Last week I downloaded a Southern Culture on the Skids album from eMusic, and in doing a bit of research, found that SCoTS is perhaps the band of the future. They’re already selling their music without DRM both via eMusic and via the Yep Roc Store. You can listen to their latest album via MP3 streaming right from their home page, without registering for anything.
They also have a liberal taping policy for their concerts. Anyone is free to tape, and they ask that if your recording is good, you burn a CD and send it to the band. Over at eMusic, there are four exclusive concert recordings available for download. I wonder if those recordings were submitted by fans?
Either way, it seems to me that Southern Culture on the Skids is embracing the Web music ecosystem rather than trying to resist it. I hope they’re making out like bandits.