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The Knife

The Knife are going on their first North American tour in ages this year, which kicks off with Coachella and then hits other cities including NYC on April 30 at Terminal 5. That show went on sale yesterday (1/18) and sold right out, but The Knife have added another date happening at the same venue on May 1. Tickets for the newly added show are on sale now.

Updated dates, including another added in Oakland, are listed below...

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Enigmatic Swedish duo The Knife released Shaking the Habitual last year and are playing Coachella in April. They've have started to add other shows while here as well. A full tour has not been announced yet but. It includes an NYC date at Terminal 5 on April 30. Tickets for T5 go on sale Saturday (1/18) at 10 AM. All dates -- including Chicago -- are listed below (update: now with the full tour).

This seems to be a much bigger production than when the Knife toured here in 2006. Says the band:

Shaking the Habitual, the album, lays the groundwork for this show. Based on the artistic and political ideas therein, we play with the expectations and question habits of the concert, the dance performance, the club and the music festival. Working within a highly commercial, professionalised and male-dominated music industry, we strive to twist and strangle hierarchies to find other ways of organizing work and its conditions. Disrespecting borders between digital and analogue, fake and real, professional and dilettante, star and cast, experimental acts and glamorous shows, nature and culture, audience and artist, blood family and chosen family, dance and action, a Buchla and bongo and the sound of a hit and a kiss.

We use the full potential of the electronic concert. In addition to bodies playing electronic music, we suggest different bodily engagements. We suggest dancing together as a mobilization, a collective moment for everyone in the room - on and off stage - to take part in. - [The Knife]

Among the performers being used this time is Light Asylum's Shannon Funchess. Full roster of performers is below.

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by Andrew Sacher


Pitchfork is back with its much-anticipated Top 50 Albums of 2013 list. The list has many of the albums you'd expect to see on Pitchfork's list, though there's still some surprises. If you thought M.I.A got snubbed, you'll be happy to see her here, and if you thought James Blake deserved the Best New Music he didn't get, you'll be happy to see how high he ranks. The biggest surprise to me is that Majical Cloudz makes the top 10, and for those keeping score, Yeezus is NOT #1. Can you guess what is?

Head here to see individual writers' lists, and head below to see Pitchfork's full Top 50 Albums of 2013 list...

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by Andrew Sacher


Pitchfork just posted their Top 100 Tracks of 2013. It's got what some people might call the worst song ever, the song with the most talked-about rap verse of the year, some surprises, and some of the year's most undeniable songs. Their #1 pick is certainly one of those undeniable songs, whether or not you're a fan of the artist who made it. What do you think of their list? Did your favorite song make it? Any glaring omissions?

Check out the full top 100 below...

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by Andrew Sacher


I always look forward to FACT's year-end list, which you can count on to be chock full of (but not limited to) forward-thinking electronic music, pop, R&B and rap, and it's one of the lists where I'm usually guaranteed to find something new. They just put out their 50 Best Albums of 2013 list, and it has all of those things, from one of the biggest name pop stars of the year to some of the most obscure stuff. It's also got one of the least obvious #1s I've seen on lists this year.

Check out the whole thing below...

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by Bill Pearis

#1 LP of 2013 according to 'The Quietus'

Online UK music mag The Quietus started five years ago and quickly became (I think) one of the best sources for music writing on the web, giving a home to many former NME, Select and Q writers who are still seeking new music but are not so interested in the flavor of the month. The Quietus are not staffed by contrarians, nor sheep. To wit: the site just published its Top 100 LPs list of 2013 and topping it is Glynnaestra, the third album from UK duo Grumbling Fur which came out via Thrill Jockey back in August. From The Quietus' write-up:

Grumbling Fur make me want to take drugs. And I don't mean drugs like a few puffs on a spliff before bedtime or on a lazy Saturday afternoon, or a cheeky dabble at a rave to keep the energy flowing - I mean proper, don't-eat-for-18-hours-beforehand, make-sure-you've-got-a-couple-of-good-people-around-you, psychically prepared voyaging, preferably on a warm and sunny but slightly overcast afternoon in a field somewhere in the West Country, or in a friend's house cluttered to the rafters with fascinating and peculiar objects.
The Quietus' Top 10 also includes some records you might have heard (David Bowie, Nick Cave, Foals, Factory Floor) but probably some others you haven't. And if you haven't heard Glynnaestra (I hadn't) you can stream it in full below.

