If you didn’t hear from your message board or torrent tracking site of choice, you probably did from Ed Droste’s Twitter: Veckatimest leaked. If you know that, you probably know that Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold has already called it “the album of the 00s.” Far be it for us to be hyperbolic about Grizzly Bear, because when have we ever been hyperbolic about Grizzly Bear, but yeah … this album is a beast worthy of the obsessive listening we’re all engaging in across blog land. For it to defy expectations in the face of the ever heightening hype is cause for celebration, but there is that little issue of how this album wasn’t supposed to be released officially for like another three months. Naturally, Grizzly Bear is a little :( about it. So pause the repeat of “Ready, Able” for a minute and absorb the band’s statement in a blog post titled “There’s a hole in the bucket, Delilah”:
So yeah, we are kind of bummed this leaked so early. We know it’s not the 90′s anymore and times have changed, and we’re super grateful for all the support people have shown us on the blogs and internet, but we were kind of hoping it wouldn’t happen this soon.
Ultimately we feel like we put out a great album and hope people enjoy it, and we really hope people take the time to pre-order and support the good one-and-a-half years it took to write and record it.
I promise you the album art for both CD and vinyl is going to be gorgeous. And a bonus: all vinyl people will get a high quality download coupon with their purchase.
Leaking is a tricky subject; as we all know, I’ve had my run ins with the law O__o (Hi, Mr. Sheriff!) I have conflicting opinions about it, as it’s really complicated, but ultimately it saddens me that a bummer-quality version of Veckatimest is going around. Please consider putting your energies into a pre-order or into waiting till May 26 for the album the way we intend it to be presented.
Not to get all mushy, but we definitely put a lot of love and work into this one and are just excited to hit the road and tour it again.
Ok, there! Got that off my chest.
All that comes via the Grizzly blog, which also has links to pre-order the album on CD and vinyl. This is a great album. It deserves a drop in the tip jar, and you deserve to own it on vinyl and with art work and all of that.
05/24 – Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theatre
05/25 – George, WA @ Sasquatch Festival
05/26 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore
05/28 – NYC @ Town Hall
05/29 – NYC @ Town Hall
06/01 – Washington DC @ 930 Club
06/02 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
06/03 – Boston, MA @ Berkley Performance Center
06/04 – Montreal, QUE @ Le National
06/05 – Toronto ON @ Phoenix
06/07 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
06/08 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theatre
06/09 – Bloomington, IN @ Buskirk- Chumley
06/11 – Carrboro, NC @ Cats Cradle
06/12 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo
06/13 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle (With TV On The Radio)
06/15 – Dallas, TX @ Grenada
06/16 – Austin, TX @ The Parish
06/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern
06/21 – San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore