Entries tagged with: Sigur Ros
by Andrew Sacher
Sigur Ros at Prospect Park in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
SIgur Ros made a triumphant return this year after a four-year hiatus with a great new album, Valtari, and an equally great return to the live stage on their tour which brought them to Prospect Park in July. Now the band have announced that they'll be back in North America next year for their largest headlining tour to date, including what is by far their largest NYC show ever at Madison Square Garden on March 25, 2013! Tickets for the show go on sale Friday (11/16) at 9 AM with a fan presale starting Wednesday (11/14) at 10 AM. All dates on the tour, which looks like it might hit Coachella, are listed below.
Sigur Ros recently played a new song, "Brennisteinn," at Iceland Airwaves, which you can watch a video of below.
Meanwhile, Nowness also premiered a film for the title track off Valtari today (11/12) which you can watch below. It's part of the band's Mystery FIlm Experiment and was directed by Christian Larson with choreography by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui.
A list of all dates and both of those videos are below.
Sigur Ros at Prospect Park in July (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As you may know, Sigur Ros had been in the process of completing their "Mystery Film Experiment," for which they shot videos for every song on their 2012 album, Valtari. The project was recently finished and now the band plans to premiere the film across the world in unconventional venues, including "cinemas, cinema-like spaces, rock clubs, hardware stores, hairdresser salons, and beyond." The NYC screening will take place the weekend of December 7-9 in a TBA location. The band writes:
join sigur rós fans from around the world for a unique program of short filmsTickets for the NYC screening are on sale now.
the "valtari film experiment" program collects at least 17 commissioned "official" and fan-created short films created to coincide with the album valtari. the program will screen on all seven continents (yes, including antarctica). venues will include cinemas, cinema-like spaces, rock clubs, hardware stores, hairdresser salons, and beyond. with the band's live film inni, large venues were particularly pursued, but this time, smaller, more avant-garde film-type spaces are sought out, though there will be many exceptions.
directors of at least some of these films will be present at the screening.
upon the release of their album valtari, sigur rós gave a dozen filmmakers the same modest budget and asked them to create whatever comes into their head when they listen to songs from the album. the idea was to bypass the usual artistic approval process and allow people utmost creative freedom. among the filmmakers are alma har'el, andrea arnold, and floria sigismondi. at the same time, the band invited fans to contribute their own personal creations.
the exact new york location is to be announced, though it will be a cinema or cinema-like space within the five boroughs, and you will be sent location details well in advance. however, tickets are limited and only available for a limited time, so please order now.
All cities and locations that the film will screen in are listed at Sigur Ros' website. A YouTube playlist of the Mystery Film Experiment is below.
"sigur rós would like to apologise to anyone disappointed not to see the band's bestival performance live online last night. early in the day a decision had been made to delay broadcast till after the show to give the band a chance to review the footage ahead of webcast, since they were dismayed that their guaranteed "darkness" slot had been pushed into daylight by the expansive demands of the headliner. the band's only uk show of the year, this would-be highlight of the 2012 calendar, would have to be conducted without proper lights or visuals. sadly then, a perfect storm of production issues and technical problems conspired to mean that the band went on to have a thoroughly miserable experience on stage too. and to spare everyone's blushes a decision was made to draw a discrete veil over proceedings. sorry, but we can be so much better than what you missed. another time, for sure." - Sigur RosBestival took place over the weekend at Isle of Wight in the UK. Sigur Ros have since announced even more UK and other European shows. The full list is below...
