A$AP Mob: "Trillmatic" [ft. A$AP Nast and Method Man] on SoundCloud.
A$AP Mob have released "Trillmatic," the first single and video from their upcoming L.O.R.D. EP. Produced by A$AP Ty Beats, it features A$AP Nast and Method Man. L.O.R.D. will be out March 4, 2014 via A$AP Worldwide/Polo Grounds Music/RCA. It follows 2012's Lords Never Worry. A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg will both feature on the EP.
Below, watch the "Trillmatic" video, directed by Jonah Schwartz, and the A$AP Mob episode of Pitchfork.tv's "Selector":
To accompany their 2013 LP, Push the Sky Away, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds have shared a live performance video for the album's Miley Cyrus-referencing track "Higgs Boson Blues". It was shot in East London and directed by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard.
Forsyth and Pollard were also behind the upcoming Cave documentary 20,000 Days on Earth, which will premiere in January at the Sundance Film Festival. Days depicts an imagined 24 hours in the life of Cave and explores his creative process.
For the album, Sharp is joined by Patrick Carney of the Black Keys, Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius, Ryen Slegr of Ozma, and Lauren Chipman of the Section Quartet. It follows 1999's Seven More Minutes, as well as a 2007 EP and the 2009-2010 "Songs About Time" multimedia project.
Watch the video for the Rentals' 90s hit "Friends of P.":
Every question you could possibly have about Daft Punk's iconic helmets is answered in a new short documentary called, appropriately, "Daft Punk - Behind the Helmets." It's the latest episode in Mixmag and Olmeca Tequila's Switch on the Night documentary series.
Fun facts: the guy who invented the Jumbotron was involved in the design of Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo's helmet, and Daft Punk's aesthetic was heavily inspired by the film The Day the Earth Stood Still.
Watch it below, and revisit our Daft Punk Cover Story here.
Photo by Hanly Banks
Earlier this year, we heard "Expanding Dub", Bill Callahan's (unexpected) dub version of the serene Dream River cut "Javelin Unlanding". Now (even more unexpectedly), he's announced that he's going to release a dub version of the entire record, called Have Fun With God, and it's out on January 21 via Drag City.
"Dub is a spiritual, abstract, visceral, mystical thing," reads Drag City's promotional text for the record. "Finite and Infinite at the same time. Deeply rooted in the earth and embracing outer space." Same could be said of Callahan's music, so somehow this all makes sense.
Revisit "A Window That Isn't There", Mark Richardson's recent article about Callahan.
Check out a Pitchfork.tv video of Callahan performing the Smog classic "Cold Blooded Old Times" below.
As 2013 comes to a close, we'll try to put the year in music into perspective, revealing our favorite albums, tracks, videos, and more.
After spending the last 11 months sharing our opinions with you, we'd like to hear yours. Which records and songs did you most love this year? Who was the best live act you saw? Which album did your friends overrate, and which one should they have been listening to instead? This is your chance to tell us: Our 2013 Readers Poll covers all of that and more.
To make sure your voice is represented, please get us your votes by Sunday, December 16 at 11:59 Eastern Time. Check back in the new year for the results. Thanks for participating-- and thanks for reading.
Photo by Erez Avissar
Ex Hex: "What Kind of Monster" on SoundCloud.
In 2010, Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss, both formerly of Sleater-Kinney, joined with Mary Timony and Rebecca Cole to form Wild Flag. They released a celebrated self-titled LP through Merge, which seems as though it might be their sole record. The band was inactive this year, and now Weiss has told the Skinny (via Stereogum/FACT) that Wild Flag is basically over.
"It was great but I think it just kinda ran its course," Weiss said. "It's hard to have a band when you live five hours apart by plane."
Brownstein's fourth season of "Portlandia" is set to air in 2014, with another season to follow in 2015. Weiss released a new LP with Quasi this year. Timony, who also formerly played in Autoclave and Helium, recently started a new band called Ex Hex. They have a cool Tumblr and a debut LP out next year, also through Merge, and recently recorded a Slant 6 cover for Rookie, which you can stream above.
