Posted in music | tour dates | video on August 31, 2010

We Used to Wait (The Wilderness Downtown)
Wilderness Downtown

...is pretty cool.

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The band's latest set of tour dates, and more info on the video, below...

WILDERNESS DOWNTOWN

"The Wilderness Downtown," an interactive film by Chris Milk featuring "We Used To Wait" from Arcade Fire's new album The Suburbs can be experienced now at http://thewildernessdowntown.com/.

Taking its name from a lyric from the aforementioned song--"so when the lights cut out, I was lost, standing in the wilderness downtown"--"The Wilderness Downtown" exemplifies the Google "Chrome Experience" and HTML5 technology, cueing the opening of multiple browser windows, visually incorporating viewers' childhood addresses (if they are available via Google Street View) , allowing the viewers to write and share messages to their younger selves and more.

Back in the physical world, Arcade Fire's October 7 and 8 shows at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium have sold out completely, with all of the approximately 12,000 tickets going within hours of on sale. Popular demand has also necessitated the adding of a second show at the Greek Theater in Berkeley CA, where the band will now perform October 2 and 3.

Arcade Fire - 2010 Tour Dates
WED - 9/22/2010 - St. Paul, MN Roy Wilkins Arena
THU - 9/23/2010 - Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
SAT - 9/25/2010 - Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Centre
SUN - 9/26/2010 - Calgary, AB Stampede Corral * SOLD OUT
TUE - 9/28/2010 - Vancouver, BC Pacific Coliseum * SOLD OUT
WED - 9/29/2010 - Seattle, WA Key Arena
THU - 9/30/2010 - Portland, OR Memorial Coliseum
SAT - 10/2/2010 - Berkeley, CA Greek Theatre * SOLD OUT
SUN - 10/3/2010 - Berkeley, CA Greek Theatre
TUE - 10/5/2010 - Big Sur, CA Henry Miller Library * SOLD OUT
THU - 10/7/2010 - Los Angeles, CA Shrine Auditorium * SOLD OUT
FRI - 10/8/2010 - Los Angeles, CA Shrine Auditorium * SOLD OUT
SUN - 10/10/2010 - Mexico City (MX) Palacio de los Deportes
TUE - 10/12/2010 - Monterrey (MX) Banamex Theater
* Calexico supports Sept. 22 through Oct. 3 and Oct. 10 and 12

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Comments (51)

Almost as fun as interactive hummus.

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 12:22 PM

Penises look much cooler when they look like roots.

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 12:25 PM

Pretty damn cool.

But is anyone still listening to that album? Review scores were seriously inflated. DOA.

Posted by Rococo Rococo Rococo Rococo | August 31, 2010 12:45 PM

This video is really cool. A very interesting idea and an exciting glimpse into the future of entertainment. Wow.

Posted by Scott | August 31, 2010 12:50 PM

Too bad the album isn't as cool as this...

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 12:51 PM

balllllllller

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 12:53 PM

1245p, im still listening to it. and youre not since you probably treat music (digital format, im guessing?) like pokemon cards or some shit... collect as many mp3s as you can. "hey everybody! look at me! i have 40K songs on my external hard drive!"

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 12:59 PM

still listening. its real good.
hope they come back soon.

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 1:05 PM

definitely still listening and loving it!!!

Posted by jables | August 31, 2010 1:45 PM

12:59, it's "Gotta Catch 'Em All!"

Also, no.

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 1:48 PM

12:45--- i've been listening to it probably twice a day since it came out and it just keeps getting better. you obviously have horrible taste.

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 1:49 PM

The predictions of their demise have been greatly exaggerated. The evil Dr. Tress Tafarian's snark ray has claimed more victims. I am looking down on you devendra banhart lookalikes in your basketball jerseys, complaining about pool parties. You will ask the Masked Fauxhemian to save you, and I will say no!

Posted by the masked fauxhemian | August 31, 2010 1:51 PM

Hey 12:45 You don't like that album, but I do. How will we ever work this out? I think we need a beer summit at the White House. I like Omeegang Witte, but if you drink PBR, we can still probably work something out.

I listened to the Beatles, the White Album the other day. I bet you probably hate it. It came out in November of 1968, so that makes it roughly 502 times older than The Suburbs, so that shit is real old. I doubt anyone other than me still listens to it, because it is so old, and we all know that old stuff sucks.

In fact, I went into a record store the other day, and I just pointed and laughed and said "HA! Look at all this old stuff! Dear store owner, you should just throw it all away. All you need to keep is this stuff right here in the new release section. And once it hits a month old, throw that away too, because you will get sick if you listen to it. mold. bacteria. It should be composted so new records can be made from it with shiny new songs on them."

The store owner agreed and I helped him compost his Flying Burrito Brothers LPs and his Frank Zappa records (I mean c'mon the guy is dead, he can't even make new music if he wanted to). And what do you know?! In a few weeks, we had new Katy Perry records growing right in the parking lot....Joni Mitchell had a song about a parking lot once, but I forgot how it goes because it is so old.

Posted by The Mighty KC | August 31, 2010 1:54 PM

Nice to see some reasonable people out there taking BV back from all the haters.

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 2:04 PM

the white album will never stop being awesome

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 2:07 PM

i thought this tune was one of the highlights of the msg shows, particularly the second night. i still dig the record, too.

