27
Jul
08

Paul Westerberg wants change, your pocket change

In a recent interview, Paul Weller commented with some disdain concerning the Radiohead-fueled legalization of music for free.  To Weller, art has value and it’s illegitimate that artists give away their art for free.  From one Paul to another, comes Westerberg’s new album 49:00… Of Your Time/Life, in which Westerberg reckoned that arts should be assigned a value, even if it’s only a penny a minute.

Complicating the release, which is only sold on Amazon.com and TuneCore (yep, no iTunes…didn’t someone say Apple was a different corporation?…haha), is that Westerberg made it all one track.  One thought here, is that Westerberg is trying to recapture our attention spans–an album you can’t easily digest/download track by track. There is an official track listing you can use to maintain some sanity in the listening experience, but it works best in album form. Beautiful.

Download and pay…you’ve got the money lying around somewhere.  I’m sure.  Oh yeah, the actual music? It’s brilliant.  Some of the best material from Westerberg in years and recorded all live by him…no Pro Tools here.  He also just finished it a week before release. Welcome to disintermediation.

Amazon.com

TuneCore

Westerberg’s warning:

“WARNING: DO NOT LISTEN WHILE OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE. THIS PRODUCT IS NOT FAULTY – ALL SOUNDS ARE INTENTIONAL AND VALID AS A WORK OF ART.”

See tracklisting…

1. (Tell Me) Who You Gonna Marry? (3:57)
2. With or Without Her (3:01)
3. Something in My Life is Missing (3:42)
4. Mother’s Day (3:32)
5. As Yet to be Determined Noise (0:06)
6. Devil Raised a Good Boy (3:13)
7. You’re My Girl (0:24)
8. Everyone’s Stupid (2:37)
9. The one that says Fuck (0:09)
10. What Do You Want (0:20)
11. Now You Gone (0:44)
12. Goodnight Sweet Prince (3:54)
13. Guess I’ll Be Going Then (0:08 )
14. Out of My System (3:22)
15. Be My Darling (3:44)
16. Money Goes Straight to Her Heart (0:12)
17. Hey, Hey (1:12)
18. Squeaky Obscene (1:11)
19. Six Seconds of Stuff (0:06)
20. It’ll Never Die (4:04)
21. Back To Saturn X Radio Report II (0:56)
22. I Think I Love you b/w Something I Can’t Discern (1:05)
23. Johnny Said So (2:09)

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1 Response to “Paul Westerberg wants change, your pocket change”


  1. July 28, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    Your writeup of the man’s work and his thoughts on the art form have me intrigued. Would it bother you if I only know this man’s music by name?

    Nice to have you back, JT…


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