This afternoon, Black Lips and Boy George performed separate sets at Philadelphia radio station WXPN's Free at Noon double-header concert. They also decided to team up for a cover of T. Rex's glam rock classic, "Bang a Gong (Get It On)". Watch the video below, via WXPN.
Watch Black Lips appear on Pitchfork's "+1" series:
Pharrell's "Happy" Video Is Very Similar to the 2011 Girl Talk Film <i>Girl Walk // All Day</i>, Video Shows
Last year, Pharrell released a 24-hour-long video for "Happy", which featured round-the-clock footage of people dancing to his earth-swallowing hit. It was billed as "the world's first 24-hour music video." (Molly Beauchemin watched it all for those who didn't have the time.)
That might be true, but the concept itself may not have been wholly original, as SPIN points out. Back in 2011, creative agency Wild Combination released Girl Walk // All Day, a 75-minute video that followed three dancers across New York City as they danced to the entirety of Girl Talk's All Day. Dancer/actress Anne Marsen, who is one of the featured dancers in Girl Walk // All Day, noticed that "Happy" bore many striking similarities to Girl Walk // All Day, and has made a video showing them. (Watch it below.)
Marsen was careful not to throw out any accusations in an interview with SPIN. "[Director] Jacob [Krupnick] and I were saying, we agree, it's a great thing that dance is getting recognition as a long-form kind of thing, because we want to be making more projects that we're dreaming up now that are in this form," Marsen told SPIN. "Yet at the same time we feel like we're not getting the recognition for this."
A rep for Pharrell told SPIN that neither Pharrell nor the directing team behind the "Happy" video had seen Girl Walk // All Day. In an emailed statement to SPIN, Girl Talk's Greg Gillis (who wasn't directly involved with Girl Walk // All Day) hedged on calling Pharrell's video a copycat. "Yeah, there's definitely some similarities," he said. "It could be a coincidence or maybe somebody in Pharrell's camp was influenced by the video. Do I think the Pharrell video used those elements in a transformative nature and created something new out of it? Yes."
Krupnick voiced similar feelings. "I feel deeply inspired by Pharrell's music," he told SPIN. "I'd be thrilled to collaborate on a project with him. And I think, based on the video that Anne has made, on some level it's also safe to say that Pharrell — aware or not — was inspired by the film we made."
Below, watch the video Marsen made comparing "Happy" and Girl Walk // All Day:
Oakland resident Kimchi Truong, 24, has died after collapsing at Coachella last weekend, The Hollywood Reporter reports. Her death was originally described by festival promoter Goldenvoice as a "an apparent drug overdose," but the Riverside County sheriff-coroner's office told THR that testing to find out the cause of death could take up to six weeks.
"Last weekend, a festival attendee suffered an apparent drug overdose," Goldenvoice said in a statement, per THR. "The individual was seen by on-site medical staff and later transferred to JFK Memorial Hospital and later to Desert Regional Medical Center. We are saddened to learn the individual has died. We believe this to be an unfortunate but isolated incident. Our thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends."
Capitol Records, Sony Music, Universal Music, Warner Music and ABKCO Music have filed a lawsuit against streaming radio service Pandora over recordings made before February 15, 1972, as The Hollywood Reporter reports. The suit concerns the fact that sound recordings weren't protected under federal copyright law until that date. Thus, Pandora hasn't been accurately paying the labels to stream music from before that time, the suit alleges.
In the lawsuit, the labels call this a "massive and continuing unauthorized commercial exploitation," citing the promotion of stations like "'50s Rock 'n' Roll" and "'60s Oldies" proof that Pandora is consciously capitalizing off such recordings.
"Pandora's conduct also is unfair to the recording artists and musicians whose performances are embodied in Pre-72 Recordings, but who do not get paid for Pandora's exploitation of Pre-72 Recordings," the suit reads. "It is also unfair to other businesses that compete with Pandora but obtain licenses and pay for the right to stream Plaintiffs' Pre-72 Recordings to the public, while Pandora does not."
In response, Pandora issued a statement to The Hollywood Reporter: "Pandora is confident in its legal position and looks forward to a quick resolution of this matter."
The Hollywood Reporter notes that a similar lawsuit was filed against Sirius XM in 2013. That case is still pending. Against Pandora, the labels are asking for an injunction, along with "compensatory damages, punitive damages and all proceeds gained as a result of the exploitation of pre-'72 music." If the labels win, songs by the Beatles, James Brown, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Led Zeppelin, and countless others could be taken off Pandora. So you might want to listen to as much of that Beatles station as you can, for now.
