to the songs first, makes me more likely to buy them. Sometimes the little snippet that some sites provide doesn’t really give a true sense of the tune.
So, I decided that I’ll think of it as $7 for a couple of great songs in a bunch of different formats, including one for my turntable, and $14 to encourage them to make more. As a bonus, some postal workers get some money thrown their way.
Oh, and it’s blue. Blue’s a cool colour, so, it’s got that going for it. which is nice.