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Live MP3s: ARCADE FIRE in Boston 2010

Posted on August 9, 2010 at 2:51 am | No Comments

So, did you have a good Arcade Fire week? The multimedia onslaught either has you still swooning or totally burned out, or perhaps found you apathetic from the get-go. Me, I’m somewhere in the middle – I love “The Suburbs”, and think it’s a perfectly-placed step forward for the band, and really the only step they could have made. They can’t top the precise balance of bombastic, joyful, out-of-nowhere angst that “Funeral” found in 2004, and had they gone further inwards than their sophomore “Neon Bible”, they might have brought a big-time bummer (and would have left their live shows lacking). Somehow, they found the middle ground, and it works wonders for me.

But as someone who spends probably a little too much time online, I’m over-fed on album reviews, live reviews, reviews of those reviews, and other meta-commentary (and commentary on that commentary). Better to step back, queue up the album again, and focus on what matters. So I find myself not wanting to write much more about the new record than what I said above, or sharing thoughts from the transcendent live show they gave us here in Boston last week, words that have already been said and read elsewhere. Instead, I’ll direct you to other places before I share up my recording of the set…

  • Ryan Stewart of the Boston Phoenix reviews the summer Sunday evening show.
  • Ian Doreian at Melophobe has a photo feature with a few words as well.
  • Adam Conner-Simons writes up his live show thoughts for the Globe.
  • Jim Sullivan offers his review over at the Herald.
  • Boston-based blogger C. Van Slyke’s Boston Through My Eyes has a slew of excellent photos and a few videos from the show.
  • Here’s an album review at Paste that, while slanting slightly negative, is extraordinarily well-thought out and well-put. I agree with much of what writer Rachael Maddux has to say, but love the record regardless.
  • For the full-on fan perspective of the Boston show, visit the Us Kids Know forum thread.
  • With those words out of the way, here’s my recording of the band’s set at the Bank of America Pavilion on the Boston waterfront on Sunday night, August 1st, 2010. A couple of things to keep in mind as I share this: 1) It was recorded from the front row, so it’s not going to sound ideal. Hell, in many cases that’s the worst possible place to record a show, and 2) The band’s current policy on taping their shows is a bit up in the air. In the past, they’ve been supportive, allowing me to record their revelatory 2004 set at TT the Bears in Cambridge (which I’ve just re-upped for your listening pleasure), as well as their 2007 Orpheum performance (also now re-shared). They’ve become a little too big to communicate with directly, though, and I hesitated to share this set for that reason. As always, in the event I’m contacted by the band, their management, or the label, the recording may disappear.

    Oh, and this won’t matter to most, but for the first time, thanks to additional server space, I’m offering up this recording as 256kbps MP3s, rather than as 192kbps. That server space is also the reason I’m able to re-host the band’s 2004 and 2007 sets. I’ll be re-upping many other sets over the coming months as well, so randomly check this list if you’re looking for older Almanac audio, and feel free to put in a request to move something to the top of the upload queue.

    Arcade Fire live in Boston

    I will offer one live show comment: My favorite moment from the set was when Jeremy Gara was unleashed from his drum throne for a single song, picking up a guitar to play his part on “Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)“. The guy proceeded to let loose with absolute abandon, and as one of the many drummers who is in reality a frustrated guitarist, I loved watching him. He rocked out so hard that he fell into the guitar amp, knocking it over and causing a mad scramble of AF roadies. He, and they, could only smile. A great moment.

    Enjoy, and have a look at my photos as you listen…

    Arcade Fire live in Boston

    Arcade Fire

    Live at the Bank of America Pavilion
    in Boston, MA
    on Sunday, August 1st, 2010

    (download the full set as a .zip file)

    01. Ready To Start
    02. Month of May
    03. Neighborhood #2 [Laika]
    04. No Cars Go
    05. Haiti
    06. Sprawl II [Mountains Beyond Mountains]
    07. We Used To Wait
    08. Intervention
    09. Modern Man
    10. The Suburbs
    11. Deep Blue
    12. Neighborhood #3 [Power Out] / Rebellion [Lies]
    13. Half Light II [No Celebration]
    14. Neighborhood #1 [Tunnels]
    15. Keep The Car Running
    16. Wake Up

    The band continues touring with a show on Wednesday in Atlanta, followed by a Saturday set in Toronto before heading overseas. Check out their full itinerary here.

    Purchase “The Suburbs” direct from Merge Records right here. has also extended their ridiculously low $3.99 digital deal here. Here’s hoping the album makes it to #1 on the charts this week… not because I put much stake in such things, but because it would give me quite a personal thrill to see Eminem unseated by a Merge band. Go team!

    Arcade Fire live in Boston

    the fine print… If anyone has an issue with these Mp3s being made available, just let me know (my contact info in the ‘nac faq). Live sets recorded with a Sony ECM-719 mic and a Sony MZ-RH10 minidisc, converted to .wav and then edited to 256kbps Mp3s. Files are made available for a limited time, and are not reposted once removed.


