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Sigur Rós album Kveikur (news) and “Brennisteinn” (video)

23rd Mar 13 (Sat) Leave a comment

4/25 Update: There are now no plans for a deluxe edition per sigur rós’ official website.  It is available on CD and LPx2 from Amazon NOW.

I’ve been lax in posting as of late… sorry… what to get me out of the funk? News about the new Sigur Rós album Kveikur, album art, tracklist, and a new video…

Brennisteinn

sigur ros - kveikurGorgeous use of limited colors, and a little more loud (maybe Kjartan was keeping the rockiness at bay) – this video bodes well for the what is to come in the new album.  They begin their North American tour tomorrow (I get to see them in Bend, OR in May), including their biggest headline show to date at NYC’s Madison Square Garden.

Kveikur comes out June 18, 2013, and pre-order is live over on sigur-ros.co.uk for both CD & vinyl versions.  The limited edition pre-order should be live soon.

Kveikur Tracklist:

1 Brennisteinn
2 Hrafntinna
3 Isjaki
4 Yfirbord
5 Stormur
6 Kveikur
7 Rafstraumur
8 Bláprádur
9 Var

Prince in PortlandOh, and this was also announced yesterdayPRINCE is playing two shows in one night at small rock club Roseland Theater in downtown Portland, Oregon.

And guess who snagged tickets to see the 8pm show on April 21st? Me! Whoa!

~Dan – np: Garage A TroisAlways Be Happy, But Stay Evil
Garage A Trois - Always Be Happy, But Stay Evil

Sigur Rós “Dauðalogn” (video)

29th Aug 12 (Wed) Leave a comment

Gorgeous new stop-motion video for Sigur RósDauðalogn” (from the album Valtari):

Form the Mystery Film Experiment. Video by Henry Jun Wah Lee, partly filmed over the lava fields in Yakushima Japan. Find more Valtari/Mystery Film Experiment videos at:

~Dan – np: Dan DeaconAmerica

REVIEW: Sigur Rós @ Edgefield (Portland, OR – 8/9/12)

10th Aug 12 (Fri) 1 comment

PHOTOS below from Sigur Rós’ Tumblr
(unless otherwise noted)

Sigur Rós is magical.  This was my 6th time seeing them, and quite frankly, it doesn’t get any less magical each time I am graced with their presence.  They don’t really speak to me on a linguistic level, but they blow me away on a musical and emotive level.

The sweeping movements that scream, the melodies that bleed, the ambient passages that don’t go anywhere by going everywhere.  The playing with light and shadows, the simplest/minimalist way to make a huge f*cking point.  That is what Sigur Rós is to its fans.

Their latest album, Valtari, is… well, it seems more minimalist than their prior albums.  It came out in late May 2012, and I’m only a few dozen spins in.  I’m still trying to let it sink in.  It’s slower going than the first spin of Agaetis Byrjun and ( ) for me.  It’s not a hooky (bwahaha!) as Takk… or Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust.

Is Valtari anything different than I’d expect from Sigur Rós?  No, not really.  It just hadn’t broken through to me, yet.

Despite Valtari not quite breaking through yet, the anticipation for this tour was killing me.  I had last seen Sigur Rós in October 2008 (review at my photo to the left), and I had last seen lead-singer Jónsi (solo) in April 2010 (review at my photo to the right).

The short trailer for the tour based on the Iceland rehearsals and the tour opening show in Philadelphia had me giddy…

After a delightful drive up and bite to eat at McMenamins’ Black Rabbit with a friend, we hit the venue right about 6 and found a nice shady spot on the lawn.  Opener Julia Holter went on at 6:30 as scheduled…

She played a mellow, 40-or-so-minute set with her 3-piece band (unless there was another member out of my sight).  We were far enough away and the crowd was a bit restless; so her set was more of a backdrop to discussions, people watching and decisions on pizza.  I’d have liked to get into her music more, but sadly things were not conducive to that.  Since she’s from Los Angeles, perhaps I’ll get another chance soon.

After a fairly short set-change, Sigur Rós hit the stage…

This was my first time seeing them in an outdoor venue.  No fancy lights bouncing Orri’s silhouette off the walls, no starting the show behind a white sheet, no cannons of confetti blasting.  Some of the “magic” was missing on the venue side of things, if you ask me – but I don’t think any magic was missing in the music.