Last week, Sleater-Kinney reunited on-stage to cover Neil Young with Pearl Jam. Next year is the 20th anniversary of the band's formation, which I wholeheartedly hope is grounds to break their indefinite hiatus.
Watch Wild Flag play "Romance" at Pitchfork Music Festival 2012:
Nine Inch Nails performed at Los Angeles' Staples Center on November 8 as part of the group's Tension tour. Now, VEVO has posted video of the entire concert. It features reworked classic material as well as plenty of Hesitation Marks.
Also below, watch the second installment of VEVO's multi-part documentary about the Tension tour.
Morrissey's reissue campaign will continue on with a remastered reissue of 1992's Your Arsenal, out February 24 through Parlophone. It will be released digitally, on vinyl, and CD. The CD version comes with a DVD of a previously unreleased live set recorded October 31, 1991 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. The reissue also replaces "Tomorrow" with a new mix.
After the tracklist, watch Morrissey play "We Hate it When Our Friends Become Successful".
Your Arsenal reissue tracklisting:
01 You're Gonna Need Someone on Your Side
02 Glamorous Glue
03 We'll Let You Know
04 The National Front Disco
05 Certain People I Know
06 We Hate it When Our Friends Become Successful
07 You're the One For Me, Fatty
08 Seasick, Yet Still Docked
09 I Know it's Gonna Happen Someday
10 Tomorrow (US Mix)
Morrissey at the Shoreline Amphitheatre:
01 November Spawned a Monster
02 Alsatian Cousin
03 Our Frank
04 The Loop
05 King Leer
06 Sister I'm a Poet
07 Piccadilly Palare
08 Driving Your Girlfriend Home
09 Interesting Drug
10 We Hate it When Our Friends Become Successful
11 Everyday Is Like Sunday
12 My Love Life
13 Pashernate Love
14 The Last Of the Famous International Playboys
15 Asian Rut
16 Angel, Angel, Down We Go Together
Watch R. Kelly Play a Woman Like a Violin, Benedict Cumberbatch Recite the Lyrics to Kelly's "Genius"
Certified MacArthur Sex Genius R. Kelly stopped by "Jimmy Kimmel Live" last night to perform a medley of tracks from his upcoming album Black Panties (out December 10). He first played "Genius"—while wearing a glittery Phantom of the Opera mask and playing a woman like a violin, a la the album cover—and then brought 2 Chainz out to perform "My Story".
Earlier in the show, British actor Benedict Cumberbatch treated the world to a dramatic reading of the lyrics to "Genius". Unfortunately, they did not then invite R. Kelly out to make up a song on the spot called "Benedict Cumberbatch".
Watch the performance below:
And here's Mr. Cumberbatch doing "Genius":
Watch R. Kelly perform "Happy People" at the Pitchfork Music Festival:
Jorge Elbrose: "Called to Ring" on SoundCloud.
Earlier this year, Mexican Summer released the single "Hang on to Life", a collaboration between Ariel Pink and Jorge Elbrecht of Violens/Lansing-Dreiden. Now the pair have given themselves a name, Jorge Elbrose, and released another song, "Called to Ring". The track will be included on a 10" that comes with Mexican Summer's commemorative book Mexican Summer: Five Years, which is out December 9. (That 10" also features the Autre Ne Veut/Fennesz collaboration.)
Watch Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti perform "Pink Slime" for Pitchfork.tv:
Here it is: Tropico, the short film "tale of sin and redemption" starring Lana Del Rey (and her songs "Body Electric", "Gods and Monsters", and "Bel Air"). It's 27 minutes long, co-stars model Shaun Ross, was directed by Anthony Mandler, and was produced by Rick Rubin. Watch below.
Tropico puts a contemporary spin on stories from the Bible and opens with a scene set in the Garden of Eden. Del Rey plays the role of Eve. Mandler previously directed Lana Del Rey's videos for "Ride" and "National Anthem" (the latter of which starred A$AP Rocky as JFK).
