Back in September, the Velvet Underground's John Cale teamed with architect Liam Young to create a performance called "LOOP>>60Hz: Transmissions from the Drone Orchestra". It took place at the Barbican in London and utilized flying drones as musical instruments. The Creators Project have shared a short documentary about how the performance came together. Watch it below.
Some drones carried speakers, which brought Cale's voice to different areas of the venue. Other drones were equipped with speakers to amplify the hum of their motors. They also wore elaborate costumes.
Back in 2012, Lil B gave a lecture at New York University where he dropped nuggets of wisdom such as "let's stop fracking" and "every single person you meet, look at them like a golden million dollar baby." Yesterday, he returned to the lecture circuit when he gave a talk at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology—aka MIT. "If I could get a water on stage, because this will be intense and I will be speaking from the heart," he opened.
During the talk, he revealed that he's developing an app for a vegan company called Follow Your Heart and is "working with YouTube". He also discussed his mother's health struggles, race, Ferguson, being comforting instead of focusing purely on profit, his song "No Black Person Is Ugly", and so much more. Here are a few choice highlights from the transcript:
- "I want to say, to answer your question: yes, I do love Kevin Durant, and I appreciate him, and I appreciate the NBA."
- "If Kevin Durant came to D.C., would I lift the curse? Well, does Boston love D.C.?"
- "Me and Kevin got a game to play."
- "I want to give a shout out to all the engineers and scientists, and all the people in here, swag. Everybody that's dealing with math, you know what I'm saying? Salute man."
- "I appreciate the Black Student Union for making this happen. Everybody should be in the Black Student Union, because we're all black, remember that."
- "Tinder is a new company, but you see with technology, how this is transcending. From Tinder to creating cars. Tinder might be making that next car. I'm so excited about the technology."
- "Maybe Tinder wasn't the right example."
- "Make sure you comfort everybody, because you have so much power."
- "I am here to comfort you. I chose my job to be a healer, you know what I'm saying?"
- [When asked about recurring dreams] "Who had the bathroom stall dream where if you pee in the stall, you pee on yourself?" [Applause] "I ain't alone baby! That's the worst dream to have."
- [When asked if he identifies as a feminist] "Hell yeah. I push for the women so hard."
- "Give the person your all when you're listening. ... That's a huge thing, understanding empathy."
- "The main thing I'm trying to press here with everybody is that I love you."
Read the entire transcript.
On his mom:
Watch part of his NYU lecture via Pitchfork.tv:
TV on the Radio swung by "Late Show With David Letterman" last night. They performed the single "Happy Idiot" off their new album Seeds. "Yeah! All the way from Brooklyn," Dave shouted at the end of the performance.
Photo by Steve Gullick
Jon Hopkins is the latest artist to share an Essential Mix on BBC Radio 1. The two-hour mix features an unreleased Hopkins song called "Interlude", plus material from Dan Deacon, Clark, Panda Bear, Boddika & Joy Orbison, and others. Find the tracklist below, and listen here.
Hopkins has also shared a batch of world tour dates, including a just-announced show tonight at Glasslands in Brooklyn.
He said of the mix:
"It feels amazing to be part of a mix series that has been going for 20 years, and to join a line up that has included so many people whose music i admire. I put a lot of work into this, trying to showcase the tracks that have influenced my recent album and live shows, and trying to build a real musical structure and journey over the 2 hours. I really hope everyone enjoys it."
Read our Guest List interview with Hopkins.
Bvdub & Loscil - Moirai (Glacial Movements)
Rapoon - Alchiva (Robin Storey)
Barker & Baumecker - Spur (Clark Remix) (Warp)
Jon Hopkins - Interlude (unreleased)
Seefeel - Industrious (Too Pure)
Jon Hopkins - Abandon Window (Moderat Remix) (Domino)
Recondite - The Fade (Ghostly)
Dan Deacon - Surprise Stefani (Luke Abbott Remix) (Carpark)
Untold - Just for You (Hotflush)
Skudge - Mobius (Indigo Aera)
Agoria & Francesco Tristano - Kick the Peace Part 1 (Different)
Fairmont - 3 Cities (Traum Shallpatten)
Daniel Avery - Naive Response (Phantasy)
I Break Horses - Faith (The Field Remix) (Bella Union)
Gary Beck - Algoreal (Soma Quality Recordings)
James Holden - The Illuminations (12" version) (Border Community)
Wesley Matsell - Bismuth (Cambria Instruments)
Jon Hopkins - Collider (Pangaea Remix) (Domino)
Clark - Growls Garden (Nathan Fake Remix) (Warp)
Mux Mool - Crackers (Ghostly)
Boddika & Joy Orbison - In Here (Sunklo)
Mogg & Naudascher - Moon Unit Part 2 (Supersoul)
Panda Bear - Drone (Paw Tracks)
11-22 Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands
12-04 Brighton, England - Brighton Dome
12-12 Manchester, England - The Warehouse Project
12-16 Cape Town, South Africa - Sónar Cape Town
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 Freemantle, Australia - Laneway Festival
04-24 London, England - Brixton Academy
Watch his "Open Eye Signal" video:
Yesterday Beyoncé released two new songs-- "7/11" and "Ring Off"-- that will appear on the forthcoming remaster of her surprise 2013 album, Beyoncé. Now, she's dropped a video for "7/11", in which she dances for a fisheyed camera on a balcony before taking the party inside. She begins the video wearing knee pads and a sweatshirt that simply says "Kale", and it only gets more interesting from there. Watch the video below.
