The Mountain Goats, one of my favourite bands, just released their new EP today, entitled Satanic Messiah. And, it’s available to download – for free! At the band’s blessings! They’re trying out one of those “pay if and whatever you want” deals, as Nine Inch Nails and Radiohead have done (with, I believe, great success). They’re much larger bands though, with fan bases big enough to populate Liechtenstein a gazillion times over. So this is done as an experiment of sorts, to see if it’s possible for slightly smaller bands to make money this way.
You can get it here: http://satanicmessiah.com/
It’s pretty good, very calm and lush. It didn’t blow me away and wasn’t as good as the band’s previous (non-downloadable) EP in my opinion, but I like it. I would probably recommend non-fans to start out with The Sunset Tree and either Ghana or Bitter Lemon Farm, but by all means, download Satanic Messiah and give it a listen. And give a donation if you feel so inclined.
Oh, and hail Satan!