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Jónsi – ‘Go Live’ CD/DVD

7th Nov 10 (Sun) Leave a comment

Jónsi‘s Go Live is the film / live cd double pack of his hugely-acclaimed solo show,and it’s now available to pre-order now direct from with a release date of the 29th of November.  It was filmed exclusively at the final dress rehearsal in London in March 2010 in front of a specially invited audience, Go Live includes rampant live renditions of every song from Jónsi’s debut album Go, as well as never-before-heard versions of all the unreleased material he’s been playing on tour, plus a ton of candid behind-the-scenes footage from the road.

In all there are no fewer than five unreleased songs on Go Live – namely ‘icicle sleeves’, ‘stars in still water’, ‘saint naive’, ‘new piano song’ and ‘volume pedal song’ – as well as several exclusive musical interludes and a definitive live version of ‘sticks & stones’, which Jónsi wrote and performed for the closing credits of the movie How to Train Your Dragon.

The whole Go Live package comes beautifully wrapped in a hardcover cd-sized book, which includes both discs and a 16-page booklet featuring pictures taken by the band on a tour that’s taken in four continents throughout 2010. Intended as a finely crafted companion to Go and Go Quiet, Go Live is being pegged at a special low price:

cd + dvd: $20 / £15 (plus postage)
digital download: $15 / £10

pre-order now

Both film and cd run at around 75-minutes running time, with the cd taking in Jónsi’s complete live set in order of play, and the film playing more fast and loose for cinematic effect.

full tracklistings are as follows:

‘go live’ dvd contents: ‘go live’ cd contents:
1. hengilás 1. stars in still water *
2. icicle sleeves 2. hengilás
3. kolniður 3. icicle sleeves
4. tornado 4. kolniður
5. sinking friendships 5. tornado
6. go do 6. sinking friendships
7 boy lilikoi 7. saint naive
8. new piano song 8. go do
9. around us 9. boy lilikoi
10. volume pedal song 10. animal arithmetic
11. grow till tall 11. new piano song *
12. around us
13. sticks & stones *
14. grow till tall
filmed live at 3 mills studios, london, 26 march 2010. all songs recorded live at ancienne belgique, belgium, 29 may 2010, except * recorded at the dome, brighton, 14 september 2010.

Jónsi, you had me at “go”… but here’s a video snippet for those not sold on it yet…

~Dan – np: MoqitaMoqita


Jónsi – Live at Origami

4th Nov 10 (Thu) Leave a comment

Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi abruptly canceled a run of intimate acoustic in-store dates after playing just one performance in the Go Closer series.

“Standing there nose-to-nose with fans in the cold light of day the other day in Origami Records, Los Angeles, he had the sudden and undeniable realization that this is not the environment in which he flourishes,” said his management in a statement. “To those of you who saw it in Echo Park, cherish it, because it ain’t going to happen again.”

Well, luckily the Los Angeles performance was recorded… here are two videos caught by Jack Schlinkert (director) and Max Sweeney (add’l camera).

Stars in Still Water

Go Do

~Dan – np: dredgThe Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion

REVIEW: Jónsi of Sigur Rós @ Roseland (Portland, OR – 4/13/10)

14th Apr 10 (Wed) 6 comments


Jon Thor Birgisson aka “Jónsi” has a majestic voice and a penchant for clever, extravagant, and utterly gorgeous stage show that converts the already beautiful music into something worthy of an art exhibit.  His voice is well known in the indie rock scene via his long history bringing the enigmatic Sigur Rós to our shores/ears.

Sigur Rós is on a hiatus while many of the members’ families welcome new children into their lives; so Jónsi decided to follow-up his last album (Riceboy Sleeps with his partner Alex) with a “solo acoustic album.”  That “solo acoustic” album morphed into what became GO, a not-so-acoustic album.  Go fits in with the most recent Sigur Rós album (Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust).   It’s a “more accessible rock” affair full of the ideals, quirks, and high quality craftsmanship we’ve come to expect.

