The Ongoing History of New Music, Episode 752: Who the Hell Is Arcade Fire, Part 2

I think you get the gist from the title. Here’s a band that has always things the wrong (i.e. unconventional for the music industry) way yet has become one of the most important bands in the world over the last ten years. How did they do it? And what do we really know about a group that doesn’t give a lot of interviews? We’ll pick things up with The Suburbs and carry through their story to Reflektor.

  • Songs on this week’s show:
  • The Suburbs
  • We Used to Wait
  • Ready to Star
  • Games Without Frontiers (Peter Gabriel cover)
  • Haiti
  • Reflektor
  • We Exist

The Ongoing History of New Music can be heard on the following stations:

We’re still looking for more affiliates in Kamloops, Kelowna, Regina, Saskatoon, Brandon, Windsor,  Montreal, Charlottetown, Moncton, Fredericton, and St John’s and anywhere else with a transmitter. If you’re in any of those markets and you want the show, lemme know and I’ll see what I can do.

If you’re in the US and you want to stream the show, I wish I could help. A performing rights organization called SESAC has made threatening noises about suing non-American radio stations who dare stream into the US without paying crazy fees. Most Canadian broadcasters had no choice but to geo-block their streams. But hey, if you know of an American station that would like to take the show, contact me and we’ll make it a priority.

Oh, and good news: The show will start running on OneFM in Singapore in May. From there. we’re hoping to go deeper into Asia and the make a run at Australia and New Zealand.

Anyone else? Love to hear from you. Just email me at [email protected].

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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