Last night, Brooklyn indie-rockers Grizzly Bear had a little problem with the pipes in their Yellow House… they were leaking all over the place! Their album Veckatimest—which has a release date of May 26—hit the net in a glorious 128kbps rip, which is essentially the equivalent of a MySpace stream underwater. Twitter-happy Grizz dude Edward Droste let loose a hesitant (albeit since-BALEETED) statement on the leak, and his Twittering fans came to his aid… in the form of squealing, spoiled, entitled brats begging for more hand-outs!
To be fair, a good 95% of the tweets were very supportive, and the sort of thing every musician likes to hear: True fans who won’t listen to such low-quality piffle, a bevy of promises to buy the CD or vinyl (sometimes multiple times) when they are released in June, and lots of approving comments about the record itself.
But then it mostly devolved into people asking Droste himself to leak a better copy of his own album! Feed me, Seymour! Feed me all night long!
Here’s how not to tell the musicians you like how to run their business:
THE DISRESPECTFUL DEMAND MASKED AS CUTESY COMMENT
mgslol: @EdwardDroste While you can’t fix the ‘leak’ part, you CAN fix the ‘low quality’ part…
gxkaushik: @EdwardDroste Hey…maybe someone could release a better rip themselves…. I have pre-ordered Veckatimest, by the by.
THE BACKSEAT MUSIC INDUSTRY DRIVER
musicvideomusic: @EdwardDroste You might as well leak it in high quality then… :) you don’t want people’s 1st impressions of the album to be lossy do you?
tereutereu: @EdwardDroste Perhaps you should intentionally leak a high-quality version yourself?
onegoodthing: @EdwardDroste: can “you” speed up at least the electronic release to get the high quality out there or is that a logistical impossibility?
THE O RLY APPROACH
CarlosSP: @EdwardDroste Leak a higher quality rip yourself. People have been waiting on this really badly.
THE JUST PLAIN DICKISH
haukurSM: @EdwardDroste so leak a higher quality one already, huh?
coolingpie: @edwarddroste YO, where can I get the leak?!?
wingman251: @EdwardDroste BUT WHERE CAN I FIND IT?!
THE HAVING NO CLUE WHATSOEVER HOW TO DEAL WITH PEOPLE SO NOT EVEN BOTHERING TO PHRASE THINGS IN A WAY THAT ISN’T INSULTING
jheri: @EdwardDroste Link please?