Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis will release his new LP Tied to a Star on August 25 in Europe and day later in the North America via Sub Pop. After sharing "Every Morning", another new track from that album has surfaced. "Wide Awake" features guest vocals from Chan Marshall, aka Cat Power. Listen above (via Stereogum).
Revisit our Cover Story on Cat Power.
Watch Mascis perform "Listen to Me" for Pitchfork.tv:
Tonight, the Detroit Tigers are playing the Chicago White Sox. As promised, Jack White was on hand to throw out the first pitch. A pretty good throw! Santa himself was there to catch the ball, but upon closer inspection, Jack doesn't look too happy about Christmas in July. Watch the pitch below (via Stereogum).
Photo via Instagram
Brent Hinds is a man of many talents. He fronts Mastodon. He co-wrote one of the Black Lips' best new songs. He looks good in a dress. And now, he's revealed another skill: He works with wood. Oh, uh, no pun intended—that large wooden phallus up there was carved by Hinds.
Exclaim pointed out the "giant pawnus", as Hinds called it on Instagram, and described it with the perfect made-up word: Mastodong. Hinds says it's his first carving in over a year. An initial photo, below, was shared two days ago, but as you can see, it's since become more...er...detailed.
And here's their video for "Curl of the Burl":
Photo by Paula Harrowing, from the "Pendulum" video set
After delivering "Two Weeks", FKA Twigs has shared another new track from her forthcoming record LP1 (out August 12). It's called "Pendulum", and she calls it "one of my favourite songs on my record". Listen below.
Read our interview with FKA Twigs.
07-30 Manchester, England - Dancehouse Theatre
07-31 London, England - Heaven
08-06 New York, NY - Webster Hall
08-08 Toronto, Ontario - Danforth
08-09 Montreal, Quebec - Cabaret Du Mile End
08-12 Los Angeles, CA - El Rey
08-13 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
Watch FKA Twigs' video for "Two Weeks":
Photo by Erez Avissar
Last night, Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood performed in London, where he unveiled another new composition, Consequence of Sound reports. Earlier this year, he debuted a new one called "Loop". This one's reportedly titled "Skip Loop". Watch below.
R. Kelly was scheduled to play the Fashion Meets Music Festival, which takes in Columbus, Ohio from August 29-31. However, he will no longer perform after reaching a "mutual decision" with the festival's promoters, as Columbus Alive reports (via Rolling Stone). The decision follows criticism of the festival's promoters for booking Kelly, due to his past child pornography charges and allegations of sexual assault.
"Fashion Meets Music Festival and headlining artist R. Kelly have come to the mutual decision to cancel Kelly's upcoming performance at the inaugural Fashion Meets Music Festival," the festival and Kelly's camp said in a statement, Columbus Alive reports.
A publicist for Kelly also said in a statement to Columbus Alive, "R. Kelly is sorry to disappoint his fans, but looks forward to seeing them in the near future during one of his upcoming tours."
After Kelly was initially announced as the festival's headliner, two scheduled bands, Saintseneca and Damn the Witch Siren, withdrew from the lineup in protest. Additionally, radio station WCBE withdrew its sponsorship of the festival.
"[Starting] on June 25 there was a lot of back and forth on the criticism we did receive, but then also looking at [Kelly] as an artist," festival communications director Melissa Dickson told Columbus Alive. "Then truly the last few weeks … the festival has taken a lot of heat, and we really just wanted to listen to Columbus and really take a stance and move forward."
Kelly was indicted in 2002 on 21 counts of child pornography, which was later reduced to 14. In 2008, he was found not guilty on all charges. He will not be replaced on the bill.
Bon Iver's Justin Vernon produced the new record from North Carolina indie pop band the Rosebuds, which follows 2011's Loud Planes Fly Low. It's titled Sand + Silence, and arrives August 5 via Western Vinyl. (Vernon previously teamed up with the Rosebuds' Ivan Howard in Gayngs). Right now, you can listen in full for free until August 5 via Pitchfork Advance, our immersive music streaming platform designed to emulate the classic album experience.
Mozart's Sister, the one-woman electro-pop project of Caila Thompson-Hannant (formerly of Shapes & Sizes) returns with Being, her debut album and the follow-up to last year's Hello EP. The LP hits shelves August 5 via Asthmatic Kitty. Give it an Advance spin until August 5.
