Last month, we talked about bands that are performing entire albums in concert, a new wrinkle for live music presentation. Of course, as a band, you have to have released killer albums that can hold their own and the audience's attention, track for track. There aren't many albums released in the past 20 years that could make the cut.
That's why the latest new innovation that combines music and fashion caught my eye. It's the Music Tee, and for $39, you buy a T-shirt with album artwork on the front, and the track listings on the back. The shirt comes complete with a tag containing a URL that allows purchasers to download the entire album.
Pardon this observation, but the entire concept seems counter-intuitive when you're dealing with contemporary performers and a new music landscape that is essentially singles/song-oriented, thanks to an ADD-addled populace and the widespread use of iTunes.
The only people listening to and buying albums these days tend to be 40+ old-schoolers who appreciate being able to put on Who's Next and listen all the way through, track after track.