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 2:11 PM

Hey Bugalow Bill!

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 2:12 PM

Hey 1:54: You got the wrong guy. I love the White Album. I think Suburbs is a bland, pretentious mess, much like Neon Bible before it. I loved Funeral too. To each their own!

Posted by 12:45 | August 31, 2010 2:24 PM

12:45/2:24-- your mom is a bland, pretentious mess. boo ya!

Posted by 1:49 | August 31, 2010 2:49 PM

The White Album contains the Beatles worst song: Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da. It is so mind-numbingly childish that it almost taints the entire album...but that's Sir Paul for you!

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 2:52 PM

Nothing could taint The White Album....NOTHING!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 3:08 PM

Btw, the new SWANS album is going to be the best thing to happen to music in 2010. It is seriously amazing!! Can't wait to see them live this Fall! Gira RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 3:11 PM

i'd have to say that "don't pass me by" taints the album far more than "ob-la-di", however, i look at the album as sort of a prototype for the robert pollard style of writing. just getting tons of songs out there, some of them great, some of them weak, but as a whole, absolutely brilliant.

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 3:13 PM

Suburbs has continued to grow on me. At first, maybe 4 songs struck me as remarkable. Now, 30 listens in, the record holds up as a whole (though I'd still say a few tracks are a little over the top).

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 3:14 PM

ob la di ob la da is better than anything Arcade Fire has ever recorded.

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 3:18 PM

Life goes on brah...

Posted by Scott | August 31, 2010 3:21 PM

Taint.

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 3:53 PM

The suburbs and White Album are both awesome. But Abbey Road kills them both you know this to be true.

Posted by Eric | August 31, 2010 4:08 PM

not worth downloading Chrome for...

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 4:17 PM

CHROME is worth downloading chrome for. tech idiot.

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 4:20 PM

White Album smokes almost any album. Even Ob-La-Di is brilliant in it's own right. Whoever argues that The While album is pure brilliance combs their Justin Beiber hair while crasterbating to Ting Ting songs.

Posted by guuuurrrrllll | August 31, 2010 4:26 PM

420, i laughed

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 4:28 PM

the problem with the suburbs (like neon bible before it) is that it isn't pretentious enough.

What made funeral so good was how over the top a lot of the arrangements were. Now they don't sound like a band with all these members switching instruments, and strings, etc.

They sound like a synth driven rock band now. They got away from what set them apart in the first place.

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 4:33 PM

I don't recall a lot of synth on this record except for Sprawl II and what else?

To me they are trying very hard at making each album separate from one another which if handled right can be a great thing and this band has made 3 fantastic albums

Posted by matt | August 31, 2010 5:24 PM

Ob-La-Di is kind of a goofy Polka beat and I could cut a rug to it at Warsaw if Sir Paul ever does a secret club date there and they ever play it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 6:07 PM

i gotta say i'm happy to see so many BV readers actually know their beatles

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 6:43 PM

Rolling Stones > The Beatles.


This concept is not even debatable.

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 7:02 PM

yeah, later rolling stones albums like "tattoo you" and "dirty work" really hold up against the beatles' later work. much more so than the white album and abbey road.

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 7:21 PM

no no no, get it right:

The Kinks > The Beatles

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 7:42 PM

someone should host a smackdown to settle this debate once and for all

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 8:56 PM

i'm a huge stones kid and never listened to full beatles albums as a kid.. but if you know the history the stones were really reactionary to the beatles (as was everyone else.. brian wilson etc).

that being said i think that some of the big beatles albums were overrated. like people seem to regard 'ringo songs' and what not as if they didnt happen.

radiohead on the other hand on their classic records have literally zero bad songs. so in conclusion..

kid a > sgt peppers > exile on main street

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 9:53 PM

I said it WASN'T open for debate!

Rolling Stones > the beatles

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 10:25 PM

I really like some of Ringo's solo stuff. Photograph, for example, is a fantastic song, but if I had to filter out the worst Beatles material, it would be very Ringo heavy.

And my two least favorite Beatles songs are definitely Aquatic themed ringo songs.

And Glass Onion. I hate it because of the name dropping of previous Beatles hits.

Man, I wish every negative BV comment thread would derail into actual music discussions.

Posted by The Mighty KC | August 31, 2010 11:21 PM

Everytime I pass the Dakota I sit down and read catcher in the rye.

Posted by Anonymous | August 31, 2010 11:44 PM

11:44 PM Go fuck yourself.

Posted by Eric | September 1, 2010 11:08 AM

if you don't get the sarcasm of glass onion, you should kill yo self yo

btw, the aforementioned smackdown occured on soundcheck yesterday

Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2010 4:24 PM

how could you hate glass onion... NONSENSE

Posted by Anonymous | September 1, 2010 4:46 PM

Doug is as genuine a guy you could meet.

Posted by غرائب | September 7, 2010 3:42 AM

Doug is as genuine a guy you could meet.

Posted by ملوك | September 7, 2010 3:43 AM

how could you hate glass onion... NONSENSE

Posted by سعودي كول | December 2, 2010 12:28 PM

how could you hate glass onion... NONSENSE

Posted by ملوك | December 2, 2010 12:29 PM

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