Ane Brun covered Björk’s "Jóga"

Ane Brun coverd Björk‘s song “Jóga” at the Polar Music Prize Ceremony @ Stockholm, Sweden on 30. August 2010. More about the prize here.
Jóga” is 2nd song on “Homogenic” (1997).

Rockville Festival 2010 @ Paddy’s @ Reykjanesbær 2-5. September: The Full Schedule

@ Paddy’s

Dagskráin/The Schedule

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

Rockville hangover-killer

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

kimono on European Tour with Seabear 1-11. September 2010

kimono on a European Tour

Indie rock band kimono is going to tour in Europe, performing in Germany, Austria & Switzerland. Goal is to promote the European release of their 3rd Studio Album “Easy Music for Difficult People” (Kimi Records). Tour Dates:
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)


Robyn covers Björk’s "Hyper-ballad"

Swedish singer Robyn covered the Björk song “Hyper-ballad” @ Polar Prize Ceremony today @ Stockholm, Sweden.
2nd song on Björk‘s Album “Post” (1995).
More about the prize here.
Robyn will perform @ Iceland Airwaves ’10 Festival.

Steed Lord "One Good Reason" Official Video

One Good Reason“, a song from Steed Lord‘s upcoming album called “Heart II Heart“. This new album will be released exclusively on Beatport 5. September 2010 & on other digital stores on 28. September.
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
Stylist/Make-Up: Kali
Producer: New Crack City Records
One Good Reason @ Beatport
You can listen to “One Good Reason” & the others singles & remixes @ Steed Lord @ Soundcloud

Steed Lord “One Good Reason” from Steed Lord Steed Lord’s Website

Steed Lord @ FaceBook

Steed Lord @ MySpace

Ljósanótt Concert @ Keflavík on Friday 3. September 2010

Útisvið við Ægisgötu @ Keflavík/Reykjanesbær
Friday 3. September 2010
Gilli gill og prófessorinn
Pascal Pinon
Elíza Newman
Retro Stefson & Raggi Bjarna
Bjartmar & Bergrisarnir


Song of the 179. Week: "Skeletons having sex on a tin roof " by Swords of Chaos

The 179. Song of the Week is the Swords of Chaos song “Skeletons having sex on a tin roof” of their début album “The End Is As Near As Your Teeth“. The album was released on Kimi Records Label earlier this week.

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).


Buy the whole album @ Gogoyoko

Swords of Chaos @ MySpace

Interview with Björk in Svenska Dagbladet 27. August 2010

Björk interviewed by SvD Journalist Kristin Lundell
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 Björks Website

Classic Icelandic Albums (CIA) # 13: "Ekki enn"/"EhgI En:" by Purrkur Pillnikk

# 13

Ekki Enn


EhgjI En


The punkrock band Purrkur Pillnikk released this album on 29. October 1981 on the Icelandic Gramm Label (Gramm 3). P.P. existed for about 18 months (1981-1982), but they were very active & released 2 LPs, 2 EPs & 1 live album.

The band was formed to play a gig in the basement of their school, a gymnasium called MH/Menntaskólinn við Hamrahlíð, on 8. March 1981.

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 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’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.

Album tracks

Side 1 (Purrkur Side)

1. Svefnpurkur

2. Nú (“Now”)

3. Ekki enn (“Not yet”)

4. Grimmd (“Cruelty”, “Barbarity”)

5. Gluggagægir (“Window Peeper”)


6. Flughoppið

7. Vaterland

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”)

7. Ofhræðsla

8. Enn ungur en (“Still young but”)

9. Draumur (“Dream”)

10. Rotið

Gluggagægir” & “Augun úti” Live footage from the documentary Rokk í Reykjavík by director Friðrik Þór Friðriksson.

The LP was re-released on CD by Smekkleysa Label in 1993.

Myrra Rós "Sail on" @ Åarhus

Myrra Rós Live @ Melodica, International Acoustic Festival @ Åarhus, Denmark (July 2010)
Sail on” Video by Damien Priest

Myrra Rós @ MySpace