Still giving it away – The Crimea releases 16 exclusive tracks… for free!


Before Prince, before Radiohead, before Trent Reznor, before… well, not before Harvey Danger, but you get the point — the British band The Crimea has made their 2007 release Secrets of the Witching Hour available for free to anyone who wants it. (It’s there now — just go to their website.) Continuing to explore the possibilities of the changing market, The Crimea have launched a blog campaign for their latest single, “Loop A Loop,” which includes about a dozen remixes and a few b-sides, each posted on a different blog. Deservedly, The Crimea are drawing international attention and have landed placement on a U.K. Trident ad — and certainly the publicity they’ll receive for all of this will only help bring them the recognition they deserve.

As we’ve long been a supporter of The Crimea’s efforts (you can read our story from last May here), we were enthused to be given the opportunity to participate in this endeavor. Rather than host one of the fantastic, and wildly different, remixes, the KEXP Blog is proud to present one of the three b-sides to the single, a cover of Wreckless Eric‘s “Whole Wide World.”

The Crimea – Whole Wide World (download)

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Don’t worry about having to hunt down each of these exclusive tracks, amounting to about 16 free songs — they’ll be gathered together on the band’s website. And check back with the post, as we’ll add updated links to the other participating blogs.

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