Arca has shared a video for "Now You Know", the lead track from his forthcoming debut album Xen. Jesse Kanda oversaw the luminescent visuals, and his vibrant interpretation weaves together city nightscapes, eerie glows, and cascading blue flares. Check out the clip below.
Read Andrew Gaerig's look at Arca's work.
Arcade Fire Share 21-Minute Horror Film <i>Festi</i>, Featuring Peter Gabriel, The National, James Murphy, Fleet Foxes, Andrew Garfield, More
Arcade Fire are celebrating Halloween with a special treat for their fans: a bizarre, 21-minute horror film titled Festi. It was directed by "Noreen Bauble", one of the band's previously-used pseudonyms, and is billed as "a look back at the 2011 summer festival tour" (that's the film's poster, above). The entire band stars in the mini-movie, along with a number of noteworthy figures: James Murphy (as a sad DJ), Fleet Foxes (as bearded singers), Andrew Garfield (Spiderman), and the National (whose Bryce and Aaron Desser play creepy twins), just to name a few. The full cast is listed in the credits, which start around the 21:42 mark.
Festi begins with some nondescript behind-the-scenes footage from 2011, but it doesn't take long before things get spooky. It's Will Butler's 27th birthday, and it's supposed to be a joyous occasion. But being a famous musician, he can't escape the curse of the 27 Club – so instead, the evening is marked by murder, intrigue, gore, and the haunting of Jim Morrison. Watch the whole thing below, and be sure to stick around until the end to see Peter Gabriel as a security guard, as well as a performance of Guns n' Roses "Sweet Child O' Mine" from – you guessed it – Slash himself. Happy Halloween!
On December 12 and 13, seminal doom act YOB will perform at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn. The show is presented by Pitchfork's metal column Show No Mercy (that's Caroline Harrison's poster, above). They'll be joined by an array of special guests; support for the December 12 show will be provided by Tombs and Kings Destroy, while Occultation and Ecstatic Vision will open the December 13 gig. Tickets are available now; click here to nab some the December 12 show, and to get tickets for the December 13 show, click here.
Pitchfork's Show No Mercy Presents:
December 12 - Tombs, Kings Destroy open
December 13- Occultation, Ecstatic Vision open
Watch the trailer for YOB's most recent album, Clearing the Path to Ascend:
Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks—the band featuring Animal Collective's Avey Tare, ex-Dirty Projectors member Angel Deradoorian, and ex-Ponytail drummer Jeremy Hyman—have shared a nine-minute short film for their Enter the Slasher House track "Catchy (Was Contagious)". Shot in black-and-white and directed by Abigail Portner, centers around a young boy who wanders about a deserted city before running into some unsavory characters. A harrowing chase ensues. Watch below.
Here's a statement about the video from the director:
I wanted to make a video that referenced old horror movies from the 1950s Universal horror era. I am obsessed with movies like The Third Man, Truffaut’s 400 Blows and Ingmar Bergman’s films. I wanted it to have the style of classic old LA so we used the LA river and the neighborhoods surrounding it as locations. The movie Them from the 1940s was shot on the LA river and I wanted it to have that feel also. Parts of Grease and Chinatown were filmed there too. The videos I make for Animal Collective and my own personal style is pretty specific so it was great to work with Giovanni [Ribisi, director of photography] because I feel like he just got it. We were on the same page thematically, reference-wise and with regards to the style of filming and our goal - to create something that has a classic, pretty 1950’s feel to it but the undertone is still very dark.
Read our Update with Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks and watch the band's full set at this year's Pitchfork Music Festival:
Read "Inside Man", our feature on the War on Drugs.
Watch the War on Drugs do "Red Eyes" at Primavera Sound:
"The Daily Show" temporarily relocated from New York to Austin, Texas this week for “South by South Mess”, an extension of the show's “Indecision 2014″ coverage running up to the midterm elections. Last night, Jon Stewart was joined by Austin natives Spoon, who performed three tracks from They Want My Soul: “Inside Out”, “Do You”, and “Rent I Pay”. Watch below.
"Rent I Pay":
Flying Lotus has shared a graphic animated video for "Ready Err Not", which the artist says is by "one of [his] favorite animators of all time", aka David Firth. In the video, Flying Lotus gets his head chopped off in a spooky house, among other gruesome things that could only happen in a spooky house. The animation is graphic and NSFW, so viewer discretion is advised. Just in time for Halloween!
"Ready Err Not" is off of Lotus' recent album, You're Dead!.
Kendrick Lamar's "i" appears in the NBA on TNT intro for the 2014-2015 season, and tonight Lamar performed it at the NBA's Opening Week concert in honor of LeBron James' return to Cleveland. Watch Lamar perform the song for a huge crowd of fans below.
Watch a mini-documentary on Kendrick Lamar at Pitchfork Music Festival:
Pharrell and Robin Thicke have lost the first legal battle against Marvin Gaye's family in the ongoing "Blurred Lines" dispute, Spin reports. Judge John Kronstadt has ruled that a team of music experts "made a sufficient showing that elements of 'Blurred Lines' may be substantially similar to protected, original elements of [Marvin Gaye's] 'Got to Give It Up.' Defendants have identified these with particularity for purposes of analytic dissection."
The lawsuit in question is concerned with who can legally claim ownership of the smash-hit "Blurred Lines". In order to preemptively protect themselves, Thicke, Pharrell and T.I. filed a countersuit against Gaye's family and Bridgeport Music (who previously sued them for "brazen copying") in an attempt to distinguish between capturing a genre's sound and flat-out copying another artist. "Being reminiscent of a 'sound' is not copyright infringement," the lawsuit claimed. "The intent in producing 'Blurred Lines' was to evoke an era." They added: "Gaye defendants are claiming ownership of an entire genre, as opposed to a specific work."
Marvin Gaye's family allegedly declined Robin Thicke's six-figure settlement offer in the "Blurred Lines" dispute, while Sony/ATV settled with Marvin Gaye's family privately.
Due to Judge Kronstadt's rulings, the proceedings will continue, with a trial scheduled for February 10, 2015.
Public Enemy to Reissue <i>It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back</i>, <i>Fear of a Black Planet</i>
Public Enemy have announced reissues of 1988's It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back and 1990's Fear of a Black Planet. It Takes a Nation will include liner notes written by the Roots' ?uestlove, and will be reissued on November 24. Black Planet follows on December 8, with Wax Poetics editor-in-chief Andre Torres writing its liner notes.
Both reissues include the original albums, along with a second disc compiling bonus mixes. It Takes a Nation also comes with a DVD of 1989's Fight the Power… Live, an out-of-print VHS that includes live performances and music videos from the album. Check out the full tracklists below.
It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back:
01 Countdown to Armageddon
02 Bring the Noise
03 Don't Believe the Hype
04 Cold Lampin' With Flavor
05 Terminator X to the Edge of Panic
06 Mind Terrorist
07 Louder Than a Bomb
08 Caught, Can We Get a Witness?
09 Show 'Em Whatcha Got
10 She Watch Channel Zero?!
11 Night of the Living Baseheads
12 Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos
13 Security of the First World
14 Rebel Without a Pause
15 Prophets of Rage
16 Party For Your Right to Fight
01 Bring the Noise (No Noise version)
02 Bring the Noise (No Noise instrumental)
03 Bring the Noise (No Noise a cappella)
04 Rebel Without a Pause (instrumental)
05 Night of the Living Baseheads (Anti-High Blood Pressure Encounter mix)
06 Night of the Living Baseheads (Terminator X Meets DST and Chuck Chill Out instrumental mix)
07 Terminator X to the Edge of Panic (No Need to Panic radio version)
08 The Edge of Panic
09 The Rhythm, the Rebel (a papella)
10 Prophets of Rage (Power version)
11 Caught, Can We Get a Witness? (Pre Black Steel Ballistic Felony dub)
12 B-Side Wins Again (original version)
13 Black Steel in the Hour Of Chaos (instrumental)
14 Fight The Power (soundtrack version)
Disc 3: Fight The Power Live DVD
01 Countdown to Armageddon
02 Public Enemy Number One
03 Miuzi Weighs a Ton
04 Night of the Living Baseheads (live)
05 Fight the Power (video)
06 Bring the Noise
07 Don't Believe the Hype
08 Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos
09 Rebel Without a Pause
10 Terminator X to the Edge Of Panic (video)
11 Night of the Living Baseheads (video)
12 Prophets of Rage
Fear of a Black Planet:
01 Contract on the World Love Jam (instrumental)
02 Brothers Gonna Work It Out
03 911 is a Joke
04 Incident at 666 FM (instrumental)
05 Welcome to the Terrordome
06 Meet the G That Killed Me
08 Anti-Nigger Machine
09 Burn Hollywood Burn [ft. Ice Cube and Big Daddy Kane]
10 Power to the People
11 Who Stole the Soul?
12 Fear of a Black Planet
13 Revolutionary Generation
14 Can't Do Nuttin' For Ya, Man!
15 Reggie Jax
16 Leave This Off Your Fu*kin Charts (instrumental)
17 B Side Wins Again
18 War at 33 1/3
19 Final Count of the Collision Between Us and the Damned (instrumental)
20 Fight The Power
01 Brothers Gonna Work It Out (remix)
02 Brothers Gonna Work It Out (dub)
03 Flavor Flav
05 Welcome to the Terrordome (Terrormental)
06 Can't Do Nuttin' For Ya Man (Full Rub mix)
07 Can't Do Nuttin' For Ya Man (UK 12" Powermix)
08 Can't Do Nuttin' For Ya Man (Dub Mixx)
09 Burn Hollywood Burn (Extended Censored Fried to the Radio version)
10 Anti-Nigger Machine (Uncensored extended)
11 911 is a Joke (instrumental)
12 Power to the People (instrumental)
13 Revolutionary Generation (instrumental)
14 War at 33 1/3 (instrumental)
15 Fight the Power (soundtrack version)
16 Fight the Power (Powersax)
17 Fight the Power (Flavor Flav Meets Spike Lee)
18 The Enemy Assault Vehicle Mixx (Medley)
She & Him have shared "Time After Time", a cover of the Frank Sinatra standard that will appear on the forthcoming Classics. You can listen to it below. They were also on last night's episode of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon", where they performed the recently shared Dusty Springfield cover, "Stay Awhile". You can watch that below, too.
M. Ward has also announced a reissue of 2005's Transistor Radio, which will come with four unreleased tracks. You can listen to one of those tracks, a four-track demo for "Here Comes the Sun Again", above. It's out December 2.
"Time After Time":
Read our interview with tUnE-yArDs.
Watch her play the song at Pitchfork Music Festival:
Jessie Ware's North American tour in support of Tough Love is ongoing, the New York leg of which concluded with an appearance on "Late Night with Seth Meyers." Watch Ware perform "Say You Love Me" at Meyers' website.
Watch Jessie Ware perform "Imagine It Was Us" at Primavera 2013:
Photo by Ebru Yildiz
On November 18, Angel Olsen will release a "deluxe edition" of her great 2014 record, Burn Your Fire for No Witness, through her label Jagjaguwar. It collects the album with five bonus tracks, including the previously-shared "All Right Now". Today, Olsen has shared another, "May As Well". Listen above.
Read our interview with Olsen and watch her play "Lights Out" on Pitchfork.tv:
Lil Wayne has announced that his upcoming album, Tha Carter V, will be a two-parter, as Billboard points out. The album as originally announced was supposed to drop on October 28, but was pushed back the day before. Now, Wayne has announced a release date for the first part: December 9.
In a video message released on Tuesday, Wayne said he's choosing from a pool of at least 31 songs. "If I would’ve dropped the album today, it would have to be 12 or 13 songs," he said. "I refuse to cheat my fans. I refuse to cheat myself." You can watch the whole thing below.
Wayne also shared a new song, "Gotti", which features the Lox and will appear on the album. You can listen to that below, too. Previously, Wayne had shared songs such as "D'usse", "Grindin", and "Krazy", all of which were teased as album cuts.
Pitchfork Music Festival Paris takes place from October 30 to November 1 at Grande Halle de La Villette. Starting today, we'll be streaming live video of most of the performances from the festival via Pitchfork's homepage, thanks to Culturebox. Check out the streaming schedule below. All listed times are EDT.
After the live stream ends each day, replays of previous sets will immediately begin and run until the festival starts back up the next day.
Thursday, October 30
2:40 The Notwist
Friday, October 31
1:30 Perfect Pussy
2:05 D.D. Dumbo
2:45 Son Lux
3:30 Future Islands
6:05 St. Vincent
7:00 Belle and Sebastian
Saturday, November 1
1:30 Kwamie Liv
8:20 Four Tet
After working together on the good kid, m.A.A.d city highlight "Money Trees", Kendrick Lamar and his Black Hippy counterpart Jay Rock are on another new track together. It's Jay's new single "Pay For It", which also features Chantal.
Watch a short Pitchfork.tv documentary on Kendrick:
Photo via Zachary Smith's Instagram
Before breaking up last month, Guided by Voices were scheduled to play a show at the C2G Music Hall in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on October 25. When the band dissolved, the venue booked a GBV tribute show for that same night. But attendees of the tribute show got a surprise: Robert Pollard and Tobin Sprout showed up to play a set of GBV songs such as "Tractor Rape Chain" and "Game of Pricks", as the Fire Note points out. Below, you can watch a pair of clips shot during the performance.
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Nas Unveils New J Dilla-Produced Track "The Season" at Run the Jewels' <i>RTJ2</i> Release Show in Brooklyn
Last night, Killer Mike and El-P celebrated the release of their new album as Run the Jewels, RTJ2. The event, held at Nitehawk Cinemas in Brooklyn, included a screening of The Warriors, as well as a Q&A with the rappers. Then things got interesting.
A little ways into the event, Nas (whose label, Mass Appeal, released RTJ2) stopped by Nitehawk Cinemas to congratulate Killer Mike and El-P. Then, he surprised everyone by playing a new track built around the late J Dilla's "Gobstopper" titled "The Season". Below, check out footage of Nas' appearance, plus the unveiled song.
Check out our new feature on Run the Jewels.
Watch Run the Jewels on Pitchfork.tv's "Over/Under":