After working together on the good kid, m.A.A.d city highlight "Money Trees", Kendrick Lamar and his Black Hippy counterpart Jay Rock are on another new track together. It's Jay's new single "Pay For It", which also features Chantal.
Watch a short Pitchfork.tv documentary on Kendrick:
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Before breaking up last month, Guided by Voices were scheduled to play a show at the C2G Music Hall in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on October 25. When the band dissolved, the venue booked a GBV tribute show for that same night. But attendees of the tribute show got a surprise: Robert Pollard and Tobin Sprout showed up to play a set of GBV songs such as "Tractor Rape Chain" and "Game of Pricks", as the Fire Note points out. Below, you can watch a pair of clips shot during the performance.
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Nas Unveils New J Dilla-Produced Track "The Season" at Run the Jewels' <i>RTJ2</i> Release Show in Brooklyn
Last night, Killer Mike and El-P celebrated the release of their new album as Run the Jewels, RTJ2. The event, held at Nitehawk Cinemas in Brooklyn, included a screening of The Warriors, as well as a Q&A with the rappers. Then things got interesting.
A little ways into the event, Nas (whose label, Mass Appeal, released RTJ2) stopped by Nitehawk Cinemas to congratulate Killer Mike and El-P. Then, he surprised everyone by playing a new track built around the late J Dilla's "Gobstopper" titled "The Season". Below, check out footage of Nas' appearance, plus the unveiled song.
Check out our new feature on Run the Jewels.
Watch Run the Jewels on Pitchfork.tv's "Over/Under":
A new book on maverick composer, instrument inventor and onetime hobo drifter Harry Partch has been published by the University of Rochester press. Harry Partch, Hobo Composer discusses in detail Partch’s life as a drifter in the era of the Great Depression, and uses the idea of the hobo in American history and culture to analyse Partch’s life and work as a whole.
Author S Andrew Granade writes how Partch “became a hobo out of necessity and remained one for its freedoms. It is the story of a composer who rejected the tenets of music as he found them and sought to return music to its roots.”
Partch's transient life in the 1930s had a lasting impact on his work, and he used the slang and speech patterns of hobos extensively in his compositions. Partch, who died in 1974, supported his later career with sporadic academic posts, grants and commissions, and the Harry Partch Foundation was created in 1970 to oversee his work and protect his numerous unique instruments. Harry Partch, Hobo Composer is only the second sole authored book on Partch’s life and work, following Bob Gilmore’s 1998 biography (reviewed in The Wire 175).
Photo by Tom Spray
PJ Harvey has recorded a cover of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' "Red Right Hand", the song from the Bad Seeds' 1994 album Let Love In, for the BBC TV drama "Peaky Blinders". Listen to it below via Faster Loud.
Harvey was commissioned after "Peaky Blinders" received criticism for seeming "too American". Speaking to NME, the show's music producer Flood claimed:
"We're trying to make it feel much more European and British and PJ fits that bill perfectly," he said. "I phoned Polly up and she was very interested. We're trying to deconstruct all of Polly’s material and then weave it through, it’s very cutting-edge and modern."
The Scottish hip-hop group Young Fathers have won this year's Barclaycard Mercury Prize for their debut album Dead, BBC News reports. They won the award, which honors the best British album of the past year, over albums by FKA twigs, Damon Albarn, Bombay Bicycle Club, Anna Calvi, and others.
The Mercury Prize is chosen each year by a panel of British music critics and industry folks. Last year's winner was James Blake. Previous winners have included PJ Harvey, the xx, Pulp, Portishead, Arctic Monkeys, Antony and the Johnsons, Franz Ferdinand, and more.
Watch the video for Young Fathers' "Get Up":
The Dead Weather, Jack White's band with Alison Mosshart of the Kills, have shared a new single, the previously announced "Buzzkill(er)". You can listen to it below. It'll be available for purchase on November 4, along with "It's Just Too Bad". The band is reportedly working on a new album for release next year.
