Minus Videos – Icelandic Hardcore

Minus Videos
Romantic Exorcism” (Album “Halldor Laxness”)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVG29-Q1kqs

Flophouse Nightmares” (Album “Halldor Laxness”)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5rZ0r5Kvhc

Insomniac” (Album “Halldor Laxness”)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEarrqyAV5s

Angel in disguise” (Album “Halldor Laxness”)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czVT9aJVmfA

Long face
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKGEnINYgnQ

Minus Live @ Nordurkjallaranum MH 2006
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ami-E1qyjfA

Minus Live @ The Social, Orlando (2003) (Source: www.cflhardcore.com)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHGns-vXdsU

Minus @ Sjonvarpid (Icelandic TV), 2007
http://dagskra.ruv.is/streaming/sjonvarpid/?file=4301844/3

More Minus @ www.myspace.com/minus

Minus Videos – Icelandic Hardcore

Minus Videos
Romantic Exorcism” (Album “Halldor Laxness”)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVG29-Q1kqs

Flophouse Nightmares” (Album “Halldor Laxness”)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5rZ0r5Kvhc

Insomniac” (Album “Halldor Laxness”)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEarrqyAV5s

Angel in disguise” (Album “Halldor Laxness”)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czVT9aJVmfA

Long face
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKGEnINYgnQ

Minus Live @ Nordurkjallaranum MH 2006
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ami-E1qyjfA

Minus Live @ The Social, Orlando (2003) (Source: www.cflhardcore.com)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tHGns-vXdsU

Minus @ Sjonvarpid (Icelandic TV), 2007
http://dagskra.ruv.is/streaming/sjonvarpid/?file=4301844/3

More Minus @ www.myspace.com/minus

Biography of Bardi Johannsson aka Bang Gang

Bang Gang – Bardi Johannsson

Bardi Johannsson, tall and irregular stands as a man belonging to an Edward Gorey novel casting his shadow far too wide to fit his angular form. Maybe it is so that he is too foreign for even he himself to recognize that he just wasn’t made for these times.
However, the truth remains that he is nothing but a romantic disguised as a phantom lurking in and out of space just as the dead do to simply convince us into believing that sad songs could never feel so good. The love is in his voice and the innocent way he sings his sad songs, oh so forlorn, for happy days.
Bang Gang’s album, ‘Something Wrong’ is haunting, in the most beautifully possible way. The album is surrealistic and atmospheric with his use of pure instrumentation to transcend electronic synthesis. Like an absurd French existential novel Bardi as the orchestrated evil genius dares us to ‘Follow’ him through an oblivion of swirling melody in a hypnotically enchanting fashion where upon he guides us up some lost winding staircase to a place we fear. A place inside our every heartbeat. He makes music to satisfy his own desire and resembles an Icelandic Philip Glass mixed with Jarvis Cocker and Brian Wilson. He presents a pop sensibility juxtapose an avantguard compositional style tailor made to fit the rock n’ roll archetype and yet redefine it. These may be reasons why television producers choose Bang Gang to set the atmosphere in there shows like TV drama The O.C.
Bardi Johannsson defines psychedelic whimsy and evanescence in his side project the soundtrack opus ‘Haxan’ where upon he performs with the National Symphony of Bulgaria. Perhaps it’s the isolation of Iceland, alienated in the ocean like a lonely child standing awaiting reformation that gives its inhabitants such a pride in its individualism. Perhaps it’s the twenty hours a day of sunlight reciprocated against the twenty hours a day of darkness that make up the years reprise that blurs the conventions of dreaming and waking oh so unconvincingly that gives its musicians such an instinctual vigor. The Icelandic landscape reverberates a sound much like Bardi Johannsson’s music; beautifully severe and sublimely painful but nevertheless majestic. Bardi Johannsson illustrates a passion for music like a minister of a congregation yet where upon he baptizes his sound dirty with realism that helps people feel less ashamed of their loneliness.
The French ingénue Keren Ann teams with Johannsson in Bang Gang and yet again to create the dynamic duo known as Lady & Bird in the album Lady & Bird recently released on Yellow Tangerine in the US and on Labels/EMI in Europe. The two resemble a young Lou Reed and Nico and so it is only fitting that they would chose to remake ‘Stephanie Says’ with the drifting innocence in a way that echoed their predecessors.
He outfits as a producer, a fashion designer, director, musician, singer and composer.
In Milan he has a full size statue, in Iceland he is the dark prince who walks the nights alone and in France he is hailed as the next Phil Spector. He depicts the musical side of fashion house Emporio Armani, cosmetics brand Yves Rocher and carmaker Lancia in their television ads. A renaissance man in the truest form he is obsessive, narcissistic, hung-over, mad and romantic. Oceanic and limitless his songs sound much too real and much too beautiful. Bardi Johannsson is an anomaly that blends together Rock’n’Roll and sadness to create a sound that bellows through your body like a misremembered dream and for that he makes us stop in the name of love.
Source:
www.banggang.net