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Earl Sweatshirt and Tyler, the Creator Star in Odd Future's <i> Loiter Squad</i> "Beyond Scared Straight" Parody
A new sketch from Odd Future's "Loiter Squad" comedy show is a parody of A&E's "Beyond Scared Straight". Earl Sweatshirt plays the prison guard who's responsible for getting those rambunctious teens (featuring one Tyler, the Creator, as you can see above) to settle down. There's a twist, as Sweatshirt isn't necessarily who he says he is. Watch it below, via Miss Info.
Read our interview from last year with Earl.
Watch Earl on an episode of Pitchfork.tv's "Over/Under":
Damon Albarn Says New Blur Record "May Never Come Out," Band Didn't Finish Because It Was "Too Hot" Outside
Photo by Kirstie Shanley
Earlier this year, Damon Albarn told NME that Blur had recorded 15 new songs. But, at the time, he noted that this didn't necessarily mean a new Blur record was in order: "Just because you record 15 ideas doesn't mean that you've got an album," he said. Now he's outright stated that the record may never see the light of day.
In an interview with NME, Albarn said the 15 songs were recorded in Hong Kong, but he couldn't come up with lyrics at the time, and the songs may be shelved permanently:
There are about 15 songs we recorded in Hong Kong. The annoying thing is, if I'd been able to write the lyrics there and then about being there, we'd have finished the record. But sometimes, if you can't do it all at once, it dissipates really and I don't know what I'd sing about now with that record. There's some great tunes on there, but it may just be one of those records that never comes out...
I'd do some more work on it. I like making records in short periods of time if I can. It was a different process with 'Everyday Robots' because that was really thought out, but sometimes it's great to get some amazing energy and do something in 10 days. There was too much commuting between where we were staying and where we were recording and it was a bit too hot. I think that's why we didn't get it finished.
Watch the video for "Girls and Boys":
Killer Mike and El-P, aka Run the Jewels, are about to embark on a North American tour, which will precede the follow up LP to last year's Run the Jewels. To celebrate, El-P has shared a snippet of a song called "Blockbuster Night Part 1" that will presumably appear on the record. (Which, judging from El-P's Twitter feed, should be out soon.) Listen to it above, and check out their tour dates below.
RTJ2 is one day away from being fully mixed.— el-p (@therealelp) July 29, 2014
Run the Jewels:
07-31 Salt Lake City, UT - Pioneer Park
08-02 Chicago, IL - Double Door
08-03 Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
08-08 San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands
08-09 Seattle, WA - Showbox
08-11 Victoria, British Columbia - Upstairs Cabaret
08-12 Vancouver, British Columbia - Biltmore
08-13 Calgary, Alberta - Republik
08-14 Edmonton, Alberta - Starlite Room
08-16 Portland, OR - Music Fest Northwest
08-17 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge (El-P solo)
08-22 Denver, CO - Mad Decent Block Party
08-23 Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest
11-07-09 Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
Watch Run the Jewels perform "36" Chain" at the 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival:
Last month, the first three Led Zeppelin albums were reissued in a deluxe, remastered format. Now, reissues of the band's fourth and fifth albums—1971's Led Zeppelin IV and 1973's Houses of the Holy—have been announced. They'll be out October 28 via Atlantic/Swan Song.
As with the first three albums, the reissues of IV and Houses of the Holy were remastered by Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. They'll be available in a variety of formats: CD, deluxe edition CD, vinyl, deluxe edition vinyl, digital download, and a box set that includes all of the above along with a coffee table book filled with Zeppelin ephemera and a print of the cover art.
Both reissues will come with a companion disc of bonus tracks. The IV bonus disc includes "the fabled, alternate 'Stairway to Heaven' mixed at the Sunset Sound Studio in Los Angeles," according to a press release. Check out the tracklists below.
Read Mark Richardson's review of the reissues of Led Zeppelin's first three albums.
