Saturday, May 29, 2010

Over and out.

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Hello fellow earthlings!

Wanted to let you all know the blog will go on indefinite hiatus as of today for a lot of reasons. I could go on quite a bit here about why I've come to this decision, but I don't want to take up any more time of your weekend than I already am. I'll still continue with ArcadeFireTube over at YouTube and we'll see about the what kind of action there will be on my twitter. Haven't made my mind up about the twittering as of right now. Probably very sporadic action.

It's been 3 really fun years. I've got to know a lot of people out there from far and not so far away who shares my admiration for this band and who I'll continue to keep in touch with. All of you, regardless of course if it's the first time you've made your way to this place or if you've been a reader from day 1, can still find me on my e-mail/on YouTube/on Twitter - links also in the sidebar. I encourage you to drop a line if you feel like it. So lovely people, a big thank you for being so very amazing over the years.

Can't wait to get my hands on The Suburbs come August. It sounds very different to anything they've done before based on the new songs and I like this kind of different.

Have a terrific summer and I'll see you rockers up the front at an Arcade Fire show near you.

... oh and Emelie, dance yourself dizzy to Haiti this summer again!

Joely Blogovitch

Friday, May 28, 2010

Album announcement day recap

I wish I wasn't so busy with other stuff. I don't really have time to write too much on here so I'm just going to throw up some things that's happened during the day.

First up is an interview with Will Butler. Talks about the new album and his connection with suburban life.

Earlier in the day Win and Will was on NPR talking about the new album and officially premiering the 2 new songs to the Americans. They among other things revealed there will be a lot more of Régine on the new album which I'm extremely pleased to hear. Really missed her on Neon Bible. Check out the full 30 min interview here. Then Win spoke a bit to Zane Lowe but that interview was pretty forgettable.

What overshadowed everything though was of course the actual album announcement. Love the album art. Think it could look absolutely gorgeous on the vinyls. Goes without saying probably but I pre-ordered the "6) Double 12” Vinyl + premium digital + Limited Edition Screen Printed Poster (Designed by Wes Winship from Burlesque of North America)" package.

Oh and have you guys played enough yet with The Suburbs lyrics? Yeah? Me too.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Order the Arcade Fire 12" single from Merge

Yep, US folks (only!) can now order Arcade Fire's The Suburbs/Month of May 12" single from the Merge Store. One copy per customer. 
All their 12" vinyl copies have now been sold. Only available as digital downloads.

Listen to (full-length songs now) the single below.
A. The Suburbs
AA. Month of May

Arcade Fire presents The Suburbs - the new album!

I'm in no state of mind to write anything elaborate now, I'll try later. I'm shaking of joy! But here you go. This is all you need to really know. Pre-order the new album and have faith in music again.
The available pre-order options and details.

Available the 2nd of August in the UK & the 3rd in the US and Canada

1) Premium digital in 320 kbps MP3, FLAC or Apple Lossless. Delivered via email $7.99

2) CD + premium digital, $12.99

3) Double 12″ vinyl + premium digital (gatefold, 180 g) $24.99

4) Two tracks for instant digital download – “The Suburbs” & “Month of May” (transferred from the acetate master) $1.99

5) CD + Premium digital + Limited Edition Screen Printed Poster (Designed by Wes Winship from Burlesque of North America) $32.99

6) Double 12” Vinyl + premium digital + Limited Edition Screen Printed Poster (Designed by Wes Winship from Burlesque of North America) $44.99

* All pre-orders receive an instant download of both songs Month of May and The Suburbs.

It doesn't get much better than this! My heart is rushing. Thank you, thank you, thank you Arcade Fire!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Just madness. Madness and sheer joy.

The new single is out there!

Update #1
I feel hugging someone for a really long period of time. Arcade Fire are back! This sounds almost too amazing for my own good. If that's possible. The lyrics to The Suburbs are just incredible. Got me from the 1st listen. Month of May is just such a great, great rock song.

It's nice to be reminded why you hold them in the highest esteem. Just saying.

The Suburbs
*youtube stream removed*

Month of May
*youtube stream removed*

Update #2
Lyrics Edit: The lyrics to The Suburbs has now been confirmed. Should be 100% accurate. Month of May still very much unconfirmed.

