(Mojo, as captured by Flickr user kathyp.)
Digital Music News is reporting today that psychobilly legend Mojo Nixon is going to release his entire catalogue – over 150 songs – online for free download, alongside the debut of his latest album, Whiskey Rebellion (also free).
“I’m just the kind of crazy person to do it,” Mojo told Digital Music News in a phone conversation. “What do I have to lose? I’ll make make more money off of this in the long run.” […] The Orchard is now preparing an official release on the matter, pending various executive approvals. “Getting all 150 tracks, that might be like having a bacon sandwich with sausage on it. It’s like chocolate ice cream with chocolate syrup,” Mojo shared. [Link added for reference.]
I don’t put this up here suggesting this is the way to go for everybody. Indeed, Mojo’s 1980s releases on Restless Records might cause The Orchard some trouble during those “executive approvals.” Restless would probably be more into getting their catalogue out there for free before they were bought out by WMG. Nevertheless, it’s a fascinating step, and something to talk about during the Future of Music Coalition Policy Summit over the next few days.