Andrew W.K. has shared “Party Til We Die,” his first-ever EDM track. Produced by MAKJ and Timmy Turner, the new song is a big-room house track, released on Spinnin' Records. Listen to it below. According to Billboard, W.K. and MAKJ first crossed paths at Ultra Music Festival in Miami, which ultimately led to this collaboration.
Read “Popping the Drop: A Timeline of How EDM’s Bubble Burst” and “Hollywood’s EDM Problem is Becoming Ours” over on the Pitch.
Röyksopp recently shared their new single “Never Ever,” featuring frequent collaborator Susanne Sundfør, and now the Norwegian duo have shared the song’s music video. Check it out below. The new video features Sundfør, who previously joined Röyksopp on songs for their 2014 album The Inevitable End. According to the band, that album marked their final one in the “traditional album format.”
Vic Mensa and Ty Dolla $ign are slated to appear on tonight’s MTV special “Total Registration Live,” a new one-off incarnation of the network’s classic music video countdown program “Total Request Live” that is celebrating National Voter Registration Day (September 27). Ty Dolla $ign will perform some songs from his new album Campaign. Other notable guests include Kendall Jenner, 5th Harmony member Camila Cabello, director Joss Whedon, Stranger Things actress Natalia Dyer, and Mack Wilds. “Total Registration Live” airs at 6 p.m. ET on MTV, as well as MTV’s Facebook and YouTube accounts.
Watch Vic Mensa perform “U Mad” at Pitchfork Music Festival:
Danny Brown has released his new album Atrocity Exhibition. Listen to it below via Apple Music and Spotify. Originally slated for a September 30 release, Brown announced in a tweet earlier today that he “couldn’t wait any longer,” and opted to drop it a few days early. It includes the previously released songs “Really Doe,” “Pneumonia,” “Rolling Stone,” “When It Rain,” and “Tell Me What I Don’t Know.” Atrocity Exhibition also features appearances from Kendrick Lamar, Earl Sweatshirt, and Ab-Soul (all on the song Really Doe), as well as Petite Noir, Kelela, and B-Real. The rapper’s last studio album was Old in 2013.
Read “The History of the Posse Cut in 5 Songs” over on the Pitch.September 27, 2016
Watch Danny Brown on Pitchfork.tv’s “Selector”:
Songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist Kashif Saleem has died at age 59, Billboard reports. Best known for his work with Whitney Houston and Evelyn “Champagne” King, Kashif passed away at his home in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 25, of “undetermined causes.”
Born Michael Jones, Kashif entered the music industry at age 15, performing in funk band B.T. Express. After that, he pursued a solo career, signing to Arista in 1983 and charting on the R&B charts eight times, with songs like “Love Changes” and “Baby Don’t Break Your Baby’s Heart.” Kashif was a part of the creative development team at New England Digital, helping to develop the innovative Synclavier, one of the earliest digital samplers. He worked on two of Whitney Houston’s earliest hits, “Thinking About You” and “You Give Good Love,” as well as Evelyn “Champagne” King’s hit single “Love Come Down.” Throughout his career, Kashif also collaborated with Barry White, Tavares, George Benson, Al Jarreau, and more.
I'm so devastated over this news. Forget the whole "2016 sucks!" talk. Kashif was a cat who truly made a shift & shaped the evolution of black music. Like HE is primarily the reason why I even agreed to do a radio show like #QLS. I wanted a chance to preserve & really tell his story. Nothing scares me more than the idea of passing on in silence. I'm mean, there are unsung heroes & then there are UNSUNG heroes. I'll say next to #LeonSylvers & #LeroyBurgess (might as well throw #RodTemperton & #OffTheWall up in there too) no one helped evolve the genre of #Boogie more than this man. Boogie was a more refined slowed down feel of disco without all the cliche & corny it evolved into in the late 70s (I'm no disco basher, that whole #DiscoSucks movement that came to a head at the Tigers/White Sox game in Chicago (lol shame!) w #SteveDahl & #BillVeeck ending in a riot was the music version of #AllLivesMatter---a knee jerk racist & homophobic reaction to lifestyle and culture---but I do believe in general much like hip hop today that the creative art of disco was running out of ideas--really each genre has like 5 to 7 MAGIC YEARS---before labels come and squeeze the life out of it) so what Boogie did was slow disco down (think how Diddy came and slowed down rnb from its panic stricken New Jack/Public Enemy "music's worst nightmare" madness) Boogie is the sound of your parents & aunties gettin down at a family reunion BBQ. If you see folk electric sliding to #SecondTimeAround #AndTheBeatGoesOn (Leon Sylvers) or #SomebodyElsesGuy or #GetOverLikeAFatRat (Burgees produced the later) THAT'S the sound: 4-on-the-floor kick drum w moog synths doin the rest. Kashif had classics after classics: #EvelynChampagneKing's "I'm In Love" & "Love Come Down" his own "Baby Don't Break Your Baby's Heart" & "The Mood" (super classic!)---Clive Davis trusted him at the helm when the world got its first glimpse of Whitney Houston as a solo artist ("You Give Good Love" "Thinking About You") wish I had met the brother to get more knowledge of his life & journey. This is a SAD day for music. Kashif Saleem's Boogie will rock forever on. Rest In Melody.
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Ryan Hemsworth has shared a new mix titled “3AM O4W.” Inspired by his time spent this past summer working with artists in Atlanta, the mix features Hemsworth’s edits and remixes of various artists, including Abra, 21 Savage, Kodak Black, and more. Listen to it below. Hemsworth is also going on tour in Europe this October (including a Pitchfork Music Festival Paris after-party with Clams Casino). Check those out below as well.
Read our “Rising” feature with Ryan Hemsworth.
10-13 Lyon, France - Ayer Rock Boat
10-14 Brussels, Belgium - Bazaar
10-15 Vienna, Austria - Cafe Leopold
10-21 Rome, Italy - Goa Club
10-22 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
10-27 Paris, France - Pitchfork Paris Afterparty @ Trabendo
10-28 Berlin, Germany - Gretchen
10-29 Stuttgart, Germany - Freund & Kupferstecher
Watch a clip from Hemsworth's performance at Pitchfork Music Festival:
Kaytranada has shared a new video for his song “You’re the One,” featuring Syd (aka the Internet’s Syd tha Kyd). The Shomi Patwary-directed clip, which you can watch below, follows three women prepping for a night out; at one point, Kaytranada pops up to bring them gifts. The song appears on his Polaris Prize-winning LP, 99.9%.
Patwary said in a press release:
Stylistically it was influenced by the look of black sitcoms from the early 90s -- from Martin to Living Single and UPN sitcoms. The African prince idea derived from the plot of Coming To America.
Watch Kaytranada’s “Over/Under” on Pitchfork.tv:
The Libertines’ Peter Doherty Announces New Album <i>Hamburg Demonstrations</i>, Shares New Song: Listen
Back in March, Libertines frontman Peter Doherty said he was putting the “finishing touches” on his latest record, the follow-up to 2009’s Grace/Wastelands. Today he’s officially announced the album: Hamburg Demonstrations is out December 2 on BMG/Clouds Hill. It was recorded over six months in Hamburg, with Johann Scheerer on production. The first single, “The Whole World is Our Playground,” was released in April for Record Store Day. Before that, Doherty shared his tribute to Amy Winehouse, “Flags of the Old Regime,” which appears here. The record also features “Hell To Pay At The Gates Of Heaven,” a song written in light of the Paris attacks, which Doherty debuted this June.
Last year, the Libertines returned with Anthems for Doomed Youth, their first new record since their self-titled LP in 2004.
01 Kolly Kibber
02 Down For The Outing
04 Hell To Pay At The Gates Of Heaven
05 Flags From The Old Regime
06 I Don't Love Anyone (But You're Not Just Anyone) v2
07 A Spy In The House Of Love [Demo Vocals]
08 Oily Boker
09 I Don't Love Anyone (But You're Not Just Anyone)
10 The Whole World Is Our Playground
11 She Is Far
Amoeba Music has been granted a marijuana dispensary license for their Berkeley, California location, as FACT points out. According to employee Debbie Goldsberry, the new dispensary can be found in the store where the jazz section is currently located, and has been a goal for Amoeba’s co-founders for a while now. The Berkeley location filed for a dispensary license last fall. “Weed can help save music—absolutely,” co-owner Dave Prinz told the East Bay Express in October. “It also fits in with what we do, who we are. It's counterculture to a very high degree.”
Watch Earl Sweatshirt and Samiyam rattle off their Amoeba purchases on their video series “What’s in my Bag?”:
David Banner has won his lawsuit against Young Money Entertainment, TMZ reports. The rapper/producer originally filed the suit last summer, arguing that he was owed royalties for songs that he produced for Lil Wayne's album Tha Carter III: “La La” and “Pussy Monster,” as well as the We Are Young Money track “Streets Is Watchin.” Young Money reportedly failed to respond to the court case, and by default Banner was awarded $164,303.19 by the judge.
This past July, Wayne was sued by American Express for an overdue bill. Before that, Wayne filed a lawsuit against Universal Music Group, seeking at least $40 million in damages over withheld Young Money profits.
Xeno & Oaklander have shared the new music video for their song “Palms,” taken from their latest album Topiary. Directed by Lauryn Siegel, the video contains monochromatic Bauhaus-inspired visuals and a feature from NYC performance art duo SKOTE. Watch it below. Topiary is out now via Ghostly.
Frank Ocean’s Blonde is now available to stream and download on Google Play Music. The record, which was exclusive to Apple Music for three weeks, recently appeared (and briefly disappeared) on Spotify. It had previously been available on Pandora, but not on-demand. Check it out on Google Play here. The accompanying visual album Endless is still only available to Apple Music users. There is no word yet on a physical release for Endless or Blonde.
Read “Frank Ocean‘s Boys Don’t Cry: The Complete Timeline” and “Frank Ocean’s Blonde: 6 Things to Know” on the Pitch, and check out our interviews with artists and Ocean collaborators Wolfgang Tillmans and Tom Sachs.
On November 11, 36 Bob Dylan concerts recorded throughout 1966 will be compiled in a massive, 36-disc set called The 1966 Live Recordings, Rolling Stone reports. To mark the announcement, Dylan has shared a version of “Tell Me, Momma” recorded at London’s Royal Albert Hall on May 26, 1966, which you can hear below. (The song never appeared on a studio album.) The mostly unreleased recordings were taken from soundboards, CBS Records mobile recordings, and audience tapes. There will also be a standalone release for the Albert Hall concert, The Real Royal Albert Hall 1966 Concert, out November 25.
The 1966 Live Recordings:
Disc 1 - Sydney, April 13, 1966 (Soundboard recorded by TCN 9 TV Australia)
Disc 2 - Sydney, April 13, 1966 (Soundboard recorded by TCN 9 TV Australia)
Disc 3 - Melbourne, April 20, 1966 (Soundboard / unknown broadcast)
Disc 4 - Copenhagen, May 1, 1966 (Soundboard)
Disc 5 - Dublin, May 5, 1966 (Soundboard)
Disc 6 - Dublin, May 5, 1966 (Soundboard)
Disc 7 - Belfast, May 6, 1966 (Soundboard)
Disc 8 - Belfast, May 6, 1966 (Soundboard)
Disc 9 - Bristol, May 10, 1966 (Soundboard / audience)
Disc 10 - Bristol, May 10, 1966 (Soundboard)
Disc 11 - Cardiff, May 11, 1966 (Soundboard)
Disc 12 - Birmingham, May 12, 1966 (Soundboard)
Disc 13 - Birmingham, May 12, 1966 (Soundboard)
Disc 14 - Liverpool, May 14, 1966 (Soundboard)
Disc 15 - Leicester, May 15, 1966 (Soundboard)
Disc 16 - Leicester, May 15, 1966 (Soundboard)
Disc 17 - Sheffield, May 16, 1966 (CBS Records recording)
Disc 18 - Sheffield, May 16, 1966 (Soundboard)
Disc 19 - Manchester, May 17, 1966 (CBS Records recording)
Disc 20 - Manchester, May 17, 1966 (CBS Records recording except Soundcheck / Soundboard)
Disc 21 - Glasgow, May 19, 1966 (Soundboard)
Disc 22 - Edinburgh, May 20, 1966 (Soundboard)
Disc 23 - Edinburgh, May 20, 1966 (Soundboard)
Disc 24 - Newcastle, May 21, 1966 (Soundboard)
Disc 25 - Newcastle, May 21, 1966 (Soundboard)
Disc 26 - Paris, May 24, 1966 (Soundboard)
Disc 27 - Paris, May 24, 1966 (Soundboard)
Disc 28 - London, May 26, 1966 (CBS Records recording)
Disc 29 - London, May 26, 1966 (CBS Records recording)
Disc 30 - London, May 27, 1966 (CBS Records recording)\
Disc 31 - London, May 27, 1966 (CBS Records recordings)
Disc 32 - White Plains, NY, February 5, 1966 (Audience tape)
Disc 33 - Pittsburgh, PA, February 6, 1966 (Audience tape)
Disc 34 - Hempstead, NY, February 26, 1966 (Audience tape)
Disc 35 - Melbourne, April 19, 1966 (Audience tape)
Disc 36 - Stockholm, April 29, 1966 (Audience tape)
Spacemen 3 bassist Will Carruthers has a new memoir. Playing the Bass With Three Left Hands came out September 1 on Faber & Faber. Yesterday the Guardian published an excerpt, which you can read here. In it, he recounts Spacemen 3’s appearance at an “evening of contemporary sitar music,” for which they’d been booked despite not having sitars. The book tells the story of Spacemen 3’s rise and implosion, before the group segued into Spiritualized.
In the Guardian’s excerpt, Carruthers describes the band’s plan to play drones at the sitar concert:
“Just play one note,” Sonic had advised us as we travelled down to the M1. “Keep it simple. One note. No fancy stuff.” By “fancy stuff” he meant two notes. Anything beyond that was pointless.
We could play one note … mostly. Anyone could do it. A monkey could do it. But could a stoned monkey do it with feeling and without losing its sense of identity in the glorious all-enveloping om?
After successfully completing the show—spoiler alert!—Carruthers realises his amp hadn’t been plugged in. “A monkey could have done what I had just done,” he concludes. “A non-existent monkey could have done it.”
Read the excerpt here.