Entries tagged with: Jonsi
by Andrew Sacher
Death Vessel at Terminal 5 in 2010 (more by Ryan Muir)
Joel Thibodeau's indie folk project Death Vessel hasn't released an album since 2008's Nothing Is Precious Enough For Us, but that will finally change with the release of Island Intervals on February 25 via Sub Pop. He's released two singles from the album thus far, one of which features Sigur Ros singer Jonsi (who Death Vessel toured with in 2010) called "Ilsa Drown." You can stream that one, plus the just-released "Mercury Dime," both of which have the kind of beautiful atmospheres you'd expect from someone who collaborates with Jonsi, below. Album artwork and tracklist below too.
Since we last spoke, Death Vessel has been added to his Sub Pop labelmates Shearwater's upcoming tour which hits NYC on March 22 at The Bell House. Jesca Hoop was added to a number of the dates, including the NYC show, as well. Tickets for that one are still available.
All dates are listed, along with with the streams, LP artwork and tracklist, below...
For those counting at home, Dana (distortion) Yavin, Amanda Hatfield, David Andrako and Fred Pessaro // BBG have all dropped of their favorite photos that they took in 2012, and now comes a set from another long-time contributor, Dominick Mastrangelo. We'll let him take it from here...
I'm pretty sure everybody who photographs for this site has a list of bands they want to shoot before they hang up their camera or move on to something other than music. I'm no different and 2012 was the year I was able to cross a handful of those bands off my list. All were personal favorites from before I ever picked up a camera; some I had seen a bunch, some I hadn't seen in years and some I had never seen. To have photographed The Afghan Whigs twice, Sigur Rós twice, as well as Wilco, the reunited Ben Folds Five and The Old 97's (a band I saw in countless sweaty venues in my thirteen years in North Texas) over the span of six months, well, I consider myself very fortunate.
Also, Canada was very good to me. I covered Osheaga in August then returned a month later to cover POP Montreal for the second time. The following morning I was on a train to Toronto to cover the Polaris Prize gala. Nearly half of the photos below were taken north of the border and only a desire to not turn this into an all-Canada post kept me from including more.
Of the twelve I've selected, the above shot of Jonsi, the lead-singer of Icelandic band Sigur Rós, taken in Philadelphia at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts is probably my favorite. It was the band's first show in four years, the first time I was getting to photograph one of their shows and my first time seeing them since the last North American show of their Takk tour in February of 2006.
More of my favorite shots from 2012 are below.
Jonsi of Sigur Ros at Hammerstein Ballroom (more by Vincent Cornelli)
In addition to the previously discussed dates at festivals including Lollapalooza, Sigur Ros has added a few other dates including a show at Prospect Park Bandshell on July 31! Tickets go on AMEX/BRIC presale on Wednesday 4/18 at noon and regular sale on 4/20.
As discussed and as you can tell here, Sigur Ros's hiatus is officially over especially considering the band's new LP Valtari on the way via EMI/XL on May 29th. All known world tour dates are below...
today in NYC
* Yale Strom @ Barbes
* Caspa @ Webster Hall
* The Present @ The Stone
* Matthew Avedon @ Zebulon
* Underground Horns @ Barbes
* Gilbert Gottfried @ Caroline's
* Roberto Carlos Lange @ The Stone
* No Bra & more @ Santos Party House
* Hungry March Band @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Mandatory Office Party @ Union Hall
* Chrisette Michele @ Best Buy Theater
* Yo La Tengo Hanukkah show @ Maxwell's
* Bernie Worrell Orchestra @ Bowery Electric
* Forever Ray: Whitley & The Hard Times Band @ City Winery
* Seth MacFarlane with Big Band conducted by Joel McNeely @ Blue Note
* Kurtis Blow, Cold Crush Brothers, The Sugarhill Gang, Rob Base, Joeski Love, Lovebug Starski @ B.B. King Blues Club
* A Very Capeshok Secret Santa Party w/ The Everymen, Moonmen On The Moon, Man, The Shipwrecks, Phone Home, Merry Christmas, Spa Castles, Crazy and The Brains @ Cake Shop
* The Skirts, Barkuna, Lost Boy?, Imaginary Weapons, My Summer, Twi the Humble Feather (solo), Universe, Bryce Hackford @ Glasslands
Check out a wintry new video for Jonsi & Cameron Crowe's "Gathering Stories" which appears in Cameron's new movie "We Bought a Zoo" (out this week), below...
