Tonight, Common and the National performed at Show Up!, a free pre-inauguration concert hosted by Planned Parenthood and All Access at the 9:30 Club in Washington D.C. The show is a “call to action for supporters of reproductive freedom to take action wherever they are.” During his set, Common addressed police brutality, mass incarceration, women’s health, and reproductive rights. Watch clips of the speeches below.
“As I was thinking about having the honor to perform for Planned Parenthood, I thought about how not only is this about our free choices that women should have to make the choices with what they want to do with their bodies, but women should also be able to have access to healthcare to be able to get what they need,” Common said through applause. In another clip, he adds, “there’s pieces of America that seem unprotected right now, and it just didn’t happen in this election when you think about it.”
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Joey Bada$$ has shared the politically-charged first track from his upcoming sophomore album AABA. It’s called “Land of the Free” and it covers police shootings, the inexperience of the incoming president, and more. Stream it below. The song is co-produced by Kirk Knight and Adam Pallin. “Obama just wasn’t enough, I need more closure/ And Donald Trump is not equipped to take this country over/ Let’s face facts ‘cause we know what’s the real motive,” he raps. The song follows the video for “Devastated,” which he premiered while riding around New York City on top of a bus. His last album, B4.DA.$$,was released on Inauguration Day 2015, which is also his birthday.
Watch Joey Bada$$ perform “World Domination” at Pitchfork Villain Showcase +1:
Gezellig Records has released Is There Another Language?, a compilation album benefiting the American Civil Liberties Union. The new album notably features a new Mount Eerie song, “Crows,” which is taken from the yet-to-be-announced upcoming new album from Phil Elverum. The new song is available only if you buy the whole compilation, which also includes a rare version of Surfer Blood’s “NW Passage” and a new song by the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, “Easy To Be Loved,” featuring guest vocals by A Sunny Day in Glasgow’s Jen Goma. Check out the whole thing here.
Check out Mount Eerie’s video for “This Place Lives” on Pitchfork.tv:
CORRECTION: This story has been updated to correct the name of the Pains of Being Pure at Heart’s contribution to the compilation, “Easy To Be Loved.”
In a new interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1, Win Butler has discussed Arcade Fire’s recent return with the song “I Give You Power,” featuring Mavis Staples. “Mavis Staples is one of my favorite people on Earth and I’ve been fortunate enough to sing with her a couple times, and we just have a really beautiful relationship with her as a band,” Butler said. “We're just really honored to sing with her.”
When asked about the timing of the release, Butler said, “It’s the eve of the inauguration and I think it’s easy to get sucked into sitting on the couch and checking your news feed and watching things on CNN, and we’re just musicians and the only thing we have to offer is our music.” He continued, “I talked to Mavis last night and she said, ‘Now more than ever we just need to hold onto each other.’ For us it’s a feeling of solidarity—to not feel powerless and focus on what we can do as individuals and try to do our part.”
Butler went on to encourage artists trust their instincts when it comes to addressing current events. “It’s really crazy times, and I think that naturally a lot of art comes out of that.” When asked about the next step for Arcade Fire, he cryptically responded, “The future is unwritten.” Listen to the interview below.
Young Thug has shared the new music video for his JEFFERY song “Guwop.” Unlike the video for “Wyclef Jean,” which he released earlier this week, Thugger is featured prominently in the visual for the Gucci Mane-referencing track. Migos make an appearance as well; watch it below.
Back in 2015, Jack White opened a Third Man record store in Detroit with the promise of housing his very own vinyl pressing plant. Third Man has now announced that Third Man Pressing is officially in business, and will open and begin manufacturing records at its Detroit location on February 25. The facility features “eight of the first newly built presses built in 35 years,” and is environmentally conscious, using a “closed-loop, chilled-water system that maximizes water sustainability.” According to a press release, Third Man Pressing will be capable of creating 5,000 records every 8 hours.
White and Third Man are celebrating the opening of the plant with opening day festivities at the record store with performances, exclusive merchandise, and the public sale of the first records pressed at the plant. The limited edition releases include the White Stripes’ self-titled debut album, their sophomore album De Stijl, a split 12" LP from Destroy All Monsters and Xanadu, and the Johnson Family Singers’ Don’t Let the Devil Ride. Fans will be able to check out the inside of the record pressing plant through the Third Man Records storefront. Check out photos from the facility below.
Read “9 Record-Related Records Jack White Could Break” on the Pitch, and revisit our feature on Jack White and Third Man, “Let’s Build a Home: Third Man Records Returns to Detroit.”
Parquet Courts have shared the music video for their Human Performance cut “Outside.” Directed by Marisa Gesualdi, it incorporates footage from the band’s recent show at the Knockdown Center in Queens, New York. They’ve also shared a 360-degree video from the performance. Watch both clips below.
