Monday, February 14, 2011

Arcade Fire wins the big one at the Grammys (and other awesome things they've done)

Arcade Fire wins Grammy

Last night was already a big night for indie music, with over 50% of nominations in major categories going to independent label artists. No one guessed, however, that one of these indie artists, Arcade Fire would take home the main prize.

Due to not yet having cable (thank you DirecTv), I was unable to watch the show on CBS. I did, however, try a live stream on-line. I gave up about halfway through because the video was bad, the audio was out of sync and it was overall very slow. I didn't find out until the next morning that Arcade Fire had won, but I was excited none-the-less.

Of course, they being an indie artist, a lot of people are asking who the band is; there's even a website dedicated to some of the tweets and other posts questioning who the band is. To these people, I say, "It's good music, you should try it some time!" The Grammys have gotten a lot of flak in the past few years for awarding commercial appeal over actual quality, and I think the criticism has been justified. I'm incredibly happy to see them go the other way for once.

In other Arcade Fire news, the long version of their video for "The Suburbs," directed by Spike Jonze and named Scenes from the Suburbs will be screening at the Berlin International Film Festival. It's a great video and I hope to be able to see this long version soon.

Also, if you haven't gotten the chance, check out their interactive video for "We Used to Wait." (best viewed on Google Chrome)

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