The Impossible Project is a company dedicated to preserving the art of Polaroid photography, manufacturing film and selling refurbished versions of the classic cameras. They've now teamed up with Jack White's Third Man Records to produce a limited run of Polaroid film that develops in black and yellow, Third Man's colors.
The partnership will be launched with an exhibition at Third Man's headquarters in Nashville, where photography using the special film will be displayed. That will run from September 10-16.
The participating photographers are: Patrick Pantano, who did the covers for the White Stripes' White Blood Cells and Elephant albums; Third Man's Angelina Castillo; and David Swanson, who's worked on tour with White.
"Photography using mechanical means is a beautiful art form," White said in a statement. "Digital pictures are very portable and easy to make happen, but you can’t hold the photo in your hand, or put it in a family album. There’s a romantic feeling of pulling a photograph out of a Polaroid camera, holding it your hands and showing it to others. It can’t be replaced or replicated."
This week, Rick Ross released several singles leading up to the release of his latest mixtape Black Dollar. It's out now, and it features guest spots from Future, Meek Mill, The-Dream, Gucci Mane, August Alsina, Anthony Hamilton, Wale, and more. Download it here and stream it and find the tracklist below.
Black Dollar follows last year's Mastermind.
Here's the "Money and Powder" video:
The Reflektor Tapes is the forthcoming Arcade Fire film directed by Kahlil Joseph that follows the band as they record 2013's Reflektor and tour the world. Last month, they released a series of trailers for the film.
Today, they shared another preview for the movie, in which the band is shown working on "Afterlife" with James Murphy. It also features some performance footage. Watch it below, via Arcade Fire Tube.
The Reflektor Tapes comes to theaters on September 23.
Photo by Brent Stewart
Jack White's Third Man Records has a publishing arm called Third Man Books. They recently released Hidden Water: From the Frank Stanford Archives—a collection of the late Southern poet's work. Today, Third Man have shared audio of Silver Jews frontman and poet David Berman reading an untitled poem from the collection.
Below the reading, check out a trailer for the book featuring another poem.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra have shared the video for "Can't Keep Checking My Phone", from this year's Multi-Love. Directed by Dimitri Basil, it cycles through a list of "strange modern sicknesses and phenomena," according to the band, such as Capgras syndrome (the delusion that a loved one has been replaced by an identical-looking imposter), Stendhal syndrome (a feeling of dizziness brought on by looking at a piece of art), and more. Check it out below.
Read "Love Is Strange", our feature telling the story behind Multi-Love.
Watch UMO perform "Boy Witch":
Photo by Andrew Strasser
Daniel Lopatin, aka Oneohtrix Point Never, has spent recent weeks teeing up his Garden of Delete LP with a series of video teasers. Now, he's shared a full track. It's called "I Bite Through It", and you can hear it below via Rolling Stone.
Lopatin has also shared the album art and tracklist over at his website. Find those below, too.
Garden of Delete is out November 13 via Warp.
Garden of Delete:
04 Sticky Drama
06 Mutant Standard
07 Child of Rage
09 I Bite Through It
10 Freaky Eyes
12 No Good
Read "Right Brain", Mike Powell's feature on Oneohtrix Point Never.
Watch "Gun", one of Lopatin's album trailers:
Earlier this year, horror icon John Carpenter released his first non-soundtrack album, Lost Themes. On October 16, Lost Themes Remixed will arrive on vinyl via Sacred Bones. It collects reworks from Zola Jesus, Blanck Mass (Fuck Buttons' Benjamin John Power), Foetus' JG Thirlwell, ohGr, Bill Kouligas, and Silent Servant that originally appeared on the deluxe edition of the album, plus two new tracks. The new remixes are Prurient's take on "Purgatory" and Uniform (the Men's Ben Greenberg)'s remix of "Vortex". Listen to the Prurient remix above.
Dominick Fernow (Prurient) shared this statement about his remix:
John Carpenter is the master of sustained tension with electronic music. The fine line between stasis and energy is almost impossible to define but Carpenter consistently achieves this paradox with Spartan means. This remix attempts to break the compositional tension of Carpenter's 'Purgatory' and through a process of colliding loop cycles—a technique used on the Pleasure Ground album reformatting the electronics into a earth like texture outside of the urban environments traditionally connected to synthesis.
Lost Themes Remixed:
01 Purgatory (Prurient Remix)
02 Night (Zola Jesus & Dean Hurley Remix)
03 Wraith (ohGr Remix)
04 Vortex (Silent Servant Remix)
05 Vortex (Uniform Remix)
06 Fallen (Blanck Mass Remix)
07 Abyss (JG Thirlwell Remix)
08 Fallen (Bill Kouligas Remix)
Photo via James Franco's Instagram
Earlier this year, James Franco wrote "Shades of Cool", a poetic tribute to Lana Del Rey for V Magazine. Then, he reportedly completed a 100-page book called Flip-Side: Real And Imaginary Conversations With Lana Del Rey. (She doesn't expect it to come out.) Now, he's conducted a rare interview with Del Rey for V's fall issue. In the interview, she clarifies her controversial comments on feminism published in an interview with the Fader last year, as Huffington Post points out.
Del Rey told Franco:
The luxury we have as a younger generation is being able to figure out where we want to go from here, which is why I’ve said things like, 'I don’t focus on feminism, I focus on the future.' It’s not to say that there’s not more to do in that area. I’ve gotten to witness through history the evolution of so many movements and now I’m standing at the forefront of new technological movements.
I’m not undermining other issues. But I feel like that’s obvious, like I shouldn’t even have to bring that up.
V's fall issue comes out September 10.
Read Lindsay Zoladz's Ordinary Machines column on Lana Del Rey, "Pretty When You Cry".
Listen to "Terrence Loves You", from her forthcoming album Honeymoon.
Photo via El Vy's Instagram
EL VY is the collaborative project of the National's Matt Berninger and Menomena/Ramona Falls' Brent Knopf. Ahead of their debut record Return to the Moon (out October 30), they've shared a new track called "I'm the Man to Be". You can hear it via Apple Music, or stream below via Spotify.
Update (10:00 a.m.): They've also shared a video for "I'm the Man to Be", which you can watch below. Directed by Tom Berninger (Matt's brother, and director of National documentary Mistaken for Strangers), it shows Berninger and Knopf goofing off around Venice Beach and Santa Monica.
Bernginger also offered a statement about the song, which he said was inspired by a Schoolboy Q track. "There’s this great Schoolboy Q song ‘There He Go’ which samples Menomena’s ‘Wet and Rusting’," he said. "I thought it would be funny to re-sample the same sample and do it from the perspective of a pathetic self-aggrandizing rocker alone in a hotel room. Something I know a lot about. That’s how it started but then Brent took the sample out and we wrote an entirely new song."
Watch the National on Pitchfork.tv's "Over/Under":
Janet Jackson has detailed Unbreakable, her first new album since 2008's Discipline. It's out October 2 via Rhythm Nation/BMG, and features the singles "No Sleeep" (feat. J. Cole) and "The Great Forever", as well as a Missy Elliott collab called "Burnitup!" That's the artwork above; scroll down for the tracklist.
According to a press release, the album's themes include "Janet’s views on where we stand today as individuals and as the inter-related elements of a planet. Some of these relate to her convictions passionately expressed in Rhythm Nation 1814, including the need to bring things out in the open and to have a dialogue. The album also will mark the first time Janet Jackson has opened up about her brother Michael and with reflections concerning her youth."
The record continues Jackson's collaboration with producer-songwriter team Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Speaking about the project, the pair said:
It’s wonderful to be creating again with Janet. From songwriting, producing, arranging, singing, dancing, acting, she deftly does it all and truly personifies the word artist. Unbreakable is a gift to all of her fans who have steadfastly stood by her. It is a subject for conversation, a plea for compassion, and a call for action from someone who’s come a long way, but’s got a long way to go, and has much to say about it. In other words, if you want to know what’s on her mind you only have to listen.
02 Burnitup! (Feat. Missy Elliott)
03 Dammn Baby
04 The Great Forever
05 Shoulda Known Better
06 After You Fall
07 Broken Hearts Heal
09 No Sleeep (Feat. J Cole)
10 Dream Maker/ Euphoria
11 2 B Loved
12 Take Me Away
14 Lessons Learned
15 Black Eagle
16 Well Traveled
17 Gon B Alright
Chromatics Cover Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" For Ad Starring Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne
"Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" appears on Pitchfork's 200 Best Songs of the 1980s list.
Empress Of, aka Lorely Rodriguez, will release her debut album Me on September 11 via Terrible. Today, she shared the music video for "How Do You Do It", which she says is a video that captures the life of a touring musician.
"On tour, I spend 23 hours of my day driving, flying, shaving my legs in gross venue bathrooms, sleeping on floors or in motels…to get to that one hour of bliss on stage," she said in a statement of the Molly Hawkins-directed video. "I wanted to make a video about this other side of being an artist."