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Iceland Airwaves 2015 is on….

Iceland Airwaves 2015

Peeps, here we go again. Iceland is getting darker these days but Iceland Airwaves will light up and warm your hearts and ears. It’s very exciting to see this northernmost capital get ready, music lovers arrive, bands are strolling around the city, the people from KEXP are getting ready for their beautiful broadcasting in Kex Hostel. You can feel the vibrant air and the good mood of everybody who is around. We can’t wait to see all this international acts, as there are not many of them coming during the non-festival months. There are the big names like Beach House (Sat Nov 7th, 22:10, Harpa Silfurgerg), Father John Misty (Thur Nov 5th, 0:00, Harpa Silfurberg), John Grant And The Iceland Symphony Orchestra (Thur Nov 5th, 20:00, Harpa Eldborg), Mercury Rev. (Thur Nov 5th, 22:30, Harpa Silfurberg), Perfume Genius (Fri Nov 6th, 22:10, Harpa Silfurberg) , Bianca Casady and the C.I.A. (Fri Nov 6th, 22:30, Harpa Norðurljós), Battles (Sat Nov 7th, 23:50, Harpa Silfurberg) and Låpsley (Sat Nov 7th, 22:50, Reykjavik Art Museum).

Beside of christmas, this is the time of year when almost all the icelandic bands are on this little island. So we are happy to see from tour home coming Agent Fresco and Low Roar, Junius Meyvant, Retro Stefson, VAR, Vök, Futuregrapher, Hjaltalín, Soffia Björg and Valdimar. And many more which are worth to take a listen:

Ylja

Máni Orrason

Axel Flóvent

Grísalappalísa

HAM

Valdimar

As we are checking our favorites list, we realise there are many many great girl power bands. But not just this, but we can’t wait to see those to play:

BRNS (Belgium)

Great Mountain Fire (Belgium)

HINDS (Spain)

Meat Wave (United Kingdom)

Mourn (Spain)

SOAK (United Kingdom)

Rozi Plain (United Kingdom)

Saun & Starr (United States)

The Drink (United Kingdom)

Chastity Belt (United States)

So, check out the Iceland Airwaves schedule, don’t forget the off venue schedule and listen to their great playlist on spotify and stay updated with our facebook and instagram!

Rotation: Bang Gang

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Sitting, staring, waiting for the first tones of the song “The Sin Is Near” of the new record of Barði Jóhannsson alias Bang Gang, who was already working together with JB Dunckel from Air and Keren Ann and their projects Starwalker and Lady & Bird. Dark clouds are passing by, pushing the heaven near to the ground. Goosebumbs all over, the feeling of being not alone, a cold shower is passing the room. And this is how “The Sin Is Near” feels like, a bit dark, creepy but extremely present. No surprise, Bloodgroup was helping out with that creepyness. There couldn’t be a better beginning after the great “Something Wrong”, the last “Ghosts From The Past” and after years of working for several movie soundtracks for „De Toutes Nos Forces“ and “Would You Rather”. And after seven years of collecting feelings, moments, ideas and thoughts.

And all this feelings, moments, ideas and thoughts found a good home on “The Wolves Are Whispering” (released 19.6. via Bang ehf. / Alive), between strings, synthie-pianos and popsounds. Sometimes the coldish voice of Samaris singer Jofriður Ákadottir is crossing the hallway. She is almost breathing life into the dark rooms, she is whispering and everything is getting bigger, like a cathedral. She is taking your hand, coming very close to your face and singing “I can feel your heartdache under your surface”. You can feel the words healing in the silence. And then there are songs like “Wait By The Lake”, “My Special One” or “A Lonely Bird” (with Keren Ann) – softly, fragile and begging for listening and following Barði into the feelings and thoughts.

The end is marked with the unbelievable intense and beautiful song “We Will Never Get Along”. And here we go again: Goosebumbs, the cold shower is sneaking through the room, the song is building up and breaking out in the middle, it is sinister but in the beautiful way. “I am here with you even you are hiding somewhere else” – hello elfes, welcome to my home.

