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Streaming Music Means More Money For Drugs

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in 2004, Matador Records attempted to promote it’s line of budget priced reissues (aka “Matador Mid-Priced Classics”) with a print advertisement that suggested such bargains would allow the consumer to re-direct their hard-earned disposable income towards something else (ie. drugs). 
 
At the time, we received a number of complaints from persons who felt our cavalier take on the consumption and distribution of controlled substances did a disservice to the label, it’s artists and most of all, young people like those depicted in the ad. 
 
Though we tried to explain we weren’t necessarily referring to recreational drugs, for instance, cheaper music might also have meant more money for Maalox.  In fact, we’d commissioned a poster reading “Cheaper Music Means More Money for Maalox” but a focus group told us they didn’t know what Maalox was (in retrospect, we probably should’ve assembled a focus group with a median age higher than 12). 
 
14 years later, and who amongst us cannot deny there is no manner of music consumption more convenient, more CHEAP, than streaming thru our many beloved digital providers.  And to celebrate this wonderful era  — a musical Golden Corral buffet with no consequences — we asked Eat To Survive’s Jeff Mahannah to update our ill-fated 2004 campaign with something more contemporary.   We’re thrilled with his handiwork and hope you will be as well.