Posted in Contests | music on August 2, 2010

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Arcade Fire

"Last year's war of words between the Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne and Arcade Fire front man Win Butler was, at the time, an enjoyable diversion. Although Coyne's comments (about what he perceived as arrogance in Butler's crew) seemed somewhat impolite and petty, the flare-up between the two acts injected some energy and fun into a modern rock scene that is too often stuffy and image-conscious. Butler responded, Coyne apologized then retracted his apology, and finally the whole affair died down. Both bands continued to sell records and make money.

Recently, I received Arcade Fire's latest album The Suburbs and listened closely and repeatedly to its hour of malaise. Suddenly, the conflict between Coyne and Butler didn't seem so inconsequential, but rather relevant and perfectly understandable. Coyne is an eternally youthful figure fronting a band that, decades into its career, all but demands participation, energy and joy from listeners and fans. Butler is an intense, brooding 30-year-old who received unparalleled acclaim right out of the gate, but for some reason seems increasingly remote and filled with angst. If Coyne experienced first-hand even a small dose of the dissatisfaction that permeates The Suburbs, then it stands to reason that he found the attitude off-putting. The two worldviews have very little in common." [PopMatters]

NPR is streaming "The Suburbs" in full.

Arcade Fire's current tour had them at the Osheaga Festival in Montreal on Saturday and at Bank of America Pavillion in Boston last night. Tonight (8/2) they play the Mann Center in Philly. Then August 4th and 5th are the two giant shows at Madison Square Garden, both with Owen Pallett and Spoon, the second of which will be streamed on YouTube...

Terry Gilliam will direct the live webcast of Arcade Fire's concert at New York City's Madison Square Garden.

The Arcade Fire show kicks off Unstaged, a new online concert series being launched by American Express and streamed on YouTube. The Montreal-based band will live stream their Aug. 5 concert at 10 p.m. ET, the second of two shows at MSG.

Gilliam, whose films include Brazil and 12 Monkeys, last released The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus in December.

The concert will stream on the Google Inc.-owned YouTube via Vevo, the music video site owned by Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Abu Dhabi Media Co.

It's the first in a planned series of five live streamed concerts, with John Legend and the Roots to follow. Others will be announced later. [USA Today]

American Express also sponsored the National show that was streamed online and directed by D. A. Pennebaker. AmEx also sponsored the 5-SPIN25 shows that were streamed online too.

The Arcade Fire stream happens HERE. But why watch the stream when you can experience it live for free? I have two pairs of tickets to giveaway to that 8/5 show (you can also still buy them). Contest details, with the stream trailer, below...

TO WIN ARCADE FIRE TIX: To win a pair of tickets to see Arcade Fire at MSG, email BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Arcade Fire). Include your first and last name. Two winners will be picked at random and contacted.

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Comments (103)

Win Butler > Matt Berninger

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 10:53 AM

every song on this album sounds the same

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 10:56 AM

1053, absolutely not!

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 10:58 AM

sounds just like their other albums. meh

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 10:59 AM

So it begins...

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 11:03 AM

Album is too long, but "Ready to Start" and "Modern Man" and "Sprawl II" are excellent.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 11:03 AM

Please don't compare Win Butler to Matt Berninger. That's like comparing a moody 14-year-old to a literate drunk.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 11:07 AM

Perfect record wrapped in a not so perfect record. If maybe 3-4 songs were stripped it would be really good. Funeral and Neon bible had no "minor songs" as pitchfork put it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 11:07 AM

Pitchfrock gave it an 8.6, it must be good!

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 11:08 AM

Sprawl II > Animal Collective's entire cataloge.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 11:08 AM

The real question is who would you rather see Inception with? Win Butler or Matt Beringer?

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 11:09 AM

So glad I am going to the Philly gig tonight. I feel bad for all you suckers who are going to the Garden. Unless you are on the floor or in the first ring of seats, the sound and sight lines are dreadful..

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 11:10 AM

This is what MSG fans should expect. Last night's setlist from Boston. A perfect setlist. All The big guns.

1.Ready to Start
2.Month of May
3.Neighborhood #2 (Laika)
4.No Cars Go
5.Haïti
6.Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
7.We Used to Wait
8.Intervention
9.Modern Man
10.The Suburbs
11.Deep Blue
12.Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
13.Rebellion (Lies)
14.Half Light II (No Celebration)
15.Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)

Encore:

16.Keep the Car Running
17.Wake Up

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 11:12 AM

Wayne Coyne can still kick Win Butler's ass

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 11:12 AM

osheaga set included a fireworks competition across the river..made the night pretty epic!

