Posts Tagged ‘airwaves 2012’

We stopped over at the Geysir for a close look. Greg (who had lost luggage of clothes in transit) took a spray to body for the experience. Warmed him up for a few seconds.


Did you know that aside from making some pretty nice vodka, those folks over at Reyka also sponsor an annual contest where US bands can win the chance to perform at Iceland Airwaves. This is pretty cool of them—if you’re a ...
by Haukur S. Magnússon

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The Wayward Wanderings Of A Confused Expat – Iceland Airwaves Edition

In accordance with the unwritten expatriate code, I have spent the last few years going on about the wonders of my native Iceland. Seeing as the majority of those years have been spent in the company of the same three men (i.e....
by Haukur S. Magnússon


Saytan by Ægir Freyr Birgisson

Instrumetal And Experimetal // And With A Growl, It Was Over…

So Iceland Airwaves 2012 comes to a close. The festival where everything that could go wrong went wrong. A festival that was lacking in breathtaking new discoveries and crazy live performances. But it was also a festival where ...
by Ragnar Egilsson


The Bear, The Wolf, And The Unveiling of Sigur Rós

Once in autumn-nighttime, a bear and a wolf strode through a forest. As they walked, bear heard music so beautiful that she said: “Sister wolf, what bird is it that sings so well?” “It’s not a bird at all; that is Sigur...
by a.rawlings


Legend by Magnús Elvar Jónsson

Post-Apocalyptic Disco

There are some nights when you look at the line-up at a venue and know pretty much what to expect. I thought that was the case Saturday night at Faktorý, but I was proven wrong. And I’m glad I was. With acts that ranged ...
by paul

Bypass by Magnús Elvar Jónsson

My House. Faktorý Downstairs.

Saturday night around 10pm, I walk into Faktorý, Sunday jazz bar, weekend electronica venue and it’s empty. Like, actually empty. Well, okay the musicians and the bartender are there. I can understand this, with a pletho...
by Álfrún Gísladóttir


Ásgeir Trausti by Siggi

Oh, Boy (bands)! : Harpa Norðurljós Pt. II

It seems like everyone here for Ásgeir Trausti’s set is actually here to listen. I’m guessing as much because, for the first time at this year’s festival, I’m hearing a lot of shushing. “You’ve never seen him play ...
by Valgerður Þóroddsdóttir

Guðríð Hansdóttir by Simon Steel

Kaldalón Attacked By Canadian Gay Pirates!!!

The first half of Harpa Kaldalón’s Saturday line-up felt incredibly random, as if the organizers pulled names out of a bag. I spent most of the night alternating between being deeply moved, annoyed, and confused. GUÐRI...
by Bob Cluness


The Barr Brothers by Siggi

A Touch Of Canadian Promise: Harpa Norðurljós Pt. I

As the final night of the festival (unless you’re one of the lucky ones to be heading to see Sigur Rós) gets underway, we head to Harpa Norðurljós to hear some of Iceland’s finest music, and a touch of Canadian p...
by francine

Rangleklods by Thorgeir Olafsson

I Only Do Girls I Just Barely Like: Harpa Silfurberg Pt. II

Someone find Retro Stefson a cruise ship to rock! The set by Icelandic collective – whose members included two backup dancers, a woman wearing (and playing) a keyboard, a guest percussionist, and a hype man who ended up shirt...
by christian.hoard


Benni Hemm Hemm by Thorgeir Olafsson

Does Size Really Matter? Harpa Silfurberg Pt. I

The old proverb goes that it’s not the size that matters, but how you use it. It works for music as it does for sex. You can do just as much with a kazoo as you can with a symphony if you know what you’re doing. That’s no...
by Joel Hoard

Ghostdigital by Thorgeir Olafsson

Cult Leaders and Circus Sideshows

Stereo Hypnosis kicked off the night at Þýski Barinn for a thin crowd, and they never got worse but they never got better either. They essentially played the same song for their entire set; it was a slow and steady noise, an...
by Kirsten O'Brien


Friends by Alísa Kalyanova

Dirty Projectors Whip Up A Masterpiece

Prinspóló have been going a long while now, and in that time they have perfected an Icelandic version of the lo-fi college-rock sound, a bit like the sweet-hearted early days of Yo La Tengo. They’re innately loveable, b...
by John Rogers

Sindri Eldon & the Ways by Alísa Kalyanova

Rocking Out At Amsterjam!

The storm that battered Reykjavik on Friday claimed its fair share of victims – the roof to a downtown building, one person’s bike this reviewer saw whipped over a sea wall – but it’s not about to claim ...
by Rebecca Louder


Mammút by Ægir Freyr Birgisson

River Gods

Hold the phone. Iceland is over indie-rock? As the night went on at The Reykjavík Art Museum, I noticed that I could have been doing jumping jacks, the venue never filled, and the infamous queue was non-existent. The stormy we...
by Álfrún Gísladóttir

Crowd at Faktorý by Skari

Das Flugzeug Fliegt

Lucky me and lucky us the lucky people crowding the upper floor of Faktorý on Friday because I can't imagine that any other night had this one beat.
by Ragnar Egilsson