Thursday, 30 October 2008
Sigur ros - Rimur Tour EP with Steindór Andersen 2001
in early 2001, sigur rós set out to record some songs in their newly-completed álafoss swimming pool studio with their friend steindór andersen. steindór andersen is a fisherman and chairman of the icelandic poetry society, called iðunn. steindór is a chanter/singer of the traditional icelandic epic poetry form called rímur. rímur are narrative poems which generally tell stories of icelandic heroes and epic battles which have been passed down generations in iceland through word-of-mouth since the 14th century. rímur were regarded as a performance art; a good rímur chanter would engage his listeners with his clever rhyming schemes and catchy melodies. rímur were performed on winter nights when inhabitants sat occupied by their work (making clothing from wool, wreathing horsehairs into ropes, cutting tools from wood, etc.) for seven centuries, this was icelanders' only branch of entertainment and it's only recently that this tradition has dissolved.
the steindór andersen ep contains six songs, three of which sigur rós accompany him on. two songs feature steindór alone and the last song on the cd is steindór and his friend sigurður sigurðarson singing the poem lžkurinn (the stream), recorded under the bridge of the stream by sigur rós's studio.
1000 copies of the cd were printed and sold in the spring tour of 2001, where steindór joined the band to perform the songs from the ep. (here is a photo of steindór performing with the band.) the cd was sold in a blank white paper case and the artwork on the cd itself was minimal. there are currently no plans to release this cd.
- kem ég enn af köldum heiðum (with sigur rós) [6:18 mins]
- til ei ltur tíðin mér (solo) [1:00 mins]
- fjöll í austri fagurblá (with sigur rós) [6:00 mins]
- slær á hafið himinblæ (solo) [1:28 mins]
- hugann seiða svalli frá (with sigur rós) [6:02 mins]
- lækurinn (duet with sigurður sigurðarson) [5:49 mins]
Sigur ros / Victory Rose - 1st Song - Flugdu
Here is the very first Sigur ros recorded. It was recorded as 'Victory Rose' and took only six hours to do. Bjork heard it and the rest is history!
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Sigur ros - Live HBO's Reverb 17.10.2001 - Audio RE-MASTERED
The 3 tracks featured here from the HBO concert have been properly mastered now as oppose to the audio tracks on the previous post, however the interviews are not included in this post, just the songs
01 Ny Batteri
03 Olsen Olsen
Wednesday, 29 October 2008
Sigur ros - Live HBO's Reverb 17.10.2001 - Video
I am very happy to post the video of this recent audio post. Out of all the Sigur ros videos i have seen, this one is my absolute favourite. Most of the time the entire stage is washed in blue lighting which seems to work very well. The video footage itself lends itself so well to the sound, focusing on all the right aspects, such as Jonsi's guitar and especially many glorious close up shots of Jonsi's face showing the concentration and precision that goes into the music. Also included are the two short interviews
01 Ny Batteri
02 Interview 1
04 Interview 2
05 Olsen Olsen
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Tuesday, 28 October 2008
A legendary 1990 performance by an American hero, Bill Hicks. A man who was ahead of his time and who refused to be censored. He despised all that was hypocritical about our country in a time where it was very unpopular to do so.
If you know Bill Hicks then nothing needs to be said here if you dont know Bill Hicks you may well find yourself waking up and smelling the bacon after listening to this.
download - (audio)
Iron and Wine - Live Amstel Amsterdam 28.06.2003 & KCRW 2002 / 2007
3 shows for you here. been wanting to post some Iron and Wine for a while. Its a little different to Sigur Ros ! but i like Sam Beam (above) because he has an 'epic' beard and a very similar temperament to Sigur ros. By that I mean he is a very gentle, humble and down to earth character. his music is singer song writer in the tradition of soft bluegrass. He has the enviable talent of being able to write amazing songs out of ordinary things.
Sam Beam was born and raised in South Carolina before eventually moving to Florida to study film at Florida State University. After receiving his MFA from FSU, he moved south and began teaching Film and Cinematography at the University of Miami.
