You may say we're flogging a dead horse on this one, and you might be right, but we thought we'd use the recent controversy surrounding Delta Goodrem and a certain Arcade Fire song to help re-introduce you to the series we launched last year: Song Riff Offs. In the series we introduce you to songs that have (legally) borrowed, alluded to, been inspired by or stolen from (knowingly or unknowingly) the riff of another song. And we'll have plenty more for you in the weeks ahead...
When Bruce Springsteen was announced as the keynote speaker for the 2012 SXSW music conference in Austin, Texas, the addition of a one off, intimate show was inevitable. Not only was this added, but tonight, in front of two thousand or so lucky fans at ACL Live, he brought his sixteen piece E-Street Band along for the ride, in the group's second show in support of new album Wrecking Ball, released March 5th.
I have to admit that Arcade Fire are without a doubt one of my favourite bands. So I jumped for joy when I heard about a new song being released online today, for the upcoming film The Hunger Games, which features an inspired soundtrack from artists like Kid Cudi, Taylor Swift and The Decemberists. A unique mix is nothing else.
The “crème de la crème” of nights to celebrate the music industry, the Grammy Awards, is fast approaching and we couldn’t help but take a minute to reflect on the memorable performances over the last decade. Sure enough, there have been lots of controversial, genre-crossing and boundary pushing displays of unity between acts, however, the ones that stand out firmly deserve a mention... for a multitude of reasons.
3. Eminem feat. Elton John – “Stan” (2001)
You may remember that in our best of lists of 2010, we rated out favourite song of the year as "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)". Well, at the end of last year, Arcade Fire finally released a film clip for the amazing song. And they didn't just release one... here's the official clip first:
A bit late to the game much!? We only heard this amazing cover of Arcade Fire's "The Suburbs" by Mr Little Jeans earlier today (thanks Triple J!) and it's truly extraordinary. One of the best covers I've personally heard in recent memory.
While I was unable to attend Coachella this year (a fact which continues to pain me), I was thankfully able to pretend I was there by moshing by myself, in the privacy of my bedroom, while watching the festival streamed on YouTube. Oh, the internets - you are so majestic!
When we started this list, we mentioned that there were a few surprises along the way - this is no doubt thanks to the fact that we're counting down tracks, not singles, that were released in 2010 in any form.
What surprised even us, however, that the number one spot would not go to a single, but rather a favourite track off an album that came in at number one on our recent "Albums of 2010" countdown. But before we get there, let's start in with number 10 ...
As we've been going through the top 40 tracks and albums of the year, I thought we should take some time out to recognise some of the best music videos of 2010.
We round out our Best Albums of 2010 countdown with the Top 10 of 2010. With all our contributors voting on this one, there were a few surprises as to the order they appeared - but the decision for number one was virtually unanimous. Enjoy and check back later in the week as we begin our top songs of 2010 countdown!
Thousands of discerning music fans participated in Richard Kingsmill’s 2010 Album Poll and they told us that Arcade Fire ‘Suburbs’ was the best album of 2010.
One of my all time favourite music video directors (and directors in general) is back, and he's bringing with him the new one from Canada's Arcade Fire. "The Suburbs" was one of the tracks off of the new album (of the same name) to drop pretty early on, and it gave us Arcade Fire a bit of a shock at first.