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Jónsi 9:30 Club performance download (NPR)

17th Nov 10 (Wed) Leave a comment

Geez’l Petes… it’s a booster day over at NPR for music that I like… All Songs Considered podcast of Jónsi‘s Washington D.C. 9:30 Club performance now posted…

(photo from Portland 4/13/2010 show)
Listen / Download 9:30 Club show from NPR

You all should just go on and subscribe to the All Songs Considered / Live Concerts podcast while you’re at it.

~Dan – np: Ennio MorriconeCrime and Dissonance

Jónsi – ‘Go Live’ CD/DVD

7th Nov 10 (Sun) Leave a comment

Jónsi‘s Go Live is the film / live cd double pack of his hugely-acclaimed solo show,and it’s now available to pre-order now direct from www.jonsi.com/go_live with a release date of the 29th of November.  It was filmed exclusively at the final dress rehearsal in London in March 2010 in front of a specially invited audience, Go Live includes rampant live renditions of every song from Jónsi’s debut album Go, as well as never-before-heard versions of all the unreleased material he’s been playing on tour, plus a ton of candid behind-the-scenes footage from the road.

In all there are no fewer than five unreleased songs on Go Live – namely ‘icicle sleeves’, ‘stars in still water’, ‘saint naive’, ‘new piano song’ and ‘volume pedal song’ – as well as several exclusive musical interludes and a definitive live version of ‘sticks & stones’, which Jónsi wrote and performed for the closing credits of the movie How to Train Your Dragon.

The whole Go Live package comes beautifully wrapped in a hardcover cd-sized book, which includes both discs and a 16-page booklet featuring pictures taken by the band on a tour that’s taken in four continents throughout 2010. Intended as a finely crafted companion to Go and Go Quiet, Go Live is being pegged at a special low price:

cd + dvd: $20 / £15 (plus postage)
digital download: $15 / £10

pre-order now

Both film and cd run at around 75-minutes running time, with the cd taking in Jónsi’s complete live set in order of play, and the film playing more fast and loose for cinematic effect.

full tracklistings are as follows:

‘go live’ dvd contents: ‘go live’ cd contents:
1. hengilás 1. stars in still water *
2. icicle sleeves 2. hengilás
3. kolniður 3. icicle sleeves
4. tornado 4. kolniður
5. sinking friendships 5. tornado
6. go do 6. sinking friendships
7 boy lilikoi 7. saint naive
8. new piano song 8. go do
9. around us 9. boy lilikoi
10. volume pedal song 10. animal arithmetic
11. grow till tall 11. new piano song *
12. around us
13. sticks & stones *
14. grow till tall
filmed live at 3 mills studios, london, 26 march 2010. all songs recorded live at ancienne belgique, belgium, 29 may 2010, except * recorded at the dome, brighton, 14 september 2010.

Jónsi, you had me at “go”… but here’s a video snippet for those not sold on it yet…

~Dan – np: MoqitaMoqita

Let’s do the time warp again… (Jónsi)

1st Nov 10 (Mon) Leave a comment

So, another time-lapse video from Jónsi‘s Wiltern show in Los Angeles… this time longer…


Film by Henry Jun Wah Lee and Kim Reid

I don’t know if there was a special project to do time-lapse shots for this tour, but I’m digging it!  Nice behind the scenes, soundcheck and in-concert shots included.

Nellie McKay 10/29 Eugene show at the Shedd photo blog coming tomorrow…(?)

~Dan – np: MogwaiTravel is Dangerous EP

Jónsi @ the Wiltern (time lapse)

20th Oct 10 (Wed) Leave a comment

Cool new time-lapse from Jónsi‘s show at the Wiltern (in Los Angeles) by Wes Johnson:

I’d be en route to Las Vegas today for the show tomorrow… alas, it wasn’t meant to be.  Rassen frassen changes in work plans.

~Dan – np: Steven WilsonCover Versions

Jónsi in-store appearances

8th Oct 10 (Fri) Leave a comment

Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi plans to play acoustic sets at six record shops, part of his Go Closer series on his U.S. tour (previously announced here).