You can check out The Quietus' entire Best LPs of 2013 list in this post, and they also made a Spotify playlist to accompany it. Their list, along with the Grumbling Fur album stream, is below..

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by Andrew Sacher

White Lung at Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013 (more by Tim Griffin)
White Lung

It's year-end list season and though all White Lung really have in the way of eligible releases is their recent 7", 2013 has really been a breakout year for them. So we asked them what new albums they were listening to this year, and guitarist Kenny William contributed a top 10 list that shifts between dark rap, heavy punk, goth, experimental soundscapers and more. Check out the full thing below.

White Lung have done a ton of touring this year, and though their schedule is almost empty at the moment, before the year ends the Vancouver punk band will return to NYC for a stacked show at NYU's E&L Auditorium on Thursday (12/5) with Ceremony, Perfect Pussy, and Sleepies. That show is free for students and $5 at the door for the general public.

White Lung's Top 10 LPs of 2013 list below...

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Phosphorescent at Rough Trade NYC (more by Amanda Hatfield)

We just got Q, Mojo and SPIN, and now we get another year-end music list for 2013 from Paste. The #1 slot went to Phosphorescent for their album Muchacho. Check out the full list below...

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by Andrew Sacher


It's the first work week of December and the year-end music lists for 2013 keep piling in. We just saw album lists from Q and Mojo, and now we get a list from a US publication, SPIN. There's not too many surprises on this one. Like last year, it shares its #1 with the highest Pitchfork-rated album of the year, and in general it features many of the albums we expect to see on these kinds of lists, including a lot of the year's big-name comebacks like My Bloody Valentine, Justin Timberlake, Daft Punk, Queens of The Stone Age, Boards of Canada and Nine Inch Nails, plus big breakouts like Haim and Disclosure. There are a few interesting omissions though, like Savages.

Check out their full list below...

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Phosphorescent @ ACL 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)

Shuggie Otis @ Highline Ballroom, 1/10/2012 (more by PSquared Photography)

today in NYC
* Andy Statman @ Barbes
* 34 Punaladas @ Barbes
* Jamie Saft @ The Stone
* 3LAU @ Best Buy Theater
* John Hodgman @ Union Hall
* Shuggie Otis @ B.B. King's
* Sally Seltmann @ Joe's Pub
* Vayne, Fresh Daily @ Paper Box
* Pat Mahoney, Alex English @ WIP
* Talib Kweli (DJ) @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Olafur Arnalds @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Born Ruffians, Moon King @ Maxwell's
* Ava Luna, Lushlife @ Brooklyn Museum
* Ben Ottewell (of Gomez) @ City Winery
* Ben UFO, Pearson Sound, Pangaea @ Output
* Vaz, Prizehog, Xaddax, STATS @ Death By Audio
* Collie Buddz, Chris Cab, New Kingston @ S.O.B.'s
* Phosphorescent, Strand of Oaks @ Bowery Ballroom
* Power Trip, Brain Slug, Altered Boys @ The Acheron
* Caveman, Brian McGreevey @ Union Square Barnes & Noble
* Charlie Bliss, The Rotaries, Inner Summer, BFA @ Big Snow
* On An On, Black Onassis, Los Encantados @ Knitting Factory
* Goldspot, Roosevelt Dime, John Manion @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Maria Minerva, Butterclock, Rioux, O Paradiso @ Cameo Gallery
* The Joy Formidable, Blood Red Shoes, You Won't @ Webster Hall
* The Dough Rollers, Brothers, The Harmonica Lewinskies @ Pianos
* Cassandra Jenkins, Cardboard, The Top, BLKKATHY @ Glasslands
* Zomes, Koen Holtkamp (of Mountains), Matteah Baim @ Union Pool
* Ivan & Alyosha, Twin Forks, Denison Witmer @ Santos Party House
* Beans, Bryant L, Uumans, From Bacteria To Boys @ Bowery Electric
* Bridges and Powerlines, Dead Heart Bloom, Wolves, Strange Names @ Mercury Lounge
* Celestial Shore, Friend Roulette, Banned Books, Old Growth Cola, Half Waif @ Silent Barn
* Xenia Sky, Michael Chorney & Hollar General, Jason Eskridge, Robby Hecht @ The Living Room
* Hank Wood & The Hammerheads, Question, Truncheons, Hysterics, Deformity, Bortgang @ 285 Kent
* Tom Shillue's Funny Story w/ Eddie Huang, Bobby Tisdale, Giulia Rozzi, Gavin McInnes and Judy McGuire @ Brooklyn Brewery

Electronic artist Maria Minerva, who released her new Bless EP a couple weeks ago, plays Cameo tonight with Butterclock, Rioux and O Paradiso, which should be a good show. Tickets are still available.