The Suburbs

In the suburbs I, I learned to drive
And you told me we'd never survive
Grab your mother's keys we're leaving

You always seemed so sure
That one day we'd be fighting
In a suburban war
Your part of town against mine
I saw you standing on the opposite shore
But by the time the first bombs fell
We were already bored
We were already, already bored

Sometimes I can't believe it
I'm moving past the feeling
Sometimes I can't believe it
I'm moving past the feeling again

The kids want to be so hard
But in my dreams we're still screaming
And running through the yard
When all the walls that they built in the 70's finally fall,
And all of the houses they built in the 70's finally fall--
Meant nothing at all?
Meant nothing at all,
It meant nothing

Sometimes I can't believe it
I'm moving past the feeling
Sometimes I can't believe it
I'm moving past the feeling
And into the night

So can you understand
Why I want a daughter while I'm still young?
I want to hold her hand,
And show her some beauty,
Before all this damage is done
But if it's too much to ask
If it's too much to ask
Then send me a son

Under the overpass
In the parking lot we're still waiting
It's already past
So move your feet from hot pavement
And into the grass
'Cause it's already past
It's already, already past

Sometimes I can't believe it
I'm moving past the feeling
sometimes I can't believe it
I'm moving past the feeling again
I'm moving past the feeling
I'm moving past the feeling

In my dreams we're still screaming
We're still screaming
We're still screaming
Month of May

1! 2! 3! 4!

gonna make a record in the month of May
in the month of May
in the month of May
gonna make a record in the month of May
when the violent wind blows the wires away

month of May, it's a violent thing
in the city their hearts start to sing
well, some people singing sounds like screaming
used to doubt it but now I believe it

month of May, everybody sing love
in the city, watch it from above
and just when I knew what I wanted to say
the violent wind blew the wires away

we were shocked in the suburbs

now the kids are all standing with their arms folded tight
the kids are all standing with their arms folded tight
now, some things are pure and some things are right
but the kids are still standing with their arms folded tight
I said some things are pure and some things are right
but the kids are still with their arms folded tight

so young! so young!
so much pain for someone so young, well
I know it's heavy, I know it ain't light
but how you gonna lift it with your arms folded tight?

............. in the middle of the town
that's why I'm still driving around
and around and around and around and around
and around and around and around and around
(and around and around and around and around...)

2009! 2010!

wanna make a record how I felt then
when I stood outside in the month of May
and watched the violent wind blow the wires away

if I died in the month of May
let the wind take my body away, then
wish I may, I wish I might
............ me down there with my arms folded tight

start again in the month of May
start again in the month of May
come on and blow the wires away
come on and blow the wires away

start again in the month of May
start again in the month of May
come on and blow the wires away
come on and blow the wires away

start again in the month of May
start again in the month of May
come on and blow the wires away
come on and blow the wires, the wires away

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Solo show: Arcade Fire coming to Toronto Island

Update #3
Show officially announced! Presale for this show is happening right now. Show and ticket details:
Collective Concerts Presents
Arcade Fire
Date: Sat 14th Aug 2010
Doors: 16:00 EST
Venue: Olympic Island
Location: Toronto Island Park, Toronto, M5J 2E5, Canada
About: Please note that all tickets include a CAD1.00 donation for Partners in Health

General Admission Includes Ferry + Charitable Donation
CAD54.50 (+ CAD6.30 Booking Fee)
Update #2
The post has been updated with what should be the correct info. Eye Weekly broke the news.

Update #1
A screen grab before the show was taken down from Ticketmaster.

Great news Toronto people. Arcade Fire are coming to Toronto Centre Island (Olympic Island) on August 14. General sale tickets are $47.50 (not including the facility fee, a charity fee plus the $6.50 return-ferry fee) and go on sale this Friday, May 28 at 12:00PM EDT over at Ticketmaster.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Super limited edition of Arcade Fire's new single

Rough Trade has put up some eye-catching info about the new Arcade Fire single "The Suburbs/Month of May". It's apparently an extremely limited edition. Maybe Merge won't be selling it?
the suburbs / month of may

Release Date: Pre-Release (Expected on 31/05/2010)

available on the 31st of may but you cannot order this via mail order (if you order - you will not recieve it) - this can only be bought in either the west or east london shop in person. hand stamped white label 12" in a white card sleeve and super limited. it features two brand new tracks from the arcade fire and the first taster for the forthcoming album.

