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arcade fire/obama can’t stop hillary/longoria

as announced, indie act and agapeshack favorite, arcade fire performed free shows in ohio in support of obama. but the 3 shows could not generate the votes needed to get obama a victory there. this is not a surprise since as beloved as arcade fire is….they are an indie act! during the days running up to ohio and texas, hillary countered by bringing out ted danson(from cheers for the older set)and eva longoria(from desperate housewives for the everybody set) to generate buzz and support. the moral of the story is longoria beats arcade fire. hollywood beats indie.

the story has come full circle for me here because in 2007, i was looking for a ticket to an arcade fire concert outside radio city music hall and was offered one for free! it was an orchestra ticket and since arcade fire encourages rushing the stage, there was a chance to be real close! all i had to do was answer a question….who are you going to vote for, for president in 2008? in highly liberal democratic nyc, i knew the answer(obama). but i answered my conscience and said something else. the guy sneered at me and offered the ticket to a (supposed)obama supporter. a few months later, i was in texas in the front row of an arcade fire show without having to pretend to vote for obama.

oh well…..at least we/I got some nice concert footage from cleveland. here are the three most relevant songs from those concerts for the election:

rebellion(lies)….i have no recollection, senator…….

intervention….for governor bush…..

wake up(i was crying lie a little girl in texas when they came back out and encored with this….with full band version only, of course)

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arcade fire back obama!

Arcade Fire Members to play 2 FREE shows in Ohio


Win Butler, Will Butler, Regine Chassagne and Jeremy Gara of the Arcade Fire will be playing a free concert on Sunday, March 2nd at Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville, Ohio in support of Barack Obama’s bid for the Democratic nomination. The show is at 7 p.m., first come first serve.
They will also be playing a free show at the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland on Monday, March 3rd. Doors are at 7 p.m., and the show is 18 and over, first come first serve.
Though the Arcade Fire is known as a Canadian band, Win and Will were born and raised in the U.S. (and spent their formative years in Texas), Regine is a dual citizen whose dad served in Vietnam, and Jeremy Gara is just a really nice Canadian who likes playing music and is sick of explaining to Americans what universal health care means

i might have to change my vote! maybe my boy kyuboem is right!

not pictured in the above arcade fire lineup is my favorite violinist, marika anthony shaw, part of the traveling entourage. at af shows, we usually wind up just in front of her. she’s just as nuts as the rest of the band…i love it! doesn’t look like she’ll be in ohio this weekend but go see arcade fire for free anyway(david)!

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world tour update: boston

spent a weekend up in boston and new hampshire with the good folks at BCEC, CBCGL, and CGCM. i think thems is the acronyms. i made reference to the neon bible. its a song by the nutty band arcade fire. here they are making music in an elevator. note the percussion. the band has mormon roots but methinks that they are as disturbed by the crass commercialism and branding of faith and the bible as i am. go see them if you have a chance…they are amazing, amazing. here we are in austin watching them.

my main motivation was to go see old friends. i don’t like to speak at retreats where i know no one. so pastor enoch used jim and christine to lure me and out. i’ve known them for close to 15 years. zoiks. how did that happen? in the middle are me and isaac jumping up and down first with a slower film speed and then a higher action speed catching our insanity. ellis slept through most of it.

here’s my view of the crowd at the retreat. the top set is a bit clearer and the bottom “fits” together better. i made them take ancestor pics…..and advised only ugly people to smile. they were so great even when i told that patriots joke. they asked what was my favorite bible verse. i said i liked genesis 18:1 or exodus 18:1 or matthew 18:1….basically anything 18 and 1 was perfect!

i had a great time sharing my jonah series with them. originally, i was going to do the esther talks but some of the churches mentioned having done that book earlier already. i usually have a few series that i preach at churches and retreats for a few years. seems like jonah was the way to go and god seemed to have something for everyone.

i’m always nervous to go up to boston to speak. it seems like a more conservative culture. and i never know if my humor is going to fly. but i sensed god telling me to be myself in my brokeness and insanity.

a bonus benefit was seeing other longtime friends and connections from all the periods in my life. i got to reconnect a lot with tim lo from wheaton and nyc/nj ministry. the little cutie in the middle is my friend phil chew’s daughter, Rachel. phil is someone who i grew up with in high school at OCM Chinatown. Lastly, that’s Ethan who i used to play with a lot when he was a toddler during my time in MD. in fact, it was a pre-sermon ritual to visit ethan and his class until they moved away to UMASS.

all in all, a great trip to the land of beans.

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