Wu-Tang Clan's One-of-a-Kind Album <i>Once Upon a Time in Shaolin</i> Has Been Sold

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Wu-Tang Clan made a one-of-a-kind album called Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. It's encased in an engraved silver and nickel box, it comes with leather-bound liner notes, and it features Cher. As Forbes reports, it has now been sold.

The online auction house Paddle8 confirmed the album's sale, but would not disclose details about when it was sold, who it was sold to, how much it sold for, or whether or not the album will be available to hear on a tour of galleries or museums. Update (11/24, 8:24 p.m.): More details have emerged—Forbes reports that the American buyer acquired the album for "millions". 

It was reported that Once Upon a Time in Shaolin wouldn't be made available for a wide release for at least 88 yearsMethod Man was told about this in an interview and responded, "That shit is fuckin' stupid." He later walked back those comments, but remained critical of Shaolin's producers, RZA and Cilvaringz.

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Ciara Drops "Special Edition" and "Oh Baby"

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Photo via Ciara's Instagram

Earlier this year, Ciara released her sixth album Jackie. Today, as a special gift to her fans, the singer shared two new tracks: "Special Edition" and the Dr. Luke-produced "Oh Baby". Listen to both below.

"Special Edition":

"Oh Baby":

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Coldplay Preview Every Song on New Album <i>A Head Full of Dreams</i>

pitchfork - 24 Novembre, 2015 - 23:05

Coldplay's new album A Head Full of Dreams arrives December 4 via Parlophone/Atlantic. In addition to President Obama (singing "Amazing Grace"), the LP features Beyoncé, Noel Gallagher, Tove Lo, Merry Clayton, Beyoncé and Jay Z's daughter Blue Ivy, Martin's ex-wife Gwyneth Paltrow, and their two kids, Apple and Moses. Today, the band previewed every track on the record by sharing 15-second clips via Instagram. Listen below. (First single "Adventure of a Lifetime" has already been released in full.)

"A Head Full Of Dreams":

#Track1 #AHeadFullOfDreams #Coldplay #TenDaysUntilAHFOD

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#Track2 #Birds #AHeadFullOfDreams #Coldplay #TenDaysUntilAHFOD

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"Hymn For The Weekend":

#Track3 #HymnForTheWeekend #AHeadFullOfDreams #Coldplay #TenDaysUntilAHFOD

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#Track4 #Everglow #AHeadFullOfDreams #Coldplay #TenDaysUntilAHFOD

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"Adventure of a Lifetime":


#Track6 #Fun #AHeadFullOfDreams #Coldplay #TenDaysUntilAHFOD @tovelo

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#Track7 #Kaleidoscope #AHeadFullOfDreams #Coldplay #TenDaysUntilAHFOD

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"Army Of One":

#Track8 #ArmyOfOne #AHeadFullOfDreams #Coldplay #TenDaysUntilAHFOD

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"Amazing Day":

#Track9 #AmazingDay #AHeadFullOfDreams #Coldplay #TenDaysUntilAHFOD

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"Colour Spectrum":

#Track10 #ColourSpectrum #AHeadFullOfDreams #Coldplay #TenDaysUntilAHFOD

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"Up & Up":

#Track11 #Up&Up #AHeadFullOfDreams #Coldplay #TenDaysUntilAHFOD

A video posted by Coldplay (@coldplay) onNov 24, 2015 at 2:01pm PST

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Russian Circles to Play Shows Presented by Pitchfork's Show No Mercy and Saint Vitus in Brooklyn

pitchfork - 24 Novembre, 2015 - 22:55

On January 8 and 9, post-metal instrumentalists Russian Circles will perform at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn. The show is presented by Pitchfork's metal column Show No Mercy. (That's the poster, above). Both nights, they'll be joined by the Indianapolis "stoner emo" band Cloakroom  as well as Baltimore shoegazers Wildhoney. Tickets are available now; click here to nab some for the January 8 show, and to get tickets for the January 9 show, click here.

Pitchfork's Show No Mercy Presents:

Russian Circles

January 8-9
8:00 p.m. 
Saint Vitus
1120 Manhattan Avenue 
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Tickets $20
January 8 - available here
January 9 - available here

Watch Russian Circles perform "Death Rides A Horse": 

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Sly and the Family Stone Trumpeter Cynthia Robinson Has Died

pitchfork - 24 Novembre, 2015 - 22:40

Photo via Robinson's Facebook

Cynthia Robinson, the long-time trumpeter for Sly and the Family Stone, has died, according to a post on her Facebook page, as Billboard reports. She was 69 years old. The cause was cancer.

