Big Sean has shared "Blessings", a collaboration with Drake that will appear on his forthcoming album Dark Sky Paradise, out February 24. The track, which was produced by Boi-1da and Vinylz, follows four songs released by the rapper last year – including his hit "I Don't Fuck With You". Listen below.
Update 1/29 11:05 PM EST: Knight's lawyer has confirmed that Suge was behind the wheel at the time of the alleged hit and run, the Associated Press reports. The report also states the time of the incident as 3:00 PM PST.
Update 1/29 10:49 PM EST: The film set where Knight's alleged hit and run happened was part of a promotional shoot for Straight Outta Compton, the forthcoming biopic about the rap group N.W.A. According to Hollywood Reporter, shooting had finished and Dr. Dre and Ice Cube off-site when the reported scuffle took place (the two artists had been on set earlier that day filming) .
Update 1/29, 10:17 PM EST: According to TMZ, The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has issued a bulletin instructing officers to "be on the lookout" for Knight, and that they intend to question him for murder. Police also say Knight should be considered armed and dangerous. The former CEO's lawyer is urging his client to turn himself into police, according to the website.
This afternoon, while driving away from a film set in Compton, California, Suge Knight allegedly struck multiple bystanders, killing one man and hospitalizing two others, according to TMZ. The website has also uploaded footage of health officials attempting to administer CPR to a man who the outlet has identified as Terry Carter, a friend of the former Death Row Records CEO.
According to TMZ, Knight had arrived at the set of a film involving Game, Dr. Dre, and Ice Cube when he became involved in an argument with two security guards. The former CEO then allegedly reentered his car and fled the scene, striking Carter with the vehicle as he shifted it to reverse.
According to TMZ, Carter was not involved in the fight, and his relation to the project being filmed is currently unknown. One of the two other alleged victims is Cle "Bone" Sloane, an actor who has appeared in "Training Day" and other films. According to TMZ, he sustained non-life-threatening injuries and is currently hospitalized.
The website also states that the conflict between Knight and the security guards arose after Knight feared for his health; he was reportedly shot six times at Chris Brown's VMA Pre-Party last year.
Hundred Waters have shared a visual for singer Nicole Miglis' acoustic version of the The Moon Rang Like a Bell track "Show Me Love". It'll appear on the remixed version of the album arriving February 17 via OWSLA. Directed by Alex Warren, the intimate performance clip swathes Miglis and her piano in soft pastel lighting. Watch below.
Check out our feature on Hundred Waters here.
Watch Hundred Waters play "Xtalk" at Pitchfork Music Festival:
The-Dream Announces New EPs <i>Crown</i> and <i>Jewel</i>, Shares "That's My Shit" Video Featuring T.I.
Last year, The-Dream released a seven-song EP called Royalty: The Prequel before falling silent for months months. In December, he released a new track called "Fruition", and now The-Dream has announced his latest offering: 2 EPs, Crown and Jewel, to be released in the coming months. Crown is up first, due out March 31, and Jewel will follow in June. Both EPs will be released via The-Dream's newly-minted Casino Paris imprint, a Capitol-backed record label, business, fashion and philantrophic platform he co-founded with frequent collaborator Tricky Stewart. In addition to the news, he's also shared a sultry video for "That's My Shit", Crown's first single and a collaboration with T.I. Watch Alex Herron's video - in which the two sharply-dressed performers entertain a houseful of lingerie-clad models - below.
In a press release, The-Game discussed the forthcoming EPs:Crown is more modern R&B, and Jewel will be more what you might think of as my songwriter side, the songs I might have given to other artists before. If you put me in a box, Jewel is more what you get when that box is open. But I’m not limited by any box I’ve been put in, every year I’m expanding and growing, and it makes for a more interesting plot.
Watch The-Dream's episode of Pitchfork.tv's "+1":
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In February, "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" will host a musical showcase called "Mash Up Mondays", where they'll enlist bands to form one-off supergroups with each other. The series begins on February 2, and will run every Monday in the month.
The first performance will feature Weezer and ZZ Top as... wait for it... Wee-Z Top. The second will feature Haim and Morris Day and the Time as... Morris Day and the Haim. The third will feature Aloe Blacc and Blackstreet as... Aloe Blaccstreet. (We are not making this up.)
That leaves one more performance to finish the month. Pray to God it's Mac DeMigos.
Read our Passion Pit Cover Story from 2012 here.
Check out the music video for "Constant Conversations":
Courtney Barnett Announces New Album <i>Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit</i>, Shares "Pedestrian At Best" Video
Courtney Barnett has announced the follow-up to her great debut The Double EP: A Sea Of Split Peas. Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit is out March 24 via Mom + Pop. Watch the video for new song "Pedestrian at Best", in which Barnett plays a depressed carnival clown, below. Also below, check out the album's cover art and tracklist.
Barnett recorded the album last fall at Head Gap Studio in Melbourne, accompanied by her band. In a press release, she says "My songs follow me as a normal human with normal emotions. So there are great highs and great lows. They span everything in my life."
Read our Guest List with Courtney Barnett.
Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit:
01 Elevator Operator
02 Pedestrian at Best
03 An Illustration of Loneliness (Sleepless in NY)
04 Small Poppies
06 Aqua Profunda!
07 Dead Fox
08 Nobody Really Cares if You Don't Go to the Party
09 Debbie Downer
10 Kim's Caravan
11 Boxing Day Blues
Watch Courtney Barnett perform "Depreston" and "History Eraser" at Primavera Sound Festival for Pitchfork.tv:
Barcelona teens Mourn will release their self-titled debut LP physically on February 17 via Captured Tracks. (It's out now digitally.) Today, they're sharing the imaginative and color-soaked video "Your Brain Is Made of Candy", directed by Roger Guàrdia. Watch it below. The group will also head out on an international tour; check out those dates below.
Read our Rising feature on Mourn here.
01-31 Madrid, Spain - Moby Dick
02-08 Barcelona, Spain - Sala Apolo
02-28 Saint-Malo, France - La Route du Rock
03-06 Zaragoza, Spain - Sala López
03-07 Valencia, Spain - TBC
03-14 London, England - Birthday's
03-20 Banyoles, Spain - Auditori
03-29 Brooklyn, NY - Baby's All Right
03-30 New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
03-31 Allston, MA - Great Scott
04-02 Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
04-03 San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
04-18 Dijon, France- Festival MV
05-30 Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound
07-04 Vilanova i la Geltrú, Spain - Vida Festival
11-07 Reykjavik, Iceland - Iceland Airwaves
Panda Bear, aka Noah Lennox, has shared Greeting the Reaper, a mini-documentary that delves into the making of his new album, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper. Directed by Sam Fleischner in Lisbon, Portugal (where Lennox lives), it features Lennox and co-producer Sonic Boom (aka Pete Kember, formerly of Spacemen 3) discussing the album in locations such as the studio, a restaurant, and the zoo. (Great flamingo footage!) Check it out below.
Read our recent Cover Story on Panda Bear here.
Here's Panda Bear on Pitchfork.tv's new series "Playlist":
Kanye West has shared the full version of his "Only One" video, a portion of which he teased on "The Ellen Degeneres Show" earlier today. Directed by Spike Jonze, the clip features West and his daughter North taking a walk together. Check it out here.
Below, watch the teaser from "Ellen":
Brian Wilson's <i>No Pier Pressure</i> Detailed, Features She & Him, Kacey Musgraves, Beach Boys Members
Brian Wilson's new album No Pier Pressure is out April 7 via Capitol. As previously reported, it features appearances from Zooey Deschanel (as well as her She & Him partner M. Ward) and country singer Kacey Musgraves, along with fun. singer Nate Ruess, Beach Boys members Al Jardine, David Marks, and Blondie Chaplin, plus Capital Cities' Sebu Simonian, Don Was, and more.
It seems that previously announced contributors Frank Ocean and Lana Del Rey didn't make the cut. Ocean was supposed to appear on "Our Special Love", while Del Rey was supposed to be featured on "The Last Song". Both tracks made the album, but don't seem to have either artist on them. You can check out the tracklist below.
