Today is Killer Mike's birthday, and to celebrate, the man has shared a long-overdue music video for a major highlight from his 2011 LP Pl3dge. Predictably, the Travis Nelson-directed clip for "Ric Flair" features some archival footage of the Nature Boy himself projected onto the side of a skyscraper. Woo!
Watch Mike do "Reagan" at the 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival:
Image via ESP-Disk
Bernard Stollman was the founder of the New York City-based independent record label ESP-Disk. His label released influential jazz records by artists like Albert Ayler, Ornette Coleman, Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders, Cecil Taylor, and many others. He died last night following a battle with colon cancer, the label reports. He was 85.
Stollman started the label in 1963 with the intention of releasing Esperanto-based music, which gave the label its name. At the end of that year, he heard Ayler and decided to record him. The second-ever ESP-Disk release was Ayler's Spiritual Unity, which is widely considered a classic. In a career-spanning interview, Stollman discussed hearing Ayler and Coleman's music and deciding to release it:
“These things moved me. I had a broad but limited orientation to all art forms so I didn't look at the music as commerce ... but I didn't have any reference other than my gut feelings. I wasn't concerned about whether anyone else would like it, [ESP-Disk] was the most supreme self-indulgence. I felt if it moves me it might move other people.”
Though many of the label's most famous releases came from iconic jazz artists, ESP-Disk was also responsible for releasing outsider and underground records by the Fugs, Timothy Leary, Pearls Before Swine, William S. Burroughs, and Cromagnon.
Stollman shut the label down in the mid-1970s. He served as Assistant Attorney General of the State of New York until he retired in 1991. He relaunched ESP-Disk in 2005.
Fucked Up's newest Chinese Zodiac-themed EP Year of the Hare is out June 16 via Deathwish. The EP features the 21-minute title track, and today, they've unveiled the above eight-minute B-side, "California Cold" (via Stereogum).
The band have also announced a tour. They're expanding their live lineup to nine members—they'll be joined by the band Doomsquad. According to a press release, they're going to perform a different set of Zodiac songs each night and the shows will be more "improvisational and experimental" compared to traditional Fucked Up shows. Find those dates below.
05-01 Normal, IL - Firehouse Pizza & Pub
05-02 Ferndale, MI - Loving Touch (Blowout Festival)
05-09 Ottawa, Ontario - Ritual Nightclub
05-22 Dublin, Ireland - Hangar
05-23 Liverpool, England - Sound City Festival
05-24 Bristol, England - The Marble Factory
05-25 Leeds, England - Gold Sounds Festival
05-26 London, England - Koko
05-27 London, England - TBA
05-28 Nantes, France - Sterolux
05-29 Nimes, France - This Is Not A Love Song Festival
05-30 Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound
05-31 Barcelona, Spain - Apolo
06-26 New York, NY - The Wick
06-27 Jersey City, NJ - Monty Hall
06-28 Philadelphia, PA - Int’l House
06-29 Washington, DC - Howard Theatre
06-30 North Carolina - TBA
07-01 Savannah, GA - S.Pine Company
07-02 Atlanta, GA - Eyedrum Gallery
07-03 Birmingham, AL - Saturn
07-05 Nashville, TN - Third Man
07-06 Chicago, IL - Garfield Conservatory
07-24 Oro-Medonte, Ontario - Wayhome Festival
Watch Fucked Up play "Magic Word" via Pitchfork.tv:
Read "Evolve With the Flow: How Drake and Kendrick Found Their Voices", Jayson Greene's latest Overtones column.
Watch a mini-documentary on Kendrick Lamar at Pitchfork Music Festival:
Vampire Weekend's Chris Baio makes dance music under the name Baio. Now, he's announced his debut album, which will be out this summer via Glassnote. He says the album contains "Bowie and Ferry-influenced pop songs and dumbsmart arena techno" in a press release.
Watch Pitchfork.tv's "Over/Under" featuring Vampire Weekend:
Neil Young has teamed up with Promise of the Real, a band featuring Lukas and Micah Nelson (sons of the legendary Willie Nelson), to record an album titled The Monsanto Years, as Rolling Stone reports. As you might guess, the album is composed of songs criticizing food industry giant Monsanto, which Young has spoken out against for years. The record will be out June 16, with Young and Promise of the Real touring to support it. (Band of Horses will open on a handful of dates.) Check out their schedule below.
