Handwritten lyrics to an unpublished Bob Dylan song from 1961 will be auctioned off this week, Rolling Stone reports. The song, which is about Wisconsin, will be sold on March 30. Bidding will open at $30,000. According to the report, Dylan wrote the song when he was 20 just after he’d moved to New York City and signed with Columbia Records. It followed an unfruitful period working around Madison in 1960 after Dylan dropped out of the University of Minnesota. Dylan reportedly gave the lyric sheet to his former roommate Peter Crago. The winning bid comes with a certificate of authenticity. Earlier today, it was reported that Dylan will finally accept his Nobel Prize for Literature with the condition that he can deliver a taped Nobel lecture.
Read Pitchfork’s Sunday Review of Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks and “Op-Ed: The World Does Not Need Bob Dylan, Nobel Prize Winner in Literature” on the Pitch.
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Kirin J Callinan has shared a silly new mockumentary called “Off the Record.” The “Behind the Music”-style clip features several big name guests, including Mac DeMarco, Jack Black, Mark Ronson, Tame Impala’s Jay Watson, Weyes Blood, Ladyhawke, and Sebastien Teller. They all humorously reflect on Callinan’s career and influence. Along the way, Callinan dances on a beach and DeMarco gets wistful to the point of tears. Watch it all go down below. Callinan’s debut album Embracism came out in 2013.
DIIV have announced plans to head out on a brief North American tour this spring. In May, they will play four dates in California, following a stop at Mission Creek Festival in Iowa. See their itinerary below. These dates mark DIIV’s first shows since Zachary Cole Smith checked himself into “long-haul inpatient treatment” last month. “The DIIV is playing some shows,” they wrote on Instagram, adding, “Same clothes, new outlook on life. #soberville.” The band’s most recent album, Is The Is Are, was released last year.
Read Pitchfork’s 2016 feature on DIIV.
04-07 Iowa City, IA - Mission Creek Festival
05-16 San Francisco, CA - The Mezzanine
05-18 San Diego, CA - Music Box
05-19 Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
05-21 Los Angeles, CA - The Regent
YES... the DIIV is playing some shows. See below for the logistical information you seek. Same clothes, new outlook on life. #soberville #day33 Tue-May-16 - San Francisco. CA - The Mezzanine Thu-May-18 -San Diego, CA - Music Box Fri-May-19 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory Sun-May-21 - Los Angeles, CA -The Regent Fri-Apr-07 - Iowa City, IA - Mission Creek Music Festival - Englert Theater
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Watch DIIV perform “Mire (Grant’s Song)” on Pitchfork.tv:
Before it appeared at the end of last year’s A Moon Shaped Pool, Radiohead’s “True Love Waits” was a rarity—attempted in the studio, and released officially only on their 2001 live album I Might Be Wrong. The band’s longtime producer Nigel Godrich has now shared production notes from an early attempt at recording the song, which he dates back to the OK Computer era (almost 20 years before the song’s official studio release). Along with a sheet of paper featuring some of the song’s lyrics, Godrich tweeted, “A page from my notebook from recording OKC... old school pre computer editing.... this song didn’t make it anyway ;).” See his post below.
Check out Pitchfork’s new coverage of OK Computer for its 20th anniversary.
A page from my notebook from recording OKC... old school pre computer editing.... this song didn't make it anyway ;) pic.twitter.com/ViaSKD49jR— nigel godrich (@nigelgod) March 29, 2017
Watch Pitchfork.tv’s episode of “Liner Notes” on OK Computer:
Warpaint have announced new 2017 tour dates. After a busy schedule last year supporting their 2016 LP Heads Up (via Rough Trade Records), the group will be heading out on the road to perform at a series of festivals this year, including Coachella, Governors Ball, Bonnaroo, and Hangout Fest. Besides those appearances, Warpaint will also play a series of dates throughout June and July. See the full list below.
