Trent Reznor and Radiohead have been dealt a serious blow in the tiered pricing war for album releases. Josh Freese, a member of Devo and A Perfect Circle who’s also played for NIN, Sting, The Offspring, and more!, has just released his solo album today. Aside from the free single or vanilla $7 album download option, you can pay anywhere from $15 to $75,000 for increasingly more bizarre package deals.
At the cheaper end of the tier, $50 will get you the digital download, a double disc set, a t-shirt, and a 5-minute phone call with Freese to discuss anything you like—including what you liked or didn’t like about the album. Too boring? Buy the $250 package and you’ll get signed drumsticks, plus you can have lunch with Freese at The Cheesecake Factory or PF Changs. The $5,000 package includes (among other things) a letter from Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam telling you about his favorite song on the album.
But wait there’s more! If you’re willing to spend a sizable amount of money, the perks get even weirder: there’s only one $10,000 package, but that’s because included alongside the foot massage and day at Disneyland, Freese will give you his Volvo station wagon, of which he obviously only has one. The $20,000 package includes 2 original songs written for or about you, and you get to sing back up or play (“the drums, triangle, whatever”) on them.
Wired has an interview with Freese where he discusses how he came up with the ideas, and insists that they’re all legit. They’re on sale starting today, and you can see the details of every package on his website.
Naturally, he’s made a YouTube commercial about it:
“Drummer’s Crazy Album Extras Take ‘Freemium’ to Weirdville” [Wired]