Here's the info:
'we bought a zoo' releasedThe streaming player is below...
today, december 13th, sees the release of the soundtrack for the forthcoming movie 'we bought a zoo' - the soundtrack comprises of over 30 minutes of brand new music from jónsi; two new songs from jónsi: "ævin endar" (life ends) & "snærisendar" (end of a rope) as well as nine shorter "theme" pieces, plus reimagining's of songs from jónsi's debut solo album "go". the soundtrack also includes "hoppípolla" by sigur rós.
information about the album, tracklisting, ordering and preview streams are all available on jonsi.com
to celebrate this release, today (december 13th) in new york city there will be a live q&a session with jónsi & the movie's director cameron crowe. this event [at Barnes & Noble] starts at 7pm nyc time and will be streamed live
photos by Matt Eisman
Recorded and shot over two nights at London's Alexandra Palace at the close of the 2008 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), with film manipulations by Godspeed You! Black Emperor visual collaborator Karl Lemieux, Inni is Sigur Rós' second live film following 2007's hugely-celebrated tour documentary Heima.Inni is more than just a Sigur Ros live DVD though, it is also a double album culled from that live session in 2008 that contains bonus tracks and a previously unreleased song "Lúppulagid" which appears as the final non-live track on the LP. Full details on the release, which comes in 3LP, 2CD + DVD and 2CD + Blu-ray, and digital forms, are below. Look for it on 11/15 via XL Recordings.
If you prefer to view Inni early or somewhere other than the plush folds of your couch, then look for it in a theater near you. It comes to NYC on 11/5 at midnight (11/6) at IFC Center. Tickets are on sale.
The film premiered at Club NASA as part of the Reykjavik International Film Festival in the band's home country of Iceland last week. The RIFF (best name ever) kicked off on 9/22 and came to a close yesterday. BV photographer Matt Eisman happened to be in Iceland at the time and took some pictures at the premiere where various people spoke along with the film. Those pics are in this post. Check out more of them with the release details and a video preview, below...
Canon Blue, the solo project of Daniel James, released his sophomore LP, Rumspringa, today (8/16) via Temporary Residence Limited (and via Efterklang's label Rumraket in Scandinavia) (Rumtaket's last-ever non-Efterklang release). The album is the follow-up to 2007's Colonies, a collaboration with Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear. It was recorded while he was on a European tour with Efterklang, who Daniel contributes to. Sigur Ros' string section Amiina provided string arrangements on the album (which they recorded in Iceland). Slaraffenland and Efterklang both also contribute to the album. Stream the track "A Native (Madison)" here and check out some video clips of album tracks below. Listen to the whole album at Spinner.
Canon Blue kicks off a tour in support of the album tonight (8/16) at Mercury Lounge. After a couple more East Coast dates, they'll play Glasslands on August 20 and then hit up other US and Canadian venues. Both NYC shows feature support from Atlantic/Pacific (ex-Texas is the Reason). Tickets are on sale now for the Mercury show and the Glasslands show. Canon Blue also tour in November supporting The Boxer Rebellion. Canon Blue are not listed as an opener when The Boxer Rebellion hit NYC on November 18 at Webster Hall but maybe that will change after Canon Blue's NYC shows this week. Tickets for the Webster Hall show are on sale now.
