I don't know, I'm pretty fond of the rusty live versions of Month of May.
I haven't watched the special yet, but I did just watch the main SNL performance. Reflektor was probably the goofiest performance I've ever seen on that show, but I loved every minute of it.
Spin heard the album last night...
http://www.spin.com/articles/arcade-...-first-listen/The experience of the advance "listening session" is an unnatural way to hear an album, especially for the first time: You've got one chance to conjure all kinds of deep thoughts and definitive judgments about a body of work people have usually labored over for years. Unlike a film screening, only your sense of hearing is engaged, and because music tends to conjure a sense of place, you can end up envisioning the walls of a conference room and the blank stares of the other people at the session every time you hear certain songs for years afterward. And although the listening session for Arcade Fire’s fourth LP Reflektor, due October 29 on Merge Records, was held at New York’s famed Electric Lady Studios in a lovely dimmed room with a pair of kick-ass speakers, this knee-jerk pre-reviewer freely admits to many shortcomings in the following due to the above factors.
1. REFLEKTOR SOUNDS LIKE ARCADE FIRE, BUT THEY'RE A WHOLE NEW BAND.
That majestic, cinematic, anthemic sound is still there but it's subtler, and the group's confidence, swing, and swagger have grown by leaps and bounds. They've also finally learned how to put some air in their music: The album veers masterfully from spare to sprawling (and vice versa) in an instant.
2. THE DANCEY THING PRETTY MUCH GOES AWAY AFTER THE FIRST COUPLE OF SONGS...
... Although the emphasis on rhythm doesn't. The album opens with the by-now-well-known title track, which is essentially a several-minute-long “extended dance remix” of a three-and-a-half minute song, like on the countless 1980s-era 12-inch singles that co-producer James Murphy spins when he DJs. (He probably even knows that the early Soft Cell and Duran Duran 12-inch remixes destroy the album versions.) And while we’re on that topic, the bassline of the second track, "We Exist" (the disco-y second song performed on the Arcade Fire in Here Comes the Night Time program that followed Saturday Night Live last weekend) is "Like a Virgin" grafted onto "Billie Jean."
8. THE STRINGS ARE PRESENT BUT MUCH LESS PROMINENT THAN BEFORE.
Arcade Fire are now a sextet, with Sarah Neufeld relegated to a full-time supporting/touring role similar to that of fellow violinist Owen Pallette.
12. JOIN US IN PRAYER THAT REFLEKTOR DOES NOT TURN ARCADE FIRE INTO U2... ANY MORE THAN THEY ALREADY ARE.
Because it could. Reflektor is like Mad Men or a Mercedes or Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom: whether or not you like it, the quality of the art and the scale of the accomplishment are undeniable.
FWIW, I've always loved this band because they could become the next U2. Widescreen ambition and big emotions and the communal experience of both are supposed to be shunned why exactly? Especially when artistry and innovation aren't sacrificed . . .
Because Bono is cancer.
November 18 - Slayer
November 19 - eyehategod
December 4 - Behemoth
January 30 - Behemoth
February 3 - Zola Jesus
February 6 - Sleep
Win butler is too dorky to ever become bono, that's why he's such a great frontman
I thought Coldplay were the next U2.
We're here to play some Mississippi Delta Blues. We're in a horrible depression, and I gotta admit - we're starting to like it.
I would love to hear City With No Children and Modern Man. I'm also bummed about the strings but I missed em last time around so, oh well. I'm glad I saw them on the polo fields in '07 though I don't remember a whole lot.
Clash Music coming in and pooping on the party with their review.
AF coming to your arena soon!
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/ne...yssey-20131008Back in America, Murphy and Dravs, plus two engineers, cranked out mixes in several New York studios – but the band refused to let go. "It happened on almost every song," says Murphy. "We would have mixed it and put it away, and they'd go back to Montreal and add something, change it and mix it again. It was a very ambitious process."
In April, Chassagne and Butler had their first child. (How's parenthood? "Bonkers," says Butler.) Next year, Arcade Fire will hit the road on a massive tour, joined by the Haitian percussionists who played with them on Saturday Night Live's season premiere. "I'm really excited to hear what the band sounds like in a year, after we've got a bunch of touring under our belt," says Butler. "We were really changed by those experiences in Haiti and Jamaica. I was like, 'Oh, shit, we could be really good. We could get good at this music thing.'"
With Owen's confirmation of Marika, that makes 13 touring members this time around:- I am touring full-time with Arcade Fire as one of several "non-pictured" members-- the others may or may not include Tiwill (percussion), Diol (percussion), Marika (currently on mat. leave), Colin (sax), Michael (sax).
- Owen Pallett
- Colin Stetson & Michael Lewis (Brass)
- Tiwill & Diol (Two Hatian Precussionists)
Looks like they might be playing surprise shows in Brooklyn on Friday and Saturday
10/1-The Gaslight Anthem (Marquee Theatre)
10/10-12-Austin City Limits Weekend 2
10/24-Warpaint (The Pressrom)
10/25-Arctic Monkeys (Comerica Theatre)
10/30-Queens of the Stone Age (AZ State Fair)
10/30-Jimmy Eat World (Marquee Theatre)
11/3-Yelle (Crescent Ballroom)
11/10-The Black Keys (US Airways Center)
11/12-Judas Priest (Jobing.com Arena)
4/10-12-Coachella Weekend 1
I was talking to my dad today about how Arcade Fire is doing those Brooklyn shows so there maybe an Los Angeles show being announce soon and that I would keep an eye to get him a pair if so/tell him how to get tickets.Well he has a crush with Régine and goes " I was looking at some photos of her and she is kinda of ugly.I do not know what it is but I find her still hot." I thought it was funny enough to post.