Yesterday, we reported that star-studded, guest-heavy, super-expensive, limited-release that is Dark Night Of The Soul was available for stream via NPR.org, and purchase via dnots.com. It turns out the latter is only partially true.
According to Billboard.com, due to “unspecified legal issues with EMI,” the project’s official release has been either scrapped altogether or put on indefinite hiatus. In layman’s terms: the super lame people at EMI continue to be super lame and won’t let Dangermouse and Sparklehorse’s release the result of their nearly three-year long collaboration.
So, where’s this leave us? Well, the album is still streaming at NPR, and according to NPR Music producer Robin Hilton, the website doesn’t have a “definite take down date.” Then, there’s that aforementioned release being sold at dnots.com. Currently, two packages are available: an Alternate Poster & CD-R for $10.00 and Book, aka a limited-edition picture book created by director David Lynch, & Blank CD-R with Free Poster for $50.00. Both CD-R’s come blank, an artifact per say, which the website notes can be used “however you see fit.”
In other words, grab a leak of Dark Night Of The Soul taken from NPR.org and burn it onto your blank CD-R. So instead of making money of a much-anticipated release, EMI has instead forced any potential listener yearning for their own copy to illegally download the album. Anyone want to explain to me how that makes sense?