Jónsi hit Portland in April (review with photos), and I was going to go to the Las Vegas show (10/21), but am now not able to go.

For those who get to go to the tour or any of these in-stores – have fun!!!

October 2010 In-Store Dates
17 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Origami Vinyl
22 – Salt Lake City, Utah @ Slowtrain
26 – Austin, Texas @ End Of An Ear
30 – Asheville, N.C. @ Harvest Records
31 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Criminal Records

November 2010
3 – Chicago, Ill. @ Reckless Records

~Dan – np: The Weepies Be My Thrill

Jónsi’s Animal Arithmetic (video)

5th Aug 10 (Thu) Leave a comment

In lead up to his upcoming Fall tour, Jónsi just put out the official music video for “Animal Arithmetic” (from GO).  As is common with Jónsi, this video has great aesthetics, quite beautifully shot…

I’m looking forward to seeing him again, this time in Las Vegas.  Here are the Oct/Nov 2010 dates again, for those who missed the initial post…

15 october 4th and b san diego, california
17 october the wiltern los angeles, california
19 october fox theater oakland, california
21 october house of blues las vegas, nevada
22 october the complex salt lake city, utah
23 october the marquee tempe, arizona
25 october verizon theatre grand prairie, texas
26 october austin music hall austin, texas
27 october verizon music theater houston, texas
29 october voodoo festival new orleans, louisiana
30 october moogfest asheville, north carolina
31 october the tabernacle atlanta, georgia
2 november the pageant st. louis, missouri
3 november vic theatre chicago, illinois
5 november the fillmore detroit, michigan
6 november newport music hall columbus, ohio
8 november 9:30 club washington, d.c.
10 november hammerstein ballroom new york city, ny

~Dan – np: Charlotte MartinOn Your Shore

Jónsi’s US Tour (Fall 2010)

23rd Jul 10 (Fri) 1 comment

Jónsi (of Sigur Rós), who hit Portland in April (review with photos), is coming back to the US on the final leg of the GO Tour.  There is no Oregon date… but I’ll coincidentally / serendipitously be in Las Vegas for the 10/21 date.  Woot!

presale starts at 10am local time, tuesday 27th of july on jonsi.com/concerts
15 october 4th and b san diego, california
17 october the wiltern los angeles, california
19 october fox theater oakland, california
21 october house of blues las vegas, nevada
22 october the complex salt lake city, utah
23 october the marquee tempe, arizona
25 october verizon theatre grand prairie, texas
26 october austin music hall austin, texas
27 october verizon music theater houston, texas
29 october voodoo festival new orleans, louisiana
30 october moogfest asheville, north carolina
31 october the tabernacle atlanta, georgia
2 november the pageant st. louis, missouri
3 november vic theatre chicago, illinois
5 november the fillmore detroit, michigan
6 november newport music hall columbus, ohio
8 november 9:30 club washington, d.c.
10 november hammerstein ballroom new york city, ny

Official Tour Trailer…

~Dan – np: Marilyn MansonAntichrist Superstar

RECIPE: Raw Vegan Pies

18th Jul 10 (Sun) 2 comments

Raw Strawberry
& Apple Pies

For this month’s Vegetarian Supper Club in Eugene, Oregon, the theme is “RAW Talent“… all food needs to be raw, and then we’re having an unrelated talent show afterward.  I had always wanted to try something from Jónsi & Alex‘s raw cookbook that came as part of their Riceboy Sleeps debut album; so I decided to make two pies from it for this month’s VSC.  I modified the recipes slightly, but they are still quite true to the original.  For more info on Jónsi & Alex, check out after the recipes… on to the food!

Raw Strawberry Pie
makes one pie

Crust

  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 cup dates & 2 Tbl coconut oil (note: oil is solid at room temperature)
  • pinch of salt

Blend items separately and one at a time using a blender or food processor.  Add into separate bowl and kneed with hands.  Scoop into pre-greased pie pan/tin and with hands form into a pie crust.  If the dough is still too dry, you can a little bit of water (1 oz or so).

