Also below, watch the band's performances of "Elephants" and "Love Is To Die" at last year's Pitchfork Music Festival Paris.
"Love Is To Die":
Guillermo S. Herren, aka Prefuse 73, has a record label called Yellow Year, which focuses on collaborative releases. The latest is out tomorrow—"The Only Scarf" is a collaboration between Herren and producer Travis Stewart, aka Machinedrum. Listen above via The Fader.
The Fader points out that the track is likely somewhat old, citing this tweet from two years ago as evidence:
@prefuse73 the only scarf on repeatttttttttt— Machinedrum (@Machine_Drum) March 6, 2012
Here's the video for Machinedrum's "Gunshotta":
Photo by Colin Kerrigan
Last year, Iggy and the Stooges released a new album Ready to Die. As guitarist James Williamson told Rolling Stone, Iggy wanted to take a year off, but the rest of the Stooges decided to keep going without him. They're working on an album called Re-Licked. It features several Raw Power-era tracks the band only played live (which have circulated widely on bootlegs) sung by a variety of guest vocalists.
The album will feature Ariel Pink, Mark Lanegan, Jello Biafra, the Orwells' Mario Cuomo, blues singer Carolyn Wonderland, Le Butcherettes' Teri Gender Bender, and others. On Record Store Day (April 19), Williamson will release a 7" featuring "Open Up and Bleed" b/w "Gimme Some Skin", both sung by Wonderland.
Williamson, Mike Watt, Steve Mackay, and Toby Dammit recorded most of the album at Dave Grohl's 606 Studios. (The one with the Neve console from Sound City.) A spokesperson for Iggy Pop told Rolling Stone that he was never given an opportunity to participate. Williamson said:
"He gave me his blessing and wished me success," says Williamson. "But it's a hard pill to swallow when someone is doing all your songs with your band and you're not on it. I think he's cool with it so far. We'll see how things progress…I hope he maintains his positive attitude."
Later, Pop released a statement to the magazine:
"I don't have a problem with anything, I don't oppose anything. This statement about the 'hard pill' sounds kind of passive aggressive to me. The guys in the touring group have been phoning and emailing me and my rep before during and after the recordings, wondering how I felt about this. These guys are my friends and we've all worked together many years. I am glad someone is paying them; they are working musicians and they need to play. I want to thank all the wonderful singers on this record for covering my songs."
It includes versions of "She Creatures Of The Hollywood Hills" (sung by Pink), "Wild Love" (Lanegan), "Sick of You" (Cuomo), "Head On" (Biafra), "Till the End of the Night" (Teri Gender Bender), "I Got A Right", and "Heavy Liquid".
The band don't plan on touring behind the album, though Williamson says the Stooges (along with Iggy) are tentatively planning to tour again in 2015.
Watch them do "Open Up and Bleed" in Sydney last year:
Photo by Chuck Grant
Lana Del Rey
04-11 Las Vegas, NV - Cosmopolitan
04-13 Indio, CA - Coachella
04-15 Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre
04-18 San Francisco, CA -Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
04-20 Indio, CA - Coachella
04-23 Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
04-25 New Orleans, LA - The Sugarmill
04-27 Miami Beach, FL - Fillmore Miami Beach
04-28 Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live
05-01 Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle
05-02 Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
05-05 Montreal, Quebec - Bell Centre
05-06 Boston, MA - House of Blues
05-08 Wallingford, CT - Toyota Presents the Oakdale Theatre
05-10 Columbia, MD - Sweetlife Music Festival
05-11 Philadelphia, PA - Skyline Stage at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts
05-13 Toronto, Ontario - Sony Centre for Performing Arts
05-15 Detroit, MI - Masonic Temple Theatre
05-16 Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom
05-19 Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
05-25 Vancouver, British Columbia - PNE Amphitheatre
05-27 Seattle, WA - WaMu Theater
Here's her A$AP Rocky-featuring "National Anthem" video:
Spoon's last album Transference came out in 2010, and their social media outlets seem to indicate that their next one's coming soon. Below, watch a video the band posted on YouTube featuring a snippet of new music (via Stereogum).
One week away from a finished album— SPOON (@SpoonTheBand) March 9, 2014
Here's the teaser:
Watch Divine Fits, Britt Daniel's other band, perform on Pitchfork.tv's "+1":
Jay Z and Kanye West, aka the Throne, are set to perform a "special, one night only" performance at SXSW, Mashable reports. It happens this Wednesday at Austin Music Hall as part of a Samsung-sponsored event.
