New Video: Sigur Rós – “Rembihnútur”

This week, as part of their ongoing “valtari mystery film experiment,” (hint: use your mouse to highlight the hidden text!) Sigur Rós have released the video for “Rembihnútur.”  The video was produced by Arni & Kinski, who have also directed for Snow Patrol, Placebo, and Ólöf Arnalds, and focuses on the stillness and personal revelations that can be found through meditation.

Here’s how Arni & Kinski describe the inspiration for the video:

“the elevation of your consciousness helps the overall consciousness of the planet.” -gourasana.

the much needed changes in the world will happen through changes within each and every one of us. we all want and need love. this film is a celebration of sigur rós’s music and the benefit it is having in the elevation of consciousness that is happening with humankind. people are finding strength in love, care, and respect for themselves, each other, and the world we live in.

for the last twelve years meditation has been a way of life for us. going within, releasing emotions, moving through negativity, judgment, discouragement, and the fears that are so often in the mind.

being able to move from the mind into the heart. this is what the music of sigur rós helps us to do and we use it as a tool in our meditation. in meditation we are able to feel and move through our emotions allowing us to drop deeper within our hearts. from this depth of heart we are finding more acceptance, compassion, love, gratitude, passion, clarity, intuitive thinking and much much more. we hope this video will inspire you to do your part in elevating the consciousness of the planet in whatever way that may be.

peace and love, arni & kinski

It’s a beautiful, thought-provoking work that will definitely add a bit of chill to your Summer.  Have a look:

The Mountain Goats Visit Letterman

The Mountain Goats stopped by Letterman, last night, to perform “Birth of Serpents” from the forthcoming All Eternals Deck (3/29).  The song is one of the batch produced by metal-guru Erik Rutan (read more about the making of the album in this Pitchfork interview)…But for all the hoopla surrounding that choice, it’s pure Mountain Goats.  And now, it’s yours:

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Coming Soon: Greater Pacific – “Rainfall” EP

Greater Pacific began when Kyle Kersten and John Phinney, members of Travel By Sea, decided to take their love of pedal steel and country folk into a new realm.  On the Rainfall EP, out 1/25 as a six-track, digital release on Yer Bird Records, the pair are joined by fellow Travel By Sea member Mike Cusick on drums, as well as L.A. favorite Angela Correa.  The result is a gentle, rolling cascade of expansive, haunting songs that draw us to those places of quiet solitude that mark a Winter’s night, a walk in the Spring rain, or where we go inside when no one else is looking.

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JBM Performs M.Ward’s “Carolina” for The Voice Project

We’ve talked about The Voice Project before, and today they continue their tradition of bringing us excellent, intimate cover performances with JBM (Jesse Marchant) doing a cover of M.Ward’s “Carolina.”  It’s a touching performance of a song that Jesse says is “…just a beautiful song,” as well as “one of the favorites of my mother, as well.”  Have a listen:

JBM » M. Ward from The Voice Project on Vimeo.

Recommended: Telekinesis

In a month of blizzards that blanket my house in snow and ice, it’s hard to feel like the Spring is ever going to come back – let alone the Summer.  Yet, two minutes into Telekinesis! – the 2009 release by the band Telekinesis – and it’s all sunshine, road trips, and slush puppies.  The band – whose only permanent member is Michael Benjamin Lerner – writes smart, hook-filled pop that Michael describes as “heart on my sleeve” type songs.  The result for the listener is pure joy… it is, I feel, fundamentally impossible not to feel good while listening to Telekinesis.

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