>S.H. Draumur will play the album "GOÐ" (& more) @ Sódóma 4. December 2010 | Akureyri concert on 20. November

>GOÐ is Icelandic – Yes, s/he is
Dr. Gunni‘s band S.H. Draumur plays the album “GOД @ Sódóma venue on 4. December 2010.
The sale of tickets starts on MIDI 2. November @ 10:00.
Admission: 2200 IKR
Supporting act: Skelkur í bringu
Videos of S.H. Draumur were made by KEXP Radio of 2 songs: “Nótt eins og þessi” & “Eyðimörk eru hér“.

Akureyri not forgotten
For the people of the North, or faraway from the capital area:
There will be a concert @ Græna hattinum venue @ Akureyri, capital of the North on 20. November (tickets available @ the venue).
Suicide Coffee is the supporting act in the north.
Admission: 2000 IKR
This will be the first time that S. H. Draumur performs @ Akureyri ever!
Dr. Gunni’s Website

>Soon on a Computer or Laptop close to You

>Watch your back! Soon this blog will start up.
Until the launching of this new blog, you can read all my previous posts on the I love Icelandic music blog.
Or you can visit the site of Bob: Bob in Iceland
On a weekly basis you get informed what’s hot & not in the Icelandic music scene.
These items remain:

  • Icelandic song of the Week
  • Icelandic Music Alliance Pact (MAP) song (A worldwide blog collective)
  • Rare Icelandic Recordings / Records (RIR) (also on Icelandic Music Museum
  • Classic Icelandic Records (CIA)

Song of the 186. Week: "Ein stök ást" by Lifun

186. Song of the Weeks is Lifun‘s song “Ein stök ást” (A single love). Airwaves festival is over by now, unless for the after-after-party people… So I have chosen an easy tune for you.

This song is featured on their Debut Album “Fögur fyrirheit“. Lyrics of “Ein stök ást” were written by Baldur Þórir Guðmundsson





Lifun @ MySpace

Music Alliance Pact (MAP) # 25 (October 2010)

It’s time for the 25th I love Icelandic music contribution to an international initiative, the Music Alliance Pact, aka MAP. I take part in this Blog Alliance since the start in October 2008. On a monthly basis music bloggers from around the globe select a track from their country which is then posted collectively and simultaneously on those blogs – giving each nation’s track international exposure.
A trip around the world in 36 songs with a take off in Iceland:
This month I contributed “Lava“, a song Captain Fufanu for Iceland.

Song of the 185. Week: "Party People" by Suicide Coffee

185. Song of the Week is “Party People” by Suicide Coffee. I dedicate this tract to all the party people attending Airwaves Festival this week & weekend.



Iceland, here I come

I’m on my way to Iceland to enjoy 12 days downtown 101 & surroundings.


Dirty Weekend with Reykjavik (2007)




This Eberg Video for the song “The right thing to do” (of the Album “Antidote“) features the airport, the Flybus & my Hotel Saga.



Song of the 184. Week: "Maðurinn sem vildi verða Guð" by Króna

184. Song of the Week is “Maðurinn sem vildi verða Guð” (The Man who wanted to be God) by the rock trio Króna with frontman Biggi í Maus aka Birgir Örn Steinarsson (previous in the band Maus), Jón Valur Guðmundsson (also in the bands Bubble Boy & Who Knew) & Hjalti Jón Sverrisson (Miri).
Króna @ MySpace


Hljóðaklettar "Dress Up" Streaming

Hljóðaklettar @ Faktorý venue
Off-Venue on 12. October
Official on 13. October
A lot of the artists performing on these 2 nights are featured on the cassette “Dress Up“.
Streaming of this release is available for a short period on Soundcloud:

Hljodaklettar Dress Up – Side B by Hljodaklettar
Side B of the Cassette
1. compact assette – Thor Magnússon
2. JarreSchulze – BJ Nilsen
3. UPlifttheMind – Takeshi Muto
4. Freeze no Extra – Rudi Müller & Rúnar Magnússon
5. Captain of Love – Hunk Of A Man
6. Dr. Diablo – Jóhann Jóhannsson & Runar Magnusson
7. Kjallari Keisarans – Sigtryggur Berg Sigmarsson
8. Dimitri – Helgi Thorsson
9. Stadion – DJ Musician
Compiled by Sabrina Joy & Rúnar Magnússon
Released by: Hljóðaklettar

Release/catalogue number: HKMC1
Release date: 17 June 2010

Grímur Atlason in the Spotlight @ IMX

IMX puts Grímur Atlason in the Spotlight. Grímur was bass player in the bands Rosebud, Drep (the band of HAM guitarist Flosi Þorgeirsson), Dr. Gunni & Grjóthrun í Hólshreppi.
Belong” Live on Icelandic TV

Managing the Airwaves
Grímur Atlason is the new manager of the Iceland Airwaves music festival. Not only has he been working as a promoter in Iceland, but also managed several bands over the years. Artists he has worked with include Marc Almond, Happy Mondays, Emiliana Torrini, FM Belfast, Antony and The Johnsons, Blonde Redhead, Lisa Ekdahl, Kim Larsen, Retro Stefson, Sufjan Stevens, Joanna Newsom, Television, The Fall, Morrissey and many more. He is also the former mayor of the towns Dalabyggð and Bolungarvík.
As the festival enters its 11th edition between the 13th and 17th October, we thought we’d introduce you to the new boss by asking him about experiences and aspirations for the event…
Iceland Music Export (IMX) had an interview with the manager.
When did you become the manager of Airwaves, and what led you to the position?
I became the manager of the festival in April 2010. I was just finishing my job as a mayor in Dalabyggð – before that I was the mayor in Bolungarvik – and Iceland Airwaves needed a manager so I applied for the job. I have promoted shows since high school and I never stopped really, even while being a mayor. But I didn’t want to prolong my political career too much so here I am.
Had you had any involvement with the festival previously?

I have actually played the festival once! With Dr. Gunni around 7 years ago. I have of course been a guest on many occasions – my favourite show must be the Flaming Lips in 2001, but I also liked The Go Team in 2006 and Reykjavik!, FM Belfast, Mugison and so many others that have done so many thrilling shows over the years.
What made you want to take on the role and in what ways do you aim to improve the event?
The festival has such huge potential and has done so much for the scene in Iceland over the years – I just couldn’t resist! It’s important to not revolutionize things the first year. Obviously there are changes with new people but we try to hold on to the good vibes and stuff that’s been built up via the terrific programming over the past 11 years. We have been working a lot on relationships and networking with other festivals and professionals abroad. This is to make the event more attractive for Icelandic bands but also for the foreign ones. To have strong partnerships with the media is a key factor to build up a strong brand. We are working actively on that.
What do you think are the festival’s key strengths?
The location and good programming is the core. Iceland is a perfect place for an event like this. Nature, people, a long tradition in producing good music and the great mixture of music.
Was there a period following the crash when everyone thought Airwaves might be over?
It was difficult – and we didn’t even know if the country was completely done in October 2008 so of course we thought it might be over. But the brand is really strong and we are good at what we are doing so why stop? Just because some idiots couldn’t run their shops on Oxford Street or their bank in Oslo? Iceland Airwaves won’t be stopping until the music stops!
This year you have more bands than ever before – how has the planning and organising been for it?
It’s been tough but fun. Great bands applied for the festival, lots of whom we couldn’t book at this years edition – but those are ‘luxurious’ problems to have. All in all I think this year’s program is terrific!
Who are the main headlining international acts – and how do you go about choosing them?
Robyn, Moderat, Hurts, Everything Everything, Bombay Bicycle Club, Hercules and Love Affair, The Antlers – to name a few. Fresh, crispy and hot – that’s what we like about the bands we choose for the festival. It’s a mixture of something new with an edge to it and a dash of coolness. We go and see them and picture them in the program as a whole.
The wealth of local bands, old and new, suggests that Icelandic music scene is in very good shape, post-crash. Is that your experience?
In a way the crash helped. We were all getting rather careless and some even belived we were god’s chosen children when it came to banking etc. But the scene as such has always been best when money wasn’t floating around – that’s the environment Kukl, Purrkur Pilnikk and Sugarcubes came from. So now I’m sure we are once again going to see some great Icelandic acts emerge from the grassroots…
What are the 5 things we shouldn’t miss at this year’s Airwaves?
Well that’s kind of difficult to say – and unfair for the 252 acts around! Top 50 would be easier. But I’m going to see S.H. Draumur – one of Iceland’s most influential bands in the late 80s and it doesn’t spoil it that on that same night you have Ham and Ensími. Nolo is a band I would go for. I’d like to see the new stuff from Agent Fresco, Snorri Helgason is a great singer/songwriter and Hjálmar will get me in the mood. For the international acts I’m aiming for Hundreds, Junip, Rolo Tomassi, Dan Deacon and Moderat. But I love Robyn, Hercules, Hurts and the whole bunch of them!
Source: IMX

Pops "Black Magic Woman"

Black Magic Woman“, a Peter Green song
Pétur Kristjánsson started the band Pops in the spring of 1966. The bandmembers changed a lot, but Pétur stayed the frontman @ all time.