Arcade Fire No Longer Has To Worry About Fans Leaking New Record

Thanks to a mix-up at Merge Records, there’s a new Arcade Fire MP3 making the rounds–but not many people have posted it yet. Here’s why: The group’s lead-off single, “Intervention,” was earmarked as a charity single on the iTunes store–but as it turns out, someone at the band’s record label sent the wrong track, and now “Black Wave/Bad Vibrations” has been let loose on the web (lead singer Win Butler explains the situation here; you can also read about it here and here).

According to searches on the Hype Machine and, nobody’s put the song up yet–probably because putting a fund-raising single online for free strikes even the most unscrupulous blogger as rather dickish, especially two days after Christmas (as long as the music blogosphere is made up mostly of indie-rock nerds, expect plenty of moral equivocation when it comes to leaks). Besides, at this point, everyone’s just waiting for the whole damn album to be unleashed.

Earlier: The New Arcade Fire Song: Now You Hear It, Now You Don’t

  • Butch Huskey

    i think you’re missing the obvious reason, bloggers/file-sharers never would have paid for the single from itunes, so they don’t have it

  • The Playlist

    Maybe it’s cause these numbnuts don’t know how to convert a ITunes file to an mp3 file that can actually be shared.

  • Eric Samson

    Well, it exists. I have the mp3 on my grubby hard drive as we speak, and I’m listening to it – it’s gorgeous (then again, I’m an AF nerd, so perhaps my opinion doesn’t really count).

    Please don’t contact me asking for a link, my ethical sense could perhaps physically explode, from conflict between ‘taking actual money from AIDS-sufferers in Haiti’ versus ‘helping people listen to this awesome song’.

    It will surface somewhere, soon, I’m sure.

  • sparkletone

    I like that Win accepts that the songs are going to get out there and is arranging for a way for people who’ve already got the songs, or don’t want to buy them, to donate to the people.

    I take it as proof that Win’s way classier about the realities of file sharing than Flea.

    As to the song (which I grabbed from iTMS before coming across mp3 links): I really like it. But then I’ve been a drooling Arcade Fire fanboy since about 30 seconds after they started playing the first time I saw them live. The first half of the song’s grows on me every time I listen to it, and that back half is just epic. I would’ve maybe smoothed the transition between the two a bit by making the just-xylophone part between the two halves a little bit longer… But that’s nitpicking. It’s great and sounds, to me, like nothing on Funeral or their other stuff.