In 2002, he released his debut album on SubPop Records – traditionally a more rock-oriented label based in Seattle (though they have occasionally released records by singer/songwriters such as Rosie Thomas and Danielle Howle).
The Creek That Drank the Cradle (2002) was recorded and produced entirely by Beam himself at his home in Miami. On it, Beam can be heard playing all the instruments and singing in a hushed, secretive, but still rather melodic voice. His songs range from in-depth literate narratives ("Jesus the Mexican Boy") to love songs ("Naked As We Came"), and have helped to usher in a new generation of folk-pop singer/songwriters.Since releasing The Creek, Beam/Iron & Wine has developed a fierce following. He has released nine albums to date, including his most recent collaboration with indie rock/alt.country band Calexico.
As I have uploaded 3 shows in one posting I wont include the track listing
download kcrw 06.12.2002
download kcrw 29.11.2007
download amstel festival 28.06.2003
KCRW Password: victoryrosemusic
Amstel Festival - No Password
Peter Broderick - Tour EP & Oddities and Sketches
Peter Broderick is a very talented musician and is fast becoming a firm favorite of mine. His two latest releases - 'Float' and 'Home' are both absolute must haves. Float is like a cross between Olafur Arnalds and Goldmund where as Home has similitudes to Helios and Explosions in the Sky's Friday Night Lights. If you enjoy any of these, you will love Peter's work. A review of 'Home' and some more information is supplied below
Since his last full-length appearance (his highly acclaimed debut album 'Float' for the Type label), Peter Broderick has been a very busy man. Alongside writing and touring extensively (both on his own and as part of Efterklang's wonderful live band), Broderick has also had to contend with the intensifying adoration thrust his way by an ever increasing fanbase. For his Bella Union debut Broderick has, if anything, created an even more fully-realised collection of tracks, building on the soundscapes and vignettes of his debut to create fully-fledged songs somewhere between the worlds of traditional singer/songwriting and magical found sounds. Album opener 'Games' sets out the agenda perfectly with impressive, layered vocal harmonies and a sunday afternoon guitar strum that's momentarily joined at the very last minute by some intangible yet evocative field recordings that take you outside the confines of tradition. "And It's Alright' follows and must easily count as Broderick's most accomplished achievement to date, it's just one of those songs so perfectly structured and realised that you can't imagine ever not having heard it. It's so good, in fact, we'd even go as far as saying it sounds like a Mark Kozelek production, which in our world is just about as high a compliment as it gets. The album closes with a reprise/version of 'Games', this time round opting for a more abstract canvas that brings things to a contemplative, suitably cathartic close. Expect big things from this chap, 'Home' really is quite wonderful.
download tour ep
[MF] Sketches & Oddities - Download
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myspace -listen to 'Home'
Sigur ros - Roskilde 29.06.2006 FM Broadcast- Re Master '11
Lineage: swedish radio SR P3 via FM analog cable - Transfer: Denon DRA-585RD -> SB Audigy 2 ZS -> Adobe Audition 1.5 - [Re-master] - Ozone4 - Flac sbe 8
New Master as of 26th July 2011, MP3 & Flac. I did some mastering of this one as it came across as a little flat and dull. However I thought it would be interesting to include a small clip of the original so you can compare. Also, I know some people prefer 'un-touched' recordings so it gives the opportunity specifically for them to request, if they wish, an upload of the original version
00. Takk... [Announcer introducing Sigur Rós]
02. Ný Batterí
05. Með Blóðnasir
06. Olsen Olsen
07. Sé Lest
xx. Viðrar Vel Til Loftárása
xx - Not broadcasted
[MF] - Flac - Part 1 Part 2
[MF] - Mp3 - Download
Monday, 27 October 2008
Sigur ros - Brussels-Belgium 10.10.2001
An excellant quality audience recording from 2001. I particularly wanted to include this concert because it includes the song Salka, although for a long time un-released, now available on the Hvarf-Heim CD. Salka was originaly going to be included on the ( ) album but was later dropped, which is why during this period Sigur ros where playing it fairly regularly as part of their live sets but never made it onto an album until recently. Actualy the reason we have it on the Hvarf-Heim album at all is because the record company insisted on an accompaning new CD to be released along with the Heima film.