Tom Shillue's Funny Story happens tonight at Brooklyn Brewery with guests Baohaus restauranteur Eddie Huang, Bobby Tisdale, Giulia Rozzi, Street Carnage editor Gavin McInnes, and Judy McGuire all sharing humorous anecdotes. Last time McInnes appeared at "Funny Story," he performed 100% nude so, y'know, you've been warned. 8:30 PM, $10 which includes a beer.

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The Knife just released a video for the amorphous, droney track "Cherry on Top" from their new album, Shaking the Habitual. Stare to close and you may start to see things that aren't there. Watch cautiously below.

Also from Sweden are Club 8, whose new album, Above the City, is out May 21 on the fine Labrador label. Check out their new video, "Stop Taking My Time," below.

As mentioned, Pulp's new-ish single, "After You," is getting it's only vinyl release as a #RSD13 12". There's a remix by Soulwax on the flip and you can stream that below.

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Shaking the HabitualShaking the Habitual

The Knife are set to release their new album, Shaking the Habitual, on April 9 via Mute and you can now listen to it a week ahead of its release date by streaming the entire album at Pitchfork.

You can also stream Kurt Vile's new album, which comes out the same day.

The videos for Shaking the Habitual singles "Full of Fire" and "A Tooth for an Eye" below...

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The Knife

The Knife have just dropped "A Tooth for an Eye," the second-released track off their much-anticipated new album, Shaking the Habitual. It's definitely more of a "single" than the 10-minute "Full of Fire," and you can watch the video, which is an edit of the song, or stream the full-length audio below.

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Over the weekend, we posted The Knife's video for "Full of Fire," off their upcoming album, Shaking the Habitual which is due out April 9 via Mute. (That's the cover art above) That video was quickly removed but the band have since posted it on their own website, and it's looking pretty official this time.

The video was directed by Marit Ostberg, who is known for her work on Dirty Diaries, which Knife-related project Fever Ray contributed music to. Watch it below...

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Still from "Full of Fire" video

We just posted details of the new Knife album, Shaking the Habitual, mentioning that new single "Full of Fire" would be out next week. Well you dont' have to wait that long as the video for the 10-minute track has emerged on Swedish site SVT Play (via P4K). It's really more a short film than a music video, as you might expect from a band whole visuals seem equally important to them as the music. (And also maybe a little NSFW.) The song is intense. Watch the video below...

UPDATE: Much like the stream that went up earlier this week, looks like the clip has been yanked off that Swedish site.

UPDATE (1/28): The video is back! It can be watched below...

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As mentioned, The Knife's Shaking the Habitual is out April 9 via Mute. It's the enigmatic Swedish duo's first album in seven years and Karin Dreijer Andersson and Olof Dreijer seem to have made up for the lengthy break by make it a whopper, coming in at nearly 100 minutes! You can check out the tracklist below.

The album's first single, the nearly ten-minute "Full of Fire," is out next week. Clips of the song were accidentally posted on MP3 store Juno earlier this week but were quickly taken down. (We never got to hear it.) The band have announced dates at Primavera Sound and other European festivals this summer but no shows yet for North America. Stay tuned.

If you haven't watched it, the Shaking the Habitual teaser video is below along with the album tracklist (via P4K).

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Primavera 2013

Primavera Sound have announced their 2013 lineup, set to go down on May 22-26 in Barcelona, Spain. The announcement came via an animated video and artists performing include Phoenix, The Postal Service, Blur, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, My Bloody Valentine, Tame Impala, Wu-Tang Clan, Dead Can Dance, Grizzly Bear, The Knife, and loads more. Current lineup is below along with the flyer and video...

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The Knife

The Knife haven't released an album since 2006's massive Silent Shout and they've just revealed a teaser video for their followup. A title and release date have not been revealed yet and not much else is known other than Shannon Funchess of Light Asylum is reported to appear on it, and the album will be issued by Mute.

UPDATE: The album is called Shaking the Habitual.

Teaser video is below...

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DOWNLOAD: The Knife: "Seeds (Portable/Bodycode Remix)" (MP3)

Röyksopp @ Webster Hall in 2009 (more by Erez Avissar)

Norwegian "electro super duo" Röyksopp have announced some March 2011 shows including 2 in Canada and three on the east coast including March 21st at Webster Hall in NYC. Vocalist Anneli Drecker and guitarists Kato Adland and Ole Vegard Skauge will all be part of their touring band. "More dates to be announced." No tickets yet.

Their new album Senior, the followup to Junior, "is officially available online and in stores on November 23rd." Six of the songs from that album were intergrated into a short film called "Senior Living" which you can watch below.

Unline Senior, Junior was more of a guest-filled album. If you haven't heard it and don't remember, vocalists with familiar names like Robyn, Lykke Li, and Karin Dreijer Andersson can all be heard on the 2009 album.

And speaking of those ladies:

Robyn is headlining Radio City Music Hall in 2011 and tickets went on sale today.

Lykke Li is touring and headlining Webster Hall in 2011 and tickets went on sale today.

Karin Dreijer Andersson is also known as Fever Ray and one half The Knife who announced a new single today...

The Knife, in collaboration with Mt.Sims and Planningtorock are set to release 'Seeds', with remixes by Bodycode and Shinedoe, on 19th November (Beatport) / 6th December (full release).

Taken from the album 'Tomorrow, In A Year', 'Seeds' is a delicate but driving techno pop track and features vocals by Swedish pop star Jonathan Johansson and Danish mezzo soprano Kristina Wahlin. Since the album's release earlier this year, 'Seeds' has already made waves in the dance world, and has become one of The Knife's top selling tracks on Beatport.

The remixers - Ghostly International's Berlin-dwelling South African deep house producer Bodycode, and the Dutch head of Intacto Records, Shinedoe - were selected by Olof Dreijer: "I just really like their music - a very nice mix of melodic and moving dance music. I've been spinning their music over the last few years and most often it brings a smile to people's faces and makes people dance a little more."
Bodycode has injected some Berlin deep-house warmth, stretching the track to 12 minutes, while Shinedoe has turned the original's sparse instrumentation into a layered, big-room tech-house track.

Download one of the remixes above. Listen to two of them, and watch the Knife's entire 2006 concert film Silent Shout: An Audio Visual Experience, courtesy of Pitchfork.TV (for one week only), below...

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Fever Ray @ Webster Hall in September (more by Ryan Muir)
Fever Ray

Commissioned by Danish performance group Hotel Pro Forma to write the music for their opera based on Charles Darwin and his book 'On the Origin of the Species', The Knife decided to make this a collaborative process, working with artists Mt. Sims and Planningtorock for the first time, to capture the huge width of the Darwin and evolution theme. They extensively researched Darwin related literature and articles, with Olof attending a field recording workshop in the Amazon to find inspiration and to record sounds.
The Knife's 92-minute work is titled Tomorrow, In a Year. It comes out digitally on February 2nd and as a two-disc CD on March 1st through Rabid Records. You can buy the album digital and preorder the CD now through the band's site.

The track "Colouring Of Pigeons" from the opera is up as a free download on their site and the entire thing is streaming on NPR until Feb 2nd. Its live debut was overseas in September, and some upcoming European dates are below.

Fever Ray (aka the 1/2 of the Knife, Karin Dreijer-Andersson) will be playing this year's Coachella on Friday, April 16th. Fever Ray recently won the Year's Best Dance Artist prize at "P3 Gold" in Gothenburg. See her "acceptance speech" that many are either comparing to Lady Gaga or saying was a tribute to Lady Gaga's 'shocking' VMA appearance, with the new CD's tracklist and tour dates, below...

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Panda Bear

He actually published this list in August, but in case you missed it...

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Daft Punk

Daft Punk's first album had helped refresh house music in the mid 1990s; the second went further, rewriting electronic pop's pleasure principles to such a degree that when it came out a lot of people thought Discovery must be a put-on. They took the joy in the record for irony. Rather, the band had simply plunged into the raw popstuff of their 70s childhoods, from AOR to disco, Buggles to Manilow, rock to robotics. They wanted their listeners to get the rush of context-free delight they had hearing music as kids, and on "Aerodynamic" and "Digital Love" they succeeded wildly, dissolving a decade-plus of dance music good taste. And not all of Discovery looked back. The middle of the album is house music as string theory, with the duo finding dimensions of pleasure coiled within the tiniest loops: "Crescendolls" releases an awesome, gleeful energy by repeatedly triggering one five-second sample.

