1MM: Iceland Airwaves Music Festival, 10.15.08, F/ Ben Frost, Sam Amidon, Valgeir Sigurðsson …

A local Reyjkavík store sticks it to the country’s prime/finance ministers

Photos by Andrew Parks

So we’re finally out of the frozen tundra/Lord of the Rings fantasia that is Iceland and ready to share a stack of coverage from Airwaves ’08. Since almost every interview we scheduled turned from a one-hour affair to (A) an afternoon exploring the outskirts of Reykjavík or (B) an entire midnight-to-6 evening crawling the bars and clubs of the city’s Brennivín-fueled beating heart, we’re saving our extensive Iceland package for the third issue of self-titled, out sometime this winter. For now, expect a string of photo sets, band profiles and reviews over the next couple days, beginning with a daily rundown of candid and live photos from the fest–everything from CSS to Crystal Castles to the astounding amount of local acts that blew us away better than South by Southwest has in years. What can we say; we wish you could have been there, but since you weren’t, here’s the next best thing …

Sam Amidon

Ben Frost and Valgeir Sigurðsson

Shahzad Ismaily and Indigo Street of Partyface (new Ben Frost-produced LP out in 2009)

Sam and Shahzad

Most of the Bedroom Community crew, awkward smiles and all

And a couple of crowd shots (see this for more live material from Day One)