It was inevitable: Mark Kozelek has responded to the War on Drugs frontman Adam Granofsky calling him a "douche," which was the most recent episode in a war of words that started when Kozelek called the War on Drugs' music "beer commercial lead-guitair shit" and sputtered into this whole big thing. In the latest chapter, Kozelek has recorded a song called "Adam Granofsky Blues", a spoken word piece over a laid-back, acoustic blues progression where Kozelek reads what Granofsky had to say about him and laughs at each line. Hear it above.
Last month, Beck stopped by "Conan" to cover George Harrison's "Wah-Wah" as a part of the show's week-long tribute to Harrison. Last night, he paid Conan O'Brien another visit, this time to perform his Morning Phase cut "Waking Light".
The episode also featured Conan's reunion with his old bandleader from "Late Night" and "Tonight Show", Max Weinberg. Weinberg hasn't joined his former Max Weinberg 7 bandmates since "Conan" started airing in 2010. (Unfortunately, he didn't star in any sketches as a huge pervert.) Watch his return, and Beck's performance, below.
Recently, PCPC opened a handful of dates for Thurston Moore, and have planned a few more appearances. The other Parquet Courts alter ego, Parkay Quarts, will release the Content Nausea LP on November 11.
Read "Texas Never Whispers: Two Days on Tour With Parquet Courts", our feature on Parquet Courts.
Watch Parquet Courts perform "Borrowed Time" at Pitchfork Music Festival:
Additionally, she'll make her U.S. late show debut on the November 4 episode of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon".
Read our recent interview with FKA twigs here.
Polyvinyl Announces Singles Series Vol. 2, Including Of Montreal, Foxygen's Jonathan Rado, the Dodos, Crooked Fingers, Ducktails, More
Polyvinyl has announced Singles Series Vol. 2, a follow-up to last year's 7" Singles Series. Each month, subscribers will recieve a color vinyl 7" containing two songs from each participating artist. The list of artists includes Of Montreal, the Dodos, Ducktails, David Bazan, Crooked Fingers, Deerhoof, Foxygen's Jonathan Rado, Telekinesis, Saint Pepsi, MGMT and Of Montreal's Blikk Fang, Jacco Gardner, and Kishi Bashi.
As with last year, all of the artists recorded their contributions using a single four-track cassette recorder. This time, 1000 subscriptions will be available. The mailing is packaged in artwork from Grammy-nominated artist Jesse LeDoux.
DJ Keiji Haino has just released his third mix CD, The Greatest Hits Of The Music. Released by a Japanese label called Youth, it’s housed in a mini LP style cardboard sleeve that’s nevertheless big enough to contain Haino’s DJ project name in full: DJ Keiji Haino Experimental Mixture.
The Greatest Hits Of The Music follows last year's mixes on Youth and Black Smoker, where early music rubbed up against Indonesian percussion, big band and country and western.
Computer music pioneer Nicolas Collins's 1974 generative music piece Pea Soup has been rewritten as a piece of open access software. The original Pea Soup creates a feedback network of mics and speakers that tunes itself to the acoustics of a space and responds to other waveforms and objects in the room.
The open access version, Pea Soup To Go, was made available this week on the 40th anniversary of its first performance. It is constructed from over 70 recordings of the piece in a variety of different spaces made by Collins (author of Handmade Electronic Music – The Art of Hardware Hacking), including concert halls and caves. The site autoplays audio and crossfades between different versions of the piece, resulting in an endless, slowly modulating mix.
Nas appeared on the PBS show "Finding Your Roots", which helps celebrities learn more about their ancestry. The rapper is taken through five generations, and most poignantly, shown a bill of sale for a slave—his great great great grandmother, Pocahontas. "A receipt for a human being," he says. "This is painful, now. To see that—that hurts."
When he learns more about man who bought Pocahontas for $830, he offhandedly tells host Henry Louis Gates Jr. that he's considering buying the land where he lived. Watch the episode below.