Setlist: an hour & 45 min

  • Ekki Múkk
  • Svefn-g-englar
  • Olsen Olsen
  • Gong
  • Andvari
  • Viðrar Vel Til Loftárása
  • Í Gær
  • Vaka
  • Sæglópur
  • Hoppípolla
  • Með Blóðnasir
  • Festival
  • Varúð
  • Hafsól
  • Dauðalogn (on setlist, not played)
  • Encore: Popplagið

Many times throughout the set, within 2 or 3 notes, the crowd was clapping and hooting in anticipation for the song that was just started.  I love that I live in a day and age where I can escape and listen to good live music that sells out a large outdoor venue.  It’s not just the pop stars & starlets that draw a crowd, and it’s nice to see Sigur Rós’ progression and success over the years.

The lesser Valtari-focus made room for a great mix from their catalog, and I think songs from the different eras worked well together.  Some of my favorites from the night… “Svefn-g-englar” leading into “Olsen Olsen,” “Vaka,” “Sæglópur,” “Hoppípolla,” and the show-capper “Popplagið.”

Despite always knowing that they’ll end the show with an epic 10-15 minute “Popplagið,” I don’t think I could choose a better song to end a beautiful night on.

~Tumblr-Rós photos from Seattle 8/8~

The Appropriate Linkage:

Check out more Sigur Rós – North American tour dates below.

Next shows for me… Kevin Smith & Scott Mosier Live SModcast on 8/17 (Portland) and Weird Al Yankovic on 8/18 (Eugene / Lane County Fair).

~Dan – np: TestamentDark Roots of Earth

July 2012
29 & 30 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Skyline Stage at The Mann
31 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Prospect Park Bandshell

August 2012
1 – Toronto, Ontario @ Echo Beach at Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
3 – Montreal, Quebec @ Osheaga Festival Musique Et Arts
5 – Chicago, Ill. @ Lollapalooza
8 – Seattle, Wash. @ The Paramount Theater
9 – Portland/Troutdale, Ore. @ Edgefield Amphitheater
11 – San Francisco @ Outside Lands
12 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery

ha’fway 2012

4th Jul 12 (Wed) 3 comments

Happy 236th birthday, United States!

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So, here are my faves of the first half of 2012… and outside of the Top 5, it’s all kind of random order on how I feel today… it’s all bound to switch around by year’s end (click album art for sound samples):

Artist Album (style)

  1. OSI Fire Make Thunder (glitch prog)
  2. Fiona Apple The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do (jazzy pop)
  3. Peter Mulvey The Good Stuff (indie songwriter playing standards with a band)
  4. Damien Jurado Maraqopa (indie rock)
  5. Celldweller Wish Upon A Blackstar (electronica)
  6. Sigur Rós Valtari (ambient icelandic)
  7. Emily Wells Mama (chamber hip-pop)
  8. Floratone Floratone II (jazz)
  9. s/s/s (Sufjan Stevens, Son Lux, Serengeti) – Beak & Claw -EP- (interesting)
  10. Storm Corrosion (Steven Wilson & Mikael Akerfeldt) – Storm Corrosion (ethereal proggy departure)
  11. John Zorn The Gnostic Preludes (jazzy experimental)
  12. John Zorn’s Moonchild Trio (Mike Patton, Trevor Dunn & Joey Baron) with John Medeski – Templars (noise rock)
  13. Earth Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light 2 (drone)
  14. The Chance Brothers Growing Concern (indie rock)
  15. Regina Spektor What We Saw From the Cheap Seats (pop)
  16. Ani DiFranco Which Side Are You On? (folk pop songwriter)
  17. Buckethead Electric Sea (gentler instrumental guitar)
  18. Bad Veins The Mess We’ve Made (indie rock)
  19. Cosa Brava (Fred Frith, Carla Kihlstedt, etc) – The Letter (rootsy jazz adventure)
  20. David Krakauer plays Masada Book Two Book of Angels, Vol. 18 (Pruflas) (klezmer jazz)

I didn’t get a few that already came out this year (yet) and whatever “et cetera” that the cool kids are listening to these days; but they may make it to the list at the end of the year.

The 2nd half of 2012 promises to bring some potential great ones, too… a few more from John Zorn, Mike Patton & Luciano Berio’s Laborintus II, Ben Folds Five’s reunion studio album, Ric Hordinski’s Arthurs Garden (physical CD, though the download came out a bit ago), the Dusted debut from Holy Fuck’s Brian Borcherdt, Erin McKeown’s kickstarter, and I’ve heard rumors of a new Nellie McKay disc for the Fall.

