Photo by Ryan Muir
During Arcade Fire's Reflektor Tour, they've been paying homage to the hometown heroes of various North American cities. In Minneapolis, they covered Prince. And last night in the Detroit suburb Auburn Hills, they performed the Motown classic "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" by Stevie Wonder (after miming to "Superstition"). Watch it below via CoS.
Check out photos from the tour.
Another plot twist in the return of Lily Allen: She admits that she doesn't think the singles she's been putting out lately aren't very good, and labels and radio stations are to blame. As NME points out, she said as much in a Twitter response to a fan who called her latest work "docile pop rubbish."
The full exchange is below:
@RFWilding what you've heard so far yes. All i can do is do my best, the labels and the radio stations won't play the better stuff.— Lily Allen (@lilyallen) March 10, 2014
Allen will follow up 2009's It's Not Me, It's You with an album called Sheezus on May 5 through Regal Recordings. It'll include the previously heard tracks "Hard Out Here," "L8 CMMR," "Air Balloon" and "Our Time". All of which are, apparently, "docile pop rubbish."
Watch the video for "Air Balloon":
Neil Young Launches Digital Music Service/Player Pono, With Help From Arcade Fire, Beck, Jack White, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, More
As promised, Neil Young launched the Kickstarter for his long-awaited high-quality digital music service and player today at SXSW. It's called PonoMusic (the players are called PonoPlayers), and it costs $399 and contains 128GB of memory. Watch the Kickstarter video, below, featuring testimonials from Arcade Fire, Beck, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, Beastie Boys' Mike D., Jack White, My Morning Jacket, Dave Grohl, Elvis Costello, and many more. As of this posting, the campaign had raised $340,000 of its $800,000 goal. (It runs through April 15.)
Discounted players are available for those who pledge $300 (the $200 offers are already gone) as well as other prizes. A $5,000 pledge will earn you an individual VIP dinner and listening party with Young in California; it's available for 30 people. Other prizes include Artist Signature Series PonoPlayers, featuring a laser engraved signature with the designated artists' favorite two albums. Young, Arcade Fire, Beck, Patti Smith, Willie Nelson, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, and more have Aritist Signature Series PonoPlayers available for a pledge of $400.
In the Kickstarter video, Young compares the experience of listening to MP3s to listening to music underwater. He makes the claim that the PonoPlayer allows for "visceral" listening, like breathing air. The Kickstarter page clarifies that Pono is not just a new audio file format. "It is a grassroots movement to keep the heart of music beating," the Kickstarter reads. "PonoMusic aims to preserve the feeling, spirit, and emotion that the artists put in their original studio recordings." Young refers to it as "an artist-driven movement" to save sound.
The triangular device connects to the PonoMusic App, for Mac or Windows, which offers access to the PonoMusic store, where you can buy and download music, much like iTunes. There are two output jacks, one designed for specifically for headphones and one designed for home audio systems or cars.
In his book Waging Heavy Peace, Young talked about the early days of Pono (when he called it "PureTone"), saying, "An MP3 has about five percent of the data that can be found in a PureTone master file." More recently, he wrote, "Hearing Pono for the first time is like that first blast of daylight when you leave a movie theatre on a sun-filled day."
Photo by Chris Tuite
Last year, Modest Mouse cancelled a string of tour dates to work on their new album, the long-awaited followup to 2009's No One's First and You're Next. No album has materialized yet, but they've announced another tour. They'll hit the road in May.
05-01 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom *
05-02 Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom *
05-09 Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore Charlotte
05-10 Atlanta, GA - Shaky Knees Music Festival
05-12 New Orleans, LA - Civic Theatre
05-14 Miami, FL - The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater
05-16 Orlando, FL - Beacham Theater
05-17 Gulf Shores, AL - Hangout Music Festival
05-19 Richmond, VA - The National
05-20 Norfolk, VA - The NorVa
05-21 Bethlehem, PA - ArtsQuest Center
05-24 Cooperstown, NY - Brewery Ommegang ^
05-25 Boston, MA - Boston Calling Music Festival
08-02 Montreal, Quebec - Osheaga
* with Survival Knife
^ with Brand New
Watch Pitchfork.tv's Modest Mouse documentary:
Stream New Releases from The Coathangers, Simian Mobile Disco and Roman Flügel, and Lyla Foy via Pitchfork Advance
Atlanta punks the Coathangers will release their new LP, Suck My Shirt, on March 18 via Suicide Squeeze. It follows their 2012 full-length, Larceny & Old Lace. Stream Suck My Shirt via Pitchfork Advance, our immersive listening platform designed to invoke the classic album listening experience. Listen to the album in full until March 17.
