If you watched the season premiere of Saturday Night Live hosted by Tina Fey, you saw Arcade Fire perform two songs off their upcoming album, Reflektor, coming out October 29 via Merge Records. What you might not have seen was the half-hour Arcade Fire special following the premiere. The Here Comes The Night Time special was buried by NBC’s San Antonio affiliate WOAI at 3 a.m. after two hours of what the station calls "local" programming: The Closer repeats and two episodes of Judge Judy. Can we get a “Really!?!” segment with Seth and Amy? Well, thank goodness for DVRs and the Internet, right? (But really, shame on you WOAI!)
"The original time for the show was 3 a.m.", WOAI program director Carolyn Mastin told the Current on Tuesday. "Later on, [NBC] offered us to show it immediately following [SNL], but we had already scheduled local programming at that time slot and we just can’t ignore commercial commitments with our clients who buy time on those shows. Again, showing the [special earlier] was optional for us. NBC never told us we had to show it [earlier]. Other markets are more flexible, but we can't."
Arcade Fire performed the previously released title track “Reflektor” and the new song “Afterlife,” and also participated in the "New Cast Member or Arcade Fire?" sketch for the SNL broadcast. Then, in spectacular fashion, they debuted three more new songs during the half-hour special: “Here Comes The Night Time,” “We Exist” and “Normal Person,” recorded earlier this September from Montreal’s Salsatheque. If that wasn’t enough for you, Arcade Fire rounded up James Franco, Bono, Ben Stiller, Bill Hader, Zach Galifianakis and others for celeb cameos and a fake movie trailer and TV show clips interspersed between songs. And now we also know what Michael Cera’s been up to–bar-tending and working on his Spanish.
Check out the videos below and in the following pages, including the 30-minute special.
Go to the next page to see "Afterlife."
Go to the next page to see the Here Comes the Nighttime special.
Go to the next page to see SNL's "New Game Show" sketch, featuring Arcade Fire.