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We Used To Wait For It…

In addition to having recently released an excellent third album, Arcade Fire also has allowed fans a personal video experience using Google Maps/Street View for the latest single from The Suburbs “We Used To Wait.” You can give it a whirl yourself, here.

Also of note, I happened upon a version of “We Used To Wait” by The Drums… it’s live cover but interesting and a few remixes and couple live versions of “We Used To Wait” and “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)”. Additionally, I’m posting “Cold Wind” from the Six Feet Under final season soundtrack, just because it’s awesome, and another track from that compilation, Interpol’s “Direction” just because it, too, is awesome…

The Drums “We Used To Wait”

Arcade Fire “We Used To Wait”

Arcade Fire “We Used To Wait (live in Boston 8/1/2010)”

Arcade Fire “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)”

Arcade Fire “Sprawl II (live in Boston 8/1/2010)”

Arcade Fire “Sprawl II (Thunderlust remix)”

Arcade Fire “Sprawl II (Tommie Sunshine’s Quaalude Edit)”

Arcade Fire “Sprawl 3.0 (Rotiv remix)”

Arcade Fire “Cold Wind (from Six Feet Under sndtrk)”

Interpol “Direction (from Six Feet Under sndtrk)”

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Arcade Fire “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)”

Arcade Fire’s new album The Suburbs is the best record I’ve heard in a while… enjoy.

Arcade Fire “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)”

Arcade Fire “Rococo”

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Arcade Fire “My Body Is A Cage”

My body is a cage that keeps me from dancing with the one I love but my mind holds the key… “My Body Is A Cage” was one of my favorite songs from Arcade Fire’s most recent album Neon Bible, released about 3 years ago. And, it’s really no surprise it was covered last year by Sara Lov and now again by Peter Gabriel on his collection of covers Scratch My Back, released today on Virgin.

Peter Gabriel “My Body Is A Cage”

Sara Lov “My Body Is A Cage”

Arcade Fire “My Body Is A Cage”

Arcade Fire “My Body Is A Cage (live in Toronto @ Massey Hall 5/16/06)”

Arcade Fire “My Body Is A Cage (live in NYC @ Judson Memorial Church 2/15/07)”

Arcade Fire “My Body Is A Cage (live on Radio 2)”

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Interpol “Direction”

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From the soundtrack to the final season of Six Feet Under, Everything Ends, over the weekend I found this jam by Interpol just excellent for driving around Boston in traffic with no real rush – the progression is enough to keep you graduating while it’s not so overwhelming that you can notice more than every other time that the same song has been playing over and over

Interpol “Direction” from Everything Ends

Interpol “Precipitate”

Arcade Fire “Cold Wind” from Everything Ends

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St. Vincent & The National “Sleep All Summer”

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About a month back the compilation Score! 20 Years of Merge Records was released to celebrate 20 years of Merge Records. I checked it out around that time but found both Times New Viking’s rework of Arcade Fire’s “Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)” and The Apples in Stereo’s cover of Neutral Milk Hotel’s “King of Carrot Flowers – Pt Three” to be entirely underwhelming.

Well, I gave it another shot and have found a jam I like: St. Vincent & The National’s cover of Crooked Fingers’ “Sleep All Summer”:

Compared with the original:

Compared with a live version by Crooked Fingers w/ Emma Pollock:

Tracklisting:

  1. Beautiful Things by Quasi
  2. Precision Auto by Les Savy Fav
  3. Plenty Is Never Enough by The Shins
  4. Sleep All Summer by St. Vincent and the National
  5. Complications by Broken Social Scene
  6. Like a Fool by Ryan Adams
  7. Papa Was a Rodeo by Bright Eyes
  8. New Ways of Living by Lavender Diamond
  9. King of Carrot Flowers Pt. Three by The Apples in Stereo
  10. Cowboy on the Moon by Laura Cantrell
  11. Santa Maria by Bill Callahan
  12. Through with People by Barbara Manning
  13. Drug Life by The Mountain Goats
  14. Don’t Destroy This Night by The New Pornographers
  15. Yeah! Oh, Yeah! by Tracey Thorn & Jens Lekman
  16. My Noise by The Hive Dwellers
  17. The Numbered Head by Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
  18. All You Little Suckers by Okkervil River
  19. Kicked In by Death Cab for Cutie
  20. Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) by Times New Viking

