Cat Power has according to her Record Label released a new EP released as two 10″ vinyl discs or as a digital download. As much as I like having vinyl, practicality dictates I dont get it – as I’m rapidly running out of storage space, not to mention generally mail order vinyl doesn’t arrive in immaculate condition very often. So I have to settle for the digital option. I go to the obvious places to try buy the download – Amazon, HMV and so on – I’m trying very hard to avoid iTunes as I dont like its ethos. However no mention of the release. So I use our beloved Google, and get loads of hits from dodgy websites and nothing from online stores that I know to be legitimate. what is the point of priming the music press if you don’t follow through? It does leave me wondering why is it the music industry is moan ing about bit torrent and Russian online record stores with suspect licensing setups, if when they control press releases, have strong relationships with major music retailors cant get everything lined up?
In the end I’ve had to conceed to going to iTunes, purchasing the download and burning it to an audio and then back to MP3 so I can listen to the EP through my Slim Server – very annoying.