Reykajavik Calling show at Neumos

Went to the Reykajavik Calling show at Neumos last night and had a great time. This was sort of a last minute deal because we ended up with a babysitter and were looking for something fun to do.

We missed the first set, apparently, and walked into a packed venue just as Gudrid Hansdottir and Tomo Nakayama started their set. I thought they were a great duo, playing and harmonizing really naturally together. Gudrid has a beautiful voice that really caught our attention. Check out Gudrid Hansdottir‘s stuff on iTunes.

Next up was David Bazan and Snorri Helgason. Both of these guys were okay, but not great. I heard what I thought was a really good sound from David Bazan that might be good under different circumstances, but for this particular show it didn’t go well. Snorri had what I might call a classic folk sound that can be really awesome at times. In their defense the audience was restless and sound was messed up for a few songs, so that didn’t help.

At this point, being parents who don’t get out much, it was well past our bedtimes and we were ready to head home—fortunately we stuck it out a bit long. Sean Nelson and Kyle O’Quin did an excellent, really fun set with a pop rock sound. Sean Nelson is quite the entertainer and I was hooked within 20 seconds. That was a blast.

Finally, we heard two songs from Ólöf Arnalds (iTunes) before retreating for the night. I wish we could have stuck around longer, because she was definitely entertaining. She started with an unmic-ed a-cappella of a poem that was both strange and awesome. And followed with a Nirvana cover of Polly, in homage to the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s Nevermind album. She totally destroyed it, but had a lot of fund doing it :-). She says she first picked up a guitar in order to play their Unplugged album, and learned all the songs straight through. Definitely wish I could have heard more from her.



3 thoughts on “Reykajavik Calling show at Neumos”

  1. We went to see Tim Grimm at the Seattle Folklore Society last night. It was a fun and intimate show. I discovered Grimm because I picked up one of his albums at Goodwill. The album was great so I looked up his website and discovered he was coming to town a couple weeks later.

    Going to see Richard Thompson at the Neptune Wednesday night.

    1. I’m listening to some stuff on Tim Grimm’s site right now — pretty catchy stuff actually.

      Yeah, while reading Sean Nelson’s bio I was amazed at how much of his stuff I know in at least one form or another.

  2. I forgot to mention that Harvey Danger, Sean Nelson’s band are great. I’m not surprised he was part of a good set. You used to be able to download an album from their website. It is worth checking to see if you still can.

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