Yeah Yeah Yeahs, It’s Blitz/It’s Leaked: Ethical Dilemma


Well what do you know, the forthcoming Yeah Yeah Yeahs It’s Blitz! LP has now leaked.  Although, it looks like we’ll be waiting until closer to the release date for a good 320/flac version of the album – OMG, someone on the YYY’s team should rectify this, the release is only 6 weeks away! *sarcasm* (Just in case you don’t get it).

As Marc Hogan recently wrote in Pitchfork’s Forkast, “Yeah Yeah Yeahs take over the dancefloor with “Heads Will Roll”, the second track (um, unless you count the full album leak, for which heads will no doubt roll) to emerge from forthcoming third album It’s Blitz!”

What I’m wondering is:

Now that we’ve reached the point where a full album leak is virtually inevitable (unless the band chooses to release the album digitally before sending out promo copies; see Radiohead In Rainbows (2007), Fever Ray s/t (2009), etc.) is it still a faux pas to review an album leak?!

What would you say if I reviewed It’s Blitz! this week?  Would you flame the comments with words like “torrenter” and “thief,” or would you happily read the review?

Would reviewing leaks jeopardize my journalist integrity and openly expose me for “conspiracy to dismantle the music industry,” or would it set me on a pedestal for “embracing the future of music?!”

At first glance, it appears that Hype Machine is already littered in unreleased MP3’s from It’s Blitz!  So if the majority of other bloggers are totally OK with actually being the first to leak a song (which I’m not inclined to do on LaCinta) wouldn’t it only be a fraction as bad for me to review leaked albums???

It also looks like fans on the official Yeah Yeah Yeahs message board (which I assume is moderated by Yeah Yeah Yeahs management) are already discussing how much they like/don’t like the unreleased tracks.  I also noticed over at the Village Voice that someone commented on a Yeah Yeah Yeahs post, saying that “We leaked it. People from the official YYYs board site Peace!”

Isn’t it awesome to have such amazing fans?


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One response to “Yeah Yeah Yeahs, It’s Blitz/It’s Leaked: Ethical Dilemma

  1. Julian K

    Yeah, as soon as “Zero” leaked, it was already being linked and distributed in messages on the official yeah yeah yeahs discussion forum.

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