Discount Bin Record Distribution: The 49 Cent Album?
Paul Westerberg, frontman for early alternative rock band The Replacements has released a 49 cent album. The piece is titled “49” in homage to the price, which is based on his half joking idea of “a penny a minute”. The album contains no track listing or lyrics, and is a jumbled 44 minutes of freewheeling, choppy, chaotic music. Amazon was reported to be the only vendor that would take on such a crazy low price point (they couldn't do the original 44 cent price – too low). Westerberg has taken a decidedly loose and sloppy, low tech approach in creating and distributing this project, but with easy to use web tools at his disposal the point is – he can.