Juxtapoz // Friday, September 25, 2015
Directed by 2013 Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Short Films winner Kahlil Joseph, The Reflektor Tapes is a fascinating insight into the making of Arcade Fire’s international #1 album Reflektor. The film recontextualizes the album experience, transporting the viewer into a kaleidoscopic sonic and visual landscape. It charts the band’s creative journey as they lay foundations for the album in Jamaica, record in Montreal and play an impromptu gig at a Haitian hotel on the first night of Carnival, before bringing their breath-taking live show to packed arenas in Los Angeles and London. The Reflektor Tapes blends never before seen personal interviews and moments captured by the band to dazzling effect, and features 15 minutes of exclusive unseen footage, filmed only for cinema audiences.
Music // Monday, August 18, 2014
Arcade Fire have turned most of their support of their last LP, Reflektor, into an ongoing art project. Stage personas, TV specials, lots of masks, etc. Seems only appropriate then for their newest music video for 'You Already Know," the band can be seen shooting what appears to be a slightly higher budget selfie video with talking/singing paintings. We approve.
Music // Wednesday, November 06, 2013
The YouTube Music Awards premiered this past weekend, streamed live, and was so... well, random, that we couldn't quite pinpoint if we enjoyed ourselves or found ourselves waiting for a disaster. It didn't come, and we really did enjoy the Arcade Fire portion, where they played Reflektor highlight, "Afterlife", done in conjunction with Spike Jonze directing Greta Gerwig to dance. And dance she did.
Music // Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Over the past two months or so, Arcade Fire's return has been one of the highlights of the fall music release schedule. For us, we have always been huge Arcade Fire fans not just because of the music but because of the care and attention they put into their album art design and entire look for a tour and stage production. Whether having Spike Jonze direct a short in conjunction with The Suburbs LP, or their new media experiments on their website, the Montreal-band pays close attention to art in relation to their music. Their newest LP, Reflektor, takes this care to a new level...
Music // Monday, September 30, 2013
I'm not going to pretend that I was in the best headspace at 1AM on Saturday night when I decided to tune into Arcade Fire's 30 min NBC special that was aired after SNL. Part of me thought, "Hey, bands don't do network specials anymore, and Arcade Fire tend to be on the more interesting end of things, why not pour a little whiskey and watch?" What I turned to was a bizarre, experimental, oddball, celebrity-cameo'd, Roman Coppola-directed entree into the Montreal band's upcoming LP, Reflektor. We got to hand it to NBC... getting this on air takes... well, you know what we mean...
Music // Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Welcome back, Arcade Fire, a good timing at that for us. Anton Corbijn, who shot the photo of Tom Waits on the cover of our October 2013 issue, directs this sprawling Talking Heads meets Bee Gees meets Daft Punk meets Arcade Fire meets LCD Soundsystem (he did produce the track) track "Reflektor" for the Montreal-based band.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, August 08, 2013
We haven't heard from Spike Jonze in a bit, after the beautiful Where the Wild Things Are and the excellent Arcade Fire film, Scenes from The Suburbs. Now, he is back, and from the looks of it, the feel is another sublime, subtle piece of filmmaking and writing. Her is being billed as the Spike Jonze love story and a take on modern life, love in the face of technology and anonymous communication. The fill features Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Amy Adams, Olivia Wilde, and the voice of Scarlett Johansson. And it appears that Arcade Fire have done the film's score... check out the trailer after the jump!
Music // Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Having never been to Montreal, Jux contributor Elise Hennigan is on a mission to both experience the city and catch good shows at this year’s POP Montreal Fest. Friday was another run around the great Quebec city for music, culture, murals, and talks. And Win Butler plays basketball.
Juxtapoz // Friday, April 22, 2011
A weekend away to the desert mid-April for music, lil sun in the skin, art installs, and VIPs of all kinds geared me up for the 2011 spring and summer music season. This particular inaugural event being Coachella. Note: Indian garb and hippy chic top the list of 2011 music fest looks du jour. Also, apparently, sea captains, which, in the middle of the desert ... got me. Photos after the jump . . .
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, April 12, 2011
We are longtime readers of Mother Jones, and we enjoyed this slideshow feature they had the other day, "What If Your Favorite Album Was A Book?" London-based graphic designer, Christophe Gowans, set up some great albums of recent and classic notoriety, and attached to them a thematic book cover. More after the jump . . .