Robinson originally joined Sly Stone's band Sly and the Stoners in the mid-60s. That group would go on to become Sly and the Family Stone. She played on every album credited to the original band, beginning with 1967's A Whole New Thing, including 1969's Stand! and 1971's There's a Riot Goin On and ending with 1974's Small Talk.

Robinson continued recording with Stone after the Family Stone broke up, and also played with Graham Central Station, the band started by Family Stone bassist Larry Graham. In later years, she and Jerry Martini and Greg Errico performed as the Family Stone. Her daughter with Sly, Sylvette Phunne Stone, was also a member of the group. Robinson also played with Prince and George Clinton.

Robinson, along with the rest of Sly and the Family Stone, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.

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Damon Albarn Dismisses Adele Feud Reports: "It's Not Even True"

pitchfork - 24 Novembre, 2015 - 21:44

Back in September, Damon Albarn said he'd worked with Adele on her new album, 25. He called her "very insecure" and said the work was "middle of the road," noting that he didn't think his contributions would make the final cut. (They didn't.) Then, Adele responded, saying, "it was sad, and I regret hanging out with him." She also said, "I'm the least-insecure person I know."

Now, in an interview with Time Out London, Albarn has claimed the whole thing was blown out of proportion.

"It's not even true," he said, of any feud with Adele. "It's amazing how people will run with stuff that has no credence whatsoever and turn it into something and then watch the reaction."

Discussing the public's reaction, he said: "I was number five on Twitter… I mean, how pathetic is that?"

He also told Time Out that he isn't web savvy—when he read an interview with himself on The Guardian, he thought the article's comments were part of the text.

"People were not kind; it was… enlightening," he said.

Asked about the status of Blur, Albarn said that the band's recently concluded tour for The Magic Whip was "a nice way to pause it."

Watch Adele perform "When We Were Young":

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Steve Albini Writes Essay About Delivering Christmas Gifts to Needy Families With Jeff Tweedy, Fred Armisen, and More

pitchfork - 24 Novembre, 2015 - 20:45

Photo by John Bohnen, courtesy of Touch and Go Records.

For almost 20 years, Steve Albini and his wife, Heather Whinna, have spent their Christmases delivering gift parcels to needy families in the Chicago area. Albini has written an essay for the Huffington Post about why they started, and why they continue.

It all began when Whinna happened upon letters that people had written to Santa Claus, sitting in a pile at the post office. Albini writes:

These weren't impish requests for toys or a new bike; mostly, they were desperate pleas from heads of households asking for help. It was staggering. People let down by the remnants of a social safety net, without families or abandoned by their families, people suffering sickness, poverty and abuse. People so far out on a limb that they swallowed what pride they had left, took pen in hand and wrote down everything that had failed them, everything that had broken or been stolen, everything that had hurt them and made them feel fear and shame and worry.

 He adds, "She took one of the letters home and showed it to me. I couldn't help but be moved when I read it, and the realization that there were hundreds -- no, thousands -- of these letters changed something in me."

So Albini and Whinna decided to answer the letter themselves, delivering a package to the family on Christmas morning. Over the years, they started delivering to more and more families. 

Whinna works at Second City, and in 2002, the theater group began raising money for Albini and Whinna's delivery program through their annual 24-hour improv show. Many musicians and comedians have participated in the "Letters to Santa" show over the past 13 years, including Jeff Tweedy, the Breeders, the Mountain Goats, Will Oldham, and more. This year's show, which is currently streaming until this evening, featured Tweedy, Thao Nguyen, Kim Deal, A.C. Newman, and Bonnie "Prince" Billy, plus Fred Armisen, Vanessa Bayer, Aidy Bryant, Jack McBrayer, Horatio Sanz, and more.

In his essay, Albini talks about recruiting Tweedy and his family, Armisen, and more to help with the package delivery. (Armisen, he says, works as a Spanish translator at certain houses.) 

A few years ago, Albini wrote about how the U.S. Postal Service no longer shares the direct addresses of people who write the letters, instead requiring that packages be sent through the mail. This is a problem, Albini writes now, because many of the letter writers don't have secure mail delivery. Now, he and Whinna work with Onward Neighborhood House so they can make face-to-face deliveries. 

In his essay, Albini reserves particular ire for the landlords who enable the unstable living conditions of many needy people:

The places the poor and afraid are forced to live--single rooms, dirt-floored basements, empty garages and storage cubicles--makes me simultaneously shudder with both the indignity of their plight and rage that there is a class of man who could extort rent for such an existence. Who is that motherfucker, that piece of shit that chases people into a basement using fear as a torch? Bring me to him so I can spit in his eye.

Albini concludes, "I haven't had a conventional Christmas morning in almost 20 years. I haven't missed it."

Watch Tweedy perform "Black Eye" at the 2010 Second City benefit:

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Rustie's "First Mythz" Video Features Tons of Dolphins

pitchfork - 24 Novembre, 2015 - 20:28

During his Reddit Ask Me Anything today, Rustie shared a visual for "First Mythz", off his recent album EVENIFUDONTBELIEVE. The song prominently features dolphin sounds, so it should come as no surprise that the ensuing video is chock-full of footage of the aquatic mammals; shots of beach vacationers, divers, sunsets, and other oceanic imagery round out the clip. Check it out below.

Read our interview with Rustie.

Watch Rustie perform "City Star" at MoMA PS1 Warm Up:

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PRhyme (Royce Da 5'9" & DJ Premier) Team With DOOM and Phonte for "Highs and Lows"

pitchfork - 24 Novembre, 2015 - 19:42

PRhyme are the duo of Royce Da 5'9" and DJ Premier. On December 11, they'll drop a deluxe edition of last year's eponymous debut album, featuring new collaborations with the Roots' Black Thought, Joey Bada$$, Logic, and, on the track "Highs and Lows", DOOM and Phonte. They've just premiered it on Beats 1; listen above. It was produced by DJ Premier.

Watch PRhyme's video for "Courtesy":

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Universal Deny Blocking Morrissey Paris Tribute Release, Call Morrissey's Accusations "Hurtful and Wrong"

pitchfork - 24 Novembre, 2015 - 18:39

Update (11/24, 3:13 p.m): Universal Music have denied Morrissey's claims, calling his accusations "hurtful and wrong." See below for a statement from a representative.


Morrissey has claimed that David Joseph, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music UK and Ireland, has blocked his plans to reissue Years of Refusal track "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris" to commemorate the victims of the attacks earlier this month. 

A statement released via True to You reads:

David Joseph at Universal Music in London has refused the request made by Morrissey and the band to re-issue 'I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris' as a loving tribute to the lives lost in the Paris atrocities. David Joseph is instead arranging his own tribute to Paris utilizing his current crop of Universal artists.

Later, Morrissey reiterated his dissatisfaction with Joseph.

Update (11/24, 3:13 p.m): Universal's statement:

We have not received – let alone refused – any request from Morrissey himself related to ‘I’m Throwing My Arms Around Paris’. While we have not been contacted directly by Morrissey, after seeing the comments on his website last week, we asked his representative to confirm his intentions and which charity he had in mind to support via the song’s proceeds. We are yet to receive a reply.

Many people at Universal Music have been personally affected by the events in Paris. The implication that we have blocked a request from Morrissey in favour of another tribute “utilizing our current crop of Universal artists” is hurtful and wrong.

Pitchfork has reached out to Universal for comment.

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Morrissey Claims Universal Is Blocking His "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris" Tribute Reissue

pitchfork - 24 Novembre, 2015 - 18:39

Morrissey has claimed that David Joseph, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music UK and Ireland, has blocked his plans to reissue Years of Refusal track "I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris" to commemorate the victims of the attacks earlier this month. 

A statement released via True to You reads:

David Joseph at Universal Music in London has refused the request made by Morrissey and the band to re-issue 'I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris' as a loving tribute to the lives lost in the Paris atrocities. David Joseph is instead arranging his own tribute to Paris utilizing his current crop of Universal artists.

Later, Morrissey reiterated his dissatisfaction with Joseph.

Pitchfork has reached out to Universal for comment.

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Ariel Pink Shares New Track "Hall of Screams", Putting Out Collaboration With Dev Hynes

pitchfork - 24 Novembre, 2015 - 18:18

Earlier this year, it was revealed that Ariel Pink contributed music to (and made a cameo in) Josh and Benny Safdie's film Heaven Knows What. After releasing the single "I Need A Minute", Pink has now shared its digital b-side, "Hall of Screams". Listen above.

