The Future Has New RHCP But Apparently No Record Companies
  • TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2012

  • Posted by: Zoe Marquedant

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are anything, but short on music. They've been releasing albums since pretty much the beginning of time and pretty steadily too (in reality they've only been around since the early eighties). If you had physical copies of all the Chili's releases, you could probably build a small fort. It's just a massive amount of music. Not that I'm complaining or anything. 2011's I'm With You is now to be followed up by not another record, but over a dozen digital releases. Which is... kind of different? According to the band, the songs are meant to be dispatched to their audience as quickly as possible, hence the override of the traditional album route.

As it turns out the band has expressed a worry that if they postpone the release, said songs would otherwise be slotted for "the Warner Bros. box set in, like, 2020, if there's even a record company around then". No record company? That is a bit of a jump. Paranoid much? Is this Anthony Kiedis way of tell us he's superstitious about the connection between 2012 and Mediafire? Hmmm.

Two songs "Strange Man" and "Long Progression" are the A and B-sides to a August 14th release. Beyond that, "Magpies" and "Never Is A Long Time" are tentatively due out in September and early October. Again, the songs will be available digitally, but also on vinyl. How vinyl fits into the whole getting-music-to-the-fans-faster thing I'm not sure, but hey I still buy records (I know, I know. How archaic), so I'm sure people will indulge in the dying format.

And thus begins the mini-flood of Pepper's music. Adding to the pile may be yet another album. Band members, minus an injured Kiedis, have been writing new material which may lead to another new record as soon as the boys are all back together. Hopefully the record company will still be around to release it.

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