mánudagur, nóvember 30, 2009
Based on a Brothers Grimm Fairy Tale.
Shot in the summer of 1986 in Iceland, but only released in 1990 due to financial problems, reissued on DVD in 2002.
Wikipedia Page of the Movie
Film was directed by Nietzchka Keene.
18. December 2009
@ Hótel Ísland
Lúdó og Stefán
BB & Blake
Party Zone DJs
Ticket Sale Start 1. December @ MIDI
Hjaltalín @ MySpace
sunnudagur, nóvember 29, 2009
Sólstafir @ MySpace
Mugison's Official Site
Cover photograph proves this smoking issue.
Released by Virgin Records America, Inc. as a CD promo back in 2001.
Now also officially released by One Little Indian Ltd. in 2009 (catalogue number TPLP1015CD)
Number 2 is a Jacques Brel cover (the original is called "Ne me quitte pas"). Brel is probably best (known) Belgian singer-songwriter & actor ever, not French excusez-moi, died too soon of lung cancer (as notorious heavy smoker).
Judge for yourself here:
|1||Weird Friendless Kid||4:14|
|2||If You Go Away||4:34|
|5||Tuna Fish (Acoustic Version)||2:55|
|6||Baby Blue (Rae & Christian Remix)||7:35|
|8||Unemployed In Summertime (Remix)||5:57|
|9||To Be Free (Futureshock Mix)||8:09|
In April Árni V. of FM Belfast & friends (Sesar A a.o.) did "No limit" of 2 Unlimited (Belgian/Dutch - B/NL group) @ Aldrei festival 2009 after-party on Sunday night.
I talked with Árni about Björk doing a 2 Unlimited song in France to do a FM Belfast version of this Belgian classic (although the singers doing the no lyrics were Dutch):
2 Belgen "Lena" by Ghostigital, Stereo Hypnosis, Hoffman?
2 Many DJs by Captain Fufanu?
Absynthe Minded "My heroics" by Klink, Sudden Weather Change or Ghostigital?
Admiral Freebee "Oh darkness" by Hudson Wayne?
Ann Christy "De Roos" by Sigur Rós or Pascal Pinon?
Arid "Too late tonight" by Agent Fresco?
Arno "Les yeux de ma mère" by Bryndís?
Axelle Red "Je t'attends" by Heiða Eiríks?
Axelle Red "Sensualité" by Emiliana Torrini?
Clouseau "Daar gaat ze" by Jeff Who??
Daan "Swedish Designer drugs" by Bárujárn or Krummi?
Das Pop "Electronica for lovers" by Jeff Who??
Dead Man Ray "Chemical" by Seabear or Sin Fang Bous?
dEUS "Hotel lounge" by Bubbi, Mugison, Esja, Lights on the Highway?
dEUS "Suds & Soda" by Reykjavík!, Mugison or Pétur Ben?
Eva De Roovere "De Jager" by Lay Low, Emiliana Torrini, Ragnheiður Gröndal?
Evil Superstars "Satan in my ass" by Aela?
Ferre Grignard "Ring, ring, I've got to sing" by Hjaltalín or múm?
Flip Kowlier "Min moaten" by Retro Stefson?
Front 242 "Headhunter" by Hellvar?
Famous Dutch Director (remember the Ian Curtis movie)/B&W Photographer Anton Corbijn shoot the Video @ Brussels of the Best Belgian Band ever/Electronic Body Music 4ever: Front 242
Gorki "Mia" by Amiina?
Gorki "Lieve kleine piranha" by Króna or Dr. Gunni?
Hooverphonic "Mad about you" by Worm is green or Jeff Who??
Hooverphonic "Vinegar & Salt" by The Funerals or Leaves?
Jacques Brel "Le plat pays" by Mógil, múm or Hjaltalín?
Jaques Brel "Le port d'amsterdam" by Heiða Eiríks?
Jo Lemaire "Je suis venue te dire que je m'envais" (a Gainsbourg song) by Heiða Eiríks?
Kadril "Louise" by Hjaltalín, Mógil, Parachutes or Jónsi & Alexmúm?