Beyoncé will release the deluxe edition of last year's self-titled album on November 24.
Lately, Chromatics/Glass Candy main man Johnny Jewel has been uploading a ton of unreleased music to his Soundcloud. When we last checked in, he had shared Chromatics' "I Can't Keep Running" (an alternate version of "Cherry"), Chromatics' cover of the pop standard "Blue Moon", an an eight-track version of Chromatics' "At Your Door", and a track under his own name, "The Last Dance".
Today, he posted an unreleased Chromatics song called "White Light", as Gorilla Vs. Bear points out. Listen to it above.
Over the past few days, he has also posted a demo version of Chromatics' "Shadow", an alternate version of Chromatics' "Birds of Paradise" called "Birds of Prey", and Johnny Jewel solo instrumentals "End Credits" and "Mr. Midnight".
Read our interview from 2012 with Johnny Jewel.
In a segment this week for BBC Two "Newsnight"'s Encounters series, in which notable figures interview each other, Patti Smith and David Lynch discussed a number of topics. Aside from Lynch's "Twin Peaks" and Blue Velvet, they also talked about Pussy Riot. Watch the whole segment below, via NME.
"This is something that goes back to biblical times," she said. "This kind of oppression and this kind of misunderstanding, taking young girls who have families and have hopes and dreams and putting them in prison for issuing a teenage prayer, really."
Of her interaction with Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, she said: "One of the things they were saying to me was 'Everyone wants us to speak to them but what are we supposed to say?' And I said, 'You should say that we are all you because of our beliefs, our belief system or trying to say something new, to speak out against our governments or even our churches, or corporations. We are all potentially in danger. Speak to a younger generation to think for themselves.'
"These girls did something absolutely original. As even a mother or a grandmother, they are in my prayers."
Read "The Musical Legacy of Twin Peaks", which looks at the musical influence of Lynch's show.
In honor of its 10th anniversary, Diplo is reissuing his 2004 album Florida. The expanded, two-disc set will be released on November 28 (Black Friday) via Big Dada, and includes both the original album and a disc containing previously unheard tracks and remixes. His 2003 Epistemology Suite EP (released under the name Diplodocus) will also be included.
Earlier this week, Diplo released a version of the reissue via BitTorrent. The BitTorrent version included the original album, plus an unreleased Eprom remix of "Big Lost", the stems for "Into the Sun", a message from Diplo, various pieces of art, and emails Diplo sent to his label, Big Dada, to accompany his demo. However, the second disc of the reissue was not included in the BitTorrent bundle.
Now, the full, two-disc version of the Florida reissue is streaming in full over at Pitchfork Advance, our online streaming platform designed to emulate the album listening experience. Listen here until November 28. Find the full tracklist below. Above, listen to Diplo's 10-minute-long commentary about the album. He talks about making the album, its inspirations, and his life at the time.
This week, Pitchfork Advance is also streaming Gala Drop's new album II, Full of Hell's collaborative album with Merzbow, and the Ariel Kalma compilation An Evolutionary Music (Original Recordings: 1972-1979).
Florida 10th Anniversary Reissue:
02 Big Lost
04 Into The Sun (feat. Martina Topley-Bird)
05 Way More
06 Money Power Respect (feat P.E.A.C.E)
07 Diplo Rhythm (feat. Vybz Cartel, Pantera Os Danadinhos, Sandra Melody)
09 Indian Thick Jawns (feat P.E.A.C.E)
10 Summer’s Gonna Hurt You
11 It’s All Part Of A Bigger Plan
12 Epistemology Suite 1: Don’t Fall
13 Epistemology Suite 2: Like Cats
14 Epistemology Suite 3: You’re Enron
15 As I Lay Dying
16 Flute Jawn
17 Making It Hard
18 Now's The Time (F10rida Rework)
19 Newsflash (Metronomy Remix)
20 Summer’s Gonna Hurt You (Derek Allen Version)
21 Big Lost (Eprom remix)
Sky Ferreira Covers Hole's "Asking For It" With DIIV's Zachary Cole Smith, Performs New Material in L.A.
