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Adult Swim's "Black Dynamite" to Air Police Brutality Musical Featuring Erykah Badu, Tyler The Creator, Others

il y a 8 heures 53 min

Adult Swim's "Black Dynamite" will air a musical special that addresses police brutality on January 10, 2015 at 10:30 PM. The 1-hour animated episode, called "The Wizard of Watts", will feature guest appearances from Erykah Badu, Tyler, The Creator, Tim Blake Nelson and J.B. Smoove.

"Black Dynamite" follows a crime-fighting title character whose job it is to keep his city safe from, among other threats, "ninjas, a young Michael Jackson, Bill Cosby and Richard Nixon" (it takes place in the 1970s). According to the press release, "The Wizard of Watts" will follow Black Dynamite as he attempts to take a vacation, during which time police start patrolling the streets and a riot breaks out. Black Dynamite is then hit in the head with a brick, which causes him to hallucinate into the Magical Land of Oz-Watts, where he is called upon to defend the community from the police.

“As a comedy writer, I feel it’s my job to make people laugh while using constructive social criticism to evoke thought and inspire dialogue,” said Carl Jones, who directed and co-wrote the upcoming special with Byron Minns.

Watch Killer Mike discuss police militarization on CNN.

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Smith Westerns Confirm Breakup

il y a 10 heures 15 min

Photo by Kirstie Shanley

Smith Westerns frontman Cullen Omori recently announced on twitter that the band was going on indefinite hiatus, and now, he's confirmed the band's official breakup.

According to an interview with The Chicago Reader, the band plans to break up permanently after their December 23 show at Schubas in Chicago, because guitarist Max Kakacek has left the band.

"The band just didn't work, both creatively and personally. The terminology I used, 'indefinite hiatus', I thought was a clever way of saying 'it's not going to happen in the future'. But yeah, there's no plans to reignite Smith Westerns. It's broken up. Me and Cameron, when Max left the band, we decided we weren't going to dissolve it until we played these last shows because it sprang up on all of us," said Cullen.

Smith Westerns' most recent record was 2013's Soft Will. Watch them discuss it in an interview on Pitchfork.tv:

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Sky Ferreira Shares "Omanko" Video, Directed by DIIV's Zachary Cole Smith

19 Décembre, 2014 - 22:54

Sky Ferreira has shared the video for "Omanko", from 2013's Night Time, My Time. It was directed by her boyfriend, DIIV singer Zachary Cole Smith, and is compiled from VHS-quality footage of the two. Check it out below.

Read our interview with Ferreira here.

Watch DIIV do "(Druun Pt. II) / Like A Rolling Stone" at one of the final 285 Kent shows:

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Larry Smith, Producer for Run-D.M.C. and Kurtis Blow, Has Died

19 Décembre, 2014 - 19:23

Seminal producer Larry Smith has died. The news was first reported by radio host Combat Jack, who said that Smith passed away on Thursday night. 

Smith was born in 1951 in Queens, New York. In 1979, he was enlisted to play bass on Kurtis Blow's "Christmas Rappin'", which was followed by work on "The Breaks" and Blow's first three albums.

He then co-produced the first two albums by Run-D.M.C., 1984's Run-D.M.C. and 1985's Kings of Rock, with Def Jam founder Russell Simmons. On his own, he produced two albums by Whodini: 1984's Escape and 1986's Back in Black

Rip to the greatest hip hop producer of all times.... Larry Smith. Produced my biggest and most significant hits..

— Rev Run (@RevRunWisdom) December 19, 2014

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James Murphy Shares <i>Remixes Made With Tennis Data</i> Album

19 Décembre, 2014 - 18:32

Earlier this year, James Murphy teamed up with IBM to convert the raw data from U.S. Open tennis matches into music. Using an algorithm, Murphy and IBM turned the data into over 400 hours of sound. Now, Murphy has remixed those sounds into a 12-track album released by IBM. It is titled, appropriately, Remixes Made With Tennis Data. Listen below.

Below, check out a video detailing the making of the album:

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Jenny Lewis and Ryan Adams Do "She's Not Me" and "Just One of the Guys" on "Kimmel"

19 Décembre, 2014 - 16:58

Jenny Lewis and Ryan Adams recently wrapped up a handful of shows touring together, where they made a habit of covering each other's songs. Last night, Adams joined Lewis during her appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live", where they performed "She's Not Me" and "Just One of the Guys". Both of those are from this year's The Voyager, which was largely produced by AdamsCheck out videos of both performances below.

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TV on the Radio Hit the Skate Park in "Lazerray" Video

19 Décembre, 2014 - 15:00

TV on the Radio have released their clip for the hard-charging Seeds track "Lazerray", which features the group performing in a skate park. Photographer Atiba Jefferson directs. Watch the video below via Complex

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Broken Social Scene Share Unreleased Track "Golden Facelift", Fucked Up Share 17-Minute Italian Opera

19 Décembre, 2014 - 14:07

Broadsheet Music: A Year in Review is a partnership between Arts & Crafts, The Globe & Mail, and the Canadian Opera Company. Artists were asked to contribute music inspired by important news topics of 2014. The project includes an unreleased Broken Social Scene song called "Golden Facelift", the first bit of new BSS music since 2010. (The news topic? "Reclamation and human accountability.")

It also includes Fucked Up's 17-minute Italian opera "Voce Rubata" (translation: "Stolen Voice") featuring members of the Canadian Opera Company, inspired by "the misleading illusions of liberty and the voice." The solo song from Broken Social Scene's Brendan Canning, "No Doubt or Fire", was inspired by the death of Robin Williams. Reuben and the Dark, Tamara Williamson & Absolutely Free, and Jason Collett & Zeus all also contributed tracks. Listen to the whole thing below and download it for free from The Globe & Mail.

"Golden Facelift" is an outtake from the Forgiveness Rock Record sessions. The band shared this statement about the song:

It is a song we as a band all felt strongly about lyrically and musically and we wanted to give it a proper unveiling when the time was right. We feel that chance is now as this year draws to a close. 2014 has not been without its beauty, but it has also been a year of incredible brutality and all of humanity has a great deal to answer for. As songwriters and creative artists we want the world to know Broken Social Scene's aim is to be a voice that will champion underdogs and the idea of goodness on this planet upon which we all take up valuable space.

Fucked Up's "Voce Rubata" is an opera in six acts. They explain:

"Voce Rubata" is about two threads of a similar illusion, both leading to their own tragic outcome. A tragedy of hope for a kind of creative mobility, and a tragedy of abandonment in discovering the mechanisms by which one is meant to be 'free' in fact are in the service of promising liberty, but not delivering it. All this is told through the prism of the trappings of being a classically trained singer, who can only operate within the bounds of tradition.

Read our recent interviews with Kevin Drew and with Fucked Up

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Miguel Shares Surprise Three-Track EP

19 Décembre, 2014 - 13:25

Miguel, the R&B singer behind 2012's Kaleidoscope Dream, has shared a surprise, three-track EP via his Soundcloud. It features three tracks: "Nwa" (which features rapper Kurupt), "Hollywooddreams", and "Coffee". Listen to the EP below.

Watch Miguel on Pitchfork.tv, below:

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Stephen Colbert Brings Out Michael Stipe, Jeff Tweedy, Randy Newman, Willie Nelson, Cyndi Lauper, More on "The Colbert Report" Finale

19 Décembre, 2014 - 12:00

Last night, Stephen Colbert bid adieu to "The Colbert Report" before disembarking for David Letterman's soon-to-be-vacant "Late Show". To help him mark the end of an era, Colbert brought out a cavalcade of celebrities – Alex Trebek! Katie Couric! Former President Bill Clinton! – to do a sing-along to Vera Lynn's "We'll Meet Again", and a number of musicians found themselves in the mix.

Of course, we got to see R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe (alive, well. and enjoying the company of James Franco, "Sesame Street"'s cookie monster, and others after being liberated from Colbert's shelf earlier this week) but the sketch also included cameos from Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, Randy Newman, Willie Nelson, Barry Mannilow, Cyndi Lauper (who found herself standing next to Big Bird from "Sesame Street"), and countless other stars. Watch the whole thing below, via CoS.

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John Fry, Ardent Studios Founder and Big Star Producer, Has Died

19 Décembre, 2014 - 07:01

Photo via Facebook/Ardent Studios 

John Fry, the founder of Ardent Studios and a producer for Big Star, has died, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reports. He was 69 years old.

Born on New Year's Eve, 1944, Fry first conceived of Ardent as a kid in his grandmother’s sewing room. Between 1959 to 1965, he released singles on behalf of his tiny label until opening Ardent's first commercial studio on National Street in 1966. Over 48 years, artists ranging from ZZ Top, R.E.M., and Led Zeppelin to James Taylor, the White Stripes, and Three 6 Mafia recorded dozens of gold and platinum records. In addition to operating a contemporary Christian and a Stax-affiliated rock/pop version of the Ardent label, Fry also recorded and mixed the first three Big Star albums, 1971's #1 Record, 1974’s Radio City, and 1978’s Third. Last month he was inducted alongside Big Star into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame.