04-15 Indio, CA – Coachella
04-22 Indio, CA – Coachella
05-14 Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees Festival
05-15 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
05-16 Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
05-18 Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls Theater
05-19 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
05-20 Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater (Q101 Piqniq)
05-21 Gulf Shores, AL – Hangout Fest
06-02 New York, NY – Governors Ball
06-05 Providence, RI – Fete Music Hall
06-07 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
06-08 Cincinnati, OH – 20th Century Theater
06-10 Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
06-25 Ewijk, Netherlands – Down the Rabbit Hole Festival
06-28 Roskilde, Denmark – Roskilde Festival
07-01 Vilanova I La Geltru, Spain – Vida Festival
07-06 Madrid, Spain – Mad Cool
07-07 Algés, Portugal – NOS Alive
07-12 Zagreb, Croatia – Culture Factory
07-14 Kassel, Germany – Kulturzelt
07-15 Grafenhainichen, Germany – Melt Festival
Gorillaz have announced their first North American show in seven years, as Consequence of Sound points out. The Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett-created band will perform at Festival d'été de Québec (Quebec City Summer Festival) on Saturday, July 15 at 9:30 p.m. Eastern. The show takes place a month after the Gorillaz’s inaugural Demon Dayz festival, which happens in Marsgate, England on June 10. Last week, Gorillaz performed their new album Humanz at a London show. Joining them were album guests including Noel Gallagher, Danny Brown, Jehnny Beth, Pusha T, Kelela, and others. The new record is out April 28 via Parlophone.
Watch Gorillaz’s video for their new song with Popcaan:
Maryland rapper Logic has announced his third studio album. The follow-up to 2015’s The Incredible True Story is no longer called Africaryan, which Logic had previously revealed as the working title. The record is now called Everybody, and it’s due out May 5. Below, watch the Andy Hines-directed trailer for the album, which includes a preview of the cover artwork (by Sam Spratt). Last year, Logic released the Bobby Tarantino mixtape. He also toured with YG, G-Eazy, and Yo Gotti.
Alt-J have released “In Cold Blood,” the second song off their forthcoming third album Relaxer. Listen to it below. The band premiered their latest on MistaJam’s BBC Radio 1 show today. Alt-J shared one previous song, “3WW,” off the new record, which drops later this year on June 2 (via Canvasback Music). The album has been moved up from its previously announced June 9 release date. It’s their first since This Is All Yours was released in 2014. Alt-J will be heading out on tour beginning this summer.
It's time reveal a second (and the second) track from RELAXER - 'In Cold Blood'. It's a song we began writing in our Leeds days and finished last year in London. The brass was recorded at Abbey Road; the keyboards were done on a Casiotone that cost £1.05 on eBay; and no-one is quite sure where the key change came from. We hope you enjoy it. (link in bio) We’ve also decided to release the album a week earlier on June 2nd.
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The Library of Congress has announced the latest inductees into the National Recording Registry, which archives “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” works that are at least 10 years old. Among the 25 new additions to the collection are David Bowie’s 1972 record The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Talking Heads’ 1980 Remain in Light, and N.W.A.’s 1988 debut Straight Outta Compton. Other entires in the 2016 National Recording Registry include an 1888 recording of Civil War Col. George Gouraud (captured on a Thomas Edison phonograph), Judy Garland’s “Over the Rainbow,” Don MacLean’s “American Pie,” the first broadcast of NPR’s “All Things Considered” (1971), and Eagles’ Their Greatest Hits (1971–1975). See the full list here.
In 2015, the Library of Congress archived Radiohead’s OK Computer in the National Recording Registry. Last year, Metallica’s Master of Puppets, Billy Joel’s “Piano Man,” John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme, and more were included in the Registry.
Pitchfork is throwing a release party for our new list of the 50 Best Britpop Albums. Presented by This Is Britain and hosted by Pitchfork Radio’s Elia Einhorn, the party will take place on Friday, March 31 at Brooklyn Bazaar’s Cellar Lounge from 8:00pm to 2:00am. It will feature DJ sets by LCD Soundsystem and Interference Pattern’s Tyler Pope, Japanese Breakfast, Pitchfork editors Stacey Anderson and Jillian Mapes, and Elia Einhorn. The event is free and all ages. (Those under 17 should be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.) All proceeds will be donated to Calton Athletic Recovery Group, a Scottish organization helping fight drug and alcohol addiction. (Members of the group have cameos in Trainspotting and T2: Trainspotting.) RSVP via the Facebook event here, and please, enjoy the list.
