A Grapevine service announcement Pay attention: Holuhraun, still spewing lava. Bárðarbunga, still sinking.
Culture
Music
Stereo Hypnosis To Play Canadian Harvest Festival

Stereo Hypnosis To Play Canadian Harvest Festival

Words by

Published September 11, 2012

Canada will get a taste of Icelandic electronica when Stereo Hypnosis plays the first night of the 2012 Harvest Festival on September 14. The father and son duo Óskar and Pan Thorarensen will share the stage with electronic groups from across the globe.
Stereo Hypnosis formed in 2006 on Flatey Island, located in western Iceland in Breiðarfjörður Bay. It was there that they recorded their first album, 2007’s ‘Parallel Island.’ The band has since recorded two additional albums, 2009’s ‘Hypnogogia’ and 2010’s ‘Synopsis,’ a collaboration with Italian sound artist Pulse.
Óskar originally entered the music scene in the early 1980s with the art and music collective Inferno 5. He is also known for recording ambient music under the name Jafet Melge. Pan, the younger Thorarensen, has made a name for himself in the Icelandic hip-hop and electronica music scene under the name Beatmakin Troopa.
The Harvest Festival takes place in Ontario, Canada and features electronica and trance bands from North America, Europe and Australia. This will be Stereo Hypnosis’ second appearance at the festival, due in part to funding provided by the Icelandic Hollusta, Hraun í Ölfus i Söl and the Iceland Phallological Museum.  Yes, really, the Phallological Museum.



Culture
Music
<?php the_title(); ?>

Biophilia Keeps Growing

by

Björk’s Biophilia continues to run and run, still growing new branches and tendrils three years after its live premiere at the Manchester International Festival. One addition is Biophilia 203, a continuation of the education project that the album spawned, which is currently making it’s way out of Iceland and into the curriculum of other Scandinavian countries. The project has been taken up by the Nordic Council of Ministers until 2016, after going through a refining process via a group of notable Nordic scientists, professors and educators, and Björk herself. “I knew from the start was that this would be the only

Culture
Music
<?php the_title(); ?>

PU$$WHIPPE ’93 MANIFESTOEN

by

“I don’t give a fuck/on that new school punk shit,/ all these niggas suck/this that new school funk shit,/Dizzee fell off /and Kano did too” Bounequou Fitzroi, aka Zack Taylor, from the song “SHUT THE FUCK UP” Much like the above-quoted dope UK hip-hop track, LORD PUSSWHIP is a critical reaction to the local music scene; to the inertia and nepotism of the Icelandic music industry; to typical small-town boredom. I do not want to make music that’s easy, formulaic or safe. I want the explosiveness—the fun, the surprise, the batshit insanity. We Icelanders are so open-minded and of course

Culture
Music
<?php the_title(); ?>

The Knife, Neutral Timberlake And The French Connection

by and

Just as it appeared that Iceland Airwaves’ giant lineup couldn’t get any more packed with big name international acts (see: The Flaming Lips, Caribou, Future Islands), the festival pulls a final Scandinavian ace from its sleeve. Yup, local music fanatics’ jaws collectively dropped when a long coveted Airwaves performance by sibling duo The Knife was announced earlier this month. Add to this the fact that the Swedish electro institution announced that very day that they would be calling it quits after the current tour, of which the Airwaves date will be the last, and you’ve got a music nerd meltdown

Culture
Music
<?php the_title(); ?>

40 More Acts Announced For Iceland Airwaves

by

After the big reveal of The Knife’s Iceland Airwaves performance last week, the festival has released 40 new additions for the 2014 edition. The announcement includes a fine selection of local artists, including Grapevine’s band of the year Sin Fang, the Ólafur Arnalds/Janus Rasmussen techno partnership Kiasmos, emerging nu-electronica maestro M-Band, and bearded musical polymath Mugison. From abroad, the UK indie label Domino Records will send over two of their finest, with virtuoso guitarist Anna Calvi bringing her dramatic sound to Reykjavík, alongside label-mate How To Dress Well. They’re joined by Bella Union’s indie-psych band Horse Thief, Canadian noise-rock outfit

Culture
Music
<?php the_title(); ?>

Win Tickets To Justin Timberlake’s Sold Out Reykjavík Show!

by

In conjunction with Mastercard Priceless, we – Your Friends At The Reykjavík Grapevine – will be giving away a pair of tickets to five people (a total of ten tickets!) for Justin Timberlake’s highly anticipated, long-ago sold-out Reykjavík engagement. How do I win? It’s simple! Just write us a little story of the first time you loved a JT track, and what made you love it, and leave it in the comments and hashtag it #pricelessjt ! We’ll be tallying the ‘likes’ and judging the storytelling to pick our winners!  Contest closes on Aug 24, at 16:00. Travel and accomodation not included.

Culture
Music
<?php the_title(); ?>

Seven Icelandic Elf Songs

by and

“Álfareiðin” (“The Elf Ride”) “Álfareiðin” is one of Iceland’s most beloved elf-themed songs, and is sung by a bonfire every year at Þrettándinn (“the Twelfth Night”—celebrated by Icelanders every January 6). The song is actually not Icelandic at all: the lyrics are a translation, by fabled Icelandic poet Jónas Hallgrímsson, of a Heinrich Heine poem, and the song is by German composer H. Heide. Regardless, it is by now an indispensable part of Icelanders’ cultural heritage. “Starálfur”—Sigur Rós Apparently, there are certain elements to Sigur Rós’ music that tend to make their listeners associate the band with elves and Hidden

Show Me More!