-Pitchfork’s Forkast points us towards a video of Patrick Wolf performing a duet of “When Doves Cry”. Wolf looks pretty uncomfortable, but I guess that’s why we all love him so much.
–I Guess I’m Floating pulls together a bunch of rare b-sides from artists like Radiohead and The Arcade Fire.
–Stereogum posts a link to a new video from La Blogotheque, of The Arcade Fire performing in a freight elevator(!).
–Gorilla vs. Bear introduces a new hip-hop duo from Chicago, who actually don’t suck.
The week sure started out with a bang, but it wound down noticeably as the week wore on. While most were content to simply go with the flow, and listen to Arcade Fire’s stunning sophomore effort (which, mind you, I’m listening to right now) for the rest of the week, I was not. I need variety, and not even Neon Bible can satisfy that need. Luckily, two other sophomore albums came to my rescue; Feist’s The Reminder and LCD Soundsystem’s Sound Of Silver. These two albums have more in common that you might think; each is actually better than it’s predecessor, and each evinces it’s artist as a tighter and more mature musician. It’s weeks like these that make me wonder about that whole ‘sophomore slump’ thing.
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UPDATE: Merge has asked that I remove all tracks except Black Mirror. I’ve also been asked not to post any CocoRosie or Dungen tracks.
The big day is almost upon us. Tomorrow, Neon Bible is officially released. Now, I don’t know about you, but I’ll definitely be picking up my copy. Sure, we’ve all had the pirated version for almost two months now, but there’s really nothing quite like picking a new album, and slipping it into the CD player for the first time. So, if you enjoyed Neon Bible, and you can spare fourteen bucks, buy Neon Bible tomorrow. Arcade Fire is a great band, and they deserve nothing more than to hit #1.
As for the rest of the day, I’ve got some good things in store for you. Last night I got a hold of the new CocoRosie, so I’ll probably post a few mp3s later today. Also, the new Dungen is sounding pretty good, so who knows? Check back for more later.
Arcade Fire – Black Wave/Bad Vibrations.mp3 (Removed upon request)
Arcade Fire – Windowsill.mp3 (Removed upon request)
Apparently Neon Bible was leaked onto the internet over the weekend. As usual, I won’t give you a link, so you’ll have to hunt it down yourself if you want it. Also, if you do end up downloading it, please remember to actually buy it when it comes out. Arcade Fire is a great band, and they deserve your money. Here’s a sneak peek of the title track.
Arcade FireAfter releasing the first single from their upcoming album, Neon Bible, the Arcade Fire have now released more detailed info on that album, including the tracklisting and release date. The album is set to come out on March 5, with the following tracklisting:
‘Keep The Car Running’
‘Black Wave/Bad Vibrations’
‘Ocean Of Noise’
‘The Well The Lighthouse’
‘(Antichrist Television Blues)’
‘No Cars Go’
‘My Body Is A Cage’
You’ll notice that No Cars Go will be included in Neon Bible, as a re-recording. Can’t wait!
The first single, Black Mirror, from the Arcade Fire’s upcoming album, Neon Bible, is now streaming from their site. The songs a little bit fuzzy, but at least we can finally hear what it sounds like. And damn, does it sound good. I wasn’t a massive fan of Funeral, but this is an awesome song. It sounds a lot like Funeral, but with a harder edge. So go, now! Listen to it!