The producers of “Serial” and “This American Life” have a new true crime podcast called “S-Town” that launched yesterday. Set in Woodstock, Alabama, “S-Town” (aka “Shittown”) investigates local resident John B. McLemore's claims that a member of a well-to-do local family got away with murder. Nick Thorburn (Islands/The Unicorns) composed “Serial”’s score, and “S-Town” also features original music, as Stereogum points out. Electronic artist and producer Helado Negro, “This American Life” contributing music producer and drummer for Gym Class Heroes Matt McGinley, and composer and Spacebomb co-owner Trey Pollard (who has worked with Helado Negro, Matthew E. White, Foxygen, and the Waterboys) soundtrack the podcast’s seven episodes. Composer Daniel Hart (who has collaborated with St. Vincent, the Polyphonic Spree, and Broken Social Scene) not only wrote the podcast’s theme, but released an entire album of music for the series. The Zombies’ “A Rose for Emily,” off their 1968 LP Odessey and Oracle, ends each episode. The song retells William Faulkner’s Southern gothic short story of the same name.
All “S-Town” episodes are now available to stream.
Explosions in the Sky have shared a stop-motion video for “The Ecstatics,” from The Wilderness. The Hayley Morris-directed clip features a series of crafted objects and rippling graphics that morph between human and natural forms. Watch it below. The band also expanded their tour—check out the dates below.
Explosions in the Sky:
04-06 San Antonio, TX - Paper Tiger
04-07 Baton Rouge, LA - Varsity Theatre
04-08 Mobile, AL - Soul Kitchen
04-09 Birmingham, AL - Iron City
04-10 Tallahassee, FL - The Moon
04-12 St. Petersburg, FL - Jannus Live
04-13 Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre
04-14 Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre
04-15 Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
04-16 Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
04-18 Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live
04-19 Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live
04-20 New Haven, CT - College Street Music Hall
04-21 Providence, RI - Lupo's
04-22 Port Chester, NY - Capitol Theatre
04-23 Toronto, Ontario - Rebel
04-25 Cincinnati, OH - Bogart’s
04-26 Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
04-27 Grand Rapids, MI - Covenant Fine Arts Center
04-28 St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
04-29 Oklahoma City, OK - Criterion Theater
Watch Explosions in the Sky perform at Pitchfork Music Festival 2016:
Lana Del Rey has announced a new record, the follow-up to 2015’s Honeymoon. It’s called Lust for Life and it’s “coming soon,” according to her Facebook announcement. Below, watch her amazing black-and-white trailer for the record; scroll down for the transcript. Upon the release of her single “Love,” Lana said, “I made my first 4 albums for me, but this one is for my fans and about where I hope we are all headed.” In a subsequent interview, she explained that she’d been writing for the last 15 months, and “started out thinking that the whole record was going to have sort of a, like, a ’50s, ’60s feeling, with some kind of Shangri-La, early Joan Baez influences.” Ultimately, “as the climate kept on getting more heated politically,” she said, “it’s just a little more socially aware. That’s kind of a global feeling.” Recently, an ASCAP listing revealed a new Lana collaboration with the Weeknd, also called “Lust for Life.”
Read “Deafheaven, Lana Del Rey, and California Malaise” on the Pitch.
Lana Del Rey:
You know, in this town, an artist really needs a lot of space when they’re trying to create something special. A place to cultivate a world of their own, far away from the real world that’s around them. Luckily for me, I live right inside the middle of the “H” of the Hollywood sign. And this is how I spend most of my nights: perched high above the chaos that swirls within the city of angels below.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love to dip my toe into the muck and the mires of the city every now and then. Especially on Tuesdays. But truthfully, when I’m in the middle of making a record, especially now when the world is in the middle of such a tumultuous period, I find I really need to take the space for myself far away from real life, to consider what my contribution to the world should be in these dark times.
So each morning, I have the luxury of asking myself, “What shall I cook up for the kids today? Something with a little spice? Something with a little bitterness but is ultimately sweet? Or shall I take the day off and turn down the fire, and just take a moment to send my love to them over the ether?” Because sometimes, just being pure of heart and having good intentions and letting them be known is the most worthy contribution an artist can make.
So, even though these times can feel a little bit crazy, they’re not so very different from what other generations have experienced at one time or another before. Amidst all the uncertainty, and as we transition out of one era into another one, there’s no place I’d rather be than smack-dab in the middle of “Holly-weird” making this record for you. Because you, and the music, and this place, are my love, my life, my lust for life.
