Posted in music on April 7, 2010

Jonsi's tour kick in Vancouver 4/6 (A Hermida)
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On a set that looked like the Museum of Natural History after a fire (trust me), a tight musical arc that fit the songs into one another like puzzle pieces, and gorgeous projections courtesy of London's 59 Productions, the show was less winsome rock and more serious Theatre. There were costumes, too: All but one band member wore a jacket trailing bright fabric strips that hung like rainbow tree moss.

But when the whole band combined like a marvelous machine, as on the twinkling "Sinking Friendships" or thrashing, thunderous closer "Grow Till Tall," the Jonsi experience reaches its height. Percussionist Samuli Kosminen manages to alternatively scare and soothe with tools both expected (good old drums) and unusual (a rock, I think).

In between, "Tornado" hinted at both orchestra and film score, "Go Do" found a sunny, breakneck pop sprint, and "Around Us" was a hypnotic, trippy epic, complete with live vocal loops.

The pinnacle, however, came in the encore. Jonsi, in full Native American headdress, emerged from the side of the stage and put his plumage on full display. Then he smiled, and it was clear: Sigur Ros is a beautiful thing, but when he goes solo, Jonsi does something amazing -- he lets his freak flag fly. "I want to be a miracle," he sang on "Boy Lilikoi." [Spin]

Jonsi's world tour in support of his solo debut, Go, kicked off last night (Tuesday, April 6th) in Vancouver. The pictures, video (below) and review above are first looks at the sprawling stage show set up for the tour...
[Jonsi] enlisted a design company that creates sets for the Metropolitan Opera Company, the English National Opera and other bastions of high culture. The company, Fifty Nine Productions, was looking to branch out into pop music. "We were all really big Sigur Rós fans. They were literally on the list of people we wanted to work with," says director Mark Grimmer.

For Jónsi, Fifty Nine Productions created a sort of decimated museum exhibit on stage, with heavy use of video projections--without jumbo-sized screens. "We try to integrate the images into the fabric of the shows and project them onto objects that aren't dead when there's nothing on it," Mr. Grimmer says. For instance, video is projected in museum-like exhibit cases along with on Jónsi himself. [Wall Street Journal]

Jonsi and band play Vancouver again tonight (4/7). Their tour goes on to include Coachella and two nights at Terminal 5 on May 8th and 9th. Tickets are still on sale for those.

If you need a Jonsi fix sooner, there's a free listening party tonight at Le Poisson Rouge (no RSVP required) for the new album, which came out today (4/7)...

"Album available to purchase on site, and happy hour drink specials for the duration of the event. The album will be played in full, with giveaways set up for Jonsi/Sigur Ros vinyl, and tickets for Jonsi's Terminal 5 shows on May 8th and 9th. Video footage from Jonsi's new music videos and related projects to be screened as well."
A couple more pictures and videos from the Canada show, the set list and more are below...

Jonsi's tour kick in Vancouver 4/6 (A Hermida)
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Jonsi's tour kick in Vancouver 4/6 (A Hermida)
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Kolniur - Jonsi Live in Vancouver - April 6th - Vogue Theatre

Jonsi at Vogue Theatre, Vancouver 4/6/2010 setlist
stars in still water
hengilás
icicle sleeves
kolniður
tornado
saint naive
sinking friendships
go do
boy lilikoi
k12
new piano song
around us
jonsi new guitar song
animal arithmetic
grow till tall
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on tour

jónsi's band comprises alex somers on guitar, úlfur hansson on bass, þorvaldur þorvaldsson on drums and ólafur björn ólafsson on piano. jónsi's support act for the north american tour is death vessel.
Jónsi - album interview and making of

Jónsi - Live at Bethnal Green (with Nico Muhly) (Part 1)

Jónsi - Live at Bethnal Green (with Nico Muhly) (Part 2)

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Comments (17)

I am on the fence about going to this...anyone attend the show please provide input! Thanks

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2010 1:38 PM

Thanks 2:37!

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2010 2:41 PM

Hey "a better take" guy. It doesn't snow in Iceland for 11 months of the year.

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2010 2:52 PM

i was also on the fence, but these reviews are sounding pretty awesome

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2010 3:09 PM

Hey April 7. I think he was making a joke. Everyone knows it only snows there 10 months of the year.

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2010 3:40 PM

your kids will make fun of you for this someday.

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2010 4:33 PM

Uhh, feel free to credit me for using my youtube video. Thanks.

Posted by octobermidnight | April 7, 2010 4:58 PM

Octobermidnight, we all bow before your Youtubing skills!! If you were looking for credit, or are going to be salty/snarky about your video being used, you probably shouldn't have thrown it up on Youtube.

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2010 5:33 PM

salty/snarky....nice!

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2010 5:36 PM

I was at the show last night. Damn near a religeous experience. Sigur Ros was the best show I had ever seen live, not so sure now. It was truly an amazing show of musical art. The stage setup was fantastic. When we got back from the show we were already looking for tickets to go again the next night. If anyoen has the chance, NO ONE should ever miss this.

Posted by <ark | April 7, 2010 5:36 PM

Definitely didn't mean to sound 'snarky'. Nor was there an attempt to be salty. My bad.

Posted by octobermidnight | April 7, 2010 8:45 PM

show was dope!!! especially the animals

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2010 8:52 PM

What a fantastic show that was. Thanks for the review and especially the setlist! I re-posted the latter (with credit) in my Jonsi Vancouver Concert Review. hope that's alright ...

Posted by East Of Main | April 8, 2010 6:14 AM

I have a ticket to the May 8th show at Terminal 5, NYC. I just want to sell the ticket for regular price, as I can no longer attend the show.

If anyone is interested please email me:
traviswalterdonovan@gmail.com

Thanks!

Posted by T.W. Donovan | April 8, 2010 6:04 PM

I am currently in the market for spam and porn. If you do find any, please send it to: traviswalterdonovan@gmail.com

Many thanks!

Posted by T.W. Donovan | April 17, 2010 6:25 PM

Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie were really good albums. Got them when they came out, still throw them on at times and think they're great. It saddens me when I hear bands from that era when I was a teenager and hear their new stuff and it's so clear how they've lost it, they sound desperate to recapture a sound/magic that they haven't had in 15 years (holy shit).... And then I realize that is not unlike a lot of us.

Posted by منتديات | January 22, 2011 8:34 AM

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