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Thursday, August 9, 2012

This Week's Mercury Music Section

Posted by Ned Lannamann on Thu, Aug 9, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Wait, Sigur Rós, we were only kidding! Come back!

Another week, another Mercury music section to feed into your player piano, right after you're done with Beck's new album. Instead of recording the songs, he's just publishing the sheet music? Isn't that like sitting down to a restaurant and the server handing you a recipe?
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Look, when you get down to it, Sigur Rós is a very silly band. Yes, their music sounds super serious and important. But really, it's a man singing made up words in falsetto. It's not that different from Tiny Tim. This week, I turned in the last of my journalistic credibility in order to make a bunch of stupid jokes about the Icelandic band. Enjoy.
LISTEN:

Sigur Rós - "Varúð"
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The Great Idea festival is a musical festival in the most magical place on Earth: Oregon's fantasyland theme park Enchanted Forest. This is not just a win for you and me; this is a win for the entire universe.
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Admit it. You love Supertramp. Everybody does. Now former Supertramp singer Roger Hodgson is coming to town, and that voice hasn't aged a day.
LISTEN:

Supertramp - "Give a Little Bit"
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If there's anyone in music more ridiculous than Sigur Rós, it might be Jack White. Doesn't mean the man can't put together a great rock song, though.
LISTEN:

Jack White - "Sixteen Saltines"
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Plus a hefty cinch sack full of Up & Coming shows.

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