Following the revolutionary economic model of Radiohead's 'In Rainbows," Yeasayer, an eclectic-sounding indie rock band based in Brooklyn, has just announced a pay-what-you-want price scheme for its new live album "Live At Ancienne Belgique."
The record, which was recorded in Brussels in late October, is being offered on the band's website in a variety of digital formats with price points of free, $0.99, $2.99, $4.99, $7.99 and $9.99.
The band posted the following on its website:
Dear Wonderful Fans,
To Celebrate the close of 2010, your amazing support, and numerous requests, we have decided to unlock the Yeasayer vault and release this live show recorded at the lovely Ancienne Belgique in Brussels. We are letting you, the fans, name the price. See you in 2011.
While an indie band like Yeasayer offering a pay-what-you-want live album may not be as earth-shattering as Radiohead putting an album of original material on the internet, it does demonstrate how bands with less means can utilize a similar model to promote themselves. "Live At Ancienne Belgique," for example, is heavy on material from the band's second and latest album, "Odd Blood," a record released on the independent label Secretly Canadian that has so far sold more than 63,000 copies.