Back in September, when the Smashing Pumpkins announced that their next album would be released for free over the Internet, one track at a time, they received quite a bit of press about it (as well as a big increase in the number of visitors to this blog searching for a "free Smashing Pumpkins album"), and deservedly so - it's definitely a different way of releasing music, and it's nice to see major artists trying things like this. However, it appears that Moonalice have beaten them to the punch, having recently announced the release of their second album, Free, one song at a time over the Internet. The first of those songs, "It's 4:20 Somewhere", was just released last weekend, and can be downloaded directly from their website in 128k MP3 and FLAC formats.
I first wrote about Moonalice back in June. Since that time, I have continued to follow them on Twitter and Facebook and have just been fascinated by them; last week, they stated that they "got rid of our manager, publicist, and label in favor of Facebook, Twitter, and [their] website" as an experiment in social media. I don't think too many major artists would be willing to do something like that, so I support their initiative in as many ways as I can. Of course, it helps a lot that their music rocks, as all the social media experiments in the world wouldn't be able to help them otherwise. "It's 4:20 Somewhere" is no exception - it's a great mid-tempo rocker with a laid back feel, excellent guitar playing, and gorgeous backing vocals. It's a great way to kick off their latest experiment, and I can't wait to hear where they go from here.
I hope you enjoy this song; if you do, please stay tuned for more new songs from Moonalice. I'll most likely be posting about each track as it is made available, although future posts will probably be shorter than this one. Happy listening!
http://www.moonalice.com/music/ (for the song, plus lots of other free music)