If you are a fan of Arcade Fire you are likely wondering where the h-e-double-hockey-sticks they’ve been lately. There is good news!! Win Butler has confirmed that they are back and ready to refocus on their music!!
I know I’ve mentioned it before but I ran into some of the band at the Radiohead concert last summer in Montreal. I was staring up Win’s nose…. that guy is tall.
On that note here is a little Rebellion for you:
For those who are curious the song is from the Montreal band Arcade Fire.
(h/t to Nerdist)
My heart did a flippity flop when I found out about this project!!
One song from this collaborative album will be streamed each day on MySpace. I missed hearing the Feist/Ben Gibbard tune yesterday but Bon Iver has a fabulous track streaming today!
Produced by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National this 2 disc album will be released on February 17th. The website indicates that “It will be available as a double cd/triple vinyl/download and will benefit the Red Hot Organization – an international charity dedicated to raising funds and awareness for HIV and AIDS.”
With artists such as The Decemberists, Feist, Iron & Wine, Arcade Fire and so many more I will definitely mark the release date on my calendar to be sure I get this the moment it comes out!
I’m constantly on the search for new music. In a world of top 40 ‘hits’ it isn’t as simple as turning on the average radio station and hoping to discover a great new sound. College radio and CBC are great but you must be tuned in at the right time to hear something new.
I usually start my hunt at the website of a favourite band. If they have links to other bands it is a great spring board into new musical waters.
One of the amazing things about the musical community in any city is their collaborative efforts. In any given town there are a number of bands. If you start taking a close look at the members of each band you may find some overlap.
If you’ve been paying any attention to my blog over the past year you’ll notice that I’m a big fan of the Ottawa band The Acorn. Through their MySpace page this summer I discovered another local gem The Soft Disaster. Jeff DeButte is a member of both bands. Jeff has also played occasionally with a band called Snailhouse. The Soft Disaster are definitely not a solo project; Tim Brownlee, Bryce Colenbrander, and Nicolas Paradis complete the group. Their album Outposts was released in August this year and celebrated by a release party at Zaphod Beeblebrox. With beautiful melodies and subtle harmonies that give the music great depth The Soft Disaster have quickly become a favourite for me. Hopefully they’ll play a few shows in the near future!
Headed up by Mike Feuerstack and based in Montreal, Snailhouse have been joined on stage by many other musicians including members of The Acorn, Arcade Fire and Bell Orchestre. They are on tour right now supporting their 2008 release Lies on the Prize and I’m looking forward to checking out the show on January 16th at the Blacksheep Inn.
To complete the trifecta we have another Ottawa band called The Soirée. Bryce Colenbranden from The Soft Disaster is joined here by Matthew Arnold, Mike Armstrong, and Eric Roberts. This September they released Minor Details. I’ve been away the last couple of times they have played since then. Hopefully I won’t miss out next time!
You should check out the websites for each of these bands! Support the indie music scene; purchase their albums and check out their live shows!
The Soft Disaster:
Bandcamp (Free streaming of Outposts!)
Bandcamp (Free streaming of Minor Details!)
Jan. 16th, 2009 – Blacksheep Inn
Radiohead were in Montreal last night for part of their In Rainbows tour. I was pretty far back but managed to catch this priceless moment… during Faust Arp Thom was distracted by the fireworks which you can hear popping in the background…. “duplicate and fireworks”.
It had been raining all day but we came prepared in our rubber boots and rain ponchos! Just before the show a rainbow appeared in the sky and the rain slowed to a light drizzle. Radiohead played a fantastic set including classics like Fake Plastic Trees and more recent favourites The Gloaming and Videotape.
To add an extra cherry to our already perfect day I got to stand near Win Butler of the Arcade Fire for most of the show. I’m not sure how many of the band were there but I can confirm that he, Will Butler, and Richard Perry were in attendance! Hard to blend into the crowd when Win and red-headed Richard are about 6 inches taller than everyone else.
Finally, some photos of the show… if you’d like some more photos of Radiohead in general check out this Flickr group. Click on the photos for higher resolution images:
All videos and photos are under a creative commons license… attribution, no derivitives, noncommercial. Thanks!
I think a few of my braincells just spontaneously combusted. Colin Greenwood shares this little tidbit with the Montreal Gazette about Radiohead’s last trip to Montreal (2006):
“Arcade Fire came to see us,” he said. “It was really fun. They took us up to their part of town (Mile End), where they live. We had bagels and coffee on the church steps. It was really cool. We went to some bar – this European community centre – and watched football during the World Cup.
“They came and saw both shows. They took me, Ed and Phil to see some gaming/Dungeons and Dragons thing in the park (that would be the weekly, theatrically recreated battle scenes that take place during the summer, just up from the tam-tams on Mount Royal), then we walked to the top of the hill and looked down across Montreal with them.
“We talked to Régine and Win about life and touring. It was really cool. It relates to what I said earlier, about how it’s important to be in one place and space. It would be mad, otherwise – if you didn’t connect to the places where you were touring.”
I don’t know about you but I would have loved to hang out with this little group!
Thx to AtEase for the scoop…