Björk and Arca have shared a full download of last night's concert at New York City Center Theater, in which the two were accompanied by the fifteen-piece orchestra Alarm Will Sound. Listen to the encore of “Sun In My Mouth” (off of 2001’s Vespertine) above.
Download the entire concert here.
Björk has also shared the following note on her website:
i would like to thank all for the monumental good energy thats been washed upon us playing these concerts !!!!! ive never felt anything like it ! with only 2 left im getting super mushy : i would like to thank the musicians manu delago , alarm will sound and especially arca , whos made new arrangements : this beacon of fertility played proper dress up with my old songs made them all shiny and new !!!
music is a beast best suited for concert halls : and i was blessed enough this time around to try amongst the new york finest : carnegie hall , the magnificent newly renovated kings theatre in brooklyn and the intimate city center . this time around ive kept the staging and theatricals minimal , let it all be about the music , the notation , the listeners . these temples of music are an ancient idea and not a coincidence that they work ! hurray to gigs !!! im grateful !! looking forward to seeing you for those 2 remaining shows !!
03 History of Touches
04 Black Lake
06 Notget Set 2
07 Pleasure Is All Mine
08 Come to Me
09 All Neon Like
10 I See Who You Are
12 Mouth Mantra
13 Sun in My Mouth
John Renbourn, who was a founding member of the English folk group Pentangle, has died. He was 70 years old. The Guardian reports that Renbourn was found at his home in Hawick, Scotland, after failing to show up for a scheduled concert on Wednesday night.
Renbourn, along with Bert Jansch, Jacqui McShee, Terry Cox, and Danny Thompson, founded Pentangle in 1968. They released several albums, such as 1968's The Pentangle, 1969's Basket of Light, and 1970's Cruel Sister.
Pentangle disbanded in 1972. Before and after his time in the band, Renbourn had a prolific solo career as a guitarist and vocalist. He received Grammy nominations for his work with the John Renbourn Group, and for his collaboration with the Incredible String Band's Robin Williamson. Renbourn wasn't a part of Pentangle's reunion in the 1980s, but in 2007, he appeared with the band as they received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
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Ryan Lott has expanded his Son Lux project into a trio featuring Ian Chang on drums and Rafiq Bhatia on guitar. They've announced a new album called Bones, the follow-up to 2013's Lanterns and last year's Alternate Worlds EP, due June 23 via Glassnote. The band also shared the album's first song, "Change Is Everything", which you can listen to over at NPR.
Built to Spill will release Untethered Moon on April 21, their first studio album since 2009's There Is No Enemy. Today, they're releasing the visual for single "Living Zoo", which features a road trip that takes a number of surreal turns. Jordan Minkoff directed the clip. Watch it below via Noisey. They previously also shared another song, "Never Be the Same".
Brian Wilson's new album, No Pier Pressure, is out April 7. Originally, it was set to feature Frank Ocean and Lana Del Rey. However, when the album was officially announced, they were both missing from the tracklist, which Wilson's representative attributed to a conflict in scheduling.
Now, Wilson has given a more definitive explanation for their absence, in an interview with Vulture. "Well, Frank Ocean didn’t want to do the song," he said. "He wanted to do rap, so we canceled him."
As for Del Rey, Wilson says she peaced out altogether. "Lana Del Rey, uh, she just canceled out on us," he told Vulture.
No Pier Pressure still features guests like Zooey Deschanel, M. Ward, Kacey Musgraves, and members of the Beach Boys.
Also in the Vulture interview, Wilson says he doesn't listen to "today's music", including Kanye West, who he's never heard.
Listen to "Sail Away" from the album:
The track will show up on the follow-up to 2012's Unapologetic. That as-yet-untitled album is being executive produced by Kanye West and includes the previously released single "FourFiveSeconds" and "American Oxygen", which was previewed during a NCAA commercial for March Madness.
Bully have announced Feels Like, their debut album. It's out on June 23 via StarTime International/Columbia. Below, you can check out the tracklist, along with the dates for their upcoming tour dates with Best Coast, JEFF the Brotherhood, and more. They're also playing Pitchfork Music Festival.
The album was recorded at Steve Albini's Electrical Audio studio, where frontwoman Alicia Bognanno used to intern.
Read our Rising interview with Bognanno.
