Friday, September 01, 2006


We'd imagine Pitchfork are in for some awkward conversations with Drag City records, after a bungle led the new Joanna Newsom album to leak onto the internet.

What appears to have happened is Pitchfork put mp3s of the album, Ys, onto its download server and somehow either forget to ringfence them, or meant to move them somewhere elese and then didn't. The offers visitors a handy listing of the contents of the download folder, so it was only a matter of time before someone came across the files.

As disasters go, we doubt this is the worst thing that could happen - Joanna Newsom fans are unlikely to reject the album in favour of the mp3 version - but it's still a bit of a slip. Mind you, there's a version of Lily Allen's Smile in the folder, too, so perhaps it's just Pitchfork are shameless.

Thanks to James Smythe for the story.