Speaking of Sigur Ros, they recently put a trailer video on their website for the film INNI, which will screen at the Venice Film Festival. The film was directed by Vincent Morisset, who also directed the Arcade Fire film Mirror Noir. Sigur Ros frontman Jonsi is also set to score Cameron Crowe's upcoming film We Bought a Zoo. Cameron and Sigur Ros last worked together when the band contributed music to his 2001 film Vanilla Sky.
All dates, videos, album art and tracklist below...
photos by Vincent Cornelli, sarcasm by BBG
Washington Post: You've said that before you made a solo album, you felt as if you'd been in a cocoon. Did making the album give you more confidence?Shock. A talented and versatile artist listens to a wide array of bands! ANYWAY, Jonsi played Hammerstein Ballroom last night (11/10), his final US date of a massive two part tour that also brought him to Terminal 5 in May over two nights (pictures of the second show). The final round also included a stop at Jimmy Fallon for a performance of "Sticks & Stones", which also aired last night.
Jonsi: For me, you mean? No. Maybe, yeah.
Do you think it will affect how you make albums with Sigur Ros?
Maybe. It was a good experience to do this, working with a lot of new artists and musicians and producers. It's healthy to work with different people.
Do you think you'll work with Nico Muhly again? You should say yes.
Yes. He's a fun guy to be around, anyway. So we definitely might do something together.
You've said you grew up listening to Metallica. For real?
Yeah, Metallica and Megadeth and stuff like that. But now I just listen to Billie Holiday and Django Reinhardt and stuff like that....It's nice to have in the background, like a comfy sofa.
Mountain Man opened the show, but we have no pictures of them unfortunatley. More of Jonsi, some video, and that Fallon appearance video are all below...
Jonsi @ Voodoo Experience 2010 (more by Alysse Gafkjen)
today in NYC
* Metric @ MoMA
* Carmen Staaf @ The Stone
* Bon Jovi @ Best Buy Theatre
* Experience Hendrix @ Beacon Theatre
* Dex Romweber Duo @ Brighton Bar, NJ
* Robyn, Maluca, Natalia Kills @ Terminal 5
* Henry Grimes, Carmen Staaf @ The Stone
* Dub Trio, CSC Funk Band @ Mercury Lounge
* Roky Erickson, The A-Bones @ The Bell House
* Chuck Prophet, Stephanie Finch @ Union Hall
* Jonsi, Mountain Man @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* Hot Cha Cha, Sisters, Little Big @ Death By Audio
* Favourite Sons, Steve Gunn, Don Stahl @ Union Pool
* Slim Cessna's Auto Club, The Lingering Doubts @ Mercury Lounge
* The Purse Snatchers, Man Benu, New Colossus @ Bruar Falls
* Hooray For Earth, Milagres, Slow Animal, Ghastly City Sleep, Appomattox @ Pianos
* Cherie Lily, Amanda Lapore, Cazwell, Menya, DJ Nita, Nasty Ness @ Santos Party House
* Deer Tick, J-Roddy Walston & The Business, Jason Anderson @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Curren$y, The London Souls, Dynasty Electric, Skibeatz & The Senseis, Stalley, McKenzie Eddy, Sean O'Connell, DJ Boogz, Trademark, Nesby Phips, Rugz D. Bewler, Smoke DZA, Tabi Bonney, Terri Walker @ Highline Ballroom
Tonight's Yukon Blonde, Motel Motel show at Maxwell's is cancelled.
Jonsi headlines Hammerstein Ballroom, and appears on Fallon, tonight.
photos by Alysse Gafkjen
MGMT / My Morning Jacket
"It's more than an average sweat-your-brains-out, suffer-in-the-mud music festival. It's the Voodoo Experience, and it went down at City Park this weekend in New Orleans.MGMT probably had the most talked about costumes of the weekend. The band dressed up as the cartoon cast of Scooby Doo. More pictures and a bunch of videos from this past weekend's Halloween-themed New Orleans fest (not necessarily in order - a big mix of all three days), and MMJ's setlist (they covered Black Sabbath again), below...
