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 Wee Hours
The huddled masses on the corner of Mulberry and Mosco had waited for a long time. They had waited through 700 days of planning, they had waited outside several hours on this first night, and then they had waited to get the nod from a doorman. They had waited for the opening of Le Baron, the Chinatown outpost of Andre Saraiva’s famous Paris club.
“Stand in a straight line!” a bouncer yelled.
DFA Records’ co-founder and retired LCD Soundsystem bandleader James Murphy has always exhibited a certain stripe of self-awareness that other musicians could probably take lessons from. In one of two films to feature Mr. Murphy at this year’s Sundance Film Festival—the other one being the documentary about his band’s final concert—he has a cameo role as a guy stuck between two obnoxious, aging hipsters in a taxi.
Sundance Film Festival
It’s winding down, celebs are fleeing, the open bars are starting to dry up, and The Observer’s 4 day long hangover is starting to catch up with us—enough of the sob story, we’re going back in for more.
Last year, the centerpiece band of James Murphy’s Brooklyn-based record label—DFA Records—called it quits, after three critically and increasingly commercially successful albums. People were upset! The band announced they’d be having one last show at Madison Square Garden before calling the whole thing off. The show sold out in two minutes, and people were extremely upset. The band then decided to have a four nights worth of shows at Terminal 5 before the final hurrah at the Garden, which was generally received to be nothing short of extraordinary. The end, it would seem, had finally come.
Not entirely, however.
The Wee Hours
James Murphy was standing with a bottle of Champagne, two flutes dangling between his fingers and a full glass in his other hand. He swerved. It was nearly 4 in the morning. He had just played the final show fronting LCD Soundsystem, and the band and friends had taken over the gold-coral vestibules of the Read More
Aziz Ansari, the reigning funniest man on the planet, is not one to be trusted on Twitter. For instance, last week he spent the day fake-retweeting Whole Foods and L.L. Bean (the clothier never said “your comedy sucks dick Aziz”).
But when he told his 600,000 followers of a trip to Tokyo with Read More
People certainly seem very excited about this Lost finale this weekend, don’t they? Very well. However, we are more excited about sitting around outside, and hoping that AccuWeather’s unreliability works in our favor where Sunday showers are concerned. Did you know that the Hudson River Park is Manhattan’s largest park after Central Park? It is! Read More