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 11:14 AM

I'm hearing a lot of Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen on this record. I dig.

"The world is turning...I hope it don't turn away..."

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 11:16 AM

I like the sound of the snare drum.

Posted by Burg | August 2, 2010 11:18 AM

This Blondie cover toward the end of the album aint too bad.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 11:19 AM

What are the chances David Bowie or David Byrne make an appearance at one of these MSG shows for an epic encore? I saw Bowie come out at Summerstage 2005 so I'm leaning towards a Byrne sightning.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 11:23 AM

Sprawl II is really the only song on this album that I'd call great. The rest is all meh to pretty good

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 11:23 AM

Sorry folks no Kool Aid in this house. This album is a huge letdown. We waited YEARS for this? Booring, plodding grade school poetry class lyrics come on 11:03 "Modern Man" is an embarrassment. This record is a 6 at best but considering all the hope they came out of the box with on Funeral we should grade on a curve and give this the true 4.5 this deserves. Album should be called "heads up our own asses". Wayne Coyne called it a year ago!

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 11:23 AM

Sounds like people are hating on Arcade Fire because now it is the "cool" thing to do. They build you up just to tear you down these days. Today's indie scene is a tough one.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 11:27 AM

I won't judge the album with my own ears--I'll just read all the comments here and decide how I feel. Thanks, BV commentors!

Posted by soysalami | August 2, 2010 11:28 AM

I like the album but why is everyone so pumped over Sprawl II...kinda think it's lame!

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 11:28 AM

Sprawll II is great. It sounds like the year 1983.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 11:32 AM

11:28pm, because not only did p4k give the album an 8.6, but they named "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)" a Best New Music track.

At any rate, I love the album. It's definitely strides above Neon Bible, can't really be compared to Funeral because they sound too different and as for best track, it's Suburban War.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 11:33 AM

"They heard me singing and they told me to stop, Quit these pretentious things and just punch the clock."

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 11:36 AM

That lyric is godawful, but she sounded sexy as fuck singing it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 11:37 AM

Arcade Fire make The National look and sound like The Monkees.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 11:40 AM

The National are to busy singing to put any body down.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 11:43 AM

Ugh, 11:27 with a refreshing look at people expressing opinions as doing it because it's "cool."

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 11:44 AM

Does anybody remember laughter?!?!?

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 11:45 AM

ROCOCO is my fave

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 11:47 AM

@ 11:40, and The Monkees were better than The Beatles, so what's your point?

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 11:53 AM

11:44 is uncool for sure

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 11:54 AM

11:54 makes my boner hungry.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 12:19 PM

this album blows away Neon Bible. Half light 2 is my current favorite track.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 12:20 PM

Hell, I'd go see them for free

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 12:22 PM

Same formula, too sentimental. I can see liking it for what it is though. I liked the EP and Funeral, but I skipped Neon Bible. Not sure any of these tracks will do for me what My Heart is an Apple or Une année sans lumière still do for me. Sprawl II? It's disco...

Posted by Kirk | August 2, 2010 12:23 PM

WHAT ARCADE FIRE PUTS IN THEIR TOILET, I PLACE ON MY MANTLE!!

Posted by Oswald Cobblepot | August 2, 2010 12:24 PM

@ 11:09, would I rather see Inception with Matt Berninger or Win Butler? Hmmm...

Berninger:
-Wears less/no eyeshadow
-Passes out during movie, drools on me
-Predicts the ending with impressive accuracy
-Is made of wine
-Argues at length about narrative/conceptual flaws

Butler:
-Shushes anybody talking (during the credits)
-Hand under chin entire time
-Excitedly translates "Je Ne Regrette Rien" after the film
-Calls the film "profound," Nolan a "genius," compares to Donnie Darko

Berninger all the way

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 12:34 PM

hahaha, streaming.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 12:37 PM

hard to imagine their music in a stadium. well, no doubt there'll be a review here.

Posted by iamtheangel.com | August 2, 2010 12:41 PM

That was accutare as shit 1234. Great job.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 12:45 PM

11:09, Fuck Inception, who would you rather see Dinner for Schmucks with?

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 12:48 PM

^^
haha

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 1:07 PM

I would see Dinner for Schmucks with Spencer Krug. I love Canadians.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 1:30 PM

Black Mountain > Arcade Fire

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 1:35 PM

Corsano
Chasny
Bishop

LISTEN TO RANGDA!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 1:42 PM

sprawl II is far from the best track on the album. pitchfork is such a useless indicator of, well, anything...except maybe what all the hipster lemmings will obsess about in earnest even if they don't know why

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 1:44 PM

I think I dislike every single thing about the Arcade Fire except for the records.

