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  • 05/18/2009

Danger Mouse Unveils Album… on a CD-R

Danger Mouse may have taken some grief from EMI for 2004's The Grey Album, but if anyone knows how to bounce back from a legal kerfuffle and find alternative means of distribution, it's him.

So then, after another recent dispute with EMI, the man born Brian Burton has found a slightly more creative way to release Dark Night of the Soul, his second collaboration with Sparklehorse.

Reasons for the EMI dispute are undisclosed at this time, with the Danger Mouse website merely stating that, "due to an ongoing dispute with EMI, Danger Mouse is unable to release the music for Dark Night of the Soul without fear of being sued."

Not that an inability to sell the new album will stop him from distributing the music anyways. Instead, Dark Night will be released as a blank CD-R, packaged with a note that sends fans to an illegal file-sharing network to download the album (and, presumably, burn to disc and distribute the music to friends).

Fans, meanwhile, are encouraged to purchase the project's accompanying book, which comes with photographs from filmmaker David Lynch and the blank CD-R for $50. For the cash-conscious, the disc is also available with a poster, for $10. Pre-orders begin May 29.

4 comments Danger Mouse Unveils Album… on a CD-R

Malice (not verified) Wrote

Mon, 05/18/2009 - 11:53


Charles Cain (not verified) Wrote

Mon, 05/18/2009 - 15:55

the game has changed and i'm loving the attitude of the progressive aritst... rebel against the old bogus biz models!

my group shares that wavelength:

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Mon, 05/18/2009 - 16:42

nice, danger mouse is definately doing his thing

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Mon, 05/18/2009 - 19:17

it seems like by doing this, he can still get sued. I don't see where the loophole is. Is his contract SO iron clad that he couldn't put it out under a different name, maybe? I think he is one of the greats. Would love to see him do Michael Jackson's new record or something. Would be an interesting take on an old artist.

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