01 Black Dog
02 Rock And Roll
03 The Battle of Evermore
04 Stairway To Heaven
05 Misty Mountain Hop
06 Four Sticks
07 Going To California
08 When The Levee Breaks
01 Black Dog (basic track with guitar overdubs)
02 Rock And Roll (alternate mix)
03 The Battle Of Evermore (mandolin/guitar mix from Headley Grange)
04 Stairway To Heaven (Sunset Sound mix)
05 Misty Mountain Hop (alternate mix)
06 Four Sticks (alternate mix)
07 Going To California (mandolin/guitar mix)
08 When The Levee Breaks (alternate UK mix)
Houses of the Holy:
01 The Song Remains The Same
02 The Rain Song
03 Over The Hills And Far Away
04 The Crunge
05 Dancing Days
06 D'yer Mak'er
07 No Quarter
08 The Ocean
01 The Song Remains The Same (guitar overdub reference mix)
02 The Rain Song (mix minus piano)
03 Over The Hills And Far Away (guitar mix backing track)
04 The Crunge (rough mix - keys up)
05 Dancing Days (rough mix with vocal)
06 No Quarter (rough mix with John Paul Jones keyboard overdubs - no vocal)
07 The Ocean (working mix)
Watch Led Zeppelin perform "Over the Hills and Far Away" in 1975:
Cymbals Eat Guitars have a new LP called LOSE out on August 26 via Barsuk. They already shared album opener "Jackson" as well as "Chambers", and today, they let go of another one called "Warning". They've also announced a North American tour alongside Bob Mould.
Cymbals Eat Guitars:
08-20 New Haven, CT - BAR
08-21 Kingston, NY - BSP Kingston
08-22 Rockville Centre, NY - Vibe Lounge
08-24 Asbury Park, NJ - Asbury Lanes
08-26 Brooklyn, NY - Baby's All Right
09-05 Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts *
09-06 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club *
09-10 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom *
09-11 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom *
09-12 Boston, MA - Paradise *
09-13 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *
09-14 Pittsburgh, PA - The Smiling Moose
09-15 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom *
09-16 Detroit, MI - Magic Stick *
09-17 Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall *
09-18 Grand Rapids, MI - Pyramid Scheme
09-19 St. Louis, MO - The Old Rock House *
09-20 Chicago, IL - Schubas Tavern
09-23 Seattle, WA - The Neptune Theatre *
09-24 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom *
09-26 San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore *
09-27 West Hollywood, CA - Roxy Theatre *
09-28 West Hollywood, CA - Roxy Theatre *
10-02 Visalia, CA - Cellar Door
10-03 San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
10-04 Phoenix, AZ - Last Exit
10-05 Tucson, AZ - The Flycatcher
10-07 Denton, TX - Dan's Silverleaf
10-08 Austin, TX - Red 7
10-09 Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
10-10 Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder
10-11 Orlando, FL - Will's Pub
10-12 Atlanta, GA - The Earl
10-13 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
10-14 Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery
* with Bob Mould Band
Watch them perform "And the Hazy Sea" at the 2009 Pitchfork Music Festival:
TV on the Radio have announced their next record, the followup to 2011's Nine Types of Light. It's called Seeds, out this fall on Harvest Records. Watch a trailer below, which the band just posted to their website.
This is the band's first record since the passing of bassist/producer Gerard Smith in April 2011. Last year, singer Tunde Adebimpe confirmed the band had left Interscope (their label since 2006's Return to Cookie Mountain). They also released a pair of tracks in 2013, "Million Miles" and "Mercy", on band member Dave Sitek's Federal Prism label.
Front page photo by Colin Kerrigan
The Red Hot Organization's long in the works Arthur Russell tribute compilation, Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell, is out October 21 via Yep Roc. In addition to Russell covers from Robyn, Hot Chip, Blood Orange, Phosphorescent, Jose Gonzalez, Devendra Banhart, Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry, Scissor Sisters, Cults, and more, it features Sufjan Stevens' rendition of Russell's 1994 track "A Little Lost"—listen above. If you pre-order the album on iTunes, Stevens' cover is available to download instantly.
Here's what Stevens had to say about "A Little Lost":
I like “A Little Lost” because it’s all about kissing. I love kissing. If I could kiss all day, I would. I can’t stop thinking about kissing. I like kissing more than sex because there’s no end to it. You can kiss forever. You can kiss yourself into oblivion. You can kiss all over the body. You can kiss yourself to sleep. And when you wake up, you can’t stop thinking about kissing. Dammit, I can’t get anything done because I’m so busy thinking about kissing. Kissing is madness! But it’s absolute paradise, if you can find a good kisser.