Discovery was simply the decade's best good-times record, with Daft Punk as pyramid-toting party wizards and the chipmunk Kraftwerk of "Harder Better Faster Stronger" their anthem. But this most celebratory of records has a bittersweet streak, too: Daft Punk know that a rush always carries the risk of exhaustion. Perhaps the album's most underappreciated track is the sad but gorgeous "Short Circuit", a three-minute robot graveyard of crumbled transistors and dying LEDs. But from Romanthony's first blissful, vocoded shout of "one more time!" the dominant emotion on Discovery is joy. A joy that wasn't afraid to be sentimental and funny as well as hard and futuristic, and is all the better for that. When a generation looks back and tries to catch a fuzzy hold of the music that made them happy this decade, Daft Punk's will be top of the list. --Tom Ewing [Pitchfork]

Daft Punk grabbed the #3 spot on Pitchfork's list of the Top 200 albums of the 2000s (now fully announced) (yesterday they were only up to #21). The top 20 are also listed below...

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photos by Ryan Muir

Fever Ray

"I saw Fever Ray tonight in New York. Amazing, powerful show. Those of you who have the freedom should try and get down to Webster Hall Tuesday, September 29th at noon and wait patiently for any tickets released by the venue (technically the show is sold out, but there are always extras)." [Airport Through the Trees]
More pictures from last night's show (9/28), below...

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Fever Ray @ Sonar 2009 (more by Zach Dilgard)
FEver Ray

tonight in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB Theatre
* Fever Ray @ Webster Hall
* Rev. Vince Anderson @ Union Pool
* Mono, Maserati @ Bowery Ballroom
* Wild Yaks, Mia Riddle, The Holy Experiment @ Zebulon
* Destroyer 666, Negative Plane, Open Grave, Agrath @ Europa
* Gemma Ray, Gregory & The Hawk, Sarah Elena Palmer @ Cake Shop
* Precious Metal w/ Death Mold, Unmen, Led to Grave, The Alienz @ Lit Lounge
* Telecult Powers, Syn Toffs, Dubknowdub, Adventure, Bassoo @ Death By Audio
* Great Lake Swimmers, Nina Nastasia, Sharon Van Etten @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Whiplash is at UCB Theatre tonight with host Leo Allen and Pete Holmes, Craig Baldo, Andrew Jeffrey Wright, and (musical guest?) Langhorne Slim. Langhorne's new album "Be Set Free" is out Tuesday, and he also plays a free (with CD purchase) show at Cameo on Tuesday.

Great Lake Swimmers follow up their Bowery show last night with a gig at MHOW tonight. Nina Nastasia and Sharon Van Etten open.

Fever Ray (aka Karin Dreijer Andersson of The Knife) brings her stage show to Webster Hall tonight and tomorrow. She also sings on Royksopp's new song "This Must Be It" - the video for that track is below.

Mono and Maserati are on a four-week North American tour. They play Bowery Ballroom tonight and Bell House tomorrow.

Australian metal guys Destroyer 666 play their first NYC show in three years at Europa (originally Public Assembly) tonight, with Negative Plane, Open Grave and Agrath.

The Roots are NOT at Highline Ballroom tonight. You can see them at Brooklyn Bowl Thursday, October 1st, or just ?uestlove at the Central Park Wizard of Oz party tomorrow.

The ever-changing Arctic Monkeys played their new song "Cornerstone" on Craig Ferguson last week. Video is below....

What else?

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DOWNLOAD: Royksopp - The Girl & The Robot (w/ Robyn) (Chateau Marmont remix) (MP3)


The most recent album from Norwegian electronica duo Royksopp, Junior, came out earlier this year, and now the group is traveling to the US, possibly for the first time since 2005, for a short set of gigs. Two of those will happen at NYC's Webster Hall on November 23rd and 24th. Tickets for both shows are on AmEx presale now; general sale starts Friday, August 21st at noon.

According to Wikipedia, "Senior is a forthcoming album from Norwegian duo Röyksopp, set for release toward the end of 2009. The new album has been described as an introspective, withdrawn, atmospheric counterpart to energetic Junior." Junior features guest appearances by Karin of the Knife aka Fever Ray (who has two Webster Hall shows coming up too), Anneli Drecker, Lykke Li, and Robyn who sings on the song "The Girl and the Robot". A remix of that song is above. The video of it is below with all tour dates...

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