Monday, October 8, 2007

Bridges and Tunnels

As much fun as us 'New Yorkers' like to poke at the numerous bridges and tunnels surrounding our tiny island of Manhattan they bring us many a lovely thing on a daily basis. Food, friends, family, and when we are lucky enough, some of our favorite artists and musicians. This past weekend local bands Les Savy Fav, Blonde Redhead and LCD Soundsystem were happily looking forward to playing a home town audience while our northern neighbors and headling act, Arcade Fire had to travel the miles to Randalls Island to perform to their largest New York audience yet (estimated at 25,000 according to Win). Being a bit of a snob i only showed up in time for LCD Soundsystem and Arcade Fire.

There are not enough words to describe my love for both of these bands, especially the latter. They represent the best of the indie genre and they always deliver a 100% of everything you could ever hope for and expect. As i have said before, Arcade Fire is a band for the times. Brilliant beyond belief both in prose and delivery they simply are on a level all of their own creation leaving the rest of us in awe or trying to catch up. Despite how much time you spend away from their beautiful songs or their live performances within a few minutes of reunion with them and their material you recall exactly why how you fell in love in the first place. Highlights included collaborations with Regine, Will and Win joining James on various LCD tracks. James poking fun at the audience for being a bit lame and not clapping-shocker, but always good to hear a performer call us city folk out on it. Will deciding to scale the side of the stage leaving all of us gasping and worrying until he safely touched the stage again. Apparently they played two encores, i missed the second one. Sadly, Win proclaimed that this would be their last show here for two years to which we all boo'ed and hissed. Hopefully they will change their minds, but even the worthy Arcade Fire need a break every now and again.
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1 comment:

ReL said...

LCD played with a fierce intensity and poise, enjoying every minute of their final tour stop in front of an ebullient hometown crowd.