R.E.M. posed the question more than 20 years ago: what if we give it away?
Radiohead sort of did that with In Rainbows, allowing fans to name their price to download the album in MP3 form. Trent Reznor took it a step further with The Slip, offering fans a free download of that album in a variety of digital formats. We can add the morning benders to the list of bands offering fans a free album.
the morning benders hit the studio during a break from their tour with The Kooks and We Are Scientists and recorded an album of covers, and you can download it free from their blog. They're calling the album the bedroom covers and it includes their take on songs by artists such as Roy Orbison, The Smiths, Paul Simon, and Velvet Underground. That's a pretty diverse group of artists to bring together on one collection. Here is the full tracklisting for the bedroom covers:
1. crying - roy orbison
2. mother and child reunion - paul simon
3. why dont they let us fall in love? - the ronettes
4. lovefool - the cardigans
5. i won't share you - the smiths
6. he's a rebel - the crystals
7. marie - randy newman
8. fools rush in - johnny mercer/rube bloom
9. temptation inside your heart - velvet underground
10. dreams - fleetwood mac
11. pull up the roots - talking heads
12. caroline, no- beach boys remix (bonus track)
12. why don't they let us fall in love? - the ronettes (live daytrotter version)
the morning benders have been touring in support of their talking through tin cans album. Due in part to being named an Editors' Choice at the iTunes Music Store, the album broke into the Top 20 on iTunes' sales chart and also went to #30 on Billboard Magazine's Indie Album Chart. Their tour resumes in September.