Mac DeMarco was the musical guest on "Conan" last night. (It was a rare late night TV appearance aside from that time he got assaulted on "The Eric André Show".) Watch him perform the Salad Days track "Let Her Go" below.
Read our Cover Story on DeMarco (where it's revealed that "Let Her Go" was recorded specifically so his label could pitch "an upbeat single" to late night TV shows).
Watch Pitchfork.tv's Mac DeMarco documentary "Pepperoni Playboy":
My Morning Jacket's new album The Waterfall is out May 4. After sharing the single "Big Decisions", the band have shared another new one from the album. Listen to "Spring", accompanied by a slowly moving elemental visual, below.
Watch My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James perform on Pitchfork.tv:
Photo by Austin Nelson
Wilco have canceled their May 7 show in Indianapolis over the state's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The band called the law "thinly disguised legal discrimination" in a note on Facebook, adding, "Hope to get back to the Hoosier State someday soon, when this odious measure is repealed. Refunds available at point of purchase."
The law has been widely criticized for allowing business owners to cite religion as grounds to refuse services to minorities, including members of the LGBT community. Yesterday, Indiana Governor Mike Pence appeared on ABC's "This Week" to say that he won't repeal the law.
Watch Wilco perform "Monday" live:
Berserktown II is a festival that takes place in downtown Los Angeles from August 14-16. Today, the initial lineup has been announced.
Thee Oh Sees, White Lung, the Bug, Milk Music, Total Control, Dead Moon, Screaming Females, Amen Dunes, Priests, Gun Outfit, the reunited Danish punks No Hope For the Kids, Xibalba, the Skull Defekts, Watery Love, Zig Zags, Dan'l Boone, and more are set to perform.
The festival marks Total Control's first announced performance following the release of last year's Typical System. The band's Daniel Stewart told Pitchfork last summer, "It would be difficult for me to tour on some of the songs on this record just because it’s still quite raw."
Milk Music recently returned to the stage after announcing an indefinite hiatus from performing live in late 2013. Alex Coxen told Pitchfork's Jenn Pelly, "I just can't do it any longer. The music business is a bunch of jive bullshit and I don't want us to be available for the public to mutilate and misrepresent."
Find tickets here.
Jay Z, Beyoncé, Kanye, Arcade Fire, Daft Punk, Jack White, Nicki Minaj, Madonna, Rihanna, More Launch Tidal Streaming Service
Today, Jay Z threw a launch event in New York City to celebrate the re-launch of Tidal, the streaming service he recently purchased. Win and Regine from Arcade Fire, Kanye, Beyoncé, Daft Punk, Jack White, Nicki Minaj, Madonna, Rihanna, Usher, Alicia Keys, J. Cole, and many more artists were all on hand for the launch. It was announced that they are all co-owners of the service. After a speech from Alicia Keys, they all signed a declaration.
The launch was heralded earlier today with a social media push and splashy promo video featuring the owners. After the live launch, a longer version of the promo video was played, featuring all the artists. Watch it below.
Tidal offers lossless CD-quality audio and video. There will be no free, ad-supported plan; monthly subscriptions cost $19.95 for high quality streaming and $9.95 for standard quality. The service has deals with all of the major record labels. It also offers curated playlists and editorial.
Johnny Jewel of Chromatics, Glass Candy, Desire, and Symmetry has written the score for actor Ryan Gosling's directorial debut, Lost River. Now, you can stream it in its entirety. Check it out below. It features music from Chromatics, Glass Candy, Desire, and Jewel himself, plus collaborations with members of the cast.
Read "Into the Black", our new feature on Johnny Jewel.
Earlier today, a teaser video appeared for Jay Z's Tidal streaming service featuring appearances from Madonna, Beyoncé, Chris Martin, Rihanna, Kanye West, Jack White, Usher, Nicki Minaj, Daft Punk and more. Now, the Haxan Cloak, aka Bobby Krlic, and his label, Tri Angle, have accused the video of ripping off his music.
This is so shameful. Thanks for not getting in touch and ripping me off, Tidal. https://t.co/SpaZRmv4ud Please retweet!— Haxan Cloak (@haxan_cloak) March 30, 2015 March 30, 2015
The ad appears to reference two Haxan Cloak songs: "Mara" and "The Mirror Reflecting, Pt. 1" from 2013's Excavation.
