Entries tagged with: Sigur Ros
by Klaus Kinski
I'm a big ole sucker for Sigur Rós and Sigur Rós-related projects, so I was happy to see an email in my inbox this morning about today's release of an album called "Circe", a Sigur Rós-related project. "Circe" is a new instrumental album recorded by Georg Holm (bassist for Sigur Rós), Orri Páll Dýrason (drummer for Sigur Rós), Kjartan Holm (Sigur Rós touring guitarist), and composer Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson. The 72-minute instrumental album was inspired by 100 years of archival footage of vaudeville, circuses and carnivals, things for which I am also keen on as the older you get in those facets of entertainment, the creepier the footage gets. (Except for circuses. I hate circuses.)
A pulsating work throughout, the 14 track album, which has been made to accompany the forthcoming BBC documentary film "The Show of Shows", was written and recorded at Sigur Ros's new studio space in Reykjavik, and features contributions from the celebrated South Iceland Chamber Choir.The documentary was commissioned for BBC Storyville and will not be seen on television screens until next year. However, one off screenings took place in the UK, first at the Barbican and then at the Latitude Festival in July, with each showing accompanied by Q&As with Georg and Orri and the film's producers in discussion with the author Andrew Smith.
Your man Klaus is also a big ole opponent of violence and abuse against animals and I find circuses to be some of the most vile, disgraceful, and appalling arenas of sanctioned cruelty to animals out there. "Show of Shows" contains footage of morally reprehensible treatment of animals. Although I am positive the folks involved with "Circe" are just as opposed to animal cruelty as I am, be warned that the film definitely includes vintage animal cruelty.
You can watch the video for a track called "Lila" as well as the trailer for "The Show of Shows" below...
by Bill Pearis
We knew Sigur Ros were going to be in Season 4 of Game of Thrones and their appearance happened on last night's (4/13) episode, "The Lion and the Rose," where they were -- I'm treading lightly around spoilers -- part of a very eventful wedding celebration. They sang their version of Lanister anthem "The Rains of Castamere" which was sung by The National during a closing-credits sequence back in Season 1. It was a great episode in what should be a very juicy season. The band were only in the episode for a minute or so, but you can stream the full version of the song below...
by Bill Pearis
Sigur Ros & GoT author George RR Martin: "Shouldn't you be writing 'Winds of Winter'?"
HBO's massive hit fantasy series Game of Thrones returns for it's fourth season this Sunday (4/6), where the the various factions of Westeros are still recovering from events at the end of Season 3. The show has cast a few musicians in seasons past (members of Coldplay and Snow Patrol) and, as mentioned, Sigur Ros will appear in this season at some point. (The show films in the band's native Iceland for its "north of The Wall" scenes.) HBO just announced that Sigur Ros will also contribute to this season's soundtrack, covering "Rains of Castemere" which The National originally performed in the second season.
Folk songs figure into the A World of Ice and Fire novels (on which Game of Thrones is based) but "Rains" and "The Bear and the Maiden Fair" (done by The Hold Steady last year) are pretty much the only ones that recur over and over. Above is a picture of the band hanging with George R.R. Martin at the Game of Thrones S4 premiere. If you want to know more about those two songs and the meaning they play in the series (and are up to date on episodes) The National Post has a pretty good infographic on them. The series hasn't tackled "The Queen Took Off Her Sandal, the King Took Off His Crown" yet, so we have that to look forward to.
While on the subject of Game of Thrones and modern pop, the folks at Rdio have put together playlists based on the main characters on the show Joeffrey, Danerys, Jon Snow, Tyrion, Arya and Hodor. They're kind of obvious if you know the show but thought you might like to know. There's also the "Catch The Throne" mixtape. Can you catch a throne? You'd be crushed!
The Season 4 premiere of Game of Thrones airs Sunday at 9 PM EST on HBO.
by Wyatt Marshall
For their painfully pretty new album, Shelter, Alcest left any traces of the metal elements that were once an integral part of the band's black metal dreamscape sound at the studio door. The stylistic change was made before pen was put to paper--main man Neige and drummer Winterhalter seem pretty keen on driving home the idea of a metal-free Alcest, a version of a much beloved band that just a few years ago didn't seem so immediately possible. (The duo's black metal pedigree is deep and I, for one, didn't realize that, according to Metal Archives, the two were part of 2012's brutal old-school debut from Glaciation, 1994. That's in addition to better-known work with Peste Noir and Forgotten Woods, and even dalliances with Celestia and more.) But it always was possible, as undercurrents in Alcest and Alcest-affiliated bands Amesoeurs, Lantlôs and Les Discrets indicated. It's something that Neige has been thinking about for some time.