Some songs that might appear on the album debuted at a recent show in San Luis Obispo, California. They include titles such as "Rock Starbucks", "Monsanto Years", "Too Big to Fail", and "Seeds", as fan site Sugar Mountain points out. Below, you can watch a few videos from that show, comprising some of the new songs along with older ones like "Walk On", via Stereogum.
Last year, Young urged his fans to boycott Starbucks over their alleged ties to Monsanto.
Neil Young and Promise of the Real:
07-05 Milwaukee, WI - Summerfest
07-08-09 Denver, CO - Red Rocks *
07-11 Lincoln, NE - Pinnacle Bank Arena *
07-13 Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center *
07-14 Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
07-16 Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center *
07-17 Bethel, NY - Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
07-19 Essex Junction, VT - Champlain Valley Expo
07-21 Wantagh, NY - Jones Beach
07-22 Great Woods, MA - Xfinity Center
07-24 Oro-Medonte, Ontario - Wayhome Festival
* with Band of Horses
Surfer Blood guitarist Thomas Fekete has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, and is currently undergoing treatment.
Earlier this year, a large tumor was removed from his abdomen, but the cancer subsequently spread to his lungs and spine. Fekete has launched a GoFundMe page to help with the costs of treatment, and wrote a note about his progress:
A few months back I had a major surgery to remove a large tumor from my abdomen. I was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive cancer (a sarcoma), which unfortunately has moved. A few days ago, my doctors informed me that it had spread to my lungs and my spine.
The lesion on my lower spine will be treated with radiation, and I’ll also start chemotherapy this week. Because my cancer is so rare, there is very little research on it (cancer treatment is a business after all), so going to a typical doctor and getting loaded with all types of drugs would probably kill me. However, I found a doctor who is on the cutting edge of cancer treatments, and we have assembled a team of brilliant doctors who all seem to be extremely confident in an alternative treatment plan, to complement the chemotherapy. Because these doctors are doing things a bit differently, insurance will only cover a portion of my treatment. I never in my life thought that I would be asking for money publicly, but the universe works in funny ways.
Any bit of help would be massive for me, as I'm no longer able to tour and make a living, and my wonderful wife/best friend whom I just married in November will now be leaving work to help me throughout my treatment. If you can't help, no worries whatsoever, all I ask is that you spread the word. Any extra funds collected when this is all said and done will be donated to further my doctor's alternative cancer research. I not only feel great, but I am in great spirits, and I know this will soon be over like a bad dream. Please take care of yourselves, enjoy every single day. Life is beautiful. Love and light always.
The band also shared a statement on Facebook:
Thomas has been playing guitar in Surfer Blood for nearly 6 years, but since December has been sidelined by treatment for cancer. We miss him everyday on the road but we know he is incredibly strong and we have faith in him, and in his doctors. We hope you can help with a donation of any size, and help spread the word by sharing on social media. Thank you so much for the support!
Unknown Mortal Orchestra has shared a new track called "Can't Keep Checking My Phone", from the forthcoming album Multi-Love (out May 26 via Jagjaguwar). Listen to it above, via Vulture. Previously, they've shared the title track, "Multi-Love".
