NPR’s “Live in Concert” series provided a live audio feed for the Sigur Rós concert in Prospect Park July 31, as part of the Celebrate Brooklyn summerfest. Even listening at home, listeners were transported skyward by the otherworldly music of this Icelandic band. Whether its the unfamiliar cultural landscape or Jónsi Birgisson’s angelic falsetto, this band has existed on a separate parallel plane in the music scene since 1994. The group is back on tour after four years, and those lucky to be there or in the park near the venue, can now relive the evening. For those of us outside the area, it was a treat indeed to be there in spirit and have another opportunity to experience the over hour-long set. Many songs were from the latest release, Valtari, but a clear highlight dominated with Jónsi’s contribution to the We Bought a Zoo soundtrack, “Gathering Stories.”
NPR’s link to the concert here.
While Miles Davis will always be known for his original compositions and for genre-busting, innovative records like Kind of Blue, E.S.P., and Bitches Brew, it’s worthwhile to give another listen to the great performances of standards the trumpeter recorded during the earlier part of his career. The so-called “Prestige years” of the early and mid-1950s were especially fertile times for Davis’ standards recordings.
Brice Ezell said of the original tune back in June, “Where the core of Hot Chip’s In Our Heads can be found is in the slower, more reflective tracks. “Look at Where We Are” is a real beauty, and a noticeable departure in being driven primarily by guitar than synthesizer. That song, along with “How Do You Do?” also reflects the continued lyrical interest the band has with Eastern spirituality.