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Video of the Moment #1314: Arcade Fire

By on Monday, 9th September 2013 at 6:00 pm

I must admit, I’m not a big Arcade Fire fan by any stretch of the imagination, so the news that a song called ‘Reflektor’ had been leaked online a couple days ago didn’t excite me. However, I think the tidal wave of anticipation from cyberspace is just beginning and I’ll just be along for the ride, no matter how much I’m (not) feeling it. You can watch the interactive video for ‘Reflektor’ here. Note: you’re going to need Google Chrome, either a mouse or webcam, and a smartphone or tablet to interact with it.

Edit 10/09/13: the real promo video for ‘Reflektor’ posted after hours yesterday, so I’m putting it up on this post now. Hello, ’80s.



Video of the Moment #924: Arcade Fire

By on Tuesday, 14th August 2012 at 6:00 pm

Does anyone remember that great VH1 show Pop-Up Video? Well, evidently Arcade Fire do. The Canadian collective led by Win Butler have released this promo homage to the programme for ‘The Suburbs’. Enjoy it below.


Preview: Record Store Day 2012

By on Thursday, 19th April 2012 at 11:00 am

With exclusive releases from literally hundreds of artists, Record Store Day is back with a bang this week and here’s the TGTF guide to what to pick up on the day from some of the best labels and acts. Our top tip? Check the website to see if the release you want is limited or on mass production. This will really help with panic on the day. See you Saturday!

Ben Howard – ‘Black Flies’
A standout track from his gorgeous debut album, Black Flies is limited to just 500 copies on the day. With Brixton sold out in November, it doesn’t look like Howard’s going anywhere for a while and with new material almost ready, this looks to be the swansong of ‘Every Kingdom’. (Along with the Cure, Florence and the Machine and many other artists, this is part of the Secret 7″ campaign to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.) Watch the live video of Howard playing this song at SXSW 2012 below.


Dry the River – ‘New Ceremony’
Limited to just 1000 copies, the newest folk/pop/indie heroes’ single will be something to snap up when doors open at your local store.

Arctic Monkeys – ‘R U Mine’ (purple)
Queens of the Stone Age-y rock music from the Sheffield lads. Previously unreleased, a needed momento for any Arctics fans.

Arcade Fire – ‘Sprawl II’ (Remix)
Complete with a live version of Ready to Start on the b-side,  it gives you an excuse to play Arcade Fire at a party and not be judged too heavily, which is always a plus.

Childish Gambino – ‘Heartbeat’
With Glover’s stock rising, it’s no surprise that this, his latest single is up for RSD release. Whilst not hugely limited, it’ll be in high demand, and a worthy demand also.

David Bowie – ‘Starman’ (picture vinyl)
What more could you want from RSD than a David Bowie picture vinyl? It’s a brilliant collectors item and even more, it’ll sound even more beautiful than the originals.

That’s just a tiny selection of what’s on offer. For Cure fans there’s a huge selection [for more, check out this great UK vs. US Record Store Day releases list compiled by Slicing Up Eyeballs – Ed.], but there really is something for everyone in the hundreds on sale. See you Saturday!


MP3 of the Day #517: Benjamin Francis Leftwich

By on Tuesday, 10th April 2012 at 10:00 am

Benjamin Francis Leftwich has covered Arcade Fire‘s ‘Rebellion’, and he’s offering it up as a freebie. Listen to and download the cover below.

Leftwich is going on a massive tour of the UK and Ireland in the autumn; tour dates are included below as well.

Monday 1st October 2012 – Brighton Concorde 2
Tuesday 2nd October 2012 – Bournemouth Old Fire Station
Wednesday 3rd October 2012 – Exeter Phoenix
Thursday 4th October 2012 – Falmouth Princess Pavilion
Friday 5th October 2012 – Swansea Sin City
Saturday 6th October 2012 – Bristol O2 Academy
Monday 8th October 2012 – Oxford Town Hall
Tuesday 9th October 2012 – Newcastle Northumbria Uni
Wednesday 10th October 2012 – Edinburgh Pleasance Theatre
Thursday 11th October 2012 – Aberdeen Lemon Tree
Friday 12th October 2012 – Inverness Ironworks
Saturday 13th October 2012 – Glasgow Oran Mor
Monday 15th October 2012 – Leeds Varieties
Tuesday 16th October 2012 – Sheffield Plug
Wednesday 17th October 2012 – Birmingham Irish Centre
Thursday 18th October 2012 – Cambridge Junction
Friday 19th October 2012 – Norwich Waterfront
Saturday 20th October 2012 – Nottingham Rescue Rooms
Monday 22nd October 2012 – Carlisle Brickyard
Tuesday 23rd October 2012 – Liverpool Stanley Theatre
Wednesday 24th October 2012 – London Koko
Thursday 25th October 2012 – Manchester HMV Ritz
Friday 26th October 2012 – Stoke Sugar Mill
Saturday 27th October 2012 – York Duchess
Monday 29th October 2012 – Wrexham Central Station
Wednesday 31st October 2012 – Galway Roisin Dubh
Thursday 1st November 2012 – Cork Cyprus Avenue
Friday 2nd November 2012 – Dublin Whelan’s
Saturday 3rd November 2012 – Belfast Limelight


Video of the Moment #662: Arcade Fire

By on Monday, 19th December 2011 at 6:00 pm

Arcade Fire have a new video for ‘Sprawl II’. They had to live up to the one for ‘We Used to Wait’; if you recall, it allowed you an interactive peek into the town you grew up in (read more about it on this previous Video of the Moment post from nearly a year and a half ago). The YouTube one is quirky as you would expect from the Grammy Award-winning Canadian band (watch it below), but they’ve done another interactive video that has to be seen – and played around with – to be believed. You can ‘watch’ that version here.