Metal-less Alcest will probably appeal to a new batch of fans. As has been said elsewhere, Shelter is more shoegaze/post-rock than anything else, a sparkly collection of ethereal songs that brings to mind a mix of Alcest's previous melodic tendencies combined with the stylings of bands like Explosions in the Sky and Slowdive. Slowdive's Neil Halstead even guests on lead vocals on the song "Away", a somewhat out of place track on an album recorded by Sigur Rós producer Birgir Jón Birgisson that otherwise keeps the pre-morning-beach/forest-wandering dream alive.
We've seen some indie rock fun on Jeopardy! before, and as Consequence of Sound points out, this past Tuesday's episode had an "Alt" category which included questions about Nine Inch Nails, The White Stripes, Vampire Weekend, Daft Punk, and Sigur Ros. The contestants almost got them all right, except when Phil thought the "undead" band who wrote "Diane Young" was Hollywood Undead. So close, Phil.
Video of the "Alt" category going down, below...
by Bill Pearis
Sigur Ros @ MSG, March 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Wildly popular HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones is currently filming Season 4 at various locations around Europe. After Season 3 featured bit parts from members of Coldplay and Snow Patrol, the show is continuing to put anthemic bands in cameos, namely Sigur Ros. Though the show films in the band's native Iceland (subbing for The Haunted Forest and other points North of The Wall), Jónsi, Georg Hólm, and Orri Páll Dýrason are in Croatia filming right now -- Dubrovnik is where Kings Landing scenes are filmed. No word on whether they'll contribute a song too, like The National and The Hold Steady did previously.
This is a big year for Sigur Ros television guest appearances, as they were already on an episode of The Simpsons. They are a Breaking Bad and Walking Dead away from a TV cameo EGOT. The band were last in NYC in March and have more North American tour dates this fall, though none in the five boroughs or surrounding area
Game of Thrones' fourth season will air Spring 2014 on HBO.
Tame Impala at Terminal 5 in February (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
We know these kinds of listicles get published all the time, and that everyone will always find ways to argue them, but this one is kind of interesting. Rolling Stone published their '50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now' list, where they asked a panel of writers, industry figures, and artists, "who rules the road in 2013?" It's got much of the stuff you'd think Rolling Stone would have on this kind of list (like insisting The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen are still better live than basically anyone else in 2013), but there's still some surprises, like the inclusion of Tame Impala amongst mainly rock/pop stars.
Check out the full list below...
Sigur Ros returned this year with an excellent, industrial rock-infected new album, Kveikur, and after recently DJing a Boiler Room set under the name Triple Nipple, the band have continued their run as DJs with their brand new FACT Mix.
Listen/download the 50-minute mix below...
by Andrew Sacher
Sigur Ros at MSG in March (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
As mentioned, Sigur Ros will release their new album, Kveikur, next week (6/18) via XL. It's their second album since coming back from hiatus, after 2012's Valtari, and while that album was arguably their most ambient, Kveikur is the exact opposite. It's the closest Sigur Ros have ever come to industrial rock, and though they've been known to get dark and loud at their shows, this is the heaviest they've ever sounded on record. It's noticeably different than anything else in their catalog, but still sounds entirely like Sigur Ros. Check out the whole record a week ahead of its release date at Amazon, where its streaming in its entirety.
They also just announced more North American tour dates (none in NYC though), all of which are listed, along with three videos from the new album, below...
Savages at Coachella 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
As mentioned, Savages are going on a tour this summer, which includes a NYC show happening at Webster Hall on July 11 (sold out). The band is coming back to North America in September to play Detroit's Laneway Festival and will be stopping in NYC on the way there for their biggest show here yet: Terminal 5 on September 12. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (6/14) at noon.
