Sunday, February 13, 2011

"What the Hell?"

That was almost the entire acceptance speech from Win Butler after Arcade Fire won the Grammy for Album of the Year - an award he was clearly not expecting. He thanked the city of Montreal, and his wife mumbled something in French. Then he said, "We're gonna play another song, 'cause we love music," - and then drove the broadcast over the finish line with a rousing performance of "Ready to Start."

And with that, The Suburbs did what no indie rock album has ever done; not Odelay, not OK Computer,  not Nevermind. I was all set to write another grumpy post about how unhip Grammy is, how it's mainly a celebration of sales figures, and then - what the hell? Congratulations to the band, and may this bring them the wider audience they deserve.

My kids were mostly stoked by their beloved Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, but got a kick out of watching Dylan wheeze his way through their favorite Bob Dylan song, "Maggie's Farm." Excellent choice, dude - thanks for that!

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