That high quality craftsmanship shows in Jónsi’s decision to bring in 59 Productions to work up his tour stage.  If I wasn’t sold on going to see Jónsi before, the lead-up to the show was almost unbearable after seeing the 59 Productions behind the scenes video.  More on that later… first, the opener…

Death Vessel (aka Joel Thibodeau) hit the stage around 8 and played a 35 minute set (6-7 songs).  His songs were gentle acoustic numbers, and his voice reminded me a lot of the late Jeff Hanson (nice falsetto).  The crowd seemed a little restless near the end, but I thought Death Vessel put out an enjoyable set.

Jónsi went on right at 9pm and started the show with just an acoustic guitar solo tune, Stars in Still Water.  Shortly thereafter the band joined him and the stage show began.  The walls and projectors played for about half of the songs in the set, and ranged from butterflies, to other animals, to a rainstorm that turned into a flood.  Some of the coolest effects were the burning stage-pieces early on, as well as the water flood.  It was quite astonishing how well done everything was… and it didn’t take away from the music at all.

Setlist: ~85 minutes

  • Stars in Still Water (solo)
  • Hengilás
  • Icicle Sleeves (K14 or Red Bicycle)
  • Kolniður
  • Tornado
  • Saint Naive (K7)
  • Sinking Friendships
  • Go Do
  • Boy Lilikoi
  • K12
  • New Piano Song (K365)
  • Around Us (with acoustic piano intro)
  • Encore: Jonsi New Guitar Song
  • Animal Arithmetic (Jonsi donned a colorful headdress)
  • Grow Till Tall

The fave songs of the night were Tornado, Go Do, Boy Lilikoi & Grow Till Tall – as those were the ones that resonate with me the most from the record.  All in all, it was an utterly superb show, and it ranks easily in my favorite shows ever (which includes many Sigur Rós shows, too).  The stage, the songs, the voice, the beauty… I hope Jónsi comes back through soon – either solo or with his “main band.”

Speaking of bands… the band members for Jónsi’s solo tour are Alex Somers on guitar, Úlfur Hansson on bass, þorvaldur þorvaldsson on drums and Ólafur Björn Ólafsson on piano

many more photos below

The Appropriate Linkage:

OK, I’m off for a while… if you comment, sorry if I won’t/can’t  respond (or potentially be able to approve comments) for a bit.  Anyway, for those of you who are going to one of the upcoming dates, have fun.  It is an AMAZING show.  Check out more tour dates below.

~Dan – np: Derek WebbStockholm Syndrome

all pictures (cc) 2010 Daniel Temmesfeld,
you may use freely under a creative commons attribution

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2010 North American Tour Dates

  • april 6 vancouver, canada vogue theatre
  • april 7 vancouver, canada vogue theatre
  • april 9 seattle, wa the showbox sodo
  • april 10 seattle, wa the showbox sodo
  • april 13 portland, or roseland theatre
  • april 15 berkeley, ca zellerbach auditorium
  • april 16 san francisco, ca palace of fine arts
  • april 18 indio, ca coachella
  • april 21 denver, co paramount theatre
  • april 22 lawrence, ks liberty hall
  • april 24 minneapolis, mn pantages theatre
  • april 25 minneapolis, mn pantages theatre
  • april 26 milwaukee, wi the pabst theatre
  • april 27 chicago, il vic theatre
  • april 28 chicago, il vic theatre
  • april 30 toronto, canada sound academy
  • may 1 toronto, canada sound academy
  • may 2 montreal, canada metropolis
  • may 3 philadelphia, pa electric factory
  • may 5 boston, ma house of blues
  • may 6 boston, ma house of blues
  • may 8 new york, ny terminal 5
  • may 9 new york, ny terminal 5

Jónsi’s “Stars in Still Water” video

26th Mar 10 (Fri) Leave a comment

The new video for Jónsi Birgisson’s “Stars in Still Water” is featured over at Paste

Debut album, Go, comes out April 6th.  North American Tour starts April 6th as well.  For more info, go to

~Dan – np: Tin HatForeign Legion

Jónsi’s “Boy Lilikoi” video

25th Mar 10 (Thu) Leave a comment

The new video for Jónsi Birgisson‘s “Boy Lilikoi” is featured over at SPIN

Debut album, Go, comes out April 6th.  North American Tour starts April 6th as well.  For more info, go to

~Dan – np: Dave HollandPathways 

more Jónsi news

7th Dec 09 (Mon) 1 comment

more  Jónsi news… reposted from

jónsi’s debut solo album “go” will be released march 22nd 2010 in europe, march 23rd in usa. the album contains nine songs, most of which are sung in english, and was co-produced by jónsi, alex somers and peter katis (the national, interpol). jónsi will be embarking on an extensive world tour throughout 2010, of which more information will be annonced later.

