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Sigur Ros Frontman Jonsi Goes Solo, Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum, And More

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Sigur Ros Frontman Jonsi Goes Solo, Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum, And More

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Sigur Ros Frontman Jonsi Goes Solo, Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum, And More

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Upper left: Sigur Ros frontman Jonsi; bottom left: Thomas Allen and Sarah Cronin of Drug Rug; right: James Milne of Lawrence Arabia. hide caption

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Upper left: Sigur Ros frontman Jonsi; bottom left: Thomas Allen and Sarah Cronin of Drug Rug; right: James Milne of Lawrence Arabia.

The Icelandic band Sigur Ros is known for its strange and moody soundscapes, with indecipherable lyrics and amorphous melodies. Frontman Jonsi largely leaves that ethereal sound behind on his new solo album, Go, with more upbeat songs sung mostly in English. Jonsi says he decided to make the solo record because none of the tracks fit with previous Sigur Ros albums.

On this edition of All Songs Considered, you can hear a sample cut from Go, which isn't due out until March. Also on the show: Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum on a new benefit CD called Stroke: Songs for Chris Knox, the T. Rex-inspired garage-rock group Smith Westerns, Louisiana's Givers, New Zealand pop from Lawrence Arabia, and the folk duo Drug Rug. Also, we remember the music of Jay Reatard.

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Sigur Ros Frontman Jonsi Goes Solo, Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum, And More

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Jonsi Birgisson

  • Song: Boy Lilikoi
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Saw You First

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Givers

  • Song: Saw You First

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Givers
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Givers
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Valcour
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Girl In Love

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Smith Westerns

  • Song: Girl In Love
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Look Like A Fool

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Lawrence Arabia

  • Song: Look Like A Fool
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Various Artists

  • Song: Sign the Dotted Line
  • from Stroke: Songs for Chris Knox
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There Is No Sun

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Jay Reatard

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Haunting You

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Drug Rug

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Paint the Fence Invisible
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