Note: if allergic to almonds (or pecans below), other nuts can be substituted.  I’ve used Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, macadamia, cashews, et cetera for raw pie crusts.  Measurements are probably the same for substitute nuts, but do some research if you’re worried.

Filling

  • 2 cups coconut
  • 4 cups frozen strawberries (original recipe was 2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup agave nectar
  • 2 Tbl coconut oil
  • pinch of salt
  • also: extra strawberries and coconut for top

Combined all items in blender or food processor and blend until smooth.  Add into pie crust.  Top with extra strawberries and coconut.  Let the pie refrigerate for at least 2 hours (I fridged it overnight).

Here is a video of Jónsi & Alex making it…

And here’s a close-up of my final version…

Next up… pie #2…

Raw Apple Pie (aka Arkansas Apple Pie)
makes one pie

Crust

  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 cup dates
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 pinches of salt
  • 2 Tbl almond butter
  • also: 4 Tbl almond butter for layering

Blend items separately and one at a time using a blender or food processor.  Add into separate bowl and kneed with hands.  Scoop into pre-greased pie pan/tin and with hands form into a pie crust.  If the dough is still too dry, you can a little bit of water (1 oz or so).  Then spread another layer of almond butter (4 Tbl) over the pie crust.

Filling

  • 4-5 apples (total)
  • 1 cup dates
  • 2 Tbl agave nectar
  • 2 Tbl cinnamon
  • also: extra almond butter or cinnamon for top

Combined half of apples (2 to 2.5 apples) with 1 cup dates and 2 Tbl agave nectar in blender or food processor and blend until smooth.  Add into pie crust.  Cut other half of apples into large chunks and put into pie crust.  Top with extra almond butter or cinnamon.  Serve now or later.

Now the promised extra info about Jónsi & Alex.  Jónsi Birgisson is the lead singer of the Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós.  Within the past year, he released an ambient record with his partner Alex Somers – called Riceboys Sleeps – and his debut solo album, Go.  It’s all quite gorgeous stuff.  Click below for some of my favorites of their albums, and a review of Jónsi’s recent Portland show (April 2010):

This is a mainly music-based blog. If you stumbled in on a recipe search, check out my other recipes, like vegan biscuits & gravy, spiced biscotti, vegan cactus chili, vegan bananas foster, mushroom dumpling stew, strawberry cornbread muffins, fruit spring rolls, grilled coconut-rum pineapple, vegetarian s’mores pouches, pumpkin-infused vodka cocktail, creamy vegan chocolate pudding, cute olive penguins, raw blueberry cheesecake at THIS LINK.

If you’re only here for the music… well, stay tuned. Concerts from Antibalas, Bill Mallonee, and Toad the Wet Sprocket coming up by the end of the month.

~Dan – np: AntibalasSecurity

REVIEW: Jónsi of Sigur Rós @ Roseland (Portland, OR – 4/13/10)

14th Apr 10 (Wed) 6 comments

FYI… PHOTOS of the SHOW at the BOTTOM

Jon Thor Birgisson aka “Jónsi” has a majestic voice and a penchant for clever, extravagant, and utterly gorgeous stage show that converts the already beautiful music into something worthy of an art exhibit.  His voice is well known in the indie rock scene via his long history bringing the enigmatic Sigur Rós to our shores/ears.

Sigur Rós is on a hiatus while many of the members’ families welcome new children into their lives; so Jónsi decided to follow-up his last album (Riceboy Sleeps with his partner Alex) with a “solo acoustic album.”  That “solo acoustic” album morphed into what became GO, a not-so-acoustic album.  Go fits in with the most recent Sigur Rós album (Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust).   It’s a “more accessible rock” affair full of the ideals, quirks, and high quality craftsmanship we’ve come to expect.

