A plague of lighthouse keepers?
Psychonauts! Plague survivors! Are you still out there?
Since our world – the music world – was more or less stopped dead in it’s tracks due to the Covid-19 virus a few weeks ago, the world seems a darker and quieter place. Staying more or less in isolation is not easy, it’s certinly no fun for anyone, and we’re assuming a lot of you are pretty much going stir crazy too by now. Over here in our neck of the woods, we have been through our record collections twice already, and we’ve also pretty much rounded youTube too. We’re really starting to miss a bit of proper food for the soul.
We’re bored, and we know you’re bored. We know that like us, many of you haven’t bought a new record in weeks. We also know you’ve probably got your digital music consumption situation figured out by now and that you’re spending a lot of time on your computers.
Most Motorpsycho music is already widely available digitally. There is a lot of Motorpsycho music on all the various streaming platforms but some stuff has not reached the digital domain yet. Some of this is because we’re ornery old vinyl freaks, some is just the seemingly built-in drag in the system, and we’re sorry about that, but since we are who we are and this is what it is, we just haven’t gotten around to making all of it available digitally. Yet.
To help make this crisis easier to handle and try to make life in isolation more enjoyable for everyone, we’ve decided we need to do something about that situation. Since what is closest at hand and easiest to sort out is always the last thing you did, we’ve decided to make things easy for ourselves and simply start our digitalisation program – ‘Operation Lighthouse’- with the latest of these non-digitalized releases. From today our b-sides & rarities compilation The Light Fantastic will be available on Bandcamp.
We still have a few copies of the amazing looking/sounding LP version of this album that we released for our european tour last fall left in the webstore if you missed out, but for those of you who haven’t taken the plunge and quite discovered the joys of analog yet, this album is finally available in a format you can enjoy too!
Or maybe you already got the album, but just want to take the music with you when you’re out walking the dog and really need it in a digital version too? Whatever your motive may be, it’s there if you need it.
This is just the first step in our ambition to have our whole discography available online, but we have to admit that there is no big masterplan for how to do this stuff, and it will probably be an off and on thing as to when it will be made available. But we will figure all of that out as we go along: patience is a virtue, and quality will prevail!
Stay healthy, and we’ll meet again further on down the road.
In the meantime you can all trip the light fantastic with us over here:
Great! Thank you!
Good to hear from you and good digitality idea, and meanwhile I’d like to blame AND thank you guys for having forced me to re-install my old record player so as to be able to play those special MP vinyls. And now of course I’m on a collector’s rampage to once again own the albums of my youth, buying stuff like ‘In the court”, ‘close to the ‘, and indeed ‘pawn H to He who still bluffs God’ and of course the seminal sing-along-and-learn-Norwegian album TUT by Karlson&Petterson ! But…the vinyl fantastic is still on every now and then, I know all the songs by heart now, but still not able to whistle the riff of ‘I See You’ Well, I like my rockmusic to be something to chew on, and that’s why I love MP! Earwax building up, missing you guys on stage VERY MUCH! love, Jero, who’s in the thick of it working as a nurse and needs the music like the breath of fresh air ouside, when you can take your protective mask off…
[…] I Motorpsycho sono dei cultori del vinile e del formato fisico. Ogni amante della band norvegese lo sa e supporta adeguatamente la causa, non solo con concerti ma con tutte le più fastose edizioni fisiche dei loro dischi – ricordiamo quella dei 25 anni di Demon Box, ma non è di certo l’unica. Buona parte della discografia della band è comunque disponibile in digitale, ma non tutta. E così, la band, che ha pubblicato il loro ultimo album The Tower nel 2018, ha deciso di mettere in streaming per tutti gli “psiconauti” The Light Fantastic, la raccolta di b side e rarità uscita nel 2019. La band sta cercando piano piano di rendere tutte le loro pubblicazioni in digitale e così, vi sta la situazione hanno deciso di iniziare questo processo dal nome “Operation Lighthouse” e, come specificato, The Light Fantastic è la prima della pubblicazioni prima disponibile solo in formato fisico che approda in digitale.Ecco parte del messaggio pubblicato sul loro sito: […]
Great news, exactly what I had hoped for when The Light Fantastic was first released! Very glad to see you have been listening to you non-vinyl-geek fans. ;)
And with two parallel Motorpsycho accounts working from opposite ends of the catalogue the digitising project should progress pretty fast :D
I managed to obtain a vinyl copy of “The Light Fantastic” album (although I currently have nothing to play it on), but tbh I begrudgingly converted to CDs 20-odd years ago (albeit kicking & screaming), and as I am an old fashioned guy who NEEDS physical copies of my albums (and therefore I totally denounce fucking download shit), will you please, please consider CD options on all future MOTORPSYCHO albums, as I have been an absolute psychonaut freak since “Demon Box” daze, and I would hate to have to stop now just because you’re not accomodating an all-round choice of format availabilities on your future albums.
