Flaming Lips offer free recordings with concert tix

Buy tickets to the tour and you'll get six free studio songs beforehand, and a full recording of the show afterwards.

For several years now, musical artists have been experimenting with selling flash drives of concert recordings immediately after the show, but the Flaming Lips--whose latest tour starts this Saturday in Del Mar, Calif.--are taking it to the obvious next level.

Buy a ticket, and they'll send you a download code for six songs--three new ones from their upcoming album "Embryonic" (nice album cover!) and three B sides from old singles. After the show, they'll send you another link to download a recording of the show you attended. It's a great way to build on the already impressive devotion afforded to one of the most sonically groundbreaking bands ever to grace a major label. I wish more artists would do the same--it might justify those insane ticket prices .

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