Blood Orange and Samantha Urbani Deliver Elaborately Choreographed Performance of "It Is What It Is" on "Kimmel"
Blood Orange and Samantha Urbani were the musical guests on last night's "Jimmy Kimmel Live". It definitely wasn't the standard "stand there and play the song" performance that's all too common on late night TV.
Instead, Devonté Hynes and Urbani were joined by several dancers for an elaborately choreographed performance of the Cupid Deluxe highlight "It Is What It Is". It ends with Hynes strapping on an electric guitar and performing an enormous solo while reading from sheet music.
Watch Blood Orange perform "Champagne Coast" at Pitchfork Music Festival:
Black Chronicles II: The Missing Chapter is an exhibition of archive photography from the late 19th and early 20th century which includes some of the earliest images of black people in the UK. As part of the exhibition writer, photographer and longtime Wire contributor, Val Wilmer will be in conversation with publisher Margaret Busby, founder of radical black publisher Allison & Busby, about her own collection of archive images of black people from the Victorian and Edwardian eras, many of which are included in the exhibition.
The talk takes place 4 November, 6:30pm at Autograph ABP at Rivington Place, as part of Black Chronicles II, which runs 12 September–29 November, curated by Renée Mussai and Mark Sealy. More details here.
Brighton's Cinecity film festival announces live music events with Pere Ubu, Goblin, Sarah Angliss and more
Cinecity, Brighton's annual film festival which this year runs from 20 November–7 December, will once again be hosting a variety of live music and film events.
A number of screenings of cult films will be accompanied by 'live underscores', including Roger Corman's 1963 X: Man With The X-Ray Eyes scored by Pere Ubu (Duke of York's Picturehouse, 23 November, 9pm) and Sergei Parajanov’s 1969 The Colour Of Pomegranates scored by Juno Reactor (Duke of York's Picturehouse, 27 November, 9pm), while Italian prog legends Goblin will perform a live soundtrack to Dario Argento's occult hardy perennial Suspiria, a film the group first scored on its initial release in 1977 (St Bartholomew’s Church, 6 December, 6pm).
Other events include a 'live re-imagining' of John Wyndham's 1957 British sci-fi novel The Midwich Cuckoos by Sarah Angliss and Stephen Hiscock using theremin, modular electronics, robotic instruments, live percussion and foley techniques (Duke of York's Picturehouse, 5 December, 7pm), plus screenings of Helen Petts's 2013 portrait of the late Lol Coxhill, Solo Soprano (Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, 29 November, 1:30pm), and a revised and updated version of Practical Electronica, Ian Helliwell's impressionistic documentary on the early days of British electronic music as seen through the life and work of composer FC Judd: the screening of Practical Electronica will be followed by a discussion of the film between its director and The Wire's Tony Herrington (Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, 29 November, 3.30pm).
More details on Cinecity here.
The Department of Peace have created a women's rights PSA which encourages you to go out and vote on November 4. Joan Jett prominently appears in the video, and she's joined by dozens of people who lip sync to her song "Bad Reputation". Carrie Brownstein, Sleigh Bells' Alexis Krauss, Cass McCombs, Eleanor Friedberger, Sia, Lesley Gore, Tavi Gevinson, and Hole's Melissa Auf der Maur all appear. Watch it below.
"There are candidates running for office this November who have backwards views on women's rights," Jett says in the video. "If you care about our right to control our own bodies and our own paychecks, then get yourselves out to the polls this November 4th and vote. And bring your friends."
The video also encourages you to visit Lady Parts Justice for a state-by-state list of anti-woman laws and proposals.
Shamir's great Northtown EP came out earlier this year on Godmode (the label run by former Pitchfork contributor Nick Sylvester). His latest single is called "On the Regular", and it's out via his new label home, XL Recordings. Watch the song's video below.
Directed by Anthony Sylvester, the clip shows the 19-year old shooting a rubber band gun and making balloons and globes explode with color.
Read our "Rising" interview with Shamir.