Posted in music on February 3, 2005

The Arcade Fire @ Irving Plaza

I just got home from the second night in a row of The Arcade Fire in NYC. It was my fifth time seeing them live, and it was absolutely the best show yet.

Some factors that made it the best:

1) Irving Plaza is a great venue (Clear Channel aside).

2) Owen Pallett (Final Fantasy) on violin. I hope he becomes a permanent member of the band, though I doubt it.

The Arcade Fire @ Irving Plaza

3) They weren't tired, and no technical difficulties. When they played Mercury Lounge, they drove in from Canada that night. At Webster Hall they were late and stressed because of their Conan O' Brien appearance.

4) The crowd was not dead. Limited dancing like all crowded NYC shows, but the crowd was going as wild as they knew how.

The Arcade Fire @ Irving Plaza

5) DAVID BYRNE of the Talking Heads performed Naive Melody with the band (as David Bowie watched from the balcony - pic below)

The Arcade Fire @ Irving Plaza

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Download: Arcade Fire performing Naive Melody live with David Byrne (WAV Audio File, right click, save as)

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More at Daily Refill and ArcadeFire.net and Central Village.

Final Fantasy MP3s here.

Download the Conan O'Brien Video here (torrent) or here (video file)

Previously

Back From Arcade Fire @ Webster Hall

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Comments (43)

oh me oh my.

Posted by dorkfish | February 3, 2005 3:19 AM

awesome.

trying my best not to be jealous of you ;)

Posted by solace | February 3, 2005 3:44 AM

I would have LOVED to see that!

Posted by willo | February 3, 2005 3:46 AM

David Byrne on stage must have been amazing!
Bowie was at Webster Hall as well (he must really love them), so was Britt Daniels.

Posted by audrey | February 3, 2005 8:48 AM

I think that Owen dude is in Hidden Cameras, no?

Posted by Joey | February 3, 2005 2:36 PM

Owen does play in the Hidden Cameras. He also has his own band Les Mouches, which is amazing. Final Fantasy is his pretty recent project.

http://lesmouches.cjb.net/

final fantasy recordings out on [][][][][][] Recording Club: http://chumpco.com/~fototag/blocks/

Posted by Matthew | February 3, 2005 2:46 PM

One of the best shows i've ever been too. Seeing David Byrne was incredible. Once in a lifetime...

Posted by matt d | February 3, 2005 3:54 PM

David Byrne sounds right at home with them, and I LOVE the outro to the Naive Melody mp3! Thanks!

Posted by John | February 3, 2005 10:20 PM

Thank you so much for the audio. I can't stop thinking about it!

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growing tired of the arcade fire? meet the next canuck indie band to hit a nerve.
i just came across this band wintersleep here:

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the drummer kills!

Posted by NEON | February 6, 2005 11:20 AM

Listening to the .wav as I write. This sounds like an incredible show. Sorry to have missed it myself. I can't wait to see them at the Coachella Vally Music and Arts Festival. Thanks for posting this.

~mitch

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