“go” initally began as a low-key acoustic record, but, according to jónsi, “somewhere along the line it just sort of exploded”. the result is a joyful and dramatic album, featuring ecstatic string, brass and woodwind arrangements by composer nico muhly (antony & the johnsons, grizzly bear), as well as warmer, more melancholic moments.

in the coming weeks, jónsi’s official site will be updated with exclusive behind-the-scenes photos and videos of jónsi and collaborators making the record. in addition you can download the track “boy lilikoi” for free, and listen to samples from the album by clicking the “jónsi” letters. artwork on the site was created by jónsi’s sister inga birgisdóttir (press images for the album were shot by jónsi’s other sister lilja birgisdóttir).

“go” tracklist

go do
animal arithmetic
boy lilikoi
sinking friendships
grow till tall
around us

Yay!  A world tour, too!

~Dan – np: Medeski Martin & WoodRemixolarians no download or free torrent available here

Jó free download

5th Dec 09 (Sat) Leave a comment

More than 5 days have passed since the original announcement of  Now each letter offers a glimpse of the music that’s forthcoming.

On Friday (12/4), if you’ve signed up for the mailing list (highly recommended), you got a link to download a free song, “Boy Lilikoi,” from the solo album Go, due out in 2010.

~Dan – np: Jeremy EnigkOK Bear


1st Dec 09 (Tue) Leave a comment

So, I got an email simply titled “” and had a graphic that went to a simple website…

You can sign up for an email list and if you click the “J” on the website, it changes and plays a cute little tune.  I think this mean Jonsi Birgisson from Sigur Rós has something in the hopper…


~Dan – np: Anakronic Electro OrkestraThe Yiddish Part -EP-

REVIEW: Múm @ Aladdin Theater (Portland, OR – 11/4/09)

5th Nov 09 (Thu) 4 comments


There must be something about the Icelandic landscape
that yields such magnificent music.

I got into Múm (pronounced “moom”) via Sigur Rós.  In fact, it may have even been a direct email from Sigur Rós about Múm right around the time Finally We Are No One (aka Loksins Erum Við Engin) was coming out in 2003.  Both bands are from Iceland, both bands have quirky, sometimes ambient songs.  Where Múm differs from Sigur Rós is that they tend to be less ethereal and have more electronic, glitchiness going on with their music.  They came through Portland a couple of years ago on their last album, Go Go Smear the Poison Ivy, but I was not able to make it to the show.  Ever since hearing their albums, I have been curious how they’d pull it off in a live setting.

After a delicious vegan dinner at the new Irvington Blossoming Lotus restaurant (represent!), I got to the Aladdin right as doors were opening (a little after 8pm) and got a seat right up front.  Yay!

The first opener Hildur Guðnadóttir is one of Múm’s vocalists and did a 20-minute instrumental set.  She came out and played an initial song with just her on cello and laptop accompaniment.  The next song, she was joined by Sin Fang Bous’s drummer, and Múm’s bassist and trumpet player.  Her trumpeter played mostly what I’d call “empty notes” – a lot of wind and sputtering through the horn.   On Hildur’s second song, I thought, “there must be something about the Icelandic landscape that yields such magnificent music.”  The song was utterly gorgeous, flowing, almost glacial.  Her next two songs to wrap up her set were also gorgeous, but, wow, that second song really made me want to visit Iceland.  Her debut solo album is called Without Sinking and is available here.

Up next, Sin Fang Bous is a side project from Sindri Sigfússon of Seabear.  They played a 30 minute set that started off OK, but not all that that great.  BUT… by the end, I was really digging it.  The music was much louder than Múm & Hildur, and Sindri was also quite mumbly.  He was speaking in English, but when he announced song songs early on it was all a mash.  Near the middle of the set, his humor came out, which definitely helped me warm up to them.  “How come no one is sitting up there? (looking at the box seats)  Is that for the King of Portland?

