The Sugarcubes Live @ Akureyri anno 1989

The Sugarcubes on stage @ Sjallinn venue, Akureyri (1989), the Capital of the North


"The Plan" by Vicky Pollard is 67. Song of the Week

Vicky Pollard‘s song “The Plan” is the 67. Song of the Week.
The band is working on their Debut Album (in the mixing !).
This 5 piece rock band started in November 2006: 4 girls & drummer Orri.

Nature Concert Organizers Special Friends of the United Nations

The organizers of Náttúra, a nature awareness outdoor concert held in Laugardalur park in Reykjavík last Saturday, have been named special friends of the United Nations, including Björk, the members of Sigur Rós and Einar Örn Benediktsson of Ghostigital.
Árni Snaevarr, the UN information officer in Iceland, said although their initiative is localized, their message on environmental protection is relevant to the entire planet, Morgunbladid reports.
The United Nations Regional Information Center (UNRIC) for Western Europe will participate in the creation of the group’s website, which was launched on Saturday, to raise further awareness of environmental protection efforts in Iceland.
According to, around 30,000 people, or ten percent of the Icelandic population, attended the nature awareness concert in Laugardalur park on Saturday.

Icelanders on Stage in Belgium this Summer: Sigur Rós – Ólöf Arnalds & Ólafur Arnalds – Bang Gang

Even after the end of the Iceland on the Edge Festival in Brussels this year, Icelandic music is still hot in Belgium this summer.
First of all a Review of the 5th Sigur Rós Album með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust” in Belgian HUMO Magazine By CV (I want to have that beer !).
The new Album sounds “trusty”. But the CD is everything except a revision exercise.
Við spilum endalaust” is een sharp song with powerfull climax provided by the windinstruments “
Gobbledigook” is even more radio-friendly, with even a lalala-chorus and a video full of nudists running like hippies through forests and fields
Illgresi” is a folky ballad with in the end some strings
Ára bátur” starts with 4 minutes of piano, followed by The London Sinfonietta and The London Oratory School Schola delivering the final orgasm
All Alright” is Sigur Rós first song in English

Sigur Rós Two Times on a Belgian Festival Stage this summer:
5. July @ Rock Werchter Festival
14. August @ Pukkelpop Festival

Bang Gang
22. August @ Brussels Summer Festival

Ólöf Arnalds & Ólafur Arnalds
25. August
@ Feeërieën Festival @ Warandepark, Brussels

19.00: Ólöf Arnalds
For the first time on stage in Belgium – the Icelandic Vashti Bunyan – she worked together with Mugison and Slowblow – was on tour with múm – Debut Album “Við Og Við” (produced by Kjartan of Sigur Rós)

21:45: Ólafur Arnalds
He brings epic piano music with strings & electronics – Debut was “Eulogy for Evolution” – He recently released the EP “Variations Of Static” – For the fans of Max Richter and Icelander Jóhann Jóhannsson

Unofficial Icelandic Music Videos

Army of my” inspired by “Army of me” of Björk‘s “Post” Album

múm‘s “Winter” (What We Never Where After All) of the “Go Go Smear The Poison Ivy” Album


Kira Kira Released New Album "Our Map to the Monster Olympics"

The second album by Icelandic musician Kira Kira (Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir), “Our Map to the Monster Olympics“, was released this week. Record label Smekkleysa describes the album as versatile, sometimes scary but mostly magnificent and breathtaking.
Kira Kira uses many different and some unorthodox instruments like trumpets, guitars, a casio keyboard, glockenspiel, music box in mixture with various other curious sounds.
Many other musicians lend Kira Kira a hand on her latest album, including Finnish drummer Samuli Kosminen, who has played with Icelandic band múm for years.
Kira Kira will tour the Nordic countries to promote her album in August and play in China and Japan in October.
Kira Kira’s first album “Skotta” was released in 2006, which is quite different from Our Map to the Monster Olympics. She used to be a member of the band Spúnk, which released a vinyl record in cooperation with múm in 1997.

