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Björk, originally uploaded by blue eyes.

Björk debuted her latest album, Volta last Monday here in Reykjavik. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to go. I actually haven't talked to anyone who did go, so I can't report on how it was. I do know that the album is officially due out May 7th but that it leaked early onto the internet. It seems there's some confusion about the artwork for the album and a general kind of fuzzy buzz on music websites and such. Whether you love or hate her sound, it's always got a certain amazing power and definite originality, so kudos to her.

A little story: I was at Sirkus, one of our favorite little scrappy bars one night about three years ago when a smallish person appeared next to me as I finished ordering a drink. A quick glance showed me that this person had something odd going on in lieu of a hat. I looked at her and said calmly, "Excuse me, but you have a polar bear on your head."

"Yes, I know," she replied.

We lifted our glasses slightly, made quick eye contact and moved on into the night. Yes, it was Björk.

(By the way, the image is courtesy of


Anonymous said...

"Excuse me, but you have a polar bear on your head."

Classic. If anyone can pull that off, it would be Björk. She's pretty remarkable...few musicians today have her visual creativity. I'm sure she does a lot of visual direction in her videos.

Anonymous said...

Björk is king,

Well or Queen.

Happy to have her back :D

Anonymous said...

Incredible...I can't get over just how intense this picture is...and to be able to just meet her casually must have been something else! I just started reading your blog recently and I have to say it has been one of the most frequented websites on my computer since :D

Barry said...

What a great story! Very cool of her to show up in a normal bar, but wearing a polar bear on her head isn't a very good disguise...