It's that time once again: POP Montreal will host the annual "POP vs. Jock" charity basketball game. Tapped to play are Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, Win and Will Butler of Arcade Fire, and Nikolai Fraiture of the Strokes. Matt Bonner will coach. The game takes place on September 20 at the McGill University Sports Centre, NME reports.
POP Montreal takes place from September 17-21. The lineup includes Panda Bear, Schoolboy Q, Sun Kil Moon, Ty Segall, Twin Shadow, the Unicorns, Richard Reed Parry, Deafheaven, Stars, Mutual Benefit, Ought, Movement, Hiss Golden Messenger, Against Me!, No Joy, and others.
Here's footage of the introductions from a previous POP vs. Jock game:
After months of teasing, Nicki Minaj has officially announced the release date for her forthcoming album, The Pink Print, Billboard reports. The follow-up to 2012's Pink Friday: Roman Reloded will be released on November 28 (which is Black Friday). So far, Minaj has premiered plenty of new material: "Anaconda", "Pills N Potions", as well as "Chi-Raq" and the Soulja Boy-featuring "Yasss Bish!!", but there's no word yet on a tracklist.
“I wanted to do that, I wanted to be like Jay Z," she explained. "I felt like with what I’m doing, I want female rappers to be able to pattern themselves with what I’ve done one day." According to Billboard, Minaj described the album's sound to Hot 97 as "more stripped", later giving the following quirky plug while on the red carpet of this years' Billboard Music Awards:
“It sounds like betrayal. It sounds like running. It sounds like fainting. It sounds like love. It sounds like… *gasp!*"
So, which artists can we expect on this *gasp*-sounding affair? During an interview with Hot 97, Minaj expressed a strong interest in collaborating with Remy Ma: the highly influential Bronx MC who is currently finishing up an eight-year prison sentence served for charges of assault, weapons possession and attempted coercion (she'll be released in July).“As soon as she get out, Rem holla at me,” she said.
Photo by Mitch Manzella
Earlier this month, Radiohead's Thom Yorke played an unnanounced DJ set for a very small crowd at the Leopallooza music festival in Cornwall, England. The Radiohead singer hasn't lost his taste for surprises: Earlier this week, he played another unannounced set at the Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles during their weekly Nightswim party. There's video, which you can watch below via Stereogum.
Since last year, DJ culture's reigning men, Diplo and Skrillex, have been working together under the name Jack U. At the recent Mad Decent Block Party on August 9, they brought out the singer Kiesza for a brand new song, "Take U There". Listen to a live recording above.
Revisit our interview with Skrillex and watch Diplo in "The Warehouse Project", a film about the Manchester club scene:
MoMA PS1's Warm Up, the annual outdoor summer concert series at the Long Island City, Queens art museum, continues this weekend. The event takes place every Saturday until September 6 in PS1's courtyard. (Each event runs from 3 to 9 p.m., with doors at noon.)
Each week, Pitchfork and MoMA PS1 will present a mix by an artist performing at that week's Warm Up. Following mixes from Martyn, Hiro Kone, Cashmere Cat, A/JUS/TED, J-Cush, Archie Pelago, Container, Dubbel Dutch, and DJ Earl we have a new mix from Lisbon producer DJ Marfox. Listen to it above, and check out the tracklist below.
In addition to DJ Marfox, this weekend's Warm Up also features Tessela, Dām-Funk, Benji B, Dutch E Germ, and Avalon Emerson. Check out the Warm Up schedule and full list of performers here.