Read Station to Station, our cover story on the past, present and future of streaming music.
Pitchfork is expanding its development team. We're looking for a sharp front-end developer excited about pushing hard on UI and UX.
Your ideas and contributions will be seen daily by millions of people around the world, and you'll be a part of a small dev and design team whose work has been praised for not only redefining music journalism, but influencing the medium itself.
You should be someone constantly learning about new technology and cognizant of its practical applications and limitations. The work environment is intimate and fast-paced. We all work very closely, and everyone has say in new ideas, features, and approach.
You'll help us to...
- Make pitchfork.com and thedissolve.com faster and more accessible
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- Make web advertising more interesting
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... and much more that we'll share with you later.
- familiarity with SASS and Backbone (or similar)
- experience with responsive design
- Experience building rich, complex web applications
- Strong attention to detail
- Experience using Git (and GitHub)
- Some level of comfort on the command line
Familiarity or experience - desired but not required:
- Familiarity with Python, Django, and Jinja2
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- Willing to take on any task, regardless of size. Everyone you'll work with is a generalist, and no job is beneath team members.
- Strong communication skills. We're a small team and work together closely.
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During the March installment of James Blake's monthly BBC Radio 1 residency, he played a track called "Bloke" by someone named "Simon Tallywhacker". Last night, during the April installment, he revealed the truth: "Simon Tallywhacker" is actually Jamie xx, and "Bloke" is actually "Girl", a track from Jamie's new single (the one that also features "Sleep Sound"). Listen to "Girl" at the kickoff of Blake's show, which is streaming here now.
Also on last night's show, Blake interviewed the elusive "DJ Badger", who may or may not be a real person, and may or may not be comedian/"The Office" co-creator Stephen Merchant. ("I pride myself on being able to clear a dancefloor," said Badger of his DJing prowess.) Blake also played two tracks ostensibly by DJ Badger, "Orangensaft" and "Apfel". Listen to the interview above.
Watch our interview with James Blake on Pitchfork.tv:
Joanna Gruesome have released a video for their cover of Galaxie 500's "Tugboat". Directed by their drummer, David Sanford, with illustrations by hats & milk, it shows singer Alanna McArdle singing directly to the camera. Watch it below.
Update: The video has been removed. The band Tweeted:
also fyi that wasn't like an 'official' video, davo made it 4 his course, not that 'official' really means anything anyway— joanna gruesome (@JOANNAGRUESOME) April 18, 2014
Watch Joanna Gruesome perform "Sugarcrush" at 285 Kent:
This week saw a bizarre story about Andre "Christ Bearer" Johnson, a Wu-Tang Clan affiliate who cut off his own penis and tried to commit suicide by leaping from the second story balcony of his North Hollywood apartment. Initially, Wu-Tang posted a statement to their website's blog disavowing the affiliation, but then removed it. Now, RZA has given an interview to XXL in which he clarifies the group's connection to Johnson.
Johnson was one half of Northstar, a California duo who were signed to Wu-Tang's label and had their 2004 album produced by RZA under his Bobby Digital alias. "Christ Bearer is a part of the West Coast Killa Beez, a bunch of young guys that was signed to our company 10 years ago," RZA said to XXL. "Wu-Tang, we’re from the East Coast. But we did invest in some young guys to try and help any hood. He was a guy from the hood that we gave a shot. I don’t make music with him nowadays. But the story—what he did—is incredible. That shit sound mythical.”
RZA noted that Johnson had recently gotten out of jail, and that he'd recently called RZA. "I feel sad for his family first and foremost; I know he has children," he said. "I thought he was a smarter guy than a guy who would do something crazy like that. But at the same time, he been in jail recently, he’s been in trouble. Maybe he’s mentally unstable. Maybe the mental health system should have took a look at him and said, 'You know what? We got to hold on to this guy for a little longer.' Because it’s not any sanity; even if you high, this shit don’t sound sane. This sounds more than high. It sound like mental problems or something that was bothering this man’s mind, and he needed help. It’s sad. I send my respect out to his family."
He concluded by calling the story "tragic," and referred to Johnson as "a guy we gave a chance to." "I liked those guys. I liked what they stood for, young guys trying. I can’t wait to really hear the whole story. It’s sad that it’s Wu-Tang affiliated. It’s like dirty press in a way. I want to know what the fuck moved him to do those things."
Listen to Northstar's debut album below:
Prince has announced a new partnership with Warner Bros. that gives him the rights to his master recordings and creates "an exclusive global licensing partnership that covers every album released from 1978 into the '90s," according to a press release.
