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Thanks for the heads up Kay.

I did read that just yesterday that he is due in Manchester later this month.

He is supporting Califone, who to be honest do not do much for me, however I have penciled it into my calendar.

November is also a very busy gig month for me, so it might get bumped, we will see.

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So these might be my final thoughts on the album (or maybe not who the hell knows) but I listened to it and The Suburbs back to back on the weekend. Not that I think it's that necessary to compare the two and have them compete, but thought what the hell and wasn't sure where I sat on which one is better. I think where I stand right now I'm going for liking Reflektor more, I still don't know if that means it's a better album. And I love The Suburbs, there's no doubt about that. But disc 1 of Reflektor to these ears is near-perfect, even though I said the album isn't a grower for me, wasn't too keen on Flashbulb Eyes at the start but that's changed. Liked Afterlife (from disc 2) right away as well but now I'm even more in love with the song. Moreover, never thought in a million years I'd love an AF song as much as I love Sprawl II from The Suburbs, but I was wrong. I know I keep going on about this but It's Never Over (Hey Orpheus) has completely floored me and I think it may be the best thing they've ever done. If I were driving in a car and heard this song on the radio without knowing who the artist was singing, I'd have to pull over and find out. I can't stop listening to it and it has hit me right in the gut - it's so freaking catchy I cannot deal. Haven't heard a song that I've loved this much in a long time. Since I'm not good at describing technical aspects of songs, this review from altcitizen describes the song well for me:

Then comes “It’s Never Over (Oh Orpheus),” the undeniable star of the second half. The track starts with light shimmering synths before riffing guitar overtakes the show, backed by hi-hat heavy drum work and strategic low end warble. The vacillations between muscular groove and tranquil pining, coupled with the bristly chants of “Hey, Orpheus!” and the melodic warning to “Wait until it’s over. / Wait until it’s through,” provide immediate multidimensional satisfaction.

Multidimensional satisfaction indeed. My only quibble with the above is that I think the song is the "undeniable star" of the whole record. And I think there are quite a few stars that shine.

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My feeling after living with the album for a week is that it could be a little bit shorter. I'd cut Here Comes the Night Time Pt II, Porno, and Supersymmetry and wouldn't miss them.

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I could cut Porno too. It's in a tough spot following the gem of the record and I don't care for it very much.

But Supersymmetry stays.

And to think The Suburbs has 16 tracks.

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Apparently "big" concert announcement coming Tuesday morning which I will be in training for a program at work so I won't be able to tune in. But speculation is very high that it's AF. Seeing as our UK friends have their dates announced, some of 'em at least, news has to be coming very soon whether the announcement turns out to be them or not.

So for you Americans planning on hitting a show, news has got be coming soonish.

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Yeah and it sure as hell wasn't AF, it was Said The Whale! Who? Well I've probably heard what the local "alternative" radio station is playing by them often as I've heard their name in passing on the airwaves without paying much attention but come on. Don't say "big" announcement and sound all hyped up as if we can't wait to tune in. I realize the ratings stations have to try and garner, but the way the guy sounded I thought it was going to be something pretty big even if not AF. They usually don't say "big" with huge excitement unless it's U2 or Muse or Coldplay, for example, but AF would fit the big here as, well it's Canada and all. Everyone hypes them up even if they're secretly not fans. They know the ticket frenzy and excitement that will ensue with an announcement - everyone around here is waiting. Plus a few announcers said there was a good chance it would be them. Although that goes with the territory, a tour is coming. And it's a good thing I mostly listen to community radio coz I can't even turn the damn local station on without hearing Reflektor over and over. I'd even get sick of it if all I listened to was corporate radio.

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Yeah and it sure as hell wasn't AF, it was Said The Whale! Who? Well I've probably heard what the local "alternative" radio station is playing by them often as I've heard their name in passing on the airwaves without paying much attention but come on. Don't say "big" announcement and sound all hyped up as if we can't wait to tune in. I realize the ratings stations have to try and garner, but the way the guy sounded I thought it was going to be something pretty big even if not AF. They usually don't say "big" with huge excitement unless it's U2 or Muse or Coldplay, for example, but AF would fit the big here as, well it's Canada and all. Everyone hypes them up even if they're secretly not fans. They know the ticket frenzy and excitement that will ensue with an announcement - everyone around here is waiting. Plus a few announcers said there was a good chance it would be them. Although that goes with the territory, a tour is coming. And it's a good thing I mostly listen to community radio coz I can't even turn the damn local station on without hearing Reflektor over and over. I'd even get sick of it if all I listened to was corporate radio.

Ha! this is like when Aiken Promotions had a huge announcement a few weeks back. It was nailed on to be Springsteen as they even had him on their twitter feed.

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WTF Newman I didn't even hear about this! Maybe the "big" announcement was announced today and Tuesday for Said The Whale was just a regular announcement. I have no idea but don't care right now, they're coming to my town! Fuckin' A. Although I see they have moved onto arenas and not smaller venues, kinda sucks but I guess that means I'll be able to score a ticket a lot easier. There's nothing like seeing them in a small venue however. I'm glad for their success in a way coz I think it's well deserved but I wish in a sense the days of smaller venues aren't over. Now to figure out how to get on line that day and score a decent seat - I already know what I've got planned for the work day and it might be impossible.

