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Listen: Arcade Fire – “Abraham’s Daughter”

Since putting out the critically acclaimed album The Suburbs, Arcade Fire did not release any new music up until now, when the band unveiled their contribution to the soundtrack for The Hunger Games. The anthemic “Abraham’s Daughter” was first made available by Entertainment Weekly, but has since been removed from their website. You can still listen to the track here.

“Abraham’s Daughter” is set to appear on the upcoming film’s soundtrack alongside new work from The Decemberists, Kid Cudi, Neko Case, and more. Arcade Fire also contributed an orchestral piece entitled “Horn of Plenty” for the album, which will be released on March 20th. The Hunger Games will appear in theaters everywhere three days later.

Watch: Trailer for LCD Soundsystem Documentary

As previously reported, this year’s Sundance Film Festival will contain a documentary revolving around dance punk band LCD Soundsystem called Shut Up and Play the Hits (taken from a line shouted by Arcade Fire‘s Win Butler during the band’s final concert). The documentary, which is directed by Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace, details the band’s last few days before the final show last year in April, and will premiere January 22nd at the festival. Check out the trailer below:

Arcade Fire Deluxe Edition

Arcade Fire will release a deluxe CD/DVD version of its Album of the Year Grammy Award-winning third album The Suburbs August 2nd on Merge Records in the U.S.

The CD has an extended version of “Wasted Hours (A Life We Can Live)” and two previously unreleased songs. The DVD includes the entire half-hour short film Scenes From The Suburbs, which is directed by Spike Jonze. It also includes a Behind the Scenes for the album and a music video for the track “The Suburbs”. A booklet is included with the package featuring lyrics and 80 pages of photos taken during the shooting of the short film.

Review: Explosions in the Sky – Take Care, Take Care, Take Care

Explosions in the Sky – Take Care, Take Care, Take Care

Released: April 25, 2011
Label: Temporary Residence Limited
Purchase: iTunes | Insound | Amazon

It’s been a while since post-rock band Explosions in the Sky released their album, All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone, and many questions lurk through the fans’ minds: what has changed in the last 4 years, and how will Explosions in the Sky be able to create new music that is fresh and adds something new to their incredible, innovative discography? Few albums have impressed me at first listen as much as their 2003 album, The Earth is a Cold Dead Place. While Take Care, Take Care, Take Care is quite engaging on first listen, it is an album designed for repeated listens.

Drummer Chris Hrasky once said that “I think we just liked the idea of a band that there was not a leader or main songwriter, everyone collaborating and has their own say. I don’t think any of us want the sort of ‘leader role’, so a leaderless band is kind of the best option for us.” A band that doesn’t employ words must use the entire band to make sure that the music can stay radical, and Explosions on the Sky thrives on this. Everyone plays a role in each song instead of having one, main front man for the group. The band members’ technical abilities and musicianship complement each other extremely well. As critical as the guitar is used in their songs to create the melody, the drummer is just as important. Chris Hrasky utilizes his drum kit to create the entire atmosphere for each song. In the track, “Trembling Hands”, the drumming is so momentous that it is the focal point of the song.

Trembling Hands” is the only song that utilizes vocals in Take Care, Take Care, Take Care, and it is the first time in six years that they have done this. The one and only other time they have done this was in “Day Two” on their experimental eight-day project, Travels in Constants, Volume 21: The Rescue. “Trembling Hands” is a track that is much different than the rest of the album, and discography. The singing, along with the drums, gives the band energy that has never been heard before in an Explosions in the Sky song. It is probably the most inventive song on the album.

In a few days on April 30, Explosions in the Sky will be playing at Hollywood Forever Cemetery to promote their new album, Take Care, Take Care, Take Care. Post-rock is a genre of music that is normally made to be very despondent and tragic, so playing the album at that venue will be quite fitting. “Human Qualities” seems to be a rather quiet and desolate song. However, this long 6 minute and 49 second build-up makes the last minute incredibly awe-inspiring. Explosions in the Sky does a good job of this in Take Care, Take Care, Take Care. Explosions in the Sky fabricate songs that are not only melancholy, but they also create songs that are extremely inspirational and hopeful for its listeners. For the genre of post-rock, it is not the band that always chooses the meaning of the music, but rather the listener to discover how the music impacts them. Explosions in the Sky connect their listeners to an emotional level that can sometimes never be done with words.

With the exception of “Trembling Hands”, not much has changed in this album. For a band that is so inherently inspiring to others, Explosions in the Sky does not attempt to achieve many new heights. You could probably compile Take Care, Take Care, Take Care along with their first album, How Strange, Innocence, and not notice a difference. However, this is not a problem for Explosions in the Sky. If not changing their musical direction is a problem, fans would be complaining by their second album. Explosions in the Sky seem to keep faithful to their fan base by giving their supporters what they want.

With the release of Take Care, one has to wonder what’s next for this band? For now, the band that seems to be going nowhere but up, will keep themselves playing shows alongside Arcade Fire and a countless number of festivals such as Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza.


Standout Tracks: “Human Qualities” and “Trembling Hands”

Coachella 2011: Arcade Fire – “Wake Up”

Arcade Fire‘s Saturday night set at Coachella was widely appreciated by fans, with the Canadian indie-rock band returning to the stage that helped launch them into the limelight way back in 2005. As they closed their main set with “Wake Up”, hundreds of giant, glowing beach balls floated down on the crowd from above the stage, changing colors from blue to red to green.

