Morrissey's continued animal rights activism recently directed him towards Canada once again. On April 19, he posted an essay on True to You protesting the annual Canadian seal hunt. "Canada's sorry image is due entirely to its seal slaughter—which is greedy and barbaric," Moz wrote. "Sound reason tells us that only those of the thinnest intellect wear animal fur." He called Canada "regrettably fashionably dead.
He challenged Gail Shea, Canada's Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, on her claims that the seals are killed "humanely": "If she considers such butchery to be so 'humane', why doesn't she place herself amongst the tens of thousands of grey-coated harp seals that will be slaughtered within the next few weeks?" Moz wrote. "She could then test the humane aspect of having her head blown off for herself."
A spokesperson for Shea, Sophie Doucet, has now responded, as Canada's National Post reports (via Morrissey-Solo). She said that Morrissey's words "reveal a total ignorance of the Canadian seal hunt."
The statement continued:
Anyone who takes a careful look at the seal hunt will see that it is humane, sustainable, and well-regulated. In fact, the process used in the seal hunt was designed by international veterinary experts, and is the most stringent of any wild animal hunt in the world.
This is clearly just another case of a millionaire celebrity, desperate for a hobby, shamelessly regurgitating misinformation and myths that fringe animal-rights groups have been pushing for years. In the future, I would urge Mr. Morrissey to consider the impact that his ignorant and inflammatory statements have on the livelihoods of thousands of hard-working men and women in rural communities.
As the Post notes, Morrissey has not played Canada since 2006, in protest of the seal hunt.
Watch a PETA video about the annual Canadian seal slaughter:
Watch Moz do "Meat Is Murder":
Photo by Angel Ceballos
Foxygen experienced some turmoil within the band last year, along with an injury, but last weekend they were back in full force at Coachella, where they played new songs. The band has now announced a short summer tour of the West Coast. Check out the dates below, which surround Foxygen's appearances at both installments of Woodsist Festival.
Read our 2013 interview with Foxygen here.
07-31 Seattle, WA - Neumos *^
08-01-03 Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon
08-04 Petaluma, CA - Lagunitas Brewing Company *
08-06 Big Sur, CA - Woodsist Festival
08-07 Sonoma, CA - Gundlach Bundschu Winery
08-08 Visalia, CA - Cellar Door
08-13 Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern
08-14 Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theater
08-16 Pioneertown, CA - Woodsist Festival @ Pappy & Harriet's
* with Steven Gunn
^ with Woods
Watch Foxygen play "Make It Known" at last year's Pitchfork Music Festival:
Pharrell has shared a video for "Marilyn Monroe", from his recent album G I R L. It features Pharrell doing his usual charming thing around a number of dancers, all while wearing The Hat™. Watch it below.
Read Carrie Battan's update with Pharrell here.
Watch footage from Pharrell's Coachella set here.
Torres has performed a new song called "New Skin" for Philadelphia non-profit Weathervane Music's Shaking Through web series. (A different version will appear on the follow-up to her 2013 self-titled debut. For the recording, she was backed by Sharon Van Etten, Adam Granduciel and Dave Hartley of The War on Drugs, and Chris Wilson of Ted Leo and the Pharmacists.
Below, watch an interview with Torres along with a featurette about recording "New Skin".
Photo by Todd Diederich
Now, his manager has posted a letter to Chance's Twitter explaining the circumstances: Chance was running a 104 fever on Sunday morning, along with being unable to talk. He was subsequently diagnosed with a combination of tonsillitis and the flu. As a result, he's canceled the rest of his shows through Sunday while he recovers in Los Angeles. Read the letter below.
Watch the video for "Juice":
In the video, Merrill Garbus interacts with puppets, a scientist, ghosts, and a chef (played by her tUnE-yArDs partner Nate Brenner) who seemingly doesn't know how to cook. It ends the logical way: with a dance party.
In a statement, director Joel Kefali said:
When Merrill approached me wanting to make a video with a "Pee-Wee's Playhouse" vibe I had to say yes. I'd had plenty of ideas for a kid's show that had been waiting to see the light of day. I didn't want to make a straight homage piece; there are moments of nostalgia in there but the video is our own modern, manic, collage of a kids show. Like many great kids shows I wanted to cram in as many ideas as possible and sneak in the occasional wink to the art world, contemporary and historic. The musical dynamic of "Water Fountain" lends itself perfectly to the concept and I think this video is best viewed while consuming a big bowl of cereal. Then again, what isn't?
Read our recent Update interview with tUnE-yArDs here.
Watch Franklin the Scientist's extended lesson:
Watch a Pitchfork.tv special about tUnE-yArDs:
Last night was Game 2 of the NBA playoff bout between the Raptors and the Nets, and Drake was there once again to root for Toronto. But that's not all he was doing: the TV cameras' all-seeing lens (and later, Sports Illustrated) caught the rapper in the act of lint rolling his pants. Strange courtside behavior, to say the least - but at least Drizzy took the world's giggles in jest, posting the above picture to his Instagram with the caption, "Lint Rollers on Deck." Check out the footage below.
Here's a close-up view:
Lykke Li's new album I Never Learn hits shelves May 5 internationally (May 6 in North America), via LL/Atlantic. Now, in anticipation of the forthcoming LP, the Swedish pop singer has shared a remix for "No Rest for the Wicked" which features several verses from A$AP Rocky. In addition to pulling off a creative rhyme scheme ("wiki me," "Lykke Li," "Eazy-E"), the rapper offers some sound (if pessimistic) love advice: "If love don't work, it just gon' hurt/It all goes bad, it just get worse." Listen below.
Revisit our 2012 interview with Beck.
