Category: Sigur Ros

Naked & boring: Shia LaBeouf is nude in aimless Sigur Rós clip

image: Shia LeBeouf and Denna Thomsen in Sigur Rós'  "Fjögur Píanó." The image is a screenshot from the not-safe-for-work video directed by Alma Har’el
It's delightful to see the words "Sigur Rós" appear on a number of major news sites. The adventurous Icelandic outfit makes lovely, atmospheric music. Theirs are soundscapes that develop like a satellite lost in space -- orchestral arrangements that drift and manage to feel a little futuristic.

The band deserves a wider audience, and if it takes a naked Shia LeBeouf to get one, so be it. After all, indie rock involving naked famous people seems like a fine-enough trend.

Yet life is too short for the 8½ minutes it takes to sit through Sigur Rós' "Fjögur Píanó." The video was released today as part of a video project the band commissioned for new album "Valtari." The director is Alma Har’el, and she has a gift, no doubt, for arresting, photo-worthy moments.

Her acclaimed documentary "Bombay Beach" was shot in the California desert and described by The Times as "more lyrical tone poem than straightforward documentary." Her video for "Fjögur Píanó" is far from ordinary as well, and also proof that not everything is improved by violence and eroticism.

Granted, "Fjögur Píanó" is perhaps the most difficult song on "Valtari" to translate into a music video. It's little more than sparse piano strikes. The tone is dour, and the orchestral touches at the end are tense and panic stricken. 

The video renders the song laughable, turning seriousness into pointless, art-school pretension. LeBeouf and partner Denna Thomsen are lovers, apparently, and spend the clip slapping and carving each other. They're also quite good at synchronizing their ability to sit up straight in bed. They get intimate with and without clothes, and move as if they're Olympic ice dancers. There are also dead butterflies for those looking for metaphors and worst of all, there are ceramics. 

Unfortunately, the full-frontal nudity from both actors/dancers means we can't embed or link to it. If it's a bad video you want, we can instead offer this head-scratcher from the Offspring

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Image: Shia LeBeouf and Denna Thomsen in Sigur Rós'  "Fjögur Píanó." The image is a screenshot from the not-safe-for-work video directed by Alma Har’el

Sigur Ros to play Hollywood Forever Cemetery in August

Sigur Ros will perform at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

This post has been corrected. Please see note at bottom for details.

The ethereal, expansive Icelandic art rock band Sigur Ros will perform amid the gravestones of Hollywood Forever on Aug. 12, the landmark mid-Hollywood cemetery announced on Thursday morning. The group, which hasn't released a new studio album since 2008, has been on hiatus for much of the last few years while individual members worked on solo material, but reconvened last year to create its sixth record, called "Valtari." It will be released Stateside on May 29 on XL Recordings.

The show at the cemetery is one of a series of concerts over the last few years presented outdoors in a large grassy expanse near the burial plots of, among others, Charlie Chaplin, Johnny Ramone and Rudolph Valentino. Concerts by Bon Iver, Flaming Lips, and Belle & Sebastian have been highlights, and the Sigur Ros show holds the potential to eclipse them all. (Honestly, can you imagine "Hoppipolla" in such a setting?)

Sigur Ros had already announced shows for the spring in support of the "Valtari" release; in coming months they're playing festivals in England, Europe and Japan, and are confirmed for the Aug. 3 Osheaga Festival in Montreal. 

Expect tickets to go fast for the Hollywood Forever concert. They're $47.50, and go on sale at noon on April 20. Click here for more information. 

[For the Record: 9:45 a.m., April 12: An earlier version of this post listed ticket prices as $49.50. They are $47.50]

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Photo: Singer Jón Thór Birgisson of Sigur Ros plays his guitar with a bow in 2003 at the Wiltern. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times 

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