The film premiered last night with a screening in L.A., at which Lana told fans, "I really just wanted us all to be together so I could try and visually close out my chapter before I release the new record, Ultraviolence.” Watch that clip here via Idolator.
Next spring, prolific L.A. producer Madlib will release the next record in his Beat Konducta series. An instrumental double album of psych, kraut, and prog, Rock Konducta Vol. 1-2 will span over 30 tracks and see release through Madlib's own Madlib Invazion label. According to a press release, the music on the album is "inspired by worldwide rock music scenes from the 60s-80s." Check out "Hold the Organ" above.
On December 10, a vinyl-only "advance" edition of Vol.1 will be released, with "no CD, no digital, no track titles," according to a press release.
To accompany her single "Forgiven/Forgotten", off next year's Burn Your Fire for No Witness, Angel Olsen has shared a 16mm video directed by Zia Anger and shot in the suburbs of Asheville, N.C. According to the director, the clip was inspired by "Freaks and Geeks". The album is out February 18 through Jagjaguwar.
In a press release, Anger said:
The only idea Angel and I had decided on was that she should be given a chance to act—to perform in a way most people have never seen her perform. Upon arriving I was immediately struck by the beautiful and unruly area of Malvern Hills. Suburbia had never spoken to me like that before. Our idea morphed in to a suburban fantasy just as lawless as its backdrop.
Watch Olsen perform "Forgiven/Forgotten" at this year's Pitchfork Music Festival:
Because nothing says "Happy Holidays" like the unmistakable wah-wah-wuhwuhwuhwuhwub-wub of a Mad Decent beat, Diplo and friends have a Christmas compilation for you. It contains eight tracks, some of which are new interpretations of Christmas classics. It's out now via the Mad Decent imprint Jeffree's—listen to the whole thing below.
A Very Decent Christmas:
01 Gent & Jawns: "Turn Up Ye Merry Gentlemen"
02 Diplo: "Frosty Bounce" [ft. Angger Dimas and Nicky Da B]
03 Vjuan Allure: "Rude-Off 2013"
04 DJ Snake: "Bird Machine" [ft. Alesia] (Jingle Bells version)
05 Juyen Sebulba: "Super Jam (Deck the Halls)"
06 Astronomar: "Back to the Beat" (Jingle Bells version)
07 Kennedy Jones: "Came to Party on the Rooftop"
08 Mitch Murder : "Don't Let Me Spend Christmas Alone" [ft. Santell]
Photo by Jimmy King
Columbia recently released an expanded three-disc edition of David Bowie's surprise 2013 LP, The Next Day. Along with James Murphy's remix of "Love Is Lost", the bonus tracks include a new version of "I'd Rather Be High", the "Venetian Mix", which features the song played on harpsichord. The "Venetian Mix" is featured in Bowie's recent Louis Vuitton ad, and it now has video full of distorted wartime imagery, directed by Tom Hingston.
"I'd Rather Be High (Venetian Mix)" will also appear on a new 12", out December 16, with James Murphy's "Love Is Lost" remix.
Daft Punk's video for Random Access Memories' "Instant Crush", featuring the Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas, has been previewed on a French TV news show, as fan site the Daft House points out. The band has also updated their Facebook page with a still from the video (above). It seems to feature people turning into dolls, and lots of mugging from Casablancas.
Watch below, and revisit our Daft Punk Cover Story here.
On November 26, Kanye West did a radio interview with New York station Power 105, in which he made comments contrasting President Obama and George Bush. At one point, he described his belief that Obama has fewer "connections":
Man, let me tell you something about George Bush and oil money and Obama and no money. People want to say Obama can't make these moves or he's not executing. That's because he ain't got those connections... Black people don't have the same level of connections as Jewish people. Black people don't have the same connections as oil people.