Listen to the new song above, and check out Unknown Mortal Orchestra's previously-announced tour dates, below.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra:
05-07 Eugene, OR - WOW Hall
05-09 Seattle, WA - Barboza
05-10 Spokane, WA - The Bartlett
05-20 Bristol, England - Thekla
05-21 London, England - Islington Assembly Hall
05-22 Coventry, England - Warwick University
05-23 Liverpool, England - Liverpool Sound City
05-25 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Bitterzoet
05-26 Berlin, Germany - Berghain Kantine
05-27 Brussels, Belgium - AB Club
05-28 Paris, France - La Flèche d’Or
05-29-31 Nîmes, France - This is Not a Love Song Festival
05-30 Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound
06-02 Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
06-03 Montreal, Quebec - Theatre Fairmount
06-04 Toronto, Ontario - Lee’s Palace
06-05 Pontiac, MI - Pike Room
06-06 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
06-08 Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club
06-09 Omaha, NE - Waiting Room
06-10 St. Louis, MO - Firebird
06-11-14 Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
06-13 Atlanta, GA - Terminal West
06-14 Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
06-15 Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
06-16 Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle
06-17 Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle
06-19 Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw
07-14 Bergen, Norway - Landmark
07-16-19 Southwold, England - Latitude Festival
07-23 Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater
07-26 Vancouver, British Columbia - Imperial
07-28 Boise, ID - Neurolux
07-29 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
07-31 Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
08-01 Santa Fe, NM - Skylight
08-02 Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
08-03 Tuscon, AZ - Club Congress
08-05 San Diego, CA - Casbah
08-06 West Hollywood, CA - The Roxy Theatre
08-07-09 San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands
09-08 Helsinki, Finland - Tavastia
09-10 Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser Strand
09-11 Gothenburg, Sweden - Pustervik
09-12 Copenhagen, Denmark - VEGA
09-14 Hamburg, Germany - Ubel & Gefahrlich
09-15 Cologne, Germany - Gebaude 9
09-16 Frankfurt, Germany - Zoom
09-17 Berlin, Germany - Lido
09-20 Utrecht, Netherlands - Tivoli Vredenburg Pandora
09-22 Brighton, England - Concorde 2
09-23 London, England - O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
09-24 Birmingham, England - The Library at the Institute
09-25 Manchester, England - The Ritz
09-26 Dublin, Ireland - Whelan's
09-28 Nottingham, England - Rescue Rooms
09-29 Leeds, England - Brudenell Social Club
09-30 Glasgow, Scotland - QMU
Watch Unknown Mortal Orchestra perform "Ffunny Friends" at Pitchfork Music Festival 2012:
Friday morning, Twin Shadow and their crew were involved in a highway accident outside Denver. Twelve people were hospitalized. Today, the band has issued a statement on the crash. Read it below:Driving on Friday morning April 17th, Twin Shadow's tour bus hit a tractor-trailer on Interstate 70 in Aurora, Colorado. The circumstances surrounding the accident are being investigated.
There were 12 people on the tour bus consisting of band and crew. Everyone was taken to two local hospitals. At this time both driver John Crawford and Twin Shadow drummer Andy Bauer remain hospitalized, in serious condition. George Lewis Jr. AKA Twin Shadow will be undergoing reconstructive hand surgery this week.
While everyone involved in the accident recovers, Twin Shadow are postponing tour dates scheduled for April 21- May 22nd.
The band and crew send a heartfelt thanks to everyone in Colorado and beyond who have helped through this difficult time.
We will update you as we have more information.
Here's the band's updated tour schedule:
04-21 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
04-23 Seattle, WA - Neumos
04-24 Vancouver, British Columbia - Imperial
04-25 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
04-27 Reno, NV - The Knitting Factory
04-29 San Francisco, CA - The Regency Ballroom
04-30 Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre
05-15 Vienna, Austria - Grelle Forelle
05-16 Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Israel - Barby Club
05-19 London, England - O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
05-20 Manchester, England - The Deaf Institute
05-22 Mannheim, Germany - Maifeld Derby 2015
05-23 Paris, France - Le Trianon
05-24 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg Oude Zaal
05-26 Hamburg, Germany - Uebel & Gefährlich
05-27 Cologne, Germany - Luxor
05-28 Baden, Switzerland - Nordportal
05-30 Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound
05-31 Berlin, Germany - Berlin Festival
06-05-07 New York, NY - Governor’s Ball
06-12 Mexico City, Mexico - Sala
07-31-08-02 Montreal, Quebec - Osheaga
09-15 Raleigh, NC - Red Hat Amphitheater
09-17 Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
09-18 Cincinnati, OH - PNC Pavillion at Riverbend
09-19 Columbus, OH - Lifestyle Communities Pavillion
09-21 Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
On June 2, the Norwegian jazz outfit Jaga Jazzist will release their latest album Starfire via Ninja Tune. One of the album's tracks, "Oban", has gotten the remix treatment from their fellow countryman, Todd Terje. (Jaga Jazzist's Lars Horntveth is also a member of Terje's touring band.) Listen above.
Terje's "Oban" remix will be released on a 12" on May 18 via Ninja Tune.
Jaga Jazzist have also announced a series of North American tour dates. Find those below.
On July 18, Terje is playing this year's Pitchfork Music Festival at Union Park in Chicago.
Check out Todd Terje: 15 Essential Rarities.