Forthcoming projects are in the works, but first up is a digitally remastered deluxe edition of the classic Purple Rain, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this summer.
The press release promises "long-awaited, previously unheard music," but it is unclear what that means.
Prince will record a new album for Warner Bros., too. (It's rumored to be titled Plectrum Electrum.) His statement is pretty boilerplate, but spot the idiosyncratic detail: "A brand-new studio album is on the way and both Warner Bros. Records and Eye are quite pleased with the results of the negotiations and look forward to a fruitful working relationship."
Watch the trailer for Purple Rain:
Tomorrow is Record Store Day, the annual holiday celebrating the independent record store. To mark the occasion, artists and labels will once again share special releases available exclusively at indie stores around the world. The full list of releases is very long (read the U.S. list here and the UK list here), so we've cherry-picked the 25 pieces of vinyl we're most excited about. Note that not all of these will be available in every store. Some are region specific, some are super limited edition. And remember: Hit the shops early!
Dinosaur Jr.: Visitors box set
Collects their first four singles on Homestead and SST, plus a cover of the Byrds' "I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better" that was originally available on a 1989 Byrds tribute album. Comes with artwork from frequent Dinosaur Jr. collaborator Maura Jasper, an essay from Jasper on her creative process and relationship with J Mascis, and a book of unused work from between 1985 and 1990.
J. Spaceman and Kid Millions: Live at Le Poisson Rouge 12"
Recording of J. Spaceman (Jason Pierce of Spiritualized) and Kid Millions (John Colpitts of Oneida, Man Forever, People of the North) performing an improvised set at New York's Le Poisson Rouge. Comes with an accompanying 7".
Just Friends: "Don't Tell Me" 10"
Single from duo of Nicolas Jaar and Sasha Spielberg.
LCD Soundsystem: The Long Goodbye: LCD Soundsystem Live at Madison Square Garden
5xLP set containing the audio from LCD Soundsystem's four-hour farewell show at Madison Square Garden in 2011.
Hamilton Leithauser: "Alexandra" b/w "In the Shallows" 7"
Song from the Walkmen singer's forthcoming solo album with a non-album track.
Liars: "Mess on a Mission" b/w "Blah Vets" 12"
Embedded with colored string. Backed by remixes from Black Bananas (Jennifer Herrema of Royal Trux / RTX / Drag City) and Silent Servant (Sandwell District / Hospital Productions).
Life Without Buildings: Any Other City
[Rough Trade/What's Your Rupture?]
A reissue of their sole full-length, first released in 2001. First editions of the LP come with a 7” that contains alternate recordings of album cuts “The Leanover” and “New Town.”
Conor Oberst: "Hundreds of Ways" b/w "Fast Friends" 7"
"Hundreds of Ways" appears on Oberst's forthcoming solo album, Upside Down Mountain, while "Fast Friends" is an outtake.
OFF!: "Learn to Obey" 7"
Two song single recorded in the same sessions as OFF!'s new album Wasted Years. Features original artwork from artist Shepard Fairey (best known for designing Obama's "Hope" Poster).
Oneohtrix Point Never: Commissions I 12"
Contains pieces commissioned for installation art and film.
William Onyeabor: What?! 12"
Double 12" of remixes and covers of the African analog synth master William Onyeabor. Features Hot Chip, Daphni, Justin Strauss, the Vaccines, Javelin, JD Twitch, and more.
Parquet Courts: "Sunbathing Animal" b/w "Pilgrims to Nowhere" 7"
[What's Your Rupture?]
From the band's forthcoming record, Sunbathing Animal.
Pissed Jeans: The Very Best of Sub Pop 2009-2013: Live at the BBC 12"
Exclusive live-in-the-studio versions of "Romanticize Me", "False Jesii Pt. 2", "Cafeteria Food", and "Teenage Ad".
R.E.M.: Unplugged: The Complete 1991 and 2001 Sessions
4xLP collection pairing both of the band's sets for MTV's "MTV Unplugged" acoustic performance series. Includes 11 songs not originally broadcast on MTV.
Gil Scott-Heron: Nothing New
Posthumous release containing stripped down versions of Scott-Heron's old songs, recorded during the sessions for 2008's I'm Still Here.
The Snow: "Memory Loss" b/w "Joy of Life"
Members of Beach Fossils, Wild Nothing, and Holograms team up for split single.
