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Björk’s Biophilia

Friday, October 14, 2011

For the last two decades, Björk has pushed every boundary she could find, making just about the weirdest pop music that can still be considered pop music. She’s made beautiful, soulful songs out of electronics, musique concrete, an Inuit choir from Greenland, and her inimitable Icelandic accent that makes English unfamiliar ...

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Q2 Music

Postcards to the Internauts

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Greetings from sunny (I’m not kidding, the sun never sets) Iceland! I’m spending my days at Valgeir Sigurðsson’s Greenhouse Studios, where, to my surprise, June Hammered! guest host Bruce Brubaker is recording Drones and Piano, Nico Muhly’s work for the same. I had NO idea Bruce was gonna be here. Q2 party up in Iceland! Come Wednesday, I’ll begin to record Daníel Bjarnason’s viola concerto-like-thing Sleep Variations, for solo viola, harp, percussion, and ten additional violas, all of which I will record, Mwah-ha-ha-ha.

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The Takeaway

Airport Closures Follow Volcanic Eruption in Iceland

Monday, May 23, 2011

The Grimsvotn volcano erupted Saturday in Reykjavik, Iceland. This is Iceland's most active volcano and it has forced the closure of the main international airport and all domestic flights have been cancelled. Last year, ash clouds from another Icelandic volcano, Eyjafjallajokul led to the closure of a large section of European airspace, with repercussions for flights from the U.S. Matthew Roberts from the Iceland Meteorological Office has been monitoring the erupting volcano.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Skuli Sverrisson

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Bass guitarist and composer Skuli Sverrisson brings his cinematic instrumental soundscapes to Le Poisson Rogue Tuesday night. Download "Her Looking Back," recorded with Amadeo Pace of Blonde Redhead.

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New Sounds

Special Podcast: With Daniel Bjarnason

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

New Sounds is pre-empted tonight for Bloomsday on Broadway.  However, New Sounds has made a special podcast available! Enjoy this show with Daníel Bjarnason

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Spinning on Air

Johann Johannsson live at Le Poisson Rouge

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Johann Johannsson and ensemble live at Le Poisson Rouge, April 30, 2010, edited and mixed by David Garland, plus an interview with Johannsson.

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WQXR News

Volcanic Ash Grounds More Flights

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Volcanic ash still gushing from an Icelandic volcano that first erupted three weeks ago is threatening to halt flights over Europe once again.

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WQXR News

New Ash Cloud Grounds Flights in Scandinavia

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Beyond flights stalled in Norway, Sweden and Finland, Europe's 28,000 others are moving ahead as planned.

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WQXR News

Airlines Hit Hard as Flights Resume

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Airlines lost $1.7 billion in the past week due to travel disruptions.

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The Takeaway

Risk: From Wall Street to European Skies

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

From airlines champing at the bit to get back in the air over western Europe despite Iceland's volcanic ash, to some dirty dealings at Goldman Sachs, questions of risk and risk-taking are dominating the news cycle this week. But what happens if we avoid risk all-together? Is it even possible?

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WQXR News

Limited Flights In and Out of Europe Today

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

As flights slowly resume across Europe today, passengers are beginning to get closer to home.

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WQXR News

Most European Airports Set to Re-Open

Monday, April 19, 2010

Aviation officials agree to re-open much of Europe's airspace after days of cancelled flights due to giant volcanic ash plume.

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WQXR News

Volcanic Ash Continues to Suspend Air Travel

Friday, April 16, 2010

Thousands of flights are still grounded in Northern Europe due to ash from an Iceland volcano.

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The Takeaway

Volcanic Ash Cloud Causes Historic Airport Shutdown in Europe

Friday, April 16, 2010

A massive cloud of ashes has kept thousands of fligfhts on the ground in Northern Europe yesterday after a volcano in Iceland erupted a second time this month, spewing huge amounts of silicate ash into a busy airspace for travellers in the region. Some of Europe's busiest airports have closed down in what appears to be the biggest shutdown of flights since 9/11.

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The Takeaway

Volcano Erupts in Iceland, Sends Ash Cloud Through Europe

Thursday, April 15, 2010

A five-mile high plume of ash from an erupting volcano in Iceland is drifting across Northern Europe, causing massive disruption at airports in the U.K. and Scandinavia. All flights originating from Scotland have already been grounded, and all London flights will be suspended.

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The Takeaway

Iceland Wrangling Over Debt Repayments

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Iceland’s president, Olafur Grimsson, is refusing to sign a bill committing Iceland to pay back $5 billion dollars in loans owed to the governments of the U.K. and the Netherlands. We spoke with Gylfi Magnusson, Minister of Economic Affairs for Iceland, about the country's next steps and its relationship with the IMF.

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The Takeaway

Iceland's President Refuses to Pay Back $5B Loan

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Iceland's president, Olafur R. Grimsson, says Iceland will not pay back a $5 billion dollar loan from the governments of Britain and the Netherlands. Iceland accepted the funds last year, after one of the nation's largest banks collapsed. The people of Iceland will now vote in a referendum on whether or not to pay back the money. Meanwhile, an angry Britain says Iceland had better stick to its committments to repay the loan. For more on what this means for Iceland and its creditors, we talk to Ingo Sigfusson, a reporter with RUV, Iceland's national broadcasting service.

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The Takeaway

Nothing like a Saturday election in Iceland

Friday, April 24, 2009

Tomorrow while most of us will be sleeping in, Iceland will be holding it’s first elections since the collapse of the Independence Party-led coalition government last October. In the face of the worst financial crisis in the nation's history, the Social Democrat /Left-Green alliance is expected to win the elections, and this could be the beginning of the end of the Independence Party, which has held power in Iceland for the past 18 years. Joining The Takeaway is Bjorn Malmquist, a reporter for the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, to tell us more about what can be expected from these elections.

Bjork is still the most well-known Iceland native, and it's Friday, so enjoy:

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