Favorite concerts of 2012 (so far):

  • Penn & Teller and Cirque’s Zumanity in Las Vegas, Jan 18th & 20th
  • Secret Chiefs 3 in Eugene & Portland, Feb 6th & 7th
  • Nellie McKay’s I Want To Live! in Eugene & Portland, Mar 2nd & 4th
  • Puscifer in Portland, Mar 14th
  • Seun Kuti & the Egypt 80 in Eugene, Mar 18th
  • Radiohead in Seattle, April 9th
  • Roger Waters presents Pink Floyd’s The Wall in Portland, May 22nd
  • Beck in Bend, May 27th
    (click pictures below for review links)

~Dan – np: CelldwellerWish Upon A Blackstar

Sigur Rós’ “Ég anda” video & Radiohead’s ‘OK Computer’ & ‘Kid A’ 8-bit

22nd May 12 (Tue) Leave a comment

Well, Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters plays The Wall in its entirety tonight (5/22) at the Rose Garden Arena in Portland, Oregon… I shall be there, and it shall be awesome.  Review posted, um… maybe by Thursday?  In the meantime, enjoy this…

Sigur RósÉg anda” video

pre-order Valtari here, and look out for the Mystery Film Experience
coming soon for the rest of the album’s videos

And this…

RadioheadOK Computer and Kid A in 8-bit

OK 8-bit mp3 download here

Kid 8-bit mp3 download here

~Dan – np: BeckThe Information

Sigur Rós 1st leg of dates for North American Tour

13th Apr 12 (Fri) Leave a comment

Glen Phillips & J. Kingham show review/setlist from Portland’s Alberta Street Theatre (4/12) to be posted this weekend.  Up now, some news…

Yesterday Sigur Rós announced their first few dates for their North American tour for the upcoming album, Valtari

July 2012
30 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Skyline Stage at The Mann
31 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Prospect Park Bandshell

August 2012
1 – Toronto, Ontario @ Echo Beach at Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
3 – Montreal, Quebec @ Osheaga Festival Musique Et Arts
4-5 – Chicago, Ill. @ Lollapalooza
8 – Seattle, Wash. @ The Paramount Theater
9 – Portland/Troutdale, Ore. @ Edgefield Amphitheater
12 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery

Tickets willing, I’ll be at the Portland date!  Go sign up on sigur-ros.co.uk to find out when tickets go onsale.

~Dan – np: Tyler FortierBang On Time

Sigur Rós new album ‘Valtari’ (late May 2012)

26th Mar 12 (Mon) 1 comment

Updated with official notice, sample tune (Ekki Múkk) that you can buy/download & video trailer from Sigur Rós (below).

Update 4/4/12 with cover art done by Jónsi’s sisters, Lilja and Inga Birgisdóttir (incidentally, Inga was the baby on the band’s first album cover, Von.)

As reported by Q, 24bit and Paste, Sigur Rós’ new album is called Valtari and due out on May 28th (Europe) or May 29th, 2012 (US).  At first, this looked like an elaborate pre-April Fool’s Day joke to me, simply based on this call out quote.  I bounced an email off of Peter at 24Bit, and he seemed to have vetted it a bit.

Simply based on the fact that I know Sigur Rós was in the studio working on new material, I’ll give my skepticism kudos but I’ll also give this news the benefit of the doubt.  Here’s what was reported on 24bit

Following up a stunning solo LP and film score, Jónsi is back with the great Icelandic quartet Sigur Rós for a full-length successor to 2008′s Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust. Due out on May 28th and titled Valtari, the 7-track effort features “more electronic stuff than before,” bassist Georg Hólm told Q Magazine (via). “But don’t worry,” he added, “we haven’t made a dance record.”

Aside from track titles, the release date, and a few non-specific adjectives (“beautiful,” “dreamy,” “introverted,” etc.), Hólm and Jónsi offered their own differing images of what to expect:

Hólm: “…this I’d compare to looking at an old landscape painting.”

 Birgisson: “…like an avalanche in slow motion.”

It sounds like — as with most of the Sigur Rós oeuvre — we’ll have another cinematic set left gloriously open to interpretation. While we wait, the pair shared these track titles for cuts recently mixed with co-producer Alex Somers below:

Valtari Tracklist

  • Ég Anda
  • Ekki Múkk
  • Varúð
  • Rembihnútur
  • Dauðalogn
  • Varðeldur
  • Valtari
  • Flogur Piaro (?)

No official word on the Sigur Rós news page, but I imagine it’ll be forthcoming soon if true.

Nevermind… it’s legit!

Pre-order featuring exclusive merchandise coming soon!