The album was produced by Joe Thomas, who helmed the Beach Boys' That's Why God Made the Radio in 2012. A deluxe edition will feature bonus songs "Don't Worry", "Somewhere Quiet", and "I'm Feeling Sad". Those will also be included on a 2xLP vinyl release.
No Pier Pressure:
01 This Beautiful Day
02 Runaway Dancer [ft. Sebu Simonian]
03 What Ever Happened [ft. Al Jardine and David Marks]
04 On The Island [ft. She & Him]
05 Our Special Love [ft. Peter Hollens]
06 The Right Time [ft. Al Jardine and David Marks]
07 Guess You Had To Be There [ft. Kacey Musgraves]
08 Tell Me Why [ft. Al Jardine]
09 Sail Away [ft. Blondie Chaplin and Al Jardine]
10 One Kind Of Love
11 Saturday Night [ft. Nate Ruess]
12 The Last Song
13 Half Moon Bay
Here's the belated 2011 music video for the Beach Boys' "Heroes and Villains":
Earlier this month, Purity Ring announced their forthcoming follow-up to Shrines, Another Eternity. Now, they've released the video for "Push Pull", a vivid clip that features Megan James swirling around in a sea of pinks and blues. The video is directed by Renata Raksha.
Watch Purity Ring perform "Fineshrine" for Pitchfork.tv:
Lower Dens have announced the follow-up to their 2012 album Nootropics. Escape From Evil is out March 31 in North America and March 30 everywhere else via Ribbon Music. Check out the first single from the record "To Die in L.A." below. That's the cover art up there.
The album was produced by the band's Jana Hunter. It was co-produced and mixed by Chris Coady (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beach House, Future Islands). The band also collaborated with Ariel Rechtshaid (Vampire Weekend, Sky Ferreira, Haim), John Congleton (Swans, St. Vincent, Cloud Nothings), and others on the album. On March 31, Lower Dens will play an album release show at Brooklyn's Baby's All Right.
Read our "Guest List" interview with Hunter.
Escape From Evil:
01 Sucker's Shangri-La
03 To Die in L.A.
04 Quo Vadis
05 Your Heart Still Beating
06 Electric Current
07 I Am the Earth
08 Non Grata
10 Société Anonyme
Watch the band perform "I Get Nervous" at the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival:
Kanye West was a guest on today's episode of "The Ellen Degeneres Show". The rapper's appearance - which follows on the heels of the recently-released Rihanna/Paul McCartney collab "FourFiveSeconds" and first single "Only One" - took a particularly personal turn when he played a portion of the forthcoming video for the latter track. It's an adorable, unadorned clip directed by Spike Jonze in which the rapper bonds with daughter North in a field on a foggy day. When it starts to rain, West gingerly covers his child's head with the hood of her jacket as he holds her in his arms. Watch the video below.
Aside from "Only One", West also shared his perspectives on marriage and fatherhood. "I've learned how to shut up more," he conceded, laughing along with the audience. "I think I'm a better human being because of her [wife Kim Kardashian] and because of my daughter, and I have always someone to think about going home to: something for me to not only to be brave for what I want to do for humanity, but also to be more protective of myself for my family, because there's things I've done in the past that were considered negative, but I was really jumping in front of the tank for other people, or for culture, in a way. So now, I always have to have that in my mind that I have a family that I have to protect, too."
He also elaborated on his partnership with Adidas, as well the recent, drastic changes to his sound, remarking: "the definition of crazy is trying to do the same thing and expecting different results - so I tried something different over the past couple years, and I actually got some good results from it too". Later, Degeneres performed a rap for Kanye. Watch clips of the interview and the host's hip-hop outing below.
Ellen Raps for Kanye:
In late 2014, Lil B gave a lecture at MIT. Among other things, he revealed that he was partnering with a brand for the first time ever. Today, more details about his collaboration have been revealed. As Fader reports, Lil B and the vegan food company Follow Your Heart have released a new emoji app. It's called vegEMOJI—download it here.
You might recall that Lil B already has an emoji app on the market, but this one features jars of Vegenaise wearing sunglasses and messages like "plant based 4 life", "real cool people are kind to animals", and "eat a healthy breakfast".
