The Suburbs

Okay, first of all, if you’ve never heard of Arcade Fire, shame on you. Fronted by the husband and wife duo, Win Bulter and Regine Chassagne, this band is a collaboration of styles and sounds giving a new meaning to word “unique”. Most of that unique quality has to be due to the sheer number of instruments played. I mean, how many bands do you know that tour with french horns and accordians?
In fact, you know that expression, less is more…well not with these guys. More is just more. More instruments. More band members (7 constant members, more when they head out for touring).

Today Arcade Fire will be live screening the releasing of their new album, “The Suburbs”, with a performance at Madison Square Garden. So now you have no excuse to say, “Arcade Fire who??” again.

Link to performance

Frank would be so proud

I’m going through a bit of a jazz phase. I think it’s a combination of spring being on its way and a recent break up. Jazz just sorta combines sadness with humor and then elevates to romance with silliness. It’s hard not to appreciate all sides of the emotional ride with jazz.

Some really great artist (which I know have been around forever) are just now coming to my attention. Jamie Cullum especially…

Jamie Cullum is a part of the “contemporary jazz” department. He’s got the raspy voice of a smoker far beyond his years (31). If you just really need to smile, he’s got the tracks. Try out “Twentysomething” and “I Think, I Love” for starters. He also brings a lot of energy to the jazz scene, being so young and with a foot in the pop genre door. I’m sure hardcore jazz listeners won’t be so thrilled about Jamie, but the warm vocals and rocker attitude make him a perfect intro to spring.