So Much Drama On Deerhunter’s Blog This Weekend

There’s a story to be told here. A blogger’s tale of greed and betrayal and FTP breaches. But since many of the originating URLs are now gone, it’s a story that will have to play out here from the cache of our RSS reader (NewsFire, get on it).

The facts were these: On Saturday Bradford posted a link to download Virtual 7″ No. 4, not realizing that anyone could access his unlocked Mediafire account from that link. A reader found Deerhunter’s unmastered Weird Era Cont. (intended to be a surprise bonus to compensate for the ultra-early leaked Microcastle LP), and Atlas Sound’s unreleased Logos, and proceeded to post links to them on the ateaseweb forums. This led Bradford to four hours of Kübler-Ross style grief coping, beginning with Denial (“I don’t believe you,” etc.):

Published: Today, 12:46 AM
Author: [email protected] (bradford cox)

Whoever posted this: YOU ARE FUCKED. I don’t believe you. I can’t understand how you go on living.

Then on to Anger (“fuck this shit,” declaring Logos dead) and Bargaining (a link to download, “if you’d like to pay for hearing it, send a paypal donation”):

Logos (R.I.P.) 2007-2008
Published: Today, 3:22 AM
Author: [email protected] (bradford cox)

Fuck this shit. I can just make another album. It’s not finished and now it never will be. It was also going to have a rad cover. i would describe it to you but that would be stupid. P.S. there are no vocals on Quick Canal. I never got the chance to record them.
This record was not free to record, so if you’d like to pay for hearing it send a paypal donation to [email protected] I am not a fucking opportunist so don’t think I expect it.

And finally, Depression and Acceptance:

Published: Today, 3:47 AM
Author: [email protected] (bradford cox)

I have no idea what people want me to do. I’m not trying to be a cunt to anyone. I will finish the fucking album and stop bitching. I honestly really truly do not want attention from this. Sincerely. I wish none of this shit would have happened. I was just trying to give away another virtual 7″. Now everyone that reads this thing is going to think i’m a fucking lunatic. I just have nothing to do. I guess I’ll go clean my room.

And then he unpublished everything. Sounds like Bradford had a shitty weekend.

To say that the internet’s slope toward entitlement and self-serving mindlessness is a slippery one is hardly news (give ‘em a free MP3, they’ll seek out the torrent), but it is particularly disheartening to see it play out so clearly and callously, and make a victim of someone who gives of his music so freely, and so regularly. Sorry, Bradford. I want to believe this sort of behavior is beneath the average person who frequents sites like this one, but to those for whom it is not: Grow the fuck up and have a little respect for the space and time needed to create the art you love. Nobody wins this way.