Heath D. Williams
Actually really glad to see this. Loved Sea World as a little kid, but don’t think I can ever go back after watching that film.
Mom, I want a My-Sized Julian for Christmas.
Awesome band, definitely deserving of the many words above.
The photo Hamilton tweeted last night with the text “Thanks everyone! Hell of a run.” destroyed me.
g.p. putnam’s is an offshoot of penguin, so it technically is the “penguin version,” but the penguin (u.s.) version
will agree to disagree on first point
will agree to agree on second
sure, technically, but my point is that labeling the relationship as “homosexual” inadvertently applies that label to the person, too, which is something we shouldn’t be doing.
i’m not saying stereogum was insensitive here, but i do think there are small distinctions between using “homosexual” vs. “same-sex” in a situation like this that are important to some people (like morrissey), and especially if it’s applied to them.
Don’t want to be THAT guy, but Morrissey’s gone out of his way to say he’s not homosexual (“humasexual” is the term he used actually). Maybe better headline would be: “Morrissey’s same-sex relationship edited out of Autobiography In U.S.”
Small distinction, but important for people who don’t want their sexuality labeled by someone who’s, you know, not them.
*checks to see there’s nothing post-2002
not enough meth face
Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds
I’ve commented before about how I think ‘Gum’s scoffing at the Reflektor launch campaign seems a bit unfounded, so I was pretty excited when I saw this headline and byline (since, Tom, you’ve been most vocal). I thought we were maybe getting a larger think piece from Tom about the campaign and what irked him about (that would still be awesome to read BTW).
As for the THR piece, I think it reaffirms my stance that the rollout was pretty awesome as we got to see one of the best bands in the world present their art in a way that we haven’t seen from them before. It grabbed the attention of folks who otherwise wouldn’t have known a new Arcade Fire record was coming or even who Arcade Fire is:
“It really all comes from the band and their imagination… It means being really, really creative and doing something that’s unconventional, doing things that fit in with that alter ego perspective. Non-traditional, yes, but also balancing that with stuff that actually reaches people who aren’t already converted fans waiting for the record.”
And, sorry, if we’re going to start judging whether a marketing campaign or album rollout is sloppy based on whether a single leaks, aren’t we consistently surrounded by failed campaigns?
Why was Power Out unexpected? They’ve played it at pretty much every recent show:
I’ll never forget always thinking this would be a great song for The Strokes to cover, then getting to see The Strokes cover it at Ithaca in 2006. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rfx9Nb1GLYk
Search for “Lou Reed essay,” with results prior to 10/26 eliminated:
RIGHT? It has this sort of, je ne sais quoi about it…
I look at the Reflektor rollout this way:
1. It got the die-hards rabid with anticipation for the record, more so than they would have been with a “traditional” rollout. (Fans were looping audio from the promos backwards, splicing them all together in different sequences, etc. – that’s some dedication.)
2. It let people who maybe would not have known otherwise that there was a new Arcade Fire record coming out.
3. It annoyed all of the indie blog readers who were going to listen to the record as soon as it was released anyway.
When did we become unable to wait 2.5 months from an album announcement to release? (Those Reflektor graffiti pieces started appearing in early August.) Vampire Weekend announced in January that MVOTC would be out in May (that’s a four month wait), released the name of the album in the Classifieds of the New York Times, and released all of those Steve Buscemi promos before we heard more than Diane Young/Step. Just trying to wrap my head around why AF’s getting shat on for their marketing approach on ‘Gum when we’ve seen more ridiculous and longer, more drawn-out rollouts just this year.
Agreed – I buy that it’s not for everyone, just think it’s unfair to consistently reference as annoying in writing/critiques of the actual music, especially in reference to another album rollout that, if you’re not into that kind of thing, was just as nauseating.
But we saw those Daft Punk helmets way more than we did Arcade Fire’s wax heads – Daft Punk took over an entire town for god’s sake, so how is it that we consider that a carefully-calculated rollout but Arcade Fire’s was somehow nauseating?
Still not understanding Stereogum’s intense annoyance with the album rollout, other than maybe the explanation that it’s harder to write about mysterious teaser videos and goofy band alter egos than it is to write about an mp3 plopped in your inbox by a record label.
Even so, not seeing how someone originally from Texas, now from Quebec, speaking French is pretentious.
They’re from Canada and know French?
Definitely wasn’t struck immediately – thought it was maybe the early hour and lack of caffeine in my body. Has been more intrigued/enamored with each listen.
Leaked at 6am today – I’ve had plenty of time to listen multiple times and digest.
Love the edge on the first half, love the air on the second half. Love it all.