Songs: Ohia: Journey On: Collected Singles box set
Collects rare recordings spanning Songs: Ohia's run from 1995-2002. Nine 7"s boxed together with a CD containing all the tracks, a booklet, and a custom 7" turntable adapter imprinted with the Songs: Ohia crossbow insignia.
Sunny Day Real Estate/Circa Survive: "Lipton Witch"/"Bad Heart" 7"
Split with Circa Survive containing SDRE's first new song since 2000.
Tame Impala: Live Versions
A live EP recorded at a 2013 Chicago show, with the songs selected "based on how different the live versions are from the album versions," according to the band's Kevin Parker.
Various Artists: Space Project 7" box set
Compilation featuring artists incorporating space sounds into original tracks. Tracks by Spiritualized (under the name The Spiritualized Mississippi Space Program), Beach House, Mutual Benefit, the Antlers, Blues Control, Benoit & Sergio, Porcelain Raft, and others.
Veruca Salt: "Seether" b/w "The Museum of Broken Relationships" and "It's Holy" 10"
Features two new songs recorded with the band's original lineup, who last released new material 14 years ago.
Jack White: "Lazaretto" 7"
Live version of the title track from White's forthcoming solo album set to be recorded on RSD at White's Third Man Records in Nashville, then pressed and released in the same day as the "World's Fastest Released Record."
Check out Broken Bells' video for "Holding on For Life," starring "House of Cards" actress Kate Mara and Star Trek's Anton Yelchin:
Mutual Benefit recently performed their first Take Away Show for La Blogothèque, playing "Statue of A Man", "Backwards Fireworks", and "C.L. Rosarian" after a show in Paris. The recording begins in the club where Mutual Benefit have just performed and continues outside to the river where the band continues to play as the crowd walks along with them in the twilight. Watch the video below.
Read our Rising featuring on Mutual Benefit here.
Check out photos from Mutual Benefit on Tour.
Hopscotch Music Festival takes place September 4-6 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Today, they've announced their initial lineup with Spoon, Mastodon, St. Vincent, and Sun Kil Moon headlining. More performers will be added in coming months.
Also performing will be Jamie xx, Thurston Moore, Phosphorescent, Lunice, Death, Power Trip, How To Dress Well, The Haxan Cloak, White Lung, Mapei, High on Fire, Ava Luna, Axxa/Abbraxas, Eagulls, GEMS, KEN Mode, The Range, and more.
ATP, Pitchfork, and Primavera Sound recently announced Jabberwocky, a new music, art, and film festival that will take place at the ExCeL Centre in London August 15-16. Today, Jabberwocky is proud to announce after party lineups for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. All after parties will be free to ticket holders. Check out the lineups below.
The after parties will be held at Shapes in Hackney Wick and The Ace Hotel in Shoreditch. All after parties will be free to ticket holders with a Jabberwocky wristband for the respective day, with priority entrance to all parties with Ace Hotel packages.
Entrance is on a first come, first serve basis.
Shapes After Party Lineups
DJ Fra Soler (Primavera)
DJ Coco (Primavera)
Fuck Buttons (DJ set)
DJ Andy Stott
DJ Declan Allen
The Ace Hotel After Party Lineups
Death Waltz DJs
Thee Oh Sees
Jozef Van Wissem
Pitchfork + ATP DJs
Jabberwocky 2014 will feature Neutral Milk Hotel, Caribou, Electric Wizard, Deafheaven, Kode9, Earth, Pissed Jeans, Connan Mockasin, The Ex, Speedy Ortiz, Iceage, Vatican Shadow, Joanna Gruesome, Metz, Jesu, I Break Horses, Chelsea Wolfe, Hookworms, Eaux, and the Growlers, with many more acts to be announced soon. The cinema program will also be announced soon, and stay tuned for updates on other activities.
Tickets are on sale now. The cost is £35 a day or £60 for two days. You can purchase tickets here.
Future's latest single from Honest, which is out April 22 via A1/Freebandz/Epic, is "I Won". It features Kanye West rapping extensively about Kim Kardashian—referencing the "Bound 2" video and, uh, her sisters and mom—and it's produced by Metro Boomin. Now, the track has a video directed by Hype Williams.
The clip features the two men out on the beach-- Future wearing an all-white ensemble as Kanye goes for the T-shirt look-- and oh yeah, there are some almost NSFW swimsuit models.
In our recent interview with Future, he said of the song:
"I Won" is not a love song. It's just me uplifting women in general. I'm giving women the power to treat themselves as a trophy—to show that and know it in yourself and be confident—because when they do that, whoever they're with is winning. I'm not teaching motherfuckers how to love.
