Merge’s Accidental Arcade Fire Leak

The mailbox lit up yesterday with missives from charitable iTunes consumers purchasing what was meant to be “Intervention,” but was instead an unintentional holiday treat. Win explained on the Arcade Fire site:

“Intervention” was supposed to be uploaded to iTunes as a charity single benefitting Partners In Health on the 28th of December, but someone at Merge uploaded the wrong song 2 days too early … The song that people have downloaded from the US side of iTunes is called “Black Wave/Bad Vibrations,” and it is the next track on the record after “Intervention.” I guess it is sort of charming that we can send the wrong song to the whole world with a click of a mouse…oh well. The real “Intervention” will be up soon, and there will be a paypal link up on for those who have downloaded the songs without paying but still want to give some money to

Like artists don’t have enough to worry about with their record labels facilitating pre-release proliferation. Win next spoke to the MySpace-informed compilation process for (and pending leak of) Neon Bible.

We decided to try and get a couple of songs out to people before the record leaks (which is inevitable as the Christmas cold I can feel coming), but keep in mind that the record is very much meant to be heard as a whole. That is why we leaked over 100 songs on MySpace as fake band names over the last year and then made a compilation of the 11 most popular songs and called it Neon Bible! You will all hear the whole record in due time, and I am sure it will all make sense.

So have faith, Fire fans! Fake friends on MySpace can’t be wrong. He’s obvs joking, but god how great would it be if Neon Bible = eyeliner emo?

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