Later on he also announced that he had CDs, t-shirts… and little vials of blood for sale at the merch table if we wanted something to drink on the way home.  Silly.  I think my favorite song was “Clangour and Flutes” (from the Clangour album available here).  Anyway, it had a nice hook and some nice instrumentation.

Mum in Portland 2009

Múm went on just before 10:30.  I had never seen them before; so I had no idea what to expect.  Several of the people up on stage had already been up there before (Hildur as the opener, the keyboardist/trumpter as Hildur’s back-up, their guitarist was also Sin Fang Bous’s guitarist).  It was like a little Icelandic traveling family.  When Múm came on, the front area without seats quickly filled up… so I got out of my seat and got a spot right at the stage.

Mum in Portland 2009

Mum in Portland 2009

Múm’s set was a lot of newer songs (of which I hadn’t heard) – happy, electronic with ambient / chamber music elements.  I had no idea they had multiple singers (Hildur, another woman, and a guy who also played keyboards, guitar, etc).  Don’t ask for names… it’s too difficult to remember or even research. :)  With two keyboardists, Múm’s electronic sounds came through in the live setting… definitely not as lush as the studio versions, but definitely commendable for a live setting.  I think, not as expected, the vocals were the primary flavor in the live show.  Hildur and the other woman singer were definitely passionate and singing their lungs out.  Here’s what the played (any help on missing / incorrect info is appreciated)…

Mum in Portland 2009

Setlist: about 85-90 minutes

  • Illuminated
  • Marmalade Fires
  • Húllabbalabbalúú
  • Blessed Brambles
  • If I Were A Fish
  • Nightly Cares
  • A Little Bit Sometimes
  • maybe The Last Shapes Of Never
  • Show Me
  • unknown… sweeping, operatic, lots of “la-las”
  • Dancing Behind My Eyelids
  • unknown… kazoos near the end
  • Prophecies And Reversed Memories
  • Sing Along
  • Encore: Green Grass Of Tunnel

Mum in Portland 2009

I picked up their new one, Sing Along to Songs You Don’t Know.  I look forward to spinning it later today.

I left about midway through the last song, as I had a 2 hour drive, a hard week already, and an early meeting in the morning.  All in all, it was a GREAT show.  It wasn’t as monumental / mind-blowing as the first time I saw Sigur Rós, or anything like that, but it was a really great band playing really great music.  I’m glad that they’ve been through twice these past two years… I look forward to another trip from them in the near future.

The Appropriate Linkage:

Check out their U.S. tour dates below.

~Dan – np: Frog PocketCome On Primates Show Your Teeth!

MÚM, Hildur Guðnadóttir & Sin Fang Bous PHOTOS
all pictures (cc) 2009 Daniel Temmesfeld,
you may use freely under a creative commons attribution

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Their 2009 U.S. Tour Dates

  • Oct 21 the Somerville Theatre Somerville, Massachusetts
  • Oct 22 First Unitarian Church Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 23 Black Cat Washington DC, Washington DC
  • Oct 24 Le Poisson Rouge NY, New York
  • Oct 26 Le National Montreal, Quebec
  • Oct 27 Phoenix Concert Theatre Toronto, Ontario
  • Oct 28 Logan Square Auditorium Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 29 McGuire Theater Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Nov 01 Marquee Room Calgary, Alberta
  • Nov 02 The Venue Nightclub Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Nov 03 Showbox at the Market Seattle, Washington
  • Nov 04 Aladdin Theater Portland, Oregon
  • Nov 05 The Independent San Francisco, California
  • Nov 06 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 07 Yost Theatre Santa Ana, California

Fiona Apple & Múm

7th Jul 09 (Tue) 1 comment

Two unrelated music news items worthy of note…

Fiona Apple is back in the studio for the first time in three years.  As SPIN reports, Fiona will contribute two new recordings to The Best Is Yet to Come, a forthcoming compilation honoring Cy Coleman, a composer whose most famous material was performed by Frank Sinatra.  On the collection, Apple performs Coleman’s “Why Try to Change Me Now” and “I Walk a Little Faster,” which was popularized by Tony Bennett.  Patty Griffin, Nikka Costa, Jill Sobule, and Missy Higgins are among the other artists who honor Coleman’s musical legacy on the album.  No release date set, from what I can tell.

