Thursday, June 5, 2008

Shalom m'Israel, havarim!

I do have an Israel-related post to make, but i'll save it for a bit later. For now let me tell you of some other exciting things.

There is a band called Sigur Rós and they are Icelandic and also pretty beautiful (because the two are not mutually exclusive). For example (and you tell me if this isn't pretty beautiful), their 2002 album ( ) is sung entirely in Hopelandic, a made-up language that sounds phonetically like Icelandic. All the lyrics are nonsense and you, as a listener, have that difficult task of taking all the nonsense and making your own sense of what is being not said but felt. Am i making any sense? It's hard figuring out how to feel, you know?

Anyway, their new album Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust (English: "With a Buzz in our Ears We Play Endlessly") will be released soon (June 23rd) and things are looking pretty beautiful. Everything about this next album just seems so youthful and exciting and naked. Here is their pretty beautiful album cover:
They released their first single recently (with an accompanying video) and it's pretty beautiful as well. The song is called "Gobbledigook" (fittingly). Is the video porn? I don't really know... maybe. I will say that it's pretty beautiful, it makes me want to join a nudist hippie colony, and you should watch it and feel alive. However, do not watch it if you're at work, if your parents are in the room, or if you're reading this with friends who have previously accused you of being a skeevy perv (yeah, i'm looking at you, Debbie!) unless of course you are a rebel. Boy, that was a build-up. Okay, now go here and watch it.

If you are liking, please watch their music video for "Untitled #1 (Vaka)" because it's also pretty beautiful (in a different way) and it won Best Video at the MTV Europe Music Awards in 2003.

Secondly, i want to tell you about another band's awesome music video. The band is MGMT and the song is "Time to Pretend," which is an amazing song on its own and then the video comes along and blows it so far out of the water that it's moving around in space near Jupiter and moons. I mean, it's pretty fucked up in the most beautiful way. Warning: do not watch if you are prone to epileptic seizures.

Immukization made a mash-up of MGMT's "Time to Pretend" and Daft Punk's "One More Time" called "One More Time to Pretend." Listen, fall in love, and cross your fingers that Alfie's plays this come September.
Immukization - One More Time to Pretend (Daft Punk vs. MGMT) [mp3]

Credit goes to Stereogum for everything (in this post, not in my life).

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