Sigur Ros Holding Global Listening Party

Sigur Ros are planning a very special listening party. Their camp sent over these details: Valtari Hour – a rolling, New Year's Eve-style listening event celebrating the band's new album, Valtari, which will happen worldwide on May 17th, 2012 at 7 pm in every time zone around the globe.

Valtari Hour is the special time when you can hear the band's new record, which will be released in North America on May 29th on XL Recordings, but where and how you do that is up to you. The album will be playing via a local radio station, at your local record store, or through the special listening platform the band built on their site –here.

Valtari Hour will allow the band's fans worldwide to collectively experience their new album throughout the course of a twenty-four hour day. Details about participating American stations and stores are below.

NPR affiliate stations, including the likes of KEXP, WFUV, KCMP "The Current," and more, will be previewing Valtari, as well as posting the full album stream on their station websites. For those who choose to listen to Valtari at their local record store with fellow Sigur Rós fans, an album pre-order will score you a limited edition Valtari print, and one lucky winner in each store will receive a Valtari prize pack, which includes a Valtari vinyl test pressing, a copy of the very-sold-out RSD exclusive Hvarf/Heim LP on clear vinyl, and a custom, limited print.

Those listening to the album are encouraged to use the hashtag #valtarihour when discussing the album via Twitter, Instagram and other social networks. Tweets and images will be filtered into a special page on the band's website – http://sigur-ros.co.uk/valtari/hour/ -- where fans can live comment and participate in the conversation about the album's incredible eight tracks.

PARTICIPATING RADIO STATIONS (more to be confirmed):

KEXP – Seattle, WA
WNYC – New York, NY
XPN – Philadelphia, PA
KCMP (The Current) – St. Paul, MN
KTBG – Warrensburg, MO
WFUV – New York, NY
KXT – Dallas, TX
WYEP – Pittsburgh, PA
WTMD – Towson, MD
WBER – Rochester, NY
KRSH – Santa Rosa, CA
FM 94-9 "Big Sonic Chill" – San Diego, CA


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