The so-called J.D. Salinger of indie rock was at a loss for words.
After taking the stage and making it through the start of “The King of Carrot Flowers Pt. One,” (“When you were young…”) Neutral Milk Hotel frontman Jeff Mangum paused, regained his composure and began again. Later, he admitted to getting choked up in front of the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House during the first of the band’s three sold out shows there.
It’s like vacation’s already started, isn’t it? I mean, you’re there, you’re sitting at work, or blogging from home, or being a contractor in someone else’s home (and that it, that’s all the jobs there are), but really you’re a hundred miles away. You’re sunning yourself in Florida, or sitting by the fire in Vermont, or getting inappropriately drunk at a holiday party later tonight. That’s okay. No one is going to say anything, because we’ve all tacitly agreed to believe the lie that we should still be getting paid even though we’ve mentally checked out.
So kick back, put on your headphones, pretend to be doing an end of the year list, or some spreadsheets, whatever it is that contractors use the Internet for, and enjoy Zach Galifianakis’s holiday-themed episode of Between Two Ferns with Arcade Fire, Samuel L. Jackson and the guy from Spider-Man.
Arcade Fire has never been known for its sense of humor.
The sprawling Montreal ensemble shot to the top of the indie rock pecking order with three albums of earnest, plangent, fitfully electric anthems about childhood and death, with a sprinkling of geopolitical dirges and riffs on the corrosive influence of technology.
The 53rd annual Grammy Awards are set to take over the Staples Center Feb. 13, and today the academy’s website announced which acts will perform amidst an orgy of undulating rainbow lights, explosions, and hopelessly busy set pieces.
The choices are, like always, fairly obvious. But how will these performers use their time Read More
Sometimes while perusing your assembled and well-honed RSS reader in the morning hours, a theme appears. And with that in mind, call today Crossover Tuesday.
It starts, as things often do, with Rihanna. The multi-platinum “Rude Boy” singer has decided on her first film role: Battleship. And if you’re wondering: Yes, that is Read More
The Arcade Fire, about whom we’ve heard little these days, will release a DVD of their new documentary Miroir Noir next Monday, December 15. (Go to miroir-noir.com for the trailer.) NME.com is reporting that the 70-minute film, directed by the band and Vincent Morisset, chronicles the making of the Arcade Fire’s Read More
Three albums come out today; all of them might be called "Indie" releases; they will be promoted and marketed heavily at Indie record stores and compete on the same Indie charts this week.
Needless to say the genre is almost meaningless as a description of the music. One of the bands is from Brazil, one Read More
In the course of promoting her latest movie, Iron Man, Gwyneth Paltrow has been seen in at least three incredibly short dresses.
There was the black Preen bandage dress, which barely reached the top of her thighs; the Sonia Rykiel sequin number with the vague image of a face patterned into the glitter; and Read More
Check out Arcade Fire’s interactive video for "Neon Bible." You can control Win Butler’s hands (looking very Thing-like) while his detached head sings along (!!!). Read More
"I know we come to New York a lot, but this is going to be the last time for a few years," Win Butler told the crowd at Randall's Island during their performance there yesterday. "So let's have a good time tonight."
Some reports of 'boos' from the crowd did not seem to detract from Read More