Jón Þór Birgisson (Jónsi of Sigur Rós) & Alex completing Debut Album @ Hawaii – Song "Happiness" on Red Hot Organization Compilation

Jónsi has been keeping busy these past weeks making an album with his boyfriend Alex. The boys are currently isolated in a jungle hut in Hawaii completing their first album, which will be released in the summer. For a preview of the album you can check out the compilation album dark was the night, to which they have contributed a song under the name Riceboy Sleeps. The compilation is released by the Red Hot Organization, an HIV/AIDS charity, and features contributions from other quality acts such as Sufjan Stevens, Beirut, Arcade Fire, Yo La Tengo, etc.
Source:
www.sigur-ros.co.uk
www.myspace.com/redhotorganization
Video by Shawn Old & Robert Heishman
www.youtube.com/v/Wz9wFRssBK8&hl&fmt=18

BarFrikki and other Icelandic Music Compilations & Samplers (Part 1)

This week I’ve got an Album in my mailbox that I did win on Ebay.
BarFrikki The Sessions – A taste of Icelandic Music (enhanced CD).
An Album for free with Scottish The List Magazine (# 487) in 2004.
Sponsored by Tennent’s Lager & Icelandair.
6 Tracks are:
1. Emilliana Torrini – To Be Free
2. Sigur Ros – Untitled #4
3. Ske – Stuff
4. Singapore Sling – Nuthin’ Ain’t Bad
5. Leaves – Breathe
6. Minus – Who’s Hobo
Of course their are plenty other Icelandic Music compilation albums. For instance the Airwaves Festival CDs and Folk Music compilations. Even a lot of Soundtracks are a sort of compilation.
Dr. Gunni released 3 Compilations with the name “Snarl” on his label (Cassettes!)
E09 SNARL (1987)
E12 SNARL II – VERÖLDIN ER VEIMILTÍTA! (1987)
E20 SNARL III – ÞETTA ER BESTA SPÓLAN SEM ÉG Á! (1991)
More information @ www.this.is/drgunni/erdanu.html

Geyser – Anthology of the Icelandic Independent Music Scene of the Eighties (compilation of punk/new wave/gothic rock) (11 songs) (Enigma Records, 1987)
World Domination or Death. A Bad Taste Compilation. Volume 1 Assorted Artists (Bad Taste, 1990)
Smekkleysa í hálfa öld (Smekkleysa Label, SM44CD, 1994)
Spírur (14 songs: Vínyll, Bang Gang, Tristian, Port, Emmet, Stjörnukisi, 200.000 Naglbítar contributed all 2 songs) (Sproti Label, 1997)
Kvistir (13 songs by Maus (2 songs), Pornopop, Bang Gang, Gus Gus, Vínyll, Móa, Stjörnukisi, Bellatrix, Port, Dagbók NN, Quarashi, 200.000 Naglbítar)(Sproti Label, 1998)
Free Palestine / Frjáls Palestína (18 songs) (Spor, 1998). More information @ www.palestine.is
Voices / Raddir. Recordings of folksongs recorded between 1909 – 1973 from the Archives of the Arni Magnusson Institute. (Smekkleysa Label, 1998)
Nælur (compilation of Icelandic punk rock & new wave music)(Spor Label, 1998). More information @ http://enc.slider.com/Enc/Naelur
Icelandic Pop Favourites (Skifan, 2000)
Icelandic Rock Favourites (Skifan, 2000)
Icelandic Jazz Favourites (Skifan, 2000)
Icelandic Folk Favourites (Skifan, 2000)
Alltaf Sama Svínið (2CDs/35 songs) (Smekkleysa Label, SM100CD, 2002)
42 more things to do in zero gravity/part one (2CDs/23 songs) (Uni:Form Label, 2002). Electronic/Dance compilation.
Sound & Pictures Reykjavik – MINI International # 7 (5 songs: 2 Ske songs, Dr. Gunni, DIP & Atingere)
Fire & Ice – Music from Iceland. Promotional Album with music from different labels. More information @
http://icelandicmusic.blogspot.com/2007/03/promotional-album-fire-and-ice.html

Kitchen Motors Family Album / Fjöskyldualbúm Tilraunaeldhússins (1CD/21 Songs)(12 Tonar Label, 2006)
Made in Iceland (Iceland Music Export, 2008) More information @ http://www.icelandmusic.is/
Weirdcore (online free Icelandic electronic music compilation, 2008)

Rökkurró @ Café Rosenberg 8. March 2009 – European Tour in March & April

Rökkurró is going on an European Tour. Before they leave their heimat, the band is giving a concert @ Café Rosenberg 8. March 2009 @ 21:00.
Entrance: 1.000 IKR
Supporting Act: Airelectric

Upcoming Shows in March & April 2009 in
Iceland – Germany – Denmark – Switzerland – Belgium – The Netherlands:

Mar 8 2009 9:00P
Café Rosenberg with Airelectric Reykjavík
Mar 16 2009 8:00P
King Georg Cologne (DE)
Mar 17 2009 8:00P
Societätstheater Dresden (DE)
Mar 18 2009 8:00P
Schokoladen Berlin (DE)
Mar 19 2009 8:00P
Feinkostlampe Hannover (DE)
Mar 20 2009 8:00P
Cafe Cairo Würzburg (DE)
Mar 21 2009 8:00P
Noch Besser Leben Leipzig (DE)
Mar 22 2009 8:00P
Lades Copenhagen (DK)
Mar 24 2009 8:00P
Steinbruch Duisburg (DE)
Mar 25 2009 8:00P
Eburg Erfurt (DE)
Mar 26 2009 8:00P
Emile Vache Metz (FR)
Mar 27 2009 8:00P
Kulturwerk 118 Sursee (CH)
Mar 28 2009 8:00P
Elfer Frankfurt (DE)
Mar 29 2009 8:00P
Culturhuis Maison – final concert of the 101 Reykjavík series Maldegem (BE)
Mar 30 2009 8:00P
De Bliskem Den Helder (NL)
Mar 31 2009 8:00P
Vortex Siegen (DE)
Apr 1 2009 8:00P
Parkside Aachen (DE)
Apr 2 2009 8:00P
Objekt 5 Halle (DE)


The band was in the spotlight @ All Scandinavian Website:
Who?

“… are we? We are three guys (Árni, Björn and Axel) and two girls (Hildur and Ingibjörg) ranging from 19 to 21 years old. All live in Iceland’s capital Reykjavík and have been making music together for almost three years now. We’ve made one LP, “Það kólnar í kvöld…” and one self-titled EP. We love good music, good art, dimly lit rooms and Nutella.”
Where?
“… will we be next? On tour from March 15 to April 2. We have gigs in Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Belgium, France and Denmark. Come and check out our show! You can find more info on MySpace”.
What?
“… does our name mean? Rökkurró is a combination of two Icelandic words. “Rökkur” which means twilight/when the sun is going down, and “ró” meaning quiet or calm. We tried to imagine some kind of cinematic mood to fit our music and thought this sounded perfect. The title of our first album, ‘Það kólnar í kvöld…’, means “It gets colder tonight” or more lyrically translated “There’s a chill in the air tonight”.”
Why?
“… are we doing what we’re doing? Because we can’t not play music. It’s impossible. We’re doing what we think is the most fun in the world and trying to reach enough people so that we can do this and nothing else.”
Source:
http://allscandinavian.com

I am going to see them in Belgium @ Vox (Cultuurhuis Maison) venue, Maldegem Sunday 29. March 2009.

Their MySpace:
www.myspace.com/rokkurro

New Tonik EP Out

Tonik, an electronic band with a diverse number of members but also the alter ego of Anton Kaldal Ágústsson, has released a New EP “Form Follows” on 17. February 2009.
Streaming of the Album @ Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Tonik/19572674201#/inbox/readupdates.php?id=19572674201
Other work includes some Remixes of songs by Icelandic artists:
Herbert Guðmundsson “Can’t walk away” (Tonik remix)
Dikta “Just getting started” (Tonik remix)
Lada Sport “World is a place for kids going far” (Tonik remix)
Also featured On the Compilation “Weirdcore” (2008)
www.myspace.com/tonikmusic

Agent Fresco celebrates first birthday @ Kaffibarinn tonight with FREE concert

Agent Fresco celebrate their first birthday
Arnór, the lead singer of Agent Fresco, tells us that on 28. February 2008, he received an email from his 3 current bandmates asking if he’d like to join the band. They consider that day as the birth of Agent Fresco.
Today is exactly 1 year later, and what a year it has been!
Their debut, ”Lightbulb Universe” has received critical acclaim and earlier this month, they won the Icelandic Music Award for Brightest Hope! Tonight, they invite you to come celebrate with a FREE concert @ Kaffibarinn. You will be treated to an incredible show and because it is also the 20th birthday of beer in Iceland, beer will be only 400 IKR before midnight. You can also pick up Lightbulb Universe for only 1.500 IKR there if you haven’t purchased it yet. We hope to see you there, and once again, Happy Birthday to Agent Fresco!
www.myspace.com/agentfresco

Stórsveit Nix Noltes Live on Icelandic TV

Stórsveit Nix Noltes playing the song “Krivo Sadovsko Horo” from the album “Royal Family – Divorce” (out on Fat Cat Label in April 2009)
www.youtube.com/v/3gJ_Z3YtmYA&hl&fmt=18

www.myspace.com/storsveitnixnoltes

Bands on Stage in Iceland – Part 5: The Kinks

The Kinks played in Reykjavik in 1965.
Watch @ www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3oe0k9KyOA&hl&fmt=18
Thanks to Dr. Gunni for posting it on his blog.