I happen to think that Timothy Andres is a promising composer and performer.
Unfortunately, my recent experience with his new recording, via rdio, is distressing.
4 of the 5 tracks are on preview. Fail. I've encountered a preview or two on a recording but never all-but-one.
In contrast, I just listened to Sally Whitwell's entire new album and I feel mildly guilty that, even though I listened to it 2.5 times today alone, she will receive pennies at most from rdio. But the next time I go to Amoeba, I'll buy it with no hesitation. And if we can ever convince her to perform in Northern or Southern California, I'll be shouting that fact via social media.
Listening is cumulative. At this point, I only vaguely remember that I listened to Home Stretch, amidst the wide range of music I've heard in the last day or so (Noël Akchoté, Orbital, Molly Hatchet, Frederic Rzewski, M.I.A., The Allman Brothers Band, Hauschka, Sally Whitwell etc.).
But I will remember for a long time that Nonesuch is neither fish nor fowl. Put it on rdio or don't. Putting mostly previews on rdio is worse that not being on rdio at all. Boo. Goodbye, Wilco etc.
Footnote: Mode Records is the counter example of not being online but I respect, understand and support that decison. And the counter-counter example is ABC Records. Maybe next time I go bricks and mortar, I'll think Australian.