This is the inaugural Detroit Laneway Festival (which has happened in other cites since 2004) which will take place at Meadow Brook in Rochester Hills, Michigan. The line-up also includes The National, Sigur Ros, Alunageorge, Charli XCX, Chet Faker, Chvrches, Deerhunter, The Dismemberment Plan, Flume, Frightened Rabbit, Haerts, Icona Pop, My Brightest Diamond, Phosphorescent, Run The Jewels (El-P + Killer Mike), Solange, Warpaint, Washed Out, and Youth Lagoon. Tickets for the are on sale now.
Updated dates are listed, along with the videos of Savages performing two songs on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Sigur Ros in Austin in April (more by Tim Griffin)
As mentioned, Sigur Ros are releasing a new album, Kveikur, on June 18 via XL. They've already revealed the first single, "Brennisteinn," and have also been debuting material live, and now they've released the studio version of the album's title track. After their very ambient 2012 comeback album, Valtari, it looks like Kveikur is turning out to be their heaviest and most rock-oriented album yet. Listen to the new song in a video made from the band's live show visuals, below.
photos by Wei Shi
New Order / The xx / Danny Brown
Weekend 2 of Coachella 2013 continued on Saturday (4/20), and this time around we caught sets by New Order, The xx, Hot Chip, Danny Brown (who debuted a new Rustie-produced track, "Dope Song," during his set which you can watch a video of below), Action Bronson, Trash Talk, Janelle Monae and more. Pictures of Weekend 2 Day 2 are in this post.
More Coachella Weekend 2 Day 2 pictures and the Danny Brown video below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Sigur Ros / Bat For Lashes / Spiritualized
"It was a mixed bag for veteran acts on Saturday. On one hand, The Evens, featuring ex-Minor Threat and Fugazi man Ian MacKaye, drew a respectable (and respectful) Gobi Tent crowd early in the day; the Descendents' influential melodic-punk found a fairly large following at the Outdoor Theatre under the stars; and New Order brought a solid throng along for its night-capping Mojave Tent performance (despite going up against headlining Phoenix and post-rock favorites Sigur Rós, among others). But reunited D.C. garage-soul outfit The Make-Up, underground hip-hop icon El-P and British ska survivors The Selecter played to some of the weekend's sparsest audiences in the Gobi Tent." [Las Vegas Weekly]Coachella 2013, now streaming live, continued on Saturday with the previously discussed sets by Phoenix (and R Kelly) and The Postal Service (Jenny Lewis included), as well as Sigur Ros, Bat For Lashes, Major Lazer, Descendents, 2 Chainz, Savages, The Evens, and many more. Pictures from Friday are HERE and HERE.
UPDATE: Pictures from Sunday are HERE.
Saturday photos are in this post and continue below...
photos by Tim Griffin
Jónsi of Sigur Rós @ Cedar Park Center - 4/10/2013
If you've been reading BV regularly or other music sites in the past week, you are aware that Coachella 2013 starts today (4/12), the first of two mostly identical weekends of music and extreme heat in Indio, CA. The fun/sweating starts at noon PDT and you can stream it live too. One of the big acts performing is Sigur Ros, who'll headline the Outdoor Theatre stage on Saturday (4/13). On their way to Coachella, the Icelandic band's tour stopped in Austin on Wednesday (4/10) for a show at Cedar Park Center. The night opened with frontman Jonsi playing solo behind a giant mesh curtain while projections illuminated the fabric. The curtain dropped and the rest of the band appeared for their set which was pretty identical to what other cities (like NYC at MSG) have gotten. Quite a show.
Setting a relaxed mood for the evening was opener Oneohtrix Point Never. Check out more pictures from the Austin show, plus the setlist and current tour schedule, below...
UK producer Evian Christ has a few festival dates scheduled this year, including Pitchfork Festival in Chicago. His only other US date that we're currently aware of happens in NYC as part of the previously announced Red Bull Music Aacademy residency. He'll share a bill with Oneohtrix Point Never on May 26 at Saint Vitus. Also on the bill are Bill Kouligas, Kid Spml, and ANNALOVE. Tickets for that show are still available.
Evian Christ is set to release a new album at some point this year, and though not much has been revealed about that, he recently did a new mix on Benji B's BBC Radio 1 show, which features an unreleased track. You can stream that mix HERE.
