Björk performs at world’s most amazing karaoke marathon today in Iceland

Björk performs at world's most amazing karaoke marathon today in Iceland

Björk will perform with environmentalist/reporter/entertainer Ómar Ragnarsson at an Icelandic karaoke marathon today! It’s just like in that movie Duets, where Gwyneth Paltrow and Huey Lewis sing that one horrible song you always hear at Walmart! Except that it won’t suck. And it’s to protect natural resources in Iceland, so it’s for a good cause, not a $500 check and a Red Lobster gift certificate or something. (Note: I never saw that movie.) So yeah, it’s basically nothing like Duets. Sorry.

The marathon takes place today, the traditional last day of the Christmas holidays, at Nordic House in Reykjavik. According to Iceland Review Online, January 6 is a holiday called Threttándinn, “a magical day in Icelandic folklore when supernatural beings came out from their hidden world and walked among humans. The day is traditionally celebrated with bonfires and fireworks shows.” In other words, Threttándinn is clearly the best holiday ever.

In other Björk news, the delightful artist has contributed a song to the new iPad book Solar System, which allows readers to look at 3D versions of the planets and learn about the wonders of our universe.

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Geoff Barrow reveals new Portishead album details, crushes hopes of Portishead fashion line

In a cue taken straight from the D.A.R.E. playbook, Geoff Barrow of Portishead is just saying no. In a flurry of Twitter posts, Mr. Barrow laid down the law concerning the new (!!!!) Portishead album set to be released sometime this year:

There will be NO free downloads There will be NO bonus tracks There will be NO remixes There will be NO hidden footage. There will be NO additional content There will be NO corporate partners There will be NO fashion lines There will be NO tabloid pictures. There will be NO £25 unit cost There will be NO streetteam There will be NO myspace There will be NO celeb producer There will be NO twitter There will be NO press/blogger gig There will be NO acoustic session There will be NO meet and greet There will be NO edited version. There will be NO iTunes only There will be NO press launch There will be NO asian version There will be NO radio friendly.

Amen! Preach it, Brother Barrow. Unfortunately, he doesn’t say anything about promotional tie-in tote bags. Will there be tote bags? The American people want to know. We need our promotional tote bags.

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New Death LP descends upon unsuspecting populace, may cause Spiritual • Mental • Physical paralysis

Death is back! The now-legendary Detroit proto-punks are releasing a horrible pestilence the likes of which the world has never seen new collection of demo recordings from 1974-1976. Drag City has picked January 25, 2011 for the very special day that Spiritual • Mental • Physical descends upon ye olde record stores. Then, in the ensuing weeks, Death shall returneth to the stage. The brotherly trio will touch down in San Francisco and LA come February with fellow proto-punks (from space) Zolar X and Drag City garage freak RTX. Prepare thyselves… for thy record collection shall never be the same.


02.25.11 - San Francisco, CA - Slim’s *
02.26.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex **

* Zolar X
** RTX

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Wire announce 2011 tour to great critical acclaim

Attention: if you’ve ever affected a British accent in hopes of sounding cooler or still wish that it was 1977, your day is about to get a little bit more exciting. British post-punk kings Wire have announced a new tour in support of their forthcoming album, Red Barked Tree, due January 11 on their own Pink Flag label. The only thing that could make this announcement possibly more exciting is if Clay Davis were the opening act. Oh, I’m just razzin’ you, Wire! You know we love you!

04.01.11 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Palace
04.02.11 - Montreal, QC - Le Cabaret du Mile End
04.03.11 - Boston, MA - Middle East Downstairs
04.05.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
04.06.11 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
04.07.11 - Washington DC - Black Cat
04.08.11 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
04.09.11 - Chicago, IL - Metro
04.12.11 - Portland, OR - Dante’s

Red Barked Tree tracklisting:

01. Please Take
02. Now Was
03. Adapt
04. Two Minutes
05. Clay
06. Bad Worn Thing
07. Moreover
08. A Flat Tent
09. Smash
10. Down to This
11. Red Barked Trees

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Kanye West and Jay-Z album Watch the Throne “coming in one week”

Kanye West has said some pretty stupid shit in the past, but his most recent will excite all of you still pretending that you love My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. (Whoa, JUST KIDDING. It made #10 on our 2010 year-end list.) At a New Year’s Eve after-party hosted by Jay-Z in Las Vegas, West announced that Watch the Throne, his collaboration with Jigga That Nigga, is “coming in one week.”

It’s unclear whether West is referring to the completion of the recording process or if the actual album will be released within the week (can we really trust what he says in between his “douchebag”/”asshole” toasting?), but you can check out the high-quality video below and decide for yourself (via Nah Right):



In either case, we do know that Watch The Throne is due via Def Jam sometime this year. Hope you’re all ready for some “couture hip-hop.”

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Talib Kweli to release new album Gutter Rainbows on his own imprint

It has been one prolific year for Talib Kweli. Dude has already seen the release of one album earlier this spring as half of Reflection Eternal with producer Hi-Tek, and now he’s gearing up for the January 25 release of his next solo album, Gutter Rainbows. The new album will be the first-ever release from Kweli’s Talibra imprint, which is pretty rad. Hear the lead-off track, “After the Rain,” produced by 88-Keys, over here.

In other news, Talib Kweli is the most interesting man in the world. (Sorry Dos Equis guy.) Did you know he studied experimental theatre at NYU and is a spokesman/mentor for an after-school music program? I just got that from Wikipedia, America’s premiere information source. Next week his entry could say he’s collaborating with Justin Bieber on an album of showtunes and training ferrets to ride motorized boats. Then again, WHO’S TO SAY HE’S NOT????

Gutter Rainbows tracklist:

01. After the Rain (prod. 88-Keys)
02. Gutter Rainbows (prod. M-Phazes)
03. So Low (prod. Shuko)
04. Palookas feat. Sean Price (prod. Marco Polo)
05. Mr. International feat. Nigel Hall (prod. S1)
06. I’m on One (prod. KHRYSIS!)
07. Wait for You feat. Kendra Ross (prod. S1)
08. Ain’t Waiting feat. Outasight (prod. 6th sense)
09. Cold Rain (prod. Ski Beatz)
10. Friends & Family (prod. E. Jones)
11. Tater Tot (prod. Nick Speed)
12. How You Love Me feat. Blaq Toven (prod. Blaq Toven)
13. Uh Oh feat. Jean Grae (prod. Oh No)
14. Self Savior feat. Chace Infinite (prod. Maurice Brown)

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