Friday, December 19, 2008
Animal Collective Ask for Leak
Just got of the phone with Brian Weitz [Geologist of Animal Collective]. This was sent out via the bands email earlier this morning:
"it has come to my attention that 2 full length tracks off of our upcoming album, merriweather post pavilion have surfaced online. david, noah, and I please ask that someone assist us and leak all of the remaining tracks on the album.
the album is intended to be heard as a whole, and nothing bothers us more than individual tracks leaking and ruining the the overall album experience
Total Bullshit. Someone actually had the nerve to hack into their e-mail account and send this out. The truth is that AC do not want their album to leak and are trying very hard to avoid the drama around said album that has risen to a fever pitch.
I am not trying to involve myself in AC's business, I am just voicing my own independent opinion.
Back in the 90's when I was first starting to make 4-track tapes I had a game where I would make a fake version of an album I was anticipating. If Pavement's Brighten the Corners were coming out soon, I had to wait till release day to hear it. I would record a set of songs that I would want the Pavement album to sound like. Some of those songs ended up becoming Atlas Sound and Deerhunter songs years later.
My advice to those who are so desperate for AC's album to leak is to pick up instruments and make your own version of what you would want it to sound like. Respect the BANDS wishes and wait till release day. Then you can compare your new songs with theirs. Who knows. Maybe your album will be the one people are wanting to leak next year. -Bradford
Bradford Cox (Deerhunter, Atlas Sound) sent this out earlier today and I really hope that no one listens to Geologist's emotion-fueled email and leaks the album. The folks who have downloaded the tunes obviously don't care about AC's intent and with the leak of the album would only be briefly satisfied until the next Ting Tings album. To the blogosphere, PLEASE DO NOT LEAK MERRIWEATHER POST PAVILION! Real Animal Collective fans are trying not to listen to anything until the band wants us to, you're just teasing us and making it so difficult. With a lot of other bands I wouldn't give a shit, but seriously, respect Animal Collective - they're the only one we've got.
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