The cassette revival isn't just for internet think pieces: It was the subject of an "NBC Nighty News" segment that aired on Sunday night, as Stereogum points out. As NBC's Kate Snow puts it: "When the CD came along we chucked all those old cassettes, but guess what? They're back!" Watch it below.
The segment focused on the National Audio Company, a tape manufacturing plant in Missouri. There are interviews with the plant's employees, close-up action footage of the tapes being produced, shots of tapes by Diet Cig, and a brief interview with Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin's Philip Dickey.
Read "This Is Not a Mixtape", Marc Hogan's feature on cassette culture.
Lushlife Enlists Killer Mike, Ariel Pink, Marissa Nadler, RJD2, Freeway, More for New Album <i>Ritualize</i>
Raj Haldar, the Philadelphia rapper/producer known as Lushlife, will release his new album Ritualize February 19, 2016 via Western Vinyl. It's co-produced by CSLSX and features contributions from Killer Mike, Ariel Pink, Marissa Nadler, Freeway, RJD2, I Break Horses, Deniro Farrar, and more. Find the tracklist below, and above, listen to "Body Double", which debuted on Ezra Koenig's Beats 1 show "Time Crisis" yesterday.
Lushlife discussed the album's creation in a statement:
After toiling over two self-produced LPs in the last half-decade, I felt compelled to bring on an outside production team for Ritualize. Not only did I want to broaden the musical palette, but I felt like the group production effort would give me a depth of focus on lyrical content and emotion that I hadn't previously been afforded.
01 Totally Mutual Feeling
02 The Waking World [ft. I Break Horses]
03 Hong Kong (Lady of Love) [ft. Ariel Pink]
04 Incantation [ft. Deniro Farrar]
05 Undress Me in the Temple
06 Body Double
07 Toynbee Suite [ft. RJD2, Nightlands, Yikes the Zero]
08 Strawberry Mansion [ft. Freeway]
09 This Ecstatic Cult [ft. Killer Mike]
10 Burt Reynolds (Desert Visions)
11 Integration Loop [ft. Marissa Nadler]
On November 16, Mis Ojos Discos will release a new double EP from A Sunny Day in Glasgow called Planning Weed Like It's Acid / Life Is Loss. The follow-up to Sea When Absent and the New Christmas Classics tape is a collection of songs written and recorded after their 2014 tour. Listen to "Jet Black, Starlit" below, and find the release's cover art and tracklist.
In a statement, the band talked about the double EP's creation:
Everyone wrote songs and then steered their songs to completion, with everyone else chiming in with whatever they thought would make it better. Or they didn’t, and that was fine too. We wanted a music making process that worked at the speed of satisfaction, and once we were rolling our only satisfaction would be these songs, in the world—now. Whoever wanted to, played whatever instrument they felt like playing. Josh played roto toms on a few songs; Adam laid down a rad bass solo; Jen played the pan flute; etc… This band has never had big egos but what little there was went out the window. Any “stakes” were very consciously locked behind good times and hanging out.
The end product is what we wanted—a bunch of songs written, recorded and mixed at light-speed (for this band). That we love the songs is a wonderful byproduct of everything else. And we feel great—can’t wait for the next one. Meanwhile, we are trying to schedule a time when everyone can get high and that email chain is really bumming me out.
They also added:
In 2015 you can’t get vinyl pressed in less than 6 months, so hello CDs (and mp3/streaming, of course)! It’s actually better this way…perfect, in fact. You should buy the CD, put it in your microwave for a few seconds, watch the pretty green flame, and then stream it. Further join in the modern excess drowning us all. It’s all good. Life is loss.