05 Ny Batterí
12 Encore break
13 Olsen Olsen
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Sigur ros - Live HBO's Reverb and interview 2001
The HBO reverb show with sigur rós and björk was premiered october 17th and was re-aired 6 times. they showed 3 songs performed in philadelphia on september 22nd; ný batterí, svefn-g-englar and olsen olsen. Its a relativly low bitrate recording but this shouldn't ditract from the enjoyment of this excellant concert. There is also included 2 brief interviews. The video of the show is also included. It is in .flv format.
01 Ny Batteri
02 Interview 1
04 Interview 2
05 Olsen Olsen
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Saturday, 25 October 2008
Ólafur Arnalds - Live 23.10.2008 Kendal UK
Ólafur Arnalds is in my view, one of todays most talented modern classical composers. At only 21 years old he manages to find a depth of emotional intensity and maturity that is extroidinary for someone of his age.
This concert was recorded in a very small venue with only 30 or so people. It was unusual in that there was a complete lack of any noise from the audience. Whether this was from reverence or just English reserve is difficult to say but the music was very emotive and moving. I always feel deep parts of myself being touched by Ólafur's music with last nights concert being no exception. I have enormous admiration for this artist so I have included four videos which you can find below . . .
NB: Thanks to !linus and Rubardidoo for help with track listings and for doing it right
"If you thought Sigur Rós had the patent on hauntingly beautiful and meticulously compelling music coming out of Iceland, then Ólafur Arnalds is here to educate you otherwise. - Eulogy For Evolution is perhaps this years most hauntingly emotive sounding experience."
UK Music Search
06 Haust then into another Untitled
07 Untitled (rain song)
09 Himininn er að hrynja, en stjörnurnar fara þér vél
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video - 3055 (official video)
video - untitled (new)
video - Fok
video - Himininn er að hyrnja, en stjörnurnar fara Þér vel
Ólafur Arnalds my space
Thursday, 23 October 2008
Sigur ros - Roskilde 27.06.2003 FM BROADCAST RE-MASTER 2008
Lineage: FM Radio (Swedish radio P3) ---> Steinberg Wavelab ---> mkw Audio Compression Tool. Taped and transfered by: Djim (aka qe)
Quite a different sound from the previous Roskilde concert in 2000. Less emotion but more power, excitement and maturity. Excellant concert. A great companion to the Roskilde 2000 concert.
04 Ny batteri
06 Vidrar vel til Loftarasa
08 Exit music / Fyrsta * may need re-tagging
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Sigur ros - Peel Session 20.08.2000
The second Sigur ros Peel Session, the first being on 09.04.2000. Both recorded at BBC Maida Vale Studio 4. I'm sure what to make of this. If you have more information on this, it would be gratefully recieved. 1-3 is 192kbps. 4-6 is 256kbps
04 Big - correct pitch
05 Bureaucratic - correct pitch
06 Corporation - correct pitch
Sigur ros - KCRW Radio 2001
This event marked Sigur ros's 1st exposure to America. As Nic Harcourt, the host DJ says "Agaetis Bryjun is the most requested and continuously out of stock import that the record stores have" Its great to hear a young Sigur ros talking about the future especially in retrospect. There is some beautiful reverbed guitar playing on the begining of the Hafssol. Because this is a radio stream there was only so much could be done to improve the quality of the sound, but the interview is the real treat on this one. Enjoy
01 Olsen Olsen
Sigur ros - KCRW Radio 2005
This is from a stream so although i have done what i can to improve the sound quality its the interview which this is worth downloading for. Its very nice
02 Se Lest
Wednesday, 22 October 2008
Sigur ros - Szene Wien Vienna - 13.04.2001 FM BROADCAST RE-MASTER 2008
Lineage: I recorded this from the radio back when it was broadcast, and cut the resulting .wav file into separate tracks for burning it onto CD. (Note that Untitled 3 and Untitled 8 are joined together in track/file #2, as they melt together in this live performance.) Now I ripped the CD's, converted the .wav files to FLAC, et voilà.
Here's another great concert from the ( ) period. Its a very nice, smooth gentle concert with great quality sound. Unfortunately there is a slight 'cricket chirping' sound at times in the background but, if you imagine your listening to the concert outside, somewhere exotic, its not too bad. For all that its still well worth listening to
01 Fur Alina + Nyja Lagio
02 Frysta (?) + Samskyeti
04 Ny Batteri
05 Death Song
07 Olsen Olsen
10 Pop Song
[MF] New Links / New Master coming... 06/01/2010
Just in case you have ever wondered what the reversed music part of the 1st track of Agaetis Bryjun actually is . . . here is the reversed song, ie: played forwards
Tuesday, 21 October 2008
Sigur ros Roskilde Festival 02.07.2000 - FM BROADCAST - RE-MASTER 2008
Lineage: FM > HD > CDR > SHN
This is another of those 'Oh My God - this is my favourite ever concerts' concert. An absolute classic from the ( ) era. What makes it so good is the depth of feeling and intensity of emotion that comes through on these songs. You really feel Jonsi means what he is singing. Jonsi's voice has evolved amazingly over the years but one thing I have noticed latley is a certain sadness and emotional depth which is expressed wonderfully within these songs and which is, arguably, no longer present. Its different now, although not in a bad way, now you cant but help but be picked up in waves of joy and share in a much more intermite way, the wonderful experience of a happier Sigur ros. Alafoss, and Daudlagio are spectacular but Popplagio is an experience in itself. Perfect
03 Nyja lagio
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Sigur ros - Moma NY - 17.06.2008 (Audio)
Full broadcast quality of Moma concert. There is an amazing energy throughout this concert. If you get a chance to watch the video it really looks like everyone had a great time. Its funny watching the surprise and delight as the Sigur ros brass band -The Horny Brastards- come down the stairs during Se Lest. Enjoy
02 Se Lest
03 Vio Spilum Endalaust
06 Inni mer syngur
07 Hoppipolla / Meo Blotnasir
And here for your visual pleasure is the video of the concert. This is not the low quality 80MB rip that has been widely available but a rip direct from the uncompressed file.
New Link: 29/08/2010 - [SS] Download
Sigur ros - BBC Electric Proms - 25.10.2007 RE-MASTER 2008
Re-mastered from the DVD, here is presented a perfect rendition of the acoustic concert which premiered the film Heima at the BBC Electric Proms in London. Apologies to those who have already uploaded the previous posting of this concert however, on the plus side this has been remastered from original source ,and so is perfect whereas the previous post is a lower bitrate.
On the negative side only five of the actual songs are here. The three not present are Agaetis Byrjun, Njosnavelin, and Heysatan. However you can find a perfect acoustic version of Njosnavelin in the previous post of the Culture Show. Some artwork has been included
Takk - Reversed
After the interest of ( ) reversed I thought it would interesting to do the same with Takk. Some of it works really well and sounds quite beautiful. Songs of note are Meo Blotnasir which actually becomes Hoppipolla forwards! Heysatan, Andvari, and Se Lest are particularly nice where as Takk sounds exactly the same. I guess 'Thank you' works both ways
Monday, 20 October 2008
Detektivbyran - (Demo)
As much as I feel I shouldn't, I cant but help liking this quirky band. Difficult to explain how they sound. A little bit like Parachutes only more so . . . or is it less so . . . ! There is something very fairy like and magical about the sound, hints of which you find skipping through some of Sigur ros's songs. Gime them a try. 'Guest' commented they sound a bit like Efterklang.
