Sky Ferreira has shared the video for "Omanko", from 2013's Night Time, My Time. It was directed by her boyfriend, DIIV singer Zachary Cole Smith, and is compiled from VHS-quality footage of the two. Check it out below.
Read our interview with Ferreira here.
Watch DIIV do "(Druun Pt. II) / Like A Rolling Stone" at one of the final 285 Kent shows:
Seminal producer Larry Smith has died. The news was first reported by radio host Combat Jack, who said that Smith passed away on Thursday night.
Smith was born in 1951 in Queens, New York. In 1979, he was enlisted to play bass on Kurtis Blow's "Christmas Rappin'", which was followed by work on "The Breaks" and Blow's first three albums.
He then co-produced the first two albums by Run-D.M.C., 1984's Run-D.M.C. and 1985's Kings of Rock, with Def Jam founder Russell Simmons. On his own, he produced two albums by Whodini: 1984's Escape and 1986's Back in Black.
Rip to the greatest hip hop producer of all times.... Larry Smith. Produced my biggest and most significant hits..— Rev Run (@RevRunWisdom) December 19, 2014
Earlier this year, James Murphy teamed up with IBM to convert the raw data from U.S. Open tennis matches into music. Using an algorithm, Murphy and IBM turned the data into over 400 hours of sound. Now, Murphy has remixed those sounds into a 12-track album released by IBM. It is titled, appropriately, Remixes Made With Tennis Data. Listen below.
Below, check out a video detailing the making of the album:
Jenny Lewis and Ryan Adams recently wrapped up a handful of shows touring together, where they made a habit of covering each other's songs. Last night, Adams joined Lewis during her appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live", where they performed "She's Not Me" and "Just One of the Guys". Both of those are from this year's The Voyager, which was largely produced by Adams. Check out videos of both performances below.
TV on the Radio have released their clip for the hard-charging Seeds track "Lazerray", which features the group performing in a skate park. Photographer Atiba Jefferson directs. Watch the video below via Complex.
Including noise in Shanghai, Borbetomagus documentaries, the revitalised FM radio spectrum, whalesong, ventriloquism, John Fahey's paintings and more
This year, The Wire's online humunculus was more active than ever before – here's a roundup of all that which requires an attention surplus; the cream of the long form from 2014.
We published columns on sonification; the effect of archive fever on the current musical landscape; the all you can eat buffet of nothing; the survival of the epic, and Deutsche Grammophon’s 1970s forays into free jazz. Chinese noise musician Yan Jun asked which hell we would prefer, and Stewart Home talked about Northern Soul and his gym obsession, while Derek Walmsley tuned in to the FM radio spectrum, now revitalised by a swathe of community stations.
Long form features on The Wire covered the natural world and the unnatural realm. Monitoring the changing song of the humpback whale, David Rothenberg contended that whale song of the 1960s is different (and to some minds better) than the whale song of today. Kasper Opstrup communed with the history of psychic music making, from Burroughs through to contemporary psychic jam sessions by the likes of Matmos, Jennifer Walshe and Rashad Becker. We watched lips twitch on the history of ventriloquism, and looked at the peculiar science of casino acoustics. The entire archive is available to read here.
We added some rare fish to the ever expanding sea of online audio, publishing tracks found while crate digging in Kuala Lumpur, a collection of live recordings made at Copenhagen's underground venue Mayhem and a recreation of one of the earliest known compositions for an electric instrument. We hosted not one but two selections of work by the tape collagist and visual artist Adam Bohman, Argentine guitarist Alan Courtis put together his own Wirecast, Selvhenter and the Eget Værelse cohort put together a selection of their sounds. There was a bumper crop of David Rosenboom compositions, Justin Broadrick tracks; plus more by Torturing Nurse, Lee Gamble, Maya Dunietz, Stefan Jaworzyn and many others, all of it archived here. Whether you're looking to catch up on the previous year's new releases, or forward into the new year, our weekly radio shows from Resonance FM and NTS are archived in full here.
