Listen: The Arcade Fire cover ‘Baby Mine’ from ‘Dumbo’

Tim Burton’s live-action remake of “Dumbo” is a few weeks away from hitting theaters, but it looks like the Arcade Fire is going to be involved with the film. On Monday (March 11), the Canadian outfit revealed they were given the opportunity to cover the 1941 animated film’s iconic song, “Baby Mine.” The song plays when Dumbo goes to visit his mother while she is locked up in a cell, which is probably the moment when viewers began to openly weep during the movie.

According to a press statement from the band, the cover of the song was a family affair. Win and Will Butler’s mother plays the harp on the tune, their grandfather plays the Sonovox, and Win and Regine Chassagne’s son plays the triangle on the cover.

In addition to it being a family affair, the song also features the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.

“There is a scene with a locomotive in the original ‘Dumbo’ that uses an instrument called the Sonovox that my grandpa Alvino Rey made famous in the 1930s. Every time I saw the film I thought it was him,” Win Butler recounted.

He continues: “When we were asked to do the [‘Baby Mine’], I immediately got all of my grandfather’s old guitars and wanted to play them in the song. My mom plays the harp on the track, my brother the theremin, my wife [Chassagne] sings and plays drums, and our son even plays the triangle, as well as the rest of our ‘family’ in Arcade Fire. I will forever relate to the song thinking about the people I hold so dear that are ‘so precious to me.’ Listen for the cameo of my grandpa Alvino’s famous Sonovox at the end.”

Listen to Baby Mine” above.

The Arcade Fire’s version of “Baby Mine” will reportedly play during the end credits of the forthcoming film.

“Dumbo” flies into theaters on March 29, the same day the soundtrack is due out. The film stars Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Eva Green, Alan Arkin, and Danny DeVito.

The Arcade Fire to Release Never-Before-Heard Tracks

With their Reflektor Tapes documentary set to be officially released next week, the Arcade Fire has unveiled that they will be dropping a new 7-inch record to coincide with the documentary’s release. The record will feature previously unreleased tracks that did not make it onto the Canadian group’s last album, Reflektor. The songs to be featured on the LP will be “Get Right” and “Crucified Again.”

While the two songs did not make it onto the much regarded record, it hasn’t stopped the band from performing the songs live. On YouTube, there are several audio posts of the band performing both tracks live, though at different events. The vinyl release of the two songs will be the first time high-quality versions of the songs will be available to the public. Listen/watch some of the live performances below.

The Arcade Fire’s documentary, The Reflektor Tapes is set to be released in the United States on Sept. 24 while the film made its official debut last weekend during the Toronto International Film Festival. The documentary follows the band as they record their 2013 album, Reflektor. The 7-inch will reportedly be released later this month.

Indie Supergroup Take on Phil Collins, White Stripes

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What happens when you combine members of The Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, and The Strokes and have them perform songs from Phil Collins and fellow artist, Jack White?

You get something call the Pop All Star Band, but don’t expect for this supergroup to go on and become a powerhouse of indie players.

Last week, Win Butler and his brother Will were joined on stage by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and The Strokes’ Nikolai Fraiture during a show in Montreal; the Arcade Fire’s hometown.

The special one-off performance happened during the halftime show of the Butler brothers’ annual Pop vs. Jock charity basketball game (you know, the one that Win always gets way into and does stupid stuff?).

The randomly chosen group, which also included the Arcade Fire’s Regine Chassagne took on Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight” as well as The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army.”

As for the game itself, it looks like the Butler brothers’ team won which would explain why there hasn’t been any story as of yet of Win throwing a hissy-fit over a bad call.

Check out the video of the supergroup performing both tracks.

Musician Swindles Hundreds of Thousands from Investors

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We know that musicians are desperate to make music even though it costs a lot, but most of the time, they just get a dead-end job to help fund their dreams.

But not for one man, who managed to not only scam many investors, he took the money and put it towards his own music career.

Portland-based musician, Kasey Anderson did just like. Anderson was sentenced to four years in prison after defrauding 30 investors out of nearly $600,000.

According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the singer-songwriter told investors that the money was going to a charity album titled, Trapped Like a Ghost. He had claimed that acts like The Arcade Fire, Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, and R.E.M. would be contributing tracks to the record, but in the end he got caught using the funds for his own personal gain.

Anderson said that the money was going to benefit the West Memphis Three Legal Defense Fund. He went so far to convince investors that he posed as a Seattle tour manager as well as an entertainment attorney, he forged an email from a family member of one of the West Memphis Three, and reportedly even played previously released Bruce Springsteen tracks, passing them as a never-before-released version featuring the Arcade Fire. He, reportedly, even claimed that he would be able to get a Springsteen/Lady Gaga collaboration, but as we know, that did not happen.

Anderson plead guilty to the crime last August and now owes investors over $400,000.

Recently, he released a letter to the court as an attempt to apologize for his crime. In the letter he claims he has a mental illness that made him do it.

We’re going to assume the court did not buy his scapegoat excuse of mental instability.

The “We Exist” Ping-Pong Match Continues

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Last week, The Arcade Fire released the music video for their song “We Exist” casting The Amazing Spider-Man himself, Andrew Garfield to play the role of a transgender individual in the video. After the video had premiered, Against Me! singer, Laura Jane Grace, who happens to be a transgender individual herself, took to Twitter to express her distaste for the band and their director to cast Garfield rather than asking a transgender actor to portray the role.

During an interview with The Advocate this past weekend, frontman Win Butler responded to Grace’s comments on the matter saying that the band were inspired to write the song upon meeting gay Jamaican kids in Jamaica where they worked on their recently released album, Reflektor. An excerpt from the article can be read below.

“There is a very kind of homophobic undercurrent, even in a lot of popular music and dancehall music, where there is a lot of violence against gay people,” says Butler. “And we were in Kingston, and we went to this kind of film event and met some gay Jamaican kids and just kind of talked to them and realized that they were constantly under the threat of violence. For me, I get kind of used to being in this sort of extremely liberal bubble — where we have Whole Foods and people are tolerant. And you can kind of trick yourself into thinking that the world is that way. For me, it was really eye-opening to hang out with these kids who, if they were going to dress differently or express who they were, there was this real tension.”

Grace, not to be one to hold back, spoke out about it on Twitter today to respond to the band’s response.

“this article is hella problematic. To start with there’s the fact that Win says “he” and Wilson says “she” … the implication that a homeless Jamaican LGBT youth living in a sewer is going to feel empowered because a cis, straight white male actor in movies they can’t afford to see stars in a music video they’ll never watch? my main problem with the video isn’t even casting it’s stereotyping — like why does Garfield cry about shaving their head to then put on a wig when they have gorgeous hair? why does Garfield go to the shittiest bar ever to drink domestic beer and dance with bigot rednecks? and the idea that the band playing Coachella is their Mecca of acceptance and validation. Phfff. As if. if the song was called anything else I wouldn’t have even had a problem with it. it’s called “We Exist” and there is literally no signs of that existence represented. should have been called “They Exist”. lastly, I really genuinely am a fan of the band. The Suburbs is a perfect album.”

We can only assume that this ping-pong game won’t end here, but watch the video below and tell us what you think about the casting.

MuchMusic Video Award Nominees Revealed

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Canada’s version of the MTV’s Video Music Awards, the Much Music Video Awards are scheduled to take place in a few weeks and after much waiting, the nominees have been announced. Leading the pack with a total of six nominations each are Toronto rapper/actor Drake (can we still call him Aubrey Graham) and California group, Hedley. 

Vancouver hip hop artist SonReal comes in next with a total of five nominations while The Arcade Fire and R&B artists The Weeknd come in with a total of four nominations apiece. Imagine Dragons and Lorde, who have been having their own success in every fan-voted music award of the season have been nominated for two awards a piece. The Las Vegas band and the New Zealand singer have also been confirmed to be performing at the show. 

Imagine Dragons and Lorde aren’t the only first time nominees at this year’s show; Pharrell Williams, 5 Seconds of Summer, July Talk, Keys N Krates, Magic and Thugli are all first-time nominees. 

Sam Roberts Band, Avril Lavigne, Justin Bieber, City and Colour and Serena Ryder are other artists that have been nominated for several awards. 

2014 MMVA Nominees:

Video Of The Year

Artist: Arcade Fire
Title: Afterlife
Director: Emily Kai Bock

Artist: Drake
Title: Worst Behavior  
Director: Director X; Drake

Artist: Hedley
Title: Anything
Director: John JP Poliquin

Artist: SonReal
Title: Everywhere We Go
Director: Peter Huang

Artist: The Weeknd f. Drake
Title: Live For
Director: Sam Pilling

Post-Production Of The Year

Artist: City and Colour
Title: Thirst
Director: Michael Maxxis

Artist: Hedley
Title: Crazy For You
Director: Lee J. Williams; Timur Musabay

Artist: Sam Roberts Band
Title: We’re All in This Together
Director: George Vale

Artist: Serena Ryder
Title: What I Wouldn’t Do
Director: Frank Guidoccio

Artist: Tokyo Police Club
Title: Hot Tonight
Director: Jared Raab

Dance Video Of The Year

Artist: A Tribe Called Red f. Northern Voice
Title: Sisters
Director: Jon Riera

Artist: Autoerotique
Title: Asphyxiation
Director: Amos LeBlanc

Artist: Chromeo f. Toro Y Moi
Title: Come Alive
Director: Alex Southam

Artist: Keys N Krates
Title: Dum Dee Dum
Director: Amos LeBlanc

Artist: Thugli
Title: Run This
Director: Amos LeBlanc; Ohji Inoue

Director Of The Year

Artist: Arcade Fire
Title: Afterlife
Director: Emily Kai Bock

Artist: Drake
Title: Worst Behavior 
Director: Director X; Drake

Artist: Hedley
Title: Anything
Director: John JP Poliquin

Artist: SonReal
Title: Everywhere We Go
Director: Peter Huang

Artist: Thugli
Title: Run This
Director: Amos LeBlanc; Ohji Inoue

Pop Video Of The Year
Artist: Down With Webster

Title: Chills
Director: Aaron A

Artist: Hedley
Title: Anything
Director: John JP Poliquin

Artist: Mia Martina f. Dev
Title: La La/Danse 
Director: Michael Maxxis

Artist: Serena Ryder
Title: What I Wouldn’t Do
Director: Frank Guidoccio

Artist: Tegan and Sara
Title: Goodbye, Goodbye 
Director: Natalie Rae Robison

Rock/Alternative Video Of The Year

Artist: Arcade Fire
Title: Reflektor
Director: Anton Corbijn

Artist: City and Colour
Title: Thirst
Director: Michael Maxxis

Artist: July Talk
Title: Guns + Ammunition 
Director: Josh Warburton; Adam Crosby

Artist: Sam Roberts Band
Title: Shapeshifters
Director: Dave Pawsey

Artist: Tokyo Police Club
Title: Hot Tonight
Director: Jared Raab

Hip Hop Video Of The Year

Artist: Classified f. B.o.B.
Title: Higher
Director: RT!

Artist: Drake
Title: Worst Behavior
Director: Director X; Drake

Artist: D-Sisive
Title: Friend Of Mine 
Director: Briin Bernstein; Daniel “AM” Rosenberg

Artist: P. Reign f. A$AP Rocky
Title: We Them
Director: Footage

Artist: SonReal
Title: Everywhere We Go 
Director: Peter Huang

MuchFACT Video Of The Year

Artist: Autoerotique
Title: Asphyxiation
Director: Amos LeBlanc

Artist: Sam Roberts Band
Title: Shapeshifters
Director: Dave Pawsey

Artist: SonReal
Title: Everywhere We Go
Director: Peter Huang

Artist: Thugli
Title: Run This
Director: Amos LeBlanc; Ohji Inoue

Artist: Victoria Duffield
Title: More Than Friends 
Director: John JP Poliquin

International Video Of The Year – Artist

Artist: Avicii f. Aloe Blacc
Title: Wake Me Up
Director: Mark Seliger

Artist: Beyoncé f. Jay Z
Title: Drunk In Love 
Director: Hype Williams

Artist: Iggy Azalea f. Charli XCX
Title: Fancy
Director: Julien Christian Lutz

Artist: Kanye West
Title: Bound 2
Director: Nick Knight

Artist: Katy Perry f. Juicy J
Title: Dark Horse 
Director: Mathew Cullen

Artist: Lorde
Title: Royals
Director: Joel Kefali

Artist: Miley Cyrus
Title: Wrecking Ball
Director: Terry Richardson

Artist: Pharrell
Title: Happy  
Director: We Are From L.A.

Artist: Selena Gomez
Title: Come & Get It 
Director: Anthony Mandler

Artist: Taylor Swift f. Ed Sheeran
Title: Everything Has Changed 
Director: Philip Andelman

International Video Of The Year – Group

Artist: 5 Seconds of Summer
Title: She Looks So Perfect 
Director: Frank Borin

Artist: Daft Punk f. Pharrell Williams
Title: Lose Yourself To Dance 
Director: Paul Hahn; Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo; Warren Fu; Cedri Hervet

Artist: Disclosure f. Sam Smith
Title: Latch
Director: Ben Murray; Ross McDowell

Artist: Foster The People
Title: Coming Of Age 
Director: Kyle Wightman; Alex Lee

Artist: Imagine Dragons
Title: Demons
Director: Isaac Halasima

Artist: Kings Of Leon
Title: Supersoaker
Director: WIZ

Artist: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis f. ScHool Q & Hollis
Title: White Walls
Director: Ryan Lewis; Macklemore

Artist: Maroon 5
Title: Love Somebody
Director: Rich Lee

Artist: Mumford & Sons
Title: Hopeless Wanderer  
Director: Sam Jones

Artist: One Direction
Title: Story Of My Life  
Director: Ben Winston

International Video Of The Year By A Canadian

Artist: Avril Lavigne
Title: Rock N Roll
Director: Chris Marrs Piliero

Artist: Drake f. Majid Jordan
Title: Hold On, We’re Going Home 
Director: Bill Pope

Artist: Justin Bieber
Title: All That Matters 
Director: Colin Tilley

Artist: MAGIC!
Title: Rude
Director: David Rousseau

Artist: The Weeknd
Title: Belong To The World 
Director: Anthony Mandler

 Your Fave Artist/Group

Avril Lavigne
Drake
Hedley
Justin Bieber
The Weeknd   

Your Fave Video

Artist: Arcade Fire
Title: Reflektor
Director: Anton Corbijn

Artist: Drake
Title: Worst Behavior
Director: Director X; Drake

Artist: Hedley
Title: Anything 
Director: John “JP” Poliquin

Artist: SonReal
Title: Everywhere We Go 
Director: Peter Huang

Artist: The Weeknd f. Drake
Title: Live For 
Director: Sam Pilling

Your Fave International Artist or Group

Imagine Dragons
Katy Perry
Lorde
Miley Cyrus
Selena Gomez

The show will take place outside CTV headquarters in downtown Toronto and will be held by those celebutante things that start their names with the letter K; you know, the one that cant read a simple word of a teleprompter. 

The 25th annual Much Music Video Awards will all go down on June 15 at 9 p.m. ET on Much, CTV and CTV Go,

The Arcade Fire Finally Respond to Deadmau5

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The Arcade Fire might be headlining a lot of festivals this year and sold out shows, but it looks like a comment from frontman Win Butler made at Coachella last week has officially turned into some serious beef.

After making a comment about giving a round of applause to bands who actually play instruments at the famous festival, Deadmau5, of all people, took offense to that and went on a heated rampage on Twitter taking down anyone in his way.

A week after that, the band have finally responded in their own way; during a show. The band released their statement in the form of an LED square, helmet thing at St. Louis’ Chaifetz Arena. Butler appeared on stage with it during their song “Normal Person” which showed an image on Deadmau5 on it.

We expect another Twitter rant from the DJ/producer any minute now.

The Arcade Fire Cover Kansas in Kansas City

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The Arcade Fire have now made it part of their current tour to perform city-centric songs during their set no matter which city they are in. Up until this point, the band have performed Boyz II Men’s “Motownphilly” in Philadelphia, Prince’s “Controversy” in Minneapolis, Stevie Wonder’s “Uptight (Everything is Alright” in Auburn Hills, Michigan and most recently “Heart of Glass” at Coachella with the one and only Debbie Harry.

Now the band can added another song to the list; “Dust in the Wind” by Kansas. Considering that the song was performed at the Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, but funnily enough, as pointed out by Win Butler, the band were performing in a Kansas City; Kansas City, Missouri.

The Arcade Fire are still in the middle of their “Reflektor” Tour even with their slight break from it for some festival dates including Coachella, The tour is slated to keep going until August 30 where it will wrap up in Montreal.

Coachella Unveils Weekend One Set Times

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Are you one of the thousands of people who will be heading to Indio, CA this weekend for the first weekend of Coachella?

Well, if you are and even if you aren’t, festival organizers have revealed the full set times for each of the acts that will be taking the stage during the first weekend of the two weekend long events.

This year’s event which will feature Outkast, The Repalcements, Muse, Queens of the Stone Age, Lorde, Foster the People, The Arcade Fire, Calvin Harris and many more. Today, the event organizers also revealed that Julian Casablancas and the Pixies have been added to the large line-up.

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As for what times the artists will be performing during the second weekend of the festival, according to the official Coachella Twitter, that information will be released sometime next week. For those unfortunate people who won’t be making it to the festivities, the show will be fully streamed on YouTube during the first weekend and through AXS TV during the second weekend.

Coachella 2014 To Be Broadcast on Cable and Online

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Feeling sorry for yourself because you won’t be making it to Coachella this year?

Well, don’t fret because word has just gotten out that the festival will be broadcast. today, it was revealed that the two weekends of the festival will be broadcast for those unfortunate souls who did not have the opportunity to head to Indio, CA for the OutKast, Beck, Muse, Arcade Fire and many more headlining event.

According to the organizers, the first weekend of the event which will take place on April 11-13 will air on YouTube while the second weekend which will take place during April 18-20, will be broadcast through cable channel AXS TV. The feed will include full sets, behind-the-scenes footage and select performances. According to reports, AXS TV will have reportedly over 20 hours of material on their hands while YouTube will keep up all the footage and material for a few weeks after the festival ends.

If that wasn’t enough, it was also revealed that Jason Bentley, Music Director for Los Angeles radio station KCRW, will be hosting both weekends as well and interviewing and introducing the artists.

Coachella will once again be returning to its stomping ground of Empire Polo Club in Indio while tickets for the event have already been sold out. Tickets sold out in a reported three hours.