Having listened properly I must point out these songs are instrumental versions. The songs on the Tour EP have words
02 Paper Birds
03 Where Were You
04 Your Stories
Sunday, 19 October 2008
Eluvium - Time Travel Of The Sloths - EP/Jesu split
Eluvium's contemplative drones to a staggering twenty-one minutes, in which time the song transforms from a lonely rattle to a seismic, swirling storm of sound that grinds the piece to haunting quiet. Only one word . . . Wow !
Eluvium / Explosions - Complete Show - 06.05.2008 - Debasser - RE-MASTER 2008
A great set here, Eluvium is particularly excellent in this one, a great balance between some of his more powerful live pieces and his piano solo's.
A stella performance from Explosions as usual.
By the way, I checked and Eluvium is happy for people to record and share his live material as well as Explosions. Thanks to both of them
download Eits part 1
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Eluvium - Grey Eagle NC 14.03.2007 - REMASTER 2008
Another nice one which has really come to life during re-mastering. It was a good recording to begin with though, thanks as always to the kind taper. Some interesting stuff, I cant for the life of me find out what some of the songs are. If anyone knows or can work it out, please let me know
Eluvium - Lincoln Center-New York 27.04.2007 SOUNDBOARD-REMASTER 2008
Absolutely superb soundboard concert. Quite nicely balanced between very simple piano pieces and what, seems to becoming Eluvium's show piece epic screaming ambient post rock pieces. You may notice a slight difference in the sound texture during the quieter pieces. On the original the solo pieces were very low in volume so i have tried to compensate where possible. This is no criticism of the taper, its just that the sheer difference in volume between levels, left some tracks a little too low for comfort. Can be corrected if needed. Just let me know if you feel it needs it. Enjoy
Eluvium - Behind Your Trouble - Travel in Constants Vol. 20
Quite a stunning EP. One track lasting 33 minutes. Very nice indeed. Info on the Travel in Constants series below. From the website:
This album is the 20th volume of the Travel in Constant series. Travels In Constants is a limited edition mailorder only CD series. The CDs are not available in stores, only by subscription, and all of them contain exclusive, un-released songs. No lame alternate versions or low-grade out-takes.
Eluvium - Neumos-Seattle 03.06.2006 - REMASTER 2008
This is an interesting one, quite different from his present shows. Most of the tracks here are just the piano and organ with the exception being on 'Under the water it glowed' at the end. I wasnt familiar with tracks although I noted the majority are on his recent album 'Indecripherable Text' Its an audience taping so apologies for the sporadic but consistent talking (not a criticism of the taper - its just a little unfortunate)
Thanks to Brian Connolly who originally taped and uploaded the show. From Brian: "The song titles were given to me by Matt himself so it's not like I made them up. Most of them are works in progress that he is still working on"
Saturday, 18 October 2008
Sigur ros - BBC Culture Show - 20.10.2007
Video and Audio - Exclusive live studio acoustic version of Njosnavelin. An essential viewing for Sigur ros fans and in fact everyone. This is the best interview i have seen of them to date. It shows them as they are, despite enormous success, still very much down to earth and quite humble. Its geat to hear Jonsi finally reveal the truth behind 'Hopelandic' his made up lanquage! I like Verity Sharp, she is doing a similar job to the late John Peel with the BBC show 'Late Junction' Watch her face during the performance!
Verity Sharp meets the four-piece band Sigur Ros in their native Iceland and on their visit to the UK for the 2007 Electric Proms. They have sold two million albums globally and their haunting music has been used as a soundtrack on trailers for the BBC series Planet Earth. They talk about their unique sound and their film Heima, which chronicles a series of unannounced gigs in Iceland in 2006.
01 Njosnavelin exclusive acoustic track only
02 Complete interview - audio only
03 Complete video
04 Njosnavelin - Loss Less FLAC
Sparklehorse - KCRW Radio 07.11.2001
This little interlude into the weird world of Sparklehorse may finds some new fans amongst those who like the newer Sigur Ros. This particular recording is not the best quality capture of this concert BUT it actualy works quite well for all that, as it seems to lend it self quite well to the quirky music and atmosphere.
