You're probably well aware of this by now, but two new Arcade Fire
songs hit the internet yesterday—"Ready to Start
" and "We Used to Wait
." Best I can tell, they're both perfectly enjoyable. I don't know. I hate to complain about stuff like this, but I'm getting really, really tired of having to experience new records song by song, leak by leak. I get that it's necessary to share multiple tracks via different outlets in order to keep interest in your record high and widespread, but I find myself longing, more than ever, for the feeling one got when sitting down to listen to a record for the first time. The low-quality MP3s and the even lower quality radio rips that are so common these days aren't helping matters, of course. I found myself squinting (it helps you hear better) to make out what was going on during "Ready to Start," before giving up halfway through. On the other hand, I picked up a copy of the double A-side 12" single for "The Suburbs" and "Month of May,"
a couple weeks ago, and it sounds really amazing. [Pitchfork