Feb. 14, 2011 had a couple guaranteed threads for its music news cycle. 1) Valentine’s Day. A given. Songs expressing love or the lack thereof. Boom. And 2) the Arcade Fire. The Grammys on Sunday, Feb. 13 set this one up nicely for the Monday morning cooler chat: What is the significance of the biggest little band winning this award? Are the Grammys relevant now?
No complaints here, but plenty of surprises. The album titled The King of Limbs has a web site with purchase information, but few specifics about the album itself — aside from being described as a “newspaper album.”
The album will be available for download on Saturday, Feb. 19. The physical release — an elaborate package including two 10-inch slabs of vinyl, a CD, sheets of artwork and access to a digital download — will be on May 9. Notably, the pricing is fixed, as opposed to 2007’s In Rainbows, which featured pay-what-you-wish pricing upon its release. Converse amongst your selves.