Kanye Says He'll Tour in September, Is "Deeply, Deeply, Deeply Apologetic" for Saying He Could Own Wiz Khalifa's Child
This morning, Kanye West called into "The Steve Harvey Morning Show," as TeamKanyeDaily points out. On the phone, he announced his intentions to tour behind his new album The Life of Pablo. He said, "Oh, you know my tour game is strong. My tour game is unprecedented," and "So we gone go out in September, I believe, and we're just working on some of the ideas right now. But as I said before, it's like, I'm trying to literally inspire these kids the way Disney inspired me, the way, you know, when I saw the original Star Wars." In April, West suggested he'll hit the road soon when he tweeted "I'm working on the tour designs now…" At the time, a couple of possible U.S. tour dates appeared. In a since-deleted tweet, JAM'N 107.5 in Portland announced that West will be performing at the MODA Center in Portland on July 8. DJ Ryan Cameron of Atlanta's V103 also revealed that he'll play Atlanta's Phillips Arena on August 5. Kanye West will play New York's Governors Ball in June.
Also during the interview, West spoke about the making of Pablo opener "Ultralight Beam," which he said "was all coming together a week-and-a-half before the album." In addition, he explained he's "merely a vessel" for it:
Man, I mean, we were just blessed to be in the room at the right time when the ultralight beam, it just came through us. I can't explain that song in notes. I can't explain it in rhythm. I can't explain it in drumbeats. I can only explain that feeling. There was a young lady at the studio that pulled up the Instagram with the little girl on it saying "We don't want no devils in the house!" Like, literally, this was all coming together a week-and-a-half before the album to the point where we had to make it the first song on the album and when we did that show at Madison Square Garden–the presentation, which sold out in 10 minutes, 16,000 people coming to a fashion show–we took the thousand people that were covered and when Kirk's choir opened up at the end and we exposed those thousand people, I mean, people just, I think that was a little moment of possibility that I was able to express for the eight times that I've met with Walt Disney and said, "Look, man, I ain't got no more money at this point. I done shot films. I've done fashion. Could you just help me put together a production company that I can, like, make some more dope stuff for the world?"
Later, he apologized for tweeting to Wiz Khalifa, "I own your child!!!!" in January. He said: "I've talked to Wiz. I mean, Amber's talked to Kim, but I really wanna really stress the amount of respect that I have for parents and that there is no concept of anyone–anyone–being able to own someone else's child or that type of concept, so everyday I actually feel more deeply, deeply, deeply apologetic about that concept because I only want to put out positive, positive, positive concepts."
Listen to the full interview, as well as "Ultralight Beam" below. Also check out the Instagram video he sampled for the song. Read "Kanye West Is Still Changing The Life of Pablo. Does It Matter?" on the Pitch.
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Radiohead just released the video for their new song "Burn the Witch," a "Trumpton"-meets-The Wicker Man stop-motion horror story. Now, Stanley Donwood (the artist behind Radiohead's artwork since 1994) has shared some behind-the-scenes photos from the shoot. See them and watch the "Burn the Witch" video below.
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Radiohead have released a stop-motion video for "Burn the Witch," the lead single from their forthcoming ninth studio album. The video follows a series of teasers the band posted on Instagram following the gradual disappearance of the band's website and social media. (It also comes not long after Radiohead sent mysterious "Burn the Witch" flyers to fans.) Watch it below, and find the single artwork. "Burn the Witch" will be available for sale at "00:01 on May 4," according to a press release. The video was directed by Chris Hopewell, and produced by Jacknife. In it, the villagers of a small town accuse its citizens of committing various sins. At the end, a giant wooden statue is revealed—just like The Wicker Man—before it's lit aflame. The animation appears to be based on the British children's TV show "Trumpton." Find some screenshots below. Update (12:25 p.m.): "Burn the Witch" is available to stream now on Spotify and Tidal.
"Burn the Witch" is Radiohead's first new song to be released since last Christmas, when the band shared their unused submission for the James Bond soundtrack, "Spectre." The song has been teased for more than a decade. According to an interview conducted with Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, the song was worked on during the sessions for Kid A, Hail to the Thief, and In Rainbows. The phrase "burn the witch" appeared in a piece of Stanley Donwood artwork included in the booklet to 2003's Hail to the Thief, and was mentioned by Thom Yorke in a 2005 blog post on Radiohead's site. In 2005, the song's title was also seen on a blackboard of potential songs to be performed during their upcoming tour. It was then briefly teased during a 2006 and a 2008 show.
Radiohead has also changed its Twitter profile photo to a new piece of artwork. Find that here, and below.
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Read "19 Unreleased Radiohead Songs That Could Be on Their Next Album" on the Pitch.
05-20-21 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Heineken Music Hall
05-23-24 Paris, France - Le Zénith
05-26-28 London, England - Roundhouse
06-01 Lyon, France - Les Nuits Des Fourvieres
06-03 Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound Festival
06-17 Reyjkavik, Iceland - Secret Solstice
07-02 St. Gallen, Switzerland - Openair St. Gallen
07-08 Lisbon, Portugal - Nos Alive Festival
07-26-27 New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
07-29 Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
07-31 Montreal, Québec - Osheaga Music and Arts Festival
08-04 Los Angeles, LA - Shrine Auditorium
08-06 Golden Gate Park, CA - Outside Lands
08-08 Los Angeles, LA - Shrine Auditorium
08-20 Osaka, Japan - Summersonic Festival
08-21 Tokyo, Japan - Summersonic Festival
09-11 Berlin, Germany - Lollapalooza
10-03-04 Mexico City, Mexico - Palacio de los Deportes
Amason's Cover of Foreigner's "I Want to Know What Love Is" Soundtracks a Surreal Yeti Search: Watch
Amason are a Stockholm-based group featuring members of Miike Snow, Dungen, Little Majorette, Hajen, and Idiot Wind. On their new EP California Airport Love, they cover the Foreigner ballad "I Want to Know What Love Is." The video, directed by Filip Nilsson, follows a man's international quest to find the yeti. Nilsson said hearing the band's live cover of the song made him think about his friend Erick, who stars in the video. He wrote in a statement:
As I’m already blessed to live with a person who shows me love, I shortly after the concert called Erick to ask how he was, and if he wanted to tell me more about his solitude? During this call, that went on all night, I came across a study that said that the Yeti (in some civilizations called Bigfoot) is the most loving creature around. Erick could instantly see why, just like him he thought, the Yeti was misunderstood in all its attempts to intimacy. So we decided there and then, me still high on emotions from the tone, to let everything else be and find the Yeti. We travelled for six months and the search took us to Brazil, Sweden and Switzerland. The video shows pieces of the quest, and what other music to complement it, then the tune that started it all?
Caveman's new album Otero War is out June 17 via Cinematic Music Group. Today, they've shared the new music video for the album track "Never Going Back." The video was directed by Steven Sebring, the acclaimed fashion photographer who also directed the Patti Smith documentary Dream of Life. The visual is a psychedelic collage. Watch it below, and check out the band's upcoming tour dates with Frightened Rabbit.
05-02 Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall *
05-03 Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall *
05-05 New York, NY - Terminal 5 *
05-06 Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory *
05-07 New Haven, CT - College Street Music Hall *
05-08 Washington, D. C. - 930 Club *
05-09 Boston, MA - House of Blues *
05-12 Saxapahaw, NC - Haw River Ballroom *
05-13 Knoxville, TN - The International *
05-15 Atlanta, GA - Shaky Knees Music Festival *
05-17 San Antonio, TX - Paper Tiger *
05-20 Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom *
05-21 Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern *
05-24 Los Angeles, CA - The Fonda Theatre *
05-26 San Francisco, CA - The Regency Ballroom *
05-27 Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades *
05-31 Chicago, IL - Virgin Hotel *
06-01 Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe *
07-15 Louisville, KY - Forecastle
07-23 New York, NY - Panorama Music and Arts Festival
* with Frightened Rabbit
Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Roger Waters, the Who Announce Desert Trip Mega-Concert
Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Roger Waters, and the Who have announced Desert Trip, a mega-concert that will be staged at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif., the same site as Coachella. (Previously, everyone but Young teased the concert.) The concert will take place October 7-9, and will mark the first time all six artists have shared the same bill. The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan will play on October 7, Paul McCartney and Neil Young will play on October 8, and Roger Waters and the Who will play on October 9. Below, find the poster and an announcement video.
Parquet Courts have expanded their tour in support of their excellent new LP Human Performance. They've added several dates in August and October, which you can see below, along with their full tour schedule.
05-11 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer ^
05-12 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club ^
05-13 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle ^
05-14 Atlanta, GA - The Earl #^
05-15 Atlanta, GA - Shaky Knees Festival
05-16 Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
05-17 Asheville, NC - The Mothlight ^
05-18 Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater ^
05-20 New York, NY - Webster Hall ^
06-04 Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound Festival
06-05 Nimes, France - This Is Not A Love Song Festival
06-07 Bilbao, Spain - Kafe Antzokia
06-09 Porto, Portugal - Primavera Sound Porto
06-12 London, England - Field Day
06-14 Bristol, England - Trinity
06-15 Liverpool, England - New Kazimier
06-16 Edinburgh, England - La Belle Angele
06-17 Leeds, England - Irish Centre
06-18 Manchester, England - Gorilla
06-21 Antwerp, Belgium - Trix Club
06-23 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso Noord
06-27 Paris, France - Gaite Lyrique
08-18 Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
08-19 San Diego, CA - Irenic
08-20 Los Angeles, CA - The Regent
08-22 San Francisco, CA - The Regency Ballroom
08-26 Seattle WA - The Showbox
08-27 Vancouver, British Columbia - Vogue Theater
08-24 Portland, OR - MFNW Project Pabst Festival
10-10 Manchester, England - Academy 2
10-12 Brighton, England - Old Market
10-15 Groningen, Netherlands - Vera
10-17 Cologne, Germany - Gebaude 9
10-18 Berlin, Germany - SO 36
10-19 Prague, Czech Republic - MeetFactory
10-20 Munich, Germany - Storm
10-23 Milan, Italy - Bko
10-25 Zurich, Switzerland - Rote Fabrik
10-26 Strasbourg, France - La Laitiere
* with Soda
^ with B Boys
# with Priests
Watch the band's "Berlin Got Blurry" video:
Watch Parquet Courts on Pitchfork.tv's "Over/Under":
The Weeknd performed at the Met Gala ball last night. For the remix of 2015's Beauty Behind the Madness single "Tell Your Friends," he brought out a special guest: Nas. Watch it happen below, via Apple Music.
Read Pitchfork's interview with the Weeknd.
Afeni Shakur, the political activist, philanthropist, former Black Panther, and mother of late rapper Tupac, died last night in California, TMZ reports. After reports of a possible cardiac arrest at her home in Sausalito, she was transported to the hospital. She passed away at the hospital, according to the Marin County Sheriff. She was 69 years old.
Born Alice Faye Williams in 1947, Afeni Shakur changed her name in in the '60s after moving to New York, where she joined the Black Panthers. After being cleared of multiple criminal charges, she gave birth to Tupac in 1971. Following Tupac's death in 1996, she became the head of his estate and founded the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation, which provides art programs for young people. In 2014, Shakur co-produced Broadway musical Holler If Ya Hear Me starring Saul Williams. She also greenlit the forthcoming Tupac biopic, All Eyez on Me, in which she will be played by Danai Gurira.
Listen to Tupac's tribute song "Dear Mama," which samples her voice:
Mitski's Puberty 2, the follow-up to her 2014 album Bury Me at Makeout Creek, is out June 17 on Dead Oceans. After sharing "Your Best American Girl," she's back with another new track from the album called "Happy." Check it out below.
Here's the video for "Your Best American Girl":
Deerhunter were the musical guests on last night's episode of "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert." Bradford Cox and the band performed their Fading Frontier single "Living My Life" in front of screens that displayed TV static and lava lamp visuals.
Read Pitchfork's interview with Bradford Cox.
Watch Deerhunter perform "Nothing Ever Happened" at the 2011 Pitchfork Music Festival:
Over the weekend, Radiohead disappeared from the internet—their social media profile pictures went all white and all their posts were deleted. Their website gradually increased in opacity until it went away completely. Now that they've wiped their digital slate clean, they've shared their first missive—a brief teaser video on their new Instagram account. It's a looping animated video of a bird chirping. Update (5/3, 2:06 a.m. ET): Radiohead fans on social media and Reddit have reported that the bird video intermittently appears on the band's website. Find a screenshot of what it looks like on Dead Air Space below. Watch the clip below. Update (5/3 7:01 a.m.): They've shared a second teaser, accompanied by some music, via Instagram and their website. This one features a woman tied to a tree while men in masks perform a ritual—which adds up with the "Burn the Witch" postcards that UK fans received over the weekend. Scroll down to check it out.
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Of course the visual isn't much at the moment, but it's another bit of movement from Radiohead after they scrubbed their digital footprint and apparently sent cryptic notes to fans in the UK.
In January, fans speculated that an album was imminent when it was revealed that the group had registered a new company, Dawn Chorus LLP, and established another entity called Dawnnchoruss Ltd. in February. The band also established companies before the surprise releases of In Rainbows and The King of Limbs. Radiohead will begin touring this month.