Why Am I Here?
3 May 2001
7:18 AM: Well, that worked out well. Last night I noticed I was feeling kind of sleepy a bit before 3 AM, and I thought, "Hey! Why don't I go to sleep now instead of staying up until 5:30 like I usually do? Then I might wake up in the morning?" So I did. I suppose I did get that last part right. Just a wee bit less effectively than I'd hoped. I was thinking more along the lines of 10 AM, not 6:30...
Sigur Ros was so fucking good! Pardon my Icelandic, hahahahthud. But oh, man! I realize they might not be everyone's cup of tea - their music is a bit slow at times, it can be a little spacy, you have no idea what they're singing about - but with that understood, rush out right now and buy the CD.
They're all about 15 years old, it looks like. OK, 25 maybe. The lead guitarist plays his guitar with a bow. They had a string section. There is much pounding of drums. The songs kept getting better, more complex in their structure and their rhythm - either that, or as I said to Veronica afterwards, I was just learning how to listen to them. Their big closing numbers went from long, slow, giant architectural sounds to a mad buildup that ended with everyone playing their instruments as loud and fast as they could, the bass player pounding on his strings with a drumstick, just ... yaagh!
And they were so old-fashioned, too, in a way. Very analog. Old-sounding Hammond-like organ. Strings and bows and drums. Some keyboards, yes - but, well, like for instance: In the song that I had heard on Alt.Now by them, "Svefn G englar", there's a bell-like tone - Bong! - that sounds about every 6th or 8th beat. (I don't know, I'm not Joe Musician here, to paraphrase Mr. Whedon.) Now, you'd expect that to be programmed in as a MIDI loop or something, right? Nope. In the middle of whatever else he was playing, always right on the beat, the keyboardist would reach up and Bong! some key or small Icelandic instrument above his keyboards, like a desk clerk ringing for a bellboy. It was just too cute.
I tell you, at times, I felt like I did when I saw Television play live. I don't think I can find a higher compliment. They're sort of a mutant modern Pink Floyd, which isn't the most flattering comparison I suppose but I do like Pink Floyd, so there. How the heck they got to be so popular that they sold out the Fillmore, I don't know. I'm sure they're a great band to listen to when you're stoned, that probably helps. Some people left during the show, maybe having come there expecting something else. But most of the people stayed, and more amazing, by and large they shut up and listened.
So that was fun.
7:33 AM: Oh, I meant to say, you can hear some of Sigur Ros's songs on my so-called "online radio station", PotatoeMusique.
Willfully blind self-indulgent nebbish or amusingly quirky old coot? And how bout that local sports team? Discuss among yourselves.
All names are fake, most places are real, the author is definitely unreliable but it's all in good fun. Yep.
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