We have all witnessed some interesting sales (or non-sales) tactics by artists in the last couple of years, from giving their album away to corporate branding to letting us choose our own price, but this is clearly the best idea we've heard so far. The perennially underrated DC/NYC band The Walkmen is releasing its new album You & Me three weeks early for only $5 on Amie Street, with all proceeds going to New York City's Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in honor of its 7-month-old patient Luca Vasallo. Take that Radiohead! That is, of course, good enough reason to buy 3 or 4 copies of You & Me, but also rest assured that the music is as good as ever, and if you need any more motivation, please check "In The New Year" on The Walkmen's MySpace. Or stop being such a jerk all the time and just buy it.
July 29, 2008