The Jet Age of Tomorrow: "ON!" on SoundCloud.
Among the many Odd Future side projects and offshoots is a group called the Jet Age of Tomorrow, made up of Matt Martians (also of the Internet) and Hal Williams (aka Pyramid Vritra). On Friday, May 24, they'll release a free album called The JellyFish Mentality, via Oddfuture.com. It features a collage of Odd Future-affiliated collaborators that include Earl Sweatshirt, Domo Genesis, Hodgy Beats, Mac Miller, Kilo Kish, production from SBTRKT, and more.
Above, listen to an alternate mix of "ON!"
The Jellyfish Mentality:
01 Warping Walls
02 Special K (Wombats)
03 Desert N' The Dark (JAOT Dub) [ft. the Stepkids]
05 Juney Jones [ft. Mac Miller and Speak]
06 Panic on Pluto (interlude) [produced by SBTRKT and Matt Martians]
07 Not So Scary [ft Kilo Kish]
08 Love in Water
09 Lily Pads
10 A Place Where Lovers Go [ft. Jesse Boykins III]
11 Machines Machines (interlude)
12 One Take [ft. Earl Sweatshirt and Casey Veggies]
15 The Door's Door
16 Asia [ft Mike G]
18 Wonderful World [ft. Domo Genesis and Vince Staples]
19 Naked [ft. Hodgy Beats]
20 Airport (interlude)
Photo by Will Deitz
Following his performance at Primavera Sound this week, James Blake will continue touring in support of his album Overgrown. He'll play several festivals and international dates before routing across the North America once again in late summer/fall (including the previously-announced set at Drake's OVO Fest).
05-24 Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound Festival
05-29 Madrid, Spain - Sala Capital
05-30 Porto, Portugal - Optimus Primavera Sound
06-01 Dublin, Ireland - Forbidden Fruit
06-04-05 Tokyo, Japan - Studio Coast
06-06 Nagoya, Japan - Club Diamond Hall
06-07 Osaka, Japan - Hatch
06-22 Istanbul, Turkey - Efes One Love Festival
06-23 Hvar Island, Croatia - FOR Festival
06-30 Pilton, England - Glastonbury Festival
07-04 Paris, France - Cité de la Musique
07-05 Amsterdam, Netherlands - PITCH Festival
07-06 Werchter, Belgium - Rock Werchter
07-07 Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
07-14 Montreux, Switzerland - Montreux Jazz Festival
07-16 Athens, Greece - Ejekt Festival
07-19 Berlin, Germany - Melt Festival
07-21 Beccles, England - Latitude Festival
07-25 Perth, Australia - Astor Theater
07-26 Perth, Australia - Astor Theater
07-28 Byron Bay, Australia - Splendour in the Grass
07-29 Sydney, Australia - Sydney Opera House
07-30 Sydney, Australia - Sydney Opera House
07-31 Melbourne, Australia - The Palais Theatre
08-02 Auckland, New Zealand - Town Hall
08-09 Oslo, Norway - Øya Festival
08-10 Gothenburg, Sweden - Way Out West Festival
08-17 St. Pölten, Austria - FM4 Frequency Festival
08-31 Zurich, Switzerland - Zurich Openair
09-13 Portmeirion, England - Festival No. 6
09-18 Glasgow, England - O2 ABC
09-20 Manchester, England - Ritz
09-21 Birmingham, England - Institute
09-22 Oxford, England - O2 Academy
09-24 Bristol, England - O2 Academy
09-25-26 London, England - O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
10-06 Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
10-08 Berlin, Germany - Tempodrom
10-09 Munich, Germany - Muffathalle
10-10 Cologne, Germany - E-Werk
10-12 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
10-13 Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
10-14 Paris, France - Trianon
10-22 Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern
10-23 Los Angeles, CA - The Hollywood Forever Cemetery
10-24 San Diego, CA - House of Blues
10-25 Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
10-27 Dallas, TX - House of Blues
10-28 Austin, TX - Emo's
10-29 Houston, TX - House of Blues
10-30 New Orleans, LA - Republic
10-31 Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
11-02 Washington, D.C. - 9:30 Club
11-03 Washington, D.C. - 9:30 Club
11-04 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
11-05 Boston, MA - House of Blues
11-06 New York, NY - Terminal 5
11-07 New York, NY - Terminal 5
11-09 Montreal, Quebec - Metropolis
11-11 Ann Arbor, MI - Michigan Theater
11-13 Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
11-14 Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom
11-15 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
11-16 Iowa City, IA - The Englert Theatre
11-19 Vancouver, British Columbia - Vogue Theatre
11-20 Seattle, WA - Showbox Sodo
11-21 Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
Watch a Pitchfork.tv video about Blake at 2011's Primavera:
Last week, Beck announced that he'll finally play material from his 2012 songbook-only album, Song Reader, in London this summer. But, it turns out, that will not be his first Song Reader performance. As Stereogum points out, Beck performed two songs from Song Reader at Santa Cruz's Rio Theater last night. Check out footage of "Sorry" and "Heaven's Ladder" below.