"I Need a Minute" will be released on a 7" and digitally, with different release dates and different b-sides, via Factory 25.

The limited-edition, pink ninja star-shaped 7" will be released on November 27 for Record Store Day's Black Friday event. Its b-side, "Heaven Can't Wait", is a collaboration between Pink and Blood Orange's Dev Hynes. (This track is vinyl-only.) The digital single (backed by "Hall of Screams") is out December 11.

In a statement, Pink described his music for the film:

In a stucco tile peeling off the corner - short circuit neon flickers on a cracked mirror over a scuzzy fossitwith pubic hairs encrusted in heaven’s Mcdonald’s… The ecstasy of a locked door. The moments of personal bliss away from the noise of the wretched streets. red bull logo - it’s serenity. synthetic artificial candy opiated bliss. cough drop. christmas eve temporary relief - warmth found in the bosom of a bathroom of a department store.

Read our Update with Ariel Pink.

Watch the video for "I Need A Minute":

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No Age, In the Whale, and So Pitted Perform at Red Bull Sound Select Presents: "30 Days in LA"

pitchfork - 24 Novembre, 2015 - 17:15

No Age were among the performers at Red Bull Sound Select Presents: "30 Days in LA" event series earlier this month. Below, watch them perform "Eraser" and "Sleeper Hold" from Nouns, and Everything in Between track "Fever Dreaming".

So Pitted and In the Whale performed, too. Watch So Pitted perform "rot in hell" here, and watch In the Whale do "Lake of Fire" here.

Read our interview with No Age.

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EL VY (The National, Menomena) Share "No Time To Crank The Sun" Video

pitchfork - 24 Novembre, 2015 - 17:06

EL VY—the collaborative project of the National's Matt Berninger and Menomena/Ramona Falls' Brent Knopf— released their album Return to the Moon this past October. Today, they've shared a video for album track "No Time To Crank The Sun". Directed by Matt's brother (and Mistaken for Strangers director) Tom Berninger, the black-and-white clip features behind-the-scenes footage of relaxing, recording, performing, and more. Check it out below.

Watch the National on's "Over/Under":

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Real Estate, White Lung, Hamilton Leithauser, Pastels Get Their Own Beers, Decemberists Get Wine

pitchfork - 24 Novembre, 2015 - 16:26

The Danish brewer Mikkeller is teaming up with Domino and Ribbon Music to create a series of custom, limited edition beers. Real EstateWhite LungHamilton Leithauser, and the Pastels teamed with Mikkeller's brewing team and art director to create their individual signature beers.

The first two are Leithauser's Black Hours Stout (named for his album Black Hours) and the Pastels' Pastelism. They're available anywhere Mikkeller beers are sold (and via their website). Find the beers' labels below.

In other band/alcohol news, the Decemberists have released their own wine, Bandit Queen Pinot Noir, in collaboration with Oregon's Penner-Ash Wine Cellars.

Watch White Lung perform "Bunny" at Pitchfork Music Festival:

Watch Real Estate's Pitchfork Music Festival 2014 set in full:

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Sigur Rós to Debut New Music on 2016 Tour

pitchfork - 24 Novembre, 2015 - 15:42

Photo by Lilja Birgisdottir

Sigur Rós have announced a European tour that begins next summer. "It’s going to be different, with new unreleased songs, a new show and maybe some other *new* things," the band wrote on their website. "Beyond that, we can only ask you to trust us on this one." Find the dates below.

Here's the entirety of their note:

every time you go on tour you want it to be different…and every time it is, usually because you have a new album you want to play people. and that can be fun, because you have to work out how to recreate all the complicated stuff you did in the studio for the stage. but there was a time when things were the other way round, when we worked stuff out on the road, and trying to capture lightning in a bottle was a problem for the studio later on. this time, in addition to playing songs you know, we wanted to remember the seat-of-your-pants feeling experienced in the wake of, ágætis byrjun, when for two years we formed and re-formed the songs that would go on to be the ( ) album, live in front of people, night after night. with this in mind, we are pleased to announce that we are playing festivals next summer in the spirit of adventure. all we can say right now is it’s going to be different, with new unreleased songs, a new show and maybe some other *new* things. beyond that, we can only ask you to trust us on this one

Sigur Rós:

06-16 Bergen, Norway - Bergenfest
06-18 Aarhus, Denmark - Northside Festival
07-03 St. Petersburg, Russia - Stereoleto Festival
07-08 Trencin, Slovakia - Pohoda Festival
07-12 Linz, Austria - Ahoi the Full Hit of Summer
07-16 Dour, Belgium - Dour Festival
07-17 London, England - Citadel Festival
08-10-13 Luhmühlen, Germany - A Summer’s Tale
08-18 Trondheim, Norway - Pstereo Festival
08-20 Biddinghuizen, Netherlands - Lowlands Festival

Watch the band's video for Kveikur song "Brennisteinn":

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Jon Hopkins Remixes Disclosure and Lorde’s “Magnets”

pitchfork - 24 Novembre, 2015 - 15:31

Jon Hopkins photo by Maria Louceiro

Jon Hopkins has remixed Disclosure and Lorde's "Magnets", from Disclosure's recent album Caracal. Hear it below. Previously, the track was reworked by Disclosure themselves and A-Trak

Read our interview with Disclosure.

Here's the original:

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Watch video of the UK premiere of Earle Brown's Calder Piece

Wire - 24 Novembre, 2015 - 15:29

Earle Brown's rarely performed Calder Piece had its UK premiere at Tate Modern as part of the Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture exhibition

American composer Earle Brown, the creator of open form musical construction, collaborated with artist Alexander Calder on Calder Piece, in which four percussionists are conducted by Calder's sculpture, Chef D'Orchestre. Brown originally called his open form works mobile compositions, inspired by the moving sections of Calder's sculptures. The two met in 1953 and became friends.

The performance begins with the musicians placed equidistant from the mobile, and they are asked to imagine an image of the mobile superimposed over the score, and then perform the areas of the score that correspond to that reading of the mobile's position. The piece involves over 100 percussion instruments that the musicians dart around to play as they read the sculpture and respond to its changing position -- including the petals of the mobile itself.

The sculpture was completed in 1966, and Brown completed the score shortly thereafter, as a commission from the Paris Percussion Quartet. Calder Piece was first performed at the Théâtre de l'Atelier in Paris in 1967, and has been performed rarely over the following decades, in France and the US. This performance, on 10 November 2015 at Tate Modern, was the first time it has been performed in the UK.

The performance was part of the exhibition Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture at Tate Modern, which runs until 3 April 2016.

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Wild Nothing Announces New Album <i>Life of Pause</i>, Shares "TV Queen" and "To Know You"

pitchfork - 24 Novembre, 2015 - 14:35

On February 19, Jack Tatum returns with his latest Wild Nothing album. Life of Pause, the follow-up to Nocturne, is coming via Captured Tracks. It features the first two singles "TV Queen" and To Know You". Listen below.

The album was recorded in Los Angeles and Stockholm with producer Thom Monahan. Peter Bjorn & John's John Eriksson and Medicine's Brad Laner guest.

In a statement, Tatum discussed the process of working on the new album:

I desperately wanted for this to be the kind of record that would displace me. I’m terrified by the idea of being any one thing, or being of any one genre. And whether or not I accomplish that, I know that my only hope of getting there is to constantly reinvent. That reinvention doesn't need to be drastic, but every new record has to have it's own identity, and it has to have a separate set of goals from what came before.

Life of Pause:

01 Reichpop
02 Lady Blue
03 A Woman's Wisdom
04 Japanese Alice
05 Life of Pause
06 Alien
07 To Know You
08 Adore
09 TV Queen
10 Whenever I
11 Love Underneath My Thumb

Watch Wild Nothing perform "This Chain Won't Break" at Captured Tracks' fifth birthday celebration:

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Lunice Releases <i>180</i> EP, Shares "Burnt", Announces Madonna Support Slots

pitchfork - 24 Novembre, 2015 - 13:05

Montreal's Lunice, one half of TNGHT with Hudson Mohawke, has surprise-released a new EP. 180 is out now on LuckyMe. Listen to lead track "Burnt" above, and check out the cover art and tracklist below. The EP comprises four tracks recorded between 2011 and 2012, just before TNGHT's inception. In tandem with the release, Lunice has announced he'll be supporting Madonna on the European dates of her Rebel Heart tour.


01 Burnt
02 All Clear
03 Nite Bells
04 Dial

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