Country: Iceland

Ja Ja Ja November

London-based Scandinavian music showcase Ja Ja Ja will celebrate their 2nd anniversary in November with a marketing and networking workshop event hosted by NOMEX and Record of the Day: http://www.exportmusicsweden.org/2011/10/jajaja-celebrates-its-2-years-anniversary/
The usual club show will happen as well and will feature French Films, Marit Larsen and Sóley.

Reykjavík! album stream

Icelandic indie act Reykjavík! are streaming their new album "Locust sounds" in full at SoundCloud: http://soundcloud.com/reykjavik/sets/locust-sounds

Bang Gang covers countdown

Icelandic act Bang Gang will be giving away a new cover tune every two weeks until the end of the year, grab the first one here: http://www.tonlist.is/extra/BangGang/Daniel/
The subject is fellow Icelandic artist Daníel Ágúst who is probably best known as the frontman for GusGus.

Universal signs Of Monsters and Men

Icelandic act Of Monsters and Men have been picked up by for international release: http://www.icelandmusic.is/News/2149/Of-Monsters-and-Men-have-signed-to-Universal/default.aspx

IceBlah recommends: local faves at Iceland Airwaves

Icelandic music blog IceBlah lists a few of their must-see local bands performing at this year's Iceland Airwaves: http://goo.gl/MQwV5

Ólafur Arnalds presents "Living room songs"

Iceland's Ólafur Arnalds is giving away a brand new, newly composed and recorded song every day this week as part of his "Living room songs" project: livingroomsongs.olafurarnalds.com/

Ólöf Arnalds to release covers collection

Iceland Music Export reports that Ólöf Arnalds will be releasing a all-covers mini-album on November 7 entitled "Ólöf Sings": http://www.icelandmusic.is/News/2103/UlAf-Arnalds-Releases-Album-Of-Covers/default.aspx

Hauschka & Hildur Guðnadóttir collaborate on ocean sounds

will be releasing a new album from Icelandic cellist Hildur Guðnadóttir on September 23 entitled "Pan tone", a collaboration with German pianist Hauschka "based on the idea of the ocean, and took a book of Pantones to extract exact references to the specific colors of the sea." Read a review: http://www.themilkfactory.co.uk/st/2011/09/hauschka-hildur-gudnadottir-pan-tone-sonic-pieces/

New label: Father Figure Records

is a new Danish label, home to Icelandic artist Dad Rocks! (aka Snævar Njáll Albertsson of Mimas), and wholly devoted to Creative Commons music licensing: http://fatherfigurerecords.com/
Dad Rocks!' debut album "Mount modern" will be released on November 8 with the labels (US), (UK) and (ICE) each handling it in their respective territories.

CD clearance UPDATE

Huge thanks to everyone who has ordered so far -- your packages are in the mail and should hopefully be arriving shortly, if they haven't already. For those of you who have inquired about orders, but have not paid -- I'll hold stuff for another day or so and then it's up for sale again. Everyone else, including those that may be unaware, I'm still clearing out inventory and have plenty of quality stuff to get rid of! As many CDs as you want for $3 plus the price of shipping -- check out the list and email me your order!

Días Nórdicos 2011

Spain's multidisciplinary Scandinavian arts festival Días Nórdicos is back for a 2nd year this coming September and October. As before, featured events will include talks, art exhibitions, film and of course, music -- artists confirmed so far include Zebra & Snake, Andi Almqvist, Anna Brønsted (Our Broken Garden), The Megaphonic Thrift, Junip and more. Full details: http://www.diasnordicos.com/

Apparat Organ Quartet - 123 forever (video)

Brand new from Iceland's Apparat Organ Quartet, off the album "Pólýfónía" which is out now via .

CD clearance

I've had it with this mailorder business and I want my office closet back so from now until they're gone, all CDs are free for the price of shipping plus $3 to cover the box and PayPal fees. Select the titles you want and email me your list along with an address. I'll throw 'em in a box, weigh 'em and will calculate the grand total. Help me get this stuff outta here!

Anti Scampi (PSA video)

Not that I am even tempted to indulge in eating the cockroaches of the sea (totally not kosher!), but this video has been making the rounds and is worth watching if you are interested in eating a more ethical diet.

Ja Ja Ja relaunch

UK-based Scandinavian clubnight Ja Ja Ja have officially partnered with The Line of Best Fit full-time and relaunched with a new blog site: http://www.jajajamusic.com/
Their next actual live music event will be on September 29 at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen and will feature Sondre Lerche, LCMDF and Sykur.