sunnudagur, febrúar 28, 2010

Icelandic DJ Night @ King Kamehameha Club, Frankfurt Video

Icelandic DJ Night @ King Kamehameha Club @ Frankfurt 19. February 2010

Elíza Newman Geirsdóttir Acoustic Set @ Tintype Gallery, London Thursday 4. March 2010

Elíza live @ Tintype Gallery
Elíza Acoustic @ Art Exhibition Stripped Away of 3 Icelandic artists
Thursday 4. March 2010
Elíza @ MySpace
Stripped Away
Birgir Snæbjörn Birgisson
Helgi Hjaltalín Eyjolfsson
Helgi Thorgils Fridjónsson
Mixed-Media Exhibition
24. February - 14. March 2010
Place 2 B
Tintype Gallery
Time Out First Thursdays
Free Admission
Tintype @ 242 Cambridge Heath Road
London E29DA
07946 545978

FC Kahuna feat. Hafdis Huld "Nothing is wrong" Live

FC Kahuna feat. Icelandic singer Hafdis Huld
"Nothing is wrong" Live Performance

Hafdis Huld

laugardagur, febrúar 27, 2010

Duplex # 5 on Saturday 6. March 2010 @ Sódóma & Batteríið

Duplex # 5
Duo Concerts @ 2 Venues Every First Saturday of the Month
Sódóma, Tryggvagata 22 & Batteríið, Hafnarstræti 3
Saturday 6. March 2010
Doors @ 21:00
Start @ 21:30
Forgotten Lores, Original Melody, Langi Seli og Skuggarnir, Tamarin/(Gunslinger), Weapons, Ólöf Arnalds
Darke & Taylor (UK)
More artists to be announced soon
Admission: 1000 IKR
Tickets @ MIDI, @ Skifan Stores (Laugavegur & Kringlan shopping center) or @ the door
Entrance with bracelets

Duplex # 1: XXX Rottweiler, Sykur, Snorri Helga, Nolo, dj Musician & Retro Stefson.
Duplex # 2: Bloodgroup, Agent Fresco, Útidúr, Lára, Mikado, Me, the Slumbering Napoleon, Morðingjarnir, Koi & Pascal Pinon
Duplex # 3: Dikta, Sing Fang Bous, Kimono, Hudson Wayne, For a Minor Reflection, Sunday Parlors, Rökkurró & Foreign Monkeys.
Duplex # 4: Sometime, Ultra Mega Technobandið Stefán, Mukkaló, Bárujárn, Cliff Clavin, Dynamo Fog, Tonik & Futuregrapher

Emiliana Torrini "To be free" - Interview with 4T/Channel 4 (1999)

Emiliana Torrini interviewed @ Reykjavik by Channel 4 Program 4T back in 1999.

Emiliana Torrini

Helgi Hrafn Jónsson @ Icelandic Music Evening @ Rotonde, Botanique, Brussels 25. February 2010

Helgi Hrafn Jónsson kicked off the Botanique evening last Thursday, just before leaving for LA for a meet & greet with his brand new girlfriend.

Helgi H. Jónsson
Helgi Jónsson @ MySpace

FM Belfast @ Icelandic Music Evening @ Rotonde, Botanique, Brussels on Thursday 25. February 2010

FM Belfast started the gig with "I can feel love", followed by "Synthia", 2 songs of the debut album "How to make friends" (World Champion/Kimi Records).

During "Underwear" Mugison joined the band on stage in long underwear & with cow bell.

Video by FM Belfast, filmed on stage @ Paris performing "Underwear"

The encore

FM Belfast
Flemish Review by Janne Steenbeke of the Icelandic Music Evening @ Botanique @ DaMusic

Mugison @ Icelandic Music Evening @ Rotonde, Botanique, Brussels 25. February 2010

Mugison on his homemade instrument. 4 me the highlight of his performance.

