Sigur Ros Perfect The Art Of Angering Their Fans

noah | June 10, 2008 2:00 am

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Ah, summertime in New York City–a time for trips to the beach, frying eggs on pavement, and special-event shows that everyone can complain about on blogs. Today’s example of the latter features Icelandic massage musicians Sigur Ros and the Museum of Modern Art, who are coming together for a show (with free booze!) a week from tonight. Tickets were originally $18, but they sold out within minutes of being put on sale this morning–and now they’re being offered for $250 a pop. While no one has yet come up with a ticket plea as creative as that dude who was willing to trade expensive Champagne for an Arcade Fire ticket last year, that’s made up for by the fury and bile emanating from Brooklyn Vegan’s commenters who got locked out of the show and who were either utterly offended by the fact that BV put up a reminder post about the onsale this morning or utterly baffled by the MoMA site’s information design and loose concept of time.

The tickets were supposed to go onsale at noon, but they apparently went up about five minutes earlier; the show is actually part of the exhibition “Take Your Time,” so perhaps MoMA’s Web site was given an off-kilter internal clock as part of the artist’s overall statement. Some people were getting “sold out” messages before the show’s official on-sale time, a bit of Internet sleight-of-hand that resulted in one commenter quipping, “i ordered 25 tickets, you can email me about them at sigurros@mademerich.com.” If only the other cubicle monkeys hitting refresh on Brooklyn Vegan had as much of a sense of humor! Especially this guy, who proved the maxim “Hell hath no fury like a real downtowner who never shops at Urban Outfitters (except for their shower curtains, because they’re so cheap!)”:

a big EFF YOU to BK vegan for reminding all the little urban outfitter flocked $hitheads about tickets so their mommy and daddies can buy them 4 for each of their useless friends.

if something is that limited, the FANS should know, not the general populace

k, thx

Yes, because advertising on the MoMA site is only for those in the know! A little less apoplectic, but similar, sentiment:

This is the only time you hipster fucktards are ever gonna see the inside of a museum, so I have to thank Sigur Ros for momentarily breaking you of your Bridge & Tunnel ignorance?

And the xenophobia doesn’t end there!

do they sing in english on the new one? go back to hopelandic or whatever the hell made up language is they usually sing in.

The things that the Internet will bring out in people. Aren’t we all supposed to believe in a land called Hope? Er, Hopelandic?

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