Barði has collected the best and also most sad thoughts, moments and feelings to create “The Wolves Are Whispering” and indeed made the best follow up for “Ghosts From The Past”. Still breathtaking, skinscratching and heartbreaking.

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Festival: Saga Fest Iceland

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Strong winds are blowing over Suðurland, you can see it in the short yellow brownish gras which is everywhere. The green is almost breaking through, so the icelandic spring is on it’s way. As excited the people here are waiting for this, as excited it is, that there will be a kind of newish event will take place just one hour drive from the capital of Iceland.

On 23. and 24. of may on the Stokkseyrarsel farm the Saga Fest is asking “What’s our story?”
And that’s what we will do in less than one week. We will have an interesting get-together, meet new people with interesting stories, interesting ideas and we are curious as hell to experience all of this and music, art and workshops. Just to name few great things which will go on:

Music:
La Fontaine (Electronica)
Ylja (Folk)
Var (Psychedelic Pop)
Axel Flóvent (Indie/Folk)
For A Minor Reflection (Postrock)
Soffia Björg (Singer/Songwriter)
Kippi Kaninus (Electro/Acoustic)
and more

Workshops:
Balancing Trust
Skateboard Design
Narrative Oral History
Sharing Your Story
Opening Meditation
Burlesque
and more

Art:
Sound Healing
WE
Wind Sculpture
Concert In The Dark 2.0
and more

I was asking Scott Shigeoka some questions about this interesting project:

What is Saga Fest about and where does this idea come from, who did the first step?

Saga Fest comes from the idea of creating a space where people feel safe and vulnerable to connect to each other and to nature. It’s also about connecting to ourselves, finding the essence of who we are and crafting shared purpose. We picked “What’s Our Story” as our tagline is because we believe storytelling can facilitate many of these connections. Since we are a community-driven festival at heart, the first real step came from the local community of Selfoss who is supporting this event whole-heartedly.

From the first idea to now, how long took it to plan this kind of festival?

By the time the festival long weekend gets here, it will have been 9 months in planning.

As it will take place at a farm in the south of iceland, will there also be some camping possibilities for the guests or are you working together with hotels, hostels in Selfoss or Reykjavik?

Everyone that buys a weekend ticket gets a camping permit with it. There will be little village areas where people can co-live together. This festival is all about community building, so those that choose to live on-site will get the most enriching experience. Though, we understand that other guests will want to stay at nearby hostels, B&Bs and hotels in the area. We recommend looking in Selfoss, Stokkseyri and Eyrarbakki, since these three towns are the closest to the festival site.

It’s not just a music festival. What do you expect from this intercultural event?

Saga Fest is a people-powered event. Although we have a dedicated team of co-producers, we believe in a flat-structured festival without hierarchies. We believe beautiful connections and experiences can be created when artists, musicians, organizers and volunteers collaborate with the festival’s participants.

There will be two stages for music performances, art and dance; a community stage for poets, storytellers and community members to share; geodesic domes built for workshops and late-night DJs; a bonfire for storytelling around the sagas and southern coastland; a focus on local food and communal eating; and participatory art experiences.

At the end of the day, this festival is about connecting people to each other and to nature. And to do it in a space fostering vulnerability, transformation and open-heartedness.

Are there also some fears that this would not work?

There is something beautiful that happens when there is full trust involved with everyone participating and organizing the festival. Everyone has worked together to co-create a beautiful culture that supports open-mindedness and creativity. Already, through the process of creating this festival, we are seeing minds open and creativity sparked. It has been beautiful to witness and we are excited to see everything in action in May!

