California singer/songwriter Jessica Pratt released her great self-titled debut in 2012 via White Fence's Birth Records imprint. On January 27, she'll release her new one, On Your Own Love Again, via Drag City.
She recorded the LP at home over the past two years. It was mixed in collaboration with Will Canzoneri.
Read our "Guest List" with Pratt.
On Your Own Love Again:
01 Wrong Hand
02 Game That I Play
03 Strange Melody
05 Moon Dude
06 Jacquelyn in the Background
07 I've Got a Feeling
08 Back, Baby
09 On Your Own Love Again
Watch her perform two songs, including the new one "I've Got a Feeling":
Kate Bush recently wrapped up he run of shows in London—her first in 35 years. On her website, she wrote a note, calling the experience a "surreal journey" and "great fun". She also thanked fans who attended for their support.
It was one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life. I loved the whole process. Particularly putting the band, the Chorus and the team together and watching it all evolve. It really was the ultimate combination of talent and artists, both from the music business and the theatre world. I never expected everyone in the team to be so lovely and we all grew very close. We became a family and I really miss them all terribly.
I was really delighted that the shows were received so positively and so warmly but the really unexpected part of it all was the audiences. Audiences that you could only ever dream of. One of the main reasons for wanting to perform live again was to have contact with that audience. They took my breath away. Every single night they were so behind us. You could feel their support from the minute we walked on stage. I just never imagined it would be possible to connect with an audience on such a powerful and intimate level; to feel such, well quite frankly, love. It was like this at every single show.
Thank you so very much to everyone who came to the shows and became part of that shared experience. It was a truly special and wonderful feeling for all of us.
Watch the video for "Running Up That Hill":
Chief Keef has been dropped from Interscope, the Chicago Tribune reports. The label released his 2012 album Finally Rich and were set to release his next one, Back From the Dead 2, in 10 days. On Twitter, he clarified that BFTD2 and Bang 3 will both still be released this year.
According to the Tribune's sources, Keef's legal troubles contributed to Interscope's decision to drop him. Interscope still haven't confirmed the split.October 21, 2014
Laughing because to me I been Dropped. mfs ain't help me Pay no Mf Bills— AlmightySo (@ChiefKeef) October 21, 2014
Ain't shit gone stop Jus gets Better and bigger!— AlmightySo (@ChiefKeef) October 21, 2014
Quietly.... I'm Finna Leak some Off B3 I was Tryna hold best for last but....— AlmightySo (@ChiefKeef) October 21, 2014
100% of everything goes to me now Jimmy it was cool splitting it with U But u gave yo spot up!— AlmightySo (@ChiefKeef) October 21, 2014
Among Keef's forthcoming teased tracks is a song with Kanye West called "Nobody".
Photo by Pooneh Ghana
Chance the Rapper has announced a new album, Surf, in an interview with Billboard. He says it was recorded with his band, the Social Experiment, as part of a series of projects. Following in the vein of past releases like 2013's Acid Rap, he's releasing it for free—and hopefully by the end of the year. According to Billboard, the record will "highlight" the band's trumpet player, Donnie Trumpet (aka Nico Segal).
In the interview, Chance referred to Surf as "the first Social Experiment project," rather than a proper Chance the Rapper release. "The band has been backing me on a lot of the shows, so when you go to a Chance the Rapper show it's billed as a Chance the Rapper show, and even though you bought a ticket for a Chance the Rapper show, you end up going to a Social Experiment concert, you know?" he told Billboard. And you get the full experience of the musicality of four seasoned players. It's something different." Last week, he and the Social Experiment released "No Better Blues".
He also said he and the band have been drawing influence from outside sources, pointing to his cover of the "Arthur" theme song. "We've been trying to take in all these cool, different outside cultural experiences and make that into a free listenable project," he said. "That's the new thing."
Additionally, he said he'd been working with artists such as Frank Ocean, Migos, Rick Rubin, and J. Cole, though he didn't say if they would appear on Surf or a future project. Surf will feature collaborations with Francis Starlite from Francis and the Lights.
Chance also told Billboard that he's working on a new live show inspired by musical theater-- The Lion King in particular.
Below, watch the video for "Juice"—which, full disclosure, Chance said he's "definitely tired of playing":
Weezer has launched a new Facebook survey, in which they ask for fans' advice in choosing their next single. They are rather blunt about it: "How much do you think each of these 3 songs would help Weezer's career if released as the next single?" You can choose from "Ain't Got Nobody", "Da Vinci", and "Go Away", which features Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino. The singles all come from Weezer's most recent album, Everything Will Be Alright in the End.