As MTV reports, the statement has been called anti-Semitic by the Anti-Defamation League, who have asked that Kanye apologize. The organization's national director Abraham H. Foxman took to their website Monday to offer a statement:
This is classic anti-Semitism. There it goes again, the age-old canard that Jews are all-powerful and control the levers of power in government. As a celebrity with a wide following, Kanye West should know better. We hope that he will take responsibility for his words, understand why they are so offensive, and apologize to those he has offended.
The headline noted that his comment was "fueling classic anti-Semitic stereotype".
In the same interview, Kanye also said, "We ain't Jewish. We don't got family that got money like that. The rappers became the new family."
Watch the full interview below:
Massachusetts rock band Speedy Ortiz have shared a video for "No Below", the centerpiece to this summer's Major Arcana. Directed by Boast Choan, the clip pairs the outsider ballad with faded images of the band and friends hanging out in a wooded area, performing some bizarre rituals that involve food and animal masks. This follows Speedy's video for "Tiger Tank".
Read our interview with Speedy Ortiz. The band also has tour dates coming up with Stephen Malkmus, the Breeders, Los Campesinos!, and more.
12-12 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue #
12-13 Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon #
12-14 Chicago, IL - Metro #
12-15 Columbus, OH - Kafe Kerouac
12-16 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom #
12-18 Boston, MA - Paradise #
12-19-20 New York, NY - Webster Hall #
01-03 New Haven, CT - TBA $
01-04 Philadelphia, PA - The Keystone $
01-05 Baltimore, MD - Floristree $
01-06 Richmond, VA - Strange Matter $
01-07 Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506 $
01-08 Charleston, SC - TBA $
01-11 Tallahassee, FL - Office Lounge $
01-12 Atlanta, GA - Capsule Gallery $
01-13 Birmingham, AL - The Forge $
01-14 Nashville, TN - The Stone Fox $
01-15 Asheville, NC - The Mothlight $
01-16 Charlottesville, VA - Tea Bazaar $
01-21 Boston, MA - Paradise %
01-22 New York, NY - Irving Plaza %
02-13 Birmingham, England - Hare & Hounds ^
02-14 Leeds, England - Brudenell Social Club ^
02-15 Glasgow, Scotland - Broadcast ^
02-16 Manchester, England - Deaf Institute ^
02-18 London, England - Birthdays (NME Awards)
02-19 London, England - The Lexington ^
02-20 Brighton, England - Green Door Store ^
02-21 Paris, France - Trabendo (Fireworks Fest)
02-22 Lille, France - La Peniche
02-24 Antwerp, Belgium - Trix
02-25 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
02-26 Hamburg, Germany - Turmzimmer
02-27 Copenhagen, Denmark - BETA
02-28 Berlin, Denmark - Magnet Club
03-01 Vienna, Austria - Flex
03-06 Savannah, GA - Savannah Stopover
03-27 San Francisco, CA - Slim’s @
03-28 Los Angeles, CA - El Rey @
03-29 San Diego, CA - Casbah @
03-30 Pioneertown, CA - Pappy & Harriet’s @
04-01 Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom @
04-03 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge @
04-05 Missoula, MT - Top Hat @
04-07 Calgary, Alberta - Republik @
04-08 Edmonton, Alberta - Starlite Room @
04-10 Vancouver, British Columbia - Rickshaw @
04-11 Victoria, British Columbia - Lucky Bar @
04-12 Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre @
# with Breeders
$ with Grass is Green
% with Los Campesinos
@ with Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks
^ with Joanna Gruesome
Watch Speedy's Sadie Dupuis in Pitchfork.tv's Live at 285 Kent documentary.
Lauryn Hill's got a new lyric video to go along with "Consumerism", the song she shared on the eve of her release from prison this fall. It's a very literal interpretation of the lyrics, a montage that visually reels off everything that's wrong with the world. (Hill herself is not in the clip, though she co-directed it with Jon Casey). It feels in step with the song's message that she chose to put it on Vimeo rather than YouTube—have a look.
Hill is about to hit the road on a North American mini-tour.