The Times was set to stream the National’s forthcoming album (High Violet) on its Web site, accompanying a long profile of the band that will run in this Sunday’s Magazine. As Mashable points out, this seemed like a shrewd response to High Violet‘s recent leak–the band could control the album’s distribution while still building buzz, and the paper could demonstrate its site’s value to a younger audience.
But someone seems to have gotten cold feet. According to a new editor’s note on the site, “Due to security issues, the full stream of the ‘High Violet’ has been removed. A condensed version of the album will be posted shortly.”
(Trivia: lead singer Matt Berninger’s wife, Carin Besser, was a fiction editor at The New Yorker until recently–fun couple alert.)