So, come and spent a great weekend with us, it will change your life (isn’t everything which you experience changing your life somehow?!)
Tickets are still available on Midi.is

First bands of Haldern Pop Festival

Konzerttipps Februar 2014
The video starts and the piano sets, the goosebumbs are growing and there is a big longing. A longing for the smell of summer, for the bunch of friends sitting in front of the tent and having breakfast under the sun. I can hear the music playing from the car and there is a quiet waiting for something. Waiting in the line for getting the wristbands, waiting for the first bands to see at Haldern Pop. It could be like this this year from 13th to 15th of august. This is (almost) how we know it. And I can smell the dust at the field in front of the stage and I can feel the air in the Mirrortent. Let’s enjoy the first announcements for the beloved festival in west germany, tickets are already sold out, but that doesn’t matter:

In words:
AnnenMayKantereit (DE)
Benjamin Booker (US)
Bernd Begemann & Die Befreiung (DE)
Courtney Barnett (AUS)
dEUS (BE)
Die Sonne (DE)
Dotan (NL)
Father John Misty (US)
Frances (UK)
Heisskalt (DE)
Intergalactic Lovers (BE)
Jack Garratt (UK)
Johann Sebastian Bach (DE)
Kiasmos (IS)
Mammút (IS)
Olli Schulz (DE)
Rae Morris (UK)
Soak (IRL)
Steve Gunn (US)
The Districts (US)
Woods of Birnam (DE)

Be true – not better!

Rotation: Love A

Love A_Jagd und Hund_CoverHere we go again spreading a lot of love with Love A. As I tried to remember when the second album “Irgendwie” of Love A hit the stores I realised that already two years passed. It doesn’t feel like! The truth is, there is still this craving for moving legs, shaking arms and heads when I listen to the first seconds of their new songs of “Jagd und Hund” (released 27.3. via Rookie Records, booking via Audiolith). And I am still craving for perpetuate their lyrics on walls, cut them into the bark or ink them on my skin. It would all worth it!

As “Irgendwie” was an album full of Hits Hits Hits, “Jagd und Hund” takes a step backwards from Indiedisco without loosing the brain fucking hooklines, without  loosing the rage of getting older, wiser or just without loosing the craving for a sick world. You can feel the pain, the hope, the desperation, the rage and aversion. You can read it in lines like:

Ihre Narben werden heilen mit der Zeit, die kalte Angst im Nacken bleibt gleich. […] Die Knie und das Hirn vom Hoffen weich” (Song 1 “Lose Your Illusion”)

Wenn man sie kennt, kann man getrost die Regeln brechen. Weil die meisten doof sind, fällts uns gar nciht schwer. Nur wer mal aufgestanden ist, der darf sich setzen und darum bleiben hier so viele Stühle leer.” (Song 4 “100.000 Stühle leer”)

Wir bleiben dumm und klein und sprachlos , wir spielen das Gegenteil und das steht uns gut, krallen uns weiter fest am Tellerrand und schaun dem dahinter weiter zu. Wir machen Schulden, sammeln Herzen denn unsere Selbstzweifel lassen das zu.” (Song 10 “Regen Auf Rügen”)

And you can hear it in the remarkable voice of singer Jörkk. Since their first album “Eigentlich” they extended their sound from indiepunk to postpunk and wave, never lost the heart for great guitar pickings, never lost their attitude and pay homage to bands they like (“Alles was ich will ist, nichts mit dir zu tun haben”, “Nein nein, no way, wir tanzen nie wieder zu den falschen Liedern”). As if all this rage and resignation would not be enough, they end the album with the very clearly lines “Brennt alles nieder, fickt das System” / “Burn everything down, fuck the system”. Nothing more to say…

Guys, you made this difficult third step (since the third album is called a difficult task) and it is really hard to unlove you! So again and again and again: LOVE, EY!!!

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on tour:
28.03.15 Trier, Exhaus (Releaseparty)
02.04.15 Köln, Gebäude 9
03.04.15 Hamburg, Molotow
04.04.14 Bremen, Tower
05.04.15 Hannover, Bei Chez Heinz
24.04.15 Düsseldorf, Zakk
25.04.15 Kassel, Goldgrube
26.04.15 Berlin, SO36
28.04.15 Potsdam, Waschhaus
29.04.15 Leipzig, Moritzbastei
30.04.15 Heidelberg, Häll
01.05.15 Wiesbaden, Schlachthof (Kesselhaus)
02.05.15 Koblenz, Jam Club
23.05.15 Hünxe, Ruhrpottrodeo
29.05.15 Augsburg, Kantine
11.07.15 Theley, Skatepark (Volcano Festival)

My favourite faded fantasy…

Es war im November 2006, ich damals für ein langes Wochenende in London. Kurz vorm Release des zweiten Albums “9” vom Iren Damien Rice. Dass in Irland und England das Album ein paar Tage früher als in Deutschland erscheinen wird, realisierte ich, als ich die riesigen Werbeplakate aushängen sah. Überglücklich kam ich zurück nach hause und schloss mich in meinem Zimmer ein. Und war verzaubert, denn auch beim zweiten Album hatte Damien Rice es geschafft, mich in seinen Bann zu ziehen, mir den Atem zu rauben, die Tränen in meine Augen schießen zu lassen. Meine Verehrung ebbt nicht ab, obwohl ich eine lange Zeit seine Songs nicht gehört habe, aber immer stand ich in den Startlöchern, um die neuesten Neuigkeiten von ihm aufzusaugen. Doch nichts. Oder nur häppchenweise.

Kaum ein Künstler lässt sich so wenig von Plattenindustrie und Fanflehen beeinflussen wie Damien Rice. Hier und da ist er in den letzten Jahren aufgetreten, immer seine Songs von seinen viel umjubelten Erfolgsalben “O” und “9” im Gepäck und immer eine gewisse Geheimniskrämerei im Mundwinkel. Jeder wartete gespannt auf neue Songs oder eine Ansage, wann diese denn auf eine CD oder LP gepresst endlich erscheinen werden. Seit Ewigkeiten war seine Homepage “under construction”, was hoffen ließ. Und nun kündigt er auf seiner Facebookseite, in seinem Newsletter an, am 31. Oktober in Irland ein neues Album mit dem schönen Namen “My favourite faded fantasy” herauszubringen.

Das Herz hüpft, das Bauchkribbeln setzt ein und jeder Muskel ist angespannt, weil der Körper auf den Sprung wartet, der ihn am 3. November in die Plattenläden führen wird, um mit einer Ausgabe des “My favourite faded fantasy”-Albums Hand in Hand durch die Straßen zu hüpfen. Damit das Warten nicht ganz so zermürbend ist, gibts sogar ein Songfragment. Die Tage sind gezählt!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGIIfNxfUAE&feature=youtu.be

Hasenschaukel – Die Rettung

Hier ist es etwas still geworden, weil ich mich zur Zeit nicht weit vom Nordpolarkreis in Island befinde. Das heißt aber nicht, dass ich hier abgeschnitten bin von der Welt. Ich beobachte diese sogar ziemlich genau, mit etwas Distanz. Deshalb freut es mich besonders, dass sich in Sachen Hasenschaukel in den letzten Wochen einiges getan hat. Erst hieß es, dass die Hasenschaukel schließen wird, dann dass die Besitzer Anja und Tan auf der Suche nach potentiellen Übernehmern sind und nun scheint ein Rettungsplan geschmiedet zu sein, den es jetzt in die Tat umzusetzen gilt:

Im Mai gibt es diverse Rettungs-Konzerte und -Aktionen. Auf deren Facebook-Seite bleibt ihr immer up to date (auch als nicht Facebook-User). Des Weiteren ist heute die Crowdfunding-Rettungs-Aktion in die zweite, in die Geldsammelphase gegangen. Es werden mindestens 12000 Euro benötigt, um nach dreimonatiger Neugestaltungsphase zum Reeperbahnfestival wieder öffnen zu können. Eigentlich gar nicht so viel Geld, wenn genug Menschen mitmachen. Warum es wert ist, diesen schönen Ort zu erhalten, habe ich hier ausführlich erklärt und auch Anja und Tan tun dies in ihrem kleinen hübschen Video.

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