The National continued their run of late night TV appearances in support of Trouble Will Find Me by paying a visit to "The Colbert Report" yesterday. Matt Berninger and Stephen had a sweetly awkward interview about the small demand of wanting to make music that lasts forever, and how it's impossible to be hip aged 42. The band performed "Graceless" on the show, and "Sea of Love" as a web bonus. Watch all the clips below. (May only be available to U.S. readers.)
"Sea of Love":
Watch a Pitchfork.tv Special Presentation with the National:
Update: The video has been removed.
As Consequence of Sound reports, Prince and 3rdEyeGirl have shared a clip for a new track called "Fixurlifeup". It's a live performance and lyric video; the song's lyrics tackle misogyny and the government. Watch it below.
In anticipation of their tour together, Kendrick Lamar and the rest of the Black Hippy crew-- Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, and Jay Rock-- have shared a video featuring a remix of Rocko's "U.O.E.N.O". Check it out below, via Consequence of Sound, at the 1:15 mark.
Watch Pitchfork.tv follow Kendrick Lamar at last year's Pitchfork Music Festival:
Morrissey, ever the devout vegetarian and animal rights activist, just updated True to You with a note asking people to stand up against the sale of foie gras. He notes that while production of the goose liver dish is illegal in the UK, department store Fortnum & Mason still stocks it. In the post, titled "It isn't nice and you shouldn't do it," he asks that people contact the company and tell them to "stop selling such a savage beyond belief 'product'." Read the full post below.
Surprisingly, he says something nice about a member of the Royal Family, commending Prince Charles for banning foie gras at his functions. Of course, he goes on to trash Kate Middleton for enjoying the dish.
Foie gras is controversial due to its process, which involves force-feeding geese or ducks to enlarge their livers.
Also, it's Morrissey's birthday. Happy birthday Morrissey!
Here's the letter:
Congratulations to Prince Charles for banning foie gras from all his functions.
However, unsurprisingly, this most savage and cruel commodity continues to be the favorite "dish" of smiling mother-to-be Kate Muddleton (from whom, in fact, we expect no less.)
Foie gras production is illegal in the UK, yet the ever-so-correct Fortnum and Mason have found suppliers in France who will keep their shelves stocked - possibly with the hope that smiling Kate will wobble in and place an order for her unborn child.
Since Fortnum and Mason are now the only department store in London who are associated with the pitiless atrocity of foie gras, would you please write to them/contact them and exert pressure on them to stop selling such asavage beyond belief "product".
Fortnum and Mason
London W1A 1ER, England
Watch the Smiths do "Meat is Murder" in 1985:
Image via Okayplayer
Late last year, it was reported that the Roots were being honored with their own Philadelphia mural. Now, Okayplayer has shared the above image of what it will look like. (It's been a great year for Philadelphia murals.) They also shared details of the mural's upcoming dedication ceremony.
It takes place on Friday, May 31 at 11:30 a.m., and it's set to feature an appearance from the Roots themselves. It'll be at the World Communications Charter School (512 S. Broad Street-- use the South Street entrance).
Leading up to the mural's completion and dedication, there have been citywide paint days, pop-up studios, and a "Roots 101" youth arts lecture series.
Watch ?uestlove and Black Thought discuss the project below.
The concept of "cut" is big in Antony Hegarty's work. His 2012 Antony and the Johnsons album was titled Cut the World, and its title track produced a striking music video starring Willem Dafoe and Marina Abramović.
From May 31 through July 12, Hegarty has a solo exhibition of his visual art on view at New York's Sikkema Jenkins gallery, titled "The Cut" and inspired by his poem of the same name. (Read it below.) This is not the first time Hegarty has worked in the visual realm; in addition to his music, he's shown his drawing, collage and sculpture work around the world.
A press release notes that Hegarty's poem "describes the source of creation as a slit in the sky," and the exhibit as a whole "originates in personal experience yet also addresses universal artistic or social ideas and poetically suggests the healing potential of art." That's a piece from the show, above. Sikkema Jenkins is located at 530 W. 22nd Street in Manhattan.
Antony also appears on the upcoming benefit compilation Sing Me the Songs, a tribute to the late singer/songwriter Kate McGarrigle (mother of Rufus and Martha Wainwright), who died of cancer in 2010. The album, out June 25 via Nonesuch, was recorded during three concerts held in her memory in London, Toronto, and New York. Along with Antony, Martha, and Rufus, it features Broken Social Scene, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, and Jimmy Fallon, among others. Antony performs "Go Leave" solo as well as "I Cried for Us" with Rufus Wainwright.
The cut on her face
The blood from under her skirt
A red fountain carries me
Towards my destiny
The cut in the sky
Out pour father's eyes
Dive deep in the snow
Cold seed for the spring
Harvest of my creativity
The cut on her face
Portal of our race
Spurned majesty sighs
For that cut!
Last week, Sacred Bones released Abandon, from NYC noise artist Margaret Chardiet aka Pharmakon, and No One Dances Quite Like My Brothers, from Copenhagen industrial act Vår (featuring members of Iceage, Lower, and Lust for Youth).
On Saturday, May 25, Pitchfork and Sacred Bones will co-present a multi-media event featuring both Pharmakon and Vår. They'll collaboratively play songs from the two records and incorporate elements of performance art.
It takes place at the Greenpoint, Brooklyn warehouse space the Rink (located at 67 West Street, 5th floor). DJ Anthony Naples will also perform. The event starts at nine p.m. and is all ages.
Tickets for the show are available here.
Revisit Brandon Stosuy's recent interview with Pharmakon, listen to Pharmakon's "Crawling on Bruised Knees" and watch Vår's video for their 2012 track "In Your Arms":
Pharmakon: "Crawling on Bruised Knees" on SoundCloud.
Photo by Annabel Mehran
The Energizer Bunny of San Francisco garage rock, Ty Segall, has another new album coming on August 20 called SLEEPER. He's announced a late-summer U.S. tour to support the record, via a goofy video that can be watched below.
Revisit our Cover Story on Ty Segall from last year.
07-19 Paris, France - City Sounds Festival (solo set)
08-01 Santa Cruz, CA - Catalyst Atrium *!
08-03 Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon
08-04 Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon
08-24 Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest
08-27 Austin, TX - Mohawk
08-29 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
08-30 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
08-31 Chicago, IL - Logan Square Auditorium
09-02 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall *
09-04 Monterey, CA - Golden State Theatre *
09-05 Oakland, CA - The New Parish *
09-07 Seattle, WA - Neumo's *
09-08 Boise, ID - Neurolux *
09-09 Reno, NV - Holland Project *
12-01 Camber Sands, England - ATP
* with Mike Donovan
! with Daughn Gibson, William Tyler
Watch Segall perform at last year's Pitchfork Music Festival:
Producer Marcus Lambkin, aka Shit Robot, has released the video for "Feels Real", his new single featuring the Rapture's Luke Jenner (aka JENR). The entire clip, directed by Cool Hand Loop, consists of close-ups of mouths, spliced together and lip syncing to the track.
If you want to catch Shit Robot's live show (featuring visuals by Cool Hand Loop), he's playing DFA Records' 12th anniversary party at Brooklyn's Grand Prospect Hall this Saturday (May 25) as part of the Red Bull Music Academy's New York takeover. The event also features James Murphy, the Rapture DJs, the Juan MacLean, YACHT, Factory Floor, Nancy Whang, Pat Mahoney, Tim Sweeney, Black Dice, Prinzhorn Dance School, and many others. Find more details here. Special guests are promised during Shit Robot's set.
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For her contribution to the Lonely Island's latest rap comedy album, Solange sings the vocal hook on a song called "Semicolons". It's about-- you guessed it-- semicolons, explained in a way that will sound familiar if you're at all familiar with the idea of hashtag rap. Example: "I'm loud and I'm zipping around / Jet-ski / Your dick is lil' like Wayne/ Gretzky". Andy Samberg's fellow former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Maya Rudolph guests on the track as well.
"Semicolons" will appear on The Wack Album, out on June 11 through Republic.
Watch the lyric video for the song as part of the long album rollout process of "Wack Wednesdays":
The mysterious case of rapper Tim Dog's death continues. Memphis news channel 3 WREG reports that Hernando, Mississippi prosecutor Steven Jubera has issued an arrest warrant for the rapper on the suspicion that he faked his own death to avoid court-ordered debt repayment.