Telepathe at Glasslands, July 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
today in NYC
* Jared Evan @ Joe's Pub
* Poundcake @ City Winery
* Mary Ehrlich @ The Stone
* Marta Topferova @ Barbes
* Neon Trees @ MLB Fan Cave
* Slavic Soul Party @ Barbes
* Stevie Jackson @ The Living Room
* New York Chamber Trio @ The Stone
* Cherokee, Kartell @ Mercury Lounge
* American Idol Live @ Prudential Center
* Alanis Morissette @ iHeartRadio Theater
* Kendra Morris, Julie Haltigan @ Mercury Lounge
* Rarechild, Treasure Teeth, Shadow Box @ Big Snow
* Fly Ashtray, Clay Dots, Hamish Kilgour @ Zebulon
* Dash Rip Rock, City Walls Autumn Falls @ Matchless
* Silent Drape Runners (Twin Peaks: The Beginning) @ The Bell House
* The Mast, Greg Barris, Mathias Kunzli, Oddlogic (DJ Set) @ Glasslands
* Telepathe, The So So Glos, Blonds, The Teen Commandments @ The Rock Shop
* Camp Sunshine w/ Nikki Glaser, Kelly Hudson, Jennie Sutton, Amanda Madden, Erin Anderson @ Public Assembly
* F. Stokes, Waayaha Cusub, Alsarah & the Nubatones, Toni Blackman, Humanitarian Bazaar @ 285 Kent Avenue
Public Assembly's "Masters of Social Gastronomy" series tonight will tackle the topic "Get Tipsy," discussing the science of booze... and drinking games. It's free. 7PM.
There's a send-off party at The Rock Shop tonight for some of the bands playing the Brooklyn, Sweden festival. Catch Telepathe, the So-So Glos and more. $15 but includes an open Brooklyn Brewery bar from 7:30 - 9:30 PM.
BrooklynVegan photo exhibit "480 Pixels" is up at 92YTribeca through September 6th. Stop by and check it out!
Follow BrooklynVegan on Instagram.
Everything Everything have released the first video from their new album, Arc, which is out in January. You can watch "Cough Cough" below.
Julia Holter has a new video for "Goddess Eyes I," which you can watch below. Her tour with Hundred Waters hits NYC this Friday (8/31) for a show at Bowery Ballroom with Moon Diagrams.
Sigur Ros made a video for "Dauoalogn." Check it out below.
photos by Amoreena Lucero
Metallica / Sigur Ros at Outside Lands - 8/11/12
Metallica's headlining set on Saturday featured lots of the band's classic material ("Master of Puppets," "Ride the Lightning," "Creeping Death") paired with a fair amount of pyro and endless shout-outs to San Francisco. "We're very grateful to be playing in the backyard of the greatest city," said frontman James Hetfield. He also noted that a friend of his who lives a good distance from the park told him earlier that he could hear the band soundcheck all the way from his house. "So we're not only playing for you," said Hetfield. "We're playing for all of the Bay Area." [Rolling Stone]The 2012 Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival continued on Saturday (8/11) in San Francisco after kicking off a day earlier (8/10). Saturday's portion of the festival gave us a headlining set by Metallica, who, unfortunately for Jonsi, Sigur Ros was playing their set at the same time on a different stage. Saturday also saw sets by The Kills, Explosions in the Sky, Tame Impala, Alabama Shakes, and more.
Pictures of day 1 are HERE. More of day 2 are below.
Florence / Dum Dum Girls / the scene, Osheaga Fest 8/03/2012
"I can't believe we walked the whole thing."
This was the opening of an e-mail Saturday morning from my friend, the Montreal based singer-songwriter Leif Vollebekk. Day 1 of Montreal's Osheaga Music and Arts Festival (8/3) was in the books and instead of joining the crush of people all trying to get into the Metro, we opted to walk with a much smaller group of people from Parc Jean-Drapeau, the festival's home, over the closed-off Jacques Cartier Bridge back to the Mile End.
"You know," Leif's e-mail continued, "we could've all just waited for the subway, but then we might have been accused of being reasonable."
What came before the trek from the island to the mainland was a hot, dusty, sweaty blur of music and dancing and a sold-out crowd determined to pull every ounce of enjoyment from their day out.
The highlight for me on Day 1 was always going to be Sigur Ros, who I'd seen just a days before in Philadelphia. Sure, Justice may have been the official headliner on the day, but the Icelandic band, even restricted to their one-hour time slot, felt like the real headliner and reduced the electronic duo and their glorified DJ booth to the equivalent of an afterparty.
Earlier in the day, The Walkmen featured Skyler Skjelset of Fleet Foxes on bass and guitar and Icelandic band Of Monsters and Men packed the field at the Scene Verte stage on the other end of the park for their mid-day set.
