As Thumper's father used to say, "if you can't blog something nice, don't blog nothing at all." And my father certainly didn't raise me to be a Bonobasher, but sometimes it's just so easy (especially when Brian Turner is feeding you links. Thanks Brian!)
So it seems four tracks from U2's upcoming No Line on the Horizon were leaked after Sir Bono played them so loudly at his villa in the South of France that someone was able to record them from outside and post them online.
Posters on various message boards, however, have said that the tracks sound way too clean to have been recorded outside the house, and have suggested that the tracks may have been leaked by the band to stir some viral marketing, which is actually funnier than the thought of Bono blasting his own music so loudly it could be heard from the street.
But Bono & Co. might want to be cautious about such stunts. In January, the band's manager suggested that people illegally uploading music should have their Internet connections severed. If they did leak the tracks, and are claiming they didn't give permission, it could spell a TKO for U2's ISP.
(Photo: "Jesus Loves You Too" by sculptor Frans Smeets)
EDIT: In keeping with Frans Smeets' BonoJesus statue, word comes in that Tucson's Christ the King Episcopal Church has been holding services with a U2 soundtrack. According to the church website, the communion service features "the music & lyrics of Bono and U2 held on the 2nd Saturday of each month. The music is performed by a live band with vocalists - not karaoke." The site also notes that for one service, the U2 song "Peace on Earth" was "chosen to reflect the Gospel lesson for the day: ??." The question marks are theirs, perhaps intended to suggest that good Christians ought not play their stereos too loudly so as not to disrupt their neighborhood's peace.