Live Review: Arcade Fire with Owen Pallett, the Vaccines and Mumford and Sons at London Hyde Park – 30th June 2011

By on Monday, 11th July 2011 at 2:00 pm

Editor’s note: We imagine that Arcade Fire’s show at Manchester’s MEN Arena won’t have the same curfew issues as this Hyde Park show. So why not enter our contest for a pair of tickets to the show, if you haven’t all ready? Full contest details here.

Montreal outfit Arcade Fire’s trips to England are often something of conversation and big steps. Last year came the controversial decision to have the group as headliners for Leeds and Reading festivals, which was quickly followed by a huge European and world tour which hit some of the most prominent arenas in the world. Follow this with Grammy and Brits success, and last year was a big year for The Subu..I mean Arcade Fire (sorry Barbra Streisand) all in all, and now with the deluxe version of their third record, ‘The Suburbs’, in stores and the Spike Jones short film released, the troupe have assembled at a bigger stage once more at Hyde Park, London.

Not that you can hear them though. Due to the restrictions at Hyde Park, Win Butler and Co. aren’t running at 11, more 7 and you can tell that it’s irritating them. “The neighbourhood wants you to be quieter”, shouts Win during ‘Power Out’. It’s greated by a muffled cheer. Sadly, this hasn’t been an issue earlier in the evening as volume levels have been relatively high all afternoon. First up was Owen Pallett. Specially chosen by tonight’s headliners and later joining them on stage as an extra to their live setup, Pallet played a selection of his finest tracks and began to warm up a crowd who, mostly, hadn’t heard of him.

The Vaccines are riding on the back of their debut album at the moment, which has seen them become one of the hype bands of the year. Their catchy tunes storm over Hyde Park and they go down a treat for many. Their Strokes-esque style gives the crowd a lot to jump about, even if sometimes, it’s hard to explain where one track ends and another begins.  Beirut then bring a renaissance to the park, giving everyone a much needed refreshing sound. It’s different to anything else you’ll hear in such a huge venue, and the crowd warm to it well, even without knowing many of the tracks.

After a long changeover comes 70 minutes of Mumford and Sons. For many here, the group are the main attraction, and in glimpses, you can see why. ‘Little Lion Man’ brings a huge singalong and jig from the thousands assembled in a now boiling Hyde Park. Playing a selection of songs from their second album, which should be released by the end of the year, the indie-folk men are in high spirits. I can’t help but feel like Mumford and Sons miss something though and at times, they bore me immensely. Their style becomes monotonous and when you know about the band as people, you start to question where their lyrical choices stop being heartfelt and start being cliches It is however a riotous end with ‘The Cave’ bringing their set to a close.

Twenty minutes later, Arcade Fire step out into their biggest UK show to date and they’ve decided to change it around a bit. Gone is the air of predictability that has been building around them and instead the usual set closer ‘Wake Up’ is played second so “we can see people’s reaction,” says Win Butler. It’s a night that really shows that Arcade Fire have begun their transition from the band that made ‘The Suburbs’ to a seriously big group about to progress to their fourth album. Every part of their careers has been a steady progression from a band of relative unknowns to a group on the verge of Stadium Rock and when a track like ‘Month Of May’ comes along, there’s pandemonium in both crowd and stage. Everyone seems to be on board watching a band in the form of their lives realise who they can be.

Giving their UK debut to deluxe ‘Suburbs’ track ‘Speaking in Tongues’ and prompting an echo with every singalong part to their music, the dedication in the area is huge. For a band with so many mid-power songs, you can hardly compare them to the Eno sound that Glastonbury headliners Coldplay and U2 demonstrated the week before, but you can certainly see them at the top of the Pyramid stage billing in 2 years time. Especially with huge tracks such as set opener ‘Ready To Start’ and ‘Keep the Car Running’ that features in their encore. Over the period of 90 minutes, Arcade Fire do have a few lapses. They’ve still not quite got the full singles collection to fill such a huge occasion, however when you’ve written album tracks as good as ‘Rococo’, who really minds?

Tonight then, whilst not being a huge triumph, has seen the Canadian group cement their position in the record collections of all present and given a tip of the hat to those who questioned their capacity to do huge shows. Closing with ‘Sprawl II’, Regine Chassange’s crowning moment in ‘The Suburbs’ leaves everyone feeling just as warm as they were when the sun was beating down just a few hours ago. If they can turn up the volume again, they could just conquer.

More photos from this concert after the cut.
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