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  • Almanac Archives

  • Boston-Area Action

    Saturday, December 16th
    Bent Shapes (farewell show),
    Laika's Orbit, & Beware the
    Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion
    @ Great Scott

    Monday, December 18th
    Big Brave
    Child Bite
    @ Great Scott

    Thursday, December 21st
    @ Sonia

    Friday, December 22nd
    Love Love & Friends Xmas Show!
    with special guests Rick Berlin,
    Field Day, Bob Kendall,
    Anna Rae/Hemway, & Martha Marin
    @ the Midway Cafe

    Thursday, December 28th
    Cymbals Eat Guitars
    @ Great Scott

    Saturday & Sunday
    December 30th & 31st
    Deer Tick
    @ the Sinclair

    Sunday, December 31st
    Speedy Ortiz
    Wendy Eisenberg
    @ Great Scott

    Saturday, January 6th
    Fur Purse (LP Release Party!)
    with Whore Paint,
    Shepherdess, and Sister
    @ the Midway Cafe

    Wednesday, January 10th
    Craig Finn & the
    Uptown Controllers
    with John K. Samson
    @ City Winery Boston

    Friday, January 12th
    Passion Pit
    @ House of Blues

    Saturday, January 13th
    40 musicians form 8 new
    bands & perform that night
    @ the Sinclair

    Saturday, January 13th
    Lana Del Rey
    Jhene Aiko
    @ TD Garden

    Saturday, January 13th
    Horse Jumper of Love
    Mini Dresses
    Strange Passage
    @ Great Scott

    Saturday, January 13th
    Camper Van Beethoven
    @ the Middle East Downstairs

    Thursday, January 18th
    Family Planning
    Olivia Neutron-John
    @ Brighton Music Hall

    Sunday, January 21st
    @ the Royale

    Wednesday, January 24th
    Sleigh Bells
    @ the Paradise

    Wednesday, January 24th
    Mega Bog
    @ the Sinclair

    Friday, January 26th
    The Posies
    @ City Winery Boston

    Wednesday, January 31st
    Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
    Night Beats
    @ the Royale

    Saturday, February 3rd
    Steve Earle
    @ City Winery Boston

    Friday, February 9th
    @ the Paradise

    Saturday, February 10th
    Weakened Friends
    @ Great Scott

    Saturday & Sunday
    February 10th & 11th
    Ian Hunter
    & the Rant Band
    @ City Winery Boston

    Friday, February 16th
    Steve Earle
    @ City Winery Boston

    Friday, February 16th
    Robert Plant
    @ the Orpheum

    Saturday, February 17th
    @ Brighton Music Hall

    Saturday, February 17th
    Noel Gallagher’s
    High Flying Birds
    @ the Boston Opera House

    Sunday, February 18th
    X Ambassadors
    Now, Now
    @ House of Blues

    Wednesday, February 21st
    Frightened Rabbit
    @ the Sinclair

    Thursday, March 1st
    French Vanilla
    @ Great Scott

    Tuesday, March 6th
    Jessica Lea Mayfield
    @ Great Scott

    Thursday, March 8th
    Godspeed You! Black Emperor
    @ the Sinclair

    Thursday, March 8th
    @ the Royale

    Friday, March 9th
    Godspeed You! Black Emperor
    @ Sanders Theatre, Harvard

    Friday, March 9th
    @ the House of Blues

    Saturday, March 10th
    Nada Surf celebrating the 15th
    anniversary of their "Let Go" LP
    @ Brighton Music Hall

    Friday, March 23rd
    Glen Hansard
    @ House of Blues Boston

    Saturday, March 31st
    S. Carey
    @ Great Scott

    Tuesday, April 3rd
    Yo La Tengo
    @ the Paradise

    Saturday, April 7th
    @ the Sinclair

    Tuesday, April 10th
    Franz Ferdinand
    @ House of Blues Boston

    Tuesday, April 17th
    Chelsea Wolfe
    @ the Royale

    Friday, April 20th
    Buffalo Tom
    @ the Paradise

    Sunday, April 22nd
    The Darkness
    @ the Royale

    Friday, April 27th
    They Might Be Giants
    @ the House of Blues

    Saturday, April 28th
    Peter Hook & the Light
    performing both of the
    "Substance" collections by
    Joy Division & New Order
    @ the Paradise

    Saturday & Sunday
    April 28th & 29th
    Camp Cope
    @ the Sinclair

    Friday, May 18th
    The Fratellis
    @ the Paradise

    Saturday, June 2nd
    Japanese Breakfast
    @ the Sinclair

    Wednesday, June 11th
    Jimmy Eat World
    Alex Lahey
    @ House of Blues

    Tuesday, July 17th
    @ Xfinity Center

    July 21st & 22nd
    Foo Fighters
    @ Fenway Park

    Friday, August 10th
    Pedro the Lion
    @ Brighton Music Hall