Friday, February 26, 2010

Jonathan Demme's Arcade Fire documentary that never was

In an interview with The Boston Phoenix the very talented director Jonathan Demme revealed he would have been in Haiti right now shooting a 'music driven' documentary with Arcade Fire, if the horrible earthquake hadn't happened.
I was heading for Haiti last Friday with the band Arcade Fire. We were going to do a music driven, kind of music documentary, against a backdrop of carnival in Jacmel - the great, now devastated, south coast Haitian city. We had our final conference call the morning of the day the quake struck. We were gonna go down anyway until we realized we can't really get there. My personal feeling was, those who go down two months or three months from now, with a specific mission in mind, will be valuable in their own way, as the people that are going now. So I'm gonna go. I'm gonna go within the next six months, but I haven't been yet.
Really doubt something will come out of this now. Sounds like it could have been something truly amazing.


Friday, February 19, 2010

New Broken Social Scene song!!!

Oh yes! The first taster from Broken Social Scene's new album Forgiveness Rock Record, out May 4th, is called "World Sick". Absolutely love it. Never knew I was this into forgiveness rock!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Arcade Fire to headline Lollapalooza?

A man with supposedly very good insight at how the Lollapalooza booking process is progressing, Chicago Tribune's music critic Greg Kot, last night posted the following on his blog.
Lollapalooza 2010 headliners near confirmation: Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire, Strokes, Soundgarden, Green Day
The Lollapalooza rumor mill has been buzzing for weeks, and five of the six headliners are nearing confirmation for the Aug. 6-8 festival in Grant Park, according to music-industry sources with knowledge of the negotiations: Lady Gaga, a reunited Soundgarden, Green Day, Arcade Fire and the Strokes.
Gaga, Soundgarden and Green Day were named Tuesday by the Daily Swarm, a music Web site that cited “multiple industry sources” in its report.

The Tribune has learned from its own sources that negotiations are progressing with Arcade Fire and the Strokes. The Lollapalooza lineup also will include several coveted rising bands, including Yeasayer, the xx, and Dirty Projectors, as well as veteran dance-oriented acts Cut Copy and Hot Chip, sources have confirmed.

A representative for Texas-based Lollapalooza promoters C3 Presents would not comment on any of the reports.
Hard to say how likely this is to be true. But the man apparently often is very well informed on these things and has been reliable in the past. The timing of the festival (6-8th August) is certainly within the time frame Billions set out earlier this year for them to start the tour. My main doubt about it at this point is I've always imagined them starting the tour with a whole bunch of shows of their own before doing any festival dates. Ah well, we'll see if anything comes out of this. The official confirmation of the headliners isn't expected to happen until sometime in April.

Fun fact, in contrast to all the rumour talk above; Lady Gaga played Lollapalooza in 2007. I bet a few more will see her this time around if she indeed makes her way back there this year. ha!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Musicvideos worthy of your time

Jónsi - Go Do

Gorgeous video and a great song. High hopes for the upcoming album.

Massive Attack - Splitting the Atom

Sickening! Favourite musicvideo of the year so far.

Zzz Zzzz Zzzzzz

Yeah, another week of basically no news what so ever. Instead it's a "joel-remembers-the-good-old-days-when-Arcade-Fire-was-touring-Friday".

A Win is a Win is a win.



Monday, February 08, 2010

NFL Super Bowl montage scored to Wake Up

NFL - Best Fans on the Planet

Tastefully done I think. Arcade Fire shouldn't feel bad at all about licensing Wake Up to NFL so Partners In Health can continue their fantastic work on Haiti. As you know, they're giving all proceeds from the use of Wake Up during Super Bowl 44 to Partner In Health's Haiti relief efforts. A couple of more montages was also used, will put up links to those when I find them.

The other two montages: "NFL seasons of change" and "Peyton Manning draft".

Saturday, February 06, 2010

University of Guelph Lipdub - Rebellion (Lies) by Arcade Fire

Remember that I Gotta Feeling video? These Guelph students do. Try not to smile when watching this! I know I atleast had a big grin on my face.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Wake Up during Super Bowl XLIV

As I've mentioned on here before Arcade Fire decided a while ago to take licensing request for their music for a limited period of time to raise money for Partners In Health and their work on Haiti. Well, look at what was just published over at Merge Records, Arcade Fire's record label.
Arcade Fire license “Wake Up” to NFL;
100% of proceeds to benefit Partners in Health

February 3, 2010 – 6:59 pm
Arcade Fire, Partners in Health, the NFL, Merge Records and Bank Robber Music have collectively agreed upon a unique 100% for charity Super Bowl licensing of “Wake Up” from Arcade Fire’s 2004 album Funeral. All proceeds from the use of the song on the live Superbowl broadcast and subsequent airings on the NFL Network will go directly to Partners In Health’s Stand With Haiti relief efforts.
For further information on Partners In Health’s efforts regarding the Haiti crisis, go to or visit
So if you didn't already plan on watching Super Bowl XLIV this Sunday, you better watch now. You know you want to!

As good opportunity as any to post this yet again.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Joanna is my February drug

Joanna Newsom has a new album, 3 discs(!), named 'Have One On Me' coming out on the 23rd of this month. The lovely song '81 below is the first taster off the new record and if most tracks are of this quality I'll be most pleased.

Here's another new song called 'Good Intentions Paving Company'. Good fun!