The Arcade Fire

I’m not sure if you guys have heard this band yet, the Arcade Fire? They’re Canadian, and kind of popular. They’ve got this new album, Neon Bible, and more media coverage than Anna Nicole Smith (well, maybe not), and Sam forced me to go see them live a few years ago and they were really, really good. It was a small venue, and we all sang the words to the songs even though we maybe had never heard them before. Anyway, here’s the opening track off that new record. Hope you like it… I like the second song better.

Black Mirror [MP3, 3.8MB, 128kbps]

Sam’s original post: 08/02/04
Apologies for the atrocious bitrates, young audiophiles, but this was enough to sell me, so I thought I’d share… Actually, what first sold me on The Arcade Fire was the B-side off their new 7-inch, which is in fact a 1940s recording of the lead singer’s grandfather (pedal steel legend Alvino Rey) and his orchestra. These downloads, however, are genuine Arcade Fire material, combining The Flaming Lips’ theatric pop, Joy Division’s driving rhythms, Bjork’s blissful euphoria, and a million other influences into something at once exuberant and wistful. So pump up the preamp and enjoy.

11 Replies to “The Arcade Fire”

  1. I can’t stop listening to the headlights song. it make me happy. second fave is sleeping in a sub. love this stuff!

  2. bitrate? how about the fact that they are in mono? you must check out their latest release “funeral.” it’s amazing from start to finish.

  3. run, don’t walk, to your nearest cool music store and purchase a copy of ‘funeral’ by the arcade fire. no disc this year rivals it for sheer excitement!

  4. Thanks for sharing some great music.
    BTW – the link for “No Cars Go” doesn’t work. Says the site is unavailable.

  5. The best band I've heard in a LONG time. Funeral is a 5 star album. My favorites are Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) and Crown of Love, but the whole album is outstanding. Thanks for the music.

  6. They definitely have one of the best things going for them right now. I hope they never lose it. One side note though, I am not sure Experimental and Pop are the best genre categories for them…I mean, I'd argue that they are new face of real rock music.

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