From the first notes this song captivates and intrigues. A drum beat that is a direct nod to Prince’s “When Doves Cry”, a flute solo worthy of Ron Burgundy and campy 80’s synths that could be from the B-side of an ABC or Tears for Fears album. While this sounds like a recipe for disaster, amazingly the song’s catchy electo-dance hooks and falsetto swoons are impossible not to love. From the band’s new album, Dunes.
ARCADE FIRE @ 2013 Bridge School Benefit (10.26.13)
Last night, on the first night of the 2013 Bridge School Benefit, Arcade Fire played a short set and debuted a new song inspired by a dream that Win Butler had in which he basically played a song in his mind, then awoke and transcribed it, realizing that it sounded like a Neil Young jam. In turn, the band got Young to sit in on the performance and you can check it out on the complete webcast of the show. Of course, the entire showcase takes over eight hours and there is a lot to see and love about the series which is a benefit to help children with severe speech and physical challenges. Each show is an acoustic affair, so you get to see some of your favorite artists stripped back and playing new versions of old favorites. Including in this particular webcast are sets from Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young (reunion), Queens of the Stone Age, My Morning Jacket, Elvis Costello, Jenny Lewis, Heart, Diana Krall, fun., Jack Johnson, and of course, Arcade Fire.
Mmm, just listen to that climax. Brooklyn five-piece HAERTS will be releasing their EP, Hemiplegia, on October 8th, but they have already graciously made it available to stream on Spotify. Their debut album is hinted to be released sometime in 2013 on their website.
I didn’t think new AF would be noticeably produced by James Murphy, but it certainly is. I like it, don’t get me wrong. But between the disco beats and 7+ minute length, this track sounds more like an AF + LCD mash up or collaboration.
Recording as Steffaloo, Los Angeles native Steph Thompson has in a very short time captivated indie music fans with releases in two distinct styles. Her 2011 self-released debut, Meet Me In Montauk, and her 2012 Mush full-length, Would You Stay, surround the beauty that bursts from her songs with acoustic guitar, ukulele, piano, simple percussion and lots of white noise. The feel is intimate bedroom pop, as if the songs are her way of finding the courage to stop her heart from swallowing her whole. Praise has been swift to come her way, with performances at SXSW, CMJ, FMLY Fest, glowing reviews, notice in the Los Angeles Times, and her very own Daytrotter Session. In addition to Steffaloo’s stripped-down solo material, she has teamed up with a number of acclaimed electronic producers as a guest on their albums. Her work with Blackbird Blackbird, Sun Glitters, Teen Daze, Chrome Sparks and others has been featured in important outlets including The Fader and introduced a whole new fanbase to her work.
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