Saturday, January 31, 2009

For Iceland... Inspiration Item #21

Poor Iceland. What a week.. Could it get worse?

The government quits, the banks are still bankrupt (which should be impossible, but as we have sadly found out in recent months it isn't).

Plus there's the guilt of being THE Island that sunk the economies of Europe (esp the UK which lost billions in the happy-go-lucky posivitism of Iceland's bankers).

And in case they started to feel happy about it all, its going to snow tomo and the temp will hit minus 19. Poor things!

But as this is a positive inspiration item, I'm going to stop my rambling and get to the point. Iceland is still producing some VERY FINE musical talent.

And as long as they keep their gutairs strung and their voices primed the economic crisis might only strengthen the worth of their heartpulling music. What lyrics can't be improved by poverty?

So here it is.. a homage to Iceland and its music. Long may it live through the economic storm ahead.

1. Sigur Ros - Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
Had to mention the fame laudered boys who like to run naked on their album art. Their song Festival is my favourite, but Gobbledigook won out in the Triple J Hottest 100 at number 93.

*For those not in the know, Triple J is Australia's BEST radio station devoted to the latest and greatest in music. The Hottest 100 is the annual vote on what's the best songs of that year.. duh, that was obvious (but according to rumours it is the largest music voting thing in THE WORLD with 800,000+ votes.. which makes me feel all proud and patriotic.. Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, oi oi oi).

2. FM Belfast - new album How to make Friends (advice we all need)

Why they name themselves after a radio frequency of a much conflicted city in Ireland I don't know. But they are bloody good.

Little bit of electronica mixed with a dose of indie edged pop. And the lyrics are in ENGLISH! I know.. they're selling out on good, old Icelandic, but it does make the songs slightly more relatable (plus I can't sing in Icelandic, I've tried and failed).

* Synthia is the best song

3. Emiliana Torrini - Me and Armini (her latest album)

Already mentioned on this blog this songstress has conquered the hearts of many. Her new album came out in September and has pleased many a hard-eyed critic. Personally I can't get past the track Jungle Drum but Gun is kinda freakishly good.

p.s. this got me really excited.. she was the girl who sang the gollum song out of LOTR.. you know, the one which was eerily good.

4. Seabear - The Ghost that carried us away (presumably over the sea?)

These guys just have a good name so I had to put them in. Plus I like their colourful clothing style and the innocent happiness that pervades their songs. And there are seven of them.. seven little seabears! Any band that can have seven people contending to play music and live to tell a happy tale deserve some loving.

* cute lyrics too.. "when the birds are sleeping that's when the trees sing"

5. Sin Fang Bous - Clangour (if you liked Seabear, you'll like this)

Okay, the man behind Sin Fang Bous is Sindri Mar Sigfusson and his album has been voted second to Sigur Ros in an Icelandic music poll.

I have no idea of the realiability of the voting, it could have been rigged, but lets just believe in the musical genius of the the man who is Sin Fang Bous... you'd have to be a genius to make music under such a name and be taken seriously - say it out loud and you'll see what I mean, but then again maybe he doesn't want to be taken seriously.

Anyways, getting to the point Sin Fang Bous is the little treasure who started Seabear. Apparently Seabear was meant to be a singldom thing but morphed to a seven band member ensemble.

Have a listen to his jingle and jangle

Inspiration Item #21

Book quote from the man himself... Inspiration Item #20

"Books are a hardbound drug with no danger of overdose."
Karl Lagerfeld

* some of the many bookshelves in Lagerfeld's appartment (

Karl Lagerfeld is a book lover.

Suddenly I like the man so much better. Apparently he has a personal book collection reaching the numerical heights of 230,000. Who couldn't like a man like that?

And he also has a book shop... forget about the fashion emperor/god he is revered as. A bookshop is so much more then that. I'm still trying to figure out why he called it 7L though...

Ok, I just did some research using the unsurpassable google and Lagerfeld is...

