Apparently Sleater-Kinney is none too thrilled about folks downloading copies of their upcoming record.
Fair enough, but one must ask, what's the deal with Sub Pop's part sending out promo copies three months in advance? If the sorry bunch at Billboard is allowed to hear advance copies of the record, one could assume in this day and age that everybody else will too. I can't help but think that Jonathan Poneman and Co. may have dropped the ball with regard to the release date on this one.
I always said that if I was in a kick ass rock band, I would be annoyed, and yet at the same time rather flattered that people cared enough about my record to download it three months in advance. The Sleater make a variety of good points in their website posting. Whether or not this will make me any less likely to listen to it early, especially with the knowledge that I plan to purchase it, and give it a glowing online review (provided its as good as I think it will be), is up for debate.