Watch Best Coast and Weezer play "Go Away":
In celebration of the band's 30th anniversary, Yo La Tengo have announced a reissue of their 1993 Matador LP Painful. It's called Extra Painful and is out December 2 on the same label, in 2xLP and 2xCD formats. These deluxe editions of the record will include demos, unreleased studio takes, live acoustic recordings, and other related tracks. The "Shaker" single will also be reissued on 7" vinyl (included with the 2xLP). See the tracklistings here.
The reissued is packaged with the first YLT Gazette newsletter in 14 years, liner notes by the band and "semi-trusted advisers," photos, ephemera, a remake of the band's original "band-aid" sticker and more.
On the Matablog, the band's Ira Kaplan says, "Anyone who ever said they liked our older records more than Painful, I just told them they’re wrong."
Those who pre-order the CD or LP versions (and answer a trivia question) will be entered to win tickets to one of Yo La Tengo's upcoming 30th Anniversary gigs at Town Hall in New York (see their tour dates, below), plus copies of all the the band's in-print LPs. The band also has a few dates lined up in which they'll perform a live soundtrack to Sam Green's film The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller.
Yo La Tengo:
10-29 Portland, ME - State Theatre *
10-30 Burlington, VT - Flynn Center *
11-07 New Orleans, LA - Contemporary Arts Center *
11-09 Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
11-12 Vancouver, British Columbia - PuSh Festival *
12-03 New York, NY - Town Hall ^ #
12-04 New York, NY - Town Hall ^ $
12-05 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club ^ %
12-06 Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero ^ #
* The Love Song Of R. Buckminster Fuller score
^ 30th Anniversary Show
# with Antietam
$ with the Feelies
% with Lambchop
Watch the video for "From a Motel Six", directed by Hal Hartley:
Watch Yo La Tengo play "Here to Fall" on a rooftop via Pitchfork.tv:
Future Islands have recorded an installment in the 4AD Sessions video series. They perform several cuts from this year's Singles accompanied by a string quartet and brass section. Below, watch performances of "Sun in the Morning", "Doves", "Light House", "A Song for Our Grandfathers", and "Seasons (Waiting On You)". It was directed by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, who recently helmed the Nick Cave documentary 20,000 Days On Earth.
They've also added a handful of tour dates to their 2015 tour. Check them out below, too.
Read our recent interview with Future Islands here.
10-22 Madrid, Spain - Teatro Barcelo
10-23 Lisbon, Portugal - Musicbox
10-24 Porto, Portugal - Hard Club
10-25 Gijon, Spain - Teatro Albeniz
10-26 San Sebastian, Spain - Intxaurrondo
10-28 Bordeaux, France - Rocher De Palmer
10-30 Brussels, Belgium - Botanique
10-31 Paris, France - Pitchfork Music Festival Paris
11-01 Manchester, England - Columns Festival
11-02-03 Dublin, Ireland - Vicar Street
11-04 Glasgow, Scotland - ABC1
11-05 Sheffield, England - Queen's Social Club
11-06 London, England - Shepherd's Bush Empire
11-08 Reykjavik, Iceland - Iceland Airwaves Festival
11-20 Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
12-01 Columbus, OH - LC Pavilion
12-10 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
01-06 Boston, MA - Royale *
01-07 Boston, MA - Royale *
01-08 New York, NY - Terminal 5 *
01-09 New York, NY - Terminal 5 *
01-10 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
01-11 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer *
01-24 Singapore - Laneway Festival
01-26 Auckland, New Zealand - Laneway Festival
01-31 Brisbane, Australia - Laneway Festival
02-01 Sydney, Australia - Laneway Festival
02-06 Adelaide, Australia - Laneway Festival
02-07 Melbourne, Australia - Laneway Festival
02-08 Perth, Australia - Laneway Festival
02-10 Honolulu, HI - The Republik
02-26 Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
03-30 London, England - Roundhouse
03-31 London, England - Roundhouse
* with Operators and Wing Dam
Below, watch Future Islands perform "Doves" at their recent Portland show, held as part of Pitchfork's Nightcap series.
