May or May Not – Stationary Motion

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Here’s a confident prediction, in 5 years from now music will be free. Free as in you will be able to download it legally from official sources. Some people have cottoned on to this already and are fully focused on making a living from alternate sources. I’ll let you work out what those other revenue streams are. May or May Not go one step further by posting their favourite recipes to their website and in one fell swoop mamma’s greatest culinary secret’s are unleashed on the world. Lucky then that she’ll probably be too busy taking in the music that this Chicago quartet makes to hardly notice. And if you decide not take the free-way and plump for hard product instead you’ll be rewarded by imaginative artwork that can be gazed at as the indie pop plays out in the background. All told it’s difficult to chose one song to highlight what May or May Not have to offer so here’s two. I am pretty sold on the carnivorous sounds of ‘Stationary Motion’ from this year’s ‘Head on Springs’ EP and the Blur-y jangle of ‘Self Charmed Man’ from last year’s ‘A Kaleidoscope of Egos’. Meet you at the front of their next gig; I’ll be the one wearing their t-shirt in premium cotton. KD

May or May Not – Stationary Motion

May or May Not – Self Charmed Man

More Info: Official & Myspace
Buy Songs: May or May Not
Year: 2008

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  1. April 26, 2008
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    Your touching on a very sensitive issue there on giving your music away for free but i think, with the option of buying a manufactured cd aswell, its going to be an essential option for musicians to find their audience. I think if people download the tracks for free and then have a choice to buy the ep (prob at a gig) most will buy it to support the artist but if they decide to invest in the premium tshirt instead well then that still works for the band.The whole thing music business is up in the air at the moment so if you could please expand on what way its going to pan out please do. il get my pen and paper :)Oh and really liking May or May not!

  2. April 26, 2008
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    wasn’t there a service earlier this year that was supposed to provide free downloads from the major labels? but then the majors pulled out/claimed they were never a part of it and the whole service completely failed. with that in mind, i can imagine major labels supporting a free download enterprise very soon – just one that has DRM and a file expiry. much like the recent expansion of tv programming on the internet currently.

  3. April 26, 2008
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    Ya i heard about the one concerning ipod were they were palnning that, when you buy and ipod, you can download an infinate amount of mp3s (from the main labels) to your ipod but the mp3s are locked to it (drm). The problem with that is if your ipods breaks or you lose it you lose all your music and it jusnt feel like your own the music anymore, whic for me isnt on because i want to have that feeling of ‘i own that album’ and at any time anywhere ic an listen to it. I dont like the idea of being restricted on where or how i listen to an album

  4. April 28, 2008
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    I read recently that Metallica have done an about turn and are considering freeing up their product. You gotta hate ’em.

  5. May 5, 2008
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    I love this band, and am always happy to see them given written about. Cool post!

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