Here’s an audio YouTube of Fiona’s “Why Try to Change Me Now”…


Icelandic band Múm (pronounced “moom”) is releasing another album and is touring the U.S.  I received my ticket to the Portland show (Nov 4th) in the mail today.  I figured it was related to an album, but hadn’t heard that until today (over on the BrooklynVegan blog).  Musically, Múm are akin to Sigur Rós meets Frog Pocket. And for those not in the know about Frog Pocket… well, the prior sentence meant that Múm are like a glitchy-electronic Sigur Rós.

Honestly, I hadn’t looked, but I now find out that Múm’s new album (Sing Along to Songs You Don’t Know) is due out in August 2009, but it has already been leaked.  Oh, internets, when you you ever learn that in order for the arts to continue and flourish, you should pay for it!

Anyway, Múm’s 2009 tour dates are as follows:

  • Jul 08 TEATRI DI VITA Bologna #
  • Jul 11 Loop festival afterparty at Digital Brighton #
  • Jul 12 Loop festival Brighton
  • Jul 13 TabarnacleLondon
  • Aug 14 SUMMER SUNDAE festival Leicester
  • Aug 15 Studio 24 Edinburgh
  • Aug 17 National museum of Wales Cardiff, Wales
  • Aug 18 Norwich art center Norwhich
  • Aug 27 Atomic CafeMunich (DE)
  • Aug 28 Beatpol Dresden (DE)
  • Sep 05 Lido Berlin (DE)
  • Sep 06 Knust Hamburg (DE)
  • Sep 07 Gebaeude 9 Cologne (DE)
  • Oct 21 the Somerville Theatre Somerville, Massachusetts
  • Oct 22 First Unitarian Church Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Oct 23 Black Cat Washington DC, Washington DC
  • Oct 24 Le Poisson Rouge NY, New York
  • Oct 26 Le National Montreal, Quebec
  • Oct 27 Phoenix Concert Theatre Toronto, Ontario
  • Oct 28 Logan Square Auditorium Chicago, Illinois
  • Oct 29 McGuire Theater Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Nov 01 Marquee Room Calgary, Alberta
  • Nov 02 Richards on Richards Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Nov 03 Showbox at the Market Seattle, Washington
  • Nov 04 Aladdin Theater Portland, Oregon
  • Nov 05 The Independent San Francisco, California
  • Nov 06 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 07 Yost Theatre Santa Ana, California
    # múm DJ set

~Dan – np: DavkaDavka Live

Jónsi & Alex – Riceboy Sleeps

6th Jul 09 (Mon) 2 comments

Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi Birgisson and his boyfriend Alex Somers have been working on visual art since 2003, and the Riceboys Sleeps is now hitting earbuds around the globe.  Their song “Happiness” was on the Dark Was the Night compilation earlier this year, and their full-length self-titled album comes out on July 21st.  It can now be pre-ordered on Amazon or the deluxe edition from  They’ve been giving away Boy 1904 for new people who sign up for their mailing list.

DOWNLOAD: Riceboy Sleeps – Boy 1904 (MP3)

Track listing:
1. Happiness
2. Atlas Song
3. Indian Summer
4. Stokkseyri
5. Boy 1904
6. All The Big Trees
7. Daníell In The Sea
8. Howl
9. Sleeping Giant

~Dan – np: Miles DavisAura

How do you say “four” in Icelandic?

