Photo via DJ Kool Herc's website
On August 11, 1973, DJ Kool Herc threw a party at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue, an apartment complex in the Bronx, that has been widely credited as one of hip-hop's formative moments. Today, it was announced that section of the street will be renamed "Hip Hop Boulevard," as NY1 reports (via Brooklyn Vegan).
NY1 quotes City Councilman Vanessa Gibson, who said the renaming is meant to honor both Herc and the Bronx's contributions to hip-hop.
Watch a video from a BBC documentary where Herc talks about the early hip-hop scene:
Lil B has shared a visual for "Born Poor," one of the 63 tracks on his new mixtape Thugged Out Pissed Off. True to the song's lyrical themes, it depicts Based God struggling to make ends meet: living out of a suitcase, washing cars, and mopping floors at Home Depot. Watch below.
Watch Lil B perform "Like a Martian" at Pitchfork Music Festival:
Last month, Vancouver-based musical personality Nardwuar the Human Serviette, best known for his eccentric celebrity interviews, suffered a stroke. Having since recovered, he's returned today with his first interview since the emergency: a chat with Ty Segall. Watch below.
As is his tradition, Nardwuar gave Segall some super-specific gifts in order to make him open up. After recieving a Sodom LP, Segall revealed that he and Mikal Cronin used to play in a black metal band. ("We wore Hawaiian shirts," he explained.) Segall also praised '90s garage outfits like Oblivians, the Headcoats, the Gories, as well as GG Allin—a bobblehead of whom he also recieved. Segall also talked about an incident where a friend accidentally hit a toddler with a frisbee, and about knowing the cast of "Laguna Beach" from growing up in the same town.
Watch Segall perform "Wave Goodbye" at Pitchfork Music Festival 2012:
Finally, it's here: a clip of Glenn Danzig's appearance on "Portlandia". In this week's episode, Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen play goths who are trying to have a fun day at the beach. Armisen is having a hard time getting into the mood, until a heavily accented Danzig teaches him how to dress for the occasion, asking: "Are you familiar with Billabong?" A few outfit changes later, and everyone is happier. Watch below.February 8, 2016
Rihanna has shared a behind-the-scenes video detailing the making of her single from ANTI, the Drake-featuring "Work." Available exclusively on Tidal, the clip shows her fooling around in the studio, smoking and sipping wine all the while. "This feels real good," she says of the song. (Drake's nowhere to be seen.) Watch it below.
The forthcoming video for "Work" is still in progress.
Read "The 9 Best Artist Snapchats to Follow," which includes Rihanna's, on the Pitch.
<i>Star Wars</i> Album to Feature Flying Lotus, Rick Rubin, J.J. Abrams; Listen to New Flying Lotus, Rubin, and Baauer Tracks
Last year, Star Wars re-entered the zeitgeist with The Force Awakens. Now, musical Jedi Master Rick Rubin has curated and produced a compilation, Star Wars Headspace, featuring new songs created using sound elements from Star Wars films. (Yes, that means producers like Flying Lotus, Rustie, A-Trak, Baauer, Röyksopp, Kaskade, Shlohmo, GTA, and others have made dance tracks out of Darth Vader's breathing, Wookie roars, R2-D2's bleeps and bloops, and more.) Star Wars Headspace is out February 19 digitally and March 18 in physical formats via Hollywood Records/American Recordings.
Three tracks premiered on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 show today. Listen to Flying Lotus' "R2 Where R U?" and Baauer's "Cantina Boys" above. Rubin himself appears twice on Star Wars Headspace: with his original production "NR-G7" (which can be heard above), as well as a collaborative remix with A-Trak of "Jabba Flow" by Shag Kava (aka J.J. Abrams and Lin-Manuel Miranda) from The Force Awakens.
FlyLo also sat down for an interview with Lowe, in which he talked about how the album came together and his upcoming projects:
In addition to Rubin, another major music producer has a Star Wars connection—Nigel Godrich appeared in The Force Awakens.
Star Wars Headspace:
01 Kaskade: "C-3P0's Plight"
02 GTA: "Help Me!"
03 TroyBoi: "Force"
04 Baauer: "Cantina Boys"
05 Shag Kava: "Jabba Flow: Rick Rubin Re-Work" [ft. A-Trak]
06 Claude VonStroke: "R2 Knows" [ft. Barry Drift]
07 Rick Rubin: "NR-G7"
08 Bonobo: "Ghomrassen"
09 Röyksopp: "Bounty Hunters"
10 ATTLAS: "Sunset Over Manaan"
11 Flying Lotus: "R2 Where R U?"
12 Shlohmo: "Druid Caravan of Smoke"
13 Rustie: "EWOK PUMPP"
14 Galantis: "Scruffy-Looking Nerfherder"
15 Breakbot: "Star Tripper"
Watch Flying Lotus' episode of "Over/Under":
Flying Lotus image by Erez Avissar
Last year, Star Wars re-entered the zeitgeist with The Force Awakens. Now, musical Jedi Master Rick Rubin has put together an album called Star Wars Headspace. It features Flying Lotus, Baauer, GTA, Kaskade, A-Trak, Rubin himself, and more. Zane Lowe is premiering various tracks today on his Beats 1 show.