K's Choice "Not an addict" by Klink, Dr. Spock, Ensími
Laïs "'t Smidje" by Mógil, Parachutes or Jónsi & Alex?
Lords of Acid
Luc van Acker & Anna Domino "Zanna" by Feldberg or duo Ólöf & Ólafur Arnalds?
Mauro "Skytiger" by Pétur Ben?
Millionaire "Champagne" by Paul Oscar or Daníel Ágúst Haraldsson/Esja?
Milow "Ayo Technology" by Sesar A?
Nacht und Nebel "Beats of love" by Singapore Sling, Bloodgroup, Sometime, Captain Fufanu or GusGus?
Noordkaap "Ik hou van u" by Stórsveit Nix Noltes, Sprengjuhöllin?
Novastar (B/NL) "Wrong" by Elíza or Jeff Who??
Plastic Bertrand "Ca plane pour moi"? by Blóð?
Praga Khan "Breakfast in Vegas"? by Sometime or Bloudgroup?
Raymond van het Groenewoud "Meisjes" by Lay Low, Slowblow, Ultra Mega Technobandið Stefán or Dr. Spock/HAM/Rass?
Red Zebra "I can't live in a living room" by Agent Fresco, Sudden Weather Change, Who Knew or DYS?
Sandra Kim "J'aime la vie" by Morðingjarnir? (I know you like/know Sandra, Haukur)
Soeur Sourire "Dominique" by Lay Low?
Soulsister "The way to your heart" by Jeff Who??
Stash "Sadness" by Ampop, Blindfold or For a Minor Reflection?
Stef Bos (B/NL) "Papa" by Krummi or Esja?
TC Matic "Putain Putain" by FM Belfast? Or Dr. Spock? Or Dr. Spock in the FM Belfast Remix?
TC Matic "Oh La La La" by Æla or Rass?
Telex "Eurovision" by Daníel Ágúst Haraldsson, Merzedes Club or Dr. Spock?
The Kids "There will be no next time" by Bang Gang, Rass or HAM?
The Scabs "Hard times" by Sudden Weather Change, Who Knew, Skakkamanage or Dr. Spock?
Vaya Con Dios "What's a woman" by Pascal Pinon, Elíza or Rökkurró?
Vaya Con Dios "Just a friend of Mine" by Feldberg?
Wallace Collection "Daydream"
Willem Vermandere "Lat mie maar lopen" by Megas, Pétur Ben or Mugison?
Won Ton Ton "I lie and I cheat" by Vicky acoustic?
Zita Swoon "My bond with you and my planet: DISCO!" by Jan Mayen?
Gardar Cortes & Robert Sund
2 and 3. December 2009
Kjarval Museum / Kjarvalstaðir @ 12:15
A longtime Swedish friend, pianist Robert Sund, will join him on stage (like he did on three albums of Gardar)
Admission: 1.000 IKR but free for students & seniors
Tickets sold @ the door
Gardar Cortes @ MySpace
Smekkleysa label (aka Bad Taste) released a serie of 8 CDs with a few notable young underground bands. Each CD contained around 8 songs. Sort of EPs, mini Albums designed to get the bands some starting point, but not distributed or promoted widely until that day. A lot of these bands disbanded soon after those releases, like it goes in Iceland.
Number 5 was Soðin Fiðla, # 4 The Bag of Joys.
Most notable was the Number 2 of this box was the debut album of Sigur Rós: "Von".
In April 1998 I bought one of the few left boxes with the 8 CDs @ Record Store Japis (R.I.P.) @ Laugavegur shopping street, the workplace of a.o. Ghostigital's Curver.
(One Little Indian, 1989)
laugardagur, nóvember 28, 2009
Filmed after I sprained my ankle in the moshpit, lucky that I found some Smirnoff Ice(land).
Leo came with some Mugison material, Trabant ("Moment of Truth", TMT Entertainment, 2001, TMT08CD), Ske ("Life, Death, Happiness & Stuff", Smekkleysa, SMBT02) & The Funerals (TMT Entertainment, 2002, TMT10CD).
