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  • Með Vættum

    Not A Fan – Bogi Bjarnason Rating: – For someone whose life revolves around metal, trying to get through an entire Skálmöld album in one sitting is like subjecting yourself to Chinese water torture. Throughout the whole, endless run-time, the only thing I could think was, “What did those poor instruments ever do to you

  • Making Love With Kría Brekkan

    On November’s last Saturday night, Kría Brekkan manufactured romance to an audience of dance enthusiasts at Boston, ending the Reykjavík Dance Festival with a glowing passion. Their phantasmagorical incantations, emitted through drums, guitar and voice, made lovers of an unsuspecting crowd. Did you feel it too? It was like reliving the last scene of Süskind’s

  • Deep, Throated Passion

    The arsenic content of an apple could be something like .000000023 ppb*, I figured, observing the seeds I spat out of a particularly rancid Granny Smith I ate alongside Fríkirkjvegur. At first, last night offered up to the city a pepper shake, maybe even a… lightly assaultive graze… of precipitation, and that drear imbued Fríkirkjan for

  • Five Icelandic Christmas Songs That Don’t Suck

    Like we noted in last year’s Straumur Xmas Special, the holidays can be hard on the ears for folks who have a modicum of taste for decent music. It’s a well-known fact that most Icelandic Christmas songs suck pretty hard, but of course there are always some exceptions. You can add the following to last

  • Slash Tore It Up

    When I was a kid, my family went on a trip to LA. I remember that we visited a baseball stadium, some national parks and Disneyland too. But what sticks out most in my mind from that trip was going into some local record store and buying Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite for Destruction. I’m not

  • News In Brief: December

    Last month Norway may have jumped the gun with its gift giving—or rather, by asking the Coast Guard to actually pay for those submachine guns. Despite general public opposition to the militarization of the Icelandic police force, those guys still haven’t given up; they really seem to lust for firepower and are now campaigning to

  • Who Are GANGLY And Why Are They So Great?

    Earlier today, long-time Grapevine contributors Straumur premiered a song/music video by a new, apparently “local” band that calls itself GANGLY. Now, this in itself wouldn’t be that interesting (lord knows there are plenty of bands out there making songs and videos), except for the fact that both song and video are fucking S T U N N

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