[Contest] Jonsi’s Spectacular Live Show + CD Giveaway

Jonsi, singer from Icelandic group Sigur Ros, crafts fantastic melodies when traversing musical landscapes solo. Jonsi was recently featured on a really interesting episode of NPR’s All Tech Considered discussing the trend of high-tech concerts. Jonsi’s anthemic solo compositions are better suited for smaller theaters but that doesn’t mean his live performances are any smaller in spectacle, besides anyone who’s been to a Sigur Ros concert knows they don’t do “small” very well. However, his concerts don’t use a ton of digital screens and laser lights but projectors and custom-built backdrops one might see at an opera or musical.

Think of what they’re doing as the opposite of a movie soundtrack. In Hollywood, a musician is usually brought in to compose for scenes that have already been shot. In this case, 59 Productions was presented the songs and asked to create a VISUAL soundtrack.

The company’s Mark Grimmer says it’s kind of a cross between an art installation, a live gig and a film. Grimmer helped come up with animated sequences of wolves chasing deer across a forest; a fire that burns through the set; and a climactic, violent thunderstorm that appears to consume the band during the finale.

But none of these scenes are happening on a screen.

They’re all projected onto the walls, the objects on stage, even the musicians.

Definitely makes me want to see him in concert! The fine folks at XL Recordings have a personalized mix CD made by Jonsi covering thirteen of his favorite songs, from tracks like “Ave Maria” to tunes by Audrey Hepburn and Billie Holiday, for us to giveaway. The albums have personalized artwork and neat intricacies you won’t get elsewhere, mainly because this rare mix won’t be officially released.

To win one of the copies simply drop your email address in the comments or re-tweet this post! Be sure to check out the drum-happy video for Jonsi’s catchy single “Animal Arithmetic” after the jump.

Update: Winners have been chosen and contacted! Check your email address or Twitter account to see if you’ve one and if not, no fear.. more contests are coming up!


IGIF October 7, 2010 at 2:22 pm

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Matt October 7, 2010 at 10:24 am

omg yes

Mick October 7, 2010 at 10:31 am

Great price, hope I win.

eli October 7, 2010 at 10:58 am

i’m down for a cd of jónsi covers!

Aaron October 7, 2010 at 11:36 am

This is the most random and wonderful thing I’ve come across in quite a while.

Belinda October 7, 2010 at 11:36 am

mhmm mix cd!

Kevin October 7, 2010 at 11:56 am

Absolute love this!


matt October 7, 2010 at 12:02 pm

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saw jonsi in philly this spring and it was easily one of the best live performances i have ever seen.

David Levesque October 7, 2010 at 12:33 pm

NPR is so on top of things. I’m all about Jonsi whispering some Billie Holiday in my living room!

TJKnight October 7, 2010 at 2:10 pm

I loves me some Jonsi. Thanks.

josephine chinn October 7, 2010 at 2:27 pm

saw him at this past coachella. amazing!


Alonso October 7, 2010 at 2:35 pm

come on come on come on!

Emily October 7, 2010 at 2:57 pm

will be seeing him for the third time in about 2 weeks. can’t wait!


fulltext October 7, 2010 at 2:58 pm

I need this for a special friend


EggplantEyes-starlark-RyanGabrielHelminski October 7, 2010 at 2:59 pm

Lovelovelove Jonsi.

arjuna October 7, 2010 at 3:28 pm

YES! this is great!

Eric Walker October 7, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Cover Album!?! No way! I must hear this.

Can’t wait to see him next Sunday!

louise October 7, 2010 at 4:05 pm

aw i love jonsi
caught live show at sonar, barcelona this summer
count me in for the draw


fingers crossed ;)

Zac October 7, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Oh man, Ive wanted to see him live so bad. This would make up for my lack of chances.


Sam October 7, 2010 at 4:46 pm

This sounds incredible. What a days of Jonsi news, too, I just found out he’ll be coming to my town in November!


Sam Van Eerden October 7, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Oh man, I would love to win this CD. It sounds amazing.

(Have yet to see Jonsi live, although I hope to get the chance someday soon.)

Stephanie October 7, 2010 at 6:55 pm

That sounds fantastic!

lee james October 7, 2010 at 7:35 pm

Reading the description of his live shows and the handcrafted mixed cds overwhelmed me.
Sounds dreamy.

lee james October 7, 2010 at 7:37 pm

I neglected to include my e-mail address:

thank you.

Peter October 7, 2010 at 7:53 pm

I’m excited. Salt Lake City was one of the places that gets a free acoustic set before the show.


Jesus October 7, 2010 at 8:19 pm



Rick October 8, 2010 at 2:02 am

Jonsi’s Denver show was a real stunner! My jaw dropped more than a few times when the visuals hit full on (especially at the end!!)

Hope I win :)

david m October 8, 2010 at 9:28 am

oh…schon so viele…

Sara October 8, 2010 at 7:24 pm

Oooo yes please!

alison October 9, 2010 at 3:33 am
Dom October 9, 2010 at 5:16 am

Wow, wantwantwant!!!


John October 9, 2010 at 5:10 pm

Seeing Jonsi live would be amazing.

Pete October 9, 2010 at 5:57 pm


evaplaysdrums October 10, 2010 at 5:46 pm
selina lee October 12, 2010 at 1:15 pm

ahhhh this sounds amazing.

Kaloe Kaaikala October 14, 2010 at 2:02 am

Oh yuuuuuup

Jessi October 14, 2010 at 10:26 am

Awesome! I want to see him live.

Robert Fogg October 14, 2010 at 5:22 pm
Jesse October 15, 2010 at 12:56 am
ocolbocol October 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm
Sebastian Cornejo October 16, 2010 at 4:16 am
Jimmy October 19, 2010 at 12:28 am

I love this man.


spiro October 19, 2010 at 10:10 pm
Mark October 21, 2010 at 3:59 pm


Mai October 24, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Oh wow.
Just. Wow.

will mullarky October 28, 2010 at 5:01 am

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