|Originally posted by Beagle
Why don't you just urge them to go into a music store, take a copy of the CD, stick in inside their jacket and walk out of the store? This way, they get the whole album, not just a couple of songs.
If I tell you that I love MGB, and to go pick up 'Audio of Being' or 'Beautiful Midnight', I highly doubt that anyone would go to the nearest CD shop and go pay $15 for an album that they were recommended by one guy on an audio forum.
I guess what I'm saying is that no one would do this, so I feel that in order for anyone to even give this music a chance, they should download a few songs, and if they like them as much as I do, they won't even think twice about buying the album, and then they'll buy the rest of them as well.
Head-Fi is also one of the only places that I would recommend people to download mp3's as most people here wouldn't be satisfied with the sound quality, they would rather go buy the albums. I've bought all their albums and I don't even have a good rig. In fact, at this point, my rig is crap. I have a 5 year old Sony Discman and some JVC clip-ons. Some major upgrades are soon to come in the next few months though.
Back on topic: It really amazes me, and saddens me that hardly any Americans have heard of Matthew Good Band. They've been big in Canada for a while and have something like 11 singles so far. Then they split. Now it's just 'Matthew Good', on his solo career with a drummer and a bassist playing on his album. Matt writes the music, sings, and plays guitar and keyboard. It's really awesome stuff.
How's about this:
Beagle, since you're against file sharing (so is Matt Good himself) then this is for you, or anyone who is also against file sharing:
Go to www.matthewgood.net and listen to his new single 'Weapon'. It's streaming, so the sound quality is pure crap, but at least it might give you a bit of an idea about the kind of music that it is. This isn't his best song, but is quite decent, just give it a try.
Anyways that's enough out of me.