Kira Kira @

Náttúra – Nature or Nothing

Náttúra – Nature Awareness Concert @ Laugardalur, Reykjavik
28. June 2008

Náttúra – Nature or Nothing
Nature Awareness in Iceland

A short note by Wim Van Hooste

Recently Iceland got some bad publicity because of shooting polar bears. Unwanted visitors, came to Iceland on icebergs and/or swimming, as a result of the melting of Arctica ‘cause of global warming. Instead of bringing these dwindling species back alive to Greenland, animals were shot dead. Another shooting issue is the whale hunting of the Icelanders. The tourist industry offers now whale watching tours, which bring more money because selling the whale meat is difficult today.
This as an illustration of the fact that Iceland is on a crossroad. The Icelandic nation has the choice between ecology or economy. Coming from a sort of middle ages to develop into a modern society à la Scandinavia in 1 century was the first step. In the 21st century, Icelanders have to decide what kind of second step in evolution they want for their unique landscape of fire and ice, of which most areas are still unspoiled nature. This year, a big part of the geographically young landscape became the largest National Park of Europe, includes Europe’s largest glacier Vatnajökull. A good start of thinking green.
Although a lot of politicians, and the materialistic Icelanders, are in favour of choosing for the big money by allowing aluminium companies (heavy industry) who can profit of the cheap electricity that is necessary to make aluminium out of bauxite. But to have plenty of electricity to supply these factories, Iceland has and had to change the environment (e.g. glacial rivers). But the industrialization has its price. Like most other countries in Europe already paid their price and lost the panorama views. To see an unspoiled wilderness, tourists have to visit Iceland. Athough the mass tourism has its price of course.
The concert of last night, is the opportunity for the Icelanders to think about the future of the island in the Atlantic Ocean. I think they have to attrack another kind of industry, like Ireland did to maintain a green island (e.g. Microsoft). In my opinion, Iceland has the power and the young creative brains to be on top of the world in computer c.q. software and ICT business. Hope they’ll make this choice so they can change the name to “Ict-land”, instead of Ice-land; specially with global warming (Greenland ?).

According to the police about 30.000 people came to see the gigs by Ghostigital & Finnbogi Pétursson, Ólöf Arnalds, Sigur Rós and Björk.
The audience saw some videos about Icelandic nature in danger inbetween performances.

Björk played drums together with O. Arnalds on stage with Sigur Rós (“Gobbledigook“), and Einar Örn Benediktsson played trumpet in Björk‘s “I miss you“.
I was hoping that Einar Örn & Björk would team up to perform The Sugarcubes song “Planet“.
After all a great gig by Björk & Band. Although no big surprises or many special (Icelandic) guest appearances, and a great variety of songs.

Björk’s Band on the Volta Tour & also last night:
Jónas Sen, organ player & harpsichordist
Mark Bell (of LFO fame) on keyboards & computers
Damian Taylor, techno wizard on keyboards, ReacTable & programming
Chris Corsano (of Sonith Youth fame)
Icelandic Wonderbrass (an all female Brass Band from Keflavík & Hafnarfjörður):
Sigrún Kristbjörg Jónsdóttir on trombone
Sigrún Jónsdóttir on trombone
Harpa Jóhannsdóttir on trombone (back to enjoy Íslensk Kjötsúpa ?)
Erla Axelsdóttir on French horn
Særún Ósk Pálmadóttir on French horn
Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir on French horn
Sylvía Hlynsdóttir on trumpet (having her birthday yesterday ! Björk was singing Happy Birthday in Icelandic for her !)
Valdís Þorkelsdóttir on trumpet
Björk Níelsdóttir on trumpet
Brynja Guðmundsdóttir on tuba

Björk’s Náttúra Setlist:

Earth Intruders (Volta)
Hunter (Homogenic)
Unravel (Homogenic)
Pagan Poetry (Vespertine)
The Pleasure is all mine (Medúlla)
Vertebrae by Vertebrae (Volta)

Jóga (Homogenic) Emotional landscape – State of Emergency !!!
Desired Constellation (Medúlla)
Army of me (Post) in sort of Carcass/Skunk Anansie remix
I miss you (Post) with Guest Star Einar Örn Benediktsson (of Ghostigital and Sugarcubes fame) on his red trumpet

Triumph of a Heart (Médulla)
Bachelorette (Homegenic)
Vökuró (Medúlla)
Wanderlust (Volta)

Hyperballad (Debut)
Pluto (Homogenic)

Encore – 2 Extra Songs
Um akkari (Icelandic version of The Anchor Song) (Debut)
Declare Independence (Volta)

See some pictures on Flickr (Thx Jen goed digital for the suggestion)
Beautiful Iceland, some Sugarcubes and Björk videos to prove it: