Entries tagged with: The Knife
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.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...
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]
photos by Ryan Muir
"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...
Fever Ray @ Sonar 2009 (more by Zach Dilgard)
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 ever-changing Arctic Monkeys played their new song "Cornerstone" on Craig Ferguson last week. Video is below....
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...
Fever Ray (aka Karin Dreijer Andersson of The Knife) will bring her highly anticipated live show to North America this Fall. The tour begins with two performances at NYC's Webster Hall, a fitting venue for the launch of Andersson's return to the North American stage. In 2006 Andersson and brother Olof Dreijer - performing together as The Knife - debuted live to U.S. audiences with two sold-out shows at the acclaimed venue. This time, now supported by a four-piece band, Andersson's Fever Ray persona will be the main attraction.No ticket info yet. A short video glimpse of Fevery Ray's live show, other videos, and all dates below...
Swedish multimedia artist Andreas Nilsson - who designed The Knife's live show and directed the video for her debut single "If I had A Heart"- is also the visual mastermind behind Fever Ray's live show. In designing the show Nilsson drew from his experience with the album. "The album has a mixture of acoustic and electronic sounds... something hard and visionary combined with something that is more organic. The live show should embrace that feeling," says Nilsson.
SR photos by Jonny Leather
Fever Ray - out March 24
Shilpa Ray @ Southpaw
Move over Ox, it's the year of the Ray! (ha)...
In the Past few weeks, Shilpa Ray has kicked ass at Le Poisson Rouge, Mercury Lounge, Music Hall of Williamsburg (with the Duke Spirit), and Southpaw. More pictures from the Southpaw show below.
Fans of The Knife will not be disappointed by Fever Ray's haunting new album. Two official videos have been released so far (one yesterday). Watch them both below...
What would you do if one decade into your career you suddenly saw one of your songs turned into a worldwide hit, won six Grammys in your native Sweden, and your latest release was declared album of the year by one of the world's most influential music websites? If you're Karin Dreijer Andersson, formerly singer with '90s pop hopes Honey Is Cool and now one half of The Knife, the answer is to take a couple of years off and return as a solo artist under a new name: Fever Ray.Check out some Honey Is Cool videos below...
In Karin's own words, "I had so many songs to record that I just had to make an album. I thought I was going to have a longer break but I guess it will never happen. I can't stop working. My aim was to finish the album and now that it's done I'm a bit restless (good that The Knife has an opera to write then.) During the last years I discovered that I like to sing too, so I hope that my newly found live band will make it to the stages next year. We are rehearsing and building something beautiful and brilliant."
'If I Had A Heart' is the first single from Fever Ray: a stirring mantra, a boundless loop, a deep sleep spreading over fields and endless oceans. A dark evocation of hope and a demand for "more, give me more". The track will be available digitally on December 16.
Music and lyrics are by Fever Ray with production by Fever Ray & Christoffer Berg. The video for "If I Had a Heart" will be directed by Andreas Nilsson.
Mute will release the debut album physically on March 24th, 2009.
01. Parenthetical Girls - If it's a time for Christmas (2:46)
02. Ween - Silent Night (1:40)
03. Andrew Dost (Anathallo) - Yeah, I Know, It's Christmastime (2:04)
04. The National Splits - Let's Wrap Each Other (2:15)
05. Louis Armstrong - Santa Claus Blues (2:51)
06. Scott Allen (Thunderbirds are Now) - Winters Wonderland (3:50)
07. The Knife - Christmas Reindeer (7:11)
08. Melt Banana - White Christmas (1:42)
09. Thick Pigeon - Jingle Bell Rock (1:30)
10. Steven Garvey - Dreidle, Dreidle, Dreidle (1:11)
11. nullsleep - silent night (2:25)
12. Wild Billy Childish & The Musicians of the British Empire - Santa Claus (3:26)
13. Holly Golightly - Christmas Tree's On Fire (2:54)
14. Deerhoof - xmas tree (2:30)
15. Palace Songs (Will Oldham) - Christmastime in the Mountains (1:30)
16. Woody Guthrie - Hanukkah Dance [Alternate Take] (1:24)
I know it's too early for this, but inspiration hit, so I went with it. Download, support the artists, enjoy, and happy holidays (Thanksgiving or whatever).
Like a pen...in my aching neck....
Like a pen...in my aching neck....
DOWNLOAD: Grizzly Bear/The Knife - Knife/Heartbeats mashup (by PARRKA) (MP3)
Knifeless photo by Lane Coder
in case you missed it: Twelve more Grizzly Bear MP3s
plus: music is art has a live version of "Heartbeats"
BEACH HOUSE opening for fellow Pitchfork fav Grizzly Bear + WAY MORE
The Knife giving away "Christmas Reindeer" MP3
*** Sorry, MUTE Records told me to take the MP3 down ***
The Knife - Christmas Reindeer (MP3)
hippest Christmas song ever. It's pretty good too.
DOWNLOAD: The Cure - Friday I'm in Love (MP3)
first of all - sorry for the lack of updates - it has as much to do with CMJ as it does with this website being completely broken at the moment - those who have tried to leave a comment lately will know what I mean.
LO FI FNK @ GALAPAGOS, BROOKLYN, NY | NOV 01, 2006
"...Not only did they provide a fantastic album earlier this year, but it translated wonderfully in concert. It was the late night dancing and revelry I needed..." [Yeti Don't Dance]
"... Even more danceable was Lo Fi Fnk, who were probably my second favorite band to see of the night..." [benjamin braddock]
Lo Fi Fnk will make you dance - even at 12:35 in the afternoon which is when they make their next appearance at the free BrooklynVegan show downstairs @ Fontana's - on the Lower East Side of Manhattan - TODAY (Friday, November 3rd, 2006). They go on after the Mugs and before Forward Russia! - what a nice way to start the day (or spend your lunch)....
Forward Russia! @ KEXP in NYC | NOV 2, 2006 (CRED / MORE)
DRINK SPECIALS TODAY @ FONTANAS
Fontana's has also agreed to provide $4.00 drinks all day - Bloody Marys, mimosas, domestic beer, and well drinks. I promise next time I'll have drink sponsors - I've learned a lot about how that works this time around.
DJS TODAY @ FONTANAS
As you may or may not know, Fontana's is two floors. The shows are downstairs where the DJs from Finger on the Pulse will be playing songs between the bands. A big dance floor, a pool table, a large bar, and a ton of places to sit are upstairs. That's where we'll have the following lineup of DJs playing all day for your listening pleasure:
DOWNLOAD: Fit For Use mix (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Learning Secrets mix (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: DJ Never Forget (FOP) mix (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Terry Diabolik (FOP) mix (MP3)
SEE YOU THERE
(and if you didn't already, get an MP3 from every artist on this bill)
and see you @ The Annex on Saturday.
and oh yeah, The Knife played 2 shows @ Webster Hall
* Merry Swankster
* The Music Slut
* The Music Issue
* Music Snobbery
* Sound Bites
* Indie Republican
* Play For Shelter
* Zombie Politics
THE KNIFE IN NORWAY (CRED)
One of the most anticipated (and adulated) sets of the weekend came from Swedish siblings Olof and Karin of The Knife. A trip to their webpage bills the Silent Shout tour as "An Audio Visual Experience," and that is no lie. The duo remains behind a black-tinted scrim for the show's duration, with futuristic (and abstract) images projected from both sides. Some will scream "Blue Man Group!" and, frankly, they'll be right. But the body-paint-and-neon mixed with the jittery dance moves and inhuman detachment work with the Swedes' "mysterious" aura (and awesome material). I hear the duo only intended on playing five shows as The Knife; Øya marked their eighth already, and their first US show at Webster Hall will be the twelfth. This means that we Americans are very lucky; "Heartbeats" will kill any (and every) crowd it meets, and I'm sure that the upcoming indoor-club dates will be well-loved bouts of art-school worship and reefer madness. [Amrit Stereogum in Norway]
AND: You'll find a track by the Knife along with 36 other songs for download as part of RNR Star's Summer Mix
"The electro-rock brother-sister duo of Karin and Olof Dreijer--better known to you and me as The Knife--have finally announced their upcoming U.S. tour! Expect lots of masks, great tunes, and omnious synthesizers when the band take the stage this fall in NYC, San Francisco and LA."
THE KNIFE | 2006 TOUR DATES
WED NOV 1st - WEBSTER HALL, NYC
FRI NOV 3rd - MEZZANINE, SF
SAT NOV 4th - EL RAY THEATER, LA
"The Knife return with the magnificent ‘Silent Shout’ (20th Feb), a special limited edition release from their forthcoming album also titled ‘Silent Shout’ (released March 27th). The mesmerising Massive Attack-on-the-autobahn taster single ‘Silent Shout’ is, as you have come to expect from The Knife, backed by some Killer remixes. Williams delivers a rousing acidic re-wiring while Troy Pierce from Ritchie Hawtin’s M_nus records delivers a stunning mind expanding minimal voyage." [Contact Music]
* Stream the Knife's new single & remixes @ Rabid Records
* Scenestars has new MP3s
* Gorilla vs Bear has MP3s too
* Pitchfork gave Silent Shout an 8.6
* Antiville has a video
* STG has a live version of "Heartbeats" for download. (as seen on YANP)
* The BBC is streaming a Knife DJ session (thx pushkar)
* Sony is using Jose Gonzalez' version of Heartbeats in a commercial. Watch it.
* In case you missed it in the comments, Gorilla vs. Bear posted a mashup of the Knife's version with Jose's version.
* GVB also posted a non-Heartbeats track by the Knife