Month: November 2012

Chaology: A Post-Airwaves Lesson From the Reykjavik Art Museum

Chaology: A Post-Airwaves Lesson From the Reykjavik Art Museum

The northern lights failed to create the proper cinematic effect after Sigur Rós’ concert, but the morning-after rain was a perfect visual for the movie version. I tried to write, but it was useless. The juxtapositioning of such a wide variety of music in such a short time had sparked more new ideas than I…

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We Got a Family Here

We Got a Family Here

Pollyblog: 1. When you don’t want to say too much, but 140 characters just won’t cover it. 2. Good ideas that haven’t got their legs yet.   Because our family is partly built through adoption, we spend a little more time defining what ‘family’ means. I mentioned that I returned from Iceland Airwaves to a lice breakout at…

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If Sigur Ros is Post-Rock, What is Post-Sigur Ros?

If Sigur Ros is Post-Rock, What is Post-Sigur Ros?

When the Sigur Rós show ended, I drifted like a dust mote, following the crowd of thousands walking back to the 101. Outside, everyone stopped to stare at the sky. The Northern lights danced as a meteor shower sent dozens of shining white falling stars through the green waves. No. That didn’t really happen. But…

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A Self-Serving Announcement

A Self-Serving Announcement

Far more interesting than the self-centered tales of Airwaves entertainment that I post here on this blog are the conversations that I had with some of Reykjavík’s local artists. I only asked for interviews with people whose music I already loved. It was just a pleasant surprise to discover that these musicians are also among…

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I Want My Hat Back, Redux

I Want My Hat Back, Redux

I returned home to a clean house filled with the fragrance of fresh flowers; my children were even sweeter and cuter than I remembered; I had tickets to both Neil Young and Crazy Horse, and Insomnium on the weekend. The honeymoon was brief. As I mentioned, I bought a very practical hat with appalling aesthetics,…

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Blue Lagoon Chill at Iceland Airwaves Saturday

Blue Lagoon Chill at Iceland Airwaves Saturday

Stamina began to be an issue on Saturday, and not just for the old farts like me. The occasional napper could always be found on the couches or in the hammock in the KEX lobby, but today they were dropping like flies. At one point, all of the couches were full. I began to see…

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