Terry Gilliam directs Arcade Fire

Posted by · 2:38 am · August 6th, 2010

I was asleep for the live transmission a few hours ago — though I understand there were some technical issues — but no doubt many of you caught the (beautifully) Terry Gilliam-directed webcast of Arcade Fire’s Madison Square Garden gig. I look forward to catching up with the whole thing, but for now, here’s their performance of my current (and highly subject to change) favorite track of the new album. Is now the time to say something snarky and uncalled for and thoroughly truthful about this being the most worthwhile thing Gilliam has done in the last decade or more? Okay, consider it said.

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  • 1 8-06-2010 at 3:17 am

    Chris said...

    I haven’t seen it yet, but by the virtue of its subject I reckon that your last comment must be true. His output has been very disappointing for quite some time.

    You know what’s the best part of ‘The Suburbs’? The fact that I find myself unable to say which song’s my favourite. That wasn’t the case for either ‘Funeral’ or ‘Neon Bible’.

  • 2 8-06-2010 at 4:21 am

    Lance McCallion said...

    Wow, really Guy? Most people I’ve talked to about the album, including myself, would rate “Rococo” rather low in the ranking of album tracks, though I still like it.

    I look forward to watching the entirety of this broadcast at some point. It looks fantastic. And yeah, chalk me up as one of those chronically underwhelmed by Gilliam’s directoral work any time recently.

  • 3 8-06-2010 at 4:50 am

    Loyal said...

    I’m shocked as well that you listed Rococo as your favourite (highly subject to change) track. Then again, it’s one of the few performances uploaded this morning, you had to go with what’s there.

    I’m waiting for them to upload Sprawl II, We Used To Wait, Suburban War, Half Light II, Ready To Go, Modern Man, and of course City With No Children.

  • 4 8-06-2010 at 4:53 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    “it’s one of the few performances uploaded this morning”

    A happy coincidence! I guess I’m partial to slow burners.

  • 5 8-06-2010 at 6:38 am

    G1000 said...

    I didn’t stay up for much of the webcast, but I’m on my 5th listen or so of the new album, and it’s simply fantastic. I loved both “Funeral” and “Neon Bible”, but this one blows them both away in my book.

    Note: “Rococo” is actually the one track I don’t like that much. It’s decent, but a tad repetitive for my tasts (not to mention the verses feature perhaps the worst lyrics the band have ever written). I’m partial to:

    – the title track
    – “Modern Man”
    – “City With No Children”
    – “Half Light” (both parts)
    – “Deep Blue”
    – “We Used to Wait”
    and of course “Sprawl 2”

    The nice thing about the album is the fact that there are no weak songs (apart from maybe “Rococo”). And it’s certainly best listened to in order.

    As for the webcast, it was sticky (at least on my computer). It doesn’t look like most other people had that problem, so it’s probably my outdated operating system or something else.

  • 6 8-06-2010 at 7:04 am

    Loyal said...

    I don’t think there’s a bad song on the entire album, which is amazing considering it has 16 tracks.

    I can’t wait to see footage of Sprawl II, City With No Children, and We Used To Wait.

    I saw Arcade Fire at Sasquatch Music Festival a few years ago, they’re phenomenal live. I’m also a sucker for large bands.

  • 7 8-06-2010 at 8:17 am

    MovieMan said...

    Best album of the year so far. Which is what I thought of the other albums and their respective years. Arcade Fire is superb. For me the masterpiece on it is “Half Light II (No Celebration.”

  • 8 8-06-2010 at 8:43 am

    Voland said...

    I dont like the album version of Rococo that much, but the live version is simply fantastic. Too bad, they didnt play Suburban War, which is my favourite track so far.

  • 9 8-06-2010 at 10:35 am

    ThreeOfAKind said...

    If anyone doesn’t have the album yet, you can probably still get it on Amazon for 3 or 4 dollars. It’s one of their gold deals.

  • 10 8-06-2010 at 12:41 pm

    Speaking English said...

    No, it wasn’t just you G1000. The audio and quality kept going in and out spontaneously, and a few times the entire thing just stopped. Not to mention the constant buffering…

    And yet I still enjoyed it. :)

  • 11 8-06-2010 at 3:10 pm

    drbenway said...

    Lodge is right. Rococo is the best. Good job, Lodge.

  • 12 8-06-2010 at 3:20 pm

    Tye-Grr said...

    I love the entire album. It is beautiful. I too cannot single out a favorite.

  • 13 8-06-2010 at 4:33 pm

    aspect ratio said...

    I stayed up all night to watch this. There were some problems with the live stream where it’d disconnect you and you’d have to reload to reconnect, but on the whole it streamed pretty well. I’d love to see it again though without interruptions, sound/video quality changes and such. I’m guessing they’re not going to put up the whole concert online, but I’m glad they’ve put up some of the tracks.

    As for the Gilliam aspect of it, I don’t see what the big deal was. I haven’t been to any Arcade Fire concert so I can’t say, but I don’t think the setup was any different from any other concert. It was a nicely done show no doubt, but I don’t really see what Terry Gilliam had to do with it.

  • 14 8-06-2010 at 8:18 pm

    Andrew L. said...

    I actually think The Suburbs is a bit uneven. There are definitely some standouts/beautiful moments, but I don’t know… there’s just something that isn’t ringing for me.

    (Then again, it took me a while to warm up to Neon Bible)

    And for those who haven’t seen the concert yet, there’s a funny moment toward the end when they’re performing “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)”