Last week, a Kickstarter was funded to make Meow the Jewels, the cat-oriented remix of Run the Jewels' forthcoming RTJ2, into reality. Now, Mass Appeal has shared a video in which El-P, who's one-half of Run the Jewels, hits up an animal shelter to audition cats for the recording process. Watch it below.
He plays songs from the album on his phone to see how the animals react. Unsurprisingly, many of them don't seem that enthusiastic. "This is going to be tough," he says at one point. "They keep showing me their assholes." You know the old Hollywood adage: Never work with children or animals.
Watch Run the Jewels perform at Pitchfork Music Festival:
Ought Stream New EP <i>Once More With Feeling...</i> Via Pitchfork Advance, Share "New Calm, Pt. 2" Video
Not long after releasing their excellent debut More Than Any Other Day, Montreal band Ought are back with Once More With Feeling..., a 24-minute, four-track EP that will be out October 28 via Constellation. Right now, you can stream the EP in full via Pitchfork Advance, our immersive music streaming platform designed to emulate the classic album experience. Listen here until October 28.
Additionally, the band have shared the video for "New Calm, Pt. 2" from the EP. (The track is a re-recorded version of a 2012 song.) The video was directed by Aaliyeh Afshar and Max Taeuschel, and combines performance clips with disparate imagery (think avocados and birthday parties).
Ought head out on a European tour next week, including a stop at Pitchfork Music Festival Paris. Dates below.
Pitchfork Advance showcases an interactive listening environment featuring pre-release albums streams with dynamic graphics and a host of tools that allows fans to engage with album art, lyrics, credits, track listings, artist info, and more while they listen.
10-29 Nantes, France - Festival Soy 9
10-30 Paris, France - Pitchfork Music Festival Paris
10-31 Vendome, France - Rockomotives
11-01 Limoges, France - Le Phare
11-04 Zürich, Switzerland - Rote Fabrik
11-05 Düdingen, Switzerland - Bad Bonn
11-06 Milan, Italy - Ohibo
11-07 Rome, Italy - Circolo degli Artisti
11-08 Bologna, Italy - Covo Club
11-09 Vienna, Austria - Rhiz
11-11 Berlin, Germany - Privatclub
11-12 Hamburg, Germany - Uebel & Gefaehrlich
11-13 Cologne, Germany - King Georg
11-15 Leeds, England - Brudenell Social Club
11-16 Glasgow, Scotland - CCA
11-17 Dublin, Ireland - The Workman's Club
11-18 Manchester, England - Sound Control
11-19 London, England - Scala
11-20 Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
11-21 Utrecht, Netherlands - Le Guess Who
Pitchfork.tv and Canal180 Team for "Director ID" Series About Music Video Directors, First Episode Features Hiro Murai
Pitchfork.tv has teamed up with Portuguese music and arts television network Canal 180 to present the series "Director ID". Each episode profiles one of the best directors working in music videos today.
We're starting off with an episode profiling Hiro Murai (Flying Lotus, St. Vincent, Earl Sweatshirt, Spoon, Queens of the Stone Age, the Shins, more). In this short film shot by Murai himself, he discusses his background, process, and inspirations.
Read our interview with Murai about the making of St. Vincent's "Cheerleader" video.
Future episodes will feature Isaiah Seret, Daniel Brereton, Focus Creeps, David Wilson, and Kristoffer Borgli.
Norweigan producer/DJ Todd Terje's video for "Delorean Dynamite", taken from It's Album Time, sure looks like an advertisement. And that's because it is: the 1981 Delorean DMC-12 in the video really is for sale.
The seller is a man named Frank, and the car's image has been used in Terje's live set visuals. Director Espen Friberg created this hybrid music video/ad. If you're interested in buying the car, more info can be found here, or you can contact email@example.com. Seriously.
A note from Frank reads:
The world most iconic movie car could be yours! The time machine from the "Back to the future" movies, is an very rare and truly special American (produced in northern Ireland) sports car that always turns heads. It's over 30 years old, which means very low road taxes and insurance. The Delorean DMC-12 was only produced in the short timespan of 1981 to 1983 and is recognized for its wing-doors and stainless steel engine. The chassis was developed by Colin Chapman and the engine was designed by Giorgio Guigiaro. This car was bought brand new in the US in 1989, has had only 3 owners and has been extremely rarely used. It was imported to Norway in 2011 and has only had one owner since. The original paperwork and documentation from Carfax comes with the car.