Wasted so glad they're heading to Atlanta town.

Newman, maybe I missed it here but what is the date for your show where dressing up is going without a stain on your shirt?

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I think they announced the dates via their Facebook page just yesterday evening.

November 27 in Blackpool for me.

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I am guessing not as glamorous or exciting as the KFC Yum! Center. ^_^

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Oh my gawd look at that place. To see a band in that!? Simply sublime.

Your show is coming up quickly.

You are not wrong, despite Blackpool being not one of the nicer parts of England, that theater is absolutely stunning.

It should be special.

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Saw them at The Reflektors warm up gig in Glasgow. Simply incredible. It really had that feeling of being more than just a gig, it was a party, it was something special. I've never seen them live but the Reflektor songs certainly stand up, the energy was incredible. Feel lucky to have seen them in such a small (and great!) venue. Also I'm a big fan of Owen Pallett, one of the violin players, solo stuff so was nice to see him performing with them. Excited for some UK dates so I can hopefully hear some of the older stuff live too.

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Glad you had a great time. I'm currently ticketless for the show in my town but I can't worry about that right now.

I love Sprawl II Newman. To death.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-25134790

It was glorious, simply glorious.

I don't think I have ever seen a band having so much fun.

The new songs sounded brilliant while the old songs never get old.

They did Sprawl II into Wake Up. How can you top that?

Normal Person
Flashbulb Eyes
Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
Joan of Arc
You Already Know
We Exist
It's Never Over (Oh Orpheus)
Afterlife (w/ 'Porno' acapella intro)
Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
Wake Up
Today Your Love, Tomorrow the World (Ramones cover)
Here Comes the Night Time
Encore:
My Body Is a Cage
Reflektor
Haïti

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Thanks for posting that clip Newman, so cool. Looks like a few people certainly dressed up and enjoyed it! And the Mariachi band, awesome.

Glad you had a good time too and that the new songs came off brilliant. There is no topping Spraw II into Wake Up, there can't be. I'd be in my glory. I see they played It's Never Over (Hey Orpheus), right on. I still can't believe that venue either. Any band in there would be great to see, but to see Arcade Fire having a ball in that disgustingly beautiful venue that is not an arena would be the cat's meow.

Talk about a short setlist however. Although considering a lot of those songs are pretty damn long I guess it's not that short after all.

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Visually it was so beautiful.

See this clip here:

Rubbish sound, but handing out glow sticks was so simple and it worked brilliantly.

The gig certainly didn't feel short and I think they are being classed as 'warm up' shows.

Apparently they did a DJ set after it too. Me being an old duffer though, I was out the door and grabbing a McDonalds latte for my drive home within 2 minutes of Haiti.

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Saw them last night in Atlanta. Really fun show. I knew the audience was encouraged to wear costumes, but didn't realize that formal attire was also encouraged. Good looking crowd. Some cool interaction: Win dedicated Get Right to Donald Sterling. A slowed down version of Hey-Ya played while the fake bobble head band was onstage between the main set and the encore. Win thanked Atlanta for giving us Outkast. REM's Radio Free Europe played as the second song in the encore with Win donning a Michael Stipe bobble head mask. Cool human disco ball on the secondary stage (which was behind the "pit" area of the venue) during After Life (will try to upload a video of this when I get a chance).

Tune Yards opened. Also a fun "band." Saw them on ACL once, I think. During the break between the opener and headliner, DJ Kid Koala entertained. Would like to see more bands make an effort to provide some entertainment between sets. Sucks to just sit there.

Since I saw Bruce less than a week ago, interesting to compare/contrast. Bruce is sort of like driving an old 65 Coupe Deville or something, and AF is like driving a Tesla Model S. Both have their pleasures, but one is decidedly out of date.

Setlist:

Reflektor

Flashbulb Eyes

Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)

Rebellion (Lies)

Joan of Arc

(w/ 'My Body Is a Cage' intro)

Get Right

Month of May

The Suburbs

The Suburbs (Continued)

Ready to Start

('Damian Taylor Remix' outro)

We Exist

Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)

Intervention

(w/ '(Antichrist Television Blues)' outro)

Haïti

Afterlife

It's Never Over (Oh Orpheus)

(Régine on B-Stage)

Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

('Damian Taylor Remix' intro)

Encore:

Hey Ya!

(OutKast song) (fake band on stage)

Tequila

(fake band on stage)

Normal Person

Radio Free Europe

(R.E.M. cover)

Here Comes the Night Time

Wake Up

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I let Kay know about this the other day, but seeing as this thread is here, I'll let everyone else know about it. Sunday evening at 5pm Aus time, our iindependent radio station will be playing a live Arcade Fire show from Sydney earlier this year. Triple J are masters at livemusic and it'll ne well worth a listen.

here's the link

http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/live/latw/

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