Voodoo Fest, one of the world's largest Halloween parties, housed thousands of attendees who, for three days of musical bliss, watched some of the world's most notorious names -- including Muse, Ozzy Osbourne, MGMT and My Morning Jacket -- and donned costumes ranging from zombies to superheroes, fictional characters to condiments and anything and everything in-between." [The Daily Reveille]
by Andrew Frisicano
Jonsi @ Terminal 5 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
The previously-mentioned Wordless Music show featuring Jonsi and Kjartan Sigur Ros, along with Alex Somers Of Riceboy Sleeps, The Hilliard Ensemble, Latvian National Choir and Wordless Music Orchestra, is happening at The Church of St. Paul the Apostle on November 15th. Tickets are on sale through the Lincoln Center, who are putting on the show as part of their White Light Music Festival.
White Light Fest runs from October 28th-November 18th, and its other shows include Antony and the Johnsons at Alice Tully Hall on October 30th (that's their only North American show this year). That's now sold out. Listen to Antony's new LP, Swanlights, at NPR.
Also part of the White Light Festival is an October 28th show featuring the Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble at David Rubenstein Atrium. That crosses over with another new music series, Target Free Thursday at Lincoln Center's David Rubenstein Atrium. The full schedule for those shows, which run through December, is below. There's also free DJ nights at the Atrium on Saturday night; that schedule is below too.
To bring it back to Wordless Music, Kronos Quartet will be at (Le) Poisson Rouge for two nights this weekend (Oct. 8 and 9), each with different sets of mostly-new music. The first night includes pieces by Terry Riley and Michael Gordon (both with assists by Young People's Chorus of New York City) and young composers Bryce Dessner (of the National) and Missy Mazzoli (of chamber group Victoire). The second has another new work by Gordon, music by JG Thirwell, and new Schubert arrangements, reworked by vocalist Judith Berkson, who'll also be on hand. Unfortunately, both nights are sold out.
And since we mentioned Brooklyn composer Missy Mazzoli above, it should be noted that her band Victoire plays a free show at Dumbo gallery Smack Mellon on November 4th. Victoire's new album, Cathedral City, just came out on New Amsterstam. Their schedule is below too.
The full Free Thursdays schedule and more info is below...
Jonsi @ Terminal 5 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Along with that Godspeed You! Black Emperor announcement, two Wordless Music Series-presented shows included, came this:
"Look for a full 2010-11 Wordless Music season announcement in the coming days, including world and U.S. premieres of new music for orchestra by Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead, Jónsi and Kjartan of Sigur Rós with Alex Somers of Riceboy Sleeps, Kronos Quartet, The Hilliard Ensemble, Latvian National Choir, Tyondai Braxton, the Wordless Music Orchestra, Joshua Rifkin, Deerhoof, and the U.S. debut of the Carl Craig/Moritz von Oswald/Francesco Tristano Schlimé Trio, as well as collaborations with Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Library of Congress, Walker Arts Center, and Emerson College for concerts in New York City, Washington D.C., Boston, and Minneapolis."Stay tuned for more details. Meanwhile, tickets are on sale for both NYC Godspeed shows.