Parquet Courts head out on tour at the end of the month. Find their upcoming dates here. Read “Texas Never Whispers: Two Days on Tour with Parquet Courts.”
Watch Parquet Courts perform “Uncast Shadow of a Southern Myth” at Pitchfork Music Festival 2015:
Mike Myers and Dana Carvey’s cult classic Wayne’s World turns 25 this year. To celebrate the anniversary, the film is returning to theaters. Wayne’s World will show nationwide on February 7 and 8 (hosted by SpectiCast and Paramount Pictures). The events will include an introduction by film critic Peter Travers; afterward, a pre-recorded discussion with director Penelope Spheeris and cast members will screen. Find locations and showtimes here.
In addition to the screenings, Paramount Home Media Distribution is putting out a Wayne’s World double feature on DVD and Digital HD. It’s out February 14 (the 25th anniversary). New digital extras (including director’s commentary and a making-of feature) will be available with the iTunes edition of the movie.
Wayne’s World began as a “Saturday Night Live” sketch. In 2015, Myers and Carvey revived their characters for the “SNL 40” special.
Pitchfork is honored to announce that The Pitchfork Review, our music and culture print publication, has been nominated for a 2017 National Magazine Award. It’s been selected as a finalist in the Design category, which recognizes “overall excellence in magazine design.” The winners will be announced on February 7.
Pitchfork previously received nominations in 2013, 2014, and 2016. In 2013, Pitchfork won a National Magazine Award for General Excellence in Digital Media.
The National Magazine Awards were established in 1966 to honor print (and now, digital) publications that "consistently demonstrate superior execution of editorial objectives, innovative techniques, noteworthy journalistic enterprise and imaginative art direction." The awards are sponsored by the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) in association with the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and are administered by ASME.
Arcade Fire have shared a new song featuring Mavis Staples. It’s called “I Give You Power,” and all proceeds from it will go to the American Civil Liberties Union. “It's never been more important that we stick together & take care of each other,” the artists said in a tweet. Listen to “I Give You Power” below, and scroll down to watch them perform it at a May 2016 performance outside the Louvre. The band’s last album, Reflektor, arrived in 2013; it is unclear if this song will appear on an upcoming release.
Arcade Fire will perform at a number of festivals this year, including Primavera and Isle of Wight. They’ve been at work on their next album, which Will Butler said could arrive this spring. During their performance at Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in October 2016, the band recorded the crowd noise, with plans possibly to sample it for the record. To coincide with the new track’s release, the band updated their Facebook profile photo and Twitter avatar with the same image; see it below.
It's never been more important that we stick together & take care of each other.
Love, Mavis Staples and Arcade Firehttps://t.co/4pz2rgNjYi
January 19, 2017
Dear Lord, on this day--as on all days--we thank you for @mavisstaples— Will Butler (@butlerwills) January 16, 2017
Revisit Arcade Fire’s “Reflektor” video:
Thee Oh Sees frontman John Dwyer has announced a new solo album under his Damaged Bug moniker. On March 10, he will release Bunker Funk via his own Castle Face Records imprint. It follows 2015’s Cold Hot Plumbs, as well as a 7” that accompanied a tarot deck. Check out the artwork, tracklist, and album cut “Bog Dash” below.
01 Structure Image Approach
02 Bog Dash
03 The Cryptologist
04 Slay the Priest
05 Ugly Gamma
06 Rick’s Jummy
07 Gimme Tamanthum
08 No One Notice the Fly
09 Bunker Funk
10 Mood Slime
11 Liquid Desert
12 Heavy Cathedral
13 Unmanned Scanner
14 The Night Shopper
Revisit Damaged Bug’s “The Mirror” video:
Avant-garde icon Diamanda Galás’ last album was 2008’s Guilty Guilty Guilty. This year, the singer and composer will release two new records on the same day. All the Way features re-worked versions of traditional and jazz standards; At Saint Thomas the Apostle Harlem was recorded at the titular New York church during last year’s Red Bull Music Academy. Both records are out March 24 via her label, Intravenal Sound Operations. Below, listen to “All the Way” (written by Jimmy Van Heusen and famously sung by Frank Sinatra) and “O Death” from All the Way; scroll down for their album tracklists.
Read Pitchfork’s 5-10-15-20 interview with Galás.
All the Way:
01 All The Way
02 You Don’t Know What Love Is
03 The Thrill Is Gone
04 Round Midnight
05 O Death
06 Pardon Me I’ve Got Someone To Kill
At Saint Thomas the Apostle Harlem:
01 Verrá la more e avrá tuoi occhi
02 Anoixe Petra
04 Die Stunde Kommt
06 O Death
09 Let My People Go
Sufjan Stevens has shared a message about the Ten Commandments on his website. Below an image with the Commandments, Stevens writes, “The Ten Commandments are neither profound nor difficult, at all. They are meant to distinguish us from barbarianism and narcissism. They are basic rules for being a human—bottom line.” He later advises, “Don’t do as your corrupt leaders do. Don’t do as your corrupt celebrities do. Don’t do as I do. Don’t do as the world implores you to ‘get what’s yours.’ You are not entitled to anything.” Read his full post here.
