Arcade Fire – Rock&Folk

My favorite music magazine in France is Rock&Folk. In the latest issue they have published the result of their readers poll. Arcade Fire come in first for “Best Group”, ” Best Album”, “Best Concert”, “Hope” (this would probably translate better as “Newcomer”) and “Best Record Cover”. The song “Rebellion” comes in as 5th best song and Win Butler is 4th in the list of “Heroes”, behind Pete Doherty, Bob Geldof and Paul McCartney. The only top 5 ranking where Arcade Fire do not appear although technically they could is “Sex Symbol”. (in the future they can still make #1 in the following categories: “Movie”, “Solo Artist”, “DVD” and “Come Back”. In that order)

Besides the fact that Arcade Fire was already the Band of 2004 in America (again Canada and US), I am left speachless. I bought the album, because of the overwhelming buzz, but I have never really gotten into it. It clearly wouldn’t even figure in my Top 10 (if I ever got to doing one).

Cat Power

After the major disappointment of the Cat Power concert in Paris the other day, which was so bad, we left before the end, just like about half of the crowd, it is good to have a preview of her upcoming album available here


This is an amazing site:

Fabchannel.Com – Live and on demand music concert webcasts – Broadband streaming video – Paradiso and Melkweg Amsterdam The Netherlands

With a team of dedicated, music loving directors, editors, programmers and promoters Fabchannel has built one of the biggest online concert archives in the world. 400 full-length concerts, festivals, performances, debates and lectures can be freely experienced in the Fabchannel video on demand archive. Live from the famous Paradiso and Melkweg Amsterdam.

You can check out, for example: Bloc Party, BRMC, The Magic Numbers or The Detroit Cobras, to name only a few.

The New Pornographers

Pitchfork recently had a very interesting (and long) article on Indie Pop, it decribes today’s American Indie Music as follows:

the fashionable music-of-choice for a certain sort of mostly-white, mostly-educated, mostly-middle-class young people, the sorts of kids the British call “student types.”

This pretty much decribes a lot of music coming out America these days, and hits the spot for The New Pornographers. I am purposely writing America and not the US, as they come from Canada.

Twin Cinema

Twin Cinema is pure contemporary American indie pop. Full of complex arrangements and weird lyrics. You could put it somewhere between The Shins and Arcade Fire. Luckily there are also some distorted guitars and some booming drums that keep the album from being boring. I really like Twin Cinema and Sing Me Spanish Techno, but overall the music is maybe too intellectual to really leave a lasting impression on me. I wonder what they are like in concert, I hear they are quite good.

One last thing intrigues me, the melody of the title line in the song Sing Me Spanish Techno sounds very familiar to me, but I don’t know what song it reminds me of, any ideas?

Listen to the song here posted on Centralvillage

Ryan Adams – So Alive video

Seems like tonight I’m digging up all of these videos on the internet… Ryan Adams is releasing more records in 2005 that most artists in their entire career. The last one, titled 29 is coming out on December 20. And now you can listen to the first single and see the video that goes with it….

So Alive (QT)

I’m not making any judgement yet, but I would not have recognized Ryan Adams on this one. It sounds a bit like U2…

Dirty Pretty Things

I have talked about Peter Doherty’s Babyshambles earlier, now the other half of The Libertines is also claiming his share of attention. You can see the new video of Carl Barat’s new band, the Dirty Pretty Things, here.

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