Arcade Fire gives a new gospel

It is undeniably true that Arcade Fire is one of the most amazing bands living, performing and making intense, inspirational and thought-provoking music in this modern age that we are experiencing. Their latest album, The Suburbs, was released in 2010, and while listening to it I realized I’ve never seen them perform live. So, I looked around a bit and found some great webcasts and TV broadcasts of concerts from 2005-2011. If you’re not familiar with this band (or if you are), then watch every one of these concert videos. They’re all great. You can even read all the lyrics here. Very nice. I will definitely be seeing Arcade Fire next time they come around. And probably every time after that, too.

[mp3] [mp4] 2005-01-17 KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic
[mp3] [mp4] 2005-03-10 Le Nouveau Casino – Paris, France
[mp3] [mp4] 2005-03-11 Melkweg – Amsterdam, Netherlands
[mp3] [mp4] 2005-05-11 Paradiso – Amsterdam, Netherlands
[mp3] [mp4] 2005-08-20 Lowlands Festival – Biddinghuizen, Holland
[mp3] [mp4] 2005-08-25 Rock en Seine – Paris, France
[mp3] [avi] 2007-03-20 L’Olympia – Paris, France
[mp3] [mp4] 2007-06-19 BBC Radio 2 Session – London, England
[mp3] [mp4] 2007-06-22 Glastonbury Festival – Pilton, England
[mp3] [mp4] 2007-06-27 Hovefestivalen – Arendal, Norway
[mp3] [mp4] 2007-07-01 Les Eurockéennes – Belfort, France
[mp3] [mp4] 2007-07-07 T in the Park – Kinross, Scotland
[mp3] [mp4] 2007-08-24 Rock en Seine – Paris, France
[mp3] [mp4] 2007-08-25 Reading Festival – Berkshire, England
[mp3] [mp4] 2007-09-14 Austin City Limits
[mp3] [mp4] 2008-01-25 Big Day Out – Sydney, Australia
[mp3] [mp4] 2010-07-09 Oxegen Festival – Ireland
[mp3] 2010-08-05 Unstaged – NYC
[mp3] [mp4] 2010-08-28 Reading Festival – Berkshire, England
[mp3] [mp4] 2010-09-05 MTV Galicia – Spain
[mp3] [mp4] 2011-02-10 KROQ, Los Angeles – Studio R
[mp3] [mp4] 2011-04-16 Coachella Festival – USA
[mp3] 2011-04-24 Chicago – WXRT Broadcast





The Gospel of Judas

Here is an informative documentary (featuring religious scholar Elaine Pagels, among others) about the Gospel of Judas (“The Hidden Story of the Betrayal of Christ”), which was buried sometime around 300 AD, and discovered in the 1970s.



(continue watching on youtube)

Joanna Newsom performs on Letterman

The lovely and unique harp-playing Joanna Newsom is still out and about promoting her latest album, Have One on Me. While in New York City a few nights ago (December 14), she performed “On a Good Day” on the Late Show with David Letterman. Watch below or save it (mp4 & mp3) for archival purposes. In case you missed it, watch Joanna’s performance of “Soft as Chalk” from Jimmy Fallon’s show back on March 5, 2010, here.

“On a Good Day” lyrics by Joanna Newsom

Hey hey hey, the end is near!
On a good day,
you can see the end from here.
But I won’t turn back, now,
though the way is clear;
I will stay for the remainder.

I saw a life, and I called it mine.
I saw it, drawn so sweet and fine,
and I had begun to fill in all the lines,
right down to what we’d name her.

Our nature does not change by will.
In the winter, ’round the ruined mill,
the creek is lying, flat and still;
it is water,
though it’s frozen.

So, ‘cross the years,
and miles, and through,
on a good day,
you can feel my love for you.
Will you leave me be,
so that we can stay true
to the path that you have chosen?

more Decemberists for December…

I’ve been into The Decemberists since posting Colin Meloy’s solo performance the other day, so I put together a collection of 11 live TV performances from 2005-2010 (highlights below) in mp4 (video) and mp3 format (the mp3 version includes a cover of Bjork’s “Human Behaviour” and “Crazy on You” by Heart). There’s also a brief but awesome 5-song set from Austin City Limits that I found on youtube (mp3 & mp4). This is all good to hold us over until their new album, The King is Dead, is released on January 18, 2011.

We Both Go Down Together (Conan O’Brien 2005)

The Crane Wife #3 (Austin City Limits 2007)

The Perfect Crime #2 (Austin City Limits 2007)

The Mariner’s Revenge Song (2007)

The Wanting Comes in Waves (Jools Holland 2009)

The Hazards of Love (Rock the Garden 2009)

The Rake’s Song (Rock the Garden 2009)

Crazy on You [Heart cover] (Rock the Garden 2009)

Colin Meloy previews new Decemberists songs

On October 22, 2010, Colin Meloy (of The Decemberists) performed a great solo acoustic set in New York City for KEXP radio. Included in the set were 2 songs from the upcoming Decemberists album, The King is Dead. Watch below or download the mp4 (video) and mp3 versions.

Down by the Water

June Hymn (new song!)

Rise to Me (another new song!)

The Crane Wife (Parts 1, 2 & 3)

Rise to Me (with the full band)

Secret Lives of Jesus; Gnostic Gospels

Secret Lives of Jesus is a fascinating and enlightening National Geographic Explorer documentary about early Christian texts discovered at Nag Hammadi in Egypt. There are some very interesting stories about Jesus as a child, and it is suggested that he traveled to India and studied with Hindu and Buddhist mystics sometime between the ages of 12 and 30. This would explain his enthusiasm for love, compassion and forgiveness, as well as his mystic realizations that “I and the Father are one,” “the Kingdom of God is within,” etc.

An important realization from the so-called “Gnostic Gospels” seems to be that the early Christians had many different interpretations of Jesus, his life, who he really was. It does appear that he was someone who experienced “unity consciousness” (or “enlightenment” or whatever you want to say, depending on your perspective) at some point in his life. Jesus was so affected by this that he preached about it and inspired enough people to start a spiritual movement. How his message and life are interpreted may or may not really have much to do with who he really was, but that’s irrelevant. The overall message is what truly matters, the spiritual/life truths revealed to humanity through his life and the mythos he inspired.

Download the mp4 video: [part 1] [part 2]