Check out the performance and the band’s setlist below.

Month of May
Rebellion (Lies)
No Cars Go
City With No Children
The Suburbs
The Suburbs (Continued)
Crown of Love
Neighborhood #2 (Laika)
We Used to Wait
Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
Keep the Car Running
Wake Up

Ready to Start
Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

Arcade Fire Announce Deluxe Version of The Suburbs With Two New Songs

BBC Radio 1 revealed earlier today that Arcade Fire will be releasing a new deluxe edition of The Suburbs, the band’s Grammy Award-winning album, on June 27. The album’s re-release will feature two unreleased songs from The Suburbs studio sessions (“Speaking in Tongues” and “Culture War”), a DVD of the Spike-Jonze directed film Scenes From The Suburbs, and a making-of documentary. According to BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe, the songs will premiere on BBC Radio on May 23rd.

VEVO To Offer Free, Live Stream of Bonnaroo

VEVO have announced a partnership with music festival Bonnaroo, held annually at Great Stage Park in Manchester, Tennessee. The website, widely known for its music video streaming service, will be presenting a live and on-demand web cast of performances and interviews from Bonnaroo at no charge, courtesy of sponsors like Ford. Fans can watch their favorite artists perform live at Bonnaroo on the VEVO.com website, VEVO Mobile (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Android), all VEVO connected devices (Google TV, Boxee), and VEVO’s syndication partners (YouTube, AOL, BET, CBS Interactive Music Group, etc).

Confirmed acts include EminemArcade FireThe StrokesBest CoastCold War Kids, and much more. More information can be found on the Bonnaroo website.

It should be interesting to see how the live streams pan out. Will advertising be extremely prominent on VEVO’s website? My immediate guess is yes, as providing so much content at absolutely no cost to viewers will be quite costly for VEVO – especially when considering hosting and bandwidth costs. For advertisers and lesser-known musicians, this could be a great way to reach out to music fans – either to expose new artists or to advertise. We’ll find out soon enough.

Arcade Fire Working On A New Album

A few days after winning album of the year for the Grammy Awards, Arcade Fire have won the International Band and International Album categories at the BRIT Awards. Today, they have announced that they are working on a new album.

“We’re going to write for about a month, a month and a half and then we’re going to play – we’ll be back in Europe in the summer,” frontman Win Butler told XFM.

2011 Grammy Award Winners

Last night, the Grammy Awards, the prestigious music awards, were handed out. As usual, there was controversy, some music appreciation, and once again, Lady Gaga chose to surprise everyone, arriving in an egg this time around. If you haven’t seen the winners, check them out below. Congratulations to Arcade Fire! What did you think about this year’s Grammys? Sound off in the replies.

Album Of The Year: Arcade Fire, The Suburbs

Record Of The Year: Lady Antebellum, “Need You Now”

Best Rap Album: Eminem, Recovery

Best New Artist: Esperanza Spalding

Song Of The Year: Lady Antebellum, “Need You Now”

Best Country Album: Lady Antebellum, Need You Now

Best Pop Vocal Album: Lady Gaga, The Fame Monster

Best Rock Album: Muse, The Resistance

Best Pop Performance By A Duo/Group: Train, “Hey Soul Sister (Live)”

Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals: Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono No. 1, Jeff Beck & Oumou Sangare, “Imagine”

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album: Michael Bublé, Crazy Love

Best Female Country Performance: Miranda Lambert, “The House That Built Me”

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance: Lady Gaga, “Bad Romance”

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance: Bruno Mars, “Just The Way You Are”

Best Hard Rock Performance: Them Crooked Vultures, “New Fang”

Best Rock Song: Neil Young, “Angry World”

Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals: The Black Keys, “Tighten Up”

Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance: Paul McCartney, “Helter Skelter”

Best R&B Album: John Legend & The Roots, Wake Up!

Best R&B Song: John Legend & The Roots, “Shine”

Best Male R&B Vocal Performance: Usher, “There Goes My Baby”

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: Fantasia, “Bittersweet”

Best Rap Song: Jay-Z and Alicia Keys, “Empire State of Mind”

Best Rap Solo Performance: Eminem, “Not Afraid”

Best Male Country Vocal Performance: Keith Urban, “‘Til Summer Comes Around”

Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals: Lady Antebellum, “Need You Now”

Best Latin Pop Album: Alejandro Sanz, Paraiso Express

Best Contemporary Jazz Album: The Stanley Clarke Band, The Stanley Clarke Band

Best Dance Recording: Rihanna, “Only Girl (In The World)”

Best Electronic Dance Album: La Roux, La Roux

Best Alternative Music Album: The Black Keys, Brothers

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical: Danger Mouse

Best Short Form Music Video: Lady Gaga, “Bad Romance”

Via: MTV Buzzworthy

Arcade Fire Confirm Hyde Park Show; Announce Support

Arcade Fire have confirmed a show at London’s Hyde Park on June 30th, the band’s largest UK headlining show so far. Mumford and SonsBeirut, and The Vaccines have been announced as support acts.

Tickets will go on sale on January 28 at 9am (GMT).