Meanwhile, Oneohtrix Point Never is currently touring as an opener on Sigur Ros' North American tour. All dates for both artists are listed below...
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Sigur Ros @ MSG 3/25/2013
They started the show with a giant screen draped over them, casting a giant silhouette of Jónsi towing away with his bowed guitar. Looking like he was the wizard of oz of MSG, he has all of us instantly transfixed. When the screen dropped, the band seemed to take it as a cue to take things up a notch. This was because the band (now a 3-piece) was backed up by a large set of backing musicians who played just about every instrument you could think of.As part of their massive North American tour, Iceland's Sigur Ros played their biggest NYC concert ever last night (3/23) at Madison Square Garden. The band previewed a few songs from their forthcoming album, Kveikur (out 6/18), in addition to established favorites. Setlist is below. If you went, what did you think of the show? More pics, plus video of the band performing "Kveikur" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, are below.
Playing for nearly 2-hours, it seemed like a lifetime journey spent with the band, in the best way possible. One minute they have you on the verge of tears, and the very next your feeling a spiritual high. A Sigur Ros show has the power and emotional transgression of a religious experience, an amazing feat considering not a single word of English was uttered other than a quick hello or thank you. They do so with their sounds and sight, giving us a spectacular light show backed by moving images that were breathtaking enough to be considering another band member. - [We All Want Someone to Shout For]
Sigur Ros at Osheaga 2012 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Sigur Ros returned last year with Valtari after a four-year hiatus, and it looks like they've got no plans to stop again anytime soon, because the band have announced that Valtari's followup will be out this year. The new album is called Kveikur and it comes out on June 18 via their new label home, XL Recordings. Along with the album announcement came the video for its first single, "Brennisteinn," which you can watch below. They've also recently been playing other new material live, and some videos of those performances are below.
Sigur Ros are also touring extensively and will be in NYC very soon for a previously discussed huge show happening on March 25 at Madison Square Garden with Tim Hecker (tickets are still available). They'll also be in NYC tonight (3/22) to perform a new song on Fallon. Plus, anyone who bought tickets for their US tour get a free digital EP with three new songs.
Updated Sigur Ros dates are listed, along with those live videos, below...
Sigur Ros sent out the following message today:
a band note about madison square garden showThe MSG show was first announced as part of tour in November 2012.
almost a dozen years ago we played our first nyc show at irving plaza. we'd originally booked to do angel orensanz, but it blew out fast and we had to move to the bigger room. even so, all the way through the subsequent beacon theaters, united palaces, radio city music halls, even, we never thought we'd get to play madison square garden. it just seemed so...iconic?, establishment?, or maybe just big? when we performed downstairs at the madison square theater in 2006, billy joel was doing a 15-night run above us. that seemed like the right order of things. and yet, here we are, two weeks out from what we can only described as the big one!
we are currently "warming up" in europe, so that when we hit the east coast we are the real hot tamale for y'all. of course, we would say the show's great, but, you know what?, it is. there will be a bunch of new songs and all the stuff we currently love the most from our back pages, all set to the best and brightest production we've ever managed to cram in a small fleet of trucks. most of the show's sold, but there are still some tickets left with the building just having opened up more seats at $35. plus, everyone buying tickets gets a free 3-track digital ep of new material, which will be sent out in advance of the show. we're excited. we hope you are too.
- sigur rós
Says the PR
On the heels of a highly successful, critically acclaimed sold-out 2012 festival, the Sasquatch! Music Festival unveils its 2013 lineup, which once again features 4 days of music. The festival, hailed as "a model of well-paced programming...in a four-day schedule as efficient and natural feeling as an expertly built algorithm" by NPR Music while Wired notes, "leave the landscape out of it and Sasquatch! has a lineup to kill for," runs May 24-27 (Memorial Day Weekend) at TheWoot. 2013 Lineup below...
Gorge, the internationally acclaimed concert venue carved in the basalt cliffs high above the Columbia River Gorge in Quincy, WA.
For those counting at home, Dana (distortion) Yavin, Amanda Hatfield, David Andrako and Fred Pessaro // BBG have all dropped of their favorite photos that they took in 2012, and now comes a set from another long-time contributor, Dominick Mastrangelo. We'll let him take it from here...
