Artist: Mugison

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Nordic Music Prize 2011 semi-finalists

The semi-finalists for the 2011 Nordic Music Prize have been revealed:

Sweden:
Anna Ternheim - The night visitor
Jonathan Johansson - Klagomuren
Loney Dear - Hall music
The Field - Looping state of mind
Mattias Alkberg - Anarkist
Lykke Li - Wounded rhymes
Anna Järvinen - Anna själv tredje
Deportees - Islands & shores
Veronica Maggio - Satan i gatan
Goran Kajfes - X/Y

Denmark:
Larsen & Furious Jane - Dolly
Michael Mřller - A Month of Unrequited Love
Oh Land - Oh Land
Mikael Simpson - Noget Laant, Noget Blaat
The Late Great Fitzcarraldos - The Late Great Fitzcarraldos
Malk De Koijn - Toback To The Fromtime
Iceage - New Brigade
Thulebasen - Gate 5
When Saints Go Machine - Konkylie
Hymns From Nineveh - Hymns From Nineveh

Finland:
Von Hertzen Brothers - Stars Aligned
Röyhkä & Mattila - Kaksi lensi tuulen mukaan
22-Pistepirkko - Lime Green Delorean
French Films - Imaginary Future
Siinai - Olympic Games
Rubik - Solar
Regina - Soita mulle
Michael Monroe - Sensory Overdrive
Mirel Wagner - Mirel Wagner
Chisu - Kun valaistun

Iceland:
Sóley - We Sink
Lay Low - Brostinn strengur
Ham - Svik, harmur og dauđi
Sin Fang - Summer Echoes
ADHD - ADHD2
FM Belfast - Don’t Want To Sleep
Gus Gus - Arabian Horse
Mugison - Haglél
Björk - Biophilia
Apparat Organ Quartet - Pólýfónía

Norway:
Razika - Program ’91
Lars Vaular - Du betyr meg
Jonas Alaska - Jonas Alaska
Team Me - To The Treetops!
Ane Brun - It All Starts With One
Stein Torleif Bjella - Vonde Visu
120 Days - 120 Days II
Montée - Renditions Of You
John Olav Nilsen og Gjengen - Det nćrmeste du kommer
Martin Hagfors - I like you

This list will eventually be culled down to a final 12 on December 1 before the winner is crowned on February 16.

Festival report: SPOT Festival 2011

Festival report: SPOT Festival 2011

New documentary: Iceland: Beyond Sigur Rós

Iceland Music Export on "Iceland: Beyond Sigur Rós", a new not-for-profit 30m documentary on the Icelandic music scene which is available for free streaming online: http://www.icelandmusic.is/News/1684/Iceland--Beyond-Sigur-Ros---New-Music-Documentary--/default.aspx
Featured artists include Ólafur Arnalds, Hafdis Huld, Mugison, Bloodgroup, For A Minor Reflection, Seabear and more plus a number of behind-the-scenes folks such as journalists and producers.

Scandinavian artists in Paste Magazine's top 50 albums of 2008 include Lykke Li, I'm From Barcelona, The Tallest Man On Earth, Mugison, Ida Maria and Sigur Rós. Read more: http://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2008/11/signs-of-life-2008-best-music.html

Upcoming dates for Icelandic artist Mugison:

11/14 - Lo-Fi Festival, Bydgoszcz (POL)
11/15 - AB, Brussel (BEL)
11/16 - Cactus, Brugge (BEL)
11/17 - Monto, London (UK)
11/20 - Academy 3, Manchester (UK)
11/21 - LastFm/Cargo, London (UK)

Pitchfork reviews Icelandic artist Mugison and the new album "Mugiboogie": http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/record_review/145349-mugison-mugiboogie

PopMatters on Icelandic artist Mugison: http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/61316/mugison-mugiboogie/
Also reviewed, Lykke Li's "Little bit EP": http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/62211/lykke-li-little-bit-ep

Icelandic artist Mugison is looking to release his most recent album "Mugiboogie" worldwide this coming April: http://www.mugison.com/Mugison/News/more/139
Said album was originally released in Iceland last October where it has gone Platinum with sales over 10k.

Uncle's Institution
Walkie talk to me
Iknowwhatyoudidlastrecords

Uncle's Institution is basically Egil Olsen, Norway's answer to Iceland's Mugison and Gisli. "Yet another Scandinavian Beck soundalike, then!" you might retort. Well, yes, and no, it's quite unfair to dismiss to Uncle's Institution as nothing but a Beck copycat, they also sound a lot like Eels. Recently people have lamented a lot about how the age of the mp3 might mean "the death of the album", and I'm definitely one of the people who will weep at the album's funeral. This is why it feels like a waste when artists make an album that sounds like a various artists' compilation, instead of making a proper full length where all the songs live together in harmony. Despite this little exasperation, I can see a lot of people getting into this album and feeling very "hip" listening to it. There are some great ideas here, all carried out with a bit of flair, but the whole product is just way too superficial and forced, no matter how many great hooks/choruses Egil has managed to squeeze into 35 minutes.
- Simon Tagestam

Also at P-fork today is a review of Icelandic act Mugison: http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/record-reviews/m/mugison/mugimama-is-this-monkey-music.shtml

For the Eardrums interviews Iceland's Mugison: http://eardrums.blogspot.com/2005/06/anything-can-happen-eardrums-interview.html

The excellent music blog For the Eardrums has posted a great article on Icelandic music covering artists such as Mugison, Steintryggur, Botnledja, Ampop, Stafrćnn Hákon and more: http://eardrums.blogspot.com/

The first confirmations for Denmark's Spot10 Festival on June 4-5 in Aarhus: Tim Christensen, Thomas Dybdahl, Mum, José González, Kira & The Kindred Spirits, David & The Citizens, Hush, Mugison, Laakso, Larsen & Furious Jane, Powersolo, Martin Ryum and Sepiamusic. More info: http://www.spot10.dk/

Rough Trade has put together a 2xCD compilation called "Counter Culture 2003" to be released in conjunction with Mute on February 2 next year and it features quite a few Nordic acts such as The Concretes, Kaada, Mugison, and C.Aarmé. Full track list: http://www.nme.com/news/106909.htm