~Dan – np: Skeleton KeyGravity is the Enemy

Sigur Rós album in the Spring 2012…

10th Nov 11 (Thu) Leave a comment
If you came here for the My Brightest Diamond (Portland 11/6) show review & photos, go HERE.
If you came here for the Puscifer (Seattle 11/7) show review & photos, go HERE.
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Paste Magazine recapped from the Wall Street Journal of all places…

This week has been a big one for Sigur Rós with the release of their concert film Inni. But maybe some of the biggest news about the band, who has been on hiatus since 2008, is that they’ve got a new album scheduled to come out this spring.

As the WSJ reported today, the hiatus took a bit longer than the band expected, with several band members starting families in the off time. But the band started work on this new album when frontman Jónsi Birgisson ended his tour for the album Go.

“It was like coming home to see the guys again. It felt natural,” Birgisson told the WSJ.

WSJ writer Jim Fusilli heard some excerpts of the unnamed album, which he said “promises to be as exceptional as the best of the band’s catalog.” Bassist Goggi Hólm called the album “introverted” and Birgisson said the album was “floaty and minimal.” That’s about as much explanation as you could hope for from a group of guys whose best-known album is titled ( ).

Jonsi’s new solo album/soundtrack, We Bought A Zoo, is also coming out soon (Dec 13, 2011).

~Dan – np: OpethHeritage

Jónsi ‘We Bought a Zoo’ Soundtrack

5th Nov 11 (Sat) Leave a comment

Jónsi had previously announced that he would be working on the soundtrack for Cameron Crowe’s newest film, We Bought a Zoo, but it was unknown in what capacity. According to the track listing released today, it will be a combination of solo work, score, new tracks and even some from Sigur Rós.

The soundtrack will feature two new songs from Jónsi, “Ævin Endar” and “Gathering Stories,” which will also features Crowe on the track. The soundtrack also has songs from Jónsi’s solo album from last year, Go, that have been redone for the soundtrack.

Below is a track list for the soundtrack, coming out on Dec. 13 (available for PRE-ORDER now). The film We Bought a Zoo will be in theaters on Dec. 23.

1. Why Not
2. Ævin Endar
3. Boy Lilikoi
4. Sun
5. Brambles
6. Sinking Friendships
7. We Bought a Zoo
8. Hoppipolla (Sigur Ros)
9. Snaerisendar
10. Sink
11. Go Do
12. Whole Made of Pieces
13. Humming
14. First Day
15. Gathering Stories

The trailer for the movie is here:

It looks a little schmaltzy… but I have faith in Cameron Crowe (well, generally) and the cast looks great.

~Dan – Peter Mulvey & David GoodrichNine Days Wonder

Sigur Rós – Klippa [video]

11th Sep 11 (Sun) Leave a comment

New video from Icelandic post-rocker Sigur Rós for the song “Klippa“…

Gorgeous yet odd, and based on the link on the vimeo site, somehow related to their upcoming Inni DVD release.

~Dan – np: Regina SpektorSoviet Kitsch

Sigur Rós concert film Heima (free today only)

5th Sep 11 (Mon) Leave a comment

Today (monday, september 5th) icelandiccinema.com is free streaming the Sigur Rós concert film Heima from their website.

After midnight Icelandic time (5pm monday san francisco, 8pm monday nyc, 1am tuesday london, 9am tuesday tokyo) the film will be available to stream for a fee.

~Dan – np: Austrian Death MachineDouble Brutal

Sigur Rós – INNI (live album/film)

17th Aug 11 (Wed) 1 comment

Last week, Sigur Rós put out an enigmatic trailer titled INNI without any details.  Speculation of a live film was an easy guess… “Inni” is the shorthand name for the second track (“Inní mér syngur vitleysingur” aka “within me a lunatic sings“) on their last full-length album, Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust.  Today they released the initial details about the upcoming release…

Inni is comprised of a double live album and seventy-five minute film of Sigur Rós’ last show before their well-documented “indefinite hiatus” at the end of 2008.

Recorded and shot over two nights at London’s Alexandra Palace at the close of the world tour around their fifth full length album, með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust, Inni sees the band at the peak of their powers, captured on film for the first time as a core four-piece since they were joined by string section amiina at the start of the century. Directed by Vincent Morisset (Arcade Fire’s Miroir Noir), the film is set to debut at this year’s Venice Film Festival on September 3rd, 2011.

SIGUR RÓS - INNI

THE FILM

Inni is Sigur Rós’ second live film following 2007’s hugely-celebrated tour documentary Heima. Whereas that film positioned the enigmatic group in the context of their Icelandic homeland, providing geographical, social and historical perspectives on their otherworldly music, Inni focuses purely on the band’s performance, and stands as a stark counterpoint to Heima’s kaleidoscopic richness. Where Heima was lush and colorfully expansive, Inni is spare and near-monochromatic in its tunnel vision. Filmed in a manner that invites both intimacy and claustrophobia, Inni cocoons the viewer in a one-on-one relationship with the band, eschewing the audience for closeness, depicting how it feels for both band and fan to experience Sigur Rós live.