Spoon @ Oya Fest 2007 (more)
Hot Chip @ ACL 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
tonight in NYC
* The Dead Weather @ Don Hill's
* Mark Burgess @ Home Sweet Home
* Elvis Martinez @ Highbridge Park
* Fol Chen, Baths @ Union Pool
* Michael Rother & Freunde, Lichens @ Maxwell's
* Conjunto Imagen @ Wagner Park, Battery Park City
* DBCR, Purse Snatchers, Andy and Zeus @ Cake Shop
* Asphalt Orchestra @ Lincoln Center Broadway Plaza
* Alexis Taylor, Hot Chip (DJ) (late) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Frank Turner, William Elliot Whitmore @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Ivo Perelman, Daniel Levin, Andrew Cyrille @ Roulette
* GDFX, Twin Stumps, Cacaw, Divorce Money @ Shea Stadium
* Arcade Fire, Spoon, Owen Pallett @ Madison Square Garden
* Robyn, Kelis, Dan Black, Far East Movement @ Webster Hall
* Bird Names, Procedure Club, Cavex, Columboid @ Silent Barn
* Starship Troopers (film), Grooms @ McCarren Park SummerScreen
* Lower Dens, Inoculist, Gross Relations, Nightdogs @ Glasslands
* Black Taxi, That Handsome Devil, Decibel @ Rocks Off Concert Cruises
* This Frontier Needs Heroes, She Keeps Bees, Naked Hearts @ Mercury Lounge
* Right Coast, Statespeed, Love Isla, Assumbly Line @ Studio at Webster Hall
* Hot Chip, Hercules and Love Affair, Holy Ghost! @ Central Park SummerStage
* Michael Leonhart & The Avramina 7, Inyang Bassey & Binky Griptite @ Mercury Lounge
* Robert Glasper Experiment w/ Q-Tip & Bilal, Jose James' Blackmagic @ Lincoln Center Damrosch Park Bandshell
The Europa show with Enthroned, Destroyer 666, Pathology and Black Anvil will be happening on August 31st instead of tonight.
Interpol isn't at Wellmont Theatre after the venue's ceiling started to crumble.
The Lincoln Center lineup tonight looks like this:
Wednesday, August 4, 2010Spoon play their first of two shows with Arcade Fire at MSG tonight. Last night they were on Fallon. Video below...
7:00 PM Asphalt Orchestra
(premiering commissioned pieces written for them by Yoko Ono and David Byrne / Annie Clark (St. Vincent)
7:30 PM Jose James Blackmagic
8:30 PM The Robert Glasper Experiment w/ Q-Tip and Bilal
Jonsi has a new video for "Animal Arithmetic" which you can watch below...
2/3 of Mountain Man @ Mercury Lounge in May (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Tender-voiced trio Mountain Man will be opening for Sigur Ros frontman Jonsi as part of his October/November tour of North America. The pair hit NYC on November 10th for a gig at Hammerstein Ballroom. Tickets go on Citicard presale Tuesday, Live Nation presale Thursday, and general sale Friday, all at at 10am.
Before then, the women of Mountain Man have an August 13th Rooftop Films show at Old American Can Factory. Tickets are still on sale. Plus there's a series of August & September shows in the UK split between Jonsi and the Low Anthem.
All tour dates and their live-on-a-NY-street version of "River", and other videos, below...
Jonsi @ Terminal 5 in May (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Missed him last time? Jonsi will tour one more time in support his solo album "Go", and that will include the same big production as last time and another U.S. jaunt including November 10th at Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC. A tour trailer and all dates below...
The Luyas @ MHOW in April (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
tonight in NYC
* High Violet Annex (see below)
* Effi Briest @ Union Pool
* Blank Dogs @ Home Sweet Home
* Iggy Pop @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Clare & The Reasons @ Joe's Pub
* Elliot Brood, Jonny Corndawg @ Pianos
* TBA, Only Son, Ching Chong Song @ Cake Shop (see below)
* Heavenly Beat, Attics, Red Romans @ Bruar Falls
* Dick Heaven, James Pobiega, Jeff Halen @ Zebulon
* Cold Heat, Rahzel Sadat, X Craig G, Torae, Poison Pen @ SOB's
* Massive Attack, Neon Indian, Martina Topley Bird @ Terminal 5
* Two Door Cinema Club, Bad Veins, MillionYoung @ Bowery Ballroom
* Hot Hot Heat, The Stationary Set, Paige Whitcher @ Public Assembly
Leatherface, Ninja Gun, Two Man Advantage, Iron Chic @ Knitting Factory
* Steve Moore, itsnotyouitsme (Joshua Light Show Fest) @ Abrons Art Center
* Venom P. Stinger, Fresh Kills, Violent Bullshit, Golden Error @ Shea Stadium
* Everybody Was In The French Resistance...Now!, Murder Mystery, Blackbells, Phil and the Osophers @ Mercury Lounge
Joshua Light Show's four-night fest at Abrons Art Center kicks off tonight, and has Silver Apples, Oneida, Dean & Britta and more coming up.
