Arcade Fire post new music, raise the ire of fans
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Triple J is reporting on their site today that the band have "reportedly recorded and mixed around 38 songs for the album." Epic.
Elsewhere, Arcade Fire fans have been all hot under the collar over on the forums at arcadefire.net recently, specifically at Arcade Fire's manager Scott Rodger. Rodger has been taking shots at Joel of Joel's Arcade Fire blog for having the nerve to uncover news about the band. While the band's official site arcadefire.com has been gathering dust for the most part, Joel's blog has been the first to report that Spike Jonze was working on a short film with the band, that arcadefire.com had posted a banner saying "Arcade Fire presents The Suburbs" before taking it down, and that Amazon were listing an item called 'The Suburbs'/'Month Of May'. All news items that were initially denied by Arcade Fire's management team. And then confirmed.
Rodger took to twitter to take a shot at Joel's blog (Joel also runs the twitter feed ArcadeFireTube). Here's the exchange between Rodger and Joel supporter Katayoe:
Rodger: @ArcadeFireTube everyone should simply stay tuned to http://www.arcadefire.com and not believe everything you read on AcadeFireTube
Katayoe: @scottrodger not sure if you are joking or not, but it's not like af fans have gotten a lot of official announcements.
Katayoe: @scottrodger if we had, then we wouldn't need to depend on outside sources. Be glad the fans care.
Rodger: @Katayoe when there is accurate and correct info, you get it straight away. Isn't that what you want?
Katayoe: @scottrodger absolutely. But the af team has denied several things that were accurate, like working with spike
Katayoe: @scottrodger bottom line is that joel is a valued member of the af fan base, and we have appreciated his updates
Rodger: @Katayoe to the point where her tries to find any hidden, private url"s on our web site? Really valued fan.
Catty. It perhaps wouldn't seem so dramatic if Arcade Fire weren't: a) so universally loved by their fanbase for keeping the fans best interests at heart, and b) fine purveyors of littering their releases with clues, codes and other items requiring detective work from fans. An irony that seems to be lost on their management.
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