I'm pretty sure everybody who photographs for this site has a list of bands they want to shoot before they hang up their camera or move on to something other than music. I'm no different and 2012 was the year I was able to cross a handful of those bands off my list. All were personal favorites from before I ever picked up a camera; some I had seen a bunch, some I hadn't seen in years and some I had never seen. To have photographed The Afghan Whigs twice, Sigur Rós twice, as well as Wilco, the reunited Ben Folds Five and The Old 97's (a band I saw in countless sweaty venues in my thirteen years in North Texas) over the span of six months, well, I consider myself very fortunate.
Also, Canada was very good to me. I covered Osheaga in August then returned a month later to cover POP Montreal for the second time. The following morning I was on a train to Toronto to cover the Polaris Prize gala. Nearly half of the photos below were taken north of the border and only a desire to not turn this into an all-Canada post kept me from including more.
Of the twelve I've selected, the above shot of Jonsi, the lead-singer of Icelandic band Sigur Rós, taken in Philadelphia at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts is probably my favorite. It was the band's first show in four years, the first time I was getting to photograph one of their shows and my first time seeing them since the last North American show of their Takk tour in February of 2006.
More of my favorite shots from 2012 are below.
BEAUTIFUL NOISE is an in-depth exploration of a music movement in the late 20th century, a fascinating period when some innovative musicians mixed guitar noise into conventional pop song structures while maintaining a philosophy of letting the music speak for itself.Legendary shoegaze/dream pop bands My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins, and The Jesus and Mary Chain are subject of new documentary, Beautiful Noise, who have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise enough money for the film to be distributed in film festivals and released on DVD/Blu-Ray (via Pitchfork). In addition to those three bands, the film will feature interviews with/appearances by members of other shoegaze pioneers like Ride, Slowdive, Lush, Curve, Swervedriver, Medicine, Pale Saints, and more, plus appearances by Wayne Coyne, Trent Reznor, Billy Corgan, and Robert Smith, and performance videos (and some interviews) with current bands like Sigur Ros, M83, A Place to Bury Strangers, Grouper, Serena Maneesh, and others. The Kickstarter campaign has reached just over $17,000 of its $75,000 goal as of this post, and is open until December 15. More info and rewards details at the documentary's Kickstarter project page.
Although many of the people interviewed are notoriously press shy they have opened up about their music and experiences from over 20 years ago; how they defied the rules and became sonic innovators that have inspired so many.
Currently the documentary is in the final stages for worldwide release, and we need your help to raise the $75,000 to pay for limited run licensing and finishing costs to distribute in Film Festivals and on DVD/Blu-Ray.
This documentary will finally be released only if the fans of this music believe in this project and contribute.
This comes shortly after the news that My Bloody Valentine plans to release an album by the end of the year.
Campaign video below...
As mentioned, Lotus plays Best Buy Theater on January 26 and you can also catch them at the more intimate Knitting Factory (1/27) a day later. Tickets for the Knitting Factory show are available, but can only be purchased as a combo ticket for both shows.
Sigur Ros at Celebrate Brooklyn in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Tickets for the SIgur Ros tour, MSG show included, go on Fan Club presale (password: "BRENNISTEINN") today at 10 AM.. The MSG show goes on AmEx/MSG presale Thursday (11/15) at 10 AM and general on sale starts Friday (11/16) at 9 AM.
Flogging Molly are playing Roseland Ballroom on February 2. Tickets for that show go on Citi Cardmember presale today at 10 AM. Live Nation/Live Nation Mobile App presales start Thursday (11/15) at 10 AM and general on-sale starts Friday (11/16) at 10 AM.
Lotus are playing Best Buy Theater on January 26. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at 10 AM. AEG Live presale starts Thursday (11/15) at 10 AM and general on-sale starts Friday (11/16) at noon.
Tickets for the They Might Be Giants show in Long Island go on venue presale today at 10 AM (password: "PULSE"). Tickets are also still available for their 12/30 show at MHOW, which is part of a three night run, but the other two are sold out.
Alex Bleeker and the Freaks are playing Mercury Lounge on December 29 with Prince Rupert Drops. Tickets for that show go on AmEx presale today at noon.