Simian Mobile Disco have teamed up with Roman Flügel for a new 12" entitled Hachinoko/Ikizukuri, out March 24 through the electronic duo's imprint, Delicacies. Stream it over on Advance until March 17.
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.
Last month, SBTRKT shared a new track called "Hold the Line", which he said marked the first in a series of instrumentals he plans to release leading up to a new album. Now he's revealed the full details of that series. It's called Transitions and will take the form of six tracks on three 12"s (and downloads) released by Young Turks. All six instrumentals are currently streaming here. Listen to "Highs and Lows" from Transitions III above.
Transitions I is out May 5, Transitions II is out May 19, and Transitions III is out June 2. Find the tracklists below. The 12" vinyl versions of the EPs "will feature artwork and 2D Moiré animation by [frequent SBTRKT visual collaborator] A Hidden Place," according to a press release. "The action of removing the inner bag from its sleeve creates a unique visual effect which is replicated digitally by moving the mouse on the Transitions website."
02 Hold the Line
01 Highs & Lows
Evian Christ: "Salt Carousel" on SoundCloud.
Read our "Guest List" interview with Evian Christ, and watch him perform at last year's Pitchfork Music Festival:
Photo by Gina Ribisi
Read our 2012 interview with Beck and watch his recent "Saturday Night Live" performance of "Blue Moon" after the dates.
04-09 Santa Barbara, CA - Arlington Theatre
04-13 Indio, CA - The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
04-20 Indio, CA - The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
04-23 Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theater
04-24 El Paso, TX - Abraham Chavez Theatre
04-26 Frisco, TX - Edgefest 24
06-19 Cleveland, OH - State Theatre
06-20 Columbus, OH - Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
06-21-22 Dover, DE - Firefly Music Festival
06-24 North Adams, MA - MASS MoCA
06-25 Montreal, Quebec - Place des Arts
06-27 Toronto, Ontario - Sony Centre
06-28 Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre
07-01 New York, NY - Central Park SummerStage
07-18 Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
07-19-20 Louisville, KY - The Forecastle Festival
Stream Skrillex's Surprise Album <em>Recess</em>, Featuring Chance the Rapper, Passion Pit, Diplo, More
Front page image by Erez Avissar
Now that he's conquered the world, Skrillex is releasing his debut album. Recess features collaborations with Chance the Rapper, Passion Pit's Michael Angelakos, Diplo, G-Dragon, Niki and the Dove (on a version of their song "DJ Ease My Mind"), and more. Track titles include "All Is Fair in Love and Brostep" and "Doompy Poomp".
Recess will be out officially on March 18 through OWSLA/Big Beat/Atlantic. But you can listen to the whole thing right now through iTunes Radio. Fans also have access to the record through Skrillex's new "Alien Ride" app, which began delivering the songs Monday night.
In keeping with the alien theme, Skrillex will embark on the "Mothership Tour" this spring and summer—find dates (and the amazing tour poster) after the tracklist. He'll be joined by Dillon Francis, DJ Snake, What So Not, and Milo & Otis.
01 All Is Fair in Love and Brostep [ft. Ragga Twins]
02 Recess [ft. Kill the Noise, Fatman Scoop, and Michael Angelakos]
03 Stranger [ft. KillaGraham from Milo and Otis and Sam Dew]
04 Try It Out (Neon Mix) [ft. Alvin Risk]
05 Coast Is Clear [ft. Chance The Rapper and the Social Experiment]
06 Dirty Vibe [ft. Diplo, G-Dragon from Big Bang and CL from 2NE1]
07 Ragga Bomb [ft. Ragga Twins]
08 Doompy Poomp
09 Fuck That
10 Ease My Mind [ft. Niki & The Dove]
11 Fire Away [ft. Kid Harpoon]
03-13-15 Austin, TX - SXSW
03-26-28 Miami, FL - Winter Music Conference
03-30 Miami, FL - Ultra Music Festival (As Jack U)
04-12 Indio, CA - Coachella
04-19 Indio, CA - Coachella
05-23 Oklahoma City, OK - Zoo Amphitheatre *%^
05-24 Kansas City, KS - Cricket Wireless Amphitheater *%^
05-26 Louisville, KY - Louisville Waterfront Park *%^
05-27 Cleveland, OH - Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica*
05-28 Detroit, MI - Masonic Temple *%^
05-30 Toronto, Ontario - TD Echo Beach *%^
05-31 Toronto, Ontario - TD Echo Beach #%^
06-02 Rochester, NY - CMAC Performing Arts Center #%^
06-03 Albany, NY - The Washington Avenue Armory #%^
06-04 Gilford, NH - Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook #%^
06-07 New York, NY Governor's Ball
06-08 Baltimore, MD - Pimlico Race Course *%^
06-09 Richmond, VA - Brown's Island *%^
06-13-14 Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
06-17 St. Louis, MO - Chaifetz Arena *%^
06-18 Omaha, NE - Mid America Center *%^
06-20 Denver, CO - Red Rock Amphitheatre
06-21 Denver, CO - Red Rock Amphitheatre
07-30 Portland, ME - Cumberland County Civic Center
* with Dillon Francis
# with DJ Snake
% What So Not
^ Milo & Otis
Watch Skrillex perform at Check Yo Ponytail:
Chvrches performed today on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge, where they did yet another cover. This time they did Lorde's "Team" from Pure Heroine. Watch below. They've recently covered Arctic Monkeys, Bauhaus, East 17, Whitney Houston, and Janelle Monáe.
