Word came over the Internets the other day that the new long player from Paramore had leaked out onto the Internets--the Internets are nothing if not self-referential. But the leaky news had one caveat: The album had leaked, but in the dreaded "Very Low Quality."
The album has since leaked even more (or again, or whatever), this time in "High Quality," but the whole thing did get me to thinking: What if the "Very Low Quality" referred to the songs, and not the audio quality? What if the leak was a really sloppy version of the album, with ad-libs instead of the final lyrics, wrong notes, missed drum fills, flubbed bass lines, a dull mix and, I dunno, a harpejji solo or something?
It's not like bands don't intentionally leak their albums (or parts of them) already. Why not leak a demo quality version of the album--to entice your fans but also to remind them that the real, shiny, polished and Very High Quality edition of the album will soon be available for purchase? It's like a fun version of versioning, with a bit of windowing, too. I'm not saying Paramore intentionally leaked a crappy version of their album, but I kind of wish they had.