Ólafur Arnalds

Discovered some new Icelandic music today that is expansive, relaxing and sometimes achingly beautiful while managing to stay understated.

Here’s some Ólafur Arnalds with his band, playing some of his compositions. Notice his funny asides delivered in a deadpan manner.

And here he is again with a full orchestra for NPR music.

Lovely late night listening or music for a rainy day.

Hipster gender reversal

Hipster gender reversal

These gender reversal exercises are becoming very popular and indeed, they do show up the differences between how men and women are portrayed in the popular media and advertising, the glaring double standards and how women are objectified while men continue to be portrayed as the ones with the active gaze and power.

This ones has a delicious twist to it: the Bondi hipster duo is imitating Miranda Kerr photos with hilarious satirical results. I may have to use this for my upcoming gender lecture!