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The amount of great music in the past six months has been almost unfair. As in: How are we supposed to process all this? How can we fully appreciate one major piece of work when there’s always another one coming right around the corner. And when the huge, fully-formed masterpieces are dropping from the sky… More »

I don’t think you can call it the best anything, but the most important music-related moving images this week were the flood of cell-phone videos from outside Hot 97 Summer Jam, where police responded to a fight by closing the show’s doors and then firing tear gas into the crowd. This sort of story i… More »

Here’s something you probably shouldn’t do: Listen to Vulnicura, the shatteringly sad family-breakup album that Björk released earlier this year, back-to-back with Post, the album she dropped 20 years ago tomorrow. Vulnicura is a great album, but it’s not an easy one to hear. It’s harsh and decentered and experimental and feverish and, again, shatteringly… More »

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Björk Suggests Journalists Look At Album Credits, Their Own Latent Sexism

In a note titled “Time To Put It Right,” Björk sets the record straight about who did what on Vespertine. She posted the message at her site on Friday after reading a story in Iceland’s English language paper The Grapevine that incorrectly credited Valgeir Sigurðsson with writing all the instrumentals on the 2001 collection. More »

By: brandon / August 25, 2008 - 9:08 am

Björk

Icelandic musician Björk is known for her distinctive, pristine voice, unique fashion sense, eclectic compositional sense, visionary videos, and unique collaborations. More »

By: jim / July 16, 2008 - 6:07 am

Sigur Rós & Björk Join In Serving Iceland Some “Gobbledigook”

Saturday in Reykjavik saw a convergence of four of the world’s greatest things — Sigur Rós, Björk, National Geographic, and free — for a Náttúra concert to raise awareness about the ill effects of aluminum smelting on Icelandic topography. If you watched the live webcast you already know this, but if not: you are a… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 30, 2008 - 9:36 am

Stream The Björk/Sigur Rós Show, Live From Iceland

Björk and Sigur Rós are playing a free, open-air concert tomorrow at the Botanical Garden on Laugavegur in Reykjavik, 7-10pm GMT (3-6PM EST). They’re “raising awareness of the destruction of Iceland’s natural landscape,” we are raising awareness that National Geographic is streaming the whole thing as it happens. More info here and here. More »

By: brandon / June 27, 2008 - 11:19 am

Tomorrow Is Record Store Day

When’s the last time you want to an actual record store? Like where you have to walk through a door and can’t just click “download”? Yes, we live inside a blog, but record stores are pretty great. Brandon worked at one (Cheap Thrills Records, New Brunswick, NJ) for a handful of years before the place… More »

By: brandon / April 18, 2008 - 4:16 pm

ENJOYED: The Reviews Are In!

It’s entirely possible you don’t check Stereogum as often as we do, so drag your mouse to this link and click to download our tribute to Björk’s Post. It’s essentially a list of our favorite bands right now — Liars, Dirty Projectors, No Age, High Places, Atlas Sound, El Guincho, Final Fantasy & Ed Droste,… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 2, 2008 - 6:04 pm

New Björk Video – “Wanderlust”

On this most Björk-y of days, Iceland’s favorite daughter is also premiering her video for Volta’s “Wanderlust.” We’ve mentioned it previously, offering a few stills of the luxurious Isaiah Saxon and Sean Hellfritsch-directed landscape (yes, of Encyclopedia Pictura, the folks behind Grizzly Bear’s “Knife“). But now you can actually watch it and its various water… More »

By: brandon / March 31, 2008 - 11:34 am

Stereogum Presents… Enjoyed: A Tribute To Björk’s Post

Stereogum’s complete 12-track Enjoyed comp is live and ready to be downloaded (for free). Yep, 12. Because No Age cooked up an excellent alternate take on “It’s Oh So Quiet,” which we wanted to keep a surprise until … now. In addition to Dean and Randy’s Björk, you’ll hear, in order of appearance, the previously… More »

By: brandon / March 31, 2008 - 9:16 am

Björk: The Stereogum Interview

We first caught up with Björk via email while she was in Australia as part of her Volta tour. Later, we did a couple follow ups shortly before she premiered her Encyclopedia Pictura-directed “Wanderlust” video at Deitch’s Long Island City space (today it shows up on the interweb). Despite this flurry of recent activity, we… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / March 28, 2008 - 4:06 pm

