Counting Crows Want Fans to Hear New Album for Free

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According to their website, the Counting Crows, who amicably left longtime label Geffen Records in 2009 to make music independently, will release their first full-length in four years — titled Underwater Sunshine (or What We Did on Our Summer Vacation) — on April 10. But fans will get a first listen long before, when the Bay-area band streams the covers album in its entirety through Spotify and elsewhere online, including select radio stations.

“We don’t want to keep it from people, I think we want to get it to people,” frontman Adam Duritz told about the record, comprised of mostly obscure covers from Bob Dylan, Big Star, The Faces and more (full track-listing below).
“You can either try to treat the Internet like it is a big drain sucking your profit down the tubes, or you can realize it’s also a conduit,” he said. “There’s got to be a better way than just bemoaning the loss.”
The album represents Counting Crows’ first effort in the Facebook/Twitter era, in which more powerhouse labels are passed up in favor of boutique management operations that help connect musicians directly with their fans. Beverly Hills-based independent label Collective Sounds will issue Underwater Sunshine digitally and on CD/vinyl.  Counting Crows joined The ever impressive label that is Cooking Vinyl. (On a royalty-based licence deal for Europe and the UK).
Track listing: 

1. “Untitled (Love Song)” by The Romany Rye
2. “Start Again” by Teenage Fanclub
3. “Hospital” by Coby Brown
4. “Mercy” by Tender Mercies
5. “Meet On The Ledge” by Fairport Convention
6. “Like Teenage Gravity” by Kasey Anderson & The Honkies
7. “Amie” by Pure Prairie League
8. “Coming Around” by Travis
9. “Ooh La La” by The Faces
10. “All My Failures” by Dawes
11. “Return of the Grievous Angel” by Gram Parsons
12. “Four White Stallions” by Tender Mercies
13. “Jumping Jesus” by Sordid Humor
14. “You Ain’t Going Nowhere” by Bob Dylan
15. “The Ballad of El Goodo” by Big Star

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