More songs about being trapped in mirror boxes and food… plus a post-show NBC special!
By Fred Mills
Last night Arcade Fire hit a glam slam, initially loading the bases on the Tina Fey-hosted Saturday Night Live with a pair of disco-tilting Reflektor tracks (the title song—featuring Regine Chasson performing for part of the song inside a mirrored box—and “Afterlife,” notable as much for the hypnotic music as for Win Butler’s David Bowie-meets-Madonna face paint) plus participation in a skit (faux game show “New Cast Member or Arcade Fire,” which boasted a Robert DeNiro impression from Butler, if you can dig that). And yes, the band did resemble, at times, Talking Heads during their giant-ensemble days.
After SNL closed they migrated onstage for an elaborate and theatrical bonus half-hour set that included new tracks reportedly titled “Here Comes the Night Time,” “We Exist” and “Normal Person.” In on the action: Zach Galifianakis (!), Bono, Rainn Wilson, Ben Stiller, Michael Cera, James Franco, Aziz Ansari, Eric Wareheim, Bill Hader. You may have heard of some of them….