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March 1, 2003

Matt Schickele was against file

Daniel Radosh

Matt Schickele was against file sharing even before MP3s. Or CDs. Back in high school, he drove me nuts because he had a massive vinyl collection (well, his folks did) but he wouldn't let you tape any of it unless the album was out of print or the artist was dead. Now Matt's new album is out, and I notice he offers a few free downloads. If you like melancholy intellectual pop, please listen to them. But do not put them on KaZaA.

UPDATE FROM MATT: I wanted to give you a philosophical update, seeing as high school was a lifetime ago. After years of being the uncool no-you-can't-copy-my-records-go-buy-it-you-cheapskate guy, I've had a recent change of heart, Like many musicians, I've been reading up on and exploring the widely differing opinions and suggestions regarding the changes the music industry is going through, and I'm happy to say I've picked my team. I'm firmly siding with the burn-it-down camp.

Right now the rules are being changed, for better or worse, whether musicians like it or not. Let's run with it. We can make it whatever we want. It certainly won't be the first time that musicians had to struggle to find a way to make a living, and, in the long run, the dismantling of the industry-as-it-is can ONLY be a good thing. Music will never go away, and we're always going to need musicians to make it.

I don't know whether its actually possible to cripple the industry, but I think its worth a shot. So nowadays I'm recommending copying any and all recordings you want (especially mine). I think we should rip off the industry whenever and wherever possible and actively try to destroy it.

If you want the rest of the album, it's here.

DANIEL ADDS: On first listening, I especially like Comet and Changeling.

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