Pitchfork has a nice Interview with Arcade Fire’s Win and Will Butler. Some food for thought like:

“Major labels just lost their way. It’s like the housing bubble. They lost a sense of the fundamentals. They were just flailing about and throwing money around. They weren’t thinking about putting out good music or embracing new things.”

…Then again, there’s an AM station in Montreal that re-broadcasts Casey Kasem shows from 30 years ago. I was listening to one from 1972 and the top 10 songs included John Lennon, Aretha Franklin, the Rolling Stones– like, nine of the 10 were classic, and #2 was some horrible schmaltzy 70s song. I don’t think I’ll be excited about nine of the top 10 songs on the radio today 35 years from now, partly because I’m an old fogey.

Win: But also because, objectively, those nine songs are better than the nine songs from today.

Will: It doesn’t say that much about music so much as it does about pop radio, which is almost unrelated to music.

“Ready to Start” came from going to art school and meeting a lot of people who had really defined political ideas and rules about art. But I just wanted to make something in the world and worry about the rest of it later and not get too caught up in rules

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