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Hiya Wal Aalam

The Knife may be broken up, but we already knew Karin was staying busy and Olof Dreijer is too. He's now a member of the group Hiya wal Âalam, and he's producing their forthcoming album. The band's bio reads:

Hiya wal Âalam is a collaboration between a group of musicians from Tunisia and Palestine, as well as the prolific Olof Dreijer (one half of the acclaimed Swedish electronic duo, The Knife).

The group of five is led by the composer and percussionist Houwaida Hedfi. Traditional North African percussion instruments like bendir, djembe and chkachek are at the heart of the music. Olof Dreijer was inspired to collaborate, bringing an electronic component to the project, he states, "Hopefully our audiences will get moved emotionally and move physically! I got goosebumps the first time I heard the songs live and I couldn't stand still!"

They're touring Sweden and the US this month, including a NYC show happening November 23 at Knitting Factory with Amina Hocine and Wolkoff. Tickets are on sale.

Two days before that though, Olof will DJ Baby's All Right (11/21) with a live set from secret special guests. Who could they be? Tickets are on sale.

All dates are listed, with some music from the band, below...

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holy mountain

It's Fleet Week here in New York and with Memorial Day Weekend ahead, what better way to celebrate than a big, crazy party with Karin Dreijer Andersson from The Knife DJing? Presented by nightlife promoter Ladyfag, the event's called "Holy Mountain" and happens on Saturday (5/23) at Slake. Also DJing: Dgeral (who'll be spinning with Karin), Misshapes cofounder Greg K and lots more.

It's $10 before 11:30 PM and $15 after, or $10 all night if in "SERIOUS Fleet week or Space LQQK." Details and flyer are below. This is the first we've heard from Karin since The Knife called it quits following their Shaking the Habitual tour last year .

In related news, Ladyfag is also part of this year's Pop Souk which happens May 31 at Webster Hall. Pop Souk mixes club culture with shopping: "a pilgrimage where the cool cats come to socialize, listen to DJs... & shop!" It goes from noon - 6 PM and will take over the entirety of Webster Hall that day, and is free to attend. Flyer and vendor list for Pop Souk is below...

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The Knife @ Terminal 5 4/30/2014
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BrooklynVegan photographer Amanda Hatfield shoots a ton of shows for BV every year, and 2014 was no different. Now that it's coming to a close, she's put together her 15 favorite photos she took this year. That's one above, and you can check out the rest below. Also below is a list of her 15 favorite albums, and she's got an ongoing playlist with her favorite songs of the year on Rdio. Check it out.

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The Knife at Terminal 5 in May (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)

The Knife returned in 2013 with Shaking the Habitual, their first album since 2006, and went on their first North American tour in forever in support of it. Now, the band have sadly announced that following their European tour this fall, they'll be calling it quits. In a new interview with Dazed, the band said, "We will close down, it's our last tour. We don't have any obligations to continue."

A post on the band's website reads:

In the autumn we will round up the Shaking The Habitual Show Tour with a number of European dates. After the touring last year we reworked the show during the winter. The performers, previously known as dancers, learnt how to sing and play instruments, the stage got three levels, Shannon Funchess joined us and the show became more fun and shiny. We performed it in the US in the spring and now we would love you to join us in our dance for some last shaking moves.

"A handfull elf pee
That's my soul
Spray it allover
Fill the bowl
Legs astride
An axe to grind
Generous actions with the speed of light
Without you my life would be boring"

See you on the dance floor...

/Olof and Karin, The Knife

All remaining The Knife dates are listed below...

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by Andrew Sacher


Yesterday, Pitchfork posted their top 200 tracks of the decade so far, and today they've listed the top 100 albums to have come out between 2010-2014. There's some surprises on there. For example, I didn't expect to see Bon Iver's self-titled, their #1 album of 2011 and with a score of 9.5, rank as low as #27 on this list. I was also surprised to see Chief Keef make it but not, say, Shabazz Palaces or Schoolboy Q. And there's a few other glaring omissions: nothing by The National? Grizzly Bear? One thing that will surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.

You can check out the full list below...

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"There was a certain amount of science to it. An entire week of work experience students left the office thinking that cutting-edge music journalism in 2014 mostly involves calculating which bands have been mentioned most in NME in the past two years, then hunting out references to the bands that influenced those acts online and finally adding up the number of times each influence came up. This gave us a rough list which our editorial team - heads swimming with all of the bands that Wolf Alice (or whoever) have raved on about over 4am ciders - then took to the pub, tore into shreds, fought and shouted about and finally reconstructed in the rundown of 100 you see in the mag today. The Beatles didn't make it. Sorry." [NME[
NME went ahead and listed who they think the 100 most influential musicians and bands are (their latest cover story). Radiohead topped the list. Read the rest with justifications at NME, or just look at their full list below...

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photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

The Knife @ T5, 5/1/2014
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The show began with the entire stage backlit and drenched in fog. Suddenly music began as if coming from nowhere and voices soon followed. Everything seemed extremely calculated, movements happened precisely on cue and there was no leader present on stage. Karin and Olof were never even properly acknowledged. Beams of light shone through every crevice of the stage and reflected off of shimmering crystals placed around the stage. Various people on stage took on vocal duties (Karin was actually a major factor in this aspect) and the overall collaborative nature really honed in on the idea of a classless (end extreme wealth!), genderless, and boarder free society. Of course there were some of the hits you'd expect as well. "We Share Out Mothers' Health" really kicked off the night and made people move, while the dancing to "One Hit" was a certain highlight of the evening. - [OMG-NYC]
The Knife wrapped up their sold-out, two-night stay at NYC's Terminal 5 last night (5/1) which was also the last on their North American tour. Same setlist and aerobicized dance revue as night 1 (read our full report). Pictures from Thursday's show are in this post. Did you go last night?

After T5, the Knife headed over to Westway for a karoake afterparty with Bill Murray. More pics from night 2's show below...

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Karin of the Knife & friends performing 'Heartbeats' @ Westway (5/1/2014)
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The Knife celebrated the end of their sold out 2-night run at NYC Terminal 5 late last night with an afterparty at nearby Westway. Among those in attendance and on the dance floor was Bill Murray may have no idea who the Knife are, but regardless he got to see lead Knife vocalist Karin Elisabeth Dreijer Andersson (aka Fever Ray) perform "Heartbeats" LIVE during a karaoke session at the club.

At first they played the song as part of the karaoke and she didn't get up to sing, but after much cheering from the crowd which included the Knife backup dancers, she eventually did get up and do it when they played it again. The Knife are not performing the hit song on this tour (and when they do it is as part of a massive production), so that was a rare treat for those in attendance at the intimate ex-strip club near the West Side Highway in Manhattan. Pictures and videos of the action are in this post. Watch below.

Hours earlier, possibly while the Knife was still playing Terminal 5, Bill Murray was spotted with Emma Stone at the Rum House bar at the Edison Hotel... by Sharon Van Etten who snapped a picture of the two actors performing a duet at the piano, much to the delight of one lucky bachelor party that was also happening there.

Pictures of the Knife at Terminal 5 are HERE. More pictures and video from Bill Murray's night, below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

The Knife @ T5 4/30/2012
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"Welcome to SHAKING THE HABITUAL!" someone exclaimed during "Wrap Your Arms Around Me," the opening number at The Knife performance at Terminal 5 last night (4/30), their first of two at the venue on their current tour. Was this a concert or a musical revue? The correct answer is probably "both." There were 11 people on stage, all dressed in aqua-colored jumpsuits. Some of them played instruments, like this enormous string instrument/drum thing that was set up in the middle of the stage. There was also an electronic oboe being played at times. Some of them sang -- Karin was not always lead vocalist, and I bet some watching weren't even sure which one she was. All of them danced. And we're talking a show that was as choreographed a production as A Chorus Line, though I kept thinking of cult musical The Apple.

On the Knife's last tour in 2006 for Silent Shout, they spent most of the show behind translucent projection screens and you couldn't really tell if they were playing anything. (It was a cool show nonetheless.) They make electronic records that don't really translate to straight-up live performance. For this Shaking the Habitual tour, they are performing their asses off and it was an awesome spectacle -- including a "deep aerobics" warm up and spoken word piece mid-set. Amidst all this if you're hung up on whether the music is actually being played live, you're at the wrong show.

For those wondering: set was mostly the new album with three songs from Silent Shout ("We Share Our Mother's Health," "One Hit," and a techno'd out version of the title track to close the show), and one song each from Deep Cuts ("Pass This On" [no "Heartbeats" sorry]) and their eponymous debut ("Bird"). Setlist and lots more pics are in this post.

Side note 1: We had posted that Light Asylum's Shannon Funchess was part of this tour, but I'd forgotten till I saw her on stage. She plays a major part in the production, pretty cool to see.

Side note 2: The weather last night couldn't have been more miserable, a point driven home on the looong walk from the subway to Terminal 5 (a place I generally avoid). I was soaked to the bone by the time I got there and not in the best mood as a result, but that all pretty much evaporated once the show started.

The Knife do Shaking the Habitual again tonight at Terminal 5 which is sold out. More pics from the first night below...

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Birmingham, AL's Dan Sartain got his start making lo-fi punk over 10 years ago. He expands his pallette considerably for his new album, Dudesblood, which is out on April 29 via One Little Indian. You still get memorable Ramones-y ravers (and a funny Picadilly punk parody "Smash the Tesco"), but there's also the western tumble of "Marfa Lights" and "Moonlight Swim," plus a terrific, cover of The Knife's "Pass This On" featuring the marimba skills of X drummer DJ Bonebreak. We're premiering a stream of the whole album which you can listen to in this post.

Dan just wrapped up dates with Rocket from the Crypt. He's got nothing on the tour horizon right now but hopefully that will change soon. Meanwhile, stream Dudesblood and check out the video for "Pass This On," below...

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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)
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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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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 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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