As they did with last year's Prince show, wristbands will be handed out to owners of Samsung Galaxy devices. To get into the show, you have to download Milk Music. (The ad-free radio service, not records by the Olympia-based guitar heroes.) Wristbands will be available starting tomorrow at 10 a.m. at the Galaxy Experience pop-up location (2nd Street and Trinity).
Samsung is also hosting performances from Janelle Monáe, Broken Bells, Cut Copy, Holy Ghost!, and Gary Clark Jr.
Jay and Kanye last performed together during their epic 2011-2012 Watch the Throne tour. They previously joined each other on stage at SXSW back in 2011.
Vampire Weekend have announced a string of tour dates that will take place between the numerous festivals they'll be playing this year: Governors Ball, Bonnaroo, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage, and Lollapalooza in Chile, Argentina, and Brazil. Find the dates below.
03-29-30 Santiago, Chile - Lollapalooza
04-01-02 Buenos Aires, Argentina - Lollapalooza
04-01 Montevideo, Uruguay - Rock N Fall Festival
04-03-05 Bogota, Colombia - Festival Estereo Picnic
04-05-06 Sao Paulo, Brazil - Lollapalooza
04-24 Austin, TX - Stubb's BBQ
04-25 Austin, TX - Stubb's BBQ
04-27 New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
04-28 Birmingham, AL - Sloss Furnaces
04-30 Miami Beach, FL - Fillmore Miami Beach
05-01 Miami Beach, FL - Fillmore Miami Beach
05-03 Tampa, FL - Big Guava Festival
05-05 Atlanta, GA - Fox Theatre
05-31 - 06-01 Houston, TX - Free Press Summer Festival
06-01 Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom
06-02 Kansas City, MO - Crossroads KC
06-04 Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theater
06-05 Chicago, IL - UIC Pavilion
06-06 Rochester Hills, MI - Meadow Brook Music Festival
06-06-08 New York, NY - Governors Ball
06-09 Buffalo, NY - Buffalo Outer Harbor
06-10 Charlottesville, Va - Ntelos Wireless Pavilion
06-12 Raleigh, NC - Red Hat Amphitheater
06-12-15 Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
08-22-24 Leeds, England - Leeds Festival
08-22-24 Reading, England - Reading Festival
Watch Vampire Weekend in a recent episode of Pitchfork.tv's "Over/Under":
Photo by Erez Avissar
Frank Ocean was sued by Chipotle after he backed out of a $425,000 deal to sing a remake of "Pure Imagination" for an ad. They sued for his $212,500 advance. Apparently, he's returned the money. On his Tumblr, Ocean shared a scan of the check for that exact amount (below), adding in the memo: "FUCK OFF".
Ocean reportedly backed out because he didn't want Chipotle's logo to appear at the end of the advertisement. When he saw a final cut that displayed the logo prominently, he backed out. Fiona Apple sang the song instead:
Photo by Nabil
Although no information is available about when it was recorded or if it will see release, "Computerized" seems to have been made before the Samsung-sponsored days of Magna Carta Holy Grail: "Start macking on my BlackBerry," Jay raps, "She got jealous/ I was tapping on my BlackBerry."
There have been rumors that Kanye West was somehow involved in the making of the song, but we can confirm that he was not.
Video portrait by Erik Sanchez
M.I.A. is the latest in a long line of artists who have remixed a track from Beyoncé's great self-titled LP. She's posted a couple of Instagram videos featuring herself and her five-year-old son Ikhyd dancing to the remix.
Read Carrie Battan's recent interview with M.I.A..
Photo via Marnie Stern's Instagram
Seth Meyers, formerly of "Saturday Night Live", recently took over "Late Night" after Jimmy Fallon moved to "The Tonight Show". As reported, fellow "SNL" alum/"Portlandia" co-founder Fred Armisen is currently serving as the bandleader and "curator" of Meyers' house band. As Stereogum notes, last night Armisen invited his shredder pal Marnie Stern to play with the band.
Watch below and skip to 7:00 for Stern's introduction (which follows yet another late-night Vladimir Putin joke):
Photo by Erik Sanchez
Singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield, aka Waxahatchee, had her song "Be Good", from 2012's American Weekend, featured on last night's episode of post-apocalyptic zombie drama "The Walking Dead". But it didn't appear in its original form—rather, the character Beth Greene (played by Emily Kinney) covers a bit from the song on piano, while sitting next to an open casket in an abandoned funeral home. Watch below, via Consequence of Sound.
