Self production seems to be the way things are going in the music industry. Internet focused models that help create better connections with listeners, and access to more varied output from the artists are gaining traction. (See Artist Share)
Dave Douglas’ new label, Greenleaf Music, has an interesting subscriber model. Check out their subscriber page for more info on what it entails. They also offer individual song downloads, as well as full album downloads and physical CDs. The downloads are mp3, which implies no DRM, so you can actually listen to the music you buy on the player of your choice. There is a blog and internet radio as well. Looks like a couple of steps in the right direction to me.
Thanks to be.jazz for the heads up.