The film’s elegance and atmosphere are enhanced by Morisset’s re-filming of the original digital footage on 16mm, which was then re-filmed again, sometimes through prisms and other found objects, allowing Inni to look and feel like something recovered from the past. Interspersed with this is archival footage drawn from the band’s previous decade, dating back as far as 1998. This juxtaposition gives viewers the full scope of Sigur Rós’ origins, evolution, originality and influence.

THE DOUBLE LIVE ALBUM

The live album Inni – a first for the band – is comprised of the full set from Alexandra Palace, played in order with just one omission, and clocks in at one-and-three-quarter hours. Recorded by Sigur Rós’ in-house studio engineer Birgir Jón Birgisson, Inni’s live audio recording is far and away the best way of replicating the full-force effect of standing in front of one of the world’s most extraordinary bands for an evening.

When taken in together, Inni’s film and live album give us an incredible account of one of the most celebrated and influential rock bands of recent years, showing where they’ve come from, where they’ve been, and like all things Sigur Rós, where it is they will be going next.  More details of how, when and where Inni will enter the world will be made available shortly on sigur-ros.co.uk.

~Dan – np: Sunny Day Real EstateHow It Feels To Be Something On

Jónsi – Live at the Wiltern (live audio & video), plus more music news…

1st Feb 11 (Tue) Leave a comment

Sigur Rós front man Jónsi just announced his new concert film jónsi live at the wiltern is available to buy now via iTunes (usa and canada only).  Here’s the trailer…

Get the AUDIO // Get the VIDEO

jónsi live at the wiltern was directed by dean deblois, (the director of the oscar nominated film how to train your dragon and the sigur rós film heima). the footage – recorded at los angeles’ wiltern theater – was first aired on npr on sunday october 17, 2010 and it marked the first ever live video webcast of a concert for the public radio organisation. filmed towards the end of jónsi’s extensive world tour in support of his solo album ‘go’, the film captures the live show at the late stage when the set and visuals were at their finest. this digital release is available exclusively on itunes.

Other news…

  • Tres Mountains (side project from Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam & dUg Pinnick of King’s X) is now up for pre-order.  It comes out March 14th.  Go HERE for more info on pre-order.
  • Carla Kihlstedt & Mattias Bossi‘s new album, Still You Lay Dreaming: Tales for the Stage II, also came out today.  It is digital only… and knowing Carla’s chamber indie-rock magic, it’ll be great (it’s in my e-shopping cart now).  http://kihlstedtbossi.bandcamp.com

My Nels Cline Singers‘ Portland show (1/30) review & photo editing being worked on now… I’ll post it by morning (sorry for the delay).

~Dan – np: Ken AndrewsSecrets of the Lost Satellite

Credo & Riceboy Sleeps (live stream)

26th Nov 10 (Fri) Leave a comment

New York’s WQXR streamed the Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival live, and it is still available as streaming (or download if you’re crafty).  The White Light Festival was the world premiere of Credo from Kjartan Sveinsson and Jónsi Birgisson, from the Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós.

Kjartan’s Credo and Cage a Swallow Can’t You but you Can’t Swallow a Cage features the Hilliard Ensemble, the Latvian National Choir and the Wordless Music Orchestra led by Jeffrey Milarsky.   Later in the stream features an interview with Jónsi & Alex and their world premiere of their Riceboy Sleeps songs in a live setting, orchestrated by David Handler.

Check out the stream here:
http://wqxr.org/articles/q2-live-concerts/2010/nov/22/credo-credo/

~Dan – np: Iron & WineWalking Far From Home

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

Jónsi – Live at Origami

4th Nov 10 (Thu) Leave a comment

Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi abruptly canceled a run of intimate acoustic in-store dates after playing just one performance in the Go Closer series.

“Standing there nose-to-nose with fans in the cold light of day the other day in Origami Records, Los Angeles, he had the sudden and undeniable realization that this is not the environment in which he flourishes,” said his management in a statement. “To those of you who saw it in Echo Park, cherish it, because it ain’t going to happen again.”

Well, luckily the Los Angeles performance was recorded… here are two videos caught by Jack Schlinkert (director) and Max Sweeney (add’l camera).

Stars in Still Water

Go Do

~Dan – np: dredgThe Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion

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

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