Duck Sauce just released their debut LP, Quack. Now, they've shared the video for "NRG". Directed by Dugan O'Neal, it shows A-Trak and Armand Van Helden—the two DJs who make up Duck Sauce—watching a late night infomercial hosted by Jon C. Daly ("Kroll Show") that gets progressively more intense, as late night infomercials do. Watch it below via Buzzfeed.
Read our interview with Duck Sauce.
Coldplay have filmed an hour-long television special for NBC, to air May 18 at 7 p.m. Eastern. The show, filmed last month in L.A., finds Coldplay doing songs from their upcoming record, Ghost Stories, which is out the next day. Watch a trailer below.
The NBC special uses "360-degree imagery" to mix the live footage with "cinematic film," according to a press release. Along with the new material, the band plays its hits "Viva La Vida", "Paradise", and "Clocks".
In other news, Coldplay performed the new Ghost Stories song "Oceans" on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge today. Watch that below as well.
Neneh Cherry has shared the video for "Everything", from this year's Blank Project, her album produced by Four Tet and recorded with RocketNumberNine. It's directed by legendary French photographer/director Jean-Baptiste Mondino, marking their fifth collaboration together, and shows a single take of Cherry dancing up a storm. Watch it below, via i-D.
"Everything" will be paired a remixes by Villalobos and Loderbaur and released as a digital single on June 17. The remixes will also be available as a 12".
Additionally, it was recently announced that Cherry will perform at this summer's Pitchfork Music Festival. According to a press release, this is Cherry's second performance in the United States ever.
Watch the video for 1989's "Manchild", which was also directed by Mondino:
Photo by Renata Raksha
St. Vincent and the Black Keys will both be musical guests on "Saturday Night Live" in May. The Black Keys will play the May 10 episode, marking their third "SNL" appearance. That episode will be hosted by Charlize Theron. St. Vincent will make her "SNL" debut a week later on the May 17 season finale, which is hosted by Andy Samberg. (Here's hoping they team up for a rousing rendition of "I'm on A Boat".) They joined previously announced musical guest Coldplay, who will join host Andrew Garfield on the May 3 show.
Read our cover story on St. Vincent.
Watch St. Vincent on Pitchfork.tv's "Over/Under":
R&B singer Kelis was on "Late Show With David Letterman" last night to play "Jerk Ribs", off her new album Food. The record was produced by TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek and released this week on Ninja Tune. She performed the track with a 12-piece band. Watch below.
Stream New Albums From Dirty Projectors' Nat Baldwin and Olga Bell, Survival Knife, Ex-Cult, Wovenhand, and Howlin' Rain via Advance
Dirty Projectors bassist Nat Baldwin returns to solo work with In the Hollows, his first full-length since 2011's People Changes. The new album, which arrives April 29 via Western Vinyl, follows last year's demo compilation, Dome Branches: The MVP Demos. It's available to stream now via Pitchfork Advance, our immersive music streaming platform designed to emulate the classic album experience. Listen here until April 29.
Elsewhere on the Dirty Projectors front, we have Krai, the new album from Moscow-born, Alaska-raised, New York-based musician/composer/DPs keyboardist Olga Bell. Performed entirely in Russian, the LP is out April 29 via New Amsterdam. Give it an Advance listen here until April 29.
Survival Knife, the band featuring Justin Trosper and Brandt Sandeno of seminal post-hardcore band Unwound, will release their debut full-length album Loose Power on April 29 via Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock's label Glacial Pace. Check it out here until April 29.
Sixteen Horsepower's David Eugene Edwards' band Wovenhand have a new album, Refractory Obdurate. It's out April 25 in Europe (via Glitterhouse) and April 29 everywhere else (via Deathwish). Stream it here until April 29.
San Francisco rockers Howlin' Rain are releasing their first live album, the appropriately-titled Live Rain, recorded during their tour in support of 2012's The Russian Wilds. It will be released April 28 (via Agitated) in the UK and Europe and April 29 everywhere else (via Silver Current). Stream the album in full here until April 29.
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.
Morrissey's continued animal rights activism recently directed him towards Canada once again. On April 19, he posted an essay on True to You protesting the annual Canadian seal hunt. "Canada's sorry image is due entirely to its seal slaughter—which is greedy and barbaric," Moz wrote. "Sound reason tells us that only those of the thinnest intellect wear animal fur." He called Canada "regrettably fashionably dead.
He challenged Gail Shea, Canada's Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, on her claims that the seals are killed "humanely": "If she considers such butchery to be so 'humane', why doesn't she place herself amongst the tens of thousands of grey-coated harp seals that will be slaughtered within the next few weeks?" Moz wrote. "She could then test the humane aspect of having her head blown off for herself."
A spokesperson for Shea, Sophie Doucet, has now responded, as Canada's National Post reports (via Morrissey-Solo). She said that Morrissey's words "reveal a total ignorance of the Canadian seal hunt."
The statement continued:
Anyone who takes a careful look at the seal hunt will see that it is humane, sustainable, and well-regulated. In fact, the process used in the seal hunt was designed by international veterinary experts, and is the most stringent of any wild animal hunt in the world.
This is clearly just another case of a millionaire celebrity, desperate for a hobby, shamelessly regurgitating misinformation and myths that fringe animal-rights groups have been pushing for years. In the future, I would urge Mr. Morrissey to consider the impact that his ignorant and inflammatory statements have on the livelihoods of thousands of hard-working men and women in rural communities.