We went to the bankrupt record store Bilbo to buy even more albums (50% discount @ the moment).
You gonna have a hard time to find some Icelandic albums after our visit (still there: latest of Bang Gang, first of Hafdis Huld, ...)
Bought some Icelandic stuff @ Bilbo:
-Emiliana Torrini "Rarities" (One Little Indian Ltd, 2009, TPLP1015CD)
-Evil Madness "Demoni Paradiso" (12Tónar, 2008, 12T047)
-Ben Frost " Theory of Machines" (Bedroom Community, 2006)
-Sigur Rós book/CD/DVD "með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust" Deluxe Edition (nr. 009734//film nr. FN83 5862 0752 (feet & legs)
Leo & Veerle thank you for the music, enjoy Jan Mayen & Æla:
"We Just Want to Get Everybody High", a song of the album "So much better than your normal life" (Smekkleysa Label, recorded by Eberg & the band)
All Belgians (and others) can join this Facebook Group Belgian Icelandic Music Lovers
Every day @ 12:34 a new cultural event @ lunch time
This year for the 3rd time.
Last year Björk performed .
Saturday 5. December 2009
@ 2 venues Sódóma & Batteríið
Admission: only 1000 IKR
(You get a wristband)
Doors @ 21:00
Start @ 21:30
- Agent Fresco
- Me, the Slumbering Napoleon
- Pascal Pinon
föstudagur, nóvember 27, 2009
Site designed by Andri Sigurðsson (Vefstofan).
Other people involved are journalist Þórhildur Ólafsdóttir & photographer Julia M. Staples, as wel as Bergur Ebbi Benediktsson (of Sprengjuhöllin fame), Diljá Ámundadóttir, Maríanna Friðjónsdóttir, Friðrik Ingimundarson, Þorbjörg Gunnlaugsdóttir, Lára Björg Björnsdóttir, Gyða Haraldsdóttir, Hallgerður Hallgrímsdóttir, Sæunn Huld Halldóra Gunnarsdóttir, Hreinn Hreinsson, Árni Rúnar Hlöðversson & Helga Vala Helgadóttir.
The bloggers are: Nanna Rögnvaldardóttir, Eva Einarsdóttir, Kolbrún Skaftadóttir, Björn Halldórsson, Steinar Júlíusson, Hrafnhildur Halldórsdóttir, Árni Rúnar Hlöðversson, Unnsteinn Stefánsson (of Retro Stefson fame), Katrín Björk Svavarsdóttir, Erna Kaaber, Sóley Kristjánsdóttir, Friðrik Ingimundarson, Vera Sölvadóttir, Erna Erlingsdóttir, Þórdís Gísladóttir, Maríanna Clara Lúthersdóttir, Helga Ferdinandsdóttir, Sigríður Gunnlaugsdóttir, Guðrún Lára Pétursdóttir & Þorgerður E. Sigurðardóttir.
Read about Movies & Music here. Mugison, Helgi Björns & more, but it's in Icelandic. Enjoy the pictures and/or learn Icelandic ;-).
Seven songs on this soundtrack? Choreographer Wayne McGregor of "Dyad 1909" describes the soun track as "... an amazing piece of music –it's melancholic and spatial then cuts to extreme rhythmic violence -it's hauntingly inspiring".
Pre-order the soundtrack on CD or Vinyl from the Erased Tapes store here.
Ólafur is quite busy, collaborated with Bloodgroup on their 2nd Album too (2B released in a couple of days), and he's recording a new album by himself.
La musique islandaise vous parle
Parce que les geysers mélodiques en Islande n'ont pas de limite
fimmtudagur, nóvember 26, 2009
Morðingjarnir @ MySpace
miðvikudagur, nóvember 25, 2009
"City Building", a song of the Album "And In The Endless Pause There Came The Sound Of Bees" (Mute Song, 2009).
Jóhann Jóhannsson's Website
Sunday 29. November @ 21:00
Get your ticket @ MIDI.
Fjallabræður @ Aldrei fór ég suður (Never Went South) Festival @ Ísafjörður, West Fjords on 11. April 2009. This festival is organised by Mugison & friends in the Far West of Iceland every Easter Weekend.