A Post About Post

Björk launched Post’s kaleidoscopic mix of electronic and dance music, her inimitable voice, and fantastical, personal lyrics into a very different, almost alien post-grunge landscape. In 1995 Bush (the band) released Sixteen Stone, Slash’s Snakepit debuted with It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere, Tommy Lee married Pamela Anderson for the first time, and Shannon Hoon died of… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / March 28, 2008 - 3:19 pm

The ‘Gum Drop Volume XXVIII: Hear Dirty Projectors Cover Björk, Win An iPod Nano

On Monday 3/31, we launch Enjoyed, our song-by-song tribute to Björk’s Post. (Click here for complete tracklist.) When we asked her about about the 1995 album she told us:

I was very aware of it at the time that I needed to be musically promiscuous and have almost every song [a] different mood/style, and… More »

By: brandon / March 26, 2008 - 10:04 am

Dirty Projectors – “Hyperballad”

On Monday 3/31, we launch Enjoyed, our song-by-song tribute to Björk’s Post. (Click here for complete tracklist.) When we asked her about about the 1995 album she told us:

“I was very aware of it at the time that I needed to be musically promiscuous and have almost every song [a] different mood/style, and… More »

By: brandon / March 25, 2008 - 1:09 pm

Björk Talks Tibet And Kosovo, Releases “Wanderlust” Video Stills

“Declare Independence” is undoubtedly one of the best tracks from Volta. Unfortunately, the technically complex Michel Gondry video fails to tap the track’s emotional power, but when Björk performs the anthem live and does something as seemingly simple as give a shout out to actual States or prospective States fighting for self-governing, the goosebumps start… More »

By: brandon / March 5, 2008 - 10:16 am

Stereogum’s 30 Favorite Live Shows Of 2007

We saw a lot of concerts this year! You probably did too, if you’re the sort to be checking music blogs on your downtime over holiday break, so let’s all trade notes. Stereogum’s Amrit Singh kicks things off with a detailed, list-friendly recap of the earplug-necessitating, beer-soaked year that was.

As far as thi… More »

By: Stereogum / December 23, 2007 - 7:23 pm

New Björk Video – “Declare Independence”

Well shit, this is pretty great. Michel Gondry tag teams with Björk for the seventh time (and first in a decade, taking it back to B’s “Bachelorette” days) and he conjures a concept for the Icelandic queen and her army of me. See Björk’s using those same strings that slavishly bind to rupture the system… More »

By: Stereogum / December 6, 2007 - 9:32 am

Björk “Declare Independence” Video Preview

After letting a fan conjure the atmosphere for mechanistic, hyper-percussive “Innocence,” Björk enlisted old standby Michel Gondry to transform punky, flag-planting Volta standout “Declare Independence” into video form way out there in Long Island City. The French director, who’s now done seven of B’s videos, concocted a futuristic backdrop that looks superbly complex in a… More »

By: Stereogum / November 29, 2007 - 10:50 am

In Case You Missed It: Last Night’s Party (Feat. Radiohead Covering Björk)

So Radiohead hosted a party yesterday (hosted, get it?). Everybody was invited, but not everybody could get in — or get online, as it were. But here’s some good news for those who found the party crashed due to tech/bandwith issues, here’s a replay. Here’s Part One: Entanglement, featuring a reworking of “Harrowdown Hill.” It’… More »

By: Stereogum / November 9, 2007 - 10:07 am

Foo Fighters, Jon Bon Jovi Get Punched Just Before Eating (And Björk & Charles Barkley Do Iconoclasts)

This week’s SNL got off to a rocky start when a cross-eyed and painful-to-watch Ritchie Sambora lost his next-to-only line during host Jon Bon Jovi’s monologue (Sambora smiling blankly, mouthing “Oh shit, I lost it.” To his credit, intended or not, his bumbling facial expression was sorta funny.) Didn’t look like JBJ was pleased, mouthing… More »

By: Stereogum / October 15, 2007 - 10:21 am

Björk @ Madison Square Garden, NYC 9/24/07

Well we saw Björk’s first US show in support of Volta (at CoachellaSNL doesn’t count), so it was particularly symmetrical of us to head uptown to MSG Monday night to check the last American date of ’07. For the comparison shoppers: This week’s gig featured less headdresses and big screens, and… More »

By: Stereogum / September 26, 2007 - 12:40 pm

Update For Cutie, Radiohead, Björk

Slow Fridays are good for one thing: studio progress updates! Although, today has been kind of special as far as non-news studio news goes. So, here’s the trifecta…

First up: Radiohead! LP7’s like old faithful for reportage on the studio status front, but this one’s more juicy than some of our past drool sessions. More »

By: Stereogum / September 7, 2007 - 3:32 pm
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