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

  • Artist: Jonsi Birgisson
  • Album: Go
  • Song: Boy Lilikoi
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Givers

  • Artist: Givers
  • Album: Givers
  • Song: Saw You First

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2009

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Smith Westerns

  • Artist: Smith Westerns
  • Album: Smith Westerns
  • Song: Girl In Love
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Lawrence Arabia

  • Artist: Lawrence Arabia
  • Album: Chant Darling
  • Song: Look Like A Fool
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  • Artist: Various Artists
  • Album: Stroke: Songs for Chris Knox
  • Song: Sign the Dotted Line
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Jay Reatard

  • Artist: Jay Reatard
  • Album: Watch Me Fall
  • Song: There Is No Sun

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Watch Me Fall
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Jay Reatard
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Matador
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2009

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Drug Rug

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  • Album: Paint the Fence Invisible
  • Song: Haunting You

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