"An avid reader in four languages—English, French, German, and Italian—Lagerfeld also publishes books; his imprint, a division of the German house Steidl, is called Édition 7L, and a few years ago he opened a bookstore, also called 7L, in space adjoining his photo studio, on the Rue Lille. Édition 7L has published forty-one titles, on subjects that range across his many interests, which include (besides fashion and photography) literature, humor, advertising, music, newspapers, mythology, illustration, and architecture. Some of these books have a bracing impracticality: an anthology of the first ten years of the magazine Interview weighed forty-three kilos and was packaged in a wooden trolley of Lagerfeld’s devising."
"In the now: where Karl Lagerfeld lives" The New Yorker

Inspiration Item #20

Friday, January 30, 2009

I'm in love with idea of love... Inspiration Item #19

I just realised I posted greatly conflicting posts within the last hour.

One minute I'm raving on about my heart beating like a jungle drum, the next I'm angrily chewing the cud on the idealised bliss of young married lovers.

And I've come up with a diagnosis for my inner confliction about the L-word.

I'm in love with the idea of love. GREAT IDEA . Nice, comforting, and altogether safe. What could be more romantic then being in love with the idea of love?

*Pic is compliments of Blinky Bill Grows Up.

Inspiration Item #19

Young married love.. Negative Inspiration Item #3

*nothing like a pic of a swallow to convey the feeling of disgruntled unlovedness.. gosh, just get off and fly away you stoopid bird. Stop torturing yourself.

Young married love.. is it too much when they tie the knot at twenty or nineteen or eighteen or even, God forbid, seventeen????

Is it just me, in my singleness, feeling that the knot (or noose) is being tied and tightened a bit too young?

An old schoolie acqaintance got married the other day. And she's not the first to bite the dust in recent months.

It's not that I'm not a big fan of monogamous love, but adult life has barly kickstarted at twenty. How can you know that you've met the ONE?

I have a feeling I'm speaking out of ignorance. But I'm kind of glad I'm not the one who's been lovebitten with a ring on my finger.

But then again I might be unadmittedly jealous, like the sweet swallow above.

Negative Inspiration Item #3

My heart is beating like a jungle drum.. Inspiration Item #18

* Icelandic songstress Emiliana Torrini

Jungle Drum

Hey, I'm in love,
My fingers keep on clicking to the beating of my heart.
Hey, I can't stop my feet,
Ebony and ivory and dancing in the street.
Hey, it's because of you,
The world is in a crazy, hazy hue.

My heart is beating like a jungle drum.
My heart is beating like a jungle drum.
My heart is beating like a jungle drum.

Man, you got me burning,
I'm the moment between the striking and the fire.
Hey, read my lips,
Cause all they say is kiss, kiss, kiss.
No, it'll never stop,
My hands are in the air, yes I'm in love.

My heart is beating like a jungle drum.
My heart is beating like a jungle drum.
My heart is beating like a jungle drum.
My heart is beating like a jungle drum.

My heart is beating like a jungle drum.
My heart is beating like a jungle drum.
My heart is beating like a jungle drum.
My heart is beating like a jungle drum.

Inspiration Item #18

Kyte.. Inspiration Item #17

"It's all about music that doesn't stare at its shoes. It stares at the stars." James Chapman.

It's a year and a half since the Guardian's Jude Rogers wrote his article on the "supple, shimmery thread" which had "started darning itself through a long line of euphoric-sounding albums".

Rodgers labled this thread of distorted, shimmery sound mixed with soul lifting lyrics a reawakening and repositioning of the 1990s Indie Shoegaze movement.. he called it Nu-Gaze.

One of the bands grouped into the new wave of psychadelic sound by Rogers is Kyte.

Made up of four boys from Leicestshire the band captures the spirt of the bird of prey it is named for.

The sound and texture is soft and smooth, but with a delicate edge that could fly at speed and soar.
p.s. my favourite is Boundaries.

To see the Julie Roger's original article click here:

Inspiration Item #17

Monday, January 12, 2009

The Delays... Go Southampton! Inspiration Item #16

I'm loving this song.. added it to my 21st birthday party playlist. It's by the Delays and called Valentine. It's kind of psychadelic pop rock (appropriate since I just watched Mumma Mia with the family).

Inspiration Item#16