Animal Collective’s E-Mail Hacked, Says Deerhunter

Between the Web Sheriff fiasco and back-and-forth apologies, the hubbub surrounding Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion feels more like a nerdy soap opera than the release of an indie rock album. The drama was ratcheted up a few notches after the Quietus posted what they claim to be a letter from Brian Weitz aka Geologist asking for folks to please leak the album to maintain its start-to-finish integrity. The letter:

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

-brian Geologist

Bradford Cox calls e-bullshit:

Just got of the phone with Brian Weitz. 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

-brian Geologist”

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.

That’s what AC get for making their password “thewebsheriff.” Just kidding. It may be against the blogger code, but I agree with Cox. If you can’t wait to the 1/20 release date, you can also go to a listening party. Cox’s two-cents appeared at Deerhunter’s blog under the header “Weird Energy Why?”

[Photo via BV]