For Leo & Veerle

föstudagur, febrúar 26, 2010

Exclusive Jónsi DVD "Go Quiet"

Jónsi "Go Quiet" Trailer for DVD
A full length DVD of Jónsi performing the entire album acoustically, shot @ home in Reykjavík, Iceland over new year 2010 by Dean DeBlois, the acclaimed director of Heima.
More about the DVD here


Icelandic Music Evening with Helgi Hrafn Jónsson, Mugison & FM Belfast @ Botanique, Brussels 25. February 2010

One Night in Brussels
A Revealing Event with FM Belfast, Mugison & Helgi Hrafn
Last night I went to a sold out 100% Icelandic Music Evening @ Rotonde @ Botanique venue with my fellow Belgian I love Icelandic Music friends Veerle & Leo.
About 30 Icelanders & international crowd for the first gig of FM Belfast in Belgium.
Helgi Jónsson revealed he has a new girlfriend in LA.
Mugison revealed the story behind the song "Jesus is a good name to moan", referring to his wanker friend "the Icebreaker", who was part of the crowd!?
Mugison revealed his long "Underwear" on stage with FM Belfast. Although it was not as dirty as during his previous stage act @ Botanique years ago.
Takk fyrir sidast.
Helgi Jónsson @ MySpace
Mugison's Page in Icelandic
Mugison's Page in English
FM Belfast Page

Vicky Acoustic, Uni & Jón Tryggvi @ Batteríið 4. March 2010

Vicky Acoustic, Uni & Jón Tryggvi
Thursday 4. March 2010
@ Batteríið @ 21:00
Vicky is going on the road (Canadian Music Fest, Toronto, Canada/Pianos @ New York City)
Once again they're giving an acoustic performance.
Uni & Jón Tryggvi released debut album last December.
A concert to support the gigs overseas.
Doors @ 21:00
Admission: 1000 IKR

Vicky @ MySpace

miðvikudagur, febrúar 24, 2010

Extreme Chill Presents: Beatmakin Troopa & Árni Vector @ Hemmi & Valdi 25. February 2010

Extreme Chill
Beatmakin Troopa & Árni Vector
Electronica-Down Tempo-Ambient-Lounge DJ Sets
@ Hemmi & Valdi, Laugavegur 21, Reykjavík
Thursday 25. February @ 22:00

Seabear "Wolfboy" Off-Venue @ By:Larm 2010

Seabear in a Norwegian bakery

On Stage @ By:Larm

Seabear @ MySpace

Jason of The Pop Cop Blog & Founder of Music Alliance Pact in Spin Earth TV referring to Icelandic music

Interview by Domingo with Jason Cranwell of Scottish Music Blog The Pop Cop about the Music Alliance Pact @ Spin Earth TV
: So when did you come up with the idea for MAP? How did all this come about? The collective voice as a whole says a lot, and it's so diversified.
I came up with the concept of MAP in August 2008 and two months later the first one was published with 12 countries/blogs. Since then it has almost tripled in size and is currently represented in seven continents. The mushrooming popularity of blogs, MySpace, YouTube etc. means there's an intimidating volume of new music out there - therefore, trying to discover which of it is actually good is becoming harder than ever. The logic behind MAP is that because each individual blog's regular readers would usually download and listen to the author's recommended songs, they would be more likely to download the MAP songs too, even though their source was another blog entirely. You only have to look at bands like Sigur Rós to realize that there is so much good music out there that doesn't come from the over-exposed territories of Britain and North America, so I thought MAP would be the perfect way to unite a global audience.
Amazing. Now an idea is one thing, and implementing is another. How did the initial logistics come together? Did you want to pull your hair out at any point? If you don't mind me asking, who were the original 12?
MAP is a logistical nightmare! We have 35 blogs and bloggers and unfortunately not everyone has English as their native language so there's a lot of broken English to be deciphered, plus I then have to edit all the text to a standardized style (e.g. removing apostrophes from album titles, capitalizing song titles). I also have to download each individual song and check that they've correctly filled in the tag information so that the details of the song show up on audio players - if that's not done I have to e-mail the bloggers concerned and ask them to fix it. In terms of putting it together from the start I just e-mailed blogs I liked, explained the concept and asked if they wanted to get involved. Pretty much all my first choices said yes. Here's a link to the first MAP and the initial 12 blogs....
One of them was the I love Icelandic music Blog
Source: The Pop Cop - Music Alliance Pact @ Spin Earth TV
More MAP @ Spin Earth TV here

Skattheimta Reglu Hins Öfuga Pýramída @ Sódóma 4. March 2010

Skattheimta Reglu Hins Öfuga Pýramída

Thursday 4. March @ 20:30

@ Sódóma

Admission: 1000 IKR

Me, the Slumbering Napoleon
The Heavy Experience
Rökkurró DJ Set

Hjaltalín @ Ja Ja Ja Music @ Tabernacle, London 11. March 2010

11. March 2010
@ Tabernacle, Powis Square @ 19:00
London, W11 2AY, United Kingdom
Nordic Artists on the Program are:
Hjaltalín (Iceland)
Lucy Love (Denmark)
Husky Rescue (Finland)
Megaphonic Thrift (Norway)

Hjaltalín has a unique style that’s been dubbed “baroque & roll”. Their debut album "Sleepdrunk Seasons" went gold in Iceland and their follow up, "Terminal", was the biggest selling album in Iceland during the month of its release (December, 2009). With seven members, it’s difficult to know whether to call them a small orchestra, a mutated and overgrown rock band or something else entirely. One thing’s for sure: you won’t forget their live show.
Hjaltalín @ MySpace

Vicky @ Canadian Music Fest, Toronto, Ontario 13. March & @ Pianos, New York City 15. March 2010

Pop meets Metal
Vicky goes Canada

@ Neutral Lounge
Canadian Music Fest
349a College Street, Toronto, Ontario
13. March 2010 @ 21:00
Admission: 10$

Vicky goes USA
@ Pianos, 158 Ludlow Street, New York City
15. March 2010 @ 22:00

Vicky @ MySpace

þriðjudagur, febrúar 23, 2010

Smekkleysa presents Orðið/The Word Music with Stilluppsteypa & Parabólur & Film @ Listasafn Íslands 25. February / Kría Brekkan 26. February 2010

Orðið Tónlist/The Word Music
Stilluppsteypa, Parabólur

& Movie about Magnús Blöndal
@ Listasafn Íslands, Fríkirkjuvegur
Thursday 25. February 2010
Doors @ 20:00
Admission: 1000 IKR
Stilluppsteypa @ Myspace
Kría Brekkan
@ Listasafn Íslands, Fríkirkjuvegur
Friday, 26 February 2010
@ 21:00
Kría Brekkan @ MySpace

Benni Hemm Hemm in the Spotlight @ IMX

Benni Hemm Hemm - A Liberating Change
Benni Hemm Hemm is the band of Benedikt H. Hermannsson. The band’s first release was the "SummerPlate" EP, in the summer of 2003 and the first performance of the big band was in 2004. In February 2008 the band recorded their third LP, "Murta St. Calunga". The album was released in Iceland in June 2008 (on Kimi Records) and in Japan January 2009 (on Afterhours). In the summer of 2009 the album was released in Europe and the US (on Kimi Records) and later that year they recorded his third EP, “Retaliate”, Benni’s first collection of songs sung entirely in English and due out in April.
BHH have been going quite a few years now - can you give us an overview of how the whole thing started? Was it just you originally or a full band right from the outset?
It was all very unplanned. I came back to Iceland after studying electronic music in The Hague and had an urge to write a few very short and simple pop songs. Those songs ended up on my first EP, Summerplate, and initially I tried to play the songs on my own. When Kitchen Motors contacted me and asked me to play at their 5th anniversary I thought that the best way to do that was to get as many brass players as possible to play with me, as well as a drummer and a guitar player. And that was supposed to be a one off show. But we played more shows, added a bass player, and all of a sudden we had recorded an album and were playing a lot, and then we just kept going. That possibility hadn’t occurred to me before it happened.
Right from your "Summerplate" EP you had a very unique sound - one that Rolling Stone's Fricke described as “the ragged glories of Broken Social Scene and the sunshine prospect of Brian Wilson conducting a troupe of Salvation Army horns at a 1967 Smile session” - how well does his quote describe the BHH vision?
I’ve realised recently that there is quite a big difference between what I see and how people have perceived my band. And that is mostly about image, which is something I don’t care about at all. Therefore I have avoided everything that has anything to do with that, and I’ve tried my best to stay away from being holed up as something or the other. When people start listening to a new band there is a tendency to say that they are like some other band. Belle and Sebastian was my weight to carry. When Hjaltalín started out everyone said they were like Arcade Fire, which is absurd. Anyway, now I’m starting to realise that people in some places have this clear picture of what I am and what my band is like and they say it to my face: This is what you’re like and this is your best song. And often that sounds to me like they’re talking about another band. Having said that, Fricke´s quote sounds good, and I take it as a compliment, without a doubt. But I don’t really understand what it means. And it is therefore not the BHH vision. Maybe he’s right and I’m wrong – that’s actually highly likely.
What other kinds of influences (musical and otherwise) do you have as a composer or songwriter?
I find certain things very inspiring, but I can’t name bands that I’ve tried to sound like. I can’t name that kind of influences. I think that’s something to avoid at all costs. But going to see art exhibitions, reading English 19th century poetry, walking and physically moving in general...these things are the starting point of all my music. I’ve also been listening obsessively to Bill Callahan and Cat Power, and I just got an amazing record with French medieval music. This is also find this very inspiring.
Have you always composed all of the BHH songs or are some of them co-written?
I’ve always written all the songs. Except the cover songs of course...
How on earth did the band grow to such monumental sizes - and what's the biggest amount of people you've ever had on stage?
The really big versions are always made for special occasions. The normal size has usually been 9 or 10 people. The biggest version of the band is probably the one that performed at Iðnó in June 2008. That was over 40 people. But it also goes down to a trio and every now and then I play solo shows.
I know you've performed with various iterations of the BHH model, from solo takes on the songs to trios and quartets. Having such a big array of musicians in the studio must present an obstacle when it comes to touring?
At first I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into. So I just took a 9-piece band on the road and hoped for the best. It was a lot of hard work to keep everything afloat but we always came out of it alive. I’ve also been extremely lucky knowing all these wonderful people that have been in my band, everyone I have toured with has been extremely nice and considerate to others, which is the key to making things work on tour. In general it’s just been great fun touring with my band, no matter what the size is.
You moved to Edinburgh a while ago - how has that affected you and the band in terms of writing / recording?
I moved to Edinburgh one and a half years ago. "Retaliate", the EP that’s coming out in April, is the only recording I’ve done after moving to Edinburgh. For me it has changed everything moving to Edinburgh. And changing everything and make a new start from a different place is a very good thing I think - it’s been very liberating for me. My songwriting has changed quite a bit. Of course I speak English here every day and often it reaches the point where I start thinking in English - and then I found myself writing songs in English. Which is great fun for me, because until I moved to Edinburgh I thought I couldn’t write songs in English the way I can in Icelandic. And I didn’t really have any need to do that, and honestly I didn’t understand why all these Icelandic musicians were writing songs in English. And I still kind of don’t understand it. But it’s happened very naturally for me, and I’m excited about that. But I’ve also been writing songs in Icelandic. And I have been exploring new ways of writing music, which has also been very liberating for me. One of the things I’ve been working on is a piece which will be performed at the Reykjavík Arts Festival. It’s an hour long piece which consists of 13 songs and is written in Icelandic and English, two lyrics which are sung simultaneously. Alasdair Roberts, a friend of mine and an amazing Scottish musician, will sing it with me. The piece is written for the two of us and The Reykjavík Wind Ensemble. But the biggest change for me after moving to Edinburgh is that I completely stopped caring about everything that has got something to do with the music industry. Not that I had a horrible experience with the music industry, but I just started focusing on writing music, performing it, and I’ve been fairly successful at staying free from everything else.
You've found quite a lot of good musicians to work with in Scotland, right?
Yes I have. I’ve been playing with Alasdair Roberts, who I mentioned earlier, Emily Scott, who performs under her own name, Owen Williams, who plays drums with The Pineapple Chunks, Bart Owl, who has a great band called Eagleowl, and then I have been playing with a few members of The Second Hand Marching Band. Now that’s a big band - there are usually more than 20 people on stage when they perform. And then I have been playing bass with a band called Withered Hand, which is the band of Dan Willson, who will be supporting me on the Europe tour in April.
How has the response been in general to Murta St. Calunga following the US / European releases?
Good, I think. Honestly I haven’t paid very much attention. But I think it’s good.
The album is a "fantasy journey through the world" - yet as a band you really have travelled the world! What have been your most memorable performances and places along the way?
Our trips to Japan and America were real adventures. Our shows in Vienna have for some reason always been magical. There’s too much to mention...
You're off on tour again next month: which shape will the shows take this time around, and what material will you be playing?
I’ll be touring with a trio for the most part. And we’ll be playing new songs, the songs from the new EP, and old songs as well.
Your show at the Reykjavík Arts Festival sounds particularly intriguing. Can you tell us more about that?
I was sick in bed, with a fever and shaking with pain, and then I suddenly got this idea to write a long piece of music for a wind ensemble and two singers, who sing in English and Icelandic simultaneously. And I lay in bed thinking about this for a while and realised that I was feeling perfectly fine and I seriously felt like the idea had healed me. It was ridiculous. But I took that seriously and started working on it right away. This was more than a year ago, and I just made the finishing touches to it a few days ago. I’m very happy with the lyrics, which stand out from everything else I’ve done. I wrote them in both languages at the same time, and I make use of all the different angles of that duality. Sometimes the words sound the same but have a different meaning, sometimes they sound completely different but have the same meaning. And the funny thing is that Icelandic and Scottish English are so similar, that often they sound the same and have the same meaning. And this results in a language you can kind of understand but not quite. And sometimes it sounds like Alasdair is singing in Icelandic, and so on. And working with the Reykjavík Wind Ensemble is very exciting as well. It will be a blast.
Where do BHH go from here musically, thematically and physically? Is there anything you haven't yet achieved as a band (or as a solo artist) that you'd like to?
I have a lot of songs written that I’m going to record soon. I’m going to record an album in Iceland this summer. That album will be sung in Icelandic only. I’m extremely excited about that. And then I’m working on an album with The Second Hand Marching Band, which is half done already, and planning to record another album in the autumn. Physically, I guess I’ll be in Edinburgh for the next few years. Then we’re headed back to Iceland I think. Yes, there are things I haven’t achieved, by myself or with the band. Fortunately there are. It wouldn’t be nice having nothing on the agenda.
And finally, what future plans do you have for your solo material, and how does it differ from the BHH project?
I try to avoid separating my different projects, so for me it’s all the same thing. I try to approach playing solo shows as Benni Hemm Hemm with the same mind set as writing for the wind ensemble for example. That’s much more exciting than boxing myself up and getting into the appropriate position for each project.
"Whaling in the North Atlantic" Video by They Shoot Music
Source: Iceland Music Export (IMX)

mánudagur, febrúar 22, 2010

Pétur Ben Solo Live @ La Filature, Brussels 21. February 2010

Opening with "White Tiger"

Pétur Ben
was in Brussels last night. He did a solo gig @ venue La Filature, Sint-Gilles.
He did a lot of songs of his solo Debut Album "Wine for my weakness" (2006, 12Tónar Label), some new songs (one about Skype), the King of Pop's "Billie Jean" and a cover of The Doors.
"Billie Jean", sans Moonwalk

"Break on through", a cover of The Doors

"Forbidden love" (Amour interdit)

Jónsi Interview @ Gigwise: "Our music has been raped on British TV" / San Remo Music Festival uses Hoppipolla

There is a lot of fuzz about the use of a Sigur Rós tune @ the Italian San Remo Music Festival.
A so called New Music Piece by Il Maestro Sabiu, entitled "Sabiu's Number 7 Symphony" , a "tribute" to the band Sigur Rós, but it is just an precise rip-off of the original: Hoppipolla.
Judge for yourself, AngelChildxxx mixed the 2 here:
In an interview with Gigwise Jónsi complainted about the (over)use of their music on British TV.
Read more here @ Gigwise or some quotes here:
Jónsi said: “Hoppipolla has been raped on British TV. In some weird way, the national TV here in Britain doesn't have to ask permission to use songs if it's in the background of TV shows or whatever."
Jónsi continued that he didn't mind Hoppipolla being used to promote the pioneering 2006 BBC nature show Planet Earth.
“The David Attenborough show was cool though (Planet Earth),” he added. “We're all big fans of his.”

Song of the 152. Week: "The Temple of the Holy Tooth" by Hildur Guðnadóttir, BJ Nilsen and Stilluppsteypa

152. Song of the Week by Hildur Guðnadóttir, BJ Nilsen & Stilluppsteypa is a song of the Album "Second Childhood" (Label: Quecksilber, nr. 12 2007): "The Temple of the Holy Tooth".


Hildur Ingveldardóttir Guðnadóttir
She has been around in the core of the neu-icelandic music scene for the past years, and is a prominent figure within the group. She has worked with various artists such as múm, Skúli Sverrisson, Pan Sonic, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Schneider TM, Angel, Stilluppsteypa and is also a member of few bands, most noticeable Nix Noltes Big Band, which plays a great blend of Bulgarian and Balkan music, with some 'sonically dirty spices' as one once put it.
These spices must be doing her some good, for she's very active on any side; she's composed quite a lot for various instrumental arrangements, made music for film, theatre and dance projects, played around with electronica as well as making sound-installations and sound-related happenings. Her first solo album as "Lost in Hildurness" was released by 12Tónar (2006). Her second album came out in 2009: "Without Sinking".
Hildur Guðnadóttir @ MySpace
"Foreigners think we're fighting or cursing," once muttered Heimir Bjorgulfsson, the former spokesman for the Icelandic expatriated ensemble Stilluppsteypa. Since the departure of Heimir to the world of fine arts in LA the axe was swinged again by Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson and Helgi Thorsson, both now living in Iceland. Stilluppsteypa have unleashed well over a dozen releases in their tumultuous existence of electro-absurdism laced with subversion, black humour, and horror.
Stilluppsteypa @ MySpace
BJ Nilsen
BJ Nilsen is a sound and recording artist, who lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. For the past 9 years he has been releasing records as Hazard on the UK label Ash International and also as BJNilsen on Touch. His work focusses primarily on the sound of nature and its effect on humans, field recordings and the perception of time and space as experienced through sound, often electronically treated.
BJ Nilsen @ MySpace
BJ Nilsen

sunnudagur, febrúar 21, 2010

Reykjavik Nightlife in Miniature

101 Reykjavik on a Saturday Night

Helgi Hrafn Jónsson - Feels Like Home/Hamburg Video - European Tour Dates

Helgi Hrafn Jónsson

Upcoming Shows in Europe in February & March
24. February @ 20:00 @ Cafe Video, Gent (B)
25. February @ 20:00 @ Rotonde/Botanique, Brussels (B)
9. March @ 20:00 @ Abart w/ Imogen Heap, Zurich (CH)
10. March @ 21:00 @ Kuppel, Basel (CH)
11. March @ 20:00 @ Universum, Stuttgart (D)
12. March @ 20:00 E Werk, Erlangen (D)
13. March @ 20:00 @ Gleis 22, Muenster (D)
14. March @ 20:00 @ Pop Bar, Haldern (D)
15. March @ 20:00 Schlachthof, Wiesbaden (D)
16. March @ 20:00 @ Moments TBA, Bremen (D)
Helgi Hrafn Jónsson @ MySpace

Lay Low "By and By" from DVD/CD Flatey (2009)

Lay Low @ Flatey Island
Singer Lovísa Elísabet Sigrúnardóttir aka Lay Low went to the island Flatey við Breiðafjörð in 2009. She recorded a 28 min. film & 7 songs on the island, with kind help of Denni Karlsson, Víðir Sigurðsson, Viðar Hákon Gíslason & Kári Sturluson. 5 of the songs are of the previous albums "Please Don't Hate Me" & "Farewell Good Night's Sleep", a new song in English & an old poem on music "Sorgin" (1884).
"By and By"

Lay Low
Lay Low @ MySpace

Sykurmolarnir/The Sugarcubes @ The Hemmi Gunn Show (1989)

The Sugarcubes, without Thor Eldon & Magga but together with the director Kristín Jóhannesdóttir, picked up the Neon Light/Lamp Award they got for the English version of the "Birthday" Video. Broadcasted Live on Icelandic TV in The Hemmi Gunn Show of Hermann Gunnarsson in 1989.

"Birthday" - The English Version
Director Kristín Jóhannesdóttir

59 Productions (UK) preparing the Jónsi Tour 2010

Jónsi goes on Tour
UK based company 59 Productions was asked by Jón Þór Birgisson himself to design & produce the Film & Video Elements for the Live Performance on Tour.

59 Productions

Emiliana Torrini "Fingertips" Remix - Unofficial video

Emiliana Torrini
"Fingertips" Remix

Emiliana Torrini

laugardagur, febrúar 20, 2010

Video feat. Óðins Raven Magic - Chapter 3 & 4

Music is Chapter 3 & 4 of Óðins Raven Magic, a 2002 orchestral setting to the Icelandic poem Hrafnagaldr Óðins.
The composition was a collaboration by Sigur Rós, Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, Steindór Andersen, Páll Guðmundsson & Maria Huld Markan Sigfúsdóttir. It was premiered at the Reykjavík Arts Festival on 24. May 2002

Gulli Briem Drumming

Gulli Briem
He was banging on kitchen equipment at the age of 5. Playing real drums at 12. Studied classical percussion and music theory. Founder member of the group Mezzoforte.

Gulli Briem @ MySpace

FM Belfast "Frequency" Live @ GéNéRiQ 17. February 2010

This is post # 3000.

FM Belfast @ 4th Edition of GéNéRiQ Festival @ Poudrière 17. February 2010
"Frequency", a song of the Album "How to make friends" (World Champion Records/Kimi Records)

FM Belfast

föstudagur, febrúar 19, 2010

First Names Announced for Aldrei fór ég suður Festival 2010

These Icelandic artists are performing @ Easter
@ Aldrei fór ég suður @ Ísafjörður, West Fjords
2-3. April 2010
Friday 2. April: 7.00 pm – 1.00 am
Saturday 3. April: 4.00 pm – 2.00 am
Free Admission
Aldrei Festival @ Ísafjörður

Hudson Wayne was the first band that played back in 2004.
Hudson Wayne
Sólinn frá Sandgerði
Rúnar Þór
Pollapönk together with the drummer of Botnleðja (aka Silt) Haraldur Freyr Gíslason as singer/guitarist performing the song "113 vælubíllinn"
Ólöf Arnalds
Lay Low

Morðingjarnir "Flóttinn mikli" Release Concert

Útgáfutónleikar/Release Concert
Flóttinn mikli


Friday 5. March 2010 @ 22:30
@ Grand Rokk
The celebrate the release of their splendid 3rd Album on Kimi Records.
Morðingjarnir @ MySpace

Páll Óskar & Hjaltalín in Concert @ NASA 18. March 2010

Páll Óskar & Hjaltalín @ NASA
Thursday 18. March 2010 @ 22:00
Tickets @ MIDI
Admission: 2000 IKR
"Þú komst við hjartað í mér" Live @ Airwaves 2009

Icelandic Music Awards 2009 - The Nominations

Here are the Icelandic Music Awards 2009 nominees:
Umslög/Album Cover
ADHD - ADHD, designed by Ísak Whinter
IV - Hjálmar, designed by Davíð Örn Halldórsson
Riceboy Sleeps - Jónsi og Alex, designed by Jón Þór Birgisson & Alex Somers
Einn heima EP- Prins Póló, designed by Svavar Pétur Eysteinsson (Prins Póló)
Swordplay and guitarslay - Retrön, designed by Arnar Ingi Viðarsson, Kári Halldórsson & Kolbeinn Hugi Höskuldsson
Stop! Handgrenade in the name of crib death ´nderstand - Sudden Weather Change, designed by Oddur Guðmundsson, Logi Höskuldsson, Benjamin Mark Stacey, Klængur Gunnarsson, Bergur Andersen, Dagur Sævarsson & Hörður Sveinsson
Sturlunga - Voces Thules, designed by Brynja Baldursdóttir
Bjartasta Vonin/Brightest Hope
Pascal Pinon
Sudden Weather Change
Sæunn Þorsteinsdóttir (Cello teacher)
Þorvaldur Þór Þorvaldsson (Drums teacher)
Rödd ársins/Voice of the Year
Ágúst Ólafsson
Haukur Heiðar Hauksson
Jóhann G Jóhannsson
Jóhanna Guðrún Jónsdóttir
Sigríður Thorlacius
Sigurlaug Gísladóttir (aka Mr. Silla)
Þóra Einarsdóttir
Tónlistarflytjandi ársins/Concert of the Year
Davíð Þór Jónsson
Ghostigital for gig @ Iceland Airwaves
Hjaltalín for concerts @ Listahátíð í Rvk & @ Fríkirkja @ Iceland Airwaves
Retro Belfast (Retro Stefson & FM Belfast)
Sinfóníuhljómsveit Íslands - for concert together with Gennady Rozhdestvensky @ Listahátíð & Daníel Bjarnason & Víkingur Heiðar @ Myrkum Music Days
Vikingur Heiðar Ólafsson
Höfundur ársins/Composer of the Year
Daníel Bjarnason for Album "Processions"
Einar Tönsberg for Albums "Antidode" (Eberg) & "Don't be a stranger" (Feldberg)
Hafdís Bjarnadóttir for Album "Jæja"
Hildur Guðnadóttir for Album "Without sinking"
Hjaltalín for Album "Terminal"
Örvar Þóreyjarson Smárason & Gunnar Örn Tynes (múm) for Album "Sing along to songs you don't know"
Tónverk ársins/Composition - Piece of the Year
"Bow to string" - performed by Daníel Bjarnason
"Cecilia" - performed by Áskel Másson
"Processions" - performed by Daníel Bjarnason
"Bæn" - performed by Gunnar Þórðarson
Sígild & Samtímatónlist Plata ársins/ Classic & Contemporary Music Album
"By the throat" - Ben Frost, Label: Bedroom Community
"Debut" - Víkingur Heiðar Ólafsson, Label: Hands On Music
Guiliani, Sor, Aguado, Carcassi - Kristinn Árnason, Label: 12Tónar
Haydn píanókonsertar - Edda Erlendsdóttir (Concert Pianist) & Sinfóníuhljómsveit Íslands, Label: Erma
"Processions" - Daníel Bjarnason, Label: Bedroom Community
"Without sinking" - Hildur Guðnadóttir , Label: Touch
Jazzplata ársins/Jazz Album of the Year
"Jæja" - Hafdís Bjarndóttir, released by Hafdís Bjarnadóttir
"Mæri" - Árni Heiðar Karlsson, Label: Dimma
"Spirit of Iceland" - Stórsveit Reykajvikur with Bob Mintzer, Label: Stórsveit Reykjavíkur
Lag ársins/ Song of the Year
"Crazy like a bee" - song & lyrics: Egill Sæbjörnsson, performed by Egill S.
"Digging up a tree" - song & lyrics: Helgi Hrafn Jónsson, performed by Helgi Hrafn Jónsson
"Dreamin'" - song & lyrics: Rósa Birgitta Ísfeld & Einar Tönsberg, performed by Feldberg
"Suitcase man" - song: Hjaltalín, lyrics: Örvar Þóreyjarson Smárason, performed by Hjaltalín

"This heart" - song & lyrics: Bloodgroup, performed by Bloodgroup
"Taktu þessa trommu" - song & lyrics: Þorsteinn Einarsson, performed by Hjálmar
Poppplata ársins/Pop Album of the Year
"Amanita Muscaria" - Lights on the Highway, released by Lights on the highway
"Don't be a stranger" - Feldberg, Label: Cod Music
"Dry land" - Bloodgroup, Label: Record Records
"Easy music for difficult people" - Kimono, Label: Kimi
"Get it together" - Dikta, Label: Kölski
"Sing along to songs you don't know" - múm, Label: Borgin
"Terminal" - Hjaltalín, Label: Borgin
"IV" - Hjálmar, Label Borgin
Nominations in Icelandic

Black Sheep, Cosmic Call, Mikado & Two Tickets to Japan @ Batteríið Saturday 20. February 2010

Black Sheep, Cosmic Call, Mikado & Two Tickets to Japan
@ Batteríið, Reykjavík
Saturday 20. February 2010
Doors @ 22:00
Start @ 23:00
Admission: 500 IKR

miðvikudagur, febrúar 17, 2010

Pétur Ben in Concert @ La Filature, Brussels on Sunday 21. February 2010

Pétur Ben hits Brussels on Sunday 21. February 2010
Supporting act is Kenneth Minor
Starts @ 20:00
Admission: 6 EUR
Pétur Ben @ MySpace
Kenneth Minor @ MySpace
Place 2B: La Filature
1a Rue de la Filature, 1060 Saint-Gilles.
La Filature @ MySpace

Fræbbblarnir 2.0 in Concert @ Dillon on Saturday 20. February 2010

Nýir Fræbblbarnir @ Rock Bar Dillon
Legendary punk band Fræbbblarnir in Concert
Saturday 20. February 2010 @ 23:30
Followed by DJ Andrea
This is the first gig of Fræbbblarnir in the new line-up.
They will be playing old, new & unreleased stuff.
Songs on the show will be:
A Fork In The Future
Lover Please
Dante's Infernal Crap
New York
Nekrófíll í Paradís
Bugging Leo
Judge A Pope Just By The Cover
Treat Me Like I Died
My Six Excapes
My Perfect Heaven

þriðjudagur, febrúar 16, 2010

Benni Hemm Hemm "Sex eða sjö" @ Fabchannel

Benni Hemm Hemm Live @ Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
BHH goes on an European Tour
24.03.10 Dublin (IR), Whelans
25.03.10 London (UK), Windmill Brixton
27.03.10 Oxford (UK), Jericho Tavern
28.03.10 Cardiff (UK), Buffalo Bar
30.03.10 Glasgow (UK), Bloc
01.04.10 Akureyri (IS), Ketilhúsið
02.04.10 TBC
03.04.10 Reykjavík (IS) TBC
05.04.10 Dordrecht (NL), Bibelot
06.04.10 Ghent (BE), Cafe Video
07.04.10 Luxembourg (LU), D:qliq
12.04.10 Feldkirch (AT), Sonderbar
14.04.10 Vienna (AT), Chelsea
16.04.10 Erlangen (DE), E-Werk
17.04.10 Berlin (DE), Glashaus
18.04.10 Hamburg (DE), Hafenklang
19.04.10 Cologne (DE), Kulturbunker
"Sex eða sjö" (Six or seven)