28th May 09 (Thu) Leave a comment

(Jónsi with Sigur Rós in Portland, Oct 2008)

Well, 2009/2010 is bound to be a good period for things Sigur Rós‘ related.  I had heard about the first three, but just found out about the fourth item.  It was the icing on the cake…

  1. Sigur Rós singer/guitarist Jónsi Birgisson and longtime partner Alex Somers are on the cusp of releasing the audio debut from their collaboration Riceboy Sleeps (they released a small arty booklet a year or two ago).  The first leak was on the recent Dark Was the Night compilation (with Sufjan Stevens, My Brightest Diamond, The National, Iron & Wine, David Byrne, The Decemberists, etc).  Read more about Riceboy Sleeps here.
  2. Jónsi also has a solo album in the works.  While being called “ecstatic,” being the voice of Sigur Rós, I doubt it’ll fall too far from the tree.  Read more about Jónsi solo here.
  3. Keyboardist Kjartan Sveinsson also has his musical pen in the solo work well… he’s writing the score for the film OdineRead more about Kjartan’s score here.
  4. And… Sigur Rós are in the studio working on their 6th (traditional) studio album, the follow-up to last year’s Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust.  Not much in as far as details, outside of it being “melodic but much less noisy and more ‘out there’ than previous albums.”  This excites me, as I loved Takk and Med sud, I loved-loved-loved-loved the more “out there-ness” of Ágætis Byrjun & ( ).  This album is expected sometime in 2010.  This was originally posted on

~Dan – np: Dave Douglas QuintetLive at Jazz Standard, 12/8/06 (Set 3)

REVIEW: Sigur Rós @ Arlene Schnitzer Hall (Portland, OR – – 10/6/08)

7th Oct 08 (Tue) 8 comments

FYI… PHOTOS of the SHOW are at the BOTTOM

This was my third time to the Arlene Schnitzer Hall.  It’s a great venue, and while I thought I would have gotten a better ticket via ordering from Klink (the Sigur merch site)… well, I was further to the back and left than I would have liked.  It was still a good spot for pics and hearing some wonderful music.

The opener, Parachutes, is a band I got into sometime in 2007 due to a linkage to Sigur Rós via the MySpaces.  I was excited to see them on the bill.  They were obviously influenced by Sigur Rós.  I mean… obviously.  But in my world, that’s not a bad thing.  They had 8 or 9 players, and at one point I know 10 people were playing with them.  Again, very Sigur Rós-y, slow build, xylophone, strings, bombastic drums, keys, soft vocals.  They played about 40 minutes, and I enjoyed them very much.  I picked up their EP for $5 (usð)… i.e.- a steal.  Unfortunately, my pics of theirs didn’t come out, as they didn’t have as much light on stage as Sigur Rós.

Now on to Sigur Rós…

Sigur Rós was… Sigur Rós.  This was my 5th time seeing them, and while some may consider there to be the law of diminishing returns, with Sigur Rós the diminishments are such minutae that it’s not even diminishing anymore.  Their shows are like taking a nap on a cloud during a rainstorm… or something.  It’s completely surreal, mesmerizing, powerful, gentle, sublime, and… shiny.

(not my pic… obviously)

It’s funny to me, that with their non-English song names and their non-English singing… I still knew about half of the song titles within the first few chords.  I think it’s osmosis or something, as I’ll admit that I don’t listen to them all that often (or often enough to know all of their song names).  Anyway, thanks to the SR forum, I was able to fill in the remainder of the setlist (see below)…

10/6/08 Portland Setlist: (as noted on the SR forum)

  • Svefn-g-englar *fav of show*
  • Glósóli
  • Ný batterí *fav of show*
  • Fljótavík *
  • Við spilum endalaust *
  • Hoppípolla *fav of show*
  • Með blóðnasir
  • Inní mér syngur vitleysingur *
  • Svo Hljótt
  • Heysátan
  • E-bow – on setlist, not played
  • Viðrar vel til loftárása – on setlist, not played
  • Sæglópur
  • Festival *
  • Gobbledigook * *fav of show – confetti kaboom*
  • encore: All Alright *
  • Popplagið *fav of show*
    * For pronunciations of the songs and album name from their most recent album, Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust, go HERE (blog link with audio).

