Pete Yorn put out a slew of bonus tracks with various retailer versions of his new disc Nightcrawler (which is growing on me quite nicely, thank you). According to a recent interview on Brooklyn Vegan with the Yornster, here is the logic behind such a move:
“These days, in order to boost get good placement in stores, you usually throw in a bonus track exclusive, which at first I was hesitant to do because I thought it was just going to piss off my fansâ€”you know, making them buy the record again to get a track. But we did the exclusives and then I just started encouraging the fans to download the extra tracks for free on my website. For people who’ve never heard of me before, then the better store placement means they’ll see my record and maybe get turned on to my stuff. “ –Pete
Eh, well, because most of you are not going to scurry about town to your your various retailers (or scour the web other than stopping here at your friendly PY source) to find these extra tracks, Bryce and I are conspiring to make it easy on you and bring you all the goods.
He gave me first dibs on which tracks of the seven I wanted to post, and these two are my favorites:
“Old Boy” – Pete Yorn
(from the Circuit City version of Nightcrawler)
I love the bass line in this one, just all over the place in a great way.
“Baby, I’m Gone” – Pete Yorn
(from the Best Buy version of Nightcrawler)
I had heard earlier live versions of this song and hoped that it would be a real rocker. The studio version ended up being much more restrained, with a classy synth-percussion throughout. It’s still a great song.
To get the other 5 bonus tracks [“Shallow (Friends)”, “Go With It”, “The Party”, “Top Of The World”, and “Can’t Hear Anyone”], visit Bryce’s blog. He’s also got some Keane, Coldplay, and Red Hot Chili Peppers b-sides, if that’s your groove.
I’ve also added links to an older post with the other two podcasts that are now available regarding the making of Nightcrawler. I find it very interesting to hear Pete talk about the creative process behind his music.
“Drive Away” – Pete Yorn
Just over two-minutes, a fast and furious driving song. Head out on the highway.