Galleries covered John Fahey’s paintings and the early days of the Berlin squat scene, plus futuristic flyers from Mexico City, sound system culture in Huddersfield, the 1980s no wave scene, and much more. In moving image, we posted film excerpts throughout the year, including an excerpt from Matthew Smith's documentary about the Los Angeles beat scene, a documentary on Martin Bisi’s BC Studio, plus videos of performances by Maria Chavez, Richard Skelton with the Elysian Quartet, Jandek, and a rough edit of a forthcoming documentary on improv powerhouse Borbetomagus.
Normal operations resume from 5 January, but in the meantime, this should be enough to keep you busy.
Broken Social Scene Share Unreleased Track "Golden Facelift", Fucked Up Share 17-Minute Italian Opera
Broadsheet Music: A Year in Review is a partnership between Arts & Crafts, The Globe & Mail, and the Canadian Opera Company. Artists were asked to contribute music inspired by important news topics of 2014. The project includes an unreleased Broken Social Scene song called "Golden Facelift", the first bit of new BSS music since 2010. (The news topic? "Reclamation and human accountability.")
It also includes Fucked Up's 17-minute Italian opera "Voce Rubata" (translation: "Stolen Voice") featuring members of the Canadian Opera Company, inspired by "the misleading illusions of liberty and the voice." The solo song from Broken Social Scene's Brendan Canning, "No Doubt or Fire", was inspired by the death of Robin Williams. Reuben and the Dark, Tamara Williamson & Absolutely Free, and Jason Collett & Zeus all also contributed tracks. Listen to the whole thing below and download it for free from The Globe & Mail.
"Golden Facelift" is an outtake from the Forgiveness Rock Record sessions. The band shared this statement about the song:
It is a song we as a band all felt strongly about lyrically and musically and we wanted to give it a proper unveiling when the time was right. We feel that chance is now as this year draws to a close. 2014 has not been without its beauty, but it has also been a year of incredible brutality and all of humanity has a great deal to answer for. As songwriters and creative artists we want the world to know Broken Social Scene's aim is to be a voice that will champion underdogs and the idea of goodness on this planet upon which we all take up valuable space.
Fucked Up's "Voce Rubata" is an opera in six acts. They explain:
"Voce Rubata" is about two threads of a similar illusion, both leading to their own tragic outcome. A tragedy of hope for a kind of creative mobility, and a tragedy of abandonment in discovering the mechanisms by which one is meant to be 'free' in fact are in the service of promising liberty, but not delivering it. All this is told through the prism of the trappings of being a classically trained singer, who can only operate within the bounds of tradition.
Miguel, the R&B singer behind 2012's Kaleidoscope Dream, has shared a surprise, three-track EP via his Soundcloud. It features three tracks: "Nwa" (which features rapper Kurupt), "Hollywooddreams", and "Coffee". Listen to the EP below.
Watch Miguel on Pitchfork.tv, below:
Stephen Colbert Brings Out Michael Stipe, Jeff Tweedy, Randy Newman, Willie Nelson, Cyndi Lauper, More on "The Colbert Report" Finale
Last night, Stephen Colbert bid adieu to "The Colbert Report" before disembarking for David Letterman's soon-to-be-vacant "Late Show". To help him mark the end of an era, Colbert brought out a cavalcade of celebrities – Alex Trebek! Katie Couric! Former President Bill Clinton! – to do a sing-along to Vera Lynn's "We'll Meet Again", and a number of musicians found themselves in the mix.
Of course, we got to see R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe (alive, well. and enjoying the company of James Franco, "Sesame Street"'s cookie monster, and others after being liberated from Colbert's shelf earlier this week) but the sketch also included cameos from Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, Randy Newman, Willie Nelson, Barry Mannilow, Cyndi Lauper (who found herself standing next to Big Bird from "Sesame Street"), and countless other stars. Watch the whole thing below, via CoS.
Photo via Facebook/Ardent Studios
John Fry, the founder of Ardent Studios and a producer for Big Star, has died, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reports. He was 69 years old.
Born on New Year's Eve, 1944, Fry first conceived of Ardent as a kid in his grandmother’s sewing room. Between 1959 to 1965, he released singles on behalf of his tiny label until opening Ardent's first commercial studio on National