Sunday, June 28, 2009
Sigur Ros "Agaetis Byrjun" 10-year anniversary
It's been already 10 whole years since the release of Sigur Ros' breakthrough LP, "Agaetis Byrjun", which was recently voted the best all-time Icelandic record (in a survey of Iceland National Radio and Tonlist.is)! The band is celebrating by releasing this early live video of "nýja lagið", from the launch party for "Agaetis Byrjun" at the Icelandic Opera House in Reykjavik in 1999, well before the band was known anywhere outside of their home country. As well, check out the free mp3 of an early live version of "Hafssol", available here.
Sigur Ros have also planned a special 10-year anniversary edition of "Agaetis Byrjun" for release in 2010, which is to include the CD as well as some yet to be announced added features. And, they're working on a new album now, to boot.
In other related news, vocalist/guitarist Jonsi Birgisson has contributed a remix of "Come Back" to Depeche Mode's newest 7" vinyl single, "Peace". Unfortunately, it's not on the CD single version. And look for Riceboy Sleeps self-titled CD out in July, being the debut release of Jonsi and Alex's ambient project.