Happy Arcade Fire Day!
It seems like forever that we’ve been waiting for this … over three years since their last album … popular indie bands like the National, Vampire Weekend and Phoenix all beat them to releasing albums in 2013 … the lead single has been on the radio for what seems like forever … but the day is now upon us. Reflektor – Arcade Fire’s fourth record – is out today. Happy Arcade Fire Day!
I haven’t been able to listen to the album yet, but the sneak peek I got at the delightfully fun and strange show at 299 Meserole in Brooklyn has me giddy with anticipation. As mentioned before, The Suburbs was my favorite album of 2010 and while it will be tough to beat The National’s Trouble Will Find Me, I have a feeling that Arcade Fire may be up to the challenge.
My gift to the readers on Arcade Fire Day? How about some cool links:
- The interactive video for “Reflektor” at https://www.justareflektor.com/
- Video: Arcade Fire sing new song “Afterlife” on Saturday Night Live
- Win and Will Butler spoke to Stephen Colbert before performing “Afterlife” and “Normal Person“
- Reviews of the new album are everywhere you look, some good (New York Times, A.V. Club), some great (Pitchfork, PMA), and even some negative ones (how could you Washington Post?!)
- From NPR, just posted yesterday, hear the band perform highlights from Reflektor, recorded live from Capitol Studios in Los Angeles
- On the eve of releasing their second album, Neon Bible, the band visited New York’s Judson Memorial Church for a full concert (originally webcast live on NPR.org Feb. 17, 2007) which is available for download from NPR.org here
- Free and legal downloads and streams of older Arcade Fire songs are available from Merge Records here
Happy listening everyone! I’ll have to wait a few more hours myself … but I suspect it will be worth it.