Posted in movies | music on August 5, 2010

Imaginarium

NY TIMES: Are you a big indie-rock guy?

TERRY: No! I mean, most of it's [bad]. I just happen to like Arcade Fire. The world of indie is such a funny thing now. I think everybody's in it. Otherwise you're just the dependent rock world. I think half the indie bands are owned by some big company. So it's a complete lie. I don't know why Canada produces some rather interesting work. Arcade Fire, Sunset Rubdown, Wolf Parade -- these are my favorites....

...NY TIMES: How do you film something like [an Arcade Fire show at Madison Square Garden], that's so elaborate, and has all these potential interpretations?

TERRY: These shows, there's a machine, in a sense, that runs them. I've never done multicamera work, so I'm just advising people: Look at the video work they've got up on the screen; it's raw and it's overexposed, and almost the antithesis of what I do when I make a film. So let's use that, and basically throw away the slick stuff that's normally done at, say, a Britney Spears concert. Let's just be true to what the band wants to do.

Stream tonight's show at YouTube ("Global live streaming on YouTube/VEVO of Arcade Fire's Madison Square Garden show in New York - Aug 5th, 2010 @ 10PM ET / 7PM PT").

In related news, Spike Jonze's Arcade Fire Collaboration is a Sci-Fi B-Movie Short Film.

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Comments (62)

So the shamelessly overrated Terry Gilliam is going to essentially set up a few cameras and press record on the shamelessly overrated Arcade Fire? I guess thats cool...I suppose.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 4:08 PM

Mehlliam

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 4:22 PM

yeah, i'm still not understanding the concept of directing a live concert stream and why they need Terry Gilliam to do it besides for just having his name attached

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 4:25 PM

hopefully i'll be able to stream this vids after like with the national webcast.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 4:29 PM

it must be very challenging to "direct" a live broadcast. only the most talented directors are capable of such feats, nay clairvoyants.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 4:29 PM

Gilliam overrated? Wow, are YOU a pompous ass.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 4:30 PM

yeah really... if you can't/don't appreciate 12 monkeys you might as well give up on life

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 4:32 PM

The only good thing Terry Gilliam ever did was Monty Python, Time Bandits, Fear & Loathing, Brazil, 12 Monkeys and Baron Munchausen.
Oh wait, he's awesome.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 4:44 PM

A breakdown from the pompous ass:

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus - Crap

Tideland - Crap
The Brothers Grimm - Horendus Crap
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Great
Twelve Monkeys - Great, a bit overrated
The Fisher King - Very Good
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen - Overrated
Brazil - Outstanding
The Crimson Permanent Assurance - Crap
Time Bandits OK, waaay overrated
Jabberwocky - Very Good
Monty Python and the Holy Grail - Classic
Storytime - Never seen

I guess that was uncalled for. But he is the definition of a pompous ass.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 4:46 PM

why isnt he directing bands at Market Hotel, fuckin sellout

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 4:47 PM

"I think half the indie bands are owned by some big company. So it's a complete lie."

Moron.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 4:52 PM

Who the hell would shit on Terry Gilliam? Anything you have done doesn't match up to what he's done.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 4:54 PM

Oh NO Gilliam is directing the stream tonight?
The production is going to go way over budget. Someone in the band is going to quit, someone else will die. MSG is going to be flooded, and in ten years the rest of the concert will be completed by another band.

Posted by The Mighty KC | August 5, 2010 4:57 PM

Amazing comments. Hahaha...

"essentially set up some cameras... Press record...."

so many dickhead directors here it's awesome. What's everybody working on?...

Posted by Hahaha | August 5, 2010 4:58 PM

Does anyone remember the episode of that reality show where Mini Me crashed his scooter into a giant bowl of hummus that had just been prepared by his housemates?

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 5:10 PM

I love you Lily Cole.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 5:13 PM

12 Monkeys is Gilliam's Neon Bible. So this is appropriate.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 6:07 PM

pompous ass still didn't get it right

regarding 'half the bands owned by some big company'--he's old and he got it more than half right

tg=the only reason i'll tune in

af=coldplay (suck it)

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 6:14 PM

@ 6:14 regarding that coldplay thing, not really but if that makes it easy for you than sure

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 6:20 PM

i'll see you fools in the pit. @elbowguy204 i'll save a cold shoulder for you.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 6:31 PM

sprawl II=heart of glass

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 7:04 PM

coldplay with out girls. mehhh

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 7:19 PM

this might be a silly question, but would anybody hit it?

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 8:04 PM

TERRY GILLIAM is a great thinker of our time, unlike that shitty band: Coasting

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 8:51 PM

4:57 FTW!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 9:19 PM

i'd hit it

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 9:21 PM

and...it sucks

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 10:22 PM

sounds keeps shitting out every few minutes

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 10:46 PM

I'm at the show... the first night was a trillion times better.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 11:23 PM

Wow, you are some seriously stupid fucks!

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2010 11:29 PM

"I don't know why Canada produces some rather interesting work. Arcade Fire, Sunset Rubdown, Wolf Parade..."

Because they subsist on government art subsidies, perhaps?

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | August 5, 2010 11:57 PM

wouldn't musicians in this country benefit from unemployment?

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 12:11 AM

"wouldn't musicians in this country benefit from unemployment?"

They do. It's called "hunger."

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | August 6, 2010 12:38 AM

was it really better the first night? cause that was a seriously good show.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 1:21 AM

tighter sound all around the first night. More escapades by Win tonight?

1st show>2nd show

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 1:31 AM

wasn't a "bad" show, but definitely sounded better on night #1. don't think there was a single change to the setlist, which didn't help things.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 1:37 AM

What are you folks talking about. All 3 sets were stronger night 2, especially Spoon and Arcade Fire post-Power Out.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 1:41 AM

one change was that Tunnels was not the last song of the main set. Instead, it was the encore. And then it fucking snowed.

MSG got transformed into a giant snow globe. Merry Christmas, indeed.

Posted by nonermouse | August 6, 2010 2:13 AM

Besides most of his movies his work with Monty Python his groundbreaking and its too bad PBS doesn't replay Monty Python more. As you all might know he directed some skits and was an extra in many.

Oh the third shifts.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 6:38 AM

the show that wasn't streamed was better than the one that was in a non-specific, intangible way that you could only understand if you were there

it's obvious to me that they're the most overrated band out there

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 7:49 AM

They played Empty Room night 2 and not in night 1, right?

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 8:00 AM

win spent a lot of time in the pit last night, and walking around the lower walkway which he did not do the first night. playing to the cameras i suppose. i had a blast both nights, but the sound seemed more muddy last night. good times.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 8:18 AM

i was having a great time till someone in the pit farted at the beginning of "intervention".

totally killed the mood.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 8:23 AM

oh dude... you smelled that too? i wanted to kill whoever unleashed that cloud of toxic fecal gas

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 8:55 AM

there's no fucking way the first show could have been better than the second. the energy in that room last night was crazy.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 9:17 AM

the energy of farts has a lasting impression apparently

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 9:25 AM

The energy did seem to be a bit better last night, but oddly enough, almost the entire back third of the 300 section was empty. That shit was full on Wed. Win made a remark at the end of the show last night like, "you guys fucking rocked tonight," or something to that effect. I enjoyed both nights.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 9:27 AM

is there a way to watch this today?

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 9:27 AM

i believe win butler said something to the effect of:

"Who f***in' farted?"

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 9:32 AM

has anyone gotten the vinyl of the subrbs yet? it comes with the download code for mp3's of course, but the cool thing is that the mp3's are embedded with artwork that displays the lyrics for each line of the song as the song goes along. never seen anything like that before...

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 9:36 AM

Seriously MSG Night 2 is now competing with United Palace Night 2 for best Arcade Fire NYC show ever. The atmosphere in the pit last night was just electric.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 9:46 AM

anyone else see david byrne last night?

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 9:56 AM

The hummus on night 2 was better than on night 1.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 10:08 AM

perhaps it was the hummus that caused the trend of flatuance in the pit...

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 10:09 AM

I saw the chick from St Vincent at the VIP entrance, guess she was on the list. She's pretty.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 10:20 AM

"...but oddly enough, almost the entire back third of the 300 section was empty."

Yeah, that's b/c Wed night was sold out, but last night was not.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 10:40 AM

seemed pretty full to me last night.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 10:46 AM

"Yeah, that's b/c Wed night was sold out, but last night was not."

The point I was trying to make is that it was louder and the crowd was more into it last night, but there were much fewer people than the first night.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 11:02 AM

>>anyone else see david byrne last night?

I saw him at the Asphalt Orchestra show on Wednesday.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 11:26 AM

david byrne, susan sarandon, kidsfromgossipgirl, hedwig dude, girl from fiery furnaces.........

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 11:47 AM

I saw Byrne looking for a bike rack to lock up his ride...I think he left when he couldn't find one...

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2010 3:55 PM

HumMEHus

Posted by Anonymous | August 9, 2010 7:20 AM

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