The upcoming Song Reader concert, at London's Barbican on July 4, will feature performances of all 20 compositions. Beck will be accompanied by Pulp's Jarvis Cocker, Franz Ferdinand, Beth Orton, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Joan Wasser (aka Joan As Police Woman), Villagers' Conor J O’Brien, the Staves, Guillemots, Michael Kiwanuka, James Yorkston, the Pictish Trail, and more to be announced.
Revisit Ryan Dombal's 2012 interview with Beck regarding Song Reader here.
Photos by Christian Torres
On Saturday, Liars performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, in the room holding the remains of the ancient Egyptian Temple of Dendur. Our photographer Christian Torres documented the show. Check out a selection of shots after the jump, then head over to our slideshow and Facebook page for even more photos.
Alex Zhang Hungtai's new Dirty Beaches double album Drifters/Love Is the Devil is out this week via Zoo Music. The video for "Casino Lisboa", helmed by LyingBoss, splices together footage of Hungtai and the band with scenes from a city's nightlife: boxers, motorcycles, strippers, and more.
Smith Westerns: "3am Spiritual" on SoundCloud.
Chicago boys Smith Westerns will release their new album Soft Will on June 25 via Mom + Pop in the U.S. and June 24 via Co-Op in Europe. They've just shared that album's opening track, "3am Spiritual".
07-21 Nashville, TN - Exit In
07-23 Washington, DC - Black Cat
07-24 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
07-26 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
07-27 Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
07-28 Montreal, Quebec - Cabaret Mile End
07-29 Toronto, Ontario - Lee's Palace
08-02 Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
08-05 Kansas City, MO - The Riot Room
08-06 Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
08-07 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
08-09 San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands Festival
08-10 Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
08-11 Pomona, CA - The Glass House
08-12 San Diego, CA - Casbah
08-15 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
08-16 Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
08-17 Vancouver, British Columbia - Electric Owl
08-20 Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater
10-04-06 Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Festival
10-11-13 Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Festival
Here's their video for "Varsity":
The next step in the unveiling of Kanye West's Yeezus is a pre-order listing on iTunes (sans track titles). Yes, that molten-metal jewel case image is the art. There are 14 tracks listed, the first 13 of which are listed at the length of 3:02. The last is 3:01. If you subscribe to the theory that Friday night's 66 projection locations were meant to signify the 66 books of the Bible, you might also assume that 3:02 and 3:01 are references to passages in the Bible. (Or, they could just be iTunes placeholder track lengths.)
Yeezus is set to arrive on June 18. Watch Kanye's performances of "Black Skinhead" and "New Slaves" on this weekend's "Saturday Night Live":
Tame Impala's bassist, Nick Allbrook, has left the band. He played his last show with them at Perth's Belvoir Amphitheatre on Saturday night, and will be replaced by Cam Avery, who plays in Pond, a band fronted by Allbrook.
A post on Tame Impala's website stated that Allbrook was "hopping off the Tame Impala band wagon so that he can try and screw his head back on, and make an attempt to assimilate back into society. A task the rest of us fear we will one day have to perform...."
Allbrook told NME, "All bands and projects and stuff will keep going, it's just hard to keep them all going if you're touring all the time. The only bad part will be not seeing my mates every day. I love them more than anything."
Tame Impala continue to tour last year's Lonerism, and will play this weekend's Primavera Sound Festival. Check out their tour dates below, followed by a Pitchfork.tv film of the band performing "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards".
05-23 Barcelona, Spain - Primavera
05-25 The Gorge, WA - Sasquatch Festival
05-26 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
05-27 Vancouver, British Columbia - Commodore Ballroom
05-29 Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
06-17 Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle
06-18 Richmond, VA - The National
06-19 Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
06-25 London, England - Hammersmith Apollo
06-26 Paris, France - Olympia Hall
07-03 Berlin, Germany - Astra
07-04 Gdynia, Poland - Open’er
07-11 Toulouse, France - Le Bikini
07-13 Madrid, Spain - La Riviera
07-14 Lisbon, Portugal - Optimus Alive
Last night was the Billboard Music Awards, and it featured some huge performances. Prince was named Billboard's Icon ("Q.U.E.E.N." buddies Janelle Monáe and Erykah Badu presented the award) and kicked off a medley with "Let's Go Crazy", Miguel did "Adorn" (and accidentally scissorkicked a woman in the audience-- naturally, there's already a .gif; replay below), Icona Pop did "I Love It", and Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne teamed up for "High School".
Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne:
Last night's episode of "The Simpsons", titled "The Saga of Carl", featured music and a fleeting guest appearance from a "Simpsons"-ized Sigur Rós (and Björk's famed swan dress). In the episode, Homer's buddy Carl flees to his home country, Iceland. Watch the episode here (Björk flashes up around 11:15, Sigur Rós at 17:20), and view stills of both appearances below.
The Lonely Island (Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer) are releasing The Wack Album on June 11 via Republic. After sharing "YOLO", "Spring Break Anthem", and "I Fucked My Aunt", they're back with "Diaper Money". Watch as they boast hard about having kids and being married.
Kanye West's album Yeezus is out June 18 via Def Jam. Last night, Kanye's girlfriend Kim Kardashian shared an Instagram photo featuring a CD and the hashtag #Yeezus. According to several sources, the above artwork surfaced on a KanyeWest.com pre-order page for the album earlier today. The pre-order link has now been taken down and redirects to the homepage. Thanks to reader Jon Levert for the hi-rez artwork.
Details about the LP are still pretty loose, but we do know that it probably features the tracks "New Slaves" (the Frank Ocean-featuring track that he projected on buildings all over the world) and "Black Skinhead" (which he performed on "SNL"). The Haxan Cloak and Evian Christ contributed beats, and rumors have been circulating about collaborations from Daft Punk, Skrillex, Chief Keef, Young Chop, TNGHT, Odd Future, King L, and more.
Watch "New Slaves" projected onto the side of a building in Williamsburg, Brooklyn:
Last night, producer and Random Access Memories collaborator Todd Edwards shared his own BBC Essential Mix (like Thom Yorke, Hot Chip, Nicolas Jaar, Rustie, and James Blake before him). His two-hour set features Daft Punk, David Bowie, Prince, My Morning Jacket, Disclosure, Jessie Ware, Chic, Giorgio Moroder, and more. Listen and find the full tracklist here (via Consequence of Sound).
Anthony Moore, aka house producer and singer Romanthony, has died. The cause of death has not been revealed, but his sister Mellony confirmed via Facebook that he passed away on May 7.
Moore was a key collaborator on Daft Punk's 2001 album Discovery, providing vocals on "One More Time" and "Too Long". In recent years, he had also worked with Teengirl Fantasy on their 2012 LP Tracer. He ran his own label, Black Male Records, and released four albums, ending with 2000's R. Hide in Plain Sight. Prior to his death, he had been working with Boys Noize, who have paid tribute via Twitter. They wrote that they had been working on new music together, including what they say Moore had called "the best song he had ever written."
In a 2001 interview, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo talked of Daft Punk's relationship with Romanthony (via Billboard): "We met him at the 1996 Winter Music Conference and became friends. What's odd is that Romanthony and Todd Edwards are not big in the United States at all. Their music had a big effect on us. The sound of their productions-- the compression, the sound of the kick drum and Romanthony's voice, the emotion and soul-- is part of how we sound today. Because they mean something to us, it was much more important for us to work with them than with other big stars."
Listen to Romanthony's "Hold On":
Watch: Carrie Brownstein, Kim Gordon, J Mascis, More Say Goodbye to Fred Armisen on "Saturday Night Live"
In addition to two explosive performances from Kanye West, tonight's season finale of "Saturday Night Live" also featured a send-off to Fred Armisen, who left the show after 11 years. Armisen, in the guise of his punk character Ian Rubbish, lead an all-star group in a performance of an original song that seems to be called "It's a Lovely Day".
Joining Armisen and "SNL" cast members Bill Hader (also marking his final "SNL" episode), Jason Sudeikis, and Taran Killam were Armisen's "Portlandia" co-star Carrie Brownstein, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis, Aimee Mann, Michael Penn, and the Sex Pistols' Steve Jones.
Armisen has a long history of involvement in indie music. Before launching to fame with "SNL", he drummed in the Chicago band Trenchmouth and was married to Sally Timms of the Mekons. He released a fake drum instructional DVD on Drag City under the name Jens Hannemann. He has worked with bands including Les Savy Fav, Man Man, Interpol, and Joanna Newsom. "Portlandia" has featured a long list of musician guest stars like Newsom, St. Vincent, Johnny Marr, Isaac Brock, and more, and Armisen and Brownstein brought the show on tour in 2011-2012. Earlier this year, he appeared on Rachael Ray's show singing the praises of Death Grips. Most recently, he released a free EP of Ian Rubbish songs and opened for Vampire Weekend.
Watch a Pitchfork.tv interview with Armisen:
Tonight was the season finale of "Saturday Night Live". Musical guest Kanye West performed twice. First, he debuted a loud, relentless new track called "Black Skinhead", featuring screaming vocals and pounding drums, backed by projected images of snarling dogs and various slogans (including "new slaves" and "not for sale"). Last night, Kanye projected video of new track "New Slaves" on buildings across the world. He performed "New Slaves" as the second song of his performance, but only the first half (not the second, featuring Frank Ocean).
Watch video of both below, via Mr. World Premiere.
Ben Affleck hosted the episode of "SNL".
Both tracks are rumored to be on his new album, apparently titled Yeezus and out June 18.
Earlier this week, at a surprise show during Adult Swim's Upfront event, Kanye went on a rant about celebrity culture, saying "Somebody asked me, 'When you do SNL, is you going to do a skit about the paparazzi and shit? And humanize yourself?... I ain't here to apologize to no motherfuckers, man....I ain't runnin' for office." He then appeared in promos for the episode alongside Affleck and Fred Armisen.
Photo by Will Dietz
Following last night's worldwide blowout premiere of the video for new track "New Slaves", Rap-Up reports that Kanye West's new album is called Yeezus and is out June 18 (as suspected) through Def Jam.
Update: Kim Kardashian, Kanye's girlfriend, Instagrammed the following image, writing "#Yeezus #RedYeezy's #SNL #Tonight #NewSlaves #YeezySeason #Donda #June18"
The follow-up to 2010's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and 2011's Jay-Z collaboration Watch the Throne is rumored to include collaborations with Daft Punk, Skrillex, Chief Keef, Young Chop, TNGHT, Odd Future, and more. Frank Ocean appears on "New Slaves". Other tracks rumored to be included are "I Am a God" and "Awesome".
Kanye is the musical guest on "Saturday Night Live" tonight.
Watch "New Slaves" projected onto the side of a building in Williamsburg, Brooklyn:
Queens of the Stone Age were guests on the BBC program "Later... With Jools Holland" once again last night. They did another track from their forthcoming album ...Like Clockwork, "If I Had a Tail", this time joined by Boneface-- the masked artist behind their album cover and music videos.
...Like Clockwork is out June 4 via Matador.
Tonight Kanye West has proven himself both an innovator in the art of the album announce. After much speculation, he unveiled information about the follow-up to 2010's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, via images projected on buildings across the world, starting with the corner of Bedford and North 7th in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Kanye's website has posted a map of the world, indicating where similar actions will take place throughout the night in cities throughout the world.
After tonight's events, we can only imagine what kind of Kanye-isms he's got cooked up for his "Saturday Night Live" performance tomorrow night.
Peter Hook to Perform New Order LPs <i>Movement</i> and <i> Power, Corruption & Lies</i> on North American Tour
This fall, ex-New Order bassist Peter Hook and his band the Light will continue taking their full-album New Order shows on the road. They're coming to North America, performing 1981's Movement and 1983's Power, Corruption & Lies from front-to-back. They'll also play singles and B-sides like “Everything’s Gone Green”, “Temptation”, and “Blue Monday”.
One date, at Chicago's Riot Fest, will feature a Joy Division set. This summer, Hook and the Light will also tour Europe.
The reunited New Order lineup, which does not include Peter Hook, will also be touring throughout the summer.
Watch New Order's video for "Temptation" after the dates.
05-25 Bristol, England - The Amphitheatre (DJ Set)
05-26 Brighton, England - Life Club (DJ Set)
06-01 Yorkshire, England - Crooked Ways Festival (Movement/Power, Corruption and Lies set)
06-15 Glasgow, Scotland - The Arches (DJ Set)
06-21 London, England - The Coronet (New Order Electronic set)
06-23 Macclesfield, England - Barnaby Festival (Unknown Pleasures/Closer set)
07-20 Nottingham, England - Splendour In Nottingham (Movement/Power, Corruption and Lies set)
07-23 Buxton, England - Buxton Opera House (Movement/Power, Corruption and Lies set)
07-26 Hyeres, France - MIDI Festival (Unknown Pleasures set)
08-11 Blackpool, England - Rebellion Festival (Unknown Pleasures set)
09-10 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club (Movement/Power, Corruption and Lies set) *
09-13 New York, NY - Webster Hall (Movement/Power, Corruption and Lies set) *
09-14 Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero (Movement/Power, Corruption and Lies set) *
09-15 Chicago, IL - Riot Fest (Joy Division set)
09-18 Montreal, Quebec - Club Soda (Movement/Power, Corruption and Lies set) *
09-19 Toronto, Ontario - The Hoxton (Movement/Power, Corruption and Lies set) *
09-21 Los Angeles, CA - Fonda Theatre (Movement/Power, Corruption and Lies set) *
09-23 Vancouver, British Columbia - Venue (Movement/Power, Corruption and Lies set) *
09-25 Seattle, WA - Neumos (Movement/Power, Corruption and Lies set) *
09-26 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom (Movement/Power, Corruption and Lies set) *
09-27 San Francisco, CA - Mezzanine (Movement/Power, Corruption and Lies set) *
09-28 Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre (Movement/Power, Corruption and Lies set) *
* with Slaves of Venus