Monday, November 22, 2004

I can't tell one from another.

The Arcade Fire - Naive Melody (This Must Be The Place) (Talking Heads Cover) (CBC Studio Session) - That may take the record for the most parenthetical statements in a song title I've posted here. Well, a few weeks ago, I said you wouldn't be getting a rare Arcade Fire bootleg. Well, you can have it now. Last week, the CBC recorded a studio session with the Arcade Fire of 5 songs, including, at last, a high quality recording of the bands cover of the Talking Heads' "Naive Melody". It's a change of pace for the Arcade Fire, with a number of new isntruments added to their (already formidable) arsenal specifically for the song - most notably steel drums and xylophones that give it a very tropical bent. But mostly, this is a chance for Win to show off his vocals and prove that he really does have that same sort of nervous energy that made David Byrne such a great and unique frontman. But where Byrne stuttered endearingly, Win howls and screams. Where Byrne would say as much with the silences of his clipped words as he would with his long notes, Butlers notes trail off into oblivion - not so much nervous as alternately enraptured and horrified. Have I mentioned recently how much I love the Arcade Fire?

[Listen to the whole session of the Arcade Fire on CBC Radio 3 Online, and read the great article. Bruce Springsteen couldn't get a copy of Funeral!]
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Carissas Wierd - Die - They coulda been contenders. They coulda been huge. They were on the road to being legends. Such is the now eternal lament of the Carissa's Wierd fan. The band broke up about a year ago, after a legnthy farewell tour, and has just released a second posthumous album. (The first, Scrap Book was a collection of B-Sides and covers). And while I've always been a fan, it really has taken the post-breakup release of I Before E to make me one of the converted on the bands potential legend. More particularly, it took "Die". For the most part, I before E is a collection of live material. But the first 3 tracks are new songs that the band had been touring, and felt it was right to give studio versions of to the fans. One last parting gift. And what a gift Die is. The band is clearly more confident than ever, as vocals are pushed way to the front and multitracked into a layered call and response that I can only dream of having caught live on that farewell tour. Most notable though is the songs instrumental density. In the past Carissa's Wierd songs were mainly notable for being extremely sparse affairs - as desolate as their often spiteful subject matter. But "Die" is hate of a different color. Well fed and all grown up, this is what CW could've been. It's a huge loss.

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The Kleptones - See - Continuing what began last week, I will be syndicating the entirety of A Night at the Hip Hopera, continuing with track 2, "See" takes Queens "One Vision" and mashes it with some old school hip-hop - most notably KRS-Ones Rap vs. Hip Hop's (B-Side to Sound of The Police) academic tone, and Grandmaster Flash's classic single "The Message," which is about as close as the genres come to Operas scope with it's true tale of Social Decay is the pessimistic dark mirror of Queens "One Vision" optimism. The song finishes out with some Kelis... it's only going up...

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[ Buy Message from Beat Street: The Best of Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five from Amazon.com]
[Buy Kelis's Tasty from Amazon.com]
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17 Comments:

At 11/22/2004 11:05:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This site is where I found out about the Arcade Fire. I had the chance to witness them play live last night and I understand what you always talk about. It was such an amazing show. They played this cover last night and I thank you for posting it today. I think that M83 is now on my list of cds to buy because of your site. thanks.

jake

 
At 11/22/2004 01:41:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks for that arcade fire song. i saw them last week and was very impressed. funeral is one of my favorites of the year. then on my radio program a few days after the show, i just had to play the original version and explain why.

 
At 11/22/2004 05:21:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

can you post the rest of the session?????

 
At 11/22/2004 05:45:00 PM, Blogger stereogum said...

Thanks for ARCADE!

 
At 11/22/2004 06:59:00 PM, Blogger music is my boyfriend said...

montreal is the new toronto.

cheers

 
At 11/22/2004 08:11:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post! Thx for this Arcade Fire song. Bradley's Almanac posted a live AF set recorded a week or two ago in Boston, and they played this song, and it's awesome. Actually, the whole live set rocks.

 
At 11/22/2004 09:07:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks like whoa for the arcade fire one. can't get enough of them. brings back nice memories from when they played this at bowery.

janet

 
At 11/23/2004 04:33:00 PM, Blogger rebekah said...

yeah, i got the arcade fire from you, too. i'm finding a lot of new things to listen to from you so thanks.

 
At 11/23/2004 06:48:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've posted a link to you, and another of the Arcade Fire tracks on my blog. http://blog.verbosecoma.com

 
At 11/23/2004 08:27:00 PM, Blogger Caley said...

Wow, Carissa's Weird is friggin stellar. Is this what the rest of their music sounds like? Thanks for the track

 
At 11/25/2004 08:22:00 PM, Blogger fatcitizen said...

Keith!

More love for CBC radio three (my vote for one of the most under-rated sites on the interweb).

On another note:

Andrew Vincent and the Pirates
Buck 65
The Arcade Fire . . .

Are you SURE you don't just wannna move north where all the good music is happenin?

You'd be welcome, y'know.

Ciao

FC

 
At 11/26/2004 11:31:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great site. Can you create an RSS2 compatible xml file and support enclosures, which would allow us to subscribe to the feed using ipodderX or something and have the files you link to auto download to our ipods?

 
At 11/29/2004 03:47:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

love the carissa's weird track. i too, lamented their passing...but i hear some of the members are now making music under a different name?? at any rate. thanks a bunch for this track...

have read a lot about the arcade fire recently, maybe i'll have to check them out...seems to be a lot of love for them out there.

-cb
blog.ofmirroreye.net

 
At 12/09/2004 03:22:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, I stumbled upon your blog last night. I downloaded Carissa's Weird - Die.. and honestly it's one of the BEST songs I've heard in far too long. The emotion that overswept me, I could of never imagined music making me feel that way, but it did. Just wanted to tell you how great of a track it is and that I'm getting the album asap.
-Helene

 
At 10/02/2005 01:19:00 AM, Blogger tweedledeetweedledum said...

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At 5/20/2006 11:44:00 PM, Anonymous Kevin said...

I know this blog is real old, but do you think you could post the link to Carissa's Wierd "Die" song again?

 
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