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You should be listening to Arcade Fire!

Arcade Fire is the multi instrumentalist indie band from our neighbors to the north.  That would be Canada for those of you that might be either geographically or border country cliché challenged.  In addition to being a great band, they are also a testimony to the sacred and blessed union of holy matrimony as the band is fronted by the married duo of Win Butler and Régine Chassagne.

Formed in 2003, prior to the nuptials of Win and Régine, Arcade Fire released their self titled EP.  While the debut was a solid effort it is forever lost under the greatness of their follow up album Funeral.  Upon the release of Funeral in 2004, Arcade Fire took the music world by surprise and their debut EP was rereleased.  Their music made it to the Late Show with David Letterman and saw them opening three shows for U2 during the Vertigo tour, and two Grammy nominations. 

2007 saw the release of Neon Bible the highly anticipated follow up to Funeral.  The album debut at #2 and was well received by critics.  The themes on the album seem to be more external and in some cases overly dramatic.

Arcade Fire Discography:

  • Arcade Fire
  • Funeral
  • Neon Bible

Top 5 Arcade Fire Songs:

  1. Headlights Look Like Diamonds (Arcade Fire)
  2. Crown of Love (Funeral)
  3. No Cars Go (Neon Bible)
  4. Wake Up (Funeral)
  5. Intervention (Neon Bible)

Musically, Arcade Fire uses an array of musical instruments to wrap each song in its own sonic temple.  While guitars, bass, and drums are a staple to any band, these crazy cats are playing piano, viola, cello, double bass, xylophone, glockenspiel, keyboards, French horns, harp, and mandolin.  This is not just the studio version, most of the instruments go on tour and the multi talented band members swap instruments throughout the live show.

At times, the band is sonically explosive, beautifully textured, and always a formidable backdrop to the anguished and often pleading vocals of Win Butler.  The variety of instruments do not sound out of place nor do they seem over indulgent.

Check out Arcade Fire at www.arcadefire.com

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Great music awaits!


25 albums you should own!

Over time, there have many great musical artists and from each artist comes an assortment of songs that become an album. In theory the sum of an album should be equal or greater than its parts (songs).  If only this were true.  Today, with streaming audio, and the ability to buy/download single songs, the allure and importance of the album has waned.  Artists might release several EP’s before they release a full length album. 

Growing up, I had to roll the dice and hope that each album I saved for would be as good as the song I heard on the radio.  Sadly, that was not always the case.  Domo arigato Mr. Roboto!

However, some artists do indeed get it right and below is a list of 25 albums you might not know but you should own.  This collection does not include live albums or greatest hits. 

Also, I do not include any type of review for the below artists/albums.  This is in an effort to allow you to form you own opinion, keep the blog reading to an acceptable time, and selfishly save me time writing the blog itself. 

Twenty Five albums you should own! (In no particular order):

Artist Album
Alexi Murdoch Time Without Consequences
Animal Liberation Orchestra Fly Between Falls
Arcade Fire Funeral
Ben Harper Welcome to the Cruel World
The Black Keys Attack and Release
Citizen Cope   The Clarence Greenwood Recordings
Chris Whitley Living with the Law
The Dead Weather Horehound
Drive-By Truckers Brighter Than Creation’s Dark
Elliott Smith From a Basement on the Hill
Sonic Youth Daydream Nation
Jason Isbell Sirens of the Ditch
Jeffrey Foucault Stripping Cane
John Butler Trio Sunrise Over Sea
Joseph Arthur Come To Where I’m From
My Morning Jacket The Tennessee Fire
A Perfect Circle Mer De Noms
The Raconteurs Broken Boy Soldiers
Slaid Cleaves Broke Down
Tom Petty She’s the One
The Tragically Hip Fully Completely
Joe Purdy Only Four Seasons
Son Volt Trace
Neko Case Middle Cyclone
Iron & Wine Our Endless Numbered Days

 Great music awaits!