Anyway its only a small file !
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Cinematic Orchestra - Barbican - 06.05.2007
The Cinematic Orchestra live up to their name with an atmospheric and beguiling combination of ingenious sampling and technical know-how, live instruments and improvised jazz.
Following the UK premier performance at the Barbican in 2003 of the highly acclaimed soundtrack to Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera, Jason Swinscoe’s 6-piece return to perform live from their eagerly awaited new album Ma Fleur (Ninja Tune).
Featuring original collaborators Luke Flowers on drums and Phil France on bass, new to the fold is like-minded Canadian vocalist Patrick Watson.
Link to their website here
Friday, 17 October 2008
Cinematic Orchestra - Live KEXP 2007
It is my very great pleasure to introduce to you this band. If you already know them then no doubt you will be smugly smiling and feeling cool about now because you know how good these guys are. I'm not usually into jazz / rock but these songs are exceptional. Its the kind of stuff you hear at very cool parties and never hear again! Ok, so its a matter of taste but please give them a try. The last song 'To build a home' deserves to become a classic. You'll swear youve heard it before. The mini concert is in one long track but you wont want to fast forward. It comes in at about 25 mins.
link to their website here
Matthew Cooper - Concert Silence (09.02.07) 2-3pm
Concert Silence is Matthew Cooper,who is perhaps better known as Eluvium. In the fall of 2007 Matthew teamed up with Charles Buckingham, with whom he has worked on the ambient video project titled 'Window Exchange' to produce the "unedited improvised basement minidisc recordings" of 'Concert Silence'. a 51-minute, six part instrumental piece, available for free download. Its a little different from recent posts but worthy of download if you have enjoyed early Eluvium.
link to Eluvium website
Season - Avatar
An excellant post rock album from an Australian band which sadly no longer excists. However when they disbanded they kindly put their stuff up for free on the record companies web site.
Here is a review from 'Splendid Magazine'
The strings that open Avatar are part of an unsettling instrumental opus that serves as a perfect Cure-like introduction to this dark and moody album. Like Scotland's Mogwai, this Melbourne, Australia group creates atonal, droning songs that ebb and flow with emotion and power. Not since my first experience with Austin's Explosions in the Sky have I been so blown away by the talent of a relatively unknown band. Once again my faith in music, which can wane from time to time, has been fully restored.
Avatar is the perfect prescription for dark nights and stark winters. Guitars wail one moment, then almost whisper the next, and each song flows beautifully into its successor. Each musician -- guitarist/keyboardist James McGauran, bassist/keyboardist David Charles and drummer/bassist Bart Kowalski -- knows how to create the right mood for the moment, and their songs reflect a certain smugness, which at the same time projects an innocent DIY charm. It's almost as if the band doesn't quite know how good it is.
"God Mode", "Give Up The Ghost" and "Into The Light" are Avatar's best tracks, clocking in at more than 35 minutes collectively; the towering "Into The Light" is the best of the bunch. And while "Throw Me To The Sky" and "Sea Level" hover near the eight-minute mark themselves, neither song packs quite the punch of their longer siblings. Guest vocalist Karen Vogt makes an appearance on "Throw Me...", her voice almost otherworldly in its simplicity. Softly sung and heavily effected, her vocals present an interesting contrast to Avatar's other, entirely instrumental songs.
A number of bands are making similar music -- Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Tortoise, Do Make Say Think, and the aforementioned Mogwai and Explosions in the Sky are among Season's best-known peers. But whereas those acts' albums often sound heavily produced, Season's music is a bit rougher, which works in their favor. Perhaps that's why Avatar is one of the best albums I've heard this year.-- David A. Cobbdownload
Mono - New song - Yesterday (carpenters cover)
This is a really nice version but . . . come on, it just begs the question. A Japanese Post Rock band decides to do a cover of a Carpenters song??? Look at the picture above, As they say in America - 'you do the math'
Joking apart, its very nice
Mono - Session 2 (DEMO) 2002
Three tracks here, one from their first album, one from their second and the third one from goodness only knows where !