Fjallabræður @ MySpace
Emilíana Torrini & band @ Háskólabíói
Saturday 20. February 2010
Ticket sale starts @ 26. November @ 10:00 @ MIDI
Admission: 4900 IKR
She will be performing in Australia & Japan in December & January.
Her Album "Me and Armini" sold about 10.000 copies in Iceland. "Fisherman's Woman": about 15.000.
Emilíana Torrini's Website
þriðjudagur, nóvember 24, 2009
When did you first start out making music?I was twelve when i got my first bass, trying to rock out Marilyn Manson riffs while listening to Jaco Pastorius with awe.
What were or are your main musical inspirations?
I'd say I’m a sucker for very traditional things, bound by form, e.g death metal being a huge influence - as opposed to more experimental elements dealing with romanticism and the sublime. Lyrics seldom reach my attention but I enjoy soulful music. It definitely has to have soul!
Your work is described as “concrete sounds and synthesis”. Can you elaborate?
For Klive I like to use field recordings I've collected, in tune with heavy computational processes. Each recorded place and each patchwork or code can mix into infinite possible worlds of sounds and scapes. Sounds pretty dramatic, I know, but I love that idea as a frame of reference.
Are you influenced by those great musique concrete artists from France and Germany?
I was. Michel Chion, Pierre Schaeffer and all those dudes did some awesome stuff way back. Pierre Henry's Tibetan Book Of The Dead is a special favourite - this grotesque vocal narration of death without words mixed with a broken R2D2 unit, warping into an Eno-esque soundscape - awesome.
There seems to be a collision of digital and natural sounds in your music…
Yes, without a doubt. Geothermal burps and waterfall noises in harmony with warm, simple synthesizers.
The sound is quite esoteric - how did you arrive at such a style? And how do you describe it to people?
I have a compulsive tendency towards nerdy stuff. I think the sound comes from a certain work ethic you develop by mucking around for hours every night.
What kind of equipment do you use for your records?
I like to use the max/msp and puredata programming environments for sounds, portable field recorders for the concréte, and a steady workflow while sequencing. For sequencing and mixing I prefer Ableton live above anything else.
Can you describe a typical working process, maybe for one of your tunes?
Sometimes it's hard to imagine I actually did this track or that song. I can't always remember it's actually mine. A typical productive session is probably best described as a sleepless night, and some new music on my hard drive the next day.
Do you work alone or collaborate?
I love to work with singers. Vocals are my greatest fear to do myself, so collaborating with people on that is great to get some extra depth of perspective. That actually applies to any musician willing to participate. For live performances I have worked with great people. I have friends that are always up for playing gigs here, there and everywhere. Without them, concertgoers would be looking at awkward beer sips and screen tan sessions on stage.
Which other Icelandic artists do you see yourself closest to in spirit if not sound?
In spirit i don't know - and in sound I don't know either. I do have a few major inspirational musicians in mind though. Hildur Guðnadóttir being one of the biggest with her recent album “Without Sinking”. Kira Kira and her Kitchen Motors have a special place in my heart - and last but not least - Stilluppsteypa are the mystical champs of my early experimental musical interests.
When you imagine your audience, who do you see?
Naked people. Makes things a lot easier. In comparison to playing with my band Swords of Chaos, my solo music is much more stressful to perform. It's very personal to play your own music for people, even though you're not alone on stage.
How did the deal with Germany’s Mille Plateaux come about?
I sent promotional CD's to 20 record labels. I got one reply, namely from MillePlateaux!
They are a legendary label, were you a fan of them for a long time?
I first noticed the label on the back of Stilluppsteypa's “Stories Part Five” sleeve years back. Other artists of MP fame later became very important to me, notably Alva Noto, Pan Sonic, Rechenzentrum and Vladislav Delay.
Have you done any touring?
I had my first tour abroad this fall with Kira Kira in Germany. We had some high times, met some lowlifes, so I gained a lot of experience.
What can you tell us about your new record – how does it differ from the debut?
