Imagine Bradford Cox's surprise when the Deerhunter and Atlas Sound frontman found three of the four Atlas Sound's Bedroom Databank volumes, released last week, deleted by Sony Music for "unauthorized reproduction and distribution of copyrighted sound recordings," even though Atlas Sound and Deerhunter are on entirely different, non-Sony Music labels.
Cox fought back via the Deerhunter blogsite, posting on Friday: "Apparently Sony Music Owns my bedroom. Feel free to call or email and let them know what you think. I can understand them requesting for me to remove a cover but the only one I can imagine that happening with is Dylan. Which was on Vol. 1. Which was not deleted. I am re-uploading the files now. I'll put new links in the posts."
The three Sony-slapped volumes of home-and-hotel demo recordings, the last being released on Thanksgiving, were reposted and are available again ... unless Sony takes them down again.
The strangest twist is that Atlas Sound is released by Kranky Records whereas Deerhunter are on 4AD - neither label being Sony affiliated.
Cox and his Atlas Sound bandmates kick off a mini-December tour this Friday in Los Angeles and make their way to Maxwell's in Hoboken on December 10 and Brooklyn's Bell House on December 11.
UPDATE: Sony apologized to Cox, according to Pitchfork, sending the following email: "The Bradford Cox tracks were mistakenly removed. We advised Mediafire that the titles were mistakenly taken down. We have communicated all of this to Bradford Cox and his manager. We apologize for any inconvenience."