If you are looking for an iconic sports car and a solid collector’s item with a unique story, then this is the car for you!! Do send me a mail for a cosy chat about cars!
Revisit our Todd Terje Starter, featuring 15 essential rarities.
Watch Terje's music video for "Inspector Norse" on Pitchfork.tv:
After 25 years, British electronic duo Orbital are calling it quits. Brothers Paul and Phil Hartnoll announced their retirement today on their website, but their spirit lives on: Paul will continue to make for a new project called 8:58. His new self-titled album arrives February 16, 2015 via the artist-to-fan platform Pledge.
The title track from the record is become available as a free download on 8:58's website; it features an opening monologue from actor Cillian Murphy (known for his roles in Batman Begins and the crime drama "Peaky Blinders", whose score featured contributions from Hartnoll). Hartnoll has also shared its music video - a bizarre black-and-white clip set in a psych ward - and announced a brief UK tour in support of the album. Stream “8:58” above, and below, check out the video and a full list of upcoming tour dates.
Paul Hartnoll offered the following words in a statement posted to the band's website:
We’ve had our ups and downs, and it’s not always been easy, but I’ve loved my time with Orbital. It’s been brilliant that we’ve been able to take our music to so many places, from local clubs to headlining Glastonbury to playing massive events across America, Australia, Japan… It’s been fantastic.
It was particularly nice to get such a lovely reception when we got back together a few years ago. We made the Wonky album specifically to play live and these shows over the past few years have been a real high point in many ways. The shows and the audiences have been amazing.
But nothing lasts forever and it's time to stop. Since finishing the soundtrack with Flood & PJ Harvey for the BBC One television show Peaky Blinders, I’ve now got my own new project, ‘8:58’ which I'm really excited about. It's a continuation of my work from the past 25 years but with a new vitality taking me on to something fresh, mixed with the best of what I've put into Orbital. Expect some live shows soon where I will be playing a mixture of my new music alongside my Orbital favorites.
Discussing his inspiration for the album, Hartnoll had this to say:
I’ve always had a thing for clocks and for time as a powerful force - but also the way it oppresses you. It’s one of those things I keep coming back to. For me, 8:58 is a moment of choice. It’s almost 9 o’clock. Are you going to school? Are you going to this job you hate? Everybody faces that decision now and again. 8:58 am is when you’ve got to make up your mind.
Orbital formed in 1989 and released eight albums before disbanding in 2004. In 2009, they reformed to play the Big Chill Festival in England; a career-spanning compilation, Orbital 20, soon followed, and in 2012, the duo released their most recent full-length, Wonky. That same year, they performed at the Paralympics Opening Ceremony with Stephen Hawking.
8:58 (Paul Hartnoll):
02-18-15 Oxford, England - 02 Academy
02-19 Norwich, England - UEA
02-20 Glasgow, Scotland - Glasgow 02 ABC
02-21 Manchester, England - The Ritz
02-24 Bristol, England - Bristol 02 Academy
02-25 London, England - Shepherds Bush Empire
Death Grips might be done, but they've still got a new album called the powers that b coming out. (The album's first half, niggas on the moon, came out earlier this year.) That's not the only thing they're releasing soon: Their late 2013 album Government Plates, previously only available digitally, is getting a vinyl release via Harvest, CoS points out.
It's coming out as part of Record Store Day's Black Friday event, which takes place at independent record stores on November 28 (the day after Thanksgiving). Revisit the album below and watch the video for "You might think he loves you for your money but I know what he really loves you for it's your brand new leopard skin pillbox hat".
Watch them perform "Guillotine" at Villain as part of Pitchfork's unofficial CMJ showcase:
iLoveMakonnen's video for the Drake-featuring version of "Tuesday" has all the crucial elements you'd expect: They've got the club goin' up, and presumably, it takes place on a Tuesday. But the video frequently cuts away to ordinary people going about their business—making breakfast, folding clothes, playing basketball, hanging out with their kids—while singing along with the hook.
Read our Rising interview with iLoveMakonnen.
Kanye West, Chvrches, Bat For Lashes, Haim, Pusha T, Charli XCX Appear on Lorde's <i>The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1</i> Soundtrack
Lorde has curated the soundtrack for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1, the second-to-last installment of the hit film series. It features two previously shared tracks: Lorde's "Yellow Flicker Beat" and the Chemical Brothers' "This Is Not a Game", which features Miguel and Lorde. And now, the soundtrack has been revealed (via iTunes).
Lorde's track "Flicker" is reworked by Kanye West. Stromae's "Meltdown" features four huge guests: Lorde, Pusha T, Q-Tip, and Haim. The tracklist also includes music by Chvrches, Bat For Lashes, Charli XCX, Grace Jones, Tinashé, Tove Lo, Raury, and others.
"Curating the soundtrack for such a hotly-anticipated film was a challenge, but I jumped at the chance," Lorde said in a press release. "The cast and story are an inspiration for all musicians participating and, as someone with cinematic leanings, being privy to a different creative process has been a unique experience. I think the soundtrack is definitely going to surprise people."
Read Corban Goble and Ryan Dombal's show report from seeing Lorde in March.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Pt. 1 OST:
01 Stromae: Meltdown [ft. Lorde, Pusha T, Q-Tip, Haim]
02 Chvrches: Dead Air
03 Tove Lo: Scream My Name
04 Charli XCX: Kingdom [ft. Simon Bon]
05 Various Artists: Track 5
06 Raury: Lost Souls
07 Lorde: Yellow Flicker Beat
08 Tinashé: The Leap
09 Bat for Lashes: Plan the Escape
10 Grace Jones: Original Beast
11 Lorde: Flicker (Kanye West Rework)
12 XOV: Animal
13 The Chemical Brothers: This Is Not a Game [ft. Miguel]
14 Lorde: Ladder Song
Here's "Yellow Flicker Beat" and a teaser for the movie:
On November 25, Swans will release a four-track EP featuring variations of their eight-minute To Be Kind track "Oxygen". The Oxygen EP will be available via Young God/Mute. It includes an edit by Mute founder Daniel Miller—listen above.
The EP also features an early version recorded at Michael Gira's house, an acoustic version recorded at Studiomute in London, and a live version recorded at Primavera.
Next week, the band will reissue their debut album Filth.
01 Oxygen (Edit)
02 Oxygen (Live at Primavera)
03 Oxygen (Early Version)
04 Oxygen (Acoustic Version)
Read our recent interview with Gira, and watch them perform "Oxygen" at Pitchfork Music Festival:
On November 28—the day after Thanksgiving—Record Store Day will once again celebrate Black Friday with exclusive releases at independent record stores. One of those will be a 10" featuring two new songs by St. Vincent: "Pieta" and "Sparrow". Both tracks were recorded with John Congleton in the sessions that yielded St. Vincent.
The 10" comes in a die-cut, foil-embossed package designed by Willo Perron. This isn't the first time Annie Clark has shared exclusive material on Record Store Day. In 2012, she released "Krokodil" b/w "Grot".
As previously reported, Black Friday will feature releases from OutKast, Wu-Tang Clan, Jenny Lewis, Conor Oberst, Mastodon, and the Flaming Lips. Also keep an eye out for the Chvrches 12" featuring the U.S. release of "Strong Hand", the Decemberists' 7" featuring an exclusive B-side, the Morrissey-curated Ramones compilation, and much more.
Read our interview with St. Vincent, and watch them perform "Birth in Reverse" at Pitchfork Music Festival:
Photo by Ellie Pritts
"taylor swifts new song 'welcome to New York' makes me want to finally move from New York. ... yes, taylor, welcome to New York! PLEASE MOVE HERE YOURE GREAT. you're just so fucking interesting and great."
Illustration by Stewart Scott-Curran
Pitchfork is excited to announce the following additions to its editorial staff:
Senior Editor/Director of Events Brandon Stosuy has been promoted to Managing Editor and Jessica Hopper, who was previously Senior Editor at the Pitchfork Review, is now Senior Editor at Pitchfork and Editor-in-Chief of the Pitchfork Review.
Brandon Stosuy started writing for Pitchfork in 2003, launched his metal column Show No Mercy in 2006, and joined the staff full-time in 2011. Jessica Hopper has been a Pitchfork contributor since 2012, and comes to Pitchfork from Rookie, where she was music editor.
The Chemical Brothers, Miguel, and Lorde have teamed up for "This Is Not a Game". It's from the soundtrack to the forthcoming The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, which Lorde curated. Listen to a radio rip, above, via Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show. It follows Lorde's "Yellow Flicker Beat", which she shared last month. The Mockingjay soundtrack is out November 17.