Friday, April 1, 2011

Arcade Fire support NGOs, Lauper

If you missed out on tickets to see Arcade Fire this spring and want to do something good for the world, you're in luck: the band is recruiting volunteers for dates on its upcoming tour. In exchange for free admittance, these honorable folks (and/or cheapskates) will promote Haiti-focused nonprofit organizations Kanpe and Partners in Health to the assembled crowds of hipster kids standing with their arms. Folded. Tight.

No strangers to Haitian advocacy (co-leader RĂ©gine Chassagne's parents are Haitian immigrants), the Grammy heroes played a small, surprise show this week in Port-au-Prince — evidence of which can be found in this video of the group performing "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," for some reason.

4 comments:

Steve Thorngate said...

>"for some reason."

You mean other than the fact that it's awesome?

John Potter said...

I do not deny its awesomeness, but it does seem a bit of a curious choice.

Katie said...

i have words about this but can't get them out.

as for the song choice, they're really embracing regine's sheer femininity post the blondie-esque fabulousness of sprawl II (mountains beyond mountains) would be my thought. and, as steve said, it's awesome.

in other news, how's about a king of limbs review? or are you waiting for the real thing to come out in may...?

John G. Potter said...

You may be onto something: the album certainly doesn't want for 80s-style synth pop, with Sprawl II the obvious example (as I mentioned a few posts back, that was one of my favorite songs of 2010). I guess "Girls" is at home in that milieu.

And yes, "King of Limbs" review coming next month. Thanks for checking.