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Those of us who scour blogs night and day for album advances & leaked mp3s – much like godless bears roam the countryside searching for innocent American Patriot prey – were thrown into a veritable frenzy around noon today as we discovered that several tracks from the upcoming Wilco album had leaked onto the internet.

Alas and alack, almost immediately after they were posted, Shameless Complacency was nowhere to be found. Instead, an error message appeared in it’s place stating the blog had been deleted for violating the WordPress terms of service.

The blog reappeared late this evening, with the following statement from it’s owner, Ke: Shameless Complacency was killed this afternoon. But I revived it this evening. As you may know, I posted links to a certain upcoming album this morning; those links resulted in some very unpleasant business. So I will be posting no more [band name retracted] links, as I rather like my blog un-deleted. I’m sorry for the downtime, and I’m doing my best to ensure that it never happens again. Thanks.

The band are on Nonesuch, a subsidiary of Warner Bros – just like their previous home, Reprise – which could explain the swift crackdown, although Wilco is hardly one of their top-selling artists so such a close watch seems odd. It seems unlikely the band would take such an agressive stance, given Jeff Tweedy’s previous comments on leaks. So we’re all left wondering what exactly happened, and why the reprisal was so extreme. Indietastic has since posted the tracks, and seems to have suffered no such ill will.

One of life’s great mysteries, no doubt.

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Oh Jack White, how you entertain me with your whimsical album titles. I know everyone hates you because you drink Coke, but I drink Coke too Jack. Maybe I learned it from watching you? Oh, the ethical quandry.

Per NME: The White Stripes have revealed the details of their forthcoming album. The Detroit duo have titled the record ‘Icky Thump’, and have just finished mixing and recording it at Nashville, Tennessee’s Blackbird Studio.A release date for the follow up to 2005’s ‘Get Behind Me Satan’ has not yet been set, but a posting on the band’s website says: “We are doing our best (whatever that is) to release the album as soon as corporately possible. And though we are tired, worn, weary, hungry, cold and left without an ounce of nutrition amongst ourselves, we are in the midst of planning performance type shows around the world.”

I would elaborate on the meaning of Icky Thump (a variation on ‘ecky thump‘) but I don’t want the kiddies getting hold of this.

Tracks on Thump will include songs such as “You Don’t Know What Love Is,” “I’m Slowly Turning Into You,” “Catch Hell Blues,” “Clicky Bump,” “Little Cream Soda” and “Rag And Bone.”

The album will presumably be released on Warner. You can catch the band live at this year’s Bonnaroo Festival.

Word is still out on whether Kele Okerke is as excited as we are.

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