Monday, February 23, 2009


Josh Freese is one of the best drummers out there: in recent years, he's played for Nine Inch Nails, A Perfect Circle, Sting, Devo and Paul Westerberg, among others. Now, he's releasing a solo album, and taking a cue from Trent Reznor, he's offering it in several different formats and packages, ranging in price from $7 to, uh, $75,000.  You read that right. For $7, you get a a digital download of the album (including three videos!) and for 75 grand, you get a signed CD/DVD, a t-shirt, you go on tour with Josh for a few days, Josh will write/record a 5 track EP about you, "take shrooms and cruise Hollywood in Danny from Tool 's Lamborgini OR play quarters and then hop on the Ouija board," "Josh will join your band for a month," if you don't have a band, he'll be your personal assistant for a month ("4 day work weeks, 10 am - 4 pm"),  "take a limo down to Tijuana and he'll show you how it's done (what that means exactly we can't legally get into here)," and a flying trapeze lesson with Josh and Robin from NIN. There are several other packages more expensive than $7 and less than $75,000. I wonder if anyone will get the $75,000 option.  But it's an interesting way for an artist who comes from the punk scene (he was in The Vandals) to cater to audiences capable of paying more, while still keeping it real and affordable. 

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