This album, “Wailing Corpuscles” is a 50/50 mix of the last year’s “Sweaty Psalms” and new stronger tracks. I am proud of my debut but I believe this album is much stronger. “Sweaty Psalms” perhaps lacked a little coherence. Still being far from grown up, I think this album forms a better whole, and possesses a more solid concept.
When will it be released and will you be doing some tour dates?
It was set to be released before the aforementioned tour in Germany, but was postponed until early 2010 because of artwork issues. It is now finally complete and will hit Europe early in the new year.
Klive @ MySpace
mánudagur, nóvember 23, 2009
Rjóminn & Gogoyoko present @ Batterí on Thursday 26. November: Miri, For A Minor Reflection, Króna & Norwegian Øzz
Thursday 26. November
Tickets: € 17,50
Julian Casablancas (frontman The Strokes)
Beak (Portishead's Geoff Barrow)
Major Lazer Soundsystem
Snorri Helgason, Sigríður Thorlacius & Heiðurspiltar and Hjaltalín on Tour: Video Blog # 1 (November 2009)
Blog Post # 1
An Album Sampler by Record Records:
Lára Rúnarsdóttir @ MySpace
Record Records, Icelandic music label
sunnudagur, nóvember 22, 2009
Video Blog #12, shows the recording of the strings @ Studio Sýrland (translates as Syria) for his new album, as well as Soundtrack for Dyad 1909 & string arrangements for the Icelandic band Bloodgroup. Previous videos blog posts showed the recordings of the piano & drums.
Ólafur Arnalds @ Myspace
Saturday 28. November 2009
@ l'Elysées Biarritz, 22-24 rue Quentin Bauchard, Paris 8, France
@ 19:00 Diaporama starts
Start @ 20:00
Admission: 10 EUR in presale, 12 EUR @ door
Orri Páll Dýrason (drummer of Sigur Rós), Dean De Blois (Heima director) & John Best (Sigur Rós Management) will be present
An Evening with on the Program: Projections of documentaries, band videos, public interviews.
Heima (86') - Dean Debois
The Last Farm (20') - Rúnar Rúnarsson / Music by Kjartan Sveinsson (Sigur Rós) / With Actor Jón Sigurbjörnsson
Icelandair, Ecran Noir, Cinézik, Les boutiques sonores, W-Fenec, Elegy, EMI, Universal
kimono & Bloodgroup
Special Guest: Prins Póló
27. November 2009
@ Sódóma Reykjavík, Tryggvagata 22, Reykjavík
Admission: 1000 IKR
23:45 Prins Póló (Svavar Pétur Eysteinsson of Skakkamanage)
Two New Albums
"Easy Music for Difficult People" on Kimi Records - kimono
release on 4. December
& "Dry land" on Record Records - Bloodgroup
release on 2. December
kimono @ gogoyoko http://www.gogoyoko.com/#/artist/kimono
Bloodgroup @ gogoyoko http://www.gogoyoko.com/#/artist/bloodgroup
Prins Póló @ gogoyoko http://www.gogoyoko.com/#/artist/prinspolo
laugardagur, nóvember 21, 2009
Publisher: Indiana University Press / Equinox Press
27 B&W Illustrations
Pages: 224 / 232
This book provides the first music-based account of Icelandic singer-songwriter Björk's solo work to date. She is internationally recognized for her unique and innovative musical style, as well as her collaborative working relationship with artists, musicians, and engineers. Her work blurs boundaries between club and dance culture and "high art." Björk has won many awards, including Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival for her role in the film Dancer in the Dark, for which she also wrote and scored the music. Nicola Dibben presents an analysis of audio and video tracks, live performances, and recorded sound, viewed through the critical reception, fanzines, and interviews that surround Björk's music. This analysis reveals recurrent cultural themes: landscape and identity, the relationship between humans and technology, song as a vehicle for emotional expression, and female autonomy. Additional chapters on Björk's compositional process--with newly gathered interview material--and on the critical-musicological approach adopted in the book round out this original study.
Review of the Book by Bookslut
Content Chapters of the book
1. Biographical Overview of her life & career (with an interview with Derek Birkett of One Little Indian Label)
Discography & Filmography