01 I Remember
03 Too Tough
03-26 San Diego, CA - Soda Bar*
03-27 Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour*
03-29 San Francisco, CA - The Independent*
03-31 Portland, OR - Bunk*
04-01 Seattle, WA - The Crocodile*
04-02 Victoria, British Columbia - Lucky Bar*
04-03 Vancouver, British Columbia - Biltmore Cabaret*
04-04 Kelowna, British Columbia - The Habitat *
04-05 Calgary, Alberta - The Palomino Smokehouse and Social Club*
04-06 Edmonton, Alberta - Starlite Room*
04-07 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - Amigos*
04-09 Winnipeg, Manitoba - Good Will Social House*
04-11 Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews*
04-12 St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway*
04-29 Brooklyn, NY - Baby's All Right
05-02 Leeds, England - Live At Leeds
05-07 London, England - The Lexington
05-14-16 Brighton, England - The Great Escape
05-28 Milwaukee, WI - Cactus Club
05-30 Denver, CO - Lost Lake Lounge
05-31 Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
06-02 Spokane, WA - The Bartlett
06-09 Omaha, NE - Waiting Room#
06-12 Boston, MA - Paradise#
06-13 Brooklyn, NY - Northside Fest
06-14 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer#
06-16 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club#
06-18 Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall#
06-19 Detroit, MI - Majestic#
06-20 Bloomington, IN - The Bishop
07-17-20 Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
* with JEFF The Brotherhood
# with Best Coast
Pfarmers is a new band featuring Danny Seim (Menomena, Lackthereof), Bryan Devendorf (the National), and horn player Dave Nelson. Their debut album Gunnera is out May 12 via Jurassic Pop. Check out "The Ol' River Gang" above and the album cover and tracklist below.
A limited pressing of 250 will be available on green vinyl. There's also an ultra limited collector's edition of the album, limited to 50 copies, that come with handmade seed bomb sculptures by artist Edward Cabral. The sculptures are made to resemble El Dorado folk art (they've got a song on the album called "El Dorado") and they're filled with real Gunnera seeds.
Seim said in a statement:
The record is about a dream I had where I’m reluctantly accepting a fear of drowning by focusing on being reincarnated as a giant Gunnera plant, which thrive on the banks of rivers (specifically the Jordan River i.e. the Biblical promised land) after I paint myself gold and sink to the bottom like the El Dorado of South American folklore.
02 You Shall Know the Spirit
03 Work for Me
04 El Dorado
05 The Ol' River Gang
06 How to Build a Tube
07 Promised Land
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Run the Jewels and Zack De La Rocha's "Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)" Video Is a Battle Between Cop and Unarmed Black Man
Run the Jewels, aka Killer Mike and El-P, have released the video for "Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)", their Run the Jewels 2 highlight featuring Rage Against the Machine's Zack De La Rocha. Directed by A.G. Rojas, the clip features a battle between two exhausted men: a cop and an unarmed black man. The cop is played by Shea Whigham ("Boardwalk Empire", "Agent Carter") and the kid by Keith Stanfield (Short Term 12, Snoop Dogg in the upcoming N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton). Watch it below.
When Run the Jewels sent me this, I knew we had the opportunity to create a film that means something. I felt a sense of responsibility to do just that. We had to exploit the lyrics and aggression and emotion of the track, and translate that into a film that would ignite a valuable and productive conversation about racially motivated violence in this country. It's provocative, and we all knew this, so we were tasked with making something that expressed the intensity of senseless violence without eclipsing our humanity. For me, it was important to write a story that didn’t paint a simplistic portrait of the characters of the Cop and Kid. They're not stereotypes. They're people—complex, real people and, as such, the power had to shift between them at certain points throughout the story. The film begins and it feels like they have been fighting for days, they’re exhausted, not a single punch is thrown, their violence is communicated through clumsy, raw emotion. They've already fought their way past their judgments and learned hatred toward one another. Our goal was to highlight the futility of the violence, not celebrate it.
I am really proud of where we ended up, and I am very thankful that our actors Shea Whigham and Keith Stanfield committed to these characters 100%. They breathed complex life into two people who are usually portrayed in simplistic ways—as archetypes. I can tell you it was an emotional shoot day. It is tough to re-create moments that are so fresh and prevalent in our world today. It affected all of us in deep ways. But I believe that it is important that the way we feel when we see these events in real life has an effect on us. That we resonate with what we know to be right and we don't numb ourselves out so those feelings can simply be swept away, we must confront them and take some action, however small, or we’ll be stuck in the same cycle of violence and hate.
Read our feature on Run the Jewels, Last Rappers Standing.
Passion Pit have shared the video for "Lifted Up (1985)", in which singer Michael Angelakos navigates a crowded club floor. It's taken from their forthcoming album Kindred, which is out April 28. Check it out below.
Read our new interview with Angelakos.
Check out the music video for "Constant Conversations":
Following 2013's Wenu Wenu, Syrian singer Omar Souleyman has announced his latest album. Bahdeni Nami is out July 28 via Modeselektor's label Monkeytown. It features production from Four Tet (who produced Wenu Wenu), Gilles Peterson, and Modeselektor, plus a remix from Legowelt. (Another remix, by Black Lips' Cole Alexander, will be released on a 7" in August). Check out the Modeselektor-produced track "Enssa El Aatab" above.
Souleyman has also announced a world tour—find those dates below.
Modeselektor offered this statement on signing Souleyman to their label: "They say that we, Modeselektor, play at an awful lot of parties. Omar Souleyman has sung at a very, very large number of parties – wedding parties. We reckon that fits! The coolest man on the planet threw the wedding bouquet our way and we had no choice but to catch it. Welcome to the Monkeytown family!"
03-26 Boise, ID - Treefort Music Festival
03-27 Athens, GA - Slingshot Festival
03-28 Knoxville, TN - Big Ears Festival
05-21 Halifax, Nova Scotia - Obey Convention 8
05-22 New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge
05-23 Los Angeles, CA - Jewels Catch One
05-30 Bristol, England - Colston Hall
06-06 Copenhagen, Denmark - Distortion Festival
06-12 Toronto, Ontario - Bestival Toronto
06-26 Beuningen, Netherlands - Down The Rabbit Hole
07-11 Trencin, Slovakia - Pohoda Festival
07-16 Dour, Belgium - Dour Festival
Watch Souleyman perform "Mijwiz" at Pitchfork Music Festival Paris:
With over 100 artists and musicians including Suicide, Terry Riley, Nozinja, Boredoms, Haroon Mirza with Factory Floor
This summer the Barbican is hosting artist Doug Aitken’s 30-day happening Station To Station. Over 100 artists will take over the Barbican’s outdoor and indoor spaces between 27 June–26 July. Included in the schedule is a Suicide concert hall show; an 88-cymbal player performance led by Boredoms; a five day residency from Terry Riley, plus residencies by Nozinja, LoneLady and Haroon Mirza with Factory Floor. Also participating are Marcus Coates, Martin Creed, Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, Olafur Eliasson, Savages, Mike Figgis and many others. More info here.
Eddie Prévost’s Matchless label documents Parker’s three night run in 2013
A triple CD set of Evan Parker’s three night residency at London’s Cafe Oto in May 2013 is being released by Eddie Prévost’s Matchless label. The compilation also comes with an 80 minute DVD. Parker played with Prévost and John Edwards across all three nights. They were joined by Alexander von Schlippenbach on the second night, and Christof Thewes on the third.
More details on the release, which is expected around the end of March, online here.
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Kim Gordon has been speaking with a variety of interviewers (including Carrie Brownstein) in promotion of her recent memoir Girl in a Band. Today, on the latest episode of his hit interview podcast "WTF", Marc Maron sat down with Gordon in his garage for a chat spanning art, politics, and her personal life. Topics discussed include her reinvigorated interests in visual and performative art (and the artistic anxieties associated with the medium shift) as well as her relationships with her older Brother Keller, the "rock guys" of her youth, and the New York punk community; she also touches upon the world's demands for her to write conventional music – and turns them down. "Writing this book is probably the most conventional thing I’ve ever done," she says with a laugh.
Around the 11:30 mark, Gordon notes that she'd been filming a music video with longtime friend Peaches while she'd been in Los Angeles for Maron's show. The Sonic Youth vocalist went on to say that she'd contributed the hook for a song penned with the singer entitled "Close Up". "When I went in there [to record]," Gordon recalls, "it was just kind of a minimal hip hop track, and I just put something down and then Peaches built a rap around it."
Listen to the entire interview here.
Read our interview with Gordon, "Unconventional Idol".
Read our 5-10-15-20 interview with Maron here.
Jake and Dinos Chapman curate the November three dayer
All Tomorrow’s Parties has announced its return to the holiday park festival format with a three dayer, curated by artists Jake and Dinos Chapman, at Prestatyn Pontin's in North Wales, between 27–29 November. The line up includes The Notwist, Holly Herndon, Iceage, Sculpture and Max Richter, among others.
Last year the festival cancelled its London weekender Jabberwocky three days before the event. In 2012 the festival’s directors put the firm into liquidation. They have since emerged with a new company, Willwall Ltd.
More details on the festival at the ATP site.
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Action Bronson and Chance The Rapper took their Mark Ronson-produced Mr. Wonderful collaboration "Baby Blue" to the late night TV viewing masses. Watch them perform the song on "Late Show With David Letterman".
Read our Update interview with Action Bronson.
Watch Action Bronson's episode of "Over/Under":