LIVE sets by:Unfortunately Kimya Dawson is not in NYC so "The Bundles" aren't playing Cake Shop tonight, but Jeff & Jack Lewis and Anders Griffin (the rest of the band) will still play an opening set. What happens at the end of the night is still TBA.
6:05 - INLETS
6:25 - ZACHARY CALE
6:45 - HELADO NEGRO
7:05 - JULIANNA BARWICK
7:25 - THE LUYAS
7:45 - TALK NORMAL
8:05 - ARLT
8:25 - MARTHA WAINWRIGHT
Unfortunately Leatherface never made it into the country.
Venom P Stinger back together again, warm up for an ATP UK gig in NYC tonight.
Tonight's PiL concert will be streaming from DC at NPR.
Blank Dogs reports that, "This and Pendu NYE&E are our last NYC shows or a while. Ok?" He plays the Wierd Records party at Home Sweet Home tonight.
The new video for Memoryhouse's "Lately (Deuxieme)," which cops a sample from Jon Brion's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind soundtrack, is posted below (along with a Jay Electronica song that does the same and the original).
Jonsi performed on Craig Ferguson last night. Video below....
MGMT was on Letterman. Videos below...
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
"omg omg I love you sigur ros you make me cry @sigurros and thank you jonsi for an amazing concert last night at terminal 5" - Andrew
jónsi: it's super scary. i dunno why. there was a big confusion because first of all i'd been in sigur rós for 15 years. and all of a sudden i went from this safe environment of having three other guys to bounce ideas off. when i get tired i could tell them to take over. it was so easy. i didn't actually realise until i went into this project when i had to do everything myself; everybody's coming and asking things and you have to pretend to know. it's also confusing because this album was supposed to be a small side step from sigur rós - not quitting or anything like that - they were all off having babies, not me. so i thought it was prefect timing to do something else. the first idea was to have a really low-key acoustic album but then it exploded into something totally different. the first demo was acoustic guitars, piano and ukulele. then songs became crazier and i had people in mind i wanted to work with like nico muhly. he's amazing. he did all the arrangements with strings and brass. then there was no holding me back. we were in my apartment and he had one small keyboard and a computer and he did five songs in a night. he is so hyper active; it was really fun and exciting. he had worked on some albums that i heard and liked the arrangements because they were not like sigur rós. i didn't want to have sigur rós arrangements. i wanted something crazier than the obvious choice.Sigur Ros frontman Jonsi (and opener Death Vessel) played two nights in a row (with his band) at Terminal 5 in NYC over the weekend. We already posted pictures and video from the first night (Saturday). Sunday night, including a series of six videos taken from above, below...
photos by Ryan Muir
"[Jonsi's] concert was a tribute to Nature, both sublime and pitiless. His backdrop was a window onto a dark forest; videos showed plants blossoming, predators pursuing prey and ravaging storms.Jonsi completed his North American tour Sunday night at Terminal 5. Death Vessel opened that show and the one the night before it at the same venue. More pictures and a bunch of videos from Saturday (5/8), below...
While the album starts with its thumping, upbeat songs, the concert took its time, starting with folky acoustic ballads, a somber hymn and Steve Reich Minimalist patterns. Folkiness carried over into the danceable songs. There was always something hand-played, an acoustic guitar or a plinking vibraphone, in the mix. And when the faster songs arrived, with the cosmic advice of "Go Do" -- "We should always know that we can do everything" -- Jonsi's high, clear voice was not only the carrier of insistent pop hooks, but also a messenger of ecstatic hope." [NY Times]
photos by Rachel Carr, words by Daiana Feuer
The third and final round of the Coachella Music & Arts Festival was funky, and not just because the port-a-potties reeked. Keeping a loose theme every day (see Friday & Saturday), Sunday focused on relentless rhythm and groovy basslines. The absolute golden moment belonged to Yo La Tengo's blistering final song. Rhythm that revels in repetition + guitar that tries to destroy itself = wee mind blown. Sometimes the moodiest things are the most uplifting.
