My experience with Lose Your Illusion was a big part of the reason my opinion about free music changed so dramatically over the course of this past year. It was the first album I’d been involved with that had a real label backing it up and covering the bills-all my previous records had been self-funded, self-released DIY projects-and as such it was the first one where the music didn’t “feel” free.
It’s something of a response to Chris Ruen’s recent Tiny Mix Tapes essay on filesharing. Also discussed are DJ Shadow, Amanda Palmer, and Flameshovel Records. It will not leave you with a happy feeling in your heart, I don’t think.
(And if you’re a fan of clamorous punk rock, you really should pony up the cash for one of their records.)