Arthur’s music is all over the place, but most of it seems to be about embracing darkness (loneliness) and ambiguity (confusion) with the biggest bear hug in the world. Catharsis! He didn’t give a shit about fads or fashion even as he was influenced by popular music, club music, and all that shitty art music at the Kitchen. He kind of cobbled it all together to create his own diverse musical language, He was funny as shit (a wordsmith, a master of the innuendo), but also dead serious (and blunt) about the deepness of his feelings, unafraid to express affection in his songs, without pandering or cliche. Arthur was real as shit. You can’t fake realness.
Here's Russell's original "A Little Lost":
Beck Investigates Spooky House, Hangs with Astronauts and the Grim Reaper In New Video For "Heart Is A Drum"
Beck has shared a new video for "Heart Is A Drum". Directed by Sophie Muller, the gothic-styled clip sees the singer wandering about the grounds of a creepy old house, interspersed with a gloomy love story. Over the course of the video, Beck encounters lost astronauts, a wispy woman straight out of a Brontë novel, the grim reaper, and a man wearing white trousers and a jacket/scarf combo that looks strikingly similar to the white outfit he wore in his 1993 video for "Loser". Watch the head-scratching visual for the Morning Phase cut here.
In an especially busy hour for music on late night TV (with Beck on "Colbert" and Jenny Lewis on "Fallon"), Conor Oberst was on hand for the latest episode of "Late Show With David Letterman". Watch him perform the Upside Down Mountain track "Hundreds of Ways".
He talked to Stephen about his new album, calling it "good for massages and aroma therapy". Stephen recommended he sell it at Starbucks with massage oil. Later, he asked, "Why Beck sad?" Beck responded, "I just need a hug." And then, naturally, the two men embraced.
Stephen also asked what his music was like. His answer? "Gentle dub cool-out lounge banjo."
They also talked about his Song Reader sheet music album. Stephen asked, "Were a lot of your fans coming up to you and saying, 'I love your music, I just hate you playing it?'" Beck also said that Jack White and Jeff Tweedy were better at recording his songs than he is, which elicited a big "aww" from the crowd.
"The Heart is a Drum":
Jenny Lewis, formerly of Rilo Kiley, is getting ready to release her new solo LP The Voyager on July 29 via Warner Bros. So tonight, she stopped by "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" to perform her single "Just One of the Guys". In the tradition of that song's music video, a group of female dancers joined in donning track suits and mustaches.
Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina are reportedly suing the Russian government in the European Court of Human Rights over their 2012 imprisonment, The Guardian reports (via Billboard). They're each suing for €120,000 (over $161,000) in compensation and €10,000 (over $13,000) in court fees, saying Russian officials' investigation and prosecution violated their rights and involved torture.
They argue that the Russian government violated four articles of the European convention on human rights, including those that guarantee freedom of expression, liberty, security, and a fair trial, and those that prohibit torture. They're seeking to overturn their criminal conviction in Russia. If they win, they'll transfer compensation to human rights organizations, including their own prisoners’ rights NGO, Zona Prava.
Human rights legal group Agora are representing Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina. Pavel Chikov, the head of Agora, told The Guardian that they're looking to the ECHR because the two women didn't receive a fair trial in Russia.
"Plus they want this case to set a precedent that Russians can speak publicly on sensitive political issues, even if this speech is not supported by majority," Chikov said. "This is a case about freedom of expression and fair trial first of all."
Below, watch Pussy Riot's 2012 performance at a Moscow church, which resulted in their nearly two-year prison terms for "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred".
Revisit our interview with Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina.
In the video for the title track from his Freebase EP, 2 Chainz is paying homage to one of the all-time greatest videos: Michael Jackson's "Thriller". Yes, Chainz wears the red leather jacket (which is referenced, you may recall, in "Feds Watching").
It's a largely faithful homage: He's watching a horror movie with a woman in a poodle skirt, the horror comes to the real world, he turns into a zombie, and he dances (sort of). Sadly, there's no freeze frame at the end where 2 Chainz has werewolf eyes. Regardless, this is essential viewing, so watch it below courtesy of WorldStarHipHop (via The Fader).
Revisit our Guest List with 2 Chainz.
And here's Jackson's original: