1) L.A's Saint Motel's new video for "1997" (the new single for their album Voyeur) was shot at and takes place at the Dresden bar in L.A., home of lounge singers Marty & Elayne (featured prominently in the film Swingers).
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2) Iceland's National Festival (Þjóðhátíð) too place this last week in the Westmann Islands as it has for every year since 1874. Every year a song is chosen as the Þjóðhátíð Song, typically something very cheesy, and easy for the 10,000 attendees to learn within a few days and sing along with the band that performs it. I wasn't terribly impressed by this year's song, but for the last 10 years or so, the Þjóðhátíð song "Lífið Er Yndislegt" ("Life is Wonderful") has been performed. It appears it was a big hit once again, as shown here in this video from nytonlist.net ("New Music.net"). Both times that I witnessed this moment at the festival were very inspiring.
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