“There was no other studio in Memphis that remotely approximated the longevity and importance of Ardent and what it’s meant to the city over the last 40-plus years,” the president of the Memphis Grammy chapter, Jon Hornyak, told the Appeal, “John Fry was, without doubt, one of the most significant figures in Memphis music.”

In addition to his work with Ardent, Fry helped create a curriculum for the Music Industry program at the University of Memphis.

Fry passed away at Methodist East hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest. He is survived by his wife Betty.

Listen to Big Star's "Thirteen":

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SXSW Facing Lawsuits From Last Year's Fatal Crash

19 Décembre, 2014 - 05:45

Photo by Colin Kerrigan

Last March a fatal car crash at SXSW killed four people-- Steven Craenmehr, 35, of the Netherlands; Jamie Ranae West, 27, a local Austin resident; Sandy Le, 26; and DeAndre Tatum, 18. Rashad Owens, the driver in the crash, is currently facing four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a capital murder charge, and 20 counts of assault.

Now, the families of the victims have brought a new wave of lawsuits against the festival, Billboard reports. According to the report, Craenmehr's family claims festival organizers for SXSW neglected to take certain traffic safeguards during the festival, which may have put people at risk.

The lawsuits filed today are the first since the crash last March. 

The music portion of this year's SXSW takes place March 17-22.

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James Blake Mixes D'Angelo, Kanye West, Nat King Cole, Others During Final BBC Radio 1 Residency

19 Décembre, 2014 - 04:15

James Blake hosted his final BBC Radio 1 Residency tonight, and over the course of the evening he played several collaborations, from Bing Crosby & David Bowie to The Vanguard & D’Angelo to Stevie Wonder & Take 6. ("I'm probably his biggest fan," Blake said before playing D'Angelo's "1000 Deaths". "Everyone should listen to his new record.") He also played music from Kanye West, Mavado, and Airhead, and ended with some Christmas music from Nat King Cole, Ray Charles, and Art Garfunkel.

Going forward, BBC will welcome a new set of Radio 1 DJs, including Flying Lotus (January 15) and Jon Hopkins (January 22).

Listen to the entire mix here, via the BBC.

Watch Blake perform at this year's Pitchfork Music Festival Paris:

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Band of Horses and Grandaddy's Jason Lytle Team for New Album, Christmas Song "Hang an Ornament"

18 Décembre, 2014 - 21:09

Band of Horses have announced they're working on a new album they hope to release next year. The follow up to 2012's Mirage Rock is being produced by Grandaddy's Jason Lytle. They've also teamed up with Lytle to record a new song called "Hang an Ornament". You can listen to that above, and download it on iTunes. As the band writes on their website, it's "a Christmas kind of song to bring you some seasonal good tidings or something."

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Danny Brown, Pusha T, Killer Mike, Action Bronson, Young Thug, More on 36-Rapper, 40-Minute Posse Cut "The Rap Monument"

18 Décembre, 2014 - 19:16

"The Rap Monument" is a posse cut to behold: 36 rappers on the same 40-minute track. (Actually, it's more like an album than a cut.) This thing features Danny Brown, Pusha T, Raekwon, Killer Mike, Action Bronson, Prodigy, Young Thug, YG, Heems, Zebra Katz, and tons of others. (Find the full list here.) It's produced by Hudson Mohawke, S-Type, and Nick Hook. The full track, some behind-the-scenes documentaries, and individual performances are below, via Noisey.

"The Rap Monument":

Behind the Scenes (New York):

Behind the Scenes (Atlanta):

Behind the Scenes (Los Angeles):

Pusha T:

Danny Brown:


Killer Mike:

Action Bronson:

Young Thug:

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Jack White Long Lost Single Surfaces After Being Hidden Inside Furniture for a Decade

18 Décembre, 2014 - 18:08

At the turn of the millennium, Jack White and his friend Brian Muldoon were part of a band called the Upholsterers. The joke: White and Muldoon were actual upholsterers—renovating furniture is what they did for a living. In an early example of the creative release strategies White would go on to regularly employ a decade later with his Third Man Records, the band released one of their singles by... sewing copies into pieces of furniture that White and Muldoon had been commissioned to reupholster. They didn't tell the customers they were doing this, though.

As Third Man says, 100 copies of the single were hidden back in 2004. They say that two copies have recently been found by two separate individuals, which means a potential 98 are still out there. Third Man has now shared photos of the art for the single, which was done by Gordon Newton. 

The Upholsterers did release one single in a conventional fashion, via the label Sympathy for the Record Industry in 2000. Here's a track from it:

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Dan Deacon Scores, Stars in Adult Swim's "Unedited Footage of a Bear" "Infomercial"

18 Décembre, 2014 - 17:09

Adult Swim has been airing a series of bizarre, late night "infomercials" best experienced when you're so tired/stoned you can't even be sure that what you're watching is real. Following in the tradition of "Too Many Cooks", they've now unleashed "Unedited Footage of a Bear", which goes above and beyond what the title promises. It features a score from Dan Deacon, who also makes a blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo as a detective. What does a detective have to do with unedited footage of a bear? Well, you'll just have to see. Check it out below.

"Unedited Footage of a Bear" also features a cameo from M.C. Schmidt from Matmos as another detective. It was directed by frequent Deacon collaborator Alan Resnick and features many other Baltimore artists.

In other Deacon-related news: His new album, Gliss Riffer, will be out February 24 in North America and February 23 everywhere else. He'll also be heading out on tour; check out the dates below.

Dan Deacon:

12-11 San Francisco, CA - The Exploratorium
01-18 Hobart, Australia - Mona Foma Festival
01-22 Sydney, Australia - The Aurora (Sydney Festival)
01-24 Melbourne, Australia - Sugar Mountain Festival
01-25 Brisbane, Australia - The Brightside
02-16 London, England - Islington Assembly Hall
02-18 Paris, France - Le Divan du Monde
02-19 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
02-20 Berlin, Germany - SchwuZ
02-25 Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade
02-27 Los Angeles, CA - Center for the Arts Eagle Rock
02-28 San Francisco, CA - The Chapel (Noise Pop Festival)

Watch Deacon perform a new song at one of the final 285 Kent shows:

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Oneohtrix Point Never Shares New Tracks "Rush" and "Bubs", Collaboration With PC Music's A.G. Cook

18 Décembre, 2014 - 16:49

Photo by Erez Avissar

Oneohtrix Point Never, aka Daniel Lopatin, has shared two new tracks, "Rush" and "Bubs". According to Lopatin, "Rush" was going originally going to appear on last year's R Plus Seven, "but it ended up being an unsolved mystery until now." Meanwhile, "Bubs" is a "holiday special" from him and PC Music's A.G. Cook. Check them out above.

You can also download them for free at OPN's SoundcloudAs he writes, "its been a ruff year for planet earth and music sometimes feels like a slightly absurd vocation but i hope this increase joy by _%."

Read "Right Brain", Mike Powell's feature on Oneohtrix Point Never. 

Watch Lopatin and Nate Boyce collaborate at MoMA PS1:

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Kathleen Hanna's the Julie Ruin Share Unreleased Track "Blueberry Island"

18 Décembre, 2014 - 16:18

Photo by Shervin Lainez

Punk icon Kathleen Hanna's band the Julie Ruin released their debut album Run Fast in 2013. The song "Blueberry Island" wasn't included on that album, though it was featured in the Hanna documentary The Punk Singer. Now, the track is being released on a 7" that's being sold via a pop-up online record shop run by TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek's label Federal Prism. The B-side is a YACHT remix of the Julie Ruin track "Right Home".

Federal Prism's pop-up is selling exclusive vinyl, apparel, downloads, and more from a wide array of artists. It will be up for 60 days starting right now. In a press release, Sitek said of his decision to start the pop-up, “Somewhere along the line music became ‘content.’ It’s my full intention to bring it back to music again! With such potency, music should be treated with care. The sound, the feel, the presentation… everything! It is a medicine. It is a teacher!”

In addition to the Julie Ruin 7", the shop also plans to sell exclusive releases by TV on the Radio, Johnny Cash, Frankie Rose, fIREHOSE, Thelonious Monk, Mike Watt, Chuck Inglish, CSS, the Germs, and many others. Check out the shop here.

Read our 5-10-15-20 interview with Hanna, and watch the Julie Ruin on Pitchfork.tv's "+1":

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Wild Beasts Perform "Wanderlust" On 60-year-old, 7,866-Pipe Organ

18 Décembre, 2014 - 15:03

Noisey and the technology corporation Philips approached Wild Beasts recently to film a performance of their Present Tense standout "Wanderlust" in London. The catch? Instead of a standard keyboard or synth, Tom Fleming would be playing on a 7,866-pipe organ. Out of use for nearly a decade, the Royal Festival Hall's massive, 60-year-old-instrument provides the main focus for the quartet's performance. Check it out below, via Noisey.

Last week, the band shared a "GIF novel" containing two unreleased tracks, "Soft Future" and "Blood Knowledge".

Read our Update with Wild Beasts. 

Watch them do "Mecca" at Pitchfork Music Festival:

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