In lieu of the Grammys tonight, this is my favorite Grammy moment of all time. Loved by many but relatively unknown in mainstream, Arcade Fire takes home the 2011 Album of the Year (upsetting [gasp!] Katy Perry), says a modest thank you, then sets the award on an amp and jumps into a rocking closing performance. Doesn’t get better than this.
I haven’t contained my excitement for the new Arcade Fire album, Reflecktor, releasing on Tuesday. Out of all the indie bands I’ve momentarily obsessed over the last 13 years, Arcade Fire has transcended the brilliance of 2004’s Funeral and continues to evolve with only more amazing songs than the last. And all the while never selling out and only adding to their complexity and quirkiness. And I’m obviously not alone here..I mean, they sell out Madison Square Garden for crying out loud.
So happy for these guys and so happy for us that they keep on creating AMAZING music.
Pre-ordered Reflecktor weeks ago but as of today, you can stream it (and it’s bizarre album-length video) on YouTube. Can’t wait to own it. But as for now…well, see you in an hour and 25.