Sincere thanks from sunny lockdown UK. x
Bandcamp could be a good channel to release download-only live recordings!
Awesome decision! I am glad to buy Motorpsycho releases as they come out and appreciate the lavish packaging, especially of The Light Fantastic, but I like having everything digitally, too. And in this case I’m glad to double-dip and support you a bit that way. I’m looking forward to other releases being available on Bandcamp or Spotify in the future. Good decision, guys! Kudos :)
I am so pleased! I will purchase everything! Thank you very much! I love you!
High resolution FLAC (24-bit/88+kHz) is just as good (if not better) than vinyl, And it’s,about time that all the industry convert to such formats, instead of only offering vinyl to the high fidelity audience (vinyl is very limited to the ‘living room’ in most cases – jogging, car, bus, train, planes or just a simple walk is not very suitable combination for vinyl records – duh). It’s a shame that some artists only offer vinyl as the ‘’best option’’ on sound quality – when the uncompressed FLAC format has been available for more than a decade already. There are plenty of ways to buy HD music in digital formats (i.e. HD-tracks), so I really can’t understand why many artists are ‘overlooking’ this possibility. The number of playback devices is gigantic already – everybody with a <5 year old smart phone, car stereo, Xbox or PC + a number of other devices, can enjoy these productions without spending a cent on hardware….
I’m with the above commentor begging for CD release of this album. You have lots of fans who own all your CDs and want a physical object, but don’t care for vinyl. Please don’t leave us out in the cold!
I love this, but I would be incredibly happy if you also put out more of this stuff on spotify, not because I love their model, but it’s where I listen to music when I’m not close to my vinyl player. I got that you don’t earn much money from spotify, but I also believe most Psychonauts, like me, got most of your releases on vinyl or CD anyway.
Awesome release! Thanks! No problem supporting you via Bandcamp. In these days with mainly digital listening this is a good way to support you. Stay strong! Thanks for being a light in these days.
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Grazie di cuore.
Thanx for giving a sign of Life! Operation Lighthouse sounds fantastic…but more than ever bevor we are looking forward to the next real gig…
Try giving it all away for free, for once. And a fact is that all the really great albums have already been made. You just have to find them. And Bent, stay in your bunker.
On May 1, Bandcamp waiving their revenue share for all sales on Bandcamp, from midnight to midnight PDT (https://daily.bandcamp.com/features/bandcamp-covid-19-fundraiser)
So more for our guys on this day
Great news! I’m looking forward to finally being able to buy MPs vinyl-only / hard-to-find-without-breaking-the-bank-via-discogs releases. So Operation Lighthouse is a Godsend for those of us who ‘don’t do vinyl’ though I concur with those above who would really like to get these albums on CD.
I also heartily agree with Äxl’s comment that the Operation Lighthouse would also create a great opportunity for shining a light on some special live recordings by making them accessible to purchase via download.
And I can’t wait for the new album.
TAKE MY MONEY ALREADY! ;)
Stay well and keep shaking the ketchup bottle :)
Don’t have a record player so this is a cool addition, thanks for this guys! P.S I never heard Here be Monsters 2 was that ever on CD?
Thanks so much !!
In only two years, if you survive Bill Gates’ vaccine, you’ll be able to tour again.