04-03 Seattle, WA - Neptune Theater
04-04 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
04-06 Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades
04-07 San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
04-09 San Diego, CA - The North Park Theatre
04-10 Indio, CA - Coachella
04-12 Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst
04-15 Los Angeles, CA - The Belasco Theater
04-17 Indio, CA - Coachella
04-20 Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall
04-21 Chicago, IL - House of Blues
04-22 Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
04-24 Pittsburgh, PA - Club Xtaza
04-27 Boston, MA - House of Blues
04-29 Portland, ME - State Theatre
05-01 Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
05-03 Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of the Living Arts
05-04 Silver Spring, MD - The Fillmore
05-06 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
05-08 Miami, FL - Grand Central
05-09 Tampa, FL - Big Guava Festival
05-12 St. Louis, MO - Ready Room
05-13 Lawrence, KS - Granada Theater
05-15 Minneapolis, MN - Cabooze
05-21 Vancouver, British Columbia - Vogue
05-22 Seattle, WA - Sasquatch Festival
05-25 Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
05-26 Phoeniz, AZ - Marquee
05-31 Houston, TX - House of Blues
06-01 Dallas, TX - House of Blues
06-06 Mansfield, MA - Xfinity Center
06-12 Toronto, Ontario - North by Northeast 2015
07-17 London, England - Victoria Park
07-31 Montreal, Quebec - Osheaga 2015
09-10 Isle of Wight, England - Robin Hill Country Park
09-13 London, England - Roundhouse
09-15 Glasgow, Scotland - O2 ABC
09-16 Manchester, England - The Ritz
09-18 Birmingham, England - The Institute
09-19 Bristol, England - O2 Academy 1
09-21 Paris, France - Le Trianon
09-27 Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
09-30 Cophenagen, Denmark - Amager Bio
10-03 Sankt Hanshaugen, Norway - Rockefeller
Read our Update interview with Action Bronson.
Watch Action Bronson's episode of "Over/Under":
Read our Cover Story on Panda Bear here.
Here's Panda Bear on Pitchfork.tv's series "Playlist":
Photo by Atiba Jefferson
Future Islands have added shows on their tour in support of last year's Singles. They include a stop at this year's Pitchfork Music Festival and a gig at the Hollywood Bowl with Grace Jones. Check out the dates below.
Today, the group is recording new music at Abbey Road Studios in London:
A photo posted by 4AD (@4ad) onMar 30, 2015 at 3:34am PDT
Read our Update interview with Future Islands here.
03-30 London, England - Roundhouse
03-31 London, England - Roundhouse
04-02 Paris, France - La Cigale
04-04 Valencia, Spain - MBC Festival
04-12 Wilmington, NC - Green Field Lake Amphitheatre
04-13 Columbia, SC - Music Farm Columbia
04-14 Charleston, SC - Music Farm Charleston
04-15 Athens, GA - Georgia Theater
05-15-17 Gulf Shores, AL - Hangout Music Festival
05-24 Vancouver, British Columbia - Malkin Bowl
06-06 Randalls Island, NY - Governors Ball
06-07 Houston, TX - Free Press Summer Festival
06-18 London, England - Hyde Park
07-09 Bilbao, Spain - BBK Live
07-14 Ottawa, Ontario - Ottawa Bluesfest
07-17-19 Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
07-24-26 Oro-Medonte, Ontario - Way Home Festival
07-31-08-01 Des Moines, IA Hinterland Music Festival
08-01-02 Montreal, Quebec - Osheaga Festival
08-15 Helsinki, Finland Flow Festival
08-16 Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
09-04-06 Dorset, England - End of the Road Festival
09-04-06 Laois, Ireland - Electric Picnic
09-08 Manchester, England - Academy
09-09 Glasgow, Scotland - Barrowlands
09-10 Newcastle, England - 02 Academy
09-12 Isle of Wight, England - Besitval
09-23 San Diego, CA - The Observatory North Park
09-24 Pomona, CA - Fox Theater
09-25 Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
09-27 Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl #
# with Grace Jones
Below, watch Future Islands' full set from Pitchfork Music Festival Paris:
Metz are releasing their new album Metz II on May 4 internationally and May 5 in the U.S. via Sub Pop. Watch them perform "Nervous System", a new track from the album, live at Festival NRMAL, which took place in Mexico City in late February, via Pitchfork.tv.
Read our "Rising" interview with Metz. Stay tuned for more videos from Festival NRMAL from Pitchfork.tv.
De La Soul have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund their eighth album, their first since 2004's The Grind Date. The LP will feature Damon Albarn, David Byrne (on a track called "Snoopies"), 2 Chainz (on "Whodini"), and Little Dragon (on "Drawn"). Another track is titled "Devil Wears Candy". They're set to begin recording next month. The Kickstarter seeks to raise $110,000.
The album will feature samples culled entirely from original recordings from De La Soul and the Rhythm Roots All-Stars. In a statement, Dave Jude Jolicoeur, aka Trugoy, said, "One way to look at this is that we’re sampling ourselves. So far, we’ve got over 200 hours of tape—we’ve been recording this music for years and finally we’ve got what we need to make the best De La Soul record ever."
Kelvin "Pos" Mercer adeed, "It’s not like we had a pre-formed idea of what we wanted to sample and then told some band to play it for us. We just got into the studio with the All-Stars and let the music flow where it felt like flowing. And it was amazing. We didn’t start planning what we’d sample until much later."
