June 24, 2010

Jónsi covers MGMT, dreamily

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I missed this cover when Jónsi performed it on the BBC’s Live Lounge three months ago, and just found it today when I was doing my semi-annual trolling of their archives to see what cool stuff I’ve missed, over on this side of the pond.

The MGMT original is one of my favorites of their songs (and lends itself to one of my favorite pictures from Outside Lands in SF last year, above). For as stoically sweeping and epic-sounding as the source song is, Jónsi takes it and creates something wistful, ethereal, and completely gorgeous on the piano. You know, I never noticed the verse about all the things he’ll miss in the same way as I do now.

Time To Pretend (MGMT cover) – Jónsi

Time To Pretend – MGMT



Jónsi is on the international summer festival circuit this summer, and man alive do I wish I could see him. I missed him when he came through Denver, but his brilliant latest is one of my favorite albums so far this year, and he can soundtrack my imagination any day.

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  • damb that was a good reminder of a great movie and day. im going to buy sticks and stones from itunes NOW! wish i could understand more of Jonsi’s version of Time to Pretend….

    Paulthebrit — June 24, 2010 @ 3:21 pm

  • Just wanted to note that you are really something special Heather! Thanks for all the great music and all the good feelings that you give and the time you put into this blog. I am a fan.

    Chester — June 24, 2010 @ 8:13 pm

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  • It was really interesting to hear an acoustic piano cover of such a great, electronic song as a “Time to Pretend.” I still definitely prefer the original, but it was still interesting nonetheless. Thanks for the post.

    Joe — June 29, 2010 @ 12:53 pm

  • Really nice. One of my all times favorites is Sydney based band Circle covering Elliott Smith and his song Baby Britain, very good stuff.

    Thaddeus George — February 9, 2011 @ 7:21 pm

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Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
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