"Brennisteinn" is a made-up word, and it's also the name of a new single by Sigur Ros.
That's right, Sigur Ros has new material on its way, some of which is already available. The Iceland based band, which features Jonsi Birgisson's notable falsetto and guitar playing with a cello bow, is currently on tour promoting its new album, "Kveikur."
Sigur Ros debuted "Kveikur," which is the title track of the album, on NBC's "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" in March. The video of the performance is available on Sigur Ros' Vimeo at vimeo.com/sig urros. Also available at the same link is the music video premiere of "Brennisteinn."
Sigur Ros is currently promoting its latest album, “Kveikur,” pictured above.
I've been a fan of Sigur Ros since I saw them at Massey Hall in Toronto in 2006. But, before the show I wasn't a fan, and I only decided to go as a favor to my significant other at the time, whose sister loved the band and wanted us both to go. So, I guess I have her to thank for introducing me to a band that grew on me. And, she deserves much thanks, because although I didn't appreciate the made-up language Birgisson utilizes when I saw Sigur Ros, I very much do so now.
At the performance, Sigur Ros was out promoting its fourth full-length album, "Takk...," which is apparently Icelandic for "Thanks." Looking back on it, I can see why I didn't immediately become a fan. The only song I really enjoyed on "Takk..." was "Saeglopur."
When "Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust" came out in 2008, I reconnected with the band, and was very glad I did. The album has some of my favorites on it, including "Vid Spilum Endalaust," which is also my favorite La Blogotheque Take Away Show of all time, and can be viewed here: www.vimeo.com/3814849.
Reconnecting with the band got me interested in their material before "Takk...," and I found that "Agaetis Byrjun," Sigur Ros' 1999 album, had several tunes I dug too, including "Staralfur," "Svefn-g-englar" and the title track. I even found several tracks on "Von," Sigur Ros' 1997 album, that I enjoyed.
I was incredibly excited when I heard the news that Sigur Ros had a new album in the works, and my first exposure to the new material couldn't have come soon enough. "Brennisteinn" made its music video debut in late March, and I've been obsessing over it since. Not only is the song unlike anything the band has produced before, but the video, which is directed by Andrew Huang, director of Bjork's "Mutual Core" video, captures the song in a disturbingly accurate way. The video can be viewed here: www.vimeo.com/62419866.
The album will be released worldwide June 17. For more information visit www.sigur-ros.co.uk.
As per usual, here are the highlights and happenings going on in the area.
Comedy at JSBA Continues Friday Night: The Jamestown Savings Bank Arena is heading into its sixth week of the Wits n' Giggles: Friday Night Comedy Series. This week's edition of Wits n' Giggles will feature co-headliners Bill Boronkay and Jen Shenberger.
Boronkay, a former sportscaster and five-time Emmy award winner, is a standup comedian who works in Cleveland.
Shenberger blends standup with innovative and creative funny songs played on "Duke the Uke" ukulele.
The show will take place in the upstairs Arena Club from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $8 presale and $12 the day of the show. They are available at the JSBA Box Office, 319 W. Third St. in Jamestown, by phone at 484-2624 or at jamestownarena.com.
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CRYB Dance Costume Exhibit Reception Is Friday: To commemorate the beginning of National Dance Week, the Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet will hold a two-week exhibit at the Dykeman-Young Gallery. Viewers will have a chance to see an up close view a collection of the tutus and dance costumes that CRYB has acquired over the years through fundraising, personal gifts and grants.
An opening night reception will be held on Friday from 7-9 p.m. with wine and hors d'oeuvres. Tickets to the reception are $15 at the Reg Lenna Box Office. After the opening night reception, the exhibit will continue free of charge for two weeks.
Dykeman-Young Gallery is located at 100 E. Second St. in Jamestown. For more information call 664-9766 or visit www.cryb.net.
1891 Fredonia Opera House to Screen "Rise of the Guardians:" The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will screen "Rise of the Guardians" Friday at 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Lily Dale Assembly as part of "Family Night at the Movies." Admission to the film is free.
"Rise of the Guardians" is an epic adventure that tells the story of a group of heroes, each with extraordinary abilities. When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world.
Free admission tickets are available only at the door on the night of the show, and seating is limited to 400. There is no food or drink allowed in the Opera House, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 679-1891 or visit www.fredopera.org.
Beats At The Brix To Host Cabaret Style Duo: 21 Brix Winery will feature musical artists Don Rebic and Christine Reisner for the April edition of Beats at the Brix. The performance will be held Saturday from 7-9 p.m. in the 21 Brix Winery tasting room.
This husband and wife duo will put on a show with Rebic performing jazz songs on the piano and Reisner singing along cabaret style. Together the two have an extensive background in the musical arts. Rebic is a New York City conductor, director and pianist. He conducted the original Broadway production of "Jesus Christ Superstar," and directed numerous Broadway shows including, "Sweet Charity" and "Anything Goes." The release of his jazz album "Together" was praised by The New York Times.
While Reisner studied dance, musical theater, voice, violin and acting in her childhood, she has spent her adult life performing in off-Broadway revivals and internationally touring as a dancer. Reisner has also released multiple albums, as well as created her own one-woman show while teaching in France.
The event is free, however a wine purchase is required. 21 Brix Winery is located at 6654 W. Main Road, Route 20, in Portland. For more information call 792-2749.
Live At The Met Season Features "Giulio Cesare": The 1891 Fredonia Opera House continues the 2012-13 season with George Frideric Handel's Baroque "Giulio Cesare" (Julius Caesar), on Saturday at noon.
The final offering of the 2012-13 Live at the Met season will feature the world's leading countertenor, David Daniels, who sings the title role opposite soprano Natalie Dessay as an irresistibly exotic Cleopatra.
Tickets are $20, or $15 for students, and may be purchased in person at the Opera House Box Office, by phone at 679-1891 or online at fredopera.org.
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Blue Grass Jam: 7-10 p.m., Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron. Area bluegrass musicians are welcome to sit in and play.
Rolling Hills Radio With Cammy Enaharo and Annie Wells: 6:45 p.m., Labyrinth Press Co., 12 E. Fourth St. in Jamestown.
Student Recital And 80s Rock Band Flashblack: 6-9 p.m., Miraglia Gallery and Chautauqua Music, 108 E. Second St. in Jamestown.
Bill Ward And Amanda Barton: 7 p.m., The Pad, 1064 Route 394 in Kennedy.
Jules R Us karaoke: 7-10, Lakewood Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Jamestown. Karaoke contest prize of $100.
Karaoke Contest Qualifying Round: 8 p.m., Murdock's, 104 E. Main St. in Sherman.
The Saloonatics: 8 p.m. to midnight, Bellini Lounge, Chautauqua Suites, 215 W. Lake Road (Route 394) in Mayville.
Easy Street: 8 p.m., Pine Junction, 9757 Bailey Hill Road in Sherman.
Bill Ward And Amanda Barton: 8 p.m., Tom's Tavern, 4739 Route 430 in Bemus Point.
Trivia Party With DJs Unlimited: 8 p.m. to midnight, Celoron Legion, 26 Jackson Ave. in Celoron.
Steel Rail: 9 p.m., Murdock's, 104 E. Main St. in Sherman.
Beats At The Brix With Don Rebic and Christine Reisner: 7-9 p.m., 21 Brix Winery, 6654 West Main Road, Route 20, in Portland.
Rick Magee And The Roadhouse Rockers: 8 p.m. to midnight, Bemus Point Golf Course, 72 Main St. in Bemus Point.
Grand Larseny: 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., Peek 'n Peak, 1405 Olde Road in Findley Lake.