Overall, this was an amazing time.  Every time I see Sigur Rós, I am blown away.  This was their 2nd to last date on the North American tour (and their last date in the United States for this tour); so they’ve been getting a lot of practice lately.  They were on top of their game, and put together an amazingly mesmerizing show

The Appropriate Linkage:

~Dan – recently played: Yoshie FruchterPitom

all pictures (cc) 2008 Daniel Temmesfeld,
you may use freely under a creative commons attribution

they’re taking over

21st Jun 08 (Sat) 1 comment

I don’t mean to make this a Sigur Rós-centric blog, but here’s Stereogum‘s great report from Bonnaroo 2008:

They (i.e. Barbara Streisand) say people who need people are the luckiest people. But you know who really are the luckiest people? People who have a ticket to see Sigur Rós this summer. It’s not that I haven’t seen ’em before, but it’s been 24 hours and I’m still paralyzed from the 1AM bliss fest of their set Saturday night in That Tent. Here’s why you should sell all your possessions to secure a ticket to see them right now:

  1. The current setlist is a catalog-spanning beast, showcasing hallmark moments from each of the band’s style shifts, from the dark and dank Ágætis byrjun, to the slowest-of-core unpronounceabilites of the ( ) stuff, to the triumphant Takkisms. (Saturday brought “Svefn-g-englar” [the “it’s you-oooo” song], “Njósnavélin” [the “yu-silo” song], “Olsen Olsen,” “Hoppípolla,” “Glósóli,” and non-album crowd fave “Hafsól” [the drumstick-on-the-bass song]).
  2. The Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust stuff crushes it live, comes with lots of horns, ups the band’s overall joy quotient, and really seems to have loosened them up, as people, even more. Last night these included “Inni Mer Syngur Vitleysingur,” “Godan Daginn,” “Vid Spilum Endalaust,” “Festival,” “All Alright” (the one in English!) and of course “Gobbledigook.”
  3. Umm, “Gobbledigook.” Which winds up having 12 people on stage (fully clothed, sorry), a drumline powered by amiina, confetti guns, and, most notably, a wildly grinning Jonsi.
  4. The mariachi band that parades the stage during “Sé Lest” has a pretty great outfit.
  5. They are the best band in the world.

Read the entire Stereogum Bonnaroo entry **HERE**, plus check out some YouTube videos from the show there as well…

~Dan – np: Marc Ribot’s Ceramic DogParty Intellectuals

((O)) planets have aligned ((O))

20th Jun 08 (Fri) 2 comments

I’ll be in Portland* on Monday, October 6th for work.
*-Portland, Oregon. Maine, quit asking!! It’s not gonna happen.

Icelandic ambient/post-rock/rock band (pick one) Sigur Rós will also be in Portland on Monday, October 6th… for work at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (downtown).

I just got a ticket to their workplace to see what their daily grind is like. This’ll be my 5th time seeing them… and I’m stoked. Each time is surreal / magnanimous / phosphorescent / pah-nah-men-ah.

Sigur Rós can come see me at my work for free that day, because that’s how *I* roll. Jonsi, call me. ::gestures::

~Dan – np: HiromiBeyond Standard

new Sigur Rós pronunciations

4th Jun 08 (Wed) 3 comments

Icelandic for Beginners, Tape 1

These foreign language help mp3s are originally from their MySpace page…

How to pronounce Sigur Rós’ new album name: CLICK HERE (small mp3, 140k)

Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
English: With a buzz in our ears we play endlessly

How to pronounce the album’s track names: CLICK HERE (small mp3, 279k)

1. Gobbledigook 7. Ára bátur
2. Inní mér syngur vitleysingur 8. Illgresi
3. Góðan daginn 9. Fljótavík
4. Við spilum endalaust 10. Straumnes
5. Festival 11. All Alright
6. Suð í eyrum

~Dan – np: Bar Kokhba SextetMasada Book Two: Lucifer

Sigur Rós’ new album is called… “ñækíð εή а ŧræé” …?

23rd May 08 (Fri) Leave a comment

Naked, tree-dwelling Icelandic band Sigur Rós will have “an important announcement” on on Tuesday, May 27th (noon UK, 7am EST, 4am PST)…

My guesses for what the news is all about…

  • They found someone with a ladder; so they expect to come down from the tree shortly.
  • They’re dissolving and forming two separate KISS cover bands.
  • They are only touring cities next time that have active volcanoes within 20 miles of the stage.
  • Their new reality television show got picked up by ABC. It’s about 4 guys who live in the same house, and get along really, really well. In the premiere episode, a fight almost breaks out when they fight over who’s going to wash the dishes. The resolve it by all pitching in… aw….
  • They are announcing their next album name and release date… (the most likely guess)


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