The DJ asked Chvrches who they would live to hear take on "Recover". They said Elizabeth Fraser of Cocteau Twins, Cat Power, or Tegan and Sara.
Read our 2013 interview with Chvrches.
Watch Chvrches play "Recover" via Pitchfork.tv:
Also below, watch the band's performances of "Elephants" and "Love Is To Die" at last year's Pitchfork Music Festival Paris.
"Love Is To Die":
Guillermo S. Herren, aka Prefuse 73, has a record label called Yellow Year, which focuses on collaborative releases. The latest is out tomorrow—"The Only Scarf" is a collaboration between Herren and producer Travis Stewart, aka Machinedrum. Listen above via The Fader.
The Fader points out that the track is likely somewhat old, citing this tweet from two years ago as evidence:
@prefuse73 the only scarf on repeatttttttttt— Machinedrum (@Machine_Drum) March 6, 2012
Here's the video for Machinedrum's "Gunshotta":
Photo by Colin Kerrigan
Last year, Iggy and the Stooges released a new album Ready to Die. As guitarist James Williamson told Rolling Stone, Iggy wanted to take a year off, but the rest of the Stooges decided to keep going without him. They're working on an album called Re-Licked. It features several Raw Power-era tracks the band only played live (which have circulated widely on bootlegs) sung by a variety of guest vocalists.
The album will feature Ariel Pink, Mark Lanegan, Jello Biafra, the Orwells' Mario Cuomo, blues singer Carolyn Wonderland, Le Butcherettes' Teri Gender Bender, and others. On Record Store Day (April 19), Williamson will release a 7" featuring "Open Up and Bleed" b/w "Gimme Some Skin", both sung by Wonderland.
Williamson, Mike Watt, Steve Mackay, and Toby Dammit recorded most of the album at Dave Grohl's 606 Studios. (The one with the Neve console from Sound City.) A spokesperson for Iggy Pop told Rolling Stone that he was never given an opportunity to participate. Williamson said:
"He gave me his blessing and wished me success," says Williamson. "But it's a hard pill to swallow when someone is doing all your songs with your band and you're not on it. I think he's cool with it so far. We'll see how things progress…I hope he maintains his positive attitude."
Later, Pop released a statement to the magazine:
"I don't have a problem with anything, I don't oppose anything. This statement about the 'hard pill' sounds kind of passive aggressive to me. The guys in the touring group have been phoning and emailing me and my rep before during and after the recordings, wondering how I felt about this. These guys are my friends and we've all worked together many years. I am glad someone is paying them; they are working musicians and they need to play. I want to thank all the wonderful singers on this record for covering my songs."
It includes versions of "She Creatures Of The Hollywood Hills" (sung by Pink), "Wild Love" (Lanegan), "Sick of You" (Cuomo), "Head On" (Biafra), "Till the End of the Night" (Teri Gender Bender), "I Got A Right", and "Heavy Liquid".
The band don't plan on touring behind the album, though Williamson says the Stooges (along with Iggy) are tentatively planning to tour again in 2015.
Watch them do "Open Up and Bleed" in Sydney last year:
Photo by Chuck Grant
Lana Del Rey
04-11 Las Vegas, NV - Cosmopolitan
04-13 Indio, CA - Coachella
04-15 Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre
04-18 San Francisco, CA -Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
04-20 Indio, CA - Coachella
04-23 Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
04-25 New Orleans, LA - The Sugarmill
04-27 Miami Beach, FL - Fillmore Miami Beach
04-28 Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live
05-01 Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle
05-02 Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
05-05 Montreal, Quebec - Bell Centre
05-06 Boston, MA - House of Blues
05-08 Wallingford, CT - Toyota Presents the Oakdale Theatre
05-10 Columbia, MD - Sweetlife Music Festival
05-11 Philadelphia, PA - Skyline Stage at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts
05-13 Toronto, Ontario - Sony Centre for Performing Arts
05-15 Detroit, MI - Masonic Temple Theatre
05-16 Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom
05-19 Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
05-25 Vancouver, British Columbia - PNE Amphitheatre
05-27 Seattle, WA - WaMu Theater
Here's her A$AP Rocky-featuring "National Anthem" video:
Spoon's last album Transference came out in 2010, and their social media outlets seem to indicate that their next one's coming soon. Below, watch a video the band posted on YouTube featuring a snippet of new music (via Stereogum).
One week away from a finished album— SPOON (@SpoonTheBand) March 9, 2014
Here's the teaser:
Watch Divine Fits, Britt Daniel's other band, perform on Pitchfork.tv's "+1":
Jay Z and Kanye West, aka the Throne, are set to perform a "special, one night only" performance at SXSW, Mashable reports. It happens this Wednesday at Austin Music Hall as part of a Samsung-sponsored event.
As they did with last year's Prince show, wristbands will be handed out to owners of Samsung Galaxy devices. To get into the show, you have to download Milk Music. (The ad-free radio service, not records by the Olympia-based guitar heroes.) Wristbands will be available starting tomorrow at 10 a.m. at the Galaxy Experience pop-up location (2nd Street and Trinity).
Samsung is also hosting performances from Janelle Monáe, Broken Bells, Cut Copy, Holy Ghost!, and Gary Clark Jr.
Jay and Kanye last performed together during their epic 2011-2012 Watch the Throne tour. They previously joined each other on stage at SXSW back in 2011.
Vampire Weekend have announced a string of tour dates that will take place between the numerous festivals they'll be playing this year: Governors Ball, Bonnaroo, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage, and Lollapalooza in Chile, Argentina, and Brazil. Find the dates below.
03-29-30 Santiago, Chile - Lollapalooza
04-01-02 Buenos Aires, Argentina - Lollapalooza
04-01 Montevideo, Uruguay - Rock N Fall Festival
04-03-05 Bogota, Colombia - Festival Estereo Picnic
04-05-06 Sao Paulo, Brazil - Lollapalooza
04-24 Austin, TX - Stubb's BBQ
04-25 Austin, TX - Stubb's BBQ
04-27 New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
04-28 Birmingham, AL - Sloss Furnaces
04-30 Miami Beach, FL - Fillmore Miami Beach
05-01 Miami Beach, FL - Fillmore Miami Beach
05-03 Tampa, FL - Big Guava Festival
05-05 Atlanta, GA - Fox Theatre
05-31 - 06-01 Houston, TX - Free Press Summer Festival
06-01 Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom
06-02 Kansas City, MO - Crossroads KC
06-04 Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theater
06-05 Chicago, IL - UIC Pavilion
06-06 Rochester Hills, MI - Meadow Brook Music Festival
06-06-08 New York, NY - Governors Ball
06-09 Buffalo, NY - Buffalo Outer Harbor
06-10 Charlottesville, Va - Ntelos Wireless Pavilion
06-12 Raleigh, NC - Red Hat Amphitheater
06-12-15 Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
08-22-24 Leeds, England - Leeds Festival
08-22-24 Reading, England - Reading Festival
Watch Vampire Weekend in a recent episode of Pitchfork.tv's "Over/Under":
Photo by Erez Avissar
Frank Ocean was sued by Chipotle after he backed out of a $425,000 deal to sing a remake of "Pure Imagination" for an ad. They sued for his $212,500 advance. Apparently, he's returned the money. On his Tumblr, Ocean shared a scan of the check for that exact amount (below), adding in the memo: "FUCK OFF".
Ocean reportedly backed out because he didn't want Chipotle's logo to appear at the end of the advertisement. When he saw a final cut that displayed the logo prominently, he backed out. Fiona Apple sang the song instead:
Photo by Nabil
Although no information is available about when it was recorded or if it will see release, "Computerized" seems to have been made before the Samsung-sponsored days of Magna Carta Holy Grail: "Start macking on my BlackBerry," Jay raps, "She got jealous/ I was tapping on my BlackBerry."
There have been rumors that Kanye West was somehow involved in the making of the song, but we can confirm that he was not.
Video portrait by Erik Sanchez
M.I.A. is the latest in a long line of artists who have remixed a track from Beyoncé's great self-titled LP. She's posted a couple of Instagram videos featuring herself and her five-year-old son Ikhyd dancing to the remix.
Read Carrie Battan's recent interview with M.I.A..