Watch the clip below:
Watch Future collaborate with TNGHT in an episode of Pitchfork.tv's "Selector":
Under his Sun Kil Moon moniker, Mark Kozelek recently released one of the best albums of 2014 thus far, Benji. Kozelek has now announced that he'll release a live album featuring many of the songs from Benji. It's called Live at Biko, out July 1 on Calo Verde, and was recorded April 6 in Milan. Hear his take on Benji's "Richard Ramirez Died Today of Natural Causes" for the live album, above.
Read our recent interview with Kozelek here.
Live at Biko:
02 I Watched the Film the Song Remains the Same
03 I Love My Dad
06 Richard Ramirez Died Today of Natural Causes
08 Hey You Bastards I'm Still Here
09 Sunshine In Chicago
12 Ceiling Gazing
13 Tavoris Cloud
Watch the Sun Kil Moon video for "Black Kite":
At a show last night at Brooklyn's Glasslands Gallery, FKA twigs played a brand new song, apparently titled "Give Up". Watch footage below.
FKA twigs' second EP came out last fall.
Read our 2013 interview with FKA twigs here.
Wu-Tang Clan will soon release Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, a secretly recorded album that won't be made commercially available. Instead, it'll be manufactured as a single copy and tour through museums and galleries before being sold to the highest bidder. RZA claims that they've already received a $5 million bid. Now, two Wu-Tang fans named Russell Meyer and Calvin Okoth-Obbo are trying to raise the money via Kickstarter to purchase the album and share it with other Wu-Tang fans.
"I can’t imagine RZA being upset if enough Wu-Tang fans get together and raise enough money to purchase [the album]," Meyer said in an interview with DNAinfo New York. "We don’t want some guy in Dubai who literally has money to burn to buy it as a collector item that only six people will get to listen to."
Their plan is to raise the funds, then distribute it digitally should they emerge as the high bidder. What would happen to the physical copy is still up in the air. "We could rock-paper-scissors to see who gets to hold it," Okoth-Obbo said. "Or we could do a vote or raffle of all backers to see who keeps it. It’s not about ownership, it’s about getting it out there. We’d rather just get the musical content and be able to share that with the people who want to be able to appreciate it."
As Kickstarters go, this one is fairly decentralized. There's only a single rewards tier entitling the backer to a digital copy of the album, which is reached with the donation of a dollar.
The "Risks and challenges" section of the Kickstarter reads:
The risk is some Saudi oil baron's kid spending his dad's money to collect a trophy and then he'll keep the album to himself and fans the world over will suffer.
If for some reason we are unable to purchase the album to distribute it to all fans or we are outbid, there will be a vote to either refund all money to backers or use the money to fund a Wu Tang related project such as a free concert for backers.
The founder of this group will not profit by even a single penny of backers' contributions, nor will a cent be spent until the auction date when the entirety of funds raised will be bid in an attempt to win the album.
It's a noble, if difficult goal: As of press time, they'd raised $52 out of $5 million. Still, there's 52 days to go.
Watch the video for "C.R.E.A.M.":
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are releasing a new album, Days of Abandon, on May 13 via Yebo. Recently, they performed at Gigstock, a mini-festival co-sponsored by WNYC and Oh My Rockness. (Conor Oberst also performed.) They performed six songs from Days of Abandon, including "Eurydice" and "Simple and Sure", as well as the previously unreleased "Until the Sun Explodes", "Kelly", "Life After Life", and "Art Smock". Watch the entire set below, via WNYC.
Watch Pains play "Everything With You" on Pitchfork.tv's "A-D-D":
Pink Mountaintops – the outfit lead by Stephen McBean of Black Mountain – will release their new album Get Back on April 29 in the U.S. and April 28 in Europe, via Jagjaguwar. It follow's 2009's Outside Love, and features appearances from J. Mascis, Rob Barbato (The Fall, Cass McCombs), Steve Kille (Dead Meadow), Daniel Allaire (Brian Jonestown Massacre), and Gregg Foreman (Cat Power, Delta 72). Annie Hardy of Giant Drag contributes a filthy rap to the song "North Hollywood Microwaves". The entire album is up for streaming via Pitchfork Advance, our immersive music streaming platform designed to emulate the classic album experience. It'll be streaming until April 24. Listen here.
Miami sludge band Floor, which features Torche vocalist Steve Brooks, return with Oblation, their first album in over a decade. The album arrives April 29 in North America (April 25 everywhere else) via Season of Mist; you can give it an Advance listen until April 24.
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.