My little brother Thomas told me to listen to Arcade Fire years before I ever got around to it. I should have listened to him then. If you haven’t heard them, you should probably listen to me now too, but everyone has to discover music in their own way and time. I came to find them through seeing the movie trailer to Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are. Something you should know about me–this is my absolute favorite book from childhood. Me and Max, well, I felt like I was right there next to him sailing to that land of horribly fantastic wild things, everyone else be damned…and I was also the little boy that chose to come back to love and a warm meal. My heart and imagination swelled and dwelled in the pages of that book. That’s why I was taken aback when I heard the music for the movie trailer…it was, it was, well, perfect would be the only real word for it. The way it feels like the anthem for all introspective adventurers, as it builds to a celebratory but nostalgic crescendo that I am still not tired of experiencing.

That song turned out to be Wake Up from Arcade Fire‘s first album, Funeral.

When Arcade Fire won the Grammy for Album of the Year last year (for The Suburbs) it made me pay attention to the Grammys in a way that I haven’t for years. They are unusual enough as a band that in spite of winning a Grammy many people I know still don’t know who they are.

They are anything but your average pop-drivel band. They bounce between hard stadium rock, 50′s bop, punk, new wave, and saturate their songs with poignant and lush string arrangements. They deftly pull from so many musical styles that they somehow become incredibly modern. They rock.

You need to watch them play to truly appreciate how much is being woven together, and to see how many instruments the band plays. I’ll bet everyone in the band can play at least 5 instruments.

Here’s a video of Wake Up.

Well, it’s getting late and I’ve got a big meeting tomorrow and it’s almost Tuesday. Here’s a playlist to get you started. I hope Arcade Fire resonates with you as much as they have with me.

Goodnight, Monday!


Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
Wake Up
Rebellion (Lies)
Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)

Dark Was the Night

The Suburbs
Month of May
Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

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