In related news, some Amazon stores and a few US indie record stores and have started listing the single but no mention of a limited edition on either of those places thus far.

Oh and if there was any doubt, Sarah is still in the band.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Interactive previews of The Suburbs/Month of May!!

It's here! Interactive previews of Arcade Fire's new 12" single "The Suburbs/Month of May". PUNK IS ALIVE! Insanely promising. I'm so extremely happy. Spin, spin, spin it!
A. The Suburbs
AA. Month of May

1, 2, 3, 4!
Gonna make a record in the month of May
In the month of May
In the month of May
Gonna make a record in the month of May
when the violent wind first fires away!

Month of May, holy shit! Absolute bliss.

New Arcade Fire album at the end of July? 38 songs?

Let's start though with a tweet from Australian tv/radio station Triple J's music director Richard Kingsmill.
Arcade Fire's new song is called "Suburbs". We should get it week after next. It will be a 12" vinyl only release believe it or not!
Very much doubt Richard Kingsmill would make up about something like that. Looking forward to that Suburbs single like a mad man.

Quickly moving on to a really interesting article Triple J published a bit later on after that above Kingsmill tweet. I'm just gonna copy/paste it so you can digest it in its entirety.
Arcade Fire prep new album

Details have been trickling out about Arcade Fire's ridiculously anticipated third album. The follow-up to Neon Bible doesn't yet have a title, but the band have set the end of July as a tentative release date.

triple j will get hold of a new song from the Canadian band around June 1. It'll reportedly be called "Suburbs" and will initially be released exclusively on 12" vinyl.

The band worked in the studio with long-time producer Nick Launay, and according to sources close to the band, they've got plenty of material to work with - they reportedly recorded and mixed around 38 songs for the album.

So there you have it all people. Inhale-exhale! Inhale-exhale! If it's true the new album is indeed consisting of 38 songs I might just implode or something. Triple album? Could be that those 38 songs are just the number of songs they're choosing from though.

It's good as well to hear Nick Launay is still producing. Have a nice day everybody!

A huge thank you!

I wanted to say thank you to each and everyone of you for the to be honest overwhelming amount of support I've received over the last couple of days. Quite touched actually. You guys should see my inbox!

Let's try this again.
x joel

Monday, May 17, 2010

Solo show! Arcade Fire at the Senaatintori (update #4)

Happy day, Finland! Arcade Fire are coming to your fine capital Helsinki on June 28th for a show at the Senaatintori (Senate Square). Tickets on general sale next Monday, May 24th. This is the first time Arcade Fire are playing in Finland so could be something very special just for that reason alone.

The stage will be facing the Cathedral so the crowd can also stand in the cathedral stairs. As I'm writing this it hasn't yet been announced on Arcade but I reckon it very soon will be with a presale link to go along with that. For now you will have to make do with the Finnish promotor's announcement etc.

Presale happening right now! Get your tickets before they go on general sale next Monday.

Update #2
Tickets will now go on general sale next Thursday (May 27th) instead of this coming Monday (May 24th) due to Finnish politicians questioning how appropriate it is to lend the Senaatintori to events like this one. Ridiculous. Anyway, you guys know tickets are on presale here anyway so you guys are all good.

This is how the organizers had at least originally planned on using the square and Cathedral stairs for the show. 4,500 tickets available.

Update #3
Statement from Live Nation about the general sale date.
Live Nation News
Arcade Fire onsale-date postponed!
Friday 21 May 2010

The new on-sale date for Arcade Fire's show will be announced Wednesday, may 26th.

The concert promoters Live Nation Finland and Eastway will have to await a decision from the City Of Helsinki’s board. The rental of the northern part of the Senate Square for concert use is still pending on the decision of the board.

Arcade Fire concert’s ticket on sale was planned to start on Monday 24th May but the board will not meet until Tuesday. The new ticket on sale date will be announced on Wednesday 26th May.