Follow Your Heart's director of accounting Matt Dunaj discussed the partnership with Fader:
"...It couldn't be a better fit. Follow Your Heart has built a grassroots following over the last 40 years as the highest-quality manufacturer of vegan foods such as Vegenaise (the best sandwich spread in the world), the same way that Lil B built his following and became the most well-known independent artist of our time. Lil B stands for love, positivity, and being true to yourself, and he also stands behind our principles of quality, compassion, and sustainability. We're so excited to be spreading positivity with Lil B! Follow Your Heart and keep it (plant) based!"
Watch part of Lil B's NYU lecture via Pitchfork.tv:
Tonight, Jack White played a hometown show at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. During the set, he brought out some special guests: the reunited Raconteurs and Loretta Lynn. Thanks to Tyler King for the tip. Update: Watch footage of Lynn performing with White and the Raconteurs below.
The Raconteurs did their single "Steady As She Goes". Lynn joined the band for her Van Lear Rose duet with White, "Portland, Oregon" and a rarity—the second song she ever wrote—called "Whispering Sea". She told White that she hadn't sung it in decades.
Chance the Rapper, Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment Share "Nothing Came to Me" Short Starring Cara Delevingne
Chance the Rapper is in a band called the Social Experiment, which features Chance, Donnie Trumpet (aka Nico Segal), Peter Cottontale, and Nate Fox. Their record Surf is forthcoming. In the meantime, they've shared a video called "Nothing Came to Me". It's a silent film that's under 90 seconds long, and it's scored by a Social Experiment instrumental.
The short was directed by Jake Schreier and stars Cara Delevingne. Chance is listed as the "events coordinator" in the credits. Segal shared a statement clarifying that this is the full video, not just a preview.
"Nothing came to me" is a short film written by Francis And The Lights and scored by Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment. Working with Francis so often on the SURF project, we always bounce ideas. I was already putting together "Nothing Came To Me" when the band decided it was kinda like a movie score. So I started with one pass of a melody. I wanted to display as many possible emotions by recording different layers so I played moving chordal horns under the melody. The last layer was done on the euphonium by my friend John Paul Floyd to fill the lower feel of bass. Cara got the script from Dir. Jake Schreier who made one of my favorite movies, Robot & Frank. It's kinda like backwards scoring you feel me?
Holly Herndon and Mat Dryhurst have shared a new collaborative piece called "Recruit". It was commissioned by the London-based clothing brand Cottweiler for the presentation of their Autumn/Winter 2015 line. Listen above via RVNG Intl.
Here's a statement from Dryhurst on the piece:
"Recruit is a transition between environments. We answer a call, and travel to a dusty landscape where alarms, cicadas and voices swarm ominously in the wind. Improvised machinery recoils and reassembles. Wires emerge from the earth. What intelligence brought us here? What did we sign up for?"
Watch Holly Herndon discuss working with her laptop in an interview with Pitchfork.tv:
He's also expanded his recently announced tour. Check out the revised schedule below.
Policy is out March 10 via Merge (and March 16 in Europe).
Read our new interview with Butler.
03-06 Boston, MA - TT the Bear's
03-07 Brooklyn, NY - Baby's All Right
03-12 Pittsburgh, PA - Brillobox
03-13 Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle
03-14 Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel
03-15 Durham, NC - The Pinhook
03-16 Atlanta, GA - The Earl
03-18-21 Austin, TX - South by Southwest
03-24 Bloomington, IN - The Bishop
03-26 Grand Rapids, MI - Calvin College
03-27 Toronto, Ontario - Horseshoe Tavern
03-28 Montreal, Quebec - Bar Le Ritz PDB
04-11 Rotterdam, Netherlands - Motel Mozaique
04-13 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg Old Hall
04-14 Brussels, Belgium - Ancienne Belgique
04-15 Cologne, Germany - Luxor
04-16 Berlin, Germany - Frannz Club
04-18 Paris, France - Maroquinnerie
04-20 Glasgow, Scotland - The Art School
04-21 Manchester, England - Deaf Institute
04-22 London, England - Scala
04-23 Birmingham, England - The Institute - The Temple
04-25 Dublin, Ireland - Whelan's