For years, alt-rock band They Might Be Giants had a thing called Dial-A-Song where fans could call a phone line to hear new songs, played from an answer machine. Now it’s back, but with a webby twist. The band will be releasing a new song every week in 2014, premiered on the Slate website before being made available on the band’s own Dial-A-Song site, YouTube channel and smartphone app, as well as sold on iTunes and other download stores. There’s also a premium subscription – Dial-A-Song Direct – which costs $30 and will provide fans with each of the 52 songs as a download in the file format of their choice. They Might Be Giants are working with on the subscription aspect: “We like to think Drip stands for ‘Dial-A-Song Recordings Is Perfect’…” They’re the latest individual artist to use, which started as a platform for indie labels to launch their own subscriptions.

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