Then none other than the Ben Folds Five leapt aboard the "ditching the record labels" wagon. They're releasing their first album in 12 years! Woo! Their pledge page is here. A pledge of $10 gets you a download of their new album when it's released. They've already reached 197% of their target and a lot of the 'rewards' (signed CDs, t-shirts etc.) have already all gone. What's really exciting about this is that they're turning to their fans to help advertise the album and produce artwork for it's promotion. Also, they've put up a free download of a new track. You can get it below:
2012 is shaping up to be a good year! I'm now trying to find the perfect picture of the Ben Folds Five to make into felt.