The Dum Dum Girls set was delayed with sound issues and once they got going the tech guys spent most of their set running back and forth across the stage adjusting and fixing gear. It was the beginning of a trouble-filled weekend at the Scene des Arbres stage where delays were constant and, on Day 3, Zola Jesus' set was controversially cut short as thunderstorms rolled through. (Festival officials shut her set down just as the worst of the storm had passed.) She took to Facebook to voice her frustration (though what happened in Montreal was nothing compared to what went down at Lollapalooza in Chicago the same weekend).
Gary Clark, Jr. impressed over at the Scene Verte as his loud, fuzzy guitar riffs conjured dancing girls and good vibes.
Along with a beautiful set from Florence and the Machine and a raucous end-of-the-night set from Montreal's Les Breastfeeders, it was a great start to the festival.
Stay tuned for more on Day 2 and 3. More Osheaga Day 1 photos are below.
photos by James Richards IV
At the Drive-In/Sigur Ros at Lollapalooza - 8/5/12
Jack White was one of the headliners on Saturday., We weren't able to get pictures this time (see Firefly instead), but you can check out his Lolla setlist HERE and pictures and video of a surprise in-store that took place at Chicago's Reckless Records earlier in the day HERE. Other bands on Sunday included the reunited At the Drive-In, Sigur Ros, The Walkmen, Justice, Polica, Toro y Moi, The Gaslight Anthem (setlist and a video of their entire set HERE) and many more.
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Sigur Ros at Prospect Park - 7/31/12
The stage at Prospect Park last night (7/31) was lit up only by the grainy footage used for their "Ekki Mukk" video as Sigur Ros walked out, greeted by thunderous applause, for their first NYC show in four years. The show was sold out, but tons of people were listening from outside the venue too.
Sigur Ros recently ended their four-year hiatus with the album Valtari, their most consistent since 2005's Takk. So with that album's success to ride on, I went into the show with pretty high expectations, all of which were easily met. They opened the show with the only two Valtari songs of the night, "Ekki Mukk" and "Varuo," but the songs melded right in with the rest of the set. They relied most on material off of Agætis Byrjun and Takk, arguably their two heaviest hitters, and of course the crowd reactions for those old favorites like "Sæglopur," "Svefn-g-englar," and "Hoppipolla" were the most massive, but they really hit no lows.
For this tour, original pianist/multi-instrumentalist Kjartan "Kjarri" Sveinsson has chosen to sit out, though in an interview with The Reykjavik Grapevine, Jonsi confirms that he is not leaving the band for good, and just "tired of touring" and wants to "spend his time doing something else." In his place was Ólafur Björn Ólafsson of Jonsi's live band and bassist Georg's younger brother, Kjartan Dagur Hólm (of For A Minor Reflection). With that lineup in tow, the three original members took their places at the front of the stage (the only three members to receive spotlights), as Ólafur and Kjartan remained in the back with the band's touring string and horn players. Save for those rare spotlights, the band continued to be lit almost exclusively by the grainy footage on the screens behind them and a series of light bulbs scattered throughout their instrument setups. The slowly drifting images on the screen were as dream-inducing as the band themselves -- but while you'll catch some ambient bands using visuals as vices, Sigur Ros are quite the splendor to watch on their own.
The show began with a great set from Perfume Genius (aka Mike Hadreas and his 2-piece backing band), who seemed pretty aware that it's a bit of a struggle to open for Sigur Ros, but delivered nonetheless. He played a number of highlights from his excellent 2012 LP, Put Your Bank N 2 It, including "Take Me Home," "Dark Parts," and "Hood," among others. He also threw in some cuts from his 2010 debut, Learning, notably the standout single, "Mr. Peterson," and covers of Neil Young's "Helpless" and Madonna's "Oh Father." The crowd was a little restless for his set, and often times the people talking were louder than Perfume Genius's music, but with the lyrical depth that Mike Hadreas has, he couldn't help but steal a few commanding moments.
Sigur Ros' tour with Perfume Genius (which started in Philadelphia two nights earlier) continues in Toronto tonight (8/1), and after the Icelandic band plays Lollapalooza and Osheaga, they'll hook up with Julia Holter to complete their North American tour on the west coast. More pictures of both bands and Sigur Ros' setlist from last night's show are below.
Sigur Ros in Philly last Sunday (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Sigur Ros are back this year with a new album, Valtari, and their first US tour in four years, which kicked off in Philly over the weekend. Pictures and the setlist from that show are HERE. That tour brings the band to NYC tonight (7/31) for a sold out show at Prospect Park, which like the Philly show, Perfume Genius will open. If you weren't able to get tickets for tonight's show, NPR will be streaming it live and you can watch from the comfort of your own home.
Sigur Ros are also continuing their Mystery Film Experiment. The last video in that series to come out was the MFE version of "Eg Anda," earlier this month, and they just revealed a new one today (7/31) for their song "Varuo." The next video will premiere on August 13. You can watch those two recent ones below.
In related news, Alcest is working on his new LP in Sigur Ros' studio with Birgir Jón Birgisson (aka Biggi), who produces Sigur Ros' albums as well.
Videos are below.
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Sigur Ros at Skyline Stage 7/29/2012
Sigur Ros's played the Skyline Stage in Philadelphia last night (7/29). The show marked the Sigur Ros's return to the US as part of a tour that hits a sold-out Prospect Park tomorrow (7/31), the US indoctrination of their new LP Valtari, as well as the inaugural show at the new Skyline Stage at The Mann Center (they also bless that stage tonight). Perfume Genius, who is on tour with the Icelandic crew, supported last night and will again tonight. In celebration of the event, the venue gave away collectible cards featuring Sigur Ros. Check out one of those cards below alongside more pictures from the show and the setlist.
In interesting Sigur Ros related news, the band's producer, Birgir Jón Birgisson, will produce the new Alcest LP:
"Hello there! Some days ago Winterhalter and I recorded demos for the next Alcest album, for which I have almost finished the songwriting. Only a few arrangements are missing, and the lyrics as well... In our case they always come late in the process... I feel very excited about these songs and this new approach feels very refreshing to me. I also can tell that the album will be recorded next March in Iceland at Sundlaugin, Sigur Rós' studios, with producer Birgir Jón Birgisson. There will also be guests appearances - more infos about this will come later. I will keep you posted!" -[Neige of Alcest]Very interesting.
That trading card, pictures and the setlist are below.
Destroyer at Pitchfork Fest 2011 (more by Josh Darr)
today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* Brain Cloud @ Barbes
* Chicha Libre @ Barbes
* Now, Now @ Mercury Lounge
* Blues Control @ Other Music
* Brazilian Girls @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Worst Audition Ever @ Joe's Pub
* Heavy Cream, Hunters @ Death By Audio
* The Heavy, The Skins @ Mercury Lounge
* Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen @ Littlefield
* Ziggy Marley @ Apple Store Upper West Side
* BLACK. Curated by Colman Domingo @ Joe's Pub
* Destroyer, Sandro Perri @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple
* Joe Purdy, The Giving Tree Band @ Bowery Ballroom
* Reverend Vince Anderson & His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* Steve Gunn, Michael Chapman, Nathan Bowles @ Zebulon
* Steve Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra @ The Stone
* JEFF The Brotherhood, Uncle Bad Touch, Skimask @ Maxwell's
* The Dig, NinjaSonik, Black Cobain, Maren Morris @ Santos Party House
* Brazos, Landlady, Deer, DJ PG Companion (Pepi Ginsberg) @ Glasslands
* Future of the Left, I Hate Our Freedom, With Knives, Freshkills @ Saint Vitus
* So Percussion's International Night of Awesome(ness) @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Oxzana, Electric Sun, Riot !n Paris, Emergency Service, McLovins @ Cake Shop
Fiona Apple will be on Fallon tonight.
If you happen to be in Times Square at 8:45 tonight, look up at the Jumbotron and you'll see the premiere of Twin Shadow's new video, "Five Seconds." Twin Shadow will intro the video, but no performance, unfortunately.
Sigur Ros have a new NSFW video for "Fjögur Píanó" which stars Shia LeBouf. Check it out below.
The Walkmen at Sasquatch last month (more by Chris Graham)
today in NYC
* Big Terrific @ Cameo
* Lettuce @ Brooklyn Bowl
* LP, Delta Rae @ Joe's Pub
* Jason Isbell @ City Winery
* Heidi Ferrell @ Zebulon
* Dirigo Rataplan @ Barbes
* The Walkmen @ Bowery Ballroom
* James Chance @ The Manhattan Inn
* Dada Life @ TBA Manhattan Location
* Huff This!, Luciar @ Knitting Factory
* The Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* Vensaire, Certain Creatures @ Cameo Gallery
* Magmana, Little Horns, Ex Cops @ The Rock Shop
* The Cribs, Alex Winston, Devin @ Santos Party House
* In Camera, Andrew Pekler, VioSac @ Issue Project Room
* The Dandy Warhols, Psychic Ills, 1776 @ The Bell House
* Horna, Kommandant, Mutilation Rites, Mortum @ Saint Vitus
* Shapes, Slothrust, I Am The Heat, USS, The Balconies @ Pianos
* Ben von Wildenhaus, Garrett Devoe, Shoddy Prototypes @ La Sala
* Alan Watts, Woodsman, Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk @ Shea Stadium
* The Golden Age of Radio, The Holy Shakes, Sea Graves @ Cake Shop
* Dawn Landes, The Jack Grace Band, Diamond Doves @ The Green Building
* Larry Graham & Graham Central Station, Milo Z @ Beekman Beer Garden
* Strawberry Hands, Sam Buck Rosen, No Sky God, Pink Drink @ Death By Audio
* Celestial Shore, Little Racer, Earthquake Party!, Grand Resort @ Public Assembly
* Skotch Davis, Deena Jonez, Julian Stephen, Ab'Stract, Mic Blaque @ Public Assembly
* The Babies, Nude Beach, Marvin Berry & The New Sound, Highway Gimps @ Glasslands
* Hearing Things, Ryan Sawyer/Mike Bones/Patrick Holmes Trio, Charles Gayle, Aram Shelton/Tomas Fujiwara Duo @ Union Pool
Larry Graham and Graham Central Station play Beekman Beer Garden tonight before kicking off BAM R&B Fest tomorrow.
Sigur Ros, whose new album, Valtari, just became their first album to hit the Billboard top ten, have a new video for that album's track, "Varúð." Check it out below.
DOWNLOAD: Perfume Genius - "Rusty Chains" (MP3)
Perfume Genius outside Glasslands in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Perfume Genius (aka Mike Hadreas) will be touring Europe at the end of this month into July, and it's just been announced that upon his return to the states, he'll open a few dates for Sigur Ros, including their sold out Prospect Park show on July 31. Perfume Genius also recently dropped a new track called "Rusty Chains," which you can download above or stream below.
While Perfume Genius will be handling support duties in NYC, Philly, and Toronto, Julia Holter will open the band's west coast shows. Julia recently announced a headlining tour of her own, which comes to NYC on August 31 at Bowery Ballroom. When we first mentioned that show, ticket info had not been made available yet, but we now know that tickets go on sale Friday, June 8 at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (6/6) at noon.
A list of all dates and the Perfume Genius song stream below...
by Andrew Sacher
This past Thursday (5/17), Sigur Ros streamed their new album, Valtari, at 7 PM in every timezone worldwide during what they were calling "Valtari Hour." If you missed that stream (or even if you didn't miss it, but want to listen to it more), it's now streaming on NPR.
Valtari is the band's first record since 2008's Meo suo i eryum vio spilum endalaust, and first since coming off their recent hiatus. Forgoing the upbeat material they began toying with on Meo suo, and especially on Jonsi's solo album, Valtari is the band's most ambient record since ( ), and easily one of their strongest. The album drops on May 29 via EMI/XL.
Catch Sigur Ros on tour this summer, which stops in NYC for the sold out Celebrate Brooklyn show at Prospect Park on 7/31.
The band also have a new video for album opener, "Eg Anda." Check that out, along with the video for "Ekki Mukk," below...
Sigur Ros will release their new record, Valtari, on May 29 via EMI/XL. You've already heard "Ekki Mukk", and another album track, "Dauoalogn," premiered on the CW's "The Vampire Diaries" last week (listen to that below).
This Thursday (5/17), you'll get a chance to hear Valtari in full when the band stream the album in full at 7 PM in every time zone worldwide, during what they're calling Valtari Hour. The album will be playing at local radio stations, local record stores, and at the Valtari Hour link. It will be playing on WNYC in NYC. The full (and growing) list is below. NPR affiliate stations like KEXP, WFUV, KCMP and more will also be posting the stream on their websites. Those who listen to the album at a record store will have the opportunity to pre-order the album with a limited edition Valtari print and enter to win a Valtari prize pack, which includes a "Valtari vinyl test pressing, a copy of the very-sold-out RSD exclusive Hvarf/Heim LP on clear vinyl, and a custom, limited print." The band is also encouraging fans to discuss the album on twitter and Instagram while its streaming using the hastag #valtarihour. The Valtari Hour flier is below.
Sigur Ros will go on tour this summer, which includes the sold out Prospect Park show on July 31.
Video, flier and record store/radio station lists, below...
Since we last posted Sigur Ros dates, there have been two festival developments. Sigur Ros were announced on the lineup of Outside Lands which is on sale now, and Lollapalooza announced who was playing each day and put single day tickets on sale (Sigur Ros play on the Sunday).
In related news, Sigur Ros will be releasing two exclusive and limited vinyl pressings for Record Store Day Saturday.
Updated Sigur Ros tour dates are listed below...
"Another Planet Entertainment, Superfly Presents and Starr Hill presents, in a partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, are proud to announce the lineup for the fifth annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival. The world's only gourmet music festival will once again take place in San Francisco's historic Golden Gate Park August 10 - 12, 2012. Tickets will go on sale Thursday April 19 at 12 noon PDT via www.sfoutsidelands.com. A significant portion of every ticket sold will directly benefit San Francisco's Recreation and Park Department."Pretty massive lineup for the San Francisco festival this year. Check it out 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...
Lollapalooza (more by Grant MacAllister)
Chicago Sun Times reports:
Lollapalooza has revealed its official 2012 list of performers -- a typically wide-ranging smorgasbord of genres and styles topped by nearly a dozen mainstage headliners: the Red Hot Chili Peppers, freshly reunited bands Black Sabbath and At the Drive-In, the Black Keys, Jack White, Florence + The Machine, the Shins and Passion Pit, plus spotlighted electronic music including Swedish house titan Avicii, French dance duo Justice and DJ-producer Bassnectar.Check out the full list below...
The annual music festival is scheduled for Aug. 3-5 in Chicago's Grant Park.
Rumored lineups have circulated widely, as they usually do, and Lollapalooza itself stoked the speculation in recent weeks via a series of CTA and online advertisements that seemed to hint at who would be playing.
The ads featured lyrics from such acts as Sigur Ros, Santigold, Jack White, Kimbra, Twin Shadow, the Weeknd, Bloc Party and more -- all bands that wound up on the bill.
by Andrew Sacher
Sigur Ros returned from their hiatus last year with the live album/film Inni. Now they're finally set to release an album of new material titled Valtari, which is due out on May 29 via EMI/XL. It's their first since 2008's Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust. The album's lead track, "Ekki Múkk," which you can watch a grainy, minimal video of below, is one of the band's more ambient cuts, recalling the material on ( ) in texture, but is melodically more similar to the progressions Jonsi has been taking with his more recent work. According to this interview with The Wall Street Journal, we can expect the rest of the album to follow suit.
The band's only live dates at the moment are non-US festival dates in August and September, but one of those is at Osheaga in Montreal. Hopefully they'll add more as the album's release nears.
All dates, video, and Valtari tracklist below...
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'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...
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...