Something Filled Up My Heart With Nothing

25 Apr

Things are in my brain aren’t functioning optimally and most of my willpower seems to be devoted toward motivating myself to do something more productive than take naps or watch episodes of Dr. Who I’ve already seen. BUT I did see Arcade Fire on Wednesday, and it. was. amazing.

My favorite performances were of these songs:

Haiti–I didn’t really like this song before I saw it live at their second show (somehow it didn’t even register for me at the first show), but her performance it was so fucking charming that I can’t help but love it now. (Régine Chassagne’s parents emigrated from Haiti to Montreal before she was born–“Mes cousins jamais nes hantent les nuits de Duvalier”).

Rococo–There was a weird battle march-y sound to this song at that show that’s not really apparent here, although the lyric “they’re moving toward you with their colors all the same” makes it pretty clear that if I’m not imagining it, they’re doing it on purpose. This guy thinks it’s a “wake-up call to the ‘Obama Generation,'” and I think he’s dumb and full of shit.

Wake Up–Think of thousands of people singing along with the wordless chorus. Yeah.  Strange as it may sound, I realized that this song that I’d always seen as sort of an anthem for my generation in the abstract (or, at least, people like me in my generation) actually IS ONE.

No Cars Go–This isn’t one of my favorite songs of theirs, but I think the video backdrop, which was designed by Terry Gilliam (along with the rest of the visuals)  is so fucking awesome that I had to include it. It looked better live, of course.

There’s video of the actual Kansas City show up on YouTube, but it, you know, sucks because it’s frome some dude’s phone.  

Although I’m kind of disappointed that I’ll never get to see this band play a tiny club again, I am so glad that they’ve become well-known, both for them, and for people who wouldn’t have been exposed to them otherwise. They’ve gotten me through a lot of shit, and if they can do half as much for other people, then it’s worth it. I guuuuesssss.

12 Responses to “Something Filled Up My Heart With Nothing”

  1. B^4 04.25.2011 at 11:19 #

    C’mon, nobody likes Arcade Fire anymore, because they’re too popular!!!

    And get offa mah lawn!!

  2. B^4 04.25.2011 at 12:24 #

    Uh, can I request a comment do-over?

    Better an Arcade Fire than an airport tornado.

    Yeah, that’s better, more, like, original ‘n’ shit.

  3. zombie rotten mcdonald 04.25.2011 at 12:44 #

    well, if they stick together long enough, they’ll probably be playing small clubs again after the major labels finish their death throes.

    Seems to be the career arc for most bands.

  4. zombie rotten mcdonald 04.25.2011 at 12:45 #

    That probably doesn’t cheer you up though.

    Speaking of playing a smaller club, I recently saw Robert Plant in a 3000 seat theater. Who would have thought that in 1977?

  5. herr doktor bimler 04.25.2011 at 15:37 #

    ‘Wire’ at the King’s Arms in Auckland.

  6. Another Kiwi 04.25.2011 at 16:33 #

    Heard a good doco on the radio yesterday about The White Stripes coming to NZ in 2000 before they got really big. They played at The Bodega, how big is that HDB?

  7. herr doktor bimler 04.25.2011 at 20:30 #

    You can fit a few hundred in. Though I’ve hardly been back since Fraser sold the place and the new owner stopped selling real ales.

  8. Substance McGravitas 04.26.2011 at 13:16 #

    Haiti’s a good song. It’s in the much-shorter at-work iTunes rotation.

  9. tsam 04.26.2011 at 14:34 #

    I scoff at your suggestion that something more productive than a nap actually exists. Unless it involves unicorns, you’re dividing by zero.

  10. Larkspur 05.03.2011 at 20:09 #

    Hey you, girlfriend – everything either hunky and/or dory?

  11. M. Bouffant 05.08.2011 at 03:52 #

    Larkspur asked my question first. Totally not fair.

  12. B^4 05.10.2011 at 17:52 #

    I’m with Larkspur and M.B. Is everything okay? Let us know, we care.

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