Monday, November 21, 2022

Music Monday - #24

As I recover from Covid I find that my ears are so clogged that I am almost deaf. So, in lieu of another Airwaves video (since I can’t hear it properly to make any audio adjustments), here is a long-lost Betty Boop cartoon from 1938 that has been recently re-discovered and restored. A dazzling display of virtuoso animation, it is one of only two that feature Betty’s impertnent niece Buzzy:

By Professor Batty

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Friday, November 18, 2022

Riot Grrls

Reykjavík-based Gróa are three young women whose approach to music is exuberant and relentless. Fríða Björg Pétursdóttir on bass, Hrafnhildur Einarsdóttir on drums, and Karólina Einarsdóttir on guitar; they share vocals.

Also apppearing with them in this video, on “hype drums” and recorder, is Marta Ákadóttir—never one to shy away from an outré musical encounter.

The video becomes especially trippy played back at .25x speed…

By Professor Batty

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Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Wednesdays in iceland - #11


Veteran Icelandic Heavy Metal band Ham, Iceland Airwaves, Gamla Bío, November 5, 2022

Definitely a Covid super-spreader event, and I've got the proof:

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Monday, November 14, 2022

Music Monday - #23


Shot November 3, 2022 at Smekkleysa, Reykjavík, Iceland, Iceland Airwaves

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Friday, November 11, 2022

Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

The Doll
A Huldar and Freya thriller
By Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
Translated by Victoria Cribb

Another mystery from "The Queen" of Icelandic crime fiction. I found it in the Keflavík airport on my way home from my recent trip. At 450 pages, it is really a bit hefty for an airplane book, I needed a few days at home to finish it.

A mysterious doll is hauled up from the ocean bed in the Faxaflói bay that abuts Reykjavík. Five years later skeletal fragments are found in the same spot. Those unidentified remains, a missing teen-aged girl and forays into the underbelly of Reykjavík’s drug scene make this a complicated case for Huldar, lead investigator for Reykjavík’s serious crimes unit. Because the girl was in the foster care system, Freya, a child psychologist (and once upon a time Huldar’s lover) is called into the case which quickly expands with additional murders revealed, including some that were initially deemed to be accidents.

Overlaid on all this plottage are vivid descriptions of various locales in Reykjavík. If you are familiar with the city you should get a kick out of them, if not, it won’t be a hindrance. Because the plot is so convoluted, there is a lengthy denouement which does tie up all the loose ends, albeit in a somewhat tedious fashion. This is one of Yrsa’s better novels, if you are a fan of her work you should enjoy it. Qualified recommendation.

By Professor Batty

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Wednesday, November 09, 2022

Wednesdays in Iceland – #10

Karaoke Song

What a blast!

Cyber is a spin-off from the immensely popular and influential musical collective Daughters of Reykjavík. This video was shot in Yeoman, an upscale fashion boutique in downtown Reykjavík. This song is a parody of a pop karaoke but they have also done a ton of other material, as a duo and with guests—check out their YouTube performances.

Salka Valsdóttir (aka Neonme)and Jóhanna Rakel are the performers here.

Another great Iceland Airwaves 2022 off-venue show.

By Professor Batty

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Monday, November 07, 2022

Music Monday, - #23

JFDR’s Gravity

Live from the Yeoman fashion boutique in downtown Reykjavík, Iceland Airwaves, 3 November, 2022

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Saturday, November 05, 2022


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Cirrus-ly Soaking


The Dancer Found

Dinner Theatre

Last Call

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Friday, November 04, 2022


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Hot Fun in Vesturbær

High Concept in Hafnartorg

Dance Party

Terra Incognita

Midnight Snacks

By Professor Batty

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Thursday, November 03, 2022


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Móðir,kona, meyja


Norræna Húsið

Into the Night

Making the Scene

Forskot á heimavelli


By Professor Batty

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Wednesday, November 02, 2022


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Back to School

Adventures in Never-Never-Land

By Professor Batty

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