This is awkward. Reeeaal awkward. I have no special plans to introduce this product, and in general, I’m averse to the sort of solipsism that is inherent in maintaining a blog, so here goes…
Pitchfork has an item about The Cure’s Robert Smith being mean to Radiohead in a Music Radar interview for allowing fans to determine what their music was worth with their revolutionary pricing scheme for In Rainbows. Smith says, “the idea that the value is created by the consumer is an idiot plan, it can’t work.”
The ‘fork lays out a couple of other, and decidedly more personal, reasons for the eye-lined one’s sour grapes:
“The barb reminds me of Coachella 2004, when Radiohead and the Cure headlined on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. When Radiohead hit the stage, everyone stayed and crammed. When the Cure hit the stage the next day, many stayed…but many took the chance to leave early, too. (A similar situation could play out this year when the Cure close Coachella after My Bloody Valentine and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs on Sunday.)”
This seems like a fine discussion for professional musicians to have in the face of a crumbling music industry, albeit one that’s about a year-and-a-half too late.