Update #4
Tickets for this show will go on general sale tomorrow, May 27th, at 9:00 local time.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Arcade Fire post encouraging postcard

Howdy yall - Just finishing up pressing our new 12". Should be in stores in the next
couple weeks. God willing. Good luck with finals. See you this summer! AF

So yeah, the new Arcade Fire 12" vinyl single/EP is still on despite everything. It might not be out on June 1st though but soon. Check out the new post over at Arcade if you like.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

New Arcade Fire single! Suburbs/Month of May

WHAM! JAFB EXCLUSIVE! Hahaha, I can't do crap like that with a straight face. Anyway, great news.

A reader on this blog (Thanks Erik-Dardan Ymeraga!) found the new Arcade Fire single over at Amazon. The vinyl single appears to be called Suburbs/Month of May and is stated to be released on June 1, 2010. That's only two weeks away! Either Suburbs is the A side and Month of May is the B side or the leading single is actually named "Suburbs/Month of May". No artwork is available just yet. June 1st can't come soon enough.

A band rep. says the amazon listing is incorrect and will be taken down. Still, it has to mean something you'd think.

Update #2
And yes, there's indeed a new single coming out soon.

Update #3
Amazon cancelling preorders for Suburbs/Month of May citing it's "unavailable and we don't know when we'll get it in the near future". As a consequence the links in the post above are now dead.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Arcade Fire presents "The Suburbs"

Developments over at Arcade

Could be the title of the new album, could be a new song, could be the title of the short film they've been working on with Spike Jonze. But something is definitely called "The Suburbs" and Arcade Fire are presenting it. First they had a banner up there that said "Arcade Fire presents 'The Suburbs'". Now it only says "Arcade Fire presents", but if you check out the source code you'll still find this post's title in the header.


Stay tuned. This post will be updated with more news as/if it happens.

"The Suburbs" has now been removed from the source code as well.

Update #2
Previously been reported the working title for the Spike Jonze and Arcade Fire short film was "Scenes from the Suburb". However, I'm now hearing people in the know claiming the official name of the shooting down in Austin, TX was "The Suburbs". So I'm starting to lean more and more towards The Suburbs is referring to that. I think it's too close after the shooting finished to expect the full thing right now, but a trailer or something like it might perhaps be in line. I really hope the new website launches soon.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Solo show! Arcade Fire at Tempodrom

A new solo show has been announced, the second one following the outdoor show at Dalhalla in Sweden. Arcade Fire have found another great venue, Tempodrom in Berlin, Germany where they'll play a bit later in the summer on August 31st. Tickets are on presale now! Grab your tickets while there are some left. This is a venue which fits about 3,500 people so tickets are bound to sell out quickly when word gets out.
Venue: Tempodrom

Tickets on sale now both via Arcade and MCT. €1 from all tickets sold goes to Partners in Health.

Saturday, May 08, 2010

Arcade Fire bullets

  • Arcade Fire certainly look like they're in the last phases of finishing up the new album after John Russell tweeted they had been mixing their material before they themselves started in that studio.
  • The whispers of a September release date are growing stronger.
  • Here's a mp3 recording of Arcade Fire at Glastonbury 2007 from my dvd of that same gig.
  • Coldplay Attempt Hostile Takeover of The Arcade Fire. "Bono [meaning Bono]", just one of many highlights. I laughed quite a bit at this witty piece. A lot of it has to with the fact the headline is (almost) true.
  • It makes me very happy to hear from people all over Europe who are flying in for Arcade Fire's first announced solo show at Dalhalla in Sweden. I know of people from Ireland, England, Italy, Denmark, Germany, France and Finland who are coming over just for this gig. To anyone making the trip over; feel free to drop me a line. Good fun reading about it. Hope the weekend is treating you all well.

Adding Holland to the list. Has to be some Norwegians who'll cross the boarder, right?

Update #2
The Americans want in on the fun as well. Cool!

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Every time you close your NAKED EYEs

For shame Kelly Clarkson! The exact same chord progressions as Rebellion (Lies).

The youtube video above that someone put up has unsurprisingly been taken down now. You can however still listen to it over at Idolator.