Watch Beck's full set at Weekend 1 of Coachella.
Check out the remix below:
Schoolboy Q has shared a video for his Oxymoron track, "Studio", which features BJ The Chicago Kid. The video focuses on SchoolBoy Q working late night at-- what else-- his studio (but there is some NSFW footage of women, too).
Watch the video below.
Watch Schoolboy Q perform "Hands on the Wheel" at the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival:
Before playing his cover, Beck told the audience a short story about how he waited in line in the rain to see Arcade Fire perform at a bar near his home. Later on he said, "You know, that little bar down the street sometimes has the best music. Don't forget about that little bar."
Watch Beck's full set from Weekend 1 of Coachella here.
Watch Beck cover Arcade Fire, below.
Lily Allen has shared a video for a new song called "Sheezus", the lead track from her forthcoming album by the same title. Sheezus is out May 5 via Regal Recordings. (Check out the album art and track list here.)
The "Sheezus" video features Lily Allen under a space-age blacklight giving shout outs to other women in pop music, including Beyonce, Lorde, Lady Gaga, Rihanna and others. Says Allen on the track, "Lorde smells blood, yeah/ She's about to slay you/ kid ain't one to fuck with / and she's only on her debut".
She also says, at one point, "Periods. We all get periods."
Watch the video for the release, below.
James Franco Says Kanye West Asked Him and Seth Rogen To Perform Their "Bound 2" Parody at His Wedding
Today, while guest starring on an episode of ABC's "The View", James Franco told the audience that Kanye West called and asked him and Seth Rogan to perform their "Bound 2" parody the night before Kanye's wedding to Kim Kardashian, which is set to take place in France later this year.
As previously reported, Kim has tweeted her support of the video (enthusing, "You nailed it!!! Sooo funny"), and later adding, "Kanye says what's up! He loves u guys! He laughed so hard at this"-- but Kanye himself never issued a statement about about the parody.
Today, however, Franco confirms that he received a phone call from West in praise of the spoof. Said Franco:
"Kim loved the video, and we didn't hear back from Kanye, so we kind of felt like 'he's not bashing us, but he probably hates it but he's not going to say anything.' But then two weeks ago, we got a call from Kanye. Seth and I were on the phone. We thought he was just going to let us have it. But he loved it! And I'm pretty sure I can say it now because I'm pretty sure it's not going to happen: he wanted us to perform it live the night before his wedding at Versailles."
When prompted about whether the performance might actually happen, Franco was direct:
"It would have been awesome for about 20 seconds, but then there would be Seth with his shirt off in front all the Kardashians."
Watch Seth with his shirt off and pretending to be a Kardashian, below:
Elusive singer, songwriter, and producer Boots left his stamp all over last year's Beyoncé. Now he's shared a new track, "Dreams", featuring Bey herself, as Stereogum points out. It's the closing track from his upcoming mixtape.
The post continues:
So this is the last song on my mixtape. My friend and I recorded it recently and while we were trying to figure out what to do with it, we had an idea.
A while back I promised myself that if I ever had the opportunity to help others, or give back in some way, I would seize it...
I feel that protecting women from these horrible and unthinkable acts should take precedence in our society. I feel passionate about this because if more women knew that safe places existed from the turmoil they experience, it could possibly prevent these situations from occurring or reoccurring.
Read our feature on Boots, "Beyoncé's Muse".
Photo by Erez Avissar
Chicago footwork guru DJ Rashad's new EP We On 1 will be the first release on Southern Belle Recordings, a label started by Wheez-ie, another fixture in the juke and footwork scenes. We On 1 is available on vinyl on April 28, and digitally on May 13. Stream it below, via FACT. It features collaborations with DJ Spinn, Gant-Man, and DJ Manny.
Watch DJ Rashad perform at last year's Pitchfork Music Festival:
Photo by Richard Bernardin
As mentioned last year, Johnny Jewel, of Chromatics, Glass Candy, and more, has scored actor Ryan Gosling's upcoming directorial debut, Lost River. (The working title was How to Catch a Monster.) Now it's been confirmed that the film will premiere next month at the Cannes Film Festival.
Jewel's management company notes that he is currently at work on the new Glass Candy LP:
The L.A. Times offered the following plotline for Lost River: "A single mother enters a dark lifestyle, while her son uncovers a road leading to an underwater utopia."
Read our 2012 interview with Jewel and watch Glass Candy's video for "Beautiful Object":
Two weeks ago, when Courtney Love (maybe erroneously) stated that the mid-90s Hole lineup would reunite, she also mentioned that a new single, "Wedding Day", was on the way. Today on Steve Lamacq's BBC Radio 6 show, she premiered another track from that double A-side single, "You Know My Name". Listen below. The single is officially out May 4.
The current political unrest in Russia and Ukraine has led the National to cancel their late July/early August shows in Kiev, St. Petersburg, and Moscow, Billboard reports. "We remain hopeful of coming to play for you in the future and we sincerely hope this current instability resolves in a positive, democratic and peaceful way," the band wrote on their Facebook page. "Take care of yourselves and we hope to see you soon." They'll still be touring North America and most of Europe this spring and summer in support of their most recent album, Trouble Will Find Me.
Watch the National on Pitchfork.tv's "Over/Under":
Earlier today, Damon Albarn made his debut solo album, Everyday Robots, available for streaming. Now, he's released the video for the Brian Eno-featuring "Heavy Seas of Love". The video is composed of mildly psychedelic travel footage shot by Albarn and edited by Matt Cronin. Watch it below, via Stereogum. Everyday Robots is out April 28 via Parlophone/Warner Bros.