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The church where Arcade Fire made both Neon Bible and The Suburbs is for sale.
Pitchfork has more on the story here.
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For those of you still suffering in the DC area (and beyond), I offer this video I took for a song inexplicably left off the heat playlist the other day. Ours just came back on, we hope yours is back immediately.
“NEIGHBORHOOD #3 (POWER OUT)”
by Arcade Fire
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How did Arcade Fire get all those LED-enhanced beach balls together for Coachella? This video will show (and fascinate) you.
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For anyone out there dissing Arcade Fire today, especially by saying “never heard of them!”, here’s a quick message I’d like to share with those folks, their friends and really all music lovers: just because you’ve not heard of an artist doesn’t mean their music is no good.
If you use that argument, what you’re really saying is this:
“I’ve heard of *all* the good music out there, but I’ve not heard of [insert band name here]. Therefore, since I’ve not heard of them, they are not good.”
Read that back and see if it makes any sense. If it does, read on.
At some point in time, the music you listen to now was music you’d never heard of. Does that mean the music that you like now simply wasn’t any good until you heard it? Have you truly heard all the good music in the world, from the dawn of time until now?
Assuming that “good music” is solely the music that has been played endlessly by radio and television is conflating “good” with “familiar.” However, “familiar” doesn’t necessarily equate to quality art, and neither does repetitive play. They’re just what you know right now, at this point in time. That music you love now was once unfamiliar too.
There’s a difference between good & bad music, or music you like/dislike, and music that is simply unknown to you. To reject that unknown music without even giving it a chance seems very prejudicial. There’s a lot of great music in the world, and more being made on a daily basis. In an era where music has never been easier to obtain, limiting yourself to only the tunes you already know is like owning the biggest jukebox in the universe and putting in just one album.
What can you do about it? Ask a friend. Read a blog that has similar taste. Read a blog that has opposite taste - maybe you’ll learn more about what you don’t want to hear. Find a music website. Find an audiophile forum. Catch a local band you like and ask who their influences are. Find like-minded people online, in person, on the phone, at work, on the train, and talk about music with them. It’s easy to find more good music out there, and I guarantee you’ll find more tunes than you already know right now.
So Pitchfork tells me Spike Jonze and Arcade Fire collaborated on a short film.
Another poster from the Playmixt archive: Arcade Fire, Merriweather Post Pavilion, August 2010. Thanks very much to Bohemian Dancing for finding the image!
Definitely need to get this one framed.
via jason powers
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Playmixt’s photo counterpart, Photomixt, will be posting a series of pictures from the August 6, 2010, show at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. This show came three days after the release of The Suburbs and - conveniently enough - Columbia is basically a suburb that’s nearly equidistant from both Baltimore and Washington, DC.
If you want to see more from Photomixt, here’s how.
EDIT: I do believe I forgot to mention that this is the beloved Arcade Fire.
This is the 8 variations in LP cover for the upcoming Arcade Fire album, The Suburbs. Interesting, but not very interesting.