That high quality craftsmanship shows in Jónsi’s decision to bring in 59 Productions to work up his tour stage.  If I wasn’t sold on going to see Jónsi before, the lead-up to the show was almost unbearable after seeing the 59 Productions behind the scenes video.  More on that later… first, the opener…

Death Vessel (aka Joel Thibodeau) hit the stage around 8 and played a 35 minute set (6-7 songs).  His songs were gentle acoustic numbers, and his voice reminded me a lot of the late Jeff Hanson (nice falsetto).  The crowd seemed a little restless near the end, but I thought Death Vessel put out an enjoyable set.

Jónsi went on right at 9pm and started the show with just an acoustic guitar solo tune, Stars in Still Water.  Shortly thereafter the band joined him and the stage show began.  The walls and projectors played for about half of the songs in the set, and ranged from butterflies, to other animals, to a rainstorm that turned into a flood.  Some of the coolest effects were the burning stage-pieces early on, as well as the water flood.  It was quite astonishing how well done everything was… and it didn’t take away from the music at all.

Setlist: ~85 minutes

  • Stars in Still Water (solo)
  • Hengilás
  • Icicle Sleeves (K14 or Red Bicycle)
  • Kolniður
  • Tornado
  • Saint Naive (K7)
  • Sinking Friendships
  • Go Do
  • Boy Lilikoi
  • K12
  • New Piano Song (K365)
  • Around Us (with acoustic piano intro)
  • Encore: Jonsi New Guitar Song
  • Animal Arithmetic (Jonsi donned a colorful headdress)
  • Grow Till Tall

The fave songs of the night were Tornado, Go Do, Boy Lilikoi & Grow Till Tall – as those were the ones that resonate with me the most from the record.  All in all, it was an utterly superb show, and it ranks easily in my favorite shows ever (which includes many Sigur Rós shows, too).  The stage, the songs, the voice, the beauty… I hope Jónsi comes back through soon – either solo or with his “main band.”

Speaking of bands… the band members for Jónsi’s solo tour are Alex Somers on guitar, Úlfur Hansson on bass, þorvaldur þorvaldsson on drums and Ólafur Björn Ólafsson on piano

many more photos below

The Appropriate Linkage:

OK, I’m off for a while… if you comment, sorry if I won’t/can’t  respond (or potentially be able to approve comments) for a bit.  Anyway, for those of you who are going to one of the upcoming dates, have fun.  It is an AMAZING show.  Check out more tour dates below.

~Dan – np: Derek WebbStockholm Syndrome

JÓNSI (from Sigur Rós) & DEATH VESSEL PHOTOS
all pictures (cc) 2010 Daniel Temmesfeld,
you may use freely under a creative commons attribution

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Higher Resolution (8 pics)

Limited to 1200 pixels wide or tall (5 DV, 27 Jónsi pics)

2010 North American Tour Dates

  • april 6 vancouver, canada vogue theatre
  • april 7 vancouver, canada vogue theatre
  • april 9 seattle, wa the showbox sodo
  • april 10 seattle, wa the showbox sodo
  • april 13 portland, or roseland theatre
  • april 15 berkeley, ca zellerbach auditorium
  • april 16 san francisco, ca palace of fine arts
  • april 18 indio, ca coachella
  • april 21 denver, co paramount theatre
  • april 22 lawrence, ks liberty hall
  • april 24 minneapolis, mn pantages theatre
  • april 25 minneapolis, mn pantages theatre
  • april 26 milwaukee, wi the pabst theatre
  • april 27 chicago, il vic theatre
  • april 28 chicago, il vic theatre
  • april 30 toronto, canada sound academy
  • may 1 toronto, canada sound academy
  • may 2 montreal, canada metropolis
  • may 3 philadelphia, pa electric factory
  • may 5 boston, ma house of blues
  • may 6 boston, ma house of blues
  • may 8 new york, ny terminal 5
  • may 9 new york, ny terminal 5

Jónsi live show by 59 Productions

16th Feb 10 (Tue) 1 comment

So, the Spring tour by Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi Birgisson looks amazing… check out this preview of the stage setting put together by 59 Productions:

http://vimeo.com/9480602

It looks gorgeous!!  For U.S. tourdates, check out this blog post, or jonsi.com.

