I’m not sure how I missed this one.
The Dresden Dolls live album A is for Accident (Collected live recordings 2001-2003) is available to download on a pay-what-you-want model from here. In this case “what you want” can also mean free, so you really have no excuse if you like their music.
You can also download their eponymous debut album under the same model from here. This one is definitely worth paying something for.
Kickstarter is a website where fans of artists and musicians can fund new records or performances, in return for receiving advance copies of the art form in question. It is a funding model that interests me, and it gives me quite a buzz to receive advance copies of records I would have bought anyway, with the knowledge that I played some sort of part in creating them. The latest record to come out having been funded via this method is Marissa Nadler’s eponymous album, which is a really beautiful collection of songs.
I’m also quite intrigued with how the Kaiser Chiefs are releasing their new record, and have already bought my version of it.