þriðjudagur, ágúst 31, 2010
"Jóga" is 2nd song on "Homogenic" (1997).
Wednesday 1. September
0:30 – 21:00 Örvar
21:15 – 21:45 Myrra Rós
22:00 – 22:30 Johnny Stronghands
22:45 – 23:15 Fjarkarnir
23:30 – 00:00 Ástþór Óðinn
00:15 – 00:45 Reason to believe
Thursday 2. September
20:00 – 20:30 Nevolution
20:45 – 21:15 Klaus
21:30 – 22:00 Rökkurró
22:15 – 22:45 Lifun
23:00 – 23:30 Black Earth
23:45 – 00:15 For a minor Reflection
00:30 – 01:00 Endless Dark
Friday 3. September
20:30 – 21:00 Keanu
21:15 – 21:45 Dark Harvest
22:00 – 22:30 Bróðir Svartúlfs
22:45 – 23:15 Hellvar
23:30 – 00:00 Reykjavík!
00:15 – 00:45 Æla
01:00 – 01:30 Bárujárn
Saturday 4. September
20:00 – 20:30 Kallakór Kaffibarsins
20:45 – 21:15 Nóra
21:30 – 22:00 Valdimar
23:00 – 23:30 Orphic Oxtra
23:45 – 00:15 Berndsen
00:30 – 01:00 Who knew
Sunday 5. September
21:45 – 22:15 Joanne Kearney
22:45 – 23:15 The Esoteric Gender
23:30 – 00:00 Hangover-Killer Bunny
Festival Pass: 2.500 IKR
1 Night for 1.000 IKR
Get your Tickets @ Faktorý @ Reykjavik or Paddy's @ Keflavik
mánudagur, ágúst 30, 2010
GAS Tour with Seabear:
1.9.2010: 9 to 1, Munchen (DE)
2.9.2010: Szene, Vienna (AU)
3.9.2010: Südpol, Lucerne (CH)
4.9.2010: Viadukt, Zurich, (CH)
6.9.2010: Bett, Frankfurt, (DE)
7.9.2010: Tower, Bremen (DE)
8.9.2010: Chez Heinz, Hannover (DE)
9.9.2010: Hafenklang, Hamburg (DE)
10.9.2010: Talshock, Chemnitz (DE)
11.9.2010: Berlin Festival, Berlin (DE)
2nd song on Björk's Album "Post" (1995).
More about the prize here.
Robyn will perform @ Iceland Airwaves '10 Festival.
The idea for the video was born @ a WeSC photo shoot last spring @ LA when WeSC Activists Steed Lord & Andrew Hardingham bonded on an air pumping bass level & decided to make a music video together. A few weeks later Andrew flew into LA to shoot for 2 days with Steed Lord.
The Steed Lord T-Shirt feat. in this video is available @ Steed Lord @ Bigcartel
Video Director: M.E.G.A
Editor: Eddie House
DOP: M.E.G.A + Egill Edvardsson
Producer: New Crack City Records
One Good Reason @ Beatport
You can listen to "One Good Reason" & the others singles & remixes @ Steed Lord @ Soundcloud
Friday 3. September 2010
Gilli gill og prófessorinn
Retro Stefson & Raggi Bjarna
Bjartmar & Bergrisarnir
Swords of Chaos members are Albert Finnbogason on electric guitar, Ragnar Jón Hrólfsson on double-kick drums, Úlfur A. Einarsson on howl, and Úlfur Hansson electric bass guitar. Úlfur Hansson recently toured as part of Jónsi's band (bass).
Swords of Chaos @ MySpace
sunnudagur, ágúst 29, 2010
Björk is in Stockholm to receive the Polar Prize.
Published in Svenska Dagbladet 27. August 2010
Version in Swedish
You usually decline most awards you are offered - did you consider declining the Polar Prize as well?
My manager said this one was too much of an honor to turn down and that humbled me. I didnt really know it existed before, then I looked at the list of the people that got them before me and I have to admit it tickled my vanity... made me very proud ! I am kinda terrified of award shows though, I'm really bad at doing small talk with strangers. I thought those skills would develop as I got older but no luck.
What is your relationship with Abba?
Abba was one of the very few bands everyone in The Sugarcubes liked. We used to listen to them before we got on stage. Abba were massive in Iceland – bigger than The Beatles.
You have said that you are terrified of repeating yourself. Why is that?
Not sure. Boredom? Or maybe a low attention span.
But isn’t it stressfull to always have your head in the future?
Hmmmmm.... not sure. It may be it's just greed that drives me. A wish to reinvent the wheel? Or it's just about curiousity. Yeah, that sounds healthier. Let's say that; it is curiousity.
But do you always manage to realize the ideas that you have in your mind? Sometimes the contemporary world doesn't always manage to keep up to date with the futuristic brain.
No it is hard sometimes but part of the challenge is communicating with the real world – so that your work does not become an isolated utopia. If you get it right, it can both be relevant and forward looking. Unfortunately it's a challenge that is not always met in all areas.
What is it that you’re so eager to explore? The surrounding world or yourself?
Bit of both probably. I just need to feel that rawness in order to feel alive. I get claustrophobic in stagnation.
You have said it is important for you to create a positive energy with your music and creations. How come?
For me, I feel if there is a negative outcome – you didn't manage to complete the thing . You stopped half way through. Don't get me wrong, I adore dark stuff though – it is the fuel that gets you through to the end. But being only nihilistic on it's own always feels a bit teenage to me. I need more colors. I don't know if perhaps it has something to do with responsibility, some simple psychology. I have 6 younger siblings and at the end of the day, you have to get them all home in one piece. I feel if you aim for hope you get the whole scale of emotion on your way: despair, humor, sorrow, failure, optimism. If you are convinced from the start it aint gonna work out you get fewer colors. It will be less fun.
You are one of few artists who is very good at speaking about your music and relating to it in a theoretical sense. Is it important for you that your mind and emotions work together?
Thanks for the compliment! Usually I talk about my music when it is all done and wrapped up. Then it becomes an interesting process of trying to work out what actually it was all about. To be honest, it is a lot of guesswork. I drink a lot of cappucinos and then just jump into an interview and try to get through it. I don't talk about projects before I finish them – it would ruin it all. It probably comes across like I am aware of my mind while I'm making stuff. That's not the case. But time's funny like that. Like how you can read diaries years after you wrote them and you thought you were going through something endlessly complicated and later it looks so simple and obvious.
Twenty years ago you moved to London and since ten years you live in New York. Which sounds of the city do you enjoy?
It changes over time but right now I am really into wind and different angles of space between buildings: alleyways, crossroads where 3 streets meet and streets with or without hills.
Your music is very energetic. Where do you find your own energy?
From the tundra in Iceland, friends, space, music, silence, books, ocean, movies and swimming.
What do you do an ordinary day if you are Björk?
It really varies. I'm not too keen on rigid schedules. I feel too easily trapped. But the consistancies would be hanging out with my children and family. I also try to spend few hours a day outdoors. That always seems to level things nicely.
During the last couple of years, you’ve taken an active part in different environmental issues. Do you feel a responsibility to speak up?
I do actually. If I like it or not, there comes a pedestal with my job. It creates a peculiar energy, but since I have lived with the not-so-nice-side of fame I might as well use the good side for things I care about . We live in the 21st century and I feel there is an opportunity to initiate a creative relationship between technology and nature if we just want it. It wont happen by itself so we cant afford to not be bothered.
What does Iceland mean to your music? Just the fact that you had a tv-free month every summer must have done good for your creativity.
My parents didnt have a tv until I was about 10 and then it was only for 3 hours in the evenings. Every thursday and all july it was off. I feel the fact that there is so much space in iceland, it made at least my generation feel that each one of us was important . I also suspect the fact that we were a colony for 600 years, and have only been independence 66 years, made my generation the first one brought up by an independent nation. We had a lot to prove and a lot of history to write. But these are just my homemade theories, I'm sure if you ask someone else you'll get another answer alltogether.
Do you know where your next album will take you?
Yes, but I cannot talk about it. It would jinx it all. I'll talk about it, or at least give it a go, when the music is all wrapped up and ready to head out into the world.
Source: Unity/Forum of Björk's Website
"Ekki Enn" or "EhgjI En:" (1981)
In March 1981 the band was formed to play a gig with other school bands in the basement of their school, a gymnasium called MH (Menntaskólinn við Hamrahlíð).
Purrkur refers to the latin word for pig Porcus; Pillnikk is a reference to the chess grandmaster Herman Pilnik from Argentina (German roots). First idea was to call the band Purrkur Pillnikk og Friðlarnir. But Friðlarnir was to similar with Fræbbblarnir, another legendary punk band.
Band members were vocalist Einar Örn Benediktsson (EÖB), Ásgeir R. Bragason on drums (previous he played bass), Bragi Ólafsson on bass & Friðrik Erlingsson on guitar.
Singer Einar Örn was the manager of the punk band Utangarðsmenn ("The Outsiders") @ that time. Back in 1977 when he was in England, he came in contact with the rise of punk music, e.g. The Clash & The Stranglers.
Because Einar Örn was managing Utangarðsmenn, P.P. was able to play some gigs @ Hotel Borg as supporting act of Utangarðsmenn. In the winter of 1981-82 they performed twice a week. The band played 63 gigs in the period 1981-82. In 1981 they supported Mark E. Smith's band The Fall on their Icelandic tour. In 1982 they toured in Great Britain with The Fall.
During the summer of 1981 EÖB toured with Utangarðsmenn in Scandinavia. When Einar came back, Purrkur Pillnikk could go to Sheffield in August 2001. They practised a lot & went to record the LP @ London.
The album was recorded in 50 hours @ Southern Studios (of Crass Records fame) @ London with the help of Simaen Skolfield.
LP "EhgjI En:" contains 17 songs.
Einar Örn's robust haranguing, a kind of Arctic Circle version of Mark E. Smith, is underscored with pithy, scrappy guitar riffs that rarely outstay their Pink Flag-style welcome, although the songs do blur together after awhile, according to Trouser Press.
All the info on the cover & the Icelandic text sheet is in phonetic transcription. "Ekki enn" means Not yet, it is also a song on the album.
About 1.500-1.700 copies were sold in Iceland.
For the Cover Art, a photograph by Arie Lieberman was (ab)used.
Side 1 (Purrkur Side)
2. Nú ("Now")
3. Ekki enn ("Not yet")
4. Grimmd ("Cruelty", "Barbarity")
5. Gluggagægir ("Window Peeper")
Side 2 (Pillnikk Side)
1. Nafn ("Name")
2. Hvað get ég gert? ("What can I do?")
3. Útilokaður ("Outlocked")
4. Undantekning ("Exception")
5. Vondur strakur ("Bad boy")
6. Án nafns ("Anonymous")
8. Enn ungur en ("Still young but")
9. Draumur ("Dream")
"Gluggagægir" & "Augun úti" Live footage from the documentary Rokk í Reykjavík by director Friðrik Þór Friðriksson.
"Sail on" Video by Damien Priest
Myrra Rós @ MySpace
Amiina played their beautiful soundtrack to pioneer filmmaker Lotte Reiniger's animations of fairy tales @ Latitude Festival 2010
A new song "Over and again", of their upcoming album "Puzzle"
You can get song "Over and Again" if you register @ the renewed website of Amiina
Video by Manchester Scene Wipe
Short Interview by Manchester Scene Wipe with Óli Arnalds
List was made by Scott Plagenhoef & published @ Pitchfork
"All is full of love" (1999)
Directed by Chris Cunningham
Directed by Michel Gondry
"The Whaler", a song of their 7" The Whaler
Sudden Weather Change @ MySpace
laugardagur, ágúst 28, 2010
Starring the bands Hjaltalín, MÚM, FM Belfast, Retro Stefson, Borko, Reykjavík! & Sin Fang Bous (now called Sin Fang) giving a concert in a backyard @ Reykjavik.
More about this was published in Grapevine Magazine, words by Rebecca Louder: Best Backyard Ever
Concept, Artistic Director and Producer: Kitty Von-Sometime
Technical Director, Director of Photography, Editing and Post Production: Arnar Valdimarsson
Official Photographers: Ben Mathis / James Wyld
Theme song: "Par Avion" by FM Belfast
Kitty, a staff member at CCP Games, went on the employee run Fun Division company holiday to Puerta Vallarta, Mexico in April and decided that it was a prime opportunity to produce a piece whilst there, utilising the growing number of female staff in the company. 8 women who work at CCP had taken part in previous episodes of the Project and Kitty opened this to members of staff from the Shanghai and Atlanta office as well - building to 25 women who took part.
This Special took place under the usual constraints of the project: The women involved did not know what costumes or concept they would be taking part in. But unlike the standard Episodes the crew also had no preparation and improvisation was forefront. The other difference is that the filming took place in under 4 hours compared to 14+ hours on a standard Weird Girls Episode.
Saturday 28. August 2010
42 with Nögl, Nevolution, Bróðir Svartúlfs, Morning After Youth, The Vintage &Thingtak @ Sódóma, Tryggvagata 22 @ 22:00. Admission: 1000 IKR
kimono @ Faktorý @ 22:00. DJ Playmobil @ 24:00. Admission: 1000 IKR
Jazz Festival - An exciting experiment for the whole family @ Nordic House @ 14:00. Free Admission
Thursday 2. September
Tamarin/(Gunslinger), Luv & Fist Fokkers @ Venue @ 22:00
Draumhvörf, Mikado & Two Tickets to Japan@ Faktorý @ 22:00
Melodica Acoustic Festival
Saturday 28. August 2010
Hemmi og Valdi
Friday Night Idols
Jakob Viðar Guðmundsson
Misery loves company
Sing for me Sandra
For a minor Reflection
Sunday 29. August 2010
miðvikudagur, ágúst 25, 2010
@ Havarí, Austurstræti 6
Saturday 28. August 2010
"Hver er maðurinn?" (Ókei bækur)
"Crazy Car", a song of her new album "Innudir skinni"
Ólöf Arnalds @ MySpace
"She destroys again"
Sólstafir @ MySpace
The song will hit iTunes on 6. September 2010.
Björk & record company partners are going to give all the funds generated by the track to UNICEF Pakistan childrens charities.
Gavin Portland Live @ Menningarnótt / Reykjavik Culture Night 2010 Video / Live Gig Kaffistofa, Nemendagallerí Listaháskólans 26. August 2010
"Holy terror, hidden hand"
Thursday 26. August 2010
Concert @ Kaffistofa, Nemendagallerí Listaháskólans @ Hverfisgata
Supporting Act: Fist Fokkers
Start @ 19:30
þriðjudagur, ágúst 24, 2010
4. September 2010
Jón Þór, guitarist of the band Lada Sport,
plays some solo stuff
Ókind @ MySpace
@ Þjóðmenningarhús, Hverfisgata, Reykjavík
Friday 27. August 2010
Miri Live @ Off-Venue @ Airwaves '09 Festival
Bergur Ebbi Benediktsson
Snorri Helgason (of Sprengjuhöllin) & Loji Höskuldsson (of Sudden Weather Change)
Admission: 1500 IKR
Doors @ 21:00
Miri @ MySpace
mánudagur, ágúst 23, 2010
Saturday 28. August 2010
@ Sódóma Reykjavík
Morning After Youth
Start @ 23:00
Admission: 1.000 IKr
Roteraupe Live Session
Who Know Tour Dates September - October
20.09. Düsseldorf – Zakk
21.09. Stuttgart – Schocken
22.09. Wiesbaden – Kreativfabrik (Schlachthof)
23.09. Rees-Haldern – Haldern Pop Bar
24.09. Hamburg – Reeperbahn Festival
25.09. Berlin – Sallys Festival
26.09. Dresden – Scheune
27.09. Leipzig – Conne Island
28.09. Jena – Café Wagner
29.09. Heidelberg – Karlstorbahnhof
30.09. Erlangen – E-Werk
01.10. CH-Winterthur – Kraftfeld
Who Knew @ MySpace
101 Berlin Label
But there's more to say.
The festival is not only going south, but also west (USA) & north (Akureyri, the capital of the North).
Campus Tour 2010
Iceland Airwaves hit 3 USA student campuses across 3 weekends in September.
Balladeer Helgi Jónsson will perform between 7-9. September 2010, playing his haunting, soulful harmonies for guitar and piano @ the Barnard College @ Hewitt Dining Hall from 6pm-9pm (7. September), Juilliard and SAB @ The Juilliard & SAB Café from 5pm-8pm (8. September), FIT outside Starbucks from 6pm-9pm (9. September).
Blues, folk and country artist Lay Low - “the Patsy Cline of Iceland” - will perform between 14-17. September 2010. Her first show is @ Farmingdale State College @ Knapp Hall @ 5:00pm on 14. September, then she will play LIU Brooklyn @ Blackbird Café @ 7:00pm (15. September) and CW Post @ Winnick Student Center @ 7:00pm on 17. September.
Last but not least, Mugison will play some dates the following weekend, from Drew @ Drew University in The Commons from 5-8pm on 20. September: NYU @ the Palladium @ 7pm on 21. September, and Rutgers in Stonsby Commons from 6-8pm on 22. September.
Toggi - Singles by Medialux
Toggi @ MySpace