Best Songs by Björk Gudmundsdottir according to HUMO

Björk‘s Best Songs according to the Belgian Magazine HUMO (2007) as published in “HUMO presenteert Rock Werchter 2007
(Festival Guide):

  • Hit (1991) with The Sugarcubes
  • Human behaviour (1993)
  • Venus as a boy (1993)
  • Big time sensuality (1993)
  • Crying (1993)
  • Army of me (1995)
  • It’s oh so quiet (1995)
  • Hunter 51997)
  • Joga (1997)
  • Bachelorette (1997)
  • All is full of love (1998)
  • Hidden place (2001)
  • Oceania (2004)
  • Triumph of the heart (2005)
  • Earth intruders (2007)
















Óðins Raven Magic

Óðins Raven Magic
Collaboration of Sigur Ros, HÖH (Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson), Steindor Andersen and an Icelandic Choir
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrmaTFTnsVY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRQ2WwiMndY

New Videos by Jakobinarina: "Jesus" and "This is an advertisement"

Jakobinarina Videos
Jesus” Video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4J989pkVV1Q

Video by director Alex Smith for “This is an advertisementhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sCrvZcfqNc

More Jako @ www.myspace.com/jakobinarina

New Videos by Jakobinarina: "Jesus" and "This is an advertisement"

Jakobinarina Videos
Jesus” Video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4J989pkVV1Q

Video by director Alex Smith for “This is an advertisementhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sCrvZcfqNc

More Jako @ www.myspace.com/jakobinarina

Rimur song by Sveinbjörn Beinteinsson

Sveinbjörn Beinteinsson performing Rimur, traditional Icelandic songs based on the Edda and the Icelandic Sagas.
According to Björk Gudmundsdottir the first “rap music”!
http://vids.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=vids.individual&videoid=1873312865
http://video.aol.com/video-detail/id/321838096
Sveinbjörn Beinteinsson (April 4, 1924 – December 24, 1993), a native of Iceland, was a goði, or Heathen priest. He was instrumental in helping to gain recognition by the Icelandic government for the pre-Christian Norse religion. The Íslenska Ásatrúarfélagið (“Icelandic fellowship of Æsir faith”), which he founded, was officially recognised as a religious body in 1972.

Sveinbjörn lived his entire life in West Iceland. From 1944 on, he was a sheep farmer while also pursuing literary interests on the side. He published a book of rímur in 1945, a textbook on the verse forms of rímur in 1953, two volumes of his own verse in 1957 and 1976, and edited several anthologies.

Sveinbjörn was regarded with much respect and affection amongst Ásatrú and Heathens. Not only was he a well known rímur singer, or kvæðamaður, in Iceland, he also gained an audience and followers in Europe and North America. Sveinbjörn can be heard performing Ásatrú marriage rites for Genesis and Paula P-Orridge (now Alaura O’Dell) on Psychic TV‘s LP Live in Reykjavik and on the double LP entitled Those who do not. Additionally, former Psychic TV member David Tibet (né David Michael Bunting) released a CD of Sveinbjörn performing his own rímur and reciting the traditional Poetic Edda under the title Current 93 presents Sveinbjörn ‘Edda‘ in two editions through the now defunct World Serpent Distribution.

The Sugarcubes Documentary

A documentary about The Sugarcubes, the most famous Icelandic band and the start of Björk’s international success.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZcoxb2WDr4

Interview with Bardi Johannsson

My Town: Reykjavik
Bardi Johannsson
’s Icelandic Grand Tour

Alisa Gould-Simon, February the 9th, 2007

Perhaps it’s insomnia –– an unfortunate by-product of Iceland’s seemingly endless dark winter days — or the island’s inexhaustible supply of picturesque landscapes. Maybe it’s the elves – rumored to have inhabited Reykjavik, the country’s capital and its surrounding towns for centuries. Whatever the root, it’s safe to assume Reykjavik-based Bardi Johannsson – producer/composer/director – doesn’t sleep much.

In the last seven years, Johannsson has produced two widely acclaimed indie pop albums – via the porthole Bang Gang, a band Johansson founded and in which he sings the lead (think Beach Boys meets another Icelander, Björk). In 2004, he screened his surrealistic short film Red Death at the Centre Pompidou. Not to mention, Johansson has been working on a ‘side-project,’ Lady & Bird, with French female singer-songwriter Keren Ann, and has directed and produced scores of music videos and albums for fellow Icelandic artists.

