Friday, October 8, 2010

The Suburbs and Halcyon Digest

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In support of "The Suburbs", the Arcade Fire sprung into their first of a two night stay at the Shrine Auditorium, in L.A. The first part of their set covered much from the new album, while the band incorporated a healthy mix of songs from "Neon Bible" and "Funeral".

The band overcame some early technical difficulties, which set the tone for Win to be pretty loose most of the night. He even took a light-hearted jab at our own L.A. Lakers, but prompted the band to start 'Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)' before any audible response or disapproval from the audience could permeate the crowd.

Overall, the band was as entertaining and provoking as the previous times I've seen them. While I'm about to sound like an enormous dick for taking offense to people having a good time, to the people who were dancing as if they were in one of the terrible clubs on the Sunset Strip, don't act surprised when you get made fun of when you're showing off those moves in a context that doesn't match to the tune of songs like 'Intervention'.

The band was great, but the venue was a pain in the ass to get to, and the mainstream appeal of a band like the Arcade Fire cannot prevent people who drive large trucks with Dave Matthews Band stickers plastered on them, from clogging the very same streets the USC kids and concert goers needed to access to get to the show. 'A' for effort, 'A' for performance, 'C' to the Shrine for being the Shrine.

Check out 'Earthquake' from the new Deerhunter album, "Halcyon Digest" below. Available now from the always wonderful 4AD Records. That's song 2 of 30 for my promise.

"Earthquake" by Deerhunter

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