Today In Music: Spring Is In The Air

Arcade Fire photo courtesy of the band’s official MySpace page

Every Monday-Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. The podcast features exclusive in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent musicians that KEXP DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection is from Neon Bible, the latest release by Arcade Fire:

Arcade Fire – Black Mirror (MP3)

You can see Arcade Fire at the Sasquatch Music Festival on May 26, along with Bjork, Interpol, The Black Angels and a score of other amazing artists. Many of these artists are featured on our podcast “Music That Matters Vol. 39: Sasquatch! Music Festival 2007.” Learn more about podcasting and subscribe now.

If you’re looking for more Arcade Fire goodness, check out this impromptu “take away concert” courtesy of La Blogotheque:

  • Because Spring is finally in the air, it’s preparation time for this year’s other festivals. According to Billboard magazine, Arcade Fire will be joining a host of other stellar acts featured in the first ever High Line Festival, curated by David Bowie. Other confirmed acts include Air, Deerhoof, Secret Machines and The Polyphonic Spree.
  • Gearing up for the summer, festival vetran Lollapalooza has yet to release its lineup (we’ll have it here on April 12), but The Chicago Sun-Times confirms that Pearl Jam will be headlining this year.
  • Drowned In Sound has the goods on this year’s Glastonbury Festival. Surprisingly, Arcade Fire will not be performing, but this line-up is incredible nonetheless.
  • In our own town, the first murmurs of a partial Bumbershoot lineup can be heard at the festival’s website, including The Shins, Lyrics Born, and DeVotchKa.
  • Springtime also means baseball. In the spirit of Opening Day, which was two days ago, The Hold Steady has released their own version of a classic tune, which was posted on Stereogum:
  • The Hold Steady – Take Me Out To The Ball Game (go here)

    MTV has a video of the recording here.

  • Spring is also known to be a time of rebirth, and in that spirit comes news that The Weakerthans, Winnipeg’s beloved indie credsters, are releasing their first studio album in five years. Thanks to the Stranger Music Blog (SLOG) for this story.
  • From deeper in the earth emerges this news that Happy Mondays, the seminal “Madchester” madcaps, will release and tour behind their first album in fifteen years!
  • And what would Spring be without a new wardrobe to go with it? Check these new Joy Division kicks that will let you feel the unknown pleasures of spring.
  • Bright Eyes‘ Conor Oberst is certainly feeling chipper in Spring. Read his convo with Helio Mag here.
  • In less happy news, Brooklyn Vegan reports that The View has regrettably canceled their current U.S. tour dates due to visa problems.
  • And less so, country outlaw Billy Joe Shaver was charged in relation to a bar shooting in Texas.
  • But hey, Spring is a time to be happy and productive, and what more productive can you be than creating your own mix for Sub Pop’s Dntel Remix contest and starring in your own Placebo video?
  • Here’s some new Spring music to get you going:
  • Muzzle of Bees links to Joseph Arthur songs, including this new one – “Diamond Ring” (MP3)

    My Old Kentucky Blog presents this Dntel song featuring Jenny Lewis of Rilo Kiley – “Roll On” (MP3)

    From their own website comes “The Happy Song” by The Aliens

    If you have any new (and legal) mp3 or news to share, shoot us a mail at

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