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Who from what now?

In any case, that was exactly what all acceptance speeches should be.
posted by ixohoxi at 3:34 AM on January 26, 2010 [4 favorites]


The ONLY thing I thought was:

P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face.
posted by hal_c_on at 3:36 AM on January 26, 2010


Some context: P3 Guld is an award ceremony held by Sveriges Radio. Fever Ray won the dance category. Karin is awesome.
posted by soundofsuburbia at 3:40 AM on January 26, 2010


Apparently this year's Radiation Fashion Zombie Awards were shut down for decontamination, so this had to make do.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 3:42 AM on January 26, 2010


This is Karin Dreijer Andersson from her new project Fever Ray. She was in an electronic duo with her brother called The Knife.
posted by ashaw at 3:43 AM on January 26, 2010


Yeah I think she'll always be "from the Knife."
posted by fire&wings at 3:51 AM on January 26, 2010


Attention-seeking artist seeks attention.
posted by davejay at 3:55 AM on January 26, 2010 [7 favorites]


For more context*, a couple of Fever Ray videos:

When I Grow Up

If I Had A Heart

And a couple of videos from The Knife:

Marble House

We Share Our Mother's Health


*OK, for more context and because I wanted an excuse to watch them again because they're sweet.
posted by louche mustachio at 4:00 AM on January 26, 2010 [3 favorites]


Here I was actually thinking it might be some sort of commentary on the fact that in parts of the world, women are forced to hide their faces, and are nearly-routinely deformed by acid attacks if they dare stand up for themselves. But no, probably not that.
posted by explosion at 4:07 AM on January 26, 2010 [11 favorites]


Eventually, this happens to your face for real.
posted by Faze at 4:07 AM on January 26, 2010


Best acceptance speech ever.
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 4:08 AM on January 26, 2010 [2 favorites]


EVER.
posted by gman at 4:16 AM on January 26, 2010


explosion if it had been that she would have gotten extra gold stars for awesome.
posted by dabitch at 4:17 AM on January 26, 2010


I met Karin the other day and she was like all kinds of eccentric and shit...
posted by Dumsnill at 4:22 AM on January 26, 2010


I gotta say I assumed (with no context) she was making the point explosion mentioned.
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed at 4:23 AM on January 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


Now Karin, I'm really happy for you and I'ma let you finish...
posted by felix betachat at 4:29 AM on January 26, 2010


The ONLY thing I thought was:

P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face.


EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWH

it'd come off on your finger
posted by litleozy at 4:47 AM on January 26, 2010 [5 favorites]


Previously:

2007: Grammis award acceptance video (click "more info" for translation).

2004: Grammis award accepted by the art collective "unfucked pussy" sporting gorilla masks, in a protest against male dominance in the music industry.

(Grammis is the Swedish Grammy).
posted by effbot at 4:56 AM on January 26, 2010


Hooray for not taking awards shows seriously. I loved how all of The Knife's promo shots were of them in masks or makeup because I just really enjoy the illusion of the music coming from something somewhat non-human, so much so that I was kind of upset when I saw an interview with them on YouTube and they turned out to be normal people after all. It's just fun when there's an aesthetic beyond the music that can ultimately add to the atmosphere of the experience. Glorifying celebrity musicians in awards shows is just lame, such an odd cultural phenomenon, the continuing profitability of which I don't understand.
posted by palidor at 4:57 AM on January 26, 2010 [3 favorites]


This is a commentary on what happens when you smoke the shit you bang out of your upturned keyboard.
posted by turgid dahlia at 5:01 AM on January 26, 2010


Now's the time on Shprockets when we dahnce!
posted by fungible at 5:03 AM on January 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


Genius.

She has only recently started even giving interviews. It's fascinating to see how she resolves the paradox of brilliant, but very personal music and growing popular acclaim.

Lady GaGa's creation is, in contrast, is a very public persona, but little in the way of personal music.
posted by BadMiker at 5:09 AM on January 26, 2010


something somewhat non-human

This. Here is a great example. Aliens have landed. They appear able to write and perform some fucking incredible music.
posted by fire&wings at 5:19 AM on January 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


Uh, the chick from The Knife? I was expecting something weird.
posted by King Bee at 5:21 AM on January 26, 2010


That was great - I bet she was all like - "Oh yeah, Bjork/Ga-ga Lady you think you got some moves? Check THIS!


mhhhhhmhhhh. aeeehea. ffffhhhraaaaaaahrf.
posted by From Bklyn at 5:24 AM on January 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


It just ain't easy being cool these days. You gotta put a lot of work into it.
posted by gman at 5:33 AM on January 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


I like to imagine an alternative universe where she dresses up in a weird costume under a weird costume and then doesn't win. She goes home and carefully removes the grotesque mask of make-up disappointed that she never got the chance to show it off. She sits down in an old chair. A cloud of dust rises up from it invisible in the relative dark of the room.
posted by I Foody at 5:33 AM on January 26, 2010 [10 favorites]


Excellent. I was pretty disappointed at how relatively little props Fever Ray got in the round of 2009 best of lists. That was also my introduction to The Knife, and was a definite musical high point for me last year.
posted by hwestiii at 5:40 AM on January 26, 2010


Pfft. Mickey Rourke did that just last week at the Golden Globes.
posted by jimmythefish at 5:51 AM on January 26, 2010 [7 favorites]


I should really give the Fever Ray album another try. I so deeply loved Silent Shout and Heartbeats has to be one of the best synthy pop songs ever, but for whatever reason the Fever Ray solo adventure left me cold. And not in the way I wanted it to.