De La Soul have a long and complicated history with sampling. In 1991, they were sued by the Turtles over a track on 3 Feet High and Rising, one of the first sampling lawsuits in history. Last year, they released their entire back catalog for free download; sample clearance issues, among other reasons, have kept their music off digital services.
Naturally, they're also offering some major rewards as incentive for helping them make the record happen.
If you contribute to their Kickstarter, here's what you could get, among many other rewards:
- A shopping trip with De La Soul (toy shopping with Dave, record shopping with Maseo, or sneaker shopping with Pos)
- A Skype date with the trio
- Thumb drives in the shape of each member's head
- De La Soul Nike sneakers
- A day in the studio with the group, during which you record vocals for a skit on the album
- A custom album cover
- A boom box from Dave's personal collection or an MPC from Pos' collection
- Dave's gold record plaque for 3 Feet High and Rising
Joliceur explained their decision to fund the album via Kickstarter:
There’s a real freedom in laying down tracks in the studio knowing that the fans are the ones directly supporting the record being made, not to mention there’s a motivation to really push the limits and make something great. That’s just not there when the direct support is coming from a label that’s mainly concerned with getting a product out, making as much profit as possible from it, and then moving on to the next one. That’s not to say profit doesn’t matter and all labels are bad—but just that it definitely lights a fire under the artist when your support is coming from the people who really understand your story and your direction. It's a beautiful place to be.
Here's the video for "Me Myself and I":
Pulp's Jarvis Cocker is presenting "20 Golden Greats", an art exhibition at Red Bull Space Paris accompanied by an instrumental soundtrack. The exhibition is composed of vinyl records designed by Cocker, bearing the names of fictional songs credited to labels like RCA Victor and Belter.
"The idea arose 3 years ago, during a period in which I didn’t really know where I was headed," Cocker said in a press release. "I had just finished a tour and people kept asking what I was going to do next, if I was going to start work on a new record. Though it’s a bit embarrassing, that’s where the idea came from. I told them ‘Yes, I’m working on records, but not in the manner you’d expect."
The records will be paired with footage from an old English music TV show, showing an audience during a music performance. “In contrast to the gold record, which is the record industry’s way of confirming commercial success, these fans who engage, share an energy, a communal moment that’s ultimately not so focused on the band, it’s them who symbolise what music means to me: an energy to be shared, that draws people together, that encourages interactions via the act of listening and dancing," said Cocker.
The exhibition will be on view at Red Bull Space Paris from June 17 to August 28. The accompanying instrumental soundtrack, which Cocker made at Red Bull Studios Paris, will be available for sale at the gallery on limited edition vinyl. It features collaborations with French producer Pilooski and English artist Serafina Steer.
Read our interview with Cocker.
Photo by Jessica Lehrman
Danny Brown performed on Saturday in Glasgow, Scotland. The show was cut short after someone in the crowd threw water at Brown, causing him to slam his mic down and walk off stage. (It's unclear if it was a bottle of water, or a pint glass.) You can watch a video of the incident below, via FACT.
Vince Staples performed at the second of Pitchfork's SXSW parties at House of Vans at the Mohawk on March 19. Below, watch a video of him performing "Blue Suede" (off 2014's Hell Can Wait EP) and "Trunk Rattle" (from the Shyne Coldchain Vol. 2 mixtape, also released last year). Wednesday's party featured Speedy Ortiz (featuring Hannibal Buress!), Courtney Barnett, Rae Sremmurd, Sophie, A. G. Cook, Viet Cong, Shamir, Son Lux, Natalie Prass, Lydia Ainsworth, Torres, Steve Gunn.
In addition to Staples, Thursday's lineup also included Win Butler, who did a DJ set as DJ Windows 98, a Will Butler set, Twerps, Waxahatchee, Migos, Hundred Waters, Title Fight, Alvvays, Untold, Makthaverskan, and Bully. Stay tuned for more video.
The Smashing Pumpkins have shared a video for their Monuments to an Elegy track "Drum and Fife". The clip, directed by Ahlander + Antiga, details a group of children in the desert whose imaginary war games are interrupted by real-life violence. Watch it below.
In addition to the new video, the Smashing Pumpkins have announced a series of television appearances taking place this week. On April 2, they'll perform "Drum and Fife" on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon", with the Killers' Mark Stoermer on bass and Rage Against the Machine's Brad Wilk on drums. The following morning (April 3), they'll do an acoustic version of the same track on "Good Morning America".
Here's what Billy Corgan had to say about the video in a press release:
I asked, albeit in an allegorical way, for the video to represent what our returning soldiers are going through with PTSD, and I feel that the directors captured that with poignancy. I couldn't be more proud of the message we're sending that we care what happens to those that are out there hurting.