Planning Weed Like It's Acid / Life Is Loss:
01 Jet Black, Starlit
02 Hey, You're Mine
04 Follow Me (Only)
05 Jewelry Duty
06 Days & More Nights
07 Recognizing Patterns
08 Dedicate Your Love to Silence, Talk About the Loss (Sentimental Ghosts)
09 I Can't Live Without Your Love
Today, Pitchfork.tv presents a new episode of "Over/Under", the interview series in which artists evaluate a series of random topics, declaring if they're overrated or underrated. In this episode, Josh Tillman (aka Father John Misty) and his wife Emma discuss the Red Hot Chili Peppers ("They're misunderstood"), their marriage, flying first class, and more. Josh also does an impression of a kid doing an impression of his parent using a smartphone. Watch their assessments below.
Photo by Rankin
Grimes has announced a European tour, dubbed the "Ac!d Reign" tour, to promote her forthcoming new album. She'll be joined by HANA. Check out all the upcoming dates below, including her imminent North American "Rhinestone Cowgirls" tour.
10-24 Santa Ana, CA - Growlers Beach Goth Party Festival *
10-26 Vancouver, British Columbia - Commodore *
10-27 Portland, OR - Wonder *
10-28 Seattle, WA - The Showbox *
10-31 San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
11-02 Los Angeles, CA - Mayan
11-04 New York City, NY - Guggenheim
11-07 Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Festival
11-09 New Orleans, LA - Republic
11-10 Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
11-11 Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theatre
11-13 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
11-14 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
11-16 New York, NY - Terminal 5
11-20 Boston, MA - Paradise
11-21 Montreal, Quebec - Metropolis
11-22 Toronto, Ontario - Danforth
11-25 Chicago, IL - Metro
02-17 Berlin, Germany - Astra ^
02-18 Hamburg, Germany - Docks ^
02-20 Frankfurt, Germany - Gibson ^
02-21 Cologne, Germany - Live Music Hall ^
02-23 Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller ^
02-24 Stockholm, Sweden - Munchen Brewery ^
02-26 Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega ^
02-28 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso ^
02-29 Utrecht, Netherlands - Tivoli ^
03-02 Luxembourg, Luxembourg - Den Atelier ^
03-03 Brussels, Belgium - AB ^
03-04 Paris, France - Trianon ^
03-06 Bristol, England - Anson Rooms ^
03-07 Leeds, England - Beckett Uni ^
03-08 Nottingham, England - Rock City ^
03-10 London, England - O2 Brixton Academy ^
03-11 Birmingham, England - Institute ^
03-12 Manchester, England - Academy ^
03-13 Glasgow, Scotland - ABC ^
03-15 Dublin, Ireland - Olympia ^
* with Nicole Dollanganger
^ with HANA
Watch Grimes perform "Genesis" at the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival:
Photo by Tom Gould
Tonight in Trondheim, Norway, Action Bronson left the stage in the middle of a performance and didn't come back, Dusken.no reports. According to the UKA Festival, at which he was performing, the mid-set cancellation was due to "medical reasons."
We have reached out to his representatives for comment.
Last year, Bronson had to cancel his set at Trondheim's Pstereo Festival because he lost his voice.
Migos and Young Thug took to social media to announce that a collaborative mixtape called MigoThuggin is coming. "THE TAPE OTW," wrote Thug in the below Instagram post, which teases a track featuring the line, "I feel like breaking Offset out the pin." That's apparently the artwork above.
Read our feature, "Chaos Theory: The Glorious Unpredictability of Young Thug".
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Watch Migos perform "Handsome and Wealthy" at Pitchfork's SXSW party:
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Drake headlined Austin City Limits Music Festival last night, and during the performance, he announced that he "tried to put something special together" for the city of Austin. Then, as Billboard reports, Future walked out and performed three Dirty Sprite 2 tracks: "Fuck Up Some Commas", "Trap Niggas", and his Drake collaboration "Where Ya At". Then, they delivered the live debut of their What a Time to Be Alive tracks “Jumpman” and “Big Rings”. Check out some footage below.
After the show, Drake wrote, "Thank you to my brother Future for giving Austin a moment."