Photo by Tonje Thilesen
Last night, Sky Ferreira played Los Angeles' Belasco Theater. In addition to performing new material, she also brought her boyfriend, Zachary Cole Smith of DIIV, out for a cover of Hole's "Asking for It". Ferreira's last album, Night Time, My Time came out last year. Watch the cover and footage of Ferreira's new material below.
In an interview with Billboard, Ferreira says she's working with Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie and Andrew Innes on new material, in addition to Ariel Rechtshaid and Justin Raisen, her Night Time, My Time producers. She also hopes to work with Gesaffelstein.
Read our interview with Ferreira here.
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Watch Ferreira's video for "Everything is Embarrassing":
The Smashing Pumpkins' new album Monuments to an Elegy is out December 9. So far, the band have shared three songs from it: "Tiberius", "Being Beige" and "One and All". Now, another song from the project has surfaced titled "Drum and Fife". Listen below via NME. And check out the amazing artwork, above.
R.E.M. have shared a five-minute clip from R.E.M. by MTV, a new documentary that traces the band's history concurrent to the rise of MTV. The documentary is included in a six-DVD retrospective, REMTV, chronicling R.E.M.'s performance history on MTV. Out November 24, it also includes R.E.M.'s "MTV Unplugged" and "VH1 Storytellers" performances, award show footage, and live MTV clips from 1995 to 2008. Read more details about the box set here.
In the clip, which can be watched below via Pitchfork.tv, the band members discuss the inexplicable string of health issues that arose during their Monster tour in the mid-'90s. In quick succession, Bill Berry suffered a brain aneurysm, Mike Mills had an abdominal operation, and Michael Stipe required surgery for a hernia. Among the vintage "MTV News" footage is an amazing clip of Stipe, wearing an inexplicable du-rag, showing off his surgery scar to Tabitha Soren.
The documentary will screen on VH1 Classic and Palladia tomorrow, November 22.
Read Ryan Dombal's interview with R.E.M. after they announced their 2011 breakup, and read our rundown of R.E.M.'s best (and weirdest) rarities.
Photo by Ken Estep
Earlier this month, Sun Kil Moon's Mark Kozelek released his seasonal album Sings Christmas Carols, a venture into the world of carols and good cheer. On his latest track, however, he's not talking about Santa, but about dead possums - and hanging out with Godflesh.
Appropriately titled "The Possum", the roughly nine-minute track, which Kozelek just shared, features an appearance by former Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley (it'll be available on December 1 via Kozelek's label, Caldo Verde). Listen below, via Stereogum.
Read our interview with Kozelek and watch Sun Kil Moon perform at Pitchfork Music Festival:
Yoko Ono and The Flaming Lips have shared a cover of Ono and John Lennon's "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" for the forthcoming Amazon Prime compilation All Is Bright, a 40-song holiday playlist that came out today.
All Is Bright features classic and newly-recorded material from Yoko Ono and Flaming Lips, Amanda Palmer, Brandi Carlile, Jessie Baylin, Liz Phair, Heartless Bastards, Lucinda Williams, and many others. This winter Amazon will be debuting behind-the-scenes recordings, live performances and one-on-one conversations with artists featured on All Is Bright. Check out the tracklist here.
The Flaming Lips have previously teamed with the Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band for a recording of their holiday track "Atlas Eets Christmas". Watch them perform Ono's "Chesire Cat Cry" together on Letterman, below.
"Happy Xmas (War Is Over)":
"Chesire Cat Cry":
Beyoncé will release the deluxe edition of last year's self-titled album on November 24. Now, Billboard reports that she's shared "7/11" and "Ring Off", two new songs that will appear on the release. Listen to them above.
The Beyoncé Platinum Edition contains a new collection of tunes called More, which features "7/11" and "Ring Off", plus remixes of past songs from Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Pharrell, and Mr. Vegas. It also includes the original album and a DVD containing the associated videos, along with a live performance DVD chronicling the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour, a photo booklet, and a Beyoncé mini calendar for the coming year.
Jeff Tweedy, Win Butler, Regine Chassagne, and Many Others Cover "The Weight" Live With Mavis Staples
Last night in Chicago dozens of musicians gathered at Chicago's Auditorium Theatre to celebrate Mavis Staples' career in an event aptly titled “I’ll Take You There – Celebrating 75 Years Of Mavis Staples”.
The lineup included Jeff Tweedy and his son Spencer, Arcade Fire's Win Butler and Regine Chassagne, Grace Potter, Bonnie Raitt, Gregg Allman, Emmylou Harris, and many, many others who have collaborated with Staples throughout the years. Over the course of the evening Staples performed "You Are Not Alone" with Jeff Tweedy, and covered the Talking Heads' "Slippery People" with Win Butler and Regine Chassagne.
Below, watch the entire group close out the evening with a cover of the Band's classic, "The Weight".
Tonight James Blake opened the latest installment of his BBC Radio 1 Residency with a fake weather forecast that predicted, among other things, "acid-house gales" at "rave-o'clock". Later, he played Prince, D'Angelo, Arca, Arthur Russell, and Kate Bush, in addition to a new Klaus remix of his own song, "Not Long Now" from 2011's Enough Thunder EP. He also played his recent single, "Building It Still", which was debuted on the last installment.
During the broadcast, there was a fake commercial for something called "Rave-ageddon" that spoke forebodingly of "365 days of Rave".
Listen to the show here, via the BBC.
Watch Blake perform at this year's Pitchfork Music Festival Paris:
Watch Pitchfork.tv's documentary on James Blake, filmed at the 2011 Primavera Sound Festival:
The Decemberists just announced a tour in support of their new album What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World. Now, they've shared a collection of teasers for a forthcoming music video for "Make You Better". The two trailers, which are titled "The Old Blue Rock Palace Show Ep 77 #1-2", star Nick Offerman of Parks and Recreation. Watch below as Offerman interviews Colin Meloy in a fake foreign accent.
What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World, is out January 20 on Capitol. (Rough Trade releases the album January 19 in the UK and Europe.)
"The Old Blue Rock Palace Show Ep 77 #1":
"The Old Blue Rock Palace Show Ep 77 #2":
Watch the lyric video for "Make You Better":
Diplo has previously talked about working with Madonna on the follow up to 2012's MDNA. In a new interview, he revealed that one of the tracks he made with the Material Girl also features Sophie and Nicki Minaj. "I did a record that was literally Sophie and Madonna and Nicki Minaj," he told inthemix (via FACT).
He added: "I mean, if I can make a good record with Madonna, Nicki Minaj and Sophie, that’s all I wanna do. All I want to do is things that haven't been done before. I want to leave behind those weird things." He said that he and Sophie "did a bunch of stuff together."
Diplo also told inthemix that the new Major Lazer album has guest spots from Gwen Stefani, Pusha T, Travis $cott, Ellie Goulding, 2 Chainz, and MØ.
Read our Rising interview with Sophie.
Last month, the reunited Sleater-Kinney shared "Bury Our Friends", the lead single from their newly announced forthcoming LP No Cities to Love. Now, in an interview with NPR's All Songs Considered, the band has shared snippets of two new songs from the album. You can listen to the interview here. "Surface Envy" is played at 19:19 and "No Cities to Love" at 32:39. Below, read some quotes from the interview below, regarding the new material.
On the early stages of new songwriting:
CARRIE BROWNSTEIN: We wrote in my basement. It took on many permutations, and eventually we settled on a process that was a little more akin to what we had done in the early years, partially because Corin and I had to kind of reacquaint ourselves to the very specific vernacular that she and I speak, musically. And so, [she] and I would work on songs and then bring them to Janet, instead of jamming ... It's almost telepathic. I think that Corin and I can complete each other's musical sentences in a way that never ceases to surprise me.
On the way aging has impacted the band's sound:
JANET WEISS: I feel like, with the three of us, with the way we connect, there's a desperation to reach a certain level...a desperation to break through of the mundane, of the generic. We're trying to push through, so desperately, to something bigger, that it just sort of comes out in this really powerful, forward-moving way. But I don't think that's changed. I think...we just...don't write a lot of slow songs —there's a lot of...unbridled energy....I guess as far as young versus old, I don't really feel like I've said it all, and I'm comfortable, and I'm sort of ready to kick my feet up. I feel like there's a lot left to do... and if we're gonna do this, the three of us, let's make it off the charts.
On how the band reunited:
CORIN TUCKER: Actually, Carrie was at my house. We were hanging out, and I think we were watching Portlandia episodes that they were working on. And Fred [Armisen] was there, too. We were talking about playing music ... and I said, ...'I wonder if we're ever gonna do a Sleater-Kinney show again.'
CARRIE BROWNSTEIN: I think we had two people in the room who are known fans of the band. One is Corin's husband, Lance Bangs, and the other is Fred Armisen, who was a fan of the band long before he and I worked together... they were very encouraging, and I think just wouldn't let that conversation die...It was something that began percolating then. We talked to Janet and, you know, the conversation started.
No Cities to Love is out January 20 in the U.S. and January 19 internationally via Sub Pop.
Here's "Bury Our Friends":