02 Big City Music
06-13 Bergen, Norway - Bergenfest
06-17 Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom *
06-18 San Francisco, CA – The Independent *
06-20 New York, NY – Webster Hall *
06-21 Washington, DC – Black Cat
06-22 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
06-23 Asheville, NC – New Mountain Theatre
06-24 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
06-25 Rothbury, MI – Electric Forest Festival
06-27 Calgary, Alberta – Sled Island
06-28 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – Saskatchewan Jazz Fest
06-29 Montreal, Quebec – Club Soda
06-30 Ottawa, Ontario – Ottawa Jazz Fest
07-17 Tonsberg, Norway - Total Slottsfjell Utested
08-14 Oslo, Norway - Oyafestivalen
* with Taylor McFerrin
AraabMuzik's new album Dream World is out June 16 via AraabMuzik Label Group/Distrolord Digital. It's the follow up to his 2011 LP Electronic Dream. The first single from the album is "Day Dreams"—find the video, directed by @LILINTERNET, below via Pitchfork.tv. In the video, footage from several cities is shown as AraabMuzik DJs in front of a colorful lights display.
The album features a guest spot from Kelela. Find the full tracklist below the video.
01 Dream World
02 New Teckk
04 Miss You
05 My Life
06 Day Dreams
09 Heavy Hitter
10 Final Hour [ft. Kelela]
11 Time After Time
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place in Cleveland over the weekend, honoring Lou Reed, Green Day, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bill Withers, and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.
In a tribute to Reed, a pregnant Karen O and Yeah Yeah Yeahs bandmate Nick Zinner covered "Vicious", while Beck covered "Satellite of Love", backed by fun.'s Nate Ruess, during the ceremony. Watch video below via Brooklyn Vegan.
Patti Smith inducted the late icon and his wife Laurie Anderson accepted the award on his behalf. (You can read Smith's full speech here and Anderson's here.)
Read our 5-10-15-20 interview with Karen O, in which she talks about her love for Lou Reed. Read our Afterword on Reed.
"Satellite of Love"
Father John Misty, aka Josh Tillman, is currently on tour in support of this year's I Love You, Honeybear. Now, he's extended his schedule to keep him on the road into November. Check out the new dates here.
Over the weekend, Tillman performed at Coachella. In addition to his own set, he came out during Florence and the Machine's set to duet on the Everly Brothers' "Love Hurts". He also released "I Loved You, Honeybee", a Record Store Day single.
Father John Misty:
04-22 Dallas, TX - Granada Theater ^
04-23 Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's ^
04-24 Austin, TX - Stubb's ^
04-25 New Orleans, LA - Civic Theater ^
05-15-17 Gulf Shores, AL - Hangout Music Festival
05-22 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
05-22-25 George, WA - Sasquatch Festival
05-24 Vancouver, British Columbia - Commodore Ballroom
05-28 St. Louis, MO - The Fox Theater #
05-29 Kansas City, MO - Starlight Theater #
05-30 Minneapolis, MN - Halls Island #
05-31 Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theatre
06-02 Indianapolis, IN - Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River #
06-03 Detroit, MI - Masonic Temple Theatre #
06-04 Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion $
06-05 Cincinnati, OH - Bunbury Music Festival
06-06 Pittsburgh, PA - Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
06-07 Toronto, Ontario - Field Trip Festival
06-26 Bexhill, England - De La Warr Pavilion
06-27-28 Killarney, Ireland - Killarney Food & Music Festival
07-01-04 Gydnia, Poland - Open'er Festival
07-02-05 Barcelona, Spain - Vida Music Festival
07-23 Salt Lake City, UT - Pioneer
07-24-26 Edmonton, Ontario - Heritage Amphitheatre
07-23-26 Calgary, Alberta - Calgary Folk Festival
07-31-08-02 Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
08-01 Buffalo, NY - Town Hall
08-05 New York, NY - Central Park Summerstage %
08-11-15 Oslo, Norway - Oya Festival
08-13-15 Gothenburg, Sweden - Way Out West
08-14-15 Haldern, Germany - Haldern Pop Festival
08-20-21 Paredes de Coura, Portugal - Paredes de Coura Festival
08-21-23 Biddinghuizen, Netherlands - Lowlands Festival
08-22-23 Brecon, Wales - Green Man Festival
09-20 Madison, WI - Orpheum
09-25 Rochester, NY - Anthology
09-29 Raleigh, NC - The Ritz
09-30 Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre
10-01 Birmingham, AL - Iron City
10-05 Tulsa, OK - Cain’s Ballroom
10-08 Louisville, KY - Palace Theatre
10-09 Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall
10-12 Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
10-15 Las Vegas, NV - Pool at the Cosmopolitan
10-16 Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
10-22 Galway, Ireland - Roisin Dubh
10-23 Belfast, England - Mandela Hall
10-24 Dublin, Ireland - Vicar Street
10-26 Sheffield, England - Plug
10-27 Cambridge, England - The Junction10-24 Dublin, Ireland - Vicar Street
10-28-29 London, England - O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
11-01 Bologna, Italy - Locomotiv
11-02 Munich, Germany - Strom
11-03 Weisbaden, Germany - Schlachtof
11-04-08 Reykjavik, Iceland - Iceland Airwaves
11-11 Nantes, France - Stereolux
11-12 Lyon, France - Epicerie Moderne
11-13 Koln, Germany - Luxor
^ with Luluc
# with Alabama Shakes
$ with The Decemberists
% with Angel Olsen
Read "How to Make Love", our feature on Father John Misty.
