December 18, 2004

I understand that you are fond of "The Decemberists." I have one of their new songs from their upcoming album "Picaresque." The song is titled "16x32." If you'd like to hear it, just email me and i'll send you it. Enjoy.

Posted by: Stanley on December 18, 2004 06:38 PM

And if you are a real fan of The Decemberists, please read a portion of a recent message from Colin Meloy:

Now: we have always been very open to P2P exchanges; I think's it been nothing but beneficial to us. Without the likes of you kind folks exchanging mp3's, I doubt we'd be where we are today. I get the feeling that your average person who comes to a Decemberist show is of a very special fabric, someone who often finds other ways to support the band if they did get the records from a P2P network.

That said, leaking a promo of a record that does not come out for another three and a half months is not so cool. We spend a lot of time prepping for the release of a record -- we have a lot of folks working very hard to make sure the record gets a proper release at the scheduled time. It'd be nice to think that we have enough control over our art to keep our records veiled until we see fit to unveil them.

And on top of that issue, there is the issue of record sales. If a record is leaked this early, I have no doubt that, unchecked, it could make a serious impact on the sales of the record once it is released. If someone really wants to hear the songs at this point, they'd have no recourse but download it; it won't be available in the stores for months. Keep in mind that ourselves and KRS are not a bunch of money-grubbing corporate CEOs. We are a bunch of folks who have worked very hard to get where we are, working independently of corporate largesse, and count ourselves very lucky to be making our art for a living.

Posted by: Fan on December 18, 2004 07:50 PM

Oh. Thanks for that.
I took the mp3 from I have no intentions of leaking the album or even acquiring it, i just thought that the owner of this site would like it. But thanks for what you've posted.

Posted by: Stanley on December 18, 2004 08:37 PM

Edit: that the owner of this it would like the mp3

Posted by: Stanley on December 18, 2004 08:40 PM

Thanks for the offer, but I already grabbed the track from Stereogum (Scott is one of my daily reads).

I appreciate your posting the Colin Meloy statement, Fan. Artists voicing their concerns over piracy is always welcome here.

Posted by: david on December 19, 2004 04:47 PM
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