Watch Lana Del Rey’s “Love” video.
Gucci Mane and Nicki Minaj’s collaborative single “Make Love” has a new music video. It’s directed by Eif Rivera. In the clip, Nicki raps her verse while sitting on an inflatable unicorn. Watch it below. Earlier this month, Nicki released a trio of new songs: “No Frauds,” “Regret in Your Tears,” and “Changed It.” She also featured on David Guetta’s new track, and appeared in Jason Derulo’s “Swalla” video.
David Bowie’s former New York City apartment is up for sale, as Forbes points out. Bowie and his wife Iman reportedly lived there from 1992 to 2002. It faces Manhattan’s Central Park and is up for $6.45 million, according to the Corcoran Real Estate listing. The apartment also comes with Bowie’s Yamaha piano, which has stayed in the living room since he and Iman left the space. Find photos of the apartment here.
Since his passing last year, Bowie has been remembered with stamps, watches, reissues, a documentary, emojis, and more. This past November, his personal art collection was auctioned off. Last summer, locks of his hair were sold at auction.
Read “Three Months of Privately Mourning David Bowie in Public” on the Pitch.
Jazz saxophonist Arthur Blythe has died, according to WBGO and his Facebook. He was 76 years old. In recent years, Blythe reportedly struggled with Parkinson’s disease. Blythe was born in Los Angeles. Occasionally credited as “Black Arthur Blythe,” his first recording was on the Horace Tapscott Quintet’s 1969 album The Giant Is Awakened. The avant-garde alto saxophonist began a long recording career as a bandleader starting with 1977’s The Grip. In 1979, he signed to Columbia and released two albums that same year: In the Tradition and Lenox Avenue Breakdown. In the Tradition inspired an Amiri Baraka poem of the same name, while Lenox Avenue Breakdown was praised by The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings as “one of the masterpieces of modern jazz.” Blythe also recorded with Gil Evans, Steve Reid, McCoy Tyner, Mose Allison, and others. His last album was 2003’s Exhale.
Bob Dylan has finally arranged to accept his Nobel Prize for Literature, which he was awarded back in October, the BBC reports. This weekend he’ll meet the academy in Stockholm, where he’s playing shows. Sometime before the June deadline, he is then expected to send a taped Nobel lecture, rather than delivering it in person. (The lecture is a condition of the 8 million kroner, or $900,000, prize money.) In a blog entry, which you can read excerpted below, the academy’s permanent secretary, Professor Sara Danius, explained that Dylan requested no media attend the handover.
Prof. Sara Danius wrote this morning:
The good news is that the Swedish Academy and Bob Dylan have decided to meet this weekend. The Academy will then hand over Dylan’s Nobel diploma and the Nobel medal, and congratulate him on the Nobel Prize in Literature. The setting will be small and intimate, and no media will be present; only Bob Dylan and members of the Academy will attend, all according to Dylan’s wishes.
In December, Dylan did not attend the 2016 Nobel Prize Award Ceremony; instead he provided a speech, which was delivered by the U.S.’s ambassador to Sweden, Azita Raji. Dylan was also honored by a performance from Patti Smith.
Watch Pitchfork’s “Liner Notes” video on Dylan’s classic Blood on the Tracks:
The 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremony added a handful of guests this morning. Pharrell will induct Nile Rodgers, while new performers include Lenny Kravitz (with a tribute performance to Prince), Alicia Keys, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Indigo Girls. Also announced today: Dhani Harrison and Pat Monahan will induct ELO and Journey respectively. The new announcements join a lineup that includes Snoop Dogg inducting Tupac, Neil Young inducting Pearl Jam, Jackson Browne inducting Joan Baez, and more.
This year’s list of Rock Hall nominees included Chic, Depeche Mode, Janet Jackson, Bad Brains, Kraftwerk, Jane’s Addiction, MC5, Chaka Khan, the Zombies, and the Cars. While Chic were not inducted this year, Nile Rodgers has been given the Award for Musical Excellence. The ceremony, held at Brooklyn’s Barclay Center, airs April 29 on HBO, at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific.
Revisit Pitchfork’s rundown of the 10 Best Songs of the ’80s: