No, Seriously, Animal Collective Fans Are The Craziest

This morning, an e-mail purporting to be from one of the members of the avant-garde outfit/insane fanboy breeders Animal Collective went out, and the e-mail was a plea for the rest of their forthcoming album, Merriweather Post Pavilion, to leak because, hey, two songs had made their way to the Internet already. “[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,” the e-mail said. And it was in all lower-case, so it had to be the real thing! Right?

Well, as it turns out, the e-mail was a hoax perpetuated by someone who actually hacked into the e-mail account of Animal Collective member Brian Weitz. (Sorry, all you message-board denizens who have been trying to will its unauthorized release through excessive posting!) Bradford Cox of Deerhunter, another band who makes the indie kids’ knees go weak, addressed the situation on his blog: “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.” Is this really what it’s come to, you guys? E-mail hacks?!

Anyway, Cox had a few suggestions for the bored types who have nothing better to do than sit on the Internet and post “Leak. Leak. Leak.” for hours and hours:

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.

This, I have to say, is probably the nicest way I’ve ever heard someone say “Um, get a life.”

Weird Energy Why? [Deerhunter via Fluxtumblr]

  • Christopher R. Weingarten

    i’m really impressed that it’s like two weeks from release date and it hasn’t leaked yet. Kudos to the Domino keeping-shit-on-lock team!

  • Christopher R. Weingarten

    where the fuck is my avatar!

  • Anonymous

    Still say this band put on one of the worst, most self-indulgent sets of noise I have ever seen.

  • snortin’ orton

    @2ironic4u: why would you expect anything less? they certainly don’t hold a candle to Trapt.

  • Nicolars

    @Murk: I miss Tuesdays as well. There’s not the same level of drama and expectation when an album leaks online.

  • Murk

    I probably would’ve hacked Sonic Youth’s email account in 1989 if I had been able. If there had been email. Now I actually miss waiting around for weeks for an album to appear & then rushing to the record store (ah, the record store!) on the fateful Tuesday.

  • janine

    It’s possible to not listen to leaks. I know, I know, everyone’s talking about it and you have to say “I haven’t heard it,” but it’s really not at all painful.

  • Lucas Jensen

    @Murk: It was a good feeling.

  • Anonymous

    I would love to hear the complete Bradford Cox fake version of Brighten the Corners. That should’ve totally been included with the recent Matador deluxe re-release.

  • brownham

    “Back in the 90′s when I was first starting to make 4-track tapes”

    bradford iz kewl

  • moomintroll

    “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.”

    This sounds like a totally fake story. I also make up stories about how cool I was in the nineties.

  • MayhemintheHood

    Bradford Cox would be one of these types of kids, but he was about 2 years ahead of the internet bullshit so he’s way above that. AC fans=Bradford Cox.

  • Maura Johnston

    @MayhemintheHood: oooh snap!

  • AquaLung

    The leak anticipation for the album is really interesting to watch unfold. People have become so accustomed to getting an album for free without permission from the band, they don’t know what to do with themselves when things don’t work out this way.

    Not to say the AC album isn’t going to leak, but this e-mail hack is just the latest temper tantrum from this special breed of “music fans.”

    Not that I don’t want to hear the album, but damn these people really need to get a hobby.

    (Like posting comments on blogs…)

  • Murk
  • Lucas Jensen

    @moomintroll: Back in the 90s, I wrestled a bear with a four track right after I rerecorded Alien Lanes with only babies singing.

  • Maura Johnston

    @AquaLung: well, but that’s an aftereffect of the entitlement borne by the internet age, no?

  • moomintroll

    @Lucas Jensen: Pshaw, I did it whilst wrestling a moose.
    His quote totally smells of nineties re-write.
    I always recount how 1993 was a turning point in my musical tastes…when I heard Modern Life is Rubbish. Truthfully, I was 11 years old and the seminal album for me that year was Walthamstow by East 17.
    Ahh it feels better to tell the truth. I didn’t hear MLIR until late ’94/early ’95, and that’s when the magic happened.

  • Lucas Jensen

    @moomintroll: I saw Toad the Wet Sprocket, like, three times in concert.

  • moomintroll

    @Lucas Jensen: yes, you win.

  • AquaLung

    @Maura Johnston: You are correct I suppose…sigh.

  • Lucas Jensen

    @moomintroll: It’s a hollow victory.

  • Toms TV

    Did it ever leak?! ha