Brad Turcotte, AKA BradSucks, has put out his new album, Guess Who’s a Mess. It is tuneful, dark, and remarkably well done. I like not only his music, lyrics, and voice, but also his skill as a producer. He is, in fact, a one-man band++.
So, you ought to buy his album, first because I think you’ll enjoy it; you can listen for free to decide. Second, Brad’s exactly the sort of artist the Web should support: no DRM, tracks posted for remixing, continuous interaction with his listeners as he develops new songs. He trusts the Web. We should repay that trust. It’s the least we can do.
At my request, Brad sent me an unedited copy of his lyrics. He’ll undoubtedly post a better version soon. But for now, here they are.
I was listening to BradSucks yet again, and yet again wondering why he isn’t famouser on the Net. I love his music from top to bottom â€” tune, lyrics, arrangement, performance â€” and he is totally living the Internet lifestyle. It’s frustrating to me. Lord knows how Brad feels about it.
So, how about this. See, we all get together and make our favorite big time bands feature on their Web sites at least two Bands That Are Better Than We Areâ„¢. Let them reach at least partway down the long tail to feature some great, lesser-known musicians. It’d be like having an opening act for their Web site. Wouldn’t that be a generous, Internetty thing for them to do?
Anybody know a famous band they can ask to do this? The only one I know is BradSucks, and, well…
I’m trying an experiment with a business model I like to call a reverse referral fee. Here’s how it works…
You click on a link that lets you download a copy of Brad Sucks’ latest album, Out of It. The album of wonderful music is yours for free in every sense. (Share it! Please!) But, I’m going to pay Brad for each copy downloaded, at a bulk rate he and I have agreed on.
This offer is good for the first fifty people who download it. After that, you can buy a copy on your own. Of course, Brad also makes his music available for free (in every sense), but don’t you want to support a truly webby, big-hearted musician who’s giving us his talent free of copyright, studios, and DRM? Doncha?
BradSucks continues to post one new song a month for free download. Of course, you can always download his music for free, or, better, buy it in order to support the webbiest musician on the Web. Here’s his latest (demo): Model Home.
BradSucks sees a 750GB external hard drive for $159.97 CAD that says it holds 660 hoursdays of MP3s and does the math:
* 660 days around-the-clock is 1.8 years of non-stop music, never repeating a single song * That’s 15,840 hours. * That’s 990 days or 2.7 years of non-repeating music if we adjust for waking hours. * 28 of these hard drives full of music would play for 75 years, the average American male’s life-span. Again never repeating a song. * 28 drives (18,627,840 hours of music storage) would cost only $4,464 CAD. * Digital downloads to fill those drives would cost roughly 370 million dollars.
Best of all, you’d only have to listen to “Mandy” once!