An unmastered version of the latest Broken Social Scene presents… installment has recently leaked, causing the latest featured musician, Brendan Canning, to react by posting the album digitally before it's release date of June 22nd.
Canning's reaction is similar to labelmates Stars' reaction to the early leak of their In Our Bedroom After the War.
Here's Canning's written thoughts, via Arts & Crafts:
It has come to my attention that an unmastered version of my album has been leaked through the internet. With the retail release being six weeks away, I've decided to correct the situation by releasing the album digitally myself, because I can. So this is for all you early birds who just couldn't wait for July 22nd. But you know, it won't be like going to your favorite record shop and getting a copy in your hot little hands, or sitting in your basement downloading it to your iTouch phone [sic] while playing 'Grand Theft Auto'. It merely corrects the situation that is…a messed up version of my record floating around on the internet, and this is not how I wanted my record to drop. Believe me, this is not a minor situation. We're talking recall here folks… With all of this in mind, please note: Something for All of Us… will be available at all fine retail and digital outlets in North America July 22nd with some additional artwork inside and slightly later for the rest of the world.
Thank you all, please enjoy.
I think this begs the question, "why don't all artists release albums digitally before physical albums hit stores?" Wouldn't it avoid these leaking fiascos, at least a little?
Buy the digital copy here if you feel so inclined.