I’ve got a super idea! Instead of limited edition vinyl and other little gimmicks to try to save record stores, would it be possible for record labels to stop trying dodgy fanbase-milking crap like the “2.0″ re-release of Atreyu’s most recent album Lead Sails Paper Anchor. Pretty please?
This sort of thing is hardly new to the music business, as evidenced by every re-release with one or two additional tracks the major labels have thrown into the marketplace the last few years, but has anyone stopped to think that when a fan has to consider purchasing a new (full-priced, natch) version of an album they already bought to get one new track, two covers and a bunch of Web-linked video they might not be thrilled with the industry? Of course, this Atreyu disc is different than all the other stone-milking efforts. The bassist takes you on a video field trip to his favorite comic book store! The singer takes ju-jitsu lessons! Sign me up for two!