DJ Marfox: Pitchfork // MoMA PS1 Warm Up Mix:
01 DJ Du Marcel: "Assunto"
02 DJ Famifox: "Ciencia do Instrumental"
03 DJ Maboku (Principe Discos): "Instrumental Pé"
04 B.Boy (Principe Discos): "Underground"
05 Dotorado Pro: "African Scream": "Dotorado Pro"
06 DJ Firmeza & DJ Maboku: "De Volta"
07 Blacksea Não Maya (Principe Discos): "Navegar na maionese"
08 Dj Telio (Principe Discos): "7 Maravilhas"
09 Shimza: "Drum Power"
10 DJ Vetkuk Vs Mahoota: "Gunsong (l'sbhamu)"
11 DJ Nigga Fox: "Hwwambo"
12 DJ Firmeza (Principe Discos): "Dedicado Projecto Príncipe"
13 Blacksea Nao Maya ( Principe Discos): "Você é feia"
14 DJ N.K: "African Zurik"
15 DJ Marfox: "Radio Oxigénio Am"
16 DJ Marfox: "Los York Vs New Angeles"
17 DJ 2Pekes: "Yellow Squad - Zinha" (Remix)
18 Djey Puto X Feat Dj Marfox: "Mù Kwata-Kwata"
19 DJ Marfox: "Maxete" (Remix)
20 DJ Marfox: "Hot Song"
21 DJ Marfox & DJ Fofuxo: "Você Nao Tem Medo"
22 DJ Marfox: "Armageddon"
23 DJ Marfox: "Reforço" (Instrumental)
24 DJ Marfox: "Reforço"
25 DJ Skiminy: "Inovação"
26 DJ Skiminy: "Penera de Fuba"
27 DJ Nervoso: "Tumba"
Aphex Twin has announced a series of listening events for the upcoming Syro, his first record in 13 years. They take place in various cities in North America and Europe—see the listing below. You can enter a lottery to win a ticket to an event here starting on Sunday.
Syro will be played in its entirety at each event, ahead of the release date, on September 23 through Warp.
Preview our upcoming Aphex Twin interview here.
09-05 London, England
09-05 Paris, France
09-06 New York, NY
09-06 Los Angeles, CA
09-07 Chicago, IL
09-07 Toronto, Ontario
09-08 - Brussels, Belgium
09-10 - Utrecht, Netherlands
Watch the video for "Windowlicker":
BoJack Horseman is the latest Netflix original show, a cartoon about a washed-up actor who also happens to be a horse. It features a murderer's row of voice talents such as Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie and Aaron Paul. It also features a theme song written by the Black Keys' Patrick Carney, which you can listen to below via Stereogum.
Watch Slowdive Perform "When The Sun Hits", "Golden Hair", and "Catch The Breeze" at Pitchfork Music Festival
Photo by Ebru Yildiz
Slowdive were among the artists at this year's Pitchfork Music Festival, which took place at Union Park last month. Watch video of the band performing "Golden Hair", "Catch The Breeze", and "When The Sun Hits", below.
"Catch The Breeze":
"When The Sun Hits":
The Smashing Pumpkins recently shared a Rick Rubin-produced version of "Let Me Give The World To You", a track that is set to appear on the September 23 reissue of the Pumpkins' 1998 album, Adore. Now, Consequence of Sound reports that the band has shared Puff Daddy's previously-unreleased remix of "Ava Adore", which is also set to appear on the reissue.
According to the report, Billy Corgan commissioned Sean Combs to remix "Ava Adore" 16 years ago, but it was never released-- until now. Listen to Diddy's remix above.
Listen to the original "Ava Adore", below:
09-19 Brooklyn, NY - Barclays Center *#
09-21 Toronto, Ontario - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre *#
10-09 Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl *#
10-10 San Francisco, CA - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium *#
* with Schoolboy Q
# with Jhené Aiko
Watch the Weeknd's NSFW video for "Often":
Photo by Dean Hurley
In a different world, David Lynch might have directed the video for Kanye West's "Blood on the Leaves". Speaking to the Daily Beast, the Eraserhead director said he was in preliminary talks with 'Ye, but that he couldn't make it work.
"I didn’t come up with any ideas that I thought he would like," Lynch said. "Kanye came up to the house one day. Kanye’s a good guy, and a great musician. I loved the song, and that’s what brought us together, but I couldn’t come up with ideas that thrilled either one of us." He also said, "I feel I let him down a little bit."
Lynch also said why "Blood on the Leaves" is one of his favorite songs: "He’s just ridin’ the wave and not takin’ no for an answer." (Interested in music writing? Call us, David!)
Read our interview with Lynch from 2012.
Between his score for Noah Baumbach's forthcoming movie While We're Young, his musical renovations for the New York City MTA, and his signature coffee, James Murphy has been keeping pretty busy lately. Now, the LCD Soundsystem mastermind has announced another project, this time in partnership with IBM and the U.S. Open, which is happening now. As Self-Titled reports, Murphy and the tech giant plan to use the raw data from tennis matches to generate an algorithm that will transform each match into a unique song. By the time the tournament ends, they estimate that they'll have amassed have almost 400 hours of music. Isn't technology amazing? IBM has shared a trailer for the project; check it out below.
Photo by Eric ColemanL.A. noise outfit HEALTH are currently in the process of recording a new album, the follow-up to 2009's Get Color - and what's more, it'll feature production from the Haxan Cloak, as Consequence of Sound reports. “I’ve been producing records for a couple of bands. I’ve been helping out HEALTH with their new record,” Bobby Krlic told The Quietus recently. More specific details regarding the project, including a potential title and release date, have yet to be announced. The British producer (né Bobby Krlic) went on to say:
HEALTH are massively underrated. I don’t know what people think of HEALTH but maybe they think they’re just trendy dudes just trying out noise music. I think they have the wrong kind of image for some people—it’s a clothing issue maybe. But if you see them live… they’re just a monstrously heavy and weird band and I think this new record is going to cement that for them even further.
Watch HEALTH's video for "Tears", featuring zombie toddlers:
CMJ has announced the initial lineup of its annual Music Marathon, which takes place October 21-25. The first round of acts includes Slowdive, Courtney Barnett, Protomatyr, the Kills, Matthew Dear, Bombay Bicycle Club, Shonen Knife, Cold War Kids, Kate Boy, Porches, Pro Era, White Fence, Andrew Cedermark, the Wytches, Hunters, and more. Check out the extended list here.
Watch Joanna Gruesome perform "Sugarcrush" at Pitchfork's unofficial CMJ showcase:
Zola Jesus, aka Nika Roza Danilova, has shared the video for "Dangerous Days" from the upcoming Taiga. Directed by Tim Saccenti, it shows her exploring a variety of physical and imagined environments. Watch it below.
Saccenti also shared a statement about the video:
The song is a pure emotional plea, a future primitive call to arms. To create a moment of light in these dark times was our hope. Eschewing a heavy narrative we let the images of the Earth, filmed in wide screen and mixed with a tense unnatural presence, wash over the viewer while Nika communicates her powerful message.
Taiga is out October 7 in the U.S. and October 6 in the U.K.
Read our recent Update with Zola Jesus.
10-08 San Francisco, CA - Bimbo’s
10-09 Los Angeles, CA - El Rey
10-16 Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
10-17 Washington, DC - Hirshhorn Museum
10-19 New York, NY - Webster Hall
10-29 Bristol, England - Colston Hall
10-30 Leeds, England - Belgrave Music Hall
10-31 Glasgow, Scotland - Stereo
11-01 Manchester, England - Manchester Cathedral
11-04 Paris, France - Badaboum
11-05 Strasbourg, France - La Laiterie
11-06 St Gallen, Switzerland - Palace
11-07 Geneva, Switzerland - l’Usine
11-08 Reims, France - La Cartonnerie
11-10 Köln, Germany - Gebäude 9
11-11 Berlin, Germany - Berghain
11-12 Hamburg, Germany - Uebel and Gefährlich
11-13 Frankfurt, Germany - Zoom
11-14 Brussels, Belgium - La Nuit Botanique
11-15 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg
11-18 London, England - KOK
Watch Zola Jesus on Pitchfork.tv's "+1":
Jay Z, Kanye West, and Frank Ocean have been hit with a $3 million lawsuit in relation to their excellent 2011 album Watch the Throne. New York musician Joel McDonald claims that the rappers' "Made in America" (which features Ocean on the hook) lifts from a song he penned in 2009 of the same name, as XXL reports.
This isn't the first time the superstars have headed to court over their collaborative blockbuster. In 2011, soul singer Syl Johnson, sued the duo for use of a sample of one of his songs, "Different Strokes" without proper clearance in their track "The Joy". That case was later settled. More recently, Jay- Z was sued for $600 million in damages over his applications for the Brooklyn Nets' trademark.
Below, stream the rappers' "Made in America", along with McDonald's song of the same name.
Jay-Z and Kanye West (ft. Frank Ocean) - "Made in America":
Joel McDonald - "Made in America":
Broken Bells have shared the video from "Control", from this year's After the Disco. As James Mercer and Danger Mouse play against a drab backdrop, we're taken through a brief history of space travel and alien encounters through archival footage. Watch it below, via DIY.