Inspired Spot, or Pretentious Twat? A. Fire’s Will Butler Writes Daily Songs on the News

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But reportedly impressive new album still slated to come out without all the extra new stuff…

By Blurt Staff

Arcade Fire’s Will Butler is about to drop his first solo album, Policy (Merge),  on March 10, and although it is a decidedly mixed bag – while you can expect the usual Pitchfork stroke job, at least one respected magazine, audio-centric Stereophile, is taking a cautionary approach, calling it an album whose “scattershot, kitchen-sink approach is simultaneously its charm and its undoing” – the intriguing album nevertheless holds out great promise for a solo career as the younger Butler evolves.

Meanwhile, though, he appears to be risking DE-volving, if today’s media reports are any indication. Rolling Stone in particular offers pointed commentary, saying Butler plans to sit down with The Guardian each morning starting February 23rd to create a week’s worth of songs pulled from the newspaper’s headlines, which The Guardian will then premiere,” and adding that Butler claims to be aiming for a Dylan-type methodology.

Butler told RS, “It was partly inspired by Bob Dylan, who used to announce that certain songs were based on headlines. It would be a song he wrote in two weeks or something, such as ‘The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll,’ which is one of the greatest songs ever. So I’ve set myself an impossible bar.

“I’ve been reading The Guardian every day, perusing the different sections. Some of them possibly lend themselves to songs. It’s a cruel thing, but sometimes you read something and think, ‘Uh oh. I could make something really meaty out of that,’ Something like the Dominique Strauss-Kahn trial – my God, that’s the gnarliest story in the world, but it’s interesting. Or you might read a science headline and think, ‘The universe is so much bigger than I thought it was.’ There’s something really beautiful in that.”

Uh-huh. Well, of COURSE we’ve been waiting for a meaty rock song about the Strauss-Kahn trial! Perhaps we could also have a tune or two about the Greek bailout crisis, the upcoming NCAA brackets, or even those weird plumes they’ve detected coming from Mars, eh, Will? Or perhaps there’s a different publication that one might peruse in order to crib inspiration from? Maybe Pitchfork? Or Blurt?

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