~Dan – np: George HrabCoelacanth 

Jónsi “Go Do” Video

9th Feb 10 (Tue) Leave a comment

Jónsi Birgisson of Sigur Rós has the debut video from Go for the song “Go Do.”

(click)
directed by arni & kinski

Tickets for his US Tour go on sale today at 10am.  Check http://jonsi.com/ for more info.

~Dan – np: The Album LeafA Chorus of Storytellers

Jónsi Tour Announcement

1st Feb 10 (Mon) 2 comments

Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi Birgisson‘s debut solo album GO got pushed back a couple weeks to the week of April 5th (no worries).  Here’s the delicious-looking album cover…

Today he announced tour dates to coincide the release of the album…

  • april 6 vancouver, canada vogue theatre
  • april 7 vancouver, canada vogue theatre
  • april 9 seattle, wa the showbox sodo
  • april 10 seattle, wa the showbox sodo
  • april 13 portland, or roseland theatre
  • april 15 berkeley, ca zellerbach auditorium
  • april 16 san francisco, ca palace of fine arts
  • april 18 indio, ca coachella
  • april 21 denver, co paramount theatre
  • april 22 lawrence, ks liberty hall
  • april 24 minneapolis, mn pantages theatre
  • april 25 minneapolis, mn pantages theatre
  • april 26 milwaukee, wi the pabst theatre
  • april 27 chicago, il vic theatre
  • april 28 chicago, il vic theatre
  • april 30 toronto, canada sound academy
  • may 1 toronto, canada sound academy
  • may 2 montreal, canada metropolis
  • may 3 philadelphia, pa electric factory
  • may 5 boston, ma house of blues
  • may 6 boston, ma house of blues
  • may 8 new york, ny terminal 5
  • may 9 new york, ny terminal 5

from Jonsi’s website:
The shows which start in North America in April, will feature a brand new band and a stage set designed by 59 Productions. Both these things promise to be drop-dead amazing. The idea of the stage collaboration with 59 Productions is to bring together the worlds of theatre and music in a new and hopefully unique way, in order to create something other than the hoary old cliches that pass for innovation in rock’n’roll. The ideas remain very much “in development”, but there will be some surprises, for sure. Here’s a maquette of how things might appear. Cute, huh?

Jónsi tour design moquette

So… excited…

~Dan – np: That1GuyPacks a Wallop!

 

I {lessthanthree} Jónsi

19th Dec 09 (Sat) Leave a comment

SO, Jónsi of Sigur Rós is a rare bird…

No, he’s not a stuffed penguin.  But his glimpse into the studio for the upcoming album, Go, is fun and just what I’d expect from him.  All I know is that if his promised tour hits anywhere close to me, I’m sooooo fucking going.  Pardon my French, but… Je baise ainsi aller à ce concert.

He’s a rare bird, in that I think musically he hits me in a way that others don’t and/or can’t.  The little snippets of sound coming from Jonsi.com are spot on what I want to hear.  Plus he’s got the aesthetic approach that can do no wrong in my book.  Check out his recent PR shots (shot by Lilja & Inga Birgisdóttir and posted on his Facebook page):

Proof for aliens.  Icelandic people can’t possibly be human.  They make things that are too beautiful.

~Dan – np: Derek WebbStockholm Syndrome

more Jónsi news

7th Dec 09 (Mon) 1 comment

more  Jónsi news… reposted from sigur-ros.co.uk

jónsi’s debut solo album “go” will be released march 22nd 2010 in europe, march 23rd in usa. the album contains nine songs, most of which are sung in english, and was co-produced by jónsi, alex somers and peter katis (the national, interpol). jónsi will be embarking on an extensive world tour throughout 2010, of which more information will be annonced later.