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Arcade Fire “Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)”

Sara Lov “My Body Is A Cage (Arcade Fire cover)”

PS: In the Aeroplane Over the Sea is still so appreciated

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Arcade Fire “Lenin”

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Here’s a new song from Arcade fire, “Lenin” released on the new compilation Dark Was The Night, which had a little free Bud listening party I atteneded last weekend at Stanton Public, with DJ sets by The National, Blonde Redhead and Yeasayer.

About the Dark Was the Night compilation album:

On the occasion of WORLD AIDS DAY today, December 1st a press announcement was made with the complete list of participating artists and cover art for the upcoming 4AD
release Dark Was The Night. Dark Was The Night will be released on February 17th, 2009. Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National produced the album, and John Carlin, the founder of the Red Hot Organization was the executive producer. A total of 31 exclusive tracks have been recorded for the compilation. It will be available as a double cd/triple viny and will benefit the Red Hot Organization – an international charity dedicated to raising funds and awareness for HIV and AIDS. Red Hot was founded on the premise that even without a cure, AIDS remains a preventable disease and music is a great vehicle to raise money and awareness for it.

Dark Was The Night began three years ago with a casual conversation between Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National and John Carlin. In discussing the project, they agreed it made sense not to do a “theme” album per se; but something that showcased the bast in independent music, with an emphasis on traditional themes played and arranged in a contemporary way, and on songwriting, which is the strength of many of the artists featured here. As Aaron and Bryce started inviting their peers to contribute, their intuition about the pro-social disposition of so many of them was confirmed. As a result, 31 exclusive tracks were recorded.

Full Dark Was the Night tracklisting:

THIS DISC

  1. Knotty Pine – Dirty Projectors + David Byrne
  2. Cello Song (Nick Drake) – The Books featuring Jose Gonzalez
  3. Train Song (Vashti Bunyan recorded, written by Alasdair Clayre) – Feist + Ben Gibbard
  4. Brackett, WI – Bon Iver
  5. Deep Blue Sea – Grizzly Bear
  6. So Far Around the Bend – The National (arrangement by Nico Muhly)
  7. Tightrope – Yeasayer
  8. Feeling Good (popularized by Nina Simone) – My Brightest Diamond
  9. Dark Was the Night (Blind Willie Johnson) – Kronos Quartet
  10. I Was Young When I Left Home (Bob Dylan) – Antony + Bryce Dessner
  11. Big Red Machine – Justin Vernon + Aaron Dessner
  12. Sleepless – The Decemberists
  13. Stolen Houses (Die) – Iron and Wine
  14. Service Bell – Grizzly Bear + Feist
  15. You Are The Blood – Sufjan Stevens

THAT DISC

  1. Well-Alright – Spoon
  2. Lenin – Arcade Fire
  3. Mimizan – Beirut
  4. El Caporal – My Morning Jacket
  5. Inspiration Information (Shuggie Otis) – Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
  6. With A Girl Like You (The Troggs) – Dave Sitek
  7. Blood Pt 2 (based on original song “You are the Blood” by the Castanets) – Buck 65 Remix (featuring Sufjan Stevens and Serengeti)
  8. Hey, Snow White (Destroyer) – The New Pornographers
  9. Gentle Hour (Snapper) – Yo La Tengo
  10. Another Saturday (traditional song) – Stuart Murdoch
  11. Happiness – Riceboy Sleeps
  12. Amazing Grace (traditional song) – Cat Power & Dirty Delta Blues
  13. The Giant Of Illinois (Handsome Family) – Andrew Bird
  14. Lua – Conor Oberst + Gillian Welch
  15. When the Road Runs Out – Blonde Redhead + Devastations
  16. Love vs. Porn – Kevin Drew

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Sara Lov "My Body Is A Cage"

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Here’s an excellent cover of Arcade Fire’s “My Body Is A Cage”, performed by Sara Lov, thanks to Allicette for first sharing this.

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