Watch Flying Lotus' episode of "Over/Under":
Photo via Beyoncé's Instagram
Coldplay and Beyoncé are good pals. They collaborated on "Hymn for the Weekend," from Coldplay's recent A Head Full of Dreams LP, and performed together at last night's Super Bowl halftime show. That friendship sometimes translates into a brutal honesty, as Chris Martin revealed in a new Rolling Stone cover story. He said he once brought a song called "Hook Up" to Beyoncé and producer Stargate. Beyoncé "turned it down in the sweetest possible way." She said: "I really like you, but this is awful."
With this story, Beyoncé joins rarefied air. Recently, Coldplay's Will Champion talked about when David Bowie turned down a Coldplay collaboration, too. Bowie's words: "It's not a very good song, is it?" To Coldplay's credit, they've kept plugging along!
Here's the video for "Hymn for the Weekend":
Last week, Flatbush Zombies released "Bounce," the first song from their debut album 3001: A Laced Odyssey, which is out March 11 via Glorious Dead. Today, they've dropped a "Grand Theft Auto"-inspired video for it. In the video, Meechy Darko steals a car, Zombie Juice is a boxer at an underground fight club, and Erick the Architect plays a cop. The Zombies' paths cross in a high-stakes shootout. Watch it below. Also below, find the album tracklist.
In March, Flatbush Zombies will embark on a tour behind their new album. Find the dates below.
Watch Flatbush Zombies on Pitchfork.tv's "Selector":
3001: A Laced Odyssey:
01 The Odyssey
04 A Spike Lee Joint [ft. Anthony Flammia]
05 Fly Away
07 Smoke Break
09 Good Grief [ft. Diamante]
10 New Phone, Who Dis?
11 This Is It
12 Your Favorite Rap Song
02-21 Los Angeles, CA - Shaun White’s Air & Style Festival
03-24 New Heaven, CT - Toad’s Place
03-25 Pawtucket, RI - The Met
03-26 Boston, MA - House of Blues
03-27 South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
03-29 Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre
03-30 Columbus, OH - Park Street Saloon
03-31 Chicago, IL - Concord Music Hall
04-01 Madison, WI - Majestic Theatre
04-02 Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
04-03 Urbana, IL - Canopy Club
04-06 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
04-07 Des Moines, IA - Wooly’s
04-08 Iowa City, IA - Blue Moose Tap House
04-09 Omaha, NE - Slowdown
04-10 Columbia, MO - The Blue Note
04-12 Lawrence, KS - Granada Theater
04-14-15 Denver, CO - Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom
04-16 Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
04-17 Boise, ID - Knitting Factory Concert House
04-19 Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
04-20 Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory Concert House
04-21 Seattle, WA - The Showbox
04-22 Eugene, OR - Wow Hall
04-24 San Francisco, CA - Regency Ballroom
04-25 Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst
04-27 Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre
04-29 Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
04-30 San Diego, CA - Observatory North Park
05-01 Tempe, AZ - The Marquee
05-03 Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
05-05 Dallas, TX - South Side Music Hall
05-06 Austin, TX - Emo’s
05-07 San Antonio, TX - Alamo City Music Hall
05-08 Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
05-10 St. Petersburg, FL - State Theatre
05-11 Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
05-12 Orlando, FL - The Beacham Theatre
05-13 Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade – Heaven Stage
05-14 Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theatre
05-15 Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
05-17 Silver Spring, MD - The Fillmore
05-24-25 New York, NY - Webster Hall
The A.V. Club recently invited Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy and his son Spencer to do a Tweedy cover of Adele's "Hello" for their "Undercover" series, where bands cover songs by other artists. Just as the two began performing, Harlem Globetrotters El Gato Melendez and Slick Willie Shaw showed up to surprise them. Below, watch the players goof with Tweedy and teach him a cool trick with a spinning basketball.
Watch Wilco on Pitchfork.tv's "Over/Under":
Pitchfork and GoPro have shared the newest installment of GP4K, the video series captured exclusively with the GoPro HERO4 Black. Following Mac Miller's "Clubhouse," Neon Indian's "The Glitzy Hive," and Frankie Cosmos' "Outside With the Cuties," it's the fourth in a series of eight videos curated and produced by Pitchfork that reimagine the way GoPros are used in the context of live music.
For our latest installment, Canadian noise rock outfit Metz perform "Eraser," from their album II. Director/editor Jim Larson shot the band performing the track at Beelectric Studios in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Using GoPro cameras on ziplines, gimbals, mic mounts, and chest mounts, Larson aimed to capture the raw energy of a live Metz performance.
Using eight songs as our guides, Pitchfork’s team of directors and cinematographers tell stories that challenge the conventions of the medium and kick-start discussions on what live music video can be. Be on the lookout for the rest of the GP4K series, which will follow in the coming weeks and months.
During their world tour in support of Reflektor, Arcade Fire stopped by Jacmel, Haiti during 2014's Carnival celebration. A professionally-shot video of the band doing "Here Comes the Night Time" has now been released by the Artists Institute, as Arcade Fire Tube points out. Watch it below.
Photo by Ceilidh Madigan
The Shins' last record was 2012's Port of Morrow. Now, it seems new material is on the horizon. In a "#shinstagram" post tagged with the name of James Mercer's record label, Aural Apothecary, the band shared a snippet yesterday of what sounds like a new track. Hear it below.
Since Port of Morrow, the Shins have contributed a new song, "So Now What," to the soundtrack for Zach Braff's 2014 film Wish I Was Here. That year, Mercer also released After the Disco with Broken Bells, his duo with Danger Mouse. Mercer's pre-Shins band Flake Music reissued their 1997 album When You Land, It's Time to Return, as well.
A video posted by theshins (@theshins) onFeb 7, 2016 at 3:29pm PST
Watch the video for Port of Morrow's "It's Only Life":
Gucci Mane has been incarcerated since 2013 on weapons charges, but thanks to a few collaborators, he's remained prolific during his time in prison. He's released several mixtapes and one-offs in the recent past. However, Mike WiLL Made-It's recent efforts to work with the rapper have reportedly been thwarted thanks to interference from federal law enforcement officers.
Now I can get #RANSOM2 done how I want to. Unfortunately the feds said no to Gucci hosting a project from jail.— Mike WiLL Made-It (@MikeWiLLMadeIt) February 8, 2016
My "Trap Tape" is still coming once the Trap God comes home.#FreeGucci— Mike WiLL Made-It (@MikeWiLLMadeIt) February 8, 2016
Ransom 2's previously shared art (above) features the words "Free Gucci." Mike WiLL Made-It has often credited Gucci for supporting him early in his career. The track "Stop Start" (below) off 2014's Ransom featured Gucci alongside Chief Keef and Peewee Longway.
After releasing "Formation" and performing with Coldplay and Bruno Mars at Super Bowl 50, Beyoncé has announced the Formation World Tour. It hits North America this spring, followed by Europe this summer. It's her first solo tour since the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour in 2013. It follows jer and Jay Z's On the Run tour from 2014. The tour was announced via an ad during the Super Bowl, which can be watched below. Find the dates below.//
Beyoncé is coming…Get ready for THE FORMATION WORLD TOUR this spring! More info here: http://livemu.sc/FORMATIONWORLDTOURPosted by Live Nation on Sunday, February 7, 2016
04-27 Miami, FL - Marlins Park
04-29 Tampa Bay, FL - Raymond James Stadium
05-01 Atlanta, GA - Georgia Dome
05-03 Raleigh, NC - Carter-Finley Stadium
05-05 Nashville, TN - Nissan Stadium
05-07 Houston, TX - NRG Stadium
05-09 Dallas, TX - AT&T Stadium
05-12 San Diego, CA - Qualcomm Stadium
05-14 Los Angeles, CA - Rose Bowl
05-16 Santa Clara, CA - Levi's Stadium
05-18 Seattle, WA - CenturyLink Field
05-20 Edmonton, Alberta - Commonwealth Stadium
05-23 Minneapolis, MN - TCF Bank Stadium
05-25 Toronto, Ontario - Rogers Centre
05-27 Chicago, IL - Soldier Field
05-29 Detroit, MI - Ford Field
05-31 Pittsburgh, PA - Heinz Field
06-03 Boston, MA - Gillette Stadium
06-05 Philadelphia, PA - Lincoln Financial Field
06-07 New York, NY - Citi Field
06-10 Baltimore, MD - M&T Bank Stadium
06-12 Hershey, PA - Hersheypark Stadium
06-28 Sunderland, England - Stadium of Light
06-30 Cardiff, England - Millennium Stadium
07-02 London, England - Wembley Stadium
07-05 Manchester, England - Emirates Old Trafford
07-07 Glasgow, Scotland - Hampden Park
07-09 Dublin, Ireland - Croke Park
07-12 Dusseldorf, Germany - Esprit Arena
07-14 Zurich, Switzerland - Letzigrund
07-16 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Arena
07-18 Milan, Italy - Stadio San Siro
07-21 Paris, France - Stade de France
07-24 Copenhagen, Denmark - Parken
07-26 Stockholm, Sweden - Friends Arena
07-29 Frankfurt, Germany - Gommerzbank Arena
07-31 Brussels, Belgium - Roi Boudoin
Photo via Instagram
As previously announced, Coldplay performed during the Super Bowl 50 halftime show. Beyoncé appeared in front of the field goal with a huge team of dancers to perform her brand new single "Formation." Then she had a dance off and live remix with Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson, who did "Uptown Funk." Watch the performance below.
During the performance, they showed highlights from halftime shows in the past.
Coldplay: "Viva La Vida"
Coldplay: "Adveture of a Lifetime"
Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars: "Uptown Funk"
Coldplay: "Clocks"/"Fix You"/"Up&Up"
Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images
Super Bowl 50 kicked off tonight in Santa Clara, Calif. Before the Carolina Panthers played the Denver Broncos, Lady Gaga sang the national anthem. As she hit the final high note, there was a flyover from the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels. Watch it happen below.
In an interview with NFL Network, Gaga called the opportunity "one of the highest honors of [her] career."