Watch Father John Misty perform "I Love You, Honeybear" for Pitchfork.tv:
Built to Spill have shared a video for "Never Be The Same", off of their album Untethered Moon, which is out tomorrow. The clip, directed by Jordan Minkoff, is a sequel to the "Living Zoo" video. Doug Martsch learns a series of dance moves... will he use them at the band's big show? Watch it below, via Pitchfork.tv.
Untethered Moon is Built to Spill's first studio album since 2009's There Is No Enemy.
Read Jayson Greene's Overtones column on Built to Spill.
Electronic dance music pioneers the Orb will release a new album—their first since 2012's Lee "Scratch" Perry collaboration The Orbserver in the Star House—this summer. It's called Moonbuilding 2703 AD and it's out June 23 on Kompakt. The album marks the Orb's return to Kompakt, following 2005's Okie Dokie It's the Orb on Kompakt. Check out the art above and the tracklist below. The album consists of four long tracks, with three more (including a J Dilla tribute) contained on the deluxe vinyl edition.
The Orb have also announced a short tour in support of the record. Find a full list of dates below.
Moonbuilding 2703 AD:
01 God’s Mirrorball
02 Moonscapes 2703 BC
03 Lunar Caves
04 Moonbuilding 2703 AD
Deluxe vinyl version only:
05 Dilla’s Moon Quake (The Orb’s Tribute to J Dilla)
06 Moon Quake (Slice of Silver)
07 Moon Quake 6
04-29 Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
04-30 San Francisco, CA - Regency Ballroom
05-02 Las Vegas, NV - Further Future Festival
05-03 Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre
05-05 Durango, CO - Animas City Theatre
05-07 Aspen, CO - Belly Up Aspen
05-08 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
05-09 Boulder, CO - etown
05-15 Neerpelt, Belgium - Eurorock
05-16 Lyon, France - Nuits Sonores
Listen to the classic "Little Fluffy Clouds":
Nicki Minaj wasn't on the bill for Coachella this year, but nevertheless, she made her way to Indio, CA for the festival's second weekend. Early in the evening, she came out during David Guetta's set while he played "Hey Mama", her collaboration with Guetta and Afrojack. Later, she popped onstage during Drake's set to give him a hug. "It's been too long, Mama," Drake said warmly, later offering her his congratulations. (It's rumored that she recently got engaged to Meek Mill.)
As the beat from "Truffle Butter" kicked in, Minaj sauntered offstage shortly thereafter, accompanied by dubstep air horn sounds. All in all, it was a much tamer affair than his headlining gig the previous weekend, which was interrupted midway through by the now-infamous Madonna makeout. Watch footage of her cameos below.
Read our feature Views From the 6: Inside Drake's Toronto.
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Florence and the Machine returned to Indio, CA last night for Coachella's second weekend. After breaking her foot during their set at the festival last week, Florence Welch had to perform the entire set sitting in a chair.
NME reports that after performing her Ceremonials track "Only If For a Night", Welch offered to make up for her injury with a special guest: "To make up for my foot being broken and not being able to stand for you, I thought I'd give you something really special. Everybody, this is Father John Misty." As Josh Tillman took his seat next to Welch, he quipped, "What have you gotten me into?"; the two then dove into an acoustic take on the Everly Brothers' "Love Hurts". Watch footage of their performance below.
Florence and the Machine's album How Big How Blue How Beautiful is out June 2 in the U.S. and June 1 in the UK.