A Portrait In Scenesterocity
I'm coming off what I, and others, have dubbed Jeff's Scenester Summer 2006.
The reason being that this summer (based on my parameters of late May to mid September)I attended shows by (based on order of appearance) Wolfmother, We Are Scientists, Arctic Monkeys, Radiohead (twice), Bloc Party, Editors, Phil Lesh and Friends, and the Austin City Limits Music Festival featuring bands like The New Pornographers, Muse, The Secret Machines, The Flaming Lips, and The Raconteurs). (On a scenester-ness, the list would probably read; Arctic Monkeys, Radiohead, ACL, Editors, Bloc Party, Wolfmother, We Are Scientists, Phil Lesh & Friends).
The reason why I'm mentioning this, is because this morning I was able to take that scenestertasticness, and beat it by eightfold. This January morning, I was able to score Arcade Fire tickets.
This band is really, really, really good. Just check out this issue of Canadian Time Magazine (which I suppose is like reading Sports Illustrated For Kids).
I've been waiting for another opportunity to see this band after their performance at 2005's Austin City Limits Festival. An insane live show that prompted Coldplay's lead singer Chris Martin to call them, "the greatest band in history" and then say that, "after watching The Arcade Fire play we realized we should quit because we'll never be as good".
So, this band has the power to be called great AND, more importantly, cause post-Parachutes Coldplay to stop making music! Wow.
+6 Scenester points.
But what will make this experience more unique is that so far they've scheduled 15 winter dates across the world. 5 in random places in London, 5 at the Ukranian National Federation in Montreal, and 5 at a small church in New York City.
I happen to be one of the lucky few to get tickets to the the NYC show at Judson Memorial Church.
On Valentine's Day.
+ infiniti Scenester points.
Sorry, for sounding braggadocious, I'm just wicked excited.
Here are a few of my favorite Arcade Fire Clips:
Check out William Butler and Richard Parry (percussionists[sometimes]) beat the shit out of eachother:
And a great stage show:
Sharon Stone. What a douchebag. David Bowie. The man