Thom Yorke brought his dancing shoes, his favorite Flea, and Nigel Godrich. His band Atoms For Peace played almost every song off The Eraser, many of which featured strong world rhythm sections. When Yorke didn't have a guitar in hand, he danced, whirled, and punched the air like he was rehearsing a scene from Fame. We wanted a high kick, but it didn't arrive. King Khan & The Shrines, on the other hand, featured legs flying all over the place, DJ Lance Rock and Yo Gabba Gabba characters, burning money, as well as a visit from the police-who crept on stage to snap pictures. Probably the first time Khan runs into cops and doesn't leave wearing cuffs. Sunny Day Real Estate had the audience offering bids to buy property, and Phoenix had people choking on dinner as they tried to dance and eat at the same time.
King Khan Gabba Gabba
Not every Julian Casablancas song captivated, but his band delightfully binged on rhythms. Each musician had a personal backbeat player supporting each fill. The drummer plus his sidekick especially sounded great. Matt & Kim's ebullient smiles inspired chaos in the audience, as usual. Mayer Hawthorne and the County revived Motown soulful brassiness and covered Biz Markie's "Just a Friend." The Big Pink played some new songs from next year's album, reaching out for Depeche Mode with a drummer in a pink bathing suit. Electro sweet popper Little Boots forgot her pants as well, wearing a sparkly shirt and knickers, and played with the lasers on stage. Charlotte Gainsbourg inaugurated her "first tour, first everything" with a feminine "Candy-O" sensibility, sometimes in French. Florence & the Machine rounds out the great lady performances of the day, and brought on Nathan Willett of Cold War Kids.
All clad in white, France's DJ ego-powers Club 75 demonstrated the ability to cooperate together with just a few elbows thrown. Cassius, Justice, Busy P, and DJ Mehdi still use CD's (so old school), and took turns passing on the headphones between them and finishing each other's remix sentences, trading places at each station. Backstage security bobbed along while staying tough. When it was their turn, Rusko turned the Sahara tent into a mechazoid robot battle and Orbital live-produced virtual reality anthems for Satan wearing Matrix miner lights around their heads. Infected Mushroom instructed on the benefits of "Becoming Insane" flanked by two mushrooms with red eyes.
The Middle East should not be confused with The Soft Pack, formerly The Muslims. The former may be from Australia but it sounds like a back porch band from Woodstock, and the latter offers a "Parasite" infestation that's as pure as sunshine and a neat drum set up that packs a giant tom punch. What appears as regular rock on headphones reveals its brilliance when experienced live. One of the strangest live moments of the festival belongs to Sly Stone, who played four hours late and on the wrong stage. He bitched, he slurred, he cursed, lay down, walked off, stopped songs and good grief, made a total mess of himself. But that's rock and roll.
Sly Stone made history look unable to get past its youthful drug phase, but Jonsi, Pavement, and Spoon come from a music scene that did a little bit less cocaine. Jonsi repped the awesomeness of Sigur Rós and great hats. Steve Patterson of White Rabbits joined Britt Daniels and the rest of Spoon to add percussion on "I Turn My Camera On". Spoon's tour-mate Bradford Cox (who played earlier in the day in Deerhunter) also joined Spoon on stage, like he did on their recent Kimmel appearance. Pavement ran through the hits during one of their first U.S. shows since reuniting. "That's the 90's in a nutshell," said Stephen Malkmus after the angsty "Unfair"...
"...Pavement, the iconic slacker band of the '90s, who took the main stage against what turned out to be one of the fest's chief attractions, the finally wildly popular French dance-rock band Phoenix, who wowed possibly the biggest crowd of the entire fest ... while Pavement played to a field half-full of true believers rather than the massive throngs many expected, and thought the band deserved.Virtual Snoop Dogg introduced the Gorillaz set, but Blur's Damon Albarn appeared in the flesh, with a few special guests including Paul Simonon, Mick Jones, De La Soul-who kicked their own old school jams earlier in the day-and Little Dragon's Yukimi. One unique rhythm transcended the next, showing the mutability of hip hop and dance music. And then that was it, suddenly. The festival ended and tens of thousands of people started wondering where they left their car keys...
No matter, though. Pavement still delivered a set that vindicated the group of prior crimes -- namely a Coachella performance near the end of their career so notoriously bad, many in attendance point to it as the moment the band decided to break up.
This night, however, they were tight, they were loud, and they sounded large on that vast field -- an odd statement, given the fact that in their heyday they were far more known for being introspectively small rather than arena-ready..." [The OC Register]
Radiohead Peppers For Peace
Daiana's Weekend Top 10:
1. Yo La Tengo's last song
2. Little Dragon's Yukimi
3. Gossip leading a revolution
4. Thom Yorke dancing to African rhythms
5. PiL giving a history lesson
6. Sly Stone wigging out
7. Bouncing penises + fat people in undies (Die Antwoord + Major Lazer)
8. Devo putting on the hats that ushered in modern pop culture for "Whip It"
9. John Waters corrupting many young minds
10. The Gorrilaz lyric: "Super fast jellyfish going super fast. You can't even see him but you wanna eat him."
Owen Pallett, Local Natives, Miike Snow, and Yann Tiersen also played the fest Sunday. Gary Numan was among those who couldn't. Reviews & pictures from Day One, HERE and Day Two, HERE. Setlists (Thom Yorke and Pavement), pictures, and videos from Day Three, below...
Jonsi's tour kick in Vancouver 4/6 (A Hermida)
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.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...
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] 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.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.
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]
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...
Tickets are still on "Jonsi presale" for the two Jonsi shows at Terminal 5 (password = "Go") (password applies to other shows on the tour too). Tickets for the Terminal 5 shows are also on AmEx presale as of 11am. General sale starts Friday at noon. Check out Jonsi's new video for "Go Do" below....
The Donnas are playing Highline Ballroom on Wednesday, March 24th. Tickets are on sale.
Sigur Ros have announced that they're taking an indefinite hiatus to focus on family and other projects. Members Kjartan and Georg are spending time with their newborn children, and singer Jónsi is releasing a solo album and touring. The band was previously reported to be working on a new record last year. Jónsi wrote on their site, "we started working on something a few months ago, then we scrapped everything and sold our studio and rehearsal space. now we are back in the drummer's garage, rocking out like we did when we were 14. i think it's gonna be good."
Jónsi's debut solo album, Go, comes out April 5th on XL Recordings. The song "Boy Lilikoi" is streaming on his website and its artwork is above. The album features arrangement work by Nico Muhly, percussion by Samuli Kosminen, and production by Jonsi, Alex Somers (Jonsi's boyfriend and Riceboy Sleeps partner) and Peter Katis (who has worked wth Interpol, The National & Tokyo Police Club).
Jónsi is working with London-based 59 Productions on the set, costumes and stage-show for his upcoming world tour, which will "open in North America in April 2010, and will come to Europe in late May [dates TBA still]." The company recently leaked teaser photos (possibly mock-ups of the stage), which are posted below. The full tour hasn't been announced yet, but it will come to NYC's Terminal 5 on Saturday, May 8th. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 12th at noon.
UPDATE: Full tour announced and it includes two NYC shows.
Jónsi played songs off the new record on NYC's Soundcheck on January 21st. That's streaming on the station's site. Videos from the making of the album, teaser pictures and album tracklist are below...