Bjork performs at the Manchester International Festival 6/30/11
There’s a winner! Yes indeed, Björk’s fan-made video contest has been won by the French duo Fred&Annabelle (their lack of spaces, not ours), whose visually explosive take on Volta’s über percussive “Innocence” beat out almost 500 other entries to be crowned Bjork’s official “Innocence” vid. Why them? According to Bjork.com, “It caught Björk for being… More »
After a sufficient amount of pre-release buzz and chatter, Björk’s Volta finally sees release tomorrow, so we figured we’d remind you of that fact by announcing the winners of our Volta Photoshop This! Challenge. We relied upon your votes on the submissions — good thing, ’cause we were having a tough time narrowing it dow… More »
Not that Coachella’s a competition … but of course it is. Who’s gonna turn in the show to set tongues wagging (à la Daft Punk)? It’s only been a day, we know, and there’s so much left to see. But it’s tough to think anything could top last night’s sensational set under the… More »
Thanks to all who took our Volta Photoshop This! challenge. As always, the graphic designers among you impressed us. Of course we received hundreds of thousands of entries, but sorted out the cream of the crop for your voting consideration. Yes, some people submitted multiple entries, which increases their chances of winning. We never specified… More »
Björk handed the reins over to French director Michel Ocelot for the first official Volta vid, sorta like a mashup of the “Human Behaviour” forest during A Nightmare Before Christmas. Unlike Gondry’s take, Ocelot keeps it linear, horizontal, two-dimensional … but still hella trippy.
Remember to watch SNL this weekend to… More »
This fan-made vid contest is all the rage these days, eh? Well, the best part about Björk’s contest to let you create the video for “Innocence” is that, this time, everybody wins — ’cause she had to let you hear the song before Volta released! Congratulations. Head to MySpace to take a listen of the… More »
The viral Volta onslaught wasn’t enough to appease Björk fans’ appetites and impatience for the record’s release, so the photoshop savvy among ‘em have taken matters into their own laptops. Stereogum reader Kevin sent over a bundle of spoofs on Björk’s album art. In this one, her suit is black not. More »
Last year we posted about Warp Records’ Born Ruffians in-studio performance at KEXP, covering Grizzly Bear’s “Knife,” giving the standard-in-the-making a pepped-up, jangly-guit R&B shuffle. The track got the Ruffians’ some well-deserved blog love, and now they’ve memorialized their take with a studio version that’s worth your bandwith.
Footage and interview from the Volta studio sessions and photo shoot. She had us at “Hello”! Someone should dress like this for the Of Montreal show this weekend.
Most revealing for Björk heads is her comment towards the end, saying that, for Volta, she wanted “plucked strings instruments” that sounded “like… More »
Those bits of cracked out audio that Gerome Voltaire was leaking crop up in the first single from Volta, streaming in this YouTube clip set to the true Volta cover (björk.com webmaster MWC clarified in the comments that the last iteration was just “a shot from a promotional shoot by Inez & Vinoodh”). Beat by… More »
From björk.com (yes, we’re going to do the stupid umlaut joke indefinitely):2007-04-01
Unfortunate change of plans
We have just received notification of the serious kind which we reluctantly pass on. Over the past few weeks a person who calls himself Gerome Voltaire has been passing on material and images on his MySpace page a… More »
Over the past few days we’ve been receiving emails about an odd MySpace friend of Björk’s (bottom right on her list of “friends”), myspace.com/ itshardtofindbandnames. Location: Iceland. Name: Gerome Voltaire. The page for Mr. (or Ms.?) itishardtofindbandnames, created on 3/21, has interesting snippets of audio, bizarre video, and this message:What I’m presenting here at the… More »
North Americans, rejoice. Icelandic art queens aren’t just for the Sasquatch!-and-Coachella set anymore; Björk has announced a series of shows on this fair continent for the month of May, kicking off with what is already the hot-ticket of Spring ’07: 5/2 at Radio City Music Hall. Check the dates (via bjork.com):May 02 – New… More »
We just came across a post by What Would Jesus Blog? that’s assembled an impressive collection of rocker tattoos for your perusal. It’s a veritable internet parlor wall of skin art shots and may help YOU decide which tat to get next. Some suggestions:
For the Elliott Smith fan, a tastefully subtle and awesome… More »
Bjork talks new record! Well, as NME says, bjork.com’s “official correspondent” Meester Fly has posted this report on the site after a correspondence with our favorite Icelandic siren. Details are still sketchy, but we can look forward to Timbaland production, Lightning Bolt percussion, and the gotta-hear-it-to-believe-it sound of Antony and Bjork harmonizing.Being the one and… More »
Via Bjork.com:”Nearly 20 years ago The Sugarcubes put out on their own label Smekkleysa SM, their first single Birthday. This release was the start to the splendid career of The Sugarcubes, and impressive releases of Icelandic artists in Iceland and abroad alike. These first steps made by The Sugarcubes have made and everlasting impact and… More »
The “indie rock hottie” poll took forever ’cause none of you spell the same way. And then I had to research who was in what band. So that’s why I’m listing the ENTIRE tally before revealing who won. Plus, some of you were pretty explicit about Tegan NOT SARA and vice versa.
I took… More »
Travis Sullivan’s Galapagos. Travis Sullivan arranges Björk’s signature sound for large jazz ensemble, and it sounds pretty great. In fact, I haven’t been able to listen to “Army of Me” since the summer of ’95, when it was on the radio every 15 minutes or so. But check out Travis Sullivan’s cool arrangement, performed live:… More »