On June 26, Battles played a live session in New York premiering four songs from their forthcoming album, La Di Da Di. Today, they're streaming the session on a 24-hour loop via their website, starting right now. Directed by David Raboy, the session features new tracks "The Yabba", "Summer Simmer", Tyne Wear", and "Dot Com". Head to BTTLS.com to watch, or watch below.
La Di Da Di is out September 18 via Warp.
Watch Battles perform "Futura" at Pitchfork Music Festival:
<i>The Pitchfork Review</i> Issue Seven Available Now, Featuring Grace Jones, Robyn, Jeff Tweedy, Sufjan
The Pitchfork Review combines new long-form stories, photography, illustrations, and more with selected recent pieces from Pitchfork—all packaged in a beautifully designed, collectible print volume.
This 144-page issue of The Pitchfork Review features:
- A cover story on Grace Jones
- Interviews with Robyn, Jeff Tweedy, and Sufjan Stevens
- A conversation with Terry Riley
- Charles Aaron on Goodie Mob
- John Roberts' photo spread of San Francisco's '70s art punk scene
- Comics and illustrations galore
- Much more!
Watch a trailer for the seventh issue of The Pitchfork Review:
"Saturday Night Live"'s Vanessa Bayer stars in the Above Average web series "Sound Advice" as Janessa Slater, the least helpful publicist in the universe. In the past, she has "advised" artists such as Jenny Lewis, Drake, TV on the Radio, Sleater-Kinney, St. Vincent, Interpol, and Haim. Her latest episode is a sit-down with Isaac Brock from Modest Mouse.
"Have you guys ever thought of doing the festival circuit?" Bayer asks. "'Cos it feels like you guys would do really well. You know, there's a ton of mediocre white people with a ton of disposable income who like to blow it listening to middle-aged lumbersexuals sing them lullabies in a wet field, y'know?" Watch it below.
Watch Pitchfork.tv's documentary about The Lonesome Crowded West:
Last month, a trailer for German body horror film Der Nachtmahr was released featuring a brief appearance from Kim Gordon. Now, more details of her role have come to light. In an interview with director Akiz, Dazed reports that Gordon, a fan of Akiz's previous feature Eight Miles High, plays a poetry teacher who reads William Blake to protagonist Tina's class. Gordon also contributes music to the soundtrack.
Watch the trailer below (Gordon shows up around the 1:17 mark):
Read our interview with Gordon, "Unconventional Idol".
Listen to Kim Gordon in conversation with Carrie Brownstein earlier this year:
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A man and woman have been killed in a shooting at Drake's OVO festival afterparty in Toronto, Billboard reports. Three others are in hospital with critical injuries. The shooting occurred just before 3:30 a.m. this morning at Muzik, a nightclub near Molson Amphitheatre, where OVO ended its two-night run last night. Police say the victims were in their 20s and 30s.
Toronto Police Superintendent Frank Bergen, of 14 Division, told media that “this is a sporadic shooting that did occur just before 3:30 this morning at 15 Saskatchewan. It’s the Muzik Nightclub. A well-run event with lots of police officers in and around the area, culminating on a large evening event that occurred over at the OVO Festival.”
Bergen added: “What occurred originally in the bar area had spilled out into the streets so south and north of this area we do have three separate crimes scenes. At this point we do know for certain that one or two [shootings] were in the nightclub and we believe the others were outside of that area. This is all unfolding now and we’re doing our investigation.”
The party, which was open to the public, was billed as “The official OVO fest after-party, hosted by Drake with music by Charlie B."
Police believe there are other victims. They've asked anyone who needs assistance or who can offer new information to call Homicide, Crime Stoppers, or 14 Div. at 416 808 1400.
Photo by Pooneh Ghana
Drake is headlining his OVO festival in Toronto tonight. He opened his set with "Charged Up" and "Back to Back Freestyle", his contributions to the ongoing beef between himself and Meek Mill. He took the opportunity to further troll Meek Mill by projecting, among other things, a "Participation Award" for his track "Wanna Know". He also apparently wore a "Free Meek Mill" shirt during rehearsal.
As usual, the set also featured a bunch of huge surprise guests.
He reportedly ended the show with an encore of "Back to Back".
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Read our Update with Hudson Mohawke.
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Yours Truly has posted a video interview with Miguel that features footage of the singer captured back in 2008, years before his music came to widespread attention. In the video, Miguel sings part of an unreleased song called "You're on My Mind", which he wrote when he was 15. You can watch it below.
Read our interview with Miguel.
Watch Miguel play "Adorn" at a Warm Up event at MoMA PS1:
Virginia singer/rapper D.R.A.M (of "Cha Cha" fame) has released a reworking of his track "$", off his #1Epic EP. The new version features horns by Donnie Trumpet (of Chance the Rapper/Social Experiment fame). Gabe Niles and Bub Ruth produced the track.
D.R.A.M. is heading out on the road with Chance's Family Matters tour this fall.
FKA twigs has released a new track called "Figure 8" from her upcoming EP. The track was premiered today by Zane Lowe on Beats 1 Radio. In an interview with Lowe, twigs said that the song was partially inspired by the figure eight hand motion in voguing. Listen to the track and interview above, via Consequence of Sound.
Read our Update interview with Future Islands.
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.
In this episode, Mac DeMarco discusses threesomes ("I'm open to many things in life, and threesomes are one of the things I hope to try"), wasabi, Yelp ("It steals you away from the good place you may accidentally discover"), micro brews ("I'm drinking to get drunk"), underwear, frequent flyer miles, and more. Check it out below.
Read our Cover Story on Mac DeMarco.
Sound artist and composer Ken Montgomery programmes this year's New York Con-Mythology festival celebrating the late Conrad Schnitzler
Dedicated to the German electronic musician and performance artist Conrad Schnitzler, this year's Con-Mythology festival is up and running throughout August at various venues across New York. Programmed by Ken Montgomery, co-founder of Generator Sound Art, the festival pays homage to the life and works of the former Tangerine Dream member and founder of the original Cluster line-up (when they were Kluster), who died in 2011.
Events include a photographic exhibition, running until 31 August, of Schnitzler's early days as a sculptor. After training under Joseph Beuys, Schnitzler abandoned his own artwork in a field. The photos on display are believed to be the only known images of Schnitzler’s lost sculptures.
Performances include Montgomery playing Schnitzler's Rot on multiple cassette decks at Academy Records (8 August), and an ‘octophonic’ cassette concert staged by Jonas Asher, Roe Enney, Daren Ho, Daniel Neumann and Aki Onda, plus an eight speaker homage to Schnitzler by DJ Olive, at All Gold (9 August). More information can be found here.
Photo by Sandy Kim
DIIV recently announced that Is the Is Are, their followup to 2012's Oshin, will be out this fall on Captured Tracks. Today, the band have announced a North American tour for the fall as well. Find the dates below.
Read our Update interview with DIIV.
DIIV:08-15 Toronto, Ontario - Fort York 10-10 Boston, MA - The Sinclair 10-12 Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall 10-13 Madison, WI - Majestic 10-14 St Paul, MN - Turf Club 10-16 Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre 10-17 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge 10-18 Boise, ID - Neurolux 10-19 Seattle, WA - Neumos 10-20 Vancouver, British Columbia - Fortune 10-22 San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore 10-24 Los Angeles, CA - Roxy 10-25 Santa Ana, CA - Beach Goth Festival 10-27 San Diego, CA - Casbah 10-28 Phoenix, AZ - Crescent Ballroom 10-30 Dallas, TX - Trees 10-31 Austin, TX - Mohawk 11-01 Houston, TX - Numbers 11-03 Nashville, TN - Exit In 11-04 Atlanta, GA - The Earl 11-05 Chapel Hill, NC - Cat's Cradle 11-06 Richmond, VA - The Broadberry 11-07 Washington, DC - Black Cat 11-08 New York, NY - Webster Hall
Watch DIIV perform "Dust" at Captured Tracks' 5th anniversary show:
During A$AP Rocky's set at Lollapalooza this past weekend, Vic Mensa came out to perform "U Mad". Then, Rocky's DJ dropped Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit", and everybody went nuts. Check out footage below via Stereogum.
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Watch A$AP Rocky freestyle in an episode of Pitchfork.tv's "Selector":
Watch Vic Mensa perform "U Mad" at this year's Pitchfork Music Festival:
Royal Trux Reunion: Future Uncertain, Jennifer Herrema and Neil Hagerty Still Haven't Been in the Same Room
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On August 16 at the Berserktown II festival in Los Angeles, Royal Trux will play a reunion show—their first since disbanding in 2001. In a new interview with NME, Jennifer Herrema discussed the reunion, which she said is only planned for the one show.
"It just totally depends on how it feels," Herrema told NME. "I know for a fact that [Royal Trux partner] Neil [Hagerty] doesn't want to travel much, he doesn't want to play big festivals, so that takes some things off the table. But I don't know, it's hard to say." There are no new recording plans either.
Herrema said that she and Hagerty haven't even been in the same room in 13 years, even though the show is happening in just a couple weeks. She did say they've been in e-mail contact, and that they've planned out the set list, although it isn't clear how much rehearsal they'll do.
In response to NME's question as to why they decided to reunite now, Herrema said, "We've never been open to the idea of reforming and playing full albums but when Neil said he was down with it, I was like, 'Well, it's right here in my backyard, I don't really have to do much.' It wasn't a long, drawn-out thinking about it. We didn't even solicit it. It was just, 'Bam!', right there. It probably would have fallen apart if it was something that actually had to be planned."
In other news, NME also reports that Herrema will star in Love, a new series that Judd Apatow is producing for Netflix. The show is set to premiere in 2016.
Star Wars was released the night before Wilco's headlining set. That same night, Jeff Tweedy sat down with Pitchfork Editor-in-Chief Mark Richardson for an interview at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art. You can listen to their chat in the first episode of our new podcast series, Pitchfork Conversations.
"Random Name Generator":
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Low recently announced Ones and Sixes, their follow-up to 2013's The Invisible Way. (It's out September 11 via Sub Pop). After dropping "No Comprende", the band have shared another album cut, "What Part of Me". Listen to it above, via the Quietus.
Watch Low perform "Clarence White" at the 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival: