Los Angeles producer RL Grime has teamed up with How to Dress Well for a new track, "Reminder". It was debuted this afternoon on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show. You can listen to it here; the song begins around the 43 minute mark.
"Reminder" comes from RL Grime's debut album, Void, which is out in November via WeDidIt. Below, watch a trailer for the album.
Dntel, aka the Postal Service's Jimmy Tamborello, is back with Human Voice, the follow-up to 2012's Aimlessness. It arrives September 23 via Leaving Records/Stones Throw. Right now, you can listen to the album in full until September 23 via Pitchfork Advance, our immersive music streaming platform designed to emulate the classic album experience. Listen here.
The Aislers Set were a 90s indie pop band started by Amy Linton after her band Henry's Dress broke up. They made three albums together before parting ways in 2004. Their first and second albums, 1998's Terrible Things Happen and 2000's The Last Match, are both out September 23 via Slumberland and Suicide Squeeze. Give both Advance listens until September 23. (Their third album, 2003's How I Learned to Write Backwards, is being reissued on October 14.)
Whirr, the Philadelphia/Bay Area outfit featuring Nick Bassett (formerly of Deafheaven) have a new album out next week via Graveface. Sway was recorded at Oakland’s Atomic Garden with Sunbather producer Jack Shirley, and can be streamed here until its September 23 release date.
Foxes in Fiction (aka songwriter Warren Hildebrand) will release his latest LP, Ontario Gothic, next week via Orchid Tapes. It's the follow-up to 2010's Swung From the Branches, and features Owen Pallett on more than half of the album, including the previously-shared cut "Shadow's Song" and the title track. Give it in Advance listen until its September 23 release date here.
L.A. duo Youth Code follow last year's self-titled album with new EP A Place to Stand, out September 23 via Dais. It features the excellent opening track "Consuming Guilt" plus remixes from clipping., Corrections House's Sanford Parker, God Module, and Silent Servant. Listen here until September 23.
Baton Rouge producer James Prudhomme, aka Suicideyear, will release Remembrance on September 23 via Oneohtrix Point Never's Daniel Lopatin's Software label. Give it an Advance spin here until September 23.
Also this week, Pitchfork Advance is streaming the new self-titled album from Mr Twin Sister (formerly Twin Sister).
For an upcoming benefit compilation, the HIV/AIDS awareness organization Red Hot has commissioned artists from across the spectrum to cover cult icon Arthur Russell. Following covers by Robyn, Hot Chip, and Sufjan Stevens, today Red Hot has shared the opening track, by José González. He covered "This Is How We Walk on the Moon", which appeared on 1994's posthumous Another Thought. Listen below via T magazine.
In the liner notes, González elaborated on his contribution (via T): "It was one of those songs that I’d heard but didn’t pay that much attention to before, but once I started listening with the cover in mind it really grew on me. I began to hear the potential in the simplicity."
Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell is out October 21 and also features Blood Orange, Cults, Phosphorescent, Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry, Scissor Sisters, Neon Indian's Alan Palomo under his VEGA INTL moniker, and more.
Jack White's Third Man and John Fahey's Revenant to Release <i>The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume Two (1928-1932)</i>
Last year, Jack White's Third Man Records teamed with the late John Fahey's Revenant Records to release The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-1932). Housed in an oak cabinet, the expensive object was an elaborate and comprehensive history lesson about the Paramount label, a Wisconsin company that issued early jazz and blues records. Now, Third Man and Revenant have teamed up for another volume, which comes housed in another impressive package.
Out November 18, Volume Two chronicles the period between 1928 and 1932, during which the Mississippi Delta blues genre was born. It features music by Skip James, Charley Patton, Son House, the Mississippi Sheiks, Tommy Johnson, Geeshie Wiley, Willie Brown, King Solomon Hill, and more spread over six LPs and a "sculpted metal" USB drive. In all, it contains 800 tracks from 175 artists. The box also contains a hardcover book about the label's history and a softcover book of artist biographies and a Paramount discography.
It's all housed in a polished aluminum and stainless steel cabinet modeled to look like an art deco-style phonograph from the 1930s.
Here's a trailer for the first volume:
This summer, Pitchfork launched Nightcap, a series of late night shows across the United States. On August 16, Nightcap headed to Portland, Oregon for a show at Doug Fir Lounge featuring Future Islands and the Operators. It was an official aftershow for MusicFestNW.
On October 4, Pitchfork Nightcap will host Cults and Radioactivity at Holy Mountin in Austin. On November 1, the series wraps up with Thundercat and Peanut Butter Wolf at One-Eyed Jack's in New Orleans.
Pitchfork Nightcap is sponsored by Jim Beam Bourbon.
Future Brown (Fatima Al Qadiri, Nguzunguzu, J-Cush) Share "Wanna Party" Remix Featuring Tink, 3D Na’Tee, Sign to Warp
Photo by Christelle De Castro
Future Brown—the project of artist and composer Fatima Al Qadiri, Asma Maroof and Daniel Pineda of Nguzunguzu, and J-Cush of Lit City Trax—have signed to Warp. They've also announced a new 12" and shared a remix of their track "Wanna Party" featuring Tink and New Orleans rapper 3D Na’Tee.
The 12" is out November 4. It includes the track "World's Mine", which features Prince Rapid, Dirty Danger, and Roachee.
10-24 Bergen, Norway - Ekko Fest
11-07 Turin, Italy - Club 2 Club
12-04 Miami, FL - PAMM Presents (Art Basel)
Watch Future Brown perform at a FORMS event at MoMA PS1:
Photo by Erez Avissar
Frank Ocean is still working on the follow up to 2012's Channel Orange, but a few new details have emerged. Ocean is in the studio with Hit-Boy ("Niggas in Paris", Drake, Nicki Minaj) and Rodney Jerkins (Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Destiny's Child), according to Billboard, as well as Happy Perez, Charlie Gambetta, and Kevin Ristro, who Ocean has worked with before.
Angel Olsen Announces <i>Burn Your Fire for No Witness</i> Deluxe Edition, Shares "All Right Now", "High & Wild" Video
Photo by Kelly Giarrocco
Angel Olsen: "All Right Now" on SoundCloud.
On November 18, Jagjaguwar will release a digital deluxe edition of Angel Olsen's great LP Burn Your Fire for No Witness. It features five bonus tracks including that one up there, "All Right Now". She's also shared a new self-directed video for "High & Wild" and announced a new string of tour dates. Check out both below.
Read our interview with Olsen about the making of the album.
Burn Your Fire for No Witness:
04 White Fire
05 High & Wild
06 Lights Out
09 Dance Slow Decades
12 White Water (Bonus)
13 All Right Now (Bonus)
14 Only With You (Bonus)
15 May As Well (Bonus)
16 Endless Road (Bonus)
09-16 Stockholm, Sweden - Kagelbanan *
09-17 Copenhagen, Denmark Lille Vega *
09-18 Hamburg, Germany - Reeperbahnfestival
09-19 Tilburg, Netherlands - Incubate Festival
09-20 Utrecht, Netherlands - Ekko *
09-22 Leeds, England - Brudenell Social Club *
09-23 Manchester, England - Deaf Institute * ^
09-24 Newcastle, England - The Cluny *
09-25 London, England - Electric Ballroom *
09-26 Rouen, France - Le 106 *
09-27 Bordeaux, France - Krakatoa *
09-29 Madrid, Spain - Charada
09-30 Barcelona, Spain - La 2
10-01 Lyon, France - L’Epicerie Moderne *
10-02 Milano, Italy - Biko *
10-03 Bologna, Italy - Covo *
10-04 Zurich, Switzerland - Exil *
10-06 Vienna, Austria - WUK *
10-07 Munich, Germany - Feierwerk *
10-08 Berlin, Germany - Bi Nuu *
10-09 Frankfurt, Germany - Brotfabrik
10-10 Brussels, Belgium - AB
10-11 Liege, Belgium - Les Heures In-D
10-31 Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder
11-01 Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits
11-02 Orlando, FL - The Social
11-04 New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
11-05 Houston, TX - Fitzgerald’s Upstairs
11-06 McAllen, TX - Cine El Rey
11-07-09 Austin, TX - Fun Fun Fun Fest
11-11 Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone Cafe
11-12 Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
11-29 Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall &
12-01 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall #
12-02 San Francisco, CA - The Chapel (Solo) !
12-03 Los Angeles, CA - Silent Movie Theatre (Solo)
12-04 Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre #
12-06 Brooklyn, NY - Roulette (Solo) %
12-08 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom &
12-09 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom &
* with Rodrigo Amarante
^ with Ryley Walker
# with Kevin Morby
! with Meg Baird
% with Jaye Bartell
& with Lionlimb
Watch Olsen perform "Forgiven/Forgotten" at Pitchfork Music Festival:
Former Girls frontman Christopher Owens has shared the video for "Never Wanna See That Look Again", from his forthcoming record A New Testament (out September 30 via Turnstile). The video was directed by frequent Owens collaborator Aaron Brown, and features Owens in a cowboy hat performing the song like an old Hollywood star. Watch it below, via Dazed Digital.
Read our Update with Christopher Owens.
Owens heads out on tour soon:
09-18 Los Angeles, CA - Ace Hotel Upstairs
09-23 New York, NY - Highline Ballroom
09-24 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
09-26 Washington, DC - Black Cat
09-27 Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live Downstairs
09-28 Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
09-30 Montreal, Quebec - Petit Campus
10-01 Toronto, Ontario - The Mod Club
10-03 Chicago, IL - Park West
10-04 St. Paul, MN - Turf Club
10-07 Seattle, WA - Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room
10-08 Vancouver, British Columbia - Biltmore Cabaret
10-09 Portland, OR - Star Theater
10-11 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
11-11 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso Noord, Tolhuistuin
11-12 Paris, France - Le Badaboum
11-13 Antwerp, Belgium - TRIX Centrum voor Muziek
11-15 Liverpool, England - Kazimier Gardens
11-16 Glasgow, Scotland - Stereo
11-17 Manchester, England - The Dead Institute
11-18 Bristol, England - Colston Hall 2, “The Lantern”
11-19 London, England - Islington Assembly Hall
Before James Mercer started the Shins, he was in a band called Flake Music. They formed in 1992 and released their only album, When You Land Here, It’s Time to Return, in 1997. Now, they've announced plans to reissue that album. (It was also reissued in 2002.) It's been remixed by Kennie Takahashi and remastered by J.J. Golden, and will be out November 25 in North America and November 24 in Europe on Mercer's label Aural Apothecary via Sub Pop. The album also features new art. Below, listen to the remastered version of "Spanway Hits".
Flake Music's lineup included Jesse Sandoval, Martin Crandall, Neal Langford, and Phil Higgs. Sandoval, Crandall, and Langford would later join Mercer as members of the Shins. (As you'll notice below, Flake Music had a song called "The Shins".)
When You Land Here, It's Time to Return:
01 Spanway Hits
02 Blast Valve
05 Candy Dish of Diamonds
08 On the Playground In The Wind
09 The Shins
10 Faded Polaroids
Holly Herndon has shared the video for "Home", her "definitive NSA break up anthem." The video was directed by the Dutch design studio Metahaven, and features Herndon singing as dozens of computer icons scroll past her. Watch it below.
"Home" follows Herndon's Chorus EP from earlier this year.
She also shared a statement about the song:
For my debut album Movement, I communicated an intimacy with my laptop. It is my instrument, memory, and window to most people that I love. It is my Home.
The ongoing NSA revelations have fundamentally changed this relationship. I entrusted so much in my device. To learn this intimacy had been compromised felt like a grand betrayal. Is everything done privately on my laptop to be considered a public performance?
In "Home", I address that invisible audience. It is a love song for prying eyes (an agent / a critic), and also a break up song with the devices with which I shared a naive relationship. There is something dramatic, teenage and vulnerable to this sensation – our relationships with these interconnected devices are still so young, so naive.
As a culture, we are in a process of accelerated, and reluctant, maturation. We are attempting to reconcile the great emotional power of these technologies knowing that the more we welcome them into our lives, the more power they have to destabilize and hurt us.
Metahaven said of the video:
The video for "Home" provides a visual counterpart to Holly’s uneasy relationship with the NSA agent. The NSA spying on our network may have been tacitly known from reports going back as far as 2002, but the aesthetics of this surveillance were not so known. Code names, acronyms, icons and graphics from a shadow world designed to never be publicly exposed.
For "Home," we created a data rain of these NSA symbols. The video sees Holly from two angles; one where she is facing the camera, singing, another where she is being photographed and appears as if under surveillance. This track grasps a balance between vulnerability and control.
Watch Holly Herndon discuss working with her laptop in an interview with Pitchfork.tv:
On February 15, 2013, it was reported that rapper Tim Dog, born Timothy Blair, had died following a struggle with diabetes and a seizure. But then, a woman claimed that he'd faked his own death to avoid paying off debts. An arrest warrant was issued, furthering suspicion that Blair was still alive.
Today, "Dateline NBC" shared their investigative report, which confirms that Blair died on February 14, 2013.
"Dateline" obtained his death certificate from the Dekalb County GA Board of Health, which revealed that Blair died while in the care of Hospice Atlanta.
Tim Dog, who was known best for his song "Fuck Compton", was busted in 2011 for a financial scheme in which he defrauded women he met on online dating sites. Esther Pilgrim was one of the victims; Blair had been required to pay her back at a rate of $100 per month. When the repayments stopped coming, Pilgrim began investigating his death.
Read the full story about their investigation.
The War on Drugs photo by Morten Aagaard Krogh; Mark Kozelek photo by Tonje Thilesen
Mark Kozelek, the man who declared that all "fuckin' hillbillies" at his Sun Kil Moon Hopscotch show should "shut the fuck up" (and then commemorated the occasion with a t-shirt), had some harsh words for the War on Drugs during his set yesterday at the Ottawa Folk Festival.
The War on Drugs' set at the main stage overlapped with Kozelek's set. According to Exclaim's review, noise bled over to Kozelek's stage. "Who the fuck is that," he asked. When the audience informed him, he said, "I hate that beer commercial lead-guitar shit." Then, he introduced his next song by saying, "This next song is called 'The War on Drugs Can Suck My Fucking Dick'."
Through the rest of his set, he talked more trash about the band, calling them "John Cougar Mellencamp".
The War on Drugs tweeted about it:
Can anyone confirm that mark kozelek was talking shit on us during his set in Ottawa last night? Cuz we obviously booked the schedule....wtf— The War on Drugs (@warondrugsjams) September 15, 2014
Seems like it might have been at least partially in jest so whatever. Just upsetting to me as a fan that's all. We're just doin' what we do— The War on Drugs (@warondrugsjams) September 15, 2014
Photo by Ebru Yildiz
Perfect Pussy singer Meredith Graves performed at this past weekend's Basilica Soundscape Festival, presented in association with Pitchfork. She read an essay that discusses Andrew W.K., Lana Del Rey, sexism, and the notion of authenticity as it relates to male and female performers. The piece has been republished in full at The Talkhouse.
Graves talked about the unfair burden of proof placed on women to show that they're authentic fans of culture:
Women are called upon every day to prove our right to participate in music on the basis of our authenticity — or perceived lack thereof. Our credentials are constantly being checked — you say you like a band you’ve only heard a couple of times? Prepare to answer which guitarist played on a specific record and what year he left the band. But don’t admit you haven’t heard them, either, because they’ll accuse you of only saying you like that genre to look cool. Then they’ll ask you if you’ve ever heard of about five more bands, just to prove that you really know nothing. This happens so often that it feels like dudes meet in secret to work on a regimented series of tests they can use to determine whether or not we deserve to be here.
She discussed seeing Andrew W.K. in an airport and being surprised by his unmaintained appearance:
I feel weird about eating these days or leaving the house, or existing in a material form at all, because having a body that talks too much and sweats and makes mistakes is exhausting, and here’s this dude just standing around with dented hair and a Napalm Death shirt over sweatpants shorts and it’s almost as if the whole world isn’t scrutinizing what’s in his cart at the grocery store, what he looks like without makeup on, how his gender affects his authenticity as a performer. I was looking straight at this spaced out, sweet-faced, charming guy, just standing there, calm and existing.
She then contrasted the praise W.K. receives with the criticism Lana Del Rey gets for being "inauthentic":
After a month of thinking about the bizarre truth inherent here — that real women with fake names are somehow considered exponentially less authentic than completely fake men harboring a real, hidden sadness — I’ve come to one conclusion; that the cult of personality surrounding artists exists because of an unfeeling world that loves nothing more than breaking sensitive, talented people. The oppressive systems that surround us have forced us to assume personas like castles have moats — they can’t protect you forever but they might work for a little while to keep the bad guys from coming in. That’s not safe or good for human hearts, regardless of their respective privileges in regard to class or gender.
Read the whole thing here.
Watch Perfect Pussy perform "I" at Pitchfork Music Festival:
When Diplo and Skrillex work together, they call themselves Jack U. Today on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show, they shared the studio version of "Take Ü There", which features Kiesza. It was first unveiled at a Mad Decent Block Party show. Listen to it below. Diplo and Skrillex also chatted with Lowe about their partnership and the making of the song. Update: It's also been announced that Diplo and Skrillex will perform at Madison Square Garden in NYC on New Year's Eve. They'll do individual sets as well as a Jack U set.
Diplo and Skrillex are currently working on a Jack U mixtape.
Watch footage from Check Yo Ponytail in which Diplo makes a cameo during a Skrillex performance:
Last week, U2 surprised-released their newest album, Songs of Innocence, by giving it away for free to all 500 million iTunes users. There was some blowback, however, as not everyone was particularly happy to find a U2 album in their cloud. (Particularly those users with the "automatic downloads" feature turned on, who automatically got the album downloaded to their devices.) It was seen as a violation of privacy for some, the forced experience of a U2 album for others.
This friction was exacerbated when, in an interview with Mashable, U2 manager Guy Oseary answered the criticism with, "It’s a gift from Apple. If someone doesn’t like the gift, they should delete it"— since deleting the album for good proved kind of difficult. In a letter to fans, Bono wrote, "for the people out there who have no interest in checking us out, look at it this way… the blood, sweat and tears of some Irish guys are in your junk mail."
Now, Apple has acknowledged the criticism by making the album easier to delete, as The Guardian reports. They've shared this dedicated link where users can removed the album from their iTunes libraries. The site says:
If you would like U2’s Songs of Innocence removed from your iTunes music library and iTunes purchases, you can choose to have it removed. Once the album has been removed from your account, it will no longer be available for you to redownload as a previous purchase. If you later decide you want the album, you will need to get it again. The album is free to everyone until October 13, 2014 and will be available for purchase after that date.
Watch U2's behind-the-scenes video about the making of the album here.
Animal Collective member Noah Lennox, aka Panda Bear, has been hinting at an amazingly titled new album, Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, for some time now. It's the followup to 2011's Tomboy, and it's being recorded with help from Sonic Boom (ex-Spacemen 3).
Last night in Austin, Lennox previewed more material from the upcoming record. An audio recording of the full set has surfaced, as Stereogum notes. Listen above.
On Friday, Panda Bear launched a new website streaming a mixtape featuring some new music.
The New York indie pop band formerly known as Twin Sister recently resurfaced as Mr Twin Sister. Their latest, self-titled record, the follow-up to 2011's In Heaven, arrives September 23 digitally and physically in the U.S. and September 22 digitally and October 6 physically in the UK and Europe via Twin Group/Infinite Best. It was produced and mixed by the band alongside Jon Low (the National, the War on Drugs), and features several contributions from members of Ava Luna. The album includes "Blush", "Out of the Dark", and "In the House of Yes".
Read our recent feature on the band here.
Mr Twin Sister:
02 Rude Boy
03 In the House of Yes
05 Out of the Dark
06 Twelve Angels
08 Crime Scene
Pitchfork Advance showcases an interactive listening environment featuring pre-release albums streams with dynamic graphics and a host of tools that allows fans to engage with album art, lyrics, credits, track listings, artist info, and more while they listen.
The Tapeworm celebrates its fifth birthday with a night at Cafe Oto tomorrow, with performances by CM von Hausswolff, Dale Cornish, Phil Julian and others. They wil also be marking the date with a collection of physical releases, including a DAT tape release by BJ Nilsen, produced in an edition of 25 copies, with hand drawn artwork by Savage Pencil.
Other birthday releases include two new cassettes, a Savage Pencil T-shirt, and two Bookworm books. The Tapeworm Bunch Of Fives night takes place at Cafe Oto on 16 September, and the first 50 guests receive a free tape. More details on all birthday releases here.
Photo by Nicole Nodland
Her label, Polydor/Universal, said in a statement to MTV, "For medical reasons independent of our will, the artist has been forced to cancel all promotional activities planned in Europe over the coming days."
Del Rey was supposed to perform on BBC Radio 1's "Live Lounge" tomorrow. Yesterday, she canceled a Virgin Radio performance in Paris.
Lana Del Rey has a number of performances scheduled in the coming weeks in the U.S. and Mexico, including Austin City Limits. This Friday, she's scheduled to perform at Music Midtown festival in Atlanta.
Read our recent Ordinary Machines column on Lana Del Rey, "Pretty When You Cry", and watch the video for "Ultraviolence":