Johannsson is not only a workhouse, but an artist heavily influenced by his surroundings. So, we figured, what better host to Iceland’s majestic landscapes, and its flourishing contemporary culture? In his own words:

What are you working on right now?
I’m currently promoting Something Wrong, working on songs for the next Bang Gang album [slated for release September 2007]. Also, I am having some exciting musical collaborations… no names dropped. Thinking about the next videos and a short film that will follow my next record.

How has Iceland shaped your work – musically, visually, etc?
We are a very small nation. Only 300,000 people. Therefore… you sometimes become naive and don’t understand very well how big cities work. For example on my first trip to Paris, I was trying to get a bartender’s attention because I was thirsty. The queue was long so I gave my credit card to the next person and asked him to buy me a couple of beers…. he ran away with my card. In Iceland you can forget your card on the bar table and it’s there the day after.
Musically it can be good to be from Iceland, as you are quite isolated and you feel free. Not a lot of people buy indie music so you can feel free to make whatever you want. That helps when you go abroad where people are following trends too much.
Visually it does you bad. We are so used to the beautiful landscapes that it becomes claustrophobic to go to big cities.

Do you think that the island is really inhabited by elves?
Do you believe in Hobbits? Do you believe in Santa Claus? Do you believe that the stork brings the children and your parents never had sex? Do you belief that girls don’t fart… I do.

How would you describe Iceland in five words or less?
Best place on earth.

What is the biggest drawback of living on an island amidst such a small population?
If you have an Icelandic girlfriend… you can be 90% sure that you are related to her at least 5 generations back. Sometimes less. Everybody is your uncle or cousin.

What is the greatest perk of living on an island amidst such a small population?
You are safe. For example, if someone breaks into your house, you can be sure it is your uncle or cousin… so crime is easy to solve.

What is one thing every first timer must do when visiting Iceland?
If you come during a weekend you should drop by the Blue Lagoon on the way from the airport. Then go directly to the next bar. If you come during the week, you should go to the Blue Lagoon, rent a car and drive around the Island. You can go the entire circle in 3 days, if you skip sleeping. Maybe you’ll see elves on the last day (if you don’t sleep).

If you could go anywhere on the island, where would you go?
I would go to Asbyrgi in the North of Iceland. It is indescribable beauty. Forest and lake surrounded by mountains shaped like a horseshoe. There is a nice lake, good echo in the cliffs if you shout; the weather is always still because the shape of the cliffs makes a shelter for wind.

What aspect of Iceland inspires you most?
The darkness all winter and brightness all summer.

Are porramaturs [traditional Icelandic dishes including picked ram’s testicles and singed sheep heads] a common dish? And, where would you recommend going to try a few?
Actually it’s the time of these delicacies now. Yesterday I was eating all these dishes. But don’t forget the Icelandic vodka, Brennivin. Goes well with the testicles.
I like to eat at a place called TAPAS BAR, also I like VEGAMOT. APOTEK is a very nice and “fancy” place and sometimes I go to have a burger at BSÍ (mostly hangover food though). I am not much of a snob. For me, food is just fuel to be able to make it through the day without feeling pain in my stomach.

Best local bands? And where do you go to see them live or buy their latest LP’s?
I would recommend Bang Gang, Singapore Sling and Dikta.

Places to see live music are not many in Reykjavik. The best place is the Reykjavik Museum of Art. It’s an outdoor venue in the middle of the museum. The sound is not always the best, but if the place is packed it is o.k. My favorite place to buy music is in the living room of my studio. There I sit with my laptop and buy from amazon.com. Icelandic record shops do not in 70% of cases have what I am looking for.

Reykjavik is starting to be recognized as a hub for innovative fashion design. Where’s the best place to snag pieces from local designers?
We are starting to have some really good designers here. Finally. 5 years ago it was a mess. Now, yes! There are some nice shops in the center. The designer Steinunn is quite good. Also I am impressed by Sruli Recht. Usually I don’t go shopping that much in Iceland. I stay in my studio and make music when I am there. More time to shop when I go abroad.

Where do all the best looking Icelandic youths go to party until the sun rises?
In Iceland we don’t drink during the week. If you have a beer during lunch, you are alcoholic. But if you are crawling on the bar floor and vomiting on yourself during the weekends… you’re having fun!
I go to Sirkus or Boston. Same owner; same people that hang out there. Nice music most of the time and people with similar interests… music & partying. Can write a book about my experiences from the Icelandic bars. Have no time to spend there anymore but was a local for a while.

Best hotel in town?
Since we are starting promo: 101 Reykjavik – it’s known for quality and good service; I’ve had some nice moments there… and by the way… don’t forget to fly with Icelandair.