If you're as excited as I am about the new Gaslight Anthem album American Slang, you probably already know that it has leaked. The link popped up on a friend's facebook and, not having heard myself, I downloaded it just because I didn't believe it.
Wow. Stupid internet safety right there.
Anyways, it's now sitting in zip form on my desktop, unextracted and unlistened, and I'm about to delete it.
Why? Why, when holding onto a copy of one of my most anticipated albums of the year am I just going to get rid of it?
Because I believe in independent bands. Because yes, I would still buy the CD when it came out because of my need for physical copies of my music, but it wouldn't feel right. Because new music should be listened to the way the band intended, off of a hard copy CD with album art and liner notes in hand.
Oh I just put it in the recycle bin. That stung a little. But I'll listen to it soon enough the way the band wanted me to. Keeping the bands we love going means supporting them in lots of little ways. This is only one of them.