01 Speeding car
02 Spring Session m+m
03 The kidnapper bell
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Mono - Peel Session - Maida Vale 4 - 11.08.2004
From the website:
What is the underlying souce of power of MONO? What makes their sound so powerful as if it reaches the bottome of our heart, grab it and shake it brutally?
What makes their music go beyond the borders and create the same exceptional craziness among people of different color of skin, different race, different language?
You may well find out here
02 Since ive been waiting for you
Sigur ros - Chicago Theatre - Chicago 24.09.2008 - RE-MASTER 2008
Lineage: Date: Taper:JB e-mail:email@example.comDC++ screenname: radiohead8989 date of seeding: September 25, 2008 Source Info:>Edirol R9 (24bit/48kHz) (Line In)>Core sound HEB (4060) >Adobe Audition (3DB Amplify)>CDWAVE>FLAC (level 8)
Im very happy to post this one for two reasons. First its the companion to Parachutes show posted earlier, so now we have the 1st complete show posted.
Second there is a real treat waiting for you on this one. Jonsi sings solo on stage with his acoustic, a heart rendingly beautiful version of Illgresi. You hear him giggle when he fluffs a chord. Also in this show, the last song Popplagio begins really slow, much slower than previously to build up into that fantastic crescendo at the end. I dont know how they do it, but they just keep getting better ! Again big thanks to JB for taping this.
03 Ny batteri
06 Vio spilum endalaust
08 Meo blotnasir
09 Inni mer syngur vitleysyngur
11 Usvo hljott
New Links 28.05.2010
Thursday, 16 October 2008
Sigur ros - Benaroya Hall - Seattle 05.10.2008 - RE-MASTER 2008
Well, I've said it before and I'll say it again . . . this is a really great show. It starts off softly with 'Heysatan' and 'All alright' before cranking up with 'Ny Batteri'.
There is something special now, with 'Njosnavelin' where at the end, Jonsi sings a heart rending solo which gave me goosebumps. Another song of note is 'Festival'. Jonsi holds a consistant barely audible note for about 30 seconds which is exquisite and as you can hear is appreciated by the audience. Maybe doesnt sounds that impressive? Try it !
Maybe its just me but i'm sure Jonsi is using some different effects for his guitar, check it out during Vio vel til Loftarasa. Also i wish i was there because just before Meo Blotnasir he talks away in Icelandic for a while before asking the audience "do you understand the word 'seiour', it means sing, can you sing with us now?" I just wonder who he was talking too? This is Seattle USA ! If you speak Icelandic I would love to know what he says
This is a fantastic quality concert, not too far from retail quality, so massive thanks to the taper - "cut_here" Enjoy
02 All alright
04 Ny batteri
06 Vio spilum endalaust
08 Meo blotnasir
09 Inni mer syngur vitleysingur
10 Vidrar vel til loftarasa
14 -Encore- (not included)
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PS - (kellydeathless) This remaster surpasses some soundboards i have heard - superb quality
Wednesday, 15 October 2008
Sigur ros - Hammersmith Apollo London 12.02.2003 RE-MASTER 2008
Im very happy to post this concert from 2003. Its a superb and unique concert for a number of reasons.
Firstly, an extremely rare rendition of Staralfur Live.
Secondly a perfectly sung and moving Guitardjamm.
Thirdly, here Jonsi sings a version of Vaka where he really lets go at the end. I've only ever seen him do this on the video of 'Last Call with Carson Daly'. The version on the album really seems to downplay this part of Vaka which seems a great shame. Seeing the emotion and intensity that you see on the video always gives me goosebumps
Fourthly, its also particularly moving hearing Jonsi sing in the background of Samskyeti, almost it sounds like, to himself. Perhaps quite poignant when you consider the meaning of Samskyeti as being attachment.
This was a particularly difficult concert to master due to many 'low end' and other issues with the original. Its taken a lot of work to get it here, Its not perfect but i hope I've managed to bring out the best possible for your enjoyment.
05 Ny Batteri
09 Viorar vel til Loftarasa
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Tuesday, 14 October 2008
Kings of Convenience - Live Rockpalast 2004 - FM BROADCAST
After all this post rock its time for a little chill out music ! KoC is an indie pop due who sing and play very simple and beautiful songs. They have been favorably compared to Simon and Garfunkel. I personally like this band for their layed back summer evening style of music.
Explosions in the Sky - The Rescue EP
Recorded in Austin, Texas (at Michael's house) January 2005
Released in October 2005 (part of the TRL Travels In Constants subscription series...subscriptions are all sold out and this record isn't in stores, but we will be selling them at shows for the next couple of years)
We promised Jeremy we would do a Travels in Constants e.p. literally over four years ago. Since then we've been sidetracked by an astonishing number of things. Two thousand and five was our year to take a bit of a step back and take some time to write new music, and along the way somewhere we got an idea for doing this e.p. in a different way then we've ever approached writing music. It can take us months and months and months to write even a song. Sometimes it comes much quicker, but often we spend many an afternoon trying out new melodies and riffs and drum beats, playing things over and over, obsessing and arguing and sighing and sitting silently for what seems to be hours on end. So, for this, our idea was to write and record a song every day for two weeks (this later became eight days) and the rest of the two weeks would be spent trying to mix and master the results. No riffs were to be written beforehand; things would be pretty much made up on the spot. It seemed daunting but fun and, perhaps, instructive. A learning experience. A chance to try new instruments and new ways of thinking about writing songs. Its also our first attempt at recording ourselves (the whole thing was recorded in Michael's house). Anyway, The Rescue is the result.
Explosions in the Sky - Live NPR Radio - 17.03.2007 FM BROADCAST +
Explosions in the Sky - Bowery Ball Room - 12.12.2005
Originally broadcast live on NPR radio's All Songs Considered Concert series out of Washington DC this concert aptly demonstrates again just how good a band Explosions are live. Broadcast in full stereo this concert may suffer slightly being only a 192kbps rip but its still a fantastic broadcast quality concert.
From the website:
March 17, 2007 - Explosions in the Sky is a quartet from Austin, TX making what they call "cathartic mini-symphonies." Known for wildly intense live performances, their songs are sprawling, epic pieces that build and evolve, often over a span of ten or more minutes a track. Though decidedly non-commercial, Explosions in the Sky has built a large and loyal following for layering beautifully orchestrated melodies against passionate sonic chaos.Explosions in the Sky features guitarists Munaf Rayani and Mark Smith, Michael James on bass and guitar and drummer Chris Hrasky.
download NPR 17.03.2007
download Bowery 12.12.2005
Monday, 13 October 2008
Explosions in the Sky - Live - Austin City Limits 16.05.2008 - HD TV BROADCAST
This is a real treat, I have been trying to find this one for ages as i thought it lost - luckily it turned up my ipod ! This concert is from an HD TV broadcast from Austin City Limits TV concert series. Its the first professionally recorded Explosions concert that i have the pleasure to post here. Its only a short one with 3 songs but its a real treat
Explosions in the Sky - Live Philadelphia - 18.03.2007
Another fantastic concert from Explosions in the Sky. These guys have been playing together for years now. Since their last album 'All of a sudden i miss everyone' they have been working harder on their live sets to the degree where the songs now meld into each other in an extraordinarily imaginative and entertaining manner. To see them live is to truly appreciate this. The effort that is put in by each of the band on stage is breathtaking and inspiring. To watch the drummer with his head bowed down, exhausted, tapping the cymbols above his head or Munaf kneeling on the stage with this guitar on perminant feedback beside him, beating the floor with a tamborine in time with the music, almost in tears is . . . something else. A great concert. Please enjoy
ps. It never fails to make me laugh the comment from one guy just before the 1st track, clearly showing his deep appreciation for the music by shouting . . . . 'explosions in my pants' !!?