"I need proof," Jubera told WREG. "I need a death certificate showing that he's dead because as far as I'm concerned, he's alive." Apparently, Jubera was swayed by the arguments of a woman named Esther Pilgrim, who, last week, accused Tim Dog (born Timothy Blair) of faking his own death to avoid paying her tens of thousands of dollars. Pilgrim was one of many women the rapper defrauded through an online dating scheme. (He was charged with grand larceny.)
If Blair is, indeed, alive, his case will go down as an example of how easily misinformation can spread in the age of the rapid-fire online news cycle. Virtually all of the original reports of the rapper's death-- including Pitchfork's-- can be connected to a story by The Source that can no longer be found at its original link. No original reports of his death that we have found indicated where he died or how his death was discovered.
According to an earlier report by WREG, Pilgrim sent a friend to Atlanta to search for Tim Dog's death certificate. The friend came up empty. A private investigator sent by WREG reportedly tracked down an address for Blair that was "active" in April, but no one has specified what exactly that means.
Prosecutor Jubera told WREG that he will drop the arrest warrant if Tim Dog's death can be proven.
On 13 July Spitalfields Market in East London will host the Independent Label Market for the fourth year, with labels and musicians selling their wares.
Hawking records and other ephemera are 4AD, Big Dada, Dead Oceans, Domino, Fabric, Fire, Houndstooth, Jagjaguwar, Matador, Ninja Tune, O Genesis, R&S, Secretly Canadian, Soul Jazz, Soundway, Strut, Trilogy Tapes, Upset The Rhythm and others, with more to be added to the list in the run up to the fair. Updates and additions here.
Kim Gordon's Body/Head, Majical Cloudz, More to Play Pitchfork Shows at Brooklyn's Northside Festival
This year's Northside Festival runs June 13-20 in the Williamsburg and Greenpoint neighborhoods of Brooklyn. Pitchfork has curated two shows during the fest, both taking place at Saint Vitus Bar in Greenpoint.
The second show will take place the following night, Friday, June 14, with artists to be announced in the coming weeks.
Body/Head has released two limited-edition recordings since last year-- a self-titled 12" via Nace's Open Mouth label, and a 7" via Belgian label Ultra Eczema. The new Majical Cloudz LP, Impersonator, is out this week on Matador. Foreplay, the noise duo of Jane Chardiet and Chris Hansell (formerly of The Men), released a debut cassette this year via Ascetic House.
Pitchfork + Northside present:
+ special guests
June 13 @ Saint Vitus Bar
1120 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11222
8 p.m. Doors
Watch an interview with Body/Head and live footage from earlier this year, below, plus Majical Cloudz' video for "Childhood's End" (starring singer Devin Welsh's father, actor Kenneth Welsh, of Twin Peaks):
Photo by Rick Bahto
A year after releasing her excellent LP Ekstasis, Julia Holter has announced a new album. Loud City Song is out via Domino on August 20 in the U.S. (and August 19 elsewhere). Listen to its opening track "World" via the Super 8 montage by Rick Bahto, below.
According to a press release, Holter began writing the material for Loud City Song prior to releasing her 2011 debut, Tragedy. It was co-produced by Cole Marsden Greif-Neill (Nite Jewel/the Samps/ex-Haunted Graffiti), who also worked on Ekstasis. Inspired by Frank O'Hara, Joni Mitchell, and Colette's 1944 novella Gigi, the record "explores [Holter's] relationship with her hometown of Los Angeles and modern life universally," according to a press release.
Holter has also announced a summer tour of North America and Europe, which includes a stop at the Pitchfork Music Festival.
Loud City Song:
02 Maxim's 1
03 Horns Surrounding Me
04 In the Green Wild
05 Hello Stranger
06 Maxim's 2
07 He's Running Through My Eyes
08 This Is a True Heart
09 City Appearing
07-11 Washington, DC - Sixth & I Synagogue @
07-12 New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge @
07-13 Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live @
07-14 Boston, MA - The Church Of Boston @
07-16 Montreal, Quebec - La Sala Rosa @
07-17 Toronto, Ontario - The Drake @
07-18 Detroit, MI - Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit @
07-20 Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
07-23 Lisbon, Portugal - ZDB
07-24 Madrid, Spain - Theatro Lara
07-25 Cartagena, Spain - La Mar De Musicas
07-26 Barcelona, Spain - Caixaforum
07-27 Lyon, France - Les Nuits De Fourvieres *
07-29 Ravenna, Italy - Hani-Bi
07-30 Modena, Italy - Sant Augustino
07-31 Geneva, Switzerland - Ecoutes Au Vert @ Barje Des Sciences
08-03 Katowice, Poland - OFF Festival
08-04 Zilnia, Slovakia - Stanica
08-05 Vienna, Austria - WUK
08-07 Basel, Switzerland - Im Fluss Festival
08-08 Haldern-Rees, Germany - Haldern Pop
08-09 Hamburg, Germany - Kampnagel Summerfest
08-10 Goteborg, Sweden - Way Out West
08-11 Helsinki, Finland - Flow Festival
08-13 Ghent, Belgium - DOK
08-14 Saint Malo, France - La Route Du Rock Festival
08-16 Brecon, Wales - Green Man Festival
08-17 Skipton, England - Beacons Festival
08-20 London, England - Cecil Sharp House
@ with Jessica Pratt
* with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Watch Julia Holter's video for "Our Sorrows":
At midnight Tokyo time today, Boards of Canada projected a video onto a big screen in Shibuya, as anticipated. No word yet on what, exactly the video was, though it seems to have contained new music. A fan broadcast the screening live on Ustream (see below). Update: Watch a fan-shot video of the screening below, via FACT.
Watch a trailer for the album:
The xx are midway through their self-curated Night + Day festival series, which hit Berlin's Spreepark on May 18. Footage has surfaced from the xx's set, during which they were accompanied by Jessie Ware for a couple of covers.
They did Modjo's 2000 radio hit "Lady (Hear Me Tonight)" mixed with "Music Sounds Better With You" from Stardust (the 1998 house music project of Daft Punk's Thomas Bangalter with Alan Braxe and singer Benjamin Diamond).
Watch Jessie Ware perform at London church venue the Nave via Pitchfork.tv.
Today, Vampire Weekend's new album Modern Vampires of the City debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200, as Billboard reports. It sold 134,000 copies in its first week on sale. 2010's Contra also debuted at Number One.
In other Vampire Weekend news, today Pitchfork.tv presents a new episode of "Over/Under", the interview series in which artists evaluate a series of random topics, declaring if they're overrated or underrated. This time, Vampire Weekend discuss Cliff Huxtable's hoagie-fueled hallucinations on "The Cosby Show", Crocs shoes, the different names for donut holes, and much more.
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Guillermo S. Herren, aka Prefuse 73, is launching a new record label, Yellow Year Records, alongside photographer Angel Ceballos. The label's first offering will be a twelve-volume series of collaborative EPs called Speak Soon. The monthly releases will find Prefuse 73 working with Teebs, Nosaj Thing, Lapalux, Synkro, Nathan Fake, Dimlite, and others.
Here's a trailer for the label, featuring some forthcoming music by Prefuse 73 and Teebs:
Photo by Jesse Jenkins
Lindstrøm : "Fāār-i-kāāl" (Charli XCX vs. Twin Idol remix) on SoundCloud.
Following the release of her solo debut True Romance, Charli XCX is showing what a well-rounded music fan she is. She's teamed up with British producer TWIN iDoL for a remix of Lindstrøm's 2012 single "Fāār-i-kāāl", with fresh vocals (above). (Lindstrøm previously remixed Charli XCX's "You (Ha Ha Ha)".)
She also indulged a little bit of boy-band nostalgia yesterday, performing a live cover of Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way" at Borderline Music in Chicago. Watch video of that below, via Popjustice.
Watch a Pitchfork.tv interview with Charli XCX:
Photos by James Pawlish/FilterlessCo
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti performed at the Henry Miller Memorial Library in Big Sur, California on Monday night. Holy Shit opened. Photographer James Pawlish of FilterlessCo was there to catch the show and take some photographs. Check out a selection of shots after the jump, then head over to our slideshow and Facebook page for even more photos.