Today was an uber-epic day in the world of music. Despite Radiohead announcing a new album out this Saturday, Green Day, The Flaming Lips and Foo Fighters releasing new songs, Quesadilla spaulding attacked by pre-pubescent tweens in need of pubes…there was one thing on the tip of everyone’s tongue: Who the fuck are the Arcade Fire?
I’m not a fan of award shows, you should know that by reading this blog. I do watch them for the performances. I don’t really care who wins…but Arcade Fire swiping the album of the year was something worth smiling about. What is even more perplexing is how many so-called music experts took to the Twitter-verse to voice their complete and utter ignorance of the band. Because these self-proclaimed musical geniuses hadn’t heard of the band, they felt that they should not have won. How is bragging that you’ve never head of Arcade Fire make you a musical expert? Would that be like publicly admitting your musical ignorance? Arcade Fire isn’t an unknown band. They were probably the biggest rock band of last year.
Here’s a crib list of Arcade Fire’s musical accomplishments from the last year:
– August 8th, 2010, The Suburbs moved 160,000 units to have the #1 album on Billboard’s Top 200…ousting Eminem from the #1 spot and beating Lady Gaga’s remix album debut
– Had the highest critical ranking of any album in any category nominated for a Grammy
– Ranked in the Top 5 as one of the best albums of 2010 by Q magazine, MTV, Stereogum, Rolling Stone, Spin, NME, and Time Magazine
– It sold 500,000 copies in 2010 (and was only out for 5 months)
– The band will headline Coachella 2011
Oh yeah…and there’s a new Bright Eyes out today…can’t wait to see what happens when Conor finally wins something.
Here are the 11 Best Songs By Bright Eyes:
1. Let’s Not Shit Ourselves (Lifted or the Story is in the Soil)
2. Lua (I’m Wide Awake)
3. You Will. You?Will. You? Will. You?Will. (Lifted or the Story is in the Soil)
4. Middleman (Cassadega)
5. Haligh, Haligh, A Lie, Haligh (Fevers & Mirrors)
6. Something Vague (Fevers & Mirrors)
7. First Day Of My Life (I’m Wide Awake)
8. Ship In A Bottle (Digital Ash In a Digital Urn)
9. Four Winds (Cassadega)
10. Don’t Know When But A Day Is Gonna Come (Lifted or the Story is in the Soil)
11. Light Pollution (Digital Ash In a Digital Urn)
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