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My Leaks

HOLY CRAP, I just got my hands on the new Arcade Fire and Ra Ra Riot that’s scheduled to release in August.  I’ve been waiting for so long on these two albums and I simply could not wait any longer.

The new Arcade Fire is called The Suburb, which makes me think of their album Funeral and all the different tracks with the title Neighborhood in them.  I’ve gotta say, I still like Funeral better.  I’m not a music editor or that good with adjectives; I’m just a fan that does have some musical training.  First impression was just that Funeral is more complex and packs a lot more punch.  Don’t get me wrong, and definitely don’t stone me to death for saying that, but The Suburb is still an EXCELLENT album.  It just sounds more cleaned-up.  It features the string instruments more whereas on Funeral it was the drums that stood out the most to me.

I got the new Ra Ra Riot from my friend who’s a publicist.  My love affair w/ Ra Ra Riot goes way back.  I first saw them during SXSW one year, in this shit hole of an empty lot somewhere in East Austin.  I immediately thought they had something special, esp with the violin and cello.  And I’m not just saying that b/c I have a crush on Alexandra Lawn.  BTW, cut 6 of the album “You and I Know” features Alexandra on vocal.

Their live shows have so much energy, so light and airy it’s like you’re bouncing on cloud.  When they switch to a slow pace song that’s when you really start to appreciate the harmony this band puts out.

I’m really happy for Ra Ra Riot.  This is their third album now.  It’s like seeing your kid grow up (not that I have a kid, but I imagine that’s what it would be like) and accomplish all you thought they would.  Seeing them open for Death Cab for Cutie, seeing them again later at my bar The Parish when I was still associated with the place, and now I can’t wait for them to come to Austin in October.  I tried to inquire about getting them to play at my birthday party this year (Oct. 10, 2010 or 10/10/10) but they were unavailable.


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