“go” initally began as a low-key acoustic record, but, according to jónsi, “somewhere along the line it just sort of exploded”. the result is a joyful and dramatic album, featuring ecstatic string, brass and woodwind arrangements by composer nico muhly (antony & the johnsons, grizzly bear), as well as warmer, more melancholic moments.

in the coming weeks, jónsi’s official site www.jonsi.com will be updated with exclusive behind-the-scenes photos and videos of jónsi and collaborators making the record. in addition you can download the track “boy lilikoi” for free, and listen to samples from the album by clicking the “jónsi” letters. artwork on the site was created by jónsi’s sister inga birgisdóttir (press images for the album were shot by jónsi’s other sister lilja birgisdóttir).

“go” tracklist

go do
animal arithmetic
tornado
boy lilikoi
sinking friendships
kolnidur
grow till tall
around us
hengilas

Yay!  A world tour, too!

~Dan – np: Medeski Martin & WoodRemixolarians no download or free torrent available here

Jónsi.com free download

5th Dec 09 (Sat) Leave a comment

More than 5 days have passed since the original announcement of jonsi.com.  Now each letter offers a glimpse of the music that’s forthcoming.

On Friday (12/4), if you’ve signed up for the mailing list (highly recommended), you got a link to download a free song, “Boy Lilikoi,” from the solo album Go, due out in 2010.

~Dan – np: Jeremy EnigkOK Bear

Jónsi.com

1st Dec 09 (Tue) Leave a comment

So, I got an email simply titled “jonsi.com” and had a graphic that went to a simple website…

You can sign up for an email list and if you click the “J” on the website, it changes and plays a cute little tune.  I think this mean Jonsi Birgisson from Sigur Rós has something in the hopper…

yay!

~Dan – np: Anakronic Electro OrkestraThe Yiddish Part -EP-

Jónsi & Alex – Riceboy Sleeps

6th Jul 09 (Mon) 2 comments

Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi Birgisson and his boyfriend Alex Somers have been working on visual art since 2003, and the Riceboys Sleeps is now hitting earbuds around the globe.  Their song “Happiness” was on the Dark Was the Night compilation earlier this year, and their full-length self-titled album comes out on July 21st.  It can now be pre-ordered on Amazon or the deluxe edition from http://www.jonsiandalex.com/.  They’ve been giving away Boy 1904 for new people who sign up for their mailing list.

DOWNLOAD: Riceboy Sleeps – Boy 1904 (MP3)

Track listing:
1. Happiness
2. Atlas Song
3. Indian Summer
4. Stokkseyri
5. Boy 1904
6. All The Big Trees
7. Daníell In The Sea
8. Howl
9. Sleeping Giant

~Dan – np: Miles DavisAura

How do you say “four” in Icelandic?

28th May 09 (Thu) Leave a comment

(Jónsi with Sigur Rós in Portland, Oct 2008)

Well, 2009/2010 is bound to be a good period for things Sigur Rós‘ related.  I had heard about the first three, but just found out about the fourth item.  It was the icing on the cake…

  1. Sigur Rós singer/guitarist Jónsi Birgisson and longtime partner Alex Somers are on the cusp of releasing the audio debut from their collaboration Riceboy Sleeps (they released a small arty booklet a year or two ago).  The first leak was on the recent Dark Was the Night compilation (with Sufjan Stevens, My Brightest Diamond, The National, Iron & Wine, David Byrne, The Decemberists, etc).  Read more about Riceboy Sleeps here.
  2. Jónsi also has a solo album in the works.  While being called “ecstatic,” being the voice of Sigur Rós, I doubt it’ll fall too far from the tree.  Read more about Jónsi solo here.
  3. Keyboardist Kjartan Sveinsson also has his musical pen in the solo work well… he’s writing the score for the film OdineRead more about Kjartan’s score here.
  4. And… Sigur Rós are in the studio working on their 6th (traditional) studio album, the follow-up to last year’s Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust.  Not much in as far as details, outside of it being “melodic but much less noisy and more ‘out there’ than previous albums.”  This excites me, as I loved Takk and Med sud, I loved-loved-loved-loved the more “out there-ness” of Ágætis Byrjun & ( ).  This album is expected sometime in 2010.  This was originally posted on sigur-ros.co.uk.

~Dan – np: Dave Douglas QuintetLive at Jazz Standard, 12/8/06 (Set 3)

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