Wu-Tang, Grimes, Jane’s Addiction, D’Angelo, Dag Nasty, CHVRCHES, Future Islands Set for Fun Fun Fun Fest
Fun Fun Fun Festival returns November 6-8 to Auditorium Shores in Austin. Today, the lineup has been announced.
It includes Jane’s Addiction (performing Ritual De Lo Habitual in full for the album's twentieth anniversary), a rare reunion show from Dag Nasty, D’Angelo and The Vanguard, CHVRCHES, Future Islands, Wu-Tang Clan, Chromeo, Schoolboy Q, Grimes, Neon Indian, Rae Sremmurd, MSTRKRFT, Hudson Mohawke, Ride, Cheap Trick, Antemasque, Toro y Moi, American Football, Mikal Cronin, The Charlatans UK, Viet Cong, Alvvays, Speedy Ortiz, Cass McCombs, Steve Gunn, Peaches, Joey Bada$$, Big Freedia, the Grifters, Afrika Bambaataa, Venom, NOFX, Gogol Bordello (performing Gypsy Punk in full), Drive Like Jehu, L7, Desaparecidos, Alvvays, American Nightmare, Converge, Skinny Puppy, Babes in Toyland, Parquet Courts, OFF!, Title Fight, Shamir, Dwarves (performing Blood, Guts & Pussy), Fucked Up, and many more.
Watch an announcement video featuring Bill Nye:
The New Pornographers have shared a visual for their Brill Bruisers single "Champions of Red Wine". Directorial team Cudmore + Leblanc filmed the entire video – which concerns a self-proclaimed "Prehistoric Man" who goes through an existential crisis in paradise – on location in Cuba. Check out the video below.
Scott Cudmore shared his interpretation of the video and its aloof main character:
Obviously there’s a debt to the Paris, Texas locale of peep shows here and that was sort of the jumping off point for the video. I had this idea of a rambling, drunk loner in a foreign environment - somebody who can’t really connect to anything except for on a very superficial level. All the interactions he has are forced, more like transactions than anything. It’s a portrait of this guy, a few hours, a couple of days, in his life as he flails wildly around - his only means of communication being physical. The video is a fragment of this character. We only know him in the moment, not where he comes from or where he is going.
Photo by Noah Kalina
Jamie xx's debut solo LP In Colour is out June 1 via Young Turks. This week, he's been streaming the album – which includes "Girl", "Sleep Sound", "Loud Places" (with the xx's Romy), "Gosh", and "I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)" featuring Young Thug and Popcaan – on iTunes. Today, he appeared on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 show to share an edited version of the album. Listen to the alternate mixes below.Read our new interview with Jamie.
Watch the video for "Gosh":
Photo by Cybele Malinowski
Australian beatmaker Harley Streten, aka Flume, has released the video for "Some Minds", a new collaborative track featuring vocals and lyrics from Miike Snow's Andrew Wyatt. The clip, directed by Clemens Habicht, offers an eerie, inside look at the Sydney Opera House after hours. Shot over the span of a single night at the Australian landmark, it features cool and unsettling choreography by Australian Ballet member Callum Linnane. Watch the video below, via Pitchfork.tv.
"It was humbling to be able to make something in a building so iconic," Flume said in a press release. (He will perform at the Opera House tomorrow and Saturday as part of Future Classic's 10th anniversary celebration.)
Here's what Flume had to say about the new song:
I started the instrumental at my apartment in Sydney - first working with the drums and arrangement, then built chords around it, did some vocal bits as sketches before meeting up with Andrew Wyatt from Miike Snow in his studio in New York City. Andrew was writing things in his own head, singing ideas into his phone, I played the song over and over then after about an hour he jumped up and said 'stop' and launched into singing this amazing chorus melody. We recoded it then fleshed out the lyrics of the chorus and verses. I finished it off with the crazy ending further down the line, a few months later.
On the first album I had only worked remotely with singers sending files back and forth over the internet. I still enjoy working remotely but have also done a bunch of sessions with people in person. Sometimes its quite odd, even uncomfortable as you have never met, writing music is a very personal process for me. The session for "Some Minds" with Andrew was one of the most natural I've done. He is a seasoned pro and it really opened me up to this way of working.
I am pretty hard on myself when it comes to being satisfied with new material, I am always trying to push myself. 'Some Minds' is a song, not a track which is what I was trying to achieve with this one.
And the video:
The last four months has been the longest I've had at home in Sydney without being on the road touring and, while I love travelling, it's nice to come home to such a beautiful place like Sydney. It was humbling to be able to make something in a building so iconic. Being inside the Sydney Opera House filming overnight with no one in the building, it was quite eerie, the place has so much character. The director Clemens [Habicht] really nailed what I wanted to achieve in getting a balance between the real and synthetic, he has a great eye... Maybe it's a love letter to Sydney.
Willis Earl Beal's last album Experiments in Time was released last summer. One year later, he's releasing Noctunes. It's out August 28 via Tender Loving Empire. That's album cut "Flying So Low" above.
In a statement, Beal called the album intentionally minimalistic. "People had all these ideas about what I was supposed to be," he said. "I had only ever wanted to make lullabies. ... I wanted to create this persona that could say everything perfectly with very little. The record, to me, is a perfect record. I listen to that thing a lot, and it helps me."
01 Under You
02 Flying So Low
03 Like a Box
05 No Solution
07 Say the Words
08 Love Is All Around
09 Able to Wait
11 Start Over
12 12 Midnight
Read our 2013 interview with Beal and watch him on Pitchfork.tv's "+1":
Perviously, Lil B called out James Harden of the Rockets for doing the cooking dance without giving the Based God proper credit. The curse was enacted. Tonight, the Rockets lost and the Golden State Warriors.
I'm sorry James harden all you had to do was explain you were doing the Lil B cooking dance - Lil B— Lil B From The Pack (@LILBTHEBASEDGOD) May 28, 2015 May 28, 2015
Warriors fans went from cheering George Lopez to booing Kanye West pic.twitter.com/vTiLJ7PZJc— J.A. Adande (@jadande) May 28, 2015
This is the most excited you will ever see Kanye. pic.twitter.com/kbyvrF4P2B— SportsNation (@SportsNation) May 28, 2015 May 28, 2015
Watch Lil B's episode of Pitchfork.tv's "Selector" titled "Cookin' With Lil B":
Photo by Will Deitz
damn going threw the old golf wang photos shit. i miss my friends alot. 5 years later isnt that long but wow soooo much has happened— Tyler, The Creator (@fucktyler) May 28, 2015
although its no more, those 7 letters are forever.— Tyler, The Creator (@fucktyler) May 28, 2015
Those seven letters he's referring to are likely OFWGKTA. It's unclear if his tweets indicate a full-on breakup or if he's reflecting on how they've drifted apart in recent months. Tyler and Earl Sweatshirt both released albums this year; Frank Ocean's got one on the way.
Watch Odd Future do "Radicals" at Pitchfork Music Festival:
The multi-city Riot Fest is back this fall. Denver's fest is from August 28-30. The Chicago fest takes place at Douglas Park from September 11-13. Toronto's happens at Downsview Park from September 19-20. Today, the lineups for all three fests have been announced.
In Chicago, several artists will perform their classic albums in full, including Snoop Dogg (Doggystyle), Ice Cube with special guests (Straight Outta Compton remix), and Rancid (...And Out Come the Wolves). The lineup also features Modest Mouse, Faith No More, Iggy Pop, Drive Like Jehu, De La Soul, No Doubt, L7, Thurston Moore Band, Eagles of Death Metal, Speedy Ortiz, Andrew W.K., Against Me!, Desaparecidos, Babes in Toyland, Swervedriver, Motörhead, Alvvays, the Damned, Heems, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Damian "Junior Gong" Marley, Gwar, Death, Joyce Manor, Main Attrakionz, Tenacious D, Billy Idol, FIDLAR, Echo & the Bunnymen, Jimmy Cliff, Tommy Stinson, Merle Haggard, Bootsy Collins, the Coathangers, and many more.
Denver's lineup features Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, and Rancid doing their full-album sets. It also features Modest Mouse, Run DMC, Iggy Pop, Pixies, Explosions in the Sky, Motörhead, Drive Like Jehu, L7, Babes in Toyland, the Damned, GZA, Eagles of Death Metal, Desaparecidos, De La Soul, Andrew W.K., the Black Lips, Gwar, Swervedriver, OFF!, Joyce Manor, Speedy Ortiz, the Hotelier, Main Attrakionz, and more.
Toronto's lineup features Wu-Tang Clan, Tyler the Creator, Drive Like Jehu, Rancid (doing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Babes in Toyland, Andrew W.K., Eagles of Death Metal, Against Me!, Thurston Moore Band, Motörhead, Atmosphere, Echo & the Bunnymen, the Joy Formidable, FIDLAR, and others.
This year's Chicago festival takes place at Douglas Park. It previously was held at Humboldt Park, but were asked not to return after Alderman Roberto Maldonado swore that the festival wouldn't be welcomed back. Humboldt Park's grounds were reportedly heavily damaged after last year's festival.
Photo by Brantley Gutierrez
06-06 Thackerville, OK - Winstar World Casino
06-07 Houston, TX - Free Press Summer Festival
06-13 Burlington, Ontario - Burlington's Sound of Music Festival
06-26 Grand Junction, CO - Loudwire Music Festival
06-27 El Paso, TX - KLAQ Street Fest
07-08 Chicago, IL - Taste of Chicago
07-10 Minneapolis, MN - Basilica Block Party
07-11 Des Moines, IA - 80/35 Festival
07-19 Portland, OR - Project Pabst
07-22 Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena (APMA's)
07-23 Cincinnati, OH - The Shoe at Horseshoe Casino
07-31 Portland, ME - The Maine State Pier
08-02 Bridgeport, CT - Gathering of the Vibes
09-25 Las Vegas, NV - Life is Beautiful Festival
09-26 Franklin, TN - Pilgrimage Music Festival
09-27 Franklin, TN - Pilgrimage Music Festival
Watch them do "Buddy Holly" live 10 years ago:
The Chemical Brothers' new single "Go", their collaboration with Q-Tip, arrived earlier this month with a new music video directed by Michel Gondry. A new behind-the-scenes video takes a look at the video's concept, creation, and choreography. It features interviews with Gondry and choreographer Sherley Henault. Watch it below via Nowness.
Here's the original video.
At the end of 2013, Kanye West was sued by Ricky Spicer, the Ponderosa Twins Plus One singer whose voice was prominently featured in "Bound 2". Spicer sued West and his labels, claiming that he hadn't authorized the use of the song. Billboard reports that West has settled.
Paperwork was filed earlier this month to discontinue the suit. Spicer previously claimed that he hadn't been compensated for the song despite its success.
Here's the original song and the "Bound 2" video:
Hyperdub are releasing an EP of material from the late DJ Rashad's vaults. The 6613 EP is out June 29 and features collaborations with DJ Spinn, DJ Manny, Taso, and Gant-Man. All proceeds will go to Rashad's family.
Read Meaghan Garvey's new feature From Teklife to the Next Life.
01 CCP2 [ft. DJ Spinn]
02 Cause I Know U Feel [ft. Gant-Man]
03 Ya Hot [ft. Taso]
04 Do Not Fuck [ft. DJ Manny, DJ Spinn, Taso]
Watch Teklife in Monterrey, a Pitchfork.tv documentary about Rashad and Spinn:
Pitchfork.tv is happy to announce the launch of a new series, Contours, taking you on tour with some of our favorite artists. As they travel from show to show, we’ll give you behind-the-scenes moments as they occur in real time. After the tour’s over, you’ll also get to see a documentary made about the trip, featuring interviews, performances, and plenty of scenery shot from the window.
The first artist to be featured in Contours is Courtney Barnett, as she travels across the U.S. in support of her new album Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit. Starting on Friday, May 29 in Napa, and going through Sunday, June 7 in New Orleans, Pitchfork.tv will bring you regular updates from the road.
Photosets and video vignettes will be published live to an interactive map. After the dates are over, Pitchfork.tv will share a short documentary on the whole journey.
Here are the tour dates:
05-29 Napa, CA - Bottle Rock Festival
05-30 Los Angeles, CA - The Roxy
05-31 Los Angeles, CA - The Roxy
06-02 San Diego, CA - Casbah
06-05 Austin, TX - Mohawk
06-06 Dallas, TX - Club Dada
06-07 New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
Kendrick Lamar made an appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" today to perform his To Pimp A Butterfly track "These Walls" and have a quick chat. As Lamar performed, a dancing couple swooped around the stage; meanwhile, an off-screen painter crafted a portrait of the performance which he subsequently presented to DeGeneres.
After doing the song, Lamar explained the origins of his "Bad Blood" cameo (he and Taylor Swift are each huge fans of the other's music) and reflected on his being named a Generational Icon by the California State Senate. "It means everything to me," he said. Watch below.
Read our piece on Kendrick Lamar and Black Humanity.
Pitchfork.tv's "Director ID" series, a collaboration with Portuguese music and arts television network Canal 180 that profiles some of the best directors working in music videos today, continues with new episodes. The latest features DANIELS, the directing duo of Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, who are behind clips for the Shins, Passion Pit, Chromeo, DJ Snake + Lil Jon, Battles, and much more.
In this episode, DANIELS talk about how they started making music videos and their unique hybrid of live action, motion graphics, and comedy. Watch below.
Last week, former Girls frontman Christopher Owens shared a new track, "Selfish Feelings", which he said was "from a forthcoming album." Today, he's released that album, the follow-up to last year's A New Testament.
Titled Chrissybaby Forever, the sixteen-track LP was co-produced, engineered, and mixed by JJ Wiesler. Stream it above and get it on Owens' Bandcamp. It will be released on vinyl this August.
The cover photograph is by Hannah Hunt (of Vampire Weekend fame), who the album is dedicated to. She also sings on the album.
Watch Owens perform songs from his first solo album, Lysandre:
Action Bronson is slated to play a NXNE festival event at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto on June 21. Yesterday, a woman named Erica Shiner launched a Change.org petition to bar the New York rapper from performing at the event, saying that he "glorifies gang-raping and murdering women."
She cited lyrics from his 2011 song "Consensual Rape", calling them "hate speech", and his 2011 video for "Brunch", "in which the artist cooks a meal over a woman's dead body, rolls her up in a carpet, throws her in his trunk, and proceeds to violently stab her when he discovers she's still alive (trigger warning, obviously)."
Shiner wrote, "A musician who glorifies rape and violence against women should never be allowed to perform at a public space in our city." So far, over 1,600 supporters have signed the petition.
Now, the organizers of NXNE have issued a statement addressing the petition, defending the artist and confirming that his set will go on as scheduled. "NXNE believes each and every one of these artists have the right to express their views through music, but those views belong to them and them alone,” the statement reads. “Those who are offended by an artist are invited to check out other Festival showcases, as NXNE will present hundreds of artists this June – some may be considered controversial, but most are just plain fun.” Check out the full statement below.
Here are the "Consensual Rape" lyrics cited by the petition:
Then dig your shorty out cuz I geeked her up on molly
Have her eating dick, no need for seasoning
If seven dudes are in the room then she's pleasing them
Like a trooper. Hit her in the pooper. Throw her in the shower, then I take her out to Lupa
I'm kinky, I'll hit it even if it's stinky
Put em in the shower, make the pussy brand new
Give 'em money what I can't do
Stuff her lunchbox & burn her with the candle
Here's NXNE's statement in full:
On Tuesday, May 26 a group of concerned Torontonians created a petition to remove Action Bronson from NXNE’s lineup on Sunday, June 21 at Yonge-Dundas Square. The petition has spawned a passionate online discussion. The Festival would like to address this topic.
Action Bronson performed at Yonge-Dundas Square as part of NXNE in 2012 with Killer Mike, Raekwon and Ghostface Killah. It was a positive concert that was described by reviewers as “laid back”, “a lot of fun” and a “world class hip-hop showcase”. NXNE is confident the lineup on June 21 at Yonge-Dundas Square will make for another enjoyable day of music in a public space.
“NXNE will also present a number of rap artists at various venues, such as Tink and Kate Tempest, who have be lauded for the undisguised feminist viewpoints in their music.” says Sara Peel, Managing Director of NXNE. ” “That being said, in the interest of moving forward in a positive manner, we are engaging in discussion with our community about this important issue, and looking to provide opportunities for concerned voices to be heard.”
NXNE believes each and every one of these artists have the right to express their views through music, but those views belong to them and them alone. Those who are offended by an artist are invited to check out other Festival showcases, as NXNE will present hundreds of artists this June – some may be considered controversial, but most are just plain fun.
Meanwhile, a Bronson defender named James Fricke has launched a counter-petition urging fans to "stop feminist extremeists [sic] from censoring Action Bronson's free speech and his performance at NXNE." It offers an alternate interpretation of the lyrics in question:
Erica Shiner and her parteners [sic] either knowingly or unknowingly manipulated the meaning of the lyrics do [to] describe the non-consensual drugging and gang raping of the woman in the lyrics, based on the single line ‘cuz I geeked her up on molly’. This is a loose play of language to describe his giving her molly, and her willingly taking it.
Cursive's Tim Kasher has re-activated his band The Good Life for a new album and tour. Everybody's Coming Down is the followup to 2007's Help Wanted Nights. The record is out August 14 via Saddle Creek.
In addition to the album announce, the band has shared a track from the LP called "Everybody". Listen to it and check out the band's tour dates, below.
The Good Life:
08-15 Omaha, NE - Maha Music Festival
08-18 St. Paul, MN - Turf Club *
08-19 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall *
08-20 Ferndale, MI - Loving Touch *
08-21 Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop *
08-22 Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel *
08-23 Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle *
08-26 Boston, MA - The Sinclair *
08-27 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom *
08-29 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle (Back Room) *
08-30 Atlanta, GA - The Earl *
09-01 Orlando, FL - The Social *
09-04 Nashville, TN - High Watt *
09-05 St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway *
09-06 Iowa City, IA - Gabes *
* with Big Harp
El-P and Killer Mike, aka Run the Jewels, have announced the Jewel Runner fall U.S. tour. The duo will be supported by BOOTS on the new set of dates. The group also shared an awesome poster (above) for the tour, illustrated by Ian Klarer. It's a take on the classic Blade Runner poster.
Read our feature on Run the Jewels, Last Rappers Standing.
Run the Jewels:
05-29 Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound
05-31 Dublin, Ireland - Forbidden Fruit Festival
06-05 Porto, Portugal - Primavera Sound
06-06 London, England - Field Day Festival
06-07 London, England - The Forum
06-12 Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Music Festival
06-14 Brooklyn, NY - Northside Festival
06-19 Dover, Delaware - Firefly Music Festival
06-26 Glastonbury, England - Glastonbury Festival
06-27 Ljubljana, Slovenia - Flow Festival
07-02 Keflavik, Iceland - ATP Iceland
07-03 Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival
07-04 Tilburg, Netherlands - Woo Hah! Festival
07-05 Bavilliers, France - Eurockeennes de Belfort
07-11 Des Moines, IA - 80/35 Fest
07-14 Québec City, Québec - Festival D'Été De Québec
07-15 Ottawa, Ontario - Ottawa Bluesfest
07-17 Pemberton, British Columbia - Pemberton Music Fest
07-19 Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
07-24 Barrie, Ontario - Wayhome Festival
07-30 Montreal, Québec - Club Soda
07-31 Montreal, Québec - Osheaga Fest
08-09 Katowice, Poland - Off Festival Katowice
08-13 Oslo, Norway - Oya Festival
08-14 Helsinki, Finland - Flow Festival
08-15 Gothenburg, Sweden - Way Out West
08-22 Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest
08-28 Reading, England - Reading Festival
08-29 Leeds, England - Leeds Festival
08-30 Paris, France - Rock En Seine
09-02 Milan, Italy - Circolo Magnolia
09-03 Bologna, Italy - Zona Roveri
09-05 Pula, Croatia - Outlook Festival
09-13 Berlin, Germany - Lollapalooza Berlin
09-25-27 Las Vegas, NV - Life Is Beautiful Festival
09-29 Tuscon, AZ - Rialto
09-30 El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls
10-02-04 Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
10-03 New Orleans, LA - Republic
10-06 Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall
10-07 Tulsa, OK - Cain's
10-09-11- Austin, TX - Austin City Limits
10-12 Dallas, TX - House of Blues
10-13 Houston, TX - House of Blues
10-15 Phoenix, AZ - Marquee
10-20-21 Denver, CO - Ogden
10-22 Kansas City, MO - Midland
10-23 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
10-24 Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Hall
11-21 Mexico City, Mexico - Corona Capital Festival
Watch Killer Mike and El-P on Pitchfork.tv's "Over/Under":
In Mikal Cronin's last MCIII video, for "Turn Around", comedians Kristen Schaal, Paul Scheer, and Kurt Braunohler remade Natalie Imbruglia's "Torn". In the new clip for "Say", he continues with the goofs.
Directed by Jonah Ray, it's a dark tribute to Paul Simon's "You Can Call Me Al" video, except this time there are way too many Chevy Chases to go around... and things get dark. Watch it below via Funny or Die. In addition to Cronin and Ray, the video also stars Braunohler, Nick Thune, Nelson Franklin, and more.
Here's what Ray had to say about the video:
When my friend Mikal Cronin approached me about doing a video parody of Paul Simon’s “You Can Call Me Al” and said that I would be playing the part of Chevy, I stopped him right there. I said, “Mikal, my dear sweet acquaintance, I alone cannot play ‘the Chevy,’ as we are all ‘the Chevy.’ He is the light, the love, the Fletch.” That’s when Mikal broke down in tears over the phone. I laughed at him and said, “It’ll be okay young, dumb, silly Mikal… It’ll be okay.”
Read our interview with Cronin.
Here's the video's inspiration, Paul Simon's "You Can Call Me Al":