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Brad Sucks is Out of It (in a Good Way)

Brad Sucks - Out of ItBrad Sucks is the name of a one-man band by a guy named Brad. He makes great music, full of catchy electronic loops, acoustic guitars, and sardonic lyrics delivered with a slacker vibe. Imagine if Beck kept smoking pot instead of becoming a scientologist and you’re halfway there.

Brad’s also a geek success story, because he distributes his music online for free, allows podcasts and remixing, and even has a “please steal this CD” note on his site. In spite of this (or because of it), his music has appeared on TV and on the radio. He made enough money from licensing that he was able to do a real pressing of his first CD, I Don’t Know What I’m Doing.

Brad just released his second CD, Out of It. You can listen to the whole thing for free online, or download the MP3s for a price of your choosing. I plunked down the recommended $10 for the MP3s (file under: the power of defaults). I’ve given it a couple listens and it’s just fantastic. Give it a free listen, and if you like it too, download the tracks and fill in the price you like. You can even get an old-fashioned round plastic disc for $5.

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