Oh yeah, for those fans of The Knife who haven't heard about it, they helped score a bizarre opera inspired by Charles Darwin recently. So that's, well, yeah. They made a song from it available (extra link), and it's definitely unique.
posted by palidor at 5:55 AM on January 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


Attention-seeking artist seeks attention.

No, it's more like "Artist does something interesting with attention she is given". I loved the looks on the faces of the two guys that the camera cut to towards the end. Confusion and hesitance, then (seemingly) delight at being made to feel that way.
posted by dammitjim at 6:04 AM on January 26, 2010 [3 favorites]


It would be a pleasure if all of the red carpet appearances at the Oscars took a cue from this trailblazer.
posted by blucevalo at 6:10 AM on January 26, 2010


Lady Gaga was wearing a similar red hat/mask at the VMAs, so I was expecting the spectacle to end at that. So wrong.
posted by seliopou at 6:40 AM on January 26, 2010


louche mustachio: For more context*, a couple of Fever Ray videos: When I Grow Up...


Looks like the dance version of Jodie Foster's Nell:)
posted by Jody Tresidder at 7:38 AM on January 26, 2010


Needs more ketamine.
posted by Theta States at 8:21 AM on January 26, 2010


Oh yeah, for those fans of The Knife who haven't heard about it, they helped score a bizarre opera inspired by Charles Darwin recently. So that's, well, yeah. They made a song from it available (extra link), and it's definitely unique.
I've been listening to it once, for what seems like the last 35 minutes. Damn this song is long, but awesome. At the end it seems like they just threw some oboes in just to musically say "Yeah, and what!? Oboes, bitch."
posted by cashman at 8:24 AM on January 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


uhh... what?
posted by ph00dz at 8:31 AM on January 26, 2010


Now Karin, I'm really happy for you and I'ma let you finish...
posted by felix betachat at 4:29 AM on January 26 [+] [!]


damn. beat me to it, but exactly what I was thinking...
posted by beelzbubba at 8:37 AM on January 26, 2010


Attention-seeking artist seeks attention.

I will never understand this criticism of pop stars for, essentially, doing their jobs.
posted by speicus at 8:46 AM on January 26, 2010


I'm very sorry. I forgot that the de rigueur way to get people's attention in today's polite society is to make a sex tape. My bad.
posted by speicus at 8:48 AM on January 26, 2010


The ONLY thing I thought was:
P-p-p-poker face, p-p-poker face.


More like: Silly P-P-P-Putty Face
posted by Atom Eyes at 8:49 AM on January 26, 2010 [1 favorite]


Oh yeah, for those fans of The Knife who haven't heard about it, they helped score a bizarre opera inspired by Charles Darwin recently. So that's, well, yeah. They made a song from it available (extra link), and it's definitely unique.

I couldn't get into Fever Ray and only some of The Knife, but that's freaking awesome.
posted by juv3nal at 11:12 AM on January 26, 2010


Attention-seeking artist seeks attention.
Heaven forbid an artist be an artist.
posted by june made him a gemini at 1:24 PM on January 26, 2010


There were no subtitles and I don't speak lizard people. Can anyone translate?
posted by chairface at 2:34 PM on January 26, 2010


Something about invading earth, but I'm sure Dr. Who will stop her.
posted by Snyder at 9:34 AM on January 27, 2010


I just spent about an hour crafting a post only to find ashaw beat me to it by several days...

Posted here for posterity:

Karin Dreijer Andersson, one half of the Swedish electro-pop group The Knife (best known for single "heartbeats") and former lead vocalist and guitarist in Honey is Cool released a solo album under the name Fever Ray in 2009. Known for her alternately deep and shrill voice and creative videos, Andersson recently was awarded a Swedish National Radio P3 “Gold” for best dance as Fever Ray. This is her acceptance speech; Pitchfork calls it the best acceptance speech of all time.
Relevant Videos:

Fever Ray - When I grow Up
Fever Ray - Keep the Streets Empty For Me
Fever Ray - Triangle Walks
Fever Ray - Seven

The Knife - Heartbeats
The Knife - We Share Our Mother's Health
The Knife - Pass this on
The Knife - Marble House
The Knife - You Take My Breath Away

Honey is Cool - Nach Heart
posted by schyler523 at 7:03 AM on January 30, 2010 [2 favorites]


I hate that Karin is being referred to in the same breath as bloody Gaga. One is hugely creative, talented; the other is effin' Gaga.
posted by Lleyam at 6:50 AM on January 31, 2010


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