In a year where it has become almost de rigueur for artists to screw with the accepted music release model, Paul Westerberg has come up with yet another variation, for his download-only album 49:00, released today on Amazon..
Betcha didn’t even know that Paul Westerberg had anything new coming out, did you? Neither did I, until I happened to see an email from the Man Without Ties web site, alerting me that it was available for download.
It’s called 49:00, and it’s an entire album’s worth of new music for the low low price of 0.49 cents. But, as in all things Westerbergian, there’s a bit of a self-destructive twist.
That entire album’s worth of new music: it’s all contained in a single file. You download one single .mp3, which is 43:55 in length.
Holy crap, Paul Westerberg has gone art-rock!