Flying Lotus has shared the trailer for his upcoming movie Kuso. The clip features appearances by George Clinton, Tim Heidecker, and more. It’s a bizarre preview for the film, which FlyLo has previously said is inspired by “pretty much everything [he’s] afraid of.” Watch it below, via Deadline.
Kuso premieres at Sundance on January 21. It marks the producer’s debut feature film, and incorporates the ideas established in his short film Royal. It features new original music from FlyLo, Aphex Twin, and Akira Yamoaka. In addition to Clinton and Heidecker, the cast includes Hannibal Buress, Donnell Rawlings, and “Workaholics” star Anders Holm. Check out the insane Kuso poster here.
Read our 2014 Update interview with Flying Lotus.
Watch Flying Lotus and Thundercat on Pitchfork.tv’s “Over/Under”:
Ty Segall’s new self-titled album is out January 27 via Drag City. He has now shared a new song from the LP, “Break a Guitar.” It’s the second offering from the record following “Orange Color Queen.” Listen to the new track below.
Watch Ty Segall perform “I Bought My Eyes” at Pitchfork Music Festival 2012:
Ryan Adams has announced the first live dates in support of his upcoming album Prisoner (out February 17 via Pax Am/Blue Note). He’ll be hitting the road this March, starting in Richmond, Virginia and wrapping up in New Orleans, with some festival dates lined up for the summer. See his full itinerary below. Adams is also scheduled to perform on “A Prairie Home Companion” later this month.
Ryan Adams is the guest on today’s episode of Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show, where he premiered “Doomsday,” the latest song from Prisoner. Listen to the interview below. Prior to today’s offering, he shared the album’s “Do You Still Love Me?” and “To Be Without You.”
01-21 Pasadena, CA - A Prairie Home Companion at Pasadena Civic Auditorium
03-05 Richmond, VA - The National
03-06 Richmond, VA - The National
03-08 Columbia, SC - Township Auditorium
03-09 North Charleston, SC - North Charleston Performing Arts Center
03-10 Fort Lauderdale, FL - The Parker Playhouse
03-12 Tampa, FL - Gasparilla Music Festival
03-14 New Orleans, LA - Orpheum Theater
07-06 Castro Daire, Portugal - Nos Alive
07-07 Madrid, Spain - Mad Cool Festival
Gorillaz are back. Today, the Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett-created group has shared a new song called “Hallelulah Money,” featuring Mercury Prize winner Benjamin Clementine. It’s the first release from Gorillaz’s new record, which is due later this year. In the accompanying music video (directed by Gorillaz & Giorgio Testi), Clementine sings from Trump Tower. The visual also incorporates La Candelaria brotherhood imagery. Watch it below, via Uproxx.
Dark times - u need someone to look up to. Me. Here's a lightning bolt of truth in a black night. Now piss on! New stuff won't write itself. https://t.co/tOqYnXqrU2— gorillaz (@gorillaz) January 19, 2017
Correction: An earlier version of this story suggested the “Hallelujah Money” video incorporates Ku Klux Klan imagery. The figures are meant to represent La Candelaria brotherhood, Gorillaz representatives have confirmed.
On February 17, Ryan Adams will release a new album called Prisoner on Pax Am/Blue Note. Today, he’s shared the third offering from the record, “Doomsday.” It follows the previously released “Do You Still Love Me?” and “To Be Without You.” Hear “Doomsday” below (via Stereogum).
In addition to his own forthcoming album, Adams is working on a new double album for Liz Phair. He recently shared photos and footage from the studio, and compared Phair’s new material to her 1993 debut Exile in Guyville.
Yams Day 2017, the second annual memorial concert for A$AP Yams, took place last night at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York. The lineup included the A$AP Mob, Ferg, Danny Brown, Young Thug, TDE, Cam’ron, Joey Bada$$, Lil Uzi Vert, Flatbush Zombies, and more. Then, during the show, Kendrick Lamar, the Weeknd, and Tyler, the Creator all made appearances. Watch clips below.
Yams Day 2017 marks the two-year anniversary of Yams’ death. Rocky, Ferg, Joey Bada$$, Lil Uzi Vert, and Flatbush Zombies also performed at last year’s inaugural concert.
Read “The Short Life and Long Legacy of Hip-Hop Tastemaker A$AP Yams” on the Pitch.January 19, 2017
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lost my phone at yams day .... lit— Danny Brown (@xdannyxbrownx) January 19, 2017