"happy a verse of a song i wrote about shotgunning beer was just on national television!" Crutchfield wrote on Twitter.
Read our 2013 interview with Waxahatchee.
Watch Waxahatchee play "Peace and Quiet" at last year's Pitchfork Music Festival:
Photo by Pooneh Ghana
American Psycho/Less Than Zero author Bret Easton Ellis is also a podcast host—he's previously recorded conversations with Kanye West, the National's Matt Berninger, and others. Today, he's shared a talk with Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig. They chatted about the difference between millennials and baby boomers, the evolution of art criticism, the notion of "relevant", the internet, Vampire Weekend's early reputation as the "whitest band ever", how Koenig feels when other bands talk shit, and much more. Stream it below, or download it here.
Watch Pitchfork.tv's "Over/Under" featuring Vampire Weekend:
It should come as no surprise that the Magnetic Fields' brilliantly verbose Stephin Merritt is a Scrabble nut. And he's taken his fondness for the game and turned it into a new book consisting of poems made using all of Scrabble's permissible two-letter words, The New York Times reports. The book's called 101 Two-Letter Words, and is scheduled for release through W.W. Norton in October.
"My mother is a former English teacher who always expected me to write the Great American Novel, thunderous and profound, so she was not impressed to learn that my first book is going to be amusing light verse," Merritt told the Times. "But now that I've got her hooked on Words With Friends, she sees the immense value of remembering the two-letter words, and what fascinating little oddities they are, so she's begging for a copy of the book." The poems will be accompanied by illustrations from New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast.
Here's a sample poem:
The country folk say “howdy-do”
but here in town, it’s “yo”;
they’ll say it in the country too
in twenty years or so.
Watch Merritt perform "The Book of Love":
The new album will feature previously shared singles "Honest" and "Move That Dope" (with Pharrell and Pusha T) as well as features from André 3000, Drake, Kanye, Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, and more. Production comes from Mike WiLL Made-It, 808 Mafia, Metro Boomin', and more.
01 Look Ahead
03 Move That Dope [ft. Pharrell, Pusha T and Casino]
04 My Momma [ft. Wiz Khalifa]
06 I Won [ft. Kanye West]
07 Never Satisfied [ft. Drake]
08 I Be U
09 Covered N Money
10 Special [ft. Young Scooter]
11 Benz Friendz (Whatchutola) [ft. André 3000]
12 Blood, Sweat, Tears
13 Big Rube Speaks *
14 Side Effects *
15 I’ll Be Yours *
16 How Can I Not [ft. Young Scooter] *
17 Sh!t *
18 Karate Chop (Remix) [ft. Lil Wayne] *
* Deluxe edition only
Here's the "Move That Dope" video:
Watch Future with TNGHT in an episode of Pitchfork.tv's "Selector":
Philly rockers the War on Drugs will release their new LP, Lost in the Dream, next week. It's the followup to 2011's Slave Ambient. Following the single "Red Eyes", the entire record is now up to stream, below, via The Guardian.
Frontman Adam Granduciel shared some thoughts about Lost with The Guardian:
Even though I feel some of the content of the lyrics might be lonely, I don’t want to make sad, brooding music, I want to make uplifting music... But lyrically I felt like I had to go into a part of myself I hadn’t done before in my songs or work harder at it. I needed to go there and see how far I could let myself go, and put into music the way I was feeling.
Lost in the Dream is out March 18 via Secretly Canadian.
Watch the War on Drugs perform on Pitchfork.tv's "+1":
Will the Black Flag madness ever end? Don't count on it any time soon. Speaking out in a recent Beatroute interview (via Brooklyn Vegan), former vocalist Ron Reyes (fired from the band mid-set while performing in Australia) has commented on the mess: competing reunions, departures, and his replacement, Mike Vallely, the pro skateboarder who managed Black Flag in 2013.
Reyes offered an unsettling explanation for his behavior deemed "disgruntled" and "combative" by Vallely in a recent Rolling Stone interview. He tells Beatroute that such outbursts occurred because "Greg threatened my family." He did not elaborate further on the nature of the threats, or what caused them.
He also claims that Black Flag owes him money for touring, but he doesn't have the necessary paperwork to receive compensation for the past year's performances.
In the article, Reyes voices his discomfort regarding guitarist/band founder Greg Ginn's decision to sue FLAG, the other revival of the legendary hardcore band which features former members Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski, Bill Stevenson, and Dez Cadena, along with Descendents guitarist Stephen Egerton:
When I found out about Flag, one of the first things I said to Greg was, 'We must take the high road on this. Do not disrespect those guys in public. They have the public's support. People LOVE Keith Morris, people LOVE Chuck Dukowski, people LOVE Bill Stevenson. If we come against those guys we are going to look like bitter old men. Greg said, 'Fuck it. I am bitter.' He did it and it completely backfired.
I didn't even know about Greg's lawsuit until the day it went public. Mike V told me. Once the lawsuit came out (August 2013) we were the Evil Flag. There was the Good Flag and the Evil Flag...it was really hard. When I started I was on good terms with those guys. All of a sudden they stopped responding to my emails. Relationships were severed and I was guilty by association."
Watch one of the final Black Flag performances with Reyes:
Reunited shoegaze pioneers Slowdive are set to play a number of upcoming festivals and have even hinted at the possibility of a new record. Now, to celebrate their return, the English band has put together a mix for FACT, collecting tracks that have significantly impacted their work and contemporaries who they came up admiring. It ranges from Swans, Sonic Youth, and My Bloody Valentine to Nick Drake, Yo La Tengo, Cocteau Twins, and more.
"It's hard to ignore how some of these bands have helped shape our sound," the band told FACT, "since they began sonically expanding our minds when we were still teenagers."
Slowdive FACT Mix:
01 Sonic Youth: "Silver Rocket"
02 Can: "Mother Sky"
03 The Byrds: "8 Miles high"
04 My Bloody Valentine: "Clair"
05 Dinosaur Jr: "Let It Ride"
06 AR Kane: "Haunting"
07 This Mortal Coil: "Song to the Siren"
08 Bert Jansch: "Come Sing Me a Happy Song to Prove We Can All Get Along the Lumpy Bumpy Long and Dusty Road"
09 Swans: "Saved"
10 Brian Eno: "The Big Ship"
11 Cocteau Twin: "Pink Orange Red"
12 Phillip Glass: "Floe"
13 Yo La Tengo: "Sugarcube"
14 Taylor Deupree: "Img_0083"
15 Kitchens Of Distinction: "The 3rd Time We Opened the Capsule"
16 Nick Drake: "Riverman"
17 Bark Psychosis: "Nothing Feels"
18 The Smiths: "How Soon Is Now"
19 The Stooges: "Search And Destroy"
20 The Cure: "Cold"
21 Spiritualized: "Run"
22 Syd Barrett: "Terrapin"
Jacques Greene: "No Excuse" on SoundCloud.
Jacques Greene will release the three-track Phantom Vibrate EP on April 28 via LuckyMe. Today, he's shared the first single from that release, "No Excuse". He's also announced a tour, kicking off at SXSW. Dates and tracklist below.
Phantom Vibrate EP:
01 No Excuse
02 Time Again (Feel What)
03 Night Tracking
03-12-15 Austin, TX - SXSW
03-19 Burlington, VT - Signal Kitchen
03-20 Chicago, IL - Primary
03-21 Philadelphia, PA - Dolphin Tavern
03-22 New Orleans, LA - Republic
03-23 Los Angeles, CA - Sound Nightclub
03-25 San Francisco, CA - 1015 Folsom
03-28 Miami, FL - LMNT
03-29 Miami, FL - WMC (LuckyMe x Red Bull)
04-17 Brooklyn, NY - Output
04-19 Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
04-20 Montreal, Quebec - Espace Réunion (live)
04-24 London, England - St. John's Church (live)
05-26 Detroit, MI - Movement Festival
05-28 Seattle, WA - Q Nightclub
05-29 Vancouver, British Columbia - Fortune Sound Club
05-31 Lyon, France - Nuits Sonores (live)
06-07 Manchester, England - Parklife Festival
Watch Jacques Greene perform at Art Basel Miami 2013:
Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew will release his new solo record Darlings on March 18 through Arts & Crafts in North America and March 24 internationally via City Slang. You may have already heard "Mexican Aftershow Party" or "Good Sex"—now you can stream the whole thing via Line of Best Fit. Update: The stream has been removed. Listen to the album at NPR Music.
Read our interview with Drew about the making of the album, and stream the record below: