Dog and Bradford at McCarren Pool

"Over the weekend, Cox, doing what he's done countless times before, gave away free music on his blog, this time in the form of a "Virtual 7-inch" that contained two Atlas Sound songs. The only problem was that this time, when fans attempted to download the tunes, they somehow ended up also downloading the entire contents of Cox's MediaFire account (he had accidentally left it unlocked) -- which included demos, song sketches, two fully completed albums and a whole bunch of photos of his friends and family.

Naturally, when that material began to make their way around file-sharing sites, Cox reacted much in the same way anyone would: He sort of lost it, posting (and then deleting) a series of messages on his blog that ran the gamut from denial to anger to bargaining and finally, at around 3 a.m. Sunday morning, acceptance. Basically, he rifled through the entire grieving process in a little more than 12 hours. Could he have taken a step back, perhaps counted to 100, or physically separated his fingers from the keyboard? Yes. Did he? No. And maybe neither would you or I, for that matter.

Of course, on Monday, when I wrote about the entire incident on MTV's Newsroom blog, I wasn't considering any of that. I basically recapped the entire event in a condescending tone, put words in Cox's mouth (the whole "Blames You" headline), and did not bother attempting to contact him for further comment or clarification. I was irresponsible and one-sided. In other words, I covered the whole thing the way your average blogger would...." [says MTV's James Montgomery]

The "Monday" that James (not your average blogger) refers to was two days ago. On Tuesday (yesterday), this happened:

"Today, more than two months before its physical release, Deerhunter's third LP Microcastle has made its way to the iTunes Music Store. The disc is still due in physical form October 28 via Kranky in North America and October 27 on 4AD in the rest of the world, but it remains an iTunes digital exclusive until then. [Pitchfork]

BUT more importantly, even more Deerhunter tour dates were announced in addition to the recent last minute Mercury Lounge show and in addition to the upcoming tour with Times New Viking that includes two more NYC shows. The new (to this site at least) NYC date is September 9th at Le Poisson Rouge. That's less than three weeks away. Tickets are on sale I think. All dates below...

Deerhunter - 2008 Tour Dates
Sep 2 - Red Rock Pavillion w/ Nine Inch Nails Morrison, Colorado
Sep 3 - E Center w/ Nine Inch Nails Salt Lake City, Utah
Sep 4 - Musicfest NW @ Holocene w/ Oxford Collapse, Bodies of Water Portland, Oregon
Sep 5 - Oracle Arena w/ Nine Inch Nails Oakland, California
Sep 6 - The Forum w/ Nine Inch Nails Inglewood, California
Sep 9 - LPR (le poisson rouge) New York, New York
Sep 12 - The Dome London, London and South East
Oct 31 - Microcastle Record Release Show @ Variety Playhouse w/ Pylon, Jay Reatard, TNV Atlanta, Georgia
Nov 1 - Orange Peel w/ TNV Asheville, North Carolina
Nov 2 - Cat's Cradle w/ TNV Carrboro, North Carolina
Nov 3 - Ottobar w/ TNV, AIDS Wolf Baltimore, Maryland
Nov 4 - Black Cat w/ TNV, Knyfe Hyts WASHINGTON, Washington DC
Nov 5 - First Unitarian Church w/ TNV, Knyfe Hyts Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nov 6 - Terrace F. Club w/ Knyfe Hyts, Times New Viking Princeton, New Jersey
Nov 7 - Music Hall Of Williamsburg w/ TNV, Knyfe Hyts Brooklyn, New York
Nov 8 - Bowery Ballroom w/ TNV, Vivian Girls New York, New York
Nov 10 - Paradise w/ TNV, Vivian Girls Boston, Massachusetts
Nov 11 - Theatre Plaza w/ TNV, Neighborhood Council Montreal, Quebec
Nov 12 - Lee's Palace w/ TNV, Neighborhood Council Toronto, Ontario
Nov 13 - Crofoot Ballroom w/ TNV, Disappears Pontiac, Michigan
Nov 14 - Grog Shop w/ TNV, Disappears Cleveland, Ohio
Nov 15 - Metro w/ TNV, Disappears Chicago, Illinois
Nov 16 - High Noon Saloon w/ TNV, Disappears Madison, Wisconsin
Nov 17 - Triple Rock Social Club w/ TNV, Disappears Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nov 20 - Richards On Richards w/ TNV, BARR Vancouver, British Columbia
Nov 21 - Neumos w/ TNV, BARR Seattle, Washington
Nov 22 - Hawthorne Theatre w/ TNV, BARR Portland, Oregon
Nov 24 - Great American Music Hall w/ TNV, BARR San Francisco, California
Nov 25 - El Rey Theatre w/ TNV, BARR Los Angeles, California
Nov 28 - Casbah w/ TNV San Diego, California
Nov 29 - Modified Arts w/ TNV Phoenix, Arizona
Dec 1 - Palladium Loft w/ TNV Dallas, Texas
Dec 2 - Emos Alternative Lounge Outside w/ TNV Austin, Texas
Dec 3 - Warehouse Live w/ TNV Houston, Texas
Dec 4 - Spanish Moon w/ TNV Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Dec 5 - One Eyed Jacks w/ TNV New Orleans, Louisiana
Dec 6 - Bottletree w/ TNV Birmingham, Alabama