As the Post notes, Morrissey has not played Canada since 2006, in protest of the seal hunt.
Watch a PETA video about the annual Canadian seal slaughter:
Watch Moz do "Meat Is Murder":
Photo by Angel Ceballos
Foxygen experienced some turmoil within the band last year, along with an injury, but last weekend they were back in full force at Coachella, where they played new songs. The band has now announced a short summer tour of the West Coast. Check out the dates below, which surround Foxygen's appearances at both installments of Woodsist Festival.
Read our 2013 interview with Foxygen here.
07-31 Seattle, WA - Neumos *^
08-01-03 Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon
08-04 Petaluma, CA - Lagunitas Brewing Company *
08-06 Big Sur, CA - Woodsist Festival
08-07 Sonoma, CA - Gundlach Bundschu Winery
08-08 Visalia, CA - Cellar Door
08-13 Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern
08-14 Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theater
08-16 Pioneertown, CA - Woodsist Festival @ Pappy & Harriet's
* with Steven Gunn
^ with Woods
Watch Foxygen play "Make It Known" at last year's Pitchfork Music Festival:
Pharrell has shared a video for "Marilyn Monroe", from his recent album G I R L. It features Pharrell doing his usual charming thing around a number of dancers, all while wearing The Hat™. Watch it below.
Read Carrie Battan's update with Pharrell here.
Watch footage from Pharrell's Coachella set here.
Torres has performed a new song called "New Skin" for Philadelphia non-profit Weathervane Music's Shaking Through web series. (A different version will appear on the follow-up to her 2013 self-titled debut. For the recording, she was backed by Sharon Van Etten, Adam Granduciel and Dave Hartley of The War on Drugs, and Chris Wilson of Ted Leo and the Pharmacists.
Below, watch an interview with Torres along with a featurette about recording "New Skin".
Photo by Todd Diederich
Now, his manager has posted a letter to Chance's Twitter explaining the circumstances: Chance was running a 104 fever on Sunday morning, along with being unable to talk. He was subsequently diagnosed with a combination of tonsillitis and the flu. As a result, he's canceled the rest of his shows through Sunday while he recovers in Los Angeles. Read the letter below.
Watch the video for "Juice":
In the video, Merrill Garbus interacts with puppets, a scientist, ghosts, and a chef (played by her tUnE-yArDs partner Nate Brenner) who seemingly doesn't know how to cook. It ends the logical way: with a dance party.
In a statement, director Joel Kefali said:
When Merrill approached me wanting to make a video with a "Pee-Wee's Playhouse" vibe I had to say yes. I'd had plenty of ideas for a kid's show that had been waiting to see the light of day. I didn't want to make a straight homage piece; there are moments of nostalgia in there but the video is our own modern, manic, collage of a kids show. Like many great kids shows I wanted to cram in as many ideas as possible and sneak in the occasional wink to the art world, contemporary and historic. The musical dynamic of "Water Fountain" lends itself perfectly to the concept and I think this video is best viewed while consuming a big bowl of cereal. Then again, what isn't?
Read our recent Update interview with tUnE-yArDs here.
Watch Franklin the Scientist's extended lesson:
Watch a Pitchfork.tv special about tUnE-yArDs:
Last night was Game 2 of the NBA playoff bout between the Raptors and the Nets, and Drake was there once again to root for Toronto. But that's not all he was doing: the TV cameras' all-seeing lens (and later, Sports Illustrated) caught the rapper in the act of lint rolling his pants. Strange courtside behavior, to say the least - but at least Drizzy took the world's giggles in jest, posting the above picture to his Instagram with the caption, "Lint Rollers on Deck." Check out the footage below.
Here's a close-up view:
Lykke Li's new album I Never Learn hits shelves May 5 internationally (May 6 in North America), via LL/Atlantic. Now, in anticipation of the forthcoming LP, the Swedish pop singer has shared a remix for "No Rest for the Wicked" which features several verses from A$AP Rocky. In addition to pulling off a creative rhyme scheme ("wiki me," "Lykke Li," "Eazy-E"), the rapper offers some sound (if pessimistic) love advice: "If love don't work, it just gon' hurt/It all goes bad, it just get worse." Listen below.
Revisit our 2012 interview with Beck.
Watch Beck's full set at Weekend 1 of Coachella.
Check out the remix below:
Schoolboy Q has shared a video for his Oxymoron track, "Studio", which features BJ The Chicago Kid. The video focuses on SchoolBoy Q working late night at-- what else-- his studio (but there is some NSFW footage of women, too).
Watch the video below.
Watch Schoolboy Q perform "Hands on the Wheel" at the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival:
Before playing his cover, Beck told the audience a short story about how he waited in line in the rain to see Arcade Fire perform at a bar near his home. Later on he said, "You know, that little bar down the street sometimes has the best music. Don't forget about that little bar."
Watch Beck's full set from Weekend 1 of Coachella here.
Watch Beck cover Arcade Fire, below.
Lily Allen has shared a video for a new song called "Sheezus", the lead track from her forthcoming album by the same title. Sheezus is out May 5 via Regal Recordings. (Check out the album art and track list here.)
The "Sheezus" video features Lily Allen under a space-age blacklight giving shout outs to other women in pop music, including Beyonce, Lorde, Lady Gaga, Rihanna and others. Says Allen on the track, "Lorde smells blood, yeah/ She's about to slay you/ kid ain't one to fuck with / and she's only on her debut".
She also says, at one point, "Periods. We all get periods."
Watch the video for the release, below.