One man, one guitar, and a microphone. Less is not possible, but also nothing more than this is necessary. On a rainy Sunday, great Icelandic Singer-Songwriter Júníus Meyvant plays a gig in Ampere in Munich. In the beginning he announces to play 620 songs. Half of them are not written by him but from Angela Merkel. She is even here today and watches the show from the balcony above the audience.
Shutdown of clubs – a bad tradition
Once there was a bar called Sírkus, Klappastigúr 30, downtown Reykjavík, right inside of the hot-spot of creativity, the postal code area 101. For almost over ten years, around the turn of the millenium, this bar has been a daily meeting place for creative folks, artists, musicians. The brightly colored building itself, which was built in 1917, might have slightly been past its best days. But inside, there was vibrant life, legedary concerts took place or costume parties. Or it was just the local beer enthuasiast meeting up for a pint.
On Air of CW 04-2016:
We just go on within our “On Air” series with the most recent addition to KEXP’s live broadcasts from Airwaves 15. Not just because there are more and more videos released each week but because they are all just plain brilliant like this one featuring incredible Júníus Meyvant.
On Air of CW 03-2016:
Outside the KEX hostel you’d almost think the people queue up around the block one and a half times. Hundrets of them are still trying to come in and catch a spot. But they fail to do so as the room is already packed as if it would burst at any moment. On chairs and tables, the people pile up. No doubt that the upcoming act is on the to-do-list of quite a few festival visitors.
For a few seconds, my world stood still this week. Exactly at the moment when I received the message about the death of David Bowie. Shock. Bewilderment. Silence.
On Air of CW 01-2016:
What a great start for the new year! Finally, the first live performances from Iceland Airwaves 15, which took place last November in Reykjavík, are published on KEXP YouTube channel! One of the first Icelandic bands you can listen to (and watch) is Vök, certainly a tónlist.de favourite among Icelandic electronic artists!
On Air of CW 53-2015:
If you’re into atmospherically deep, slightly minimalistic electronic music, you should perhaps risk a glimpse at another one of the recently announced Kramur Award winners: Tonik Ensemble.
On Air of CW 52-2015:
What is going on here? A lasciviously rouged dude, skin-tight leather pants, topless, sings, screams and dances heavily at the audience and another singer, dressed in a coat and wearing a tremendous beard? The saxophonist’s sweater reads “Micky Mouse Fight Club”.
It´s Christmas everybody and your Tónlist.de Team is going to give you the hottest Icelandic Band this year: Vaginaboys! We asked them some questions and are happy they gave us some interesting answers in this most busy time of the year. Thank you!
On Air of CW 51-2015:
If Quentin Tarantino came to Iceland to look for a band that would perfectly fit the soundtrack of his next movie, he might choose Mono Town most likely. The three piece band from Reykjavík made quite some noise in the Icelandic music scene when they released their self-produced debut album “In the eye of the storm” back in 2014.