At 9:20 the lights went out, and after a short video, Arcade Fire took to the stage. Régine whipped out the hurdy gurdy, and she and the rest of the 10-man band went right into "Keep the Car Running".
It was amazing to see them keep up the energy throughout the entire set. From the dancing girls on strings to Régine switching between the keys, vibraphone, and megaphone all in the same song to Win climbing down to walk through the audience, it truly was awesome.
The smooth segue from "Neon Bible" into Clinic's "Distortions" was excellent. Also, the rocking transition from "Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)" into "Rebellion (Lies)" got the crowd pumped up and ready for the encore.
For the encore, they came back with a freaky presentation of "My Body Is a Cage". At center stage there was a cardboard cutout of Win's body positioned in front of a microphone. Win was playing the organ in the dark while his face was projected onto the cutout's head. Following that, the bouncy ending of "Wake Up" was a perfect way to end the night.
Keep the Car Running
No Cars Go
Neighborhood #2 (Laïka)
In the Backseat
(Antichrist Television Blues)
Ocean of Noise
Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
The Well and the Lighthouse
Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
My Body Is a Cage
"Keep the Car Running"
"Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)"
"My Body Is a Cage"
- predatory wasp
Monster Bobby's got an album coming out on July 17. Who is Monster Bobby, per say? He's only the genius behind the Pipettes, the Charlie to the Charlie's Angels...anyways, it seems he was tired of hanging out with cute indie girls and is now making a run for the big time. His solo stuff is more electronic and weird, but you can still hear the solid pop songwriting core. Give it a listen!
In other news, I'll be on business travel right after the holiday, so posts might be slightly delayed.
Monster Bobby - The Closest Experience to That of Being WIth You Is The Experience of Taking Drugs"
Monster Bobby at Hypnote
An Arab, a Jew, and a Canadian girl walk into a bar. They get down and get freaky, mixing 80's synths, club beats and breathy vocals. Sorry, there's no punchline to this joke! But here's that 3 headed baby:
Feist - Sea Lion Woman (Chromeo Remix)
Feist official site
Feist on MySpace
Adult Swim released a new (and free!) compilation entitled "Warm And Scratchy" with tracks by The Rapture, Les Savy Fav, 120 Days, Broken Social Scene, and a whole bunch of famous indie artists. Garden State soundtrack this is not! Click through at the bottom to download and check out the other tracks. For now, here's links to a couple! (Thanks, Stereogum!)
The Rapture - Crimson Red
Les Savy Fav - The Equestrian
Warm And Scratchy at Adult Swim
Taking their name from a lake in northern Saskatchewan, The Besnard Lakes rip though their new album, The Besnard Lakes Are The Dark Horse with major aplomb. What will one find in the context of a Besnard Lakes song? Beach Boys-type vocal harmonies, Spiritualized-space rock, and Pink Floyd-esque solos. Remember kids, Montreal is much cooler than where you live.
The Besnard Lakes - Disaster
The Besnard Lakes - And You Lied To Me
The Besnard Lakes official site
The Besnard Lakes on MySpace
I thought it'd be a cold day in hell before I posted an Arctic Monkeys track up here, but "Do Me A Favour" really caught my ear from the new album. It really shows a marked evolution and command of songwriting from the first album. Spaghetti western strums? Restrained yet soulful lead guitar? Awesome walking bass line? I guess you guys aren't overhyped one trick ponies afterall. My apologies!
Arctic Monkeys - Do Me A Favour
Arctic Monkeys official site
Arctic Monkeys on MySpace
Coming from the new indie rock hotbed of...Denton, Texas (hello Midlake!) Ghosthustler channels some sexy European electro-funk through the Lonestar state. They site Chromeo and the Junior Boys amongst their influences, and it's not hard to notice some additional relatives in common with 120 Days. "Parking Lot Nights" has been going over like gangbusters as of late, and is the perfect addition to your next party mix. Respect.
Ghosthustler - Parking Lot Nights
Ghosthustler - Losing Tracks
Ghosthustler on MySpace
We're big fans of The Unicorns over here at LSF, so naturally we follow Islands as well, even if it is only 2/3rds of The Unicorns. Or is that 1/3 now? Anyway, they've got a new track out on the Tomlab 7" series. Check it. From their crazy rant with Pitchfork, we can expect a new album in September!
Islands - Dnttakemy Wingzz Away
Islands official site
Islands on MySpace
I think "Young Folks" has reached a saturation point by now. I returned from a business trip to hear it in several stores, restaurants, and even the local Clear Channel station. It's huge. Deservedly so, though. It's a catchy and well written piece of indie pop. The whole album is spectacular as well. Of course, time for the requisite remixes!
Peter Bjorn and John - Young Folks (Datashat Remix)
Peter Bjorn and John - Young Folks (Diplo's Drums of Death Remix)
Peter Bjorn and John official site
Peter Bjorn and John on MySpace
Je Suis France is a 9 piece from Athens, GA. Their new album, Afrikan Majik is dropping May 29th. As their MySpace claims, they sound like "an upside down chicken", although I like to think they sound more like a blend of Pavement, Can and Ween. Check out crazy prog-synth-guitar masterpiece, "Whalebone" from their upcoming album!
Je Suis France - Whalebone
Je Suis France official site
Je Suis France on MySpace
Ok, ok, feel free to shit a brick. A new Interpol track has surfaced and is flooding the intertron tubes. Give it a listen, kiddos. Sounds like...something off the second album so far, but we'll have to see how Our Love To Admire pans out when it drops 7/10/07...I do really like the dissonance during the chorus. This is like "Slow Hands" meets a better version of the Editors...
Interpol - Heinrich Maneuver
Interpol official site
Interpol on MySpace