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

Thank god 1:44 is around to give their opinion that doesn't go along with the general consensus. Garanteed this person already had their mind made up before they even listened to the song.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 1:50 PM

was not impressed upon first listen, but second time through it was much better. the third time through will be even better i'm sure. i'm stoked for wednesday night.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 1:58 PM

I have two extra pit seats for merriweather.

email me if interested supafly7878 at aol.com

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 1:59 PM

p4k barely described the music at all, and just like their past reviews of af, concentrated on some semi-coherent themes culled from lyrics that read like the adolescent venting of a child of divorce. the type of quotes that cutters put on their messageboard signatures. what other band gets a pass like this? (1 that comes to mind is big boi, where sasha frere jones for the new yorker didn't even quote him in a 2 page review!)

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 2:26 PM

What makes The Suburbs a more humane and empathetic record is that Butler and Régine Chassagne have come to terms with how the pain of our day-to-day lives more often results from the lies we tell ourselves. At the outset of "We Used to Wait", staccato, minor-key piano chords evoke anxiety. The song is a simple lament about the exhaustion from a relentless pace of life that demands everything immediately.

But as Jeremy Gara's steady drums lift the piece into cathedral drama, it's obvious that there's a deeper concern than the antiquation of letter-writing.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 3:26 PM

Really digging this album, especially "Suburban War" and "Ready to Start".

Posted by Tremags | August 2, 2010 4:16 PM

I took some of the comments above and made them into a song.

I hope everyone who took part in building this fun conversation about music gets a kick out of the song you all helped write. It's called The Artwork of the Future.

http://eliresnick.bandcamp.com/album/64x30

Posted by Eli Resnick | August 2, 2010 4:48 PM

@448, i think i'm embarrassed now but i still want publishing rights for a cut of your blog-dollars/blog-fame

also, nice stunt: i'm sure that your book deal is in the mail

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 5:41 PM

that pitchfork review makes me mad. it seems critics are trying harder to impress the band more than the band is trying to impress its audience. So, Win Butler gets sucked off by pitchfork, and leaves the fans with this blue baller of a record? This is backwards. Wayne Coyne is right.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 5:49 PM

seriously, this is now the most overrated band ever. this album flat out sucks besides for 3 songs

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 6:06 PM

I farted the entire time I was reading 3:26's comment.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 7:20 PM

3:26 probably gets teary-eyed at eharmony.com commercials

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 7:24 PM

326=the p4k review guys

the review for funeral is the same bullshit. wtf were/are they talking about?! trying to make them radiohead and attach their brand to them i guess.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 7:34 PM

He sounds like patrick bateman (from american psycho) describing genesis or whitney houston

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 7:44 PM

To be fair, life IS hard n' shit...

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 7:45 PM

the real question is when will arcade fire accept dicaprio as their true leader?

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 7:46 PM

5:41, book deal? Awesome! I bet Win Butler doesn't have one of those.

Posted by Eli Resnick | August 2, 2010 7:50 PM

Also worth noting, Terry Gilliam is about the only thing more pretentious and annoying as AF. Although both are pretty decent artistically, albeit overrated.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 7:52 PM

I did not know people from Canada were capable of expressing angst unless they were wearing iceskates

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 7:59 PM

Fuck you New York hipsters! We're coming in from The Suburbs to see the Greatest Band In The World play at the Garden!

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 8:16 PM

Just because you devotees purchased the Golden Circle tickets does not mean the band members are going to sleep with you.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 8:20 PM

i am being thoroughly disappointed listening to this record right now.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 8:45 PM

No, see. That's just the sound of you not getting it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 8:54 PM

This is posted on craigslist. This guy GETS it.
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lets hang out in pit 8/4 - $1 (MSG (pit))

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i'm going to both shows (4th and 5th) but am flying solo to the show on the 4th. looking for someone chill to hang out with and drink with at the garden. i'm 26 y/o male, normal, huge arcade fire fan. message me if you're flying solo and wanna team up and rock out haha. peace!

