Amie Street, the indie music store that prices songs by their popularity, has pre-released The Walkmen’s new album You & Me three weeks before its scheduled launch date. The entire album is available for $5, with all proceeds going to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center as part of the site’s “Download To Make a Difference” campaign. You can download the album here.
The pre-release is the first to come from Amie Street’s recent deal with The Orchard, a digital music distributor with a catalog of over 1 million songs and a number of big-name artists. The release underscores how much the industry stands to gain from novel indie stores like Amie Street, which are able to experiment with promotional programs like this – boosting banding exposure while helping out a good cause.