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 9:12 PM

When The Star Ledger sets the standard for smart music writing over p4k, ...I don't know where I was going with that, but here it is:
http://www.nj.com/entertainment/music/index.ssf/2010/08/arcade_fires_new_album_is_ambi.html

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 9:51 PM

This album makes it pretty clear: Brooklyn is a suburb of NYC.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 10:07 PM

NYC is made up of all five boroughs, dipshit. Maybe live in NY for a year and then come back to the comments section.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 11:21 PM

Manhatten > Brooklyn
Radiohead > Arcade Fire
Hummus > Corndogs

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 11:28 PM

@6:06 completely agree, thats how i feel about every arcade fire album.

Posted by Anonymous | August 2, 2010 11:32 PM

brooklyn is actually documented as america's first suburb.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2010 12:35 AM

Actually, that's Levittown, Long Island.

Stop posting from Ohio and go do something else.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2010 12:43 AM

you're 100% incorrect. after the brooklyn bridge was completed, those that could afford it began moving into present-day brooklyn heights and commuted to lower manhattan by the bridge (and fulton fast ferry). you should look this up; it's fairly well documented.

as for levittown and levittowns, that's a completely separate concept that grew out of the post world war two period. the simple concept of a suburb came about long before, and it started with brooklyn.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2010 2:50 AM

who the hell thinks this is revolutionary or even interesting?
i all the songs go on and on with nothing special to be found in any of them...and if there was something mildly special, it would be repeated so many times to make it completely worthless.

why are they selling out madison square garden and being directed by terry gilliam? what differentiates them from every other super-generic "indie rock" band?

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2010 5:56 AM

Arcade Fire= Andy Kaufman.
If you think you "get" this record, the joke is on you. Grab those ankles kids!

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2010 8:27 AM

I "get" it. Win Butler is as needlessly negative to his own hipster kind as the anaon posters on BV. I hear that Arcade Fire told NME that The Suburbs are just an allegorie for the day to day content on brooklnvegan.com. True story.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2010 9:09 AM

...and rococo is about the brooklyn fauxgeoisie. true story.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2010 9:20 AM

LOL @12:43

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2010 9:24 AM

I have no idea why all the BV hipsters are trashing this album. It sounds good to me. Not all of the songs are great, but the good ones are very, very good. I've been listening to music since before most of you were born, so I know good music when I hear it. This is a good album. I'm really not sure what kind of shit you kids listen to these days (MGMT? Animal Collective? Lady Gaga?) but this is good music, maybe just not your type of thing.

Posted by Rocky Napoli | August 3, 2010 10:11 AM

This band has always struck an emotional chord with me. Funeral was amazing. Neon Bible had it's moments. The only thing this record is making me feel is frustration. It feels petty for Win Butler to be using a record as a forum to reply to a generation of anonymous bloggers. It's a pointless battle that makes for a pointless record.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2010 10:35 AM

Fuck this, the new Walkmen album leaked and it's better than anything Arcade Fire ever did.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2010 10:36 AM

is that right?! Thanks for the tip.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2010 10:42 AM

$3.99 for the Suburbs on Amazon MP3 site today only!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2010 1:05 PM

soooooooooo many douches here so little time..........

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2010 1:15 PM

LOL @ 7:20 & 7:24. Clues on offer, 24 hours a day.

...but still, Rush dealt with this subject matter on the Signals album - and tooootally killed it!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2010 1:33 PM

Really great album in my opinion. Is it as great as Funeral? No. Better than Neon Bible? Probably. If you don't like The Arcade Fire why bother venting your ridiculous comments here

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2010 3:57 PM

Also, anybody read the Amazon reviews for this album yet? They are in thier own way, hillarious. Same goes for the National's High Violet. Apparently lots of motherfuckers wish they wrote for NPR. Who are you people?


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anon

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2010 3:59 PM

8/2 11:12 am: wayne doesn't play his guitar at concerts. It needed to be said.

Posted by Tito | August 3, 2010 6:31 PM

Aug 2nd, 11:21

This poor kid is definitely a transplant from some cornfield.

But if I was coming up on my 2nd year in Brooklyn, and trying really hard to justify buying the new AF album, I guess I would be feeling a bit out of sorts too.

Get on the L train, young man, and go west.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2010 8:48 PM

In the kingdom of the kings the one-eyed are blind.

Posted by Lord Fatso | August 4, 2010 3:19 AM

@6:31 PM

Have you ever been to a Lips show? Wayne plays his guitar on a bunch of songs and when I saw him at Cornell in April he played a fucking sick solo during one of the Embryonic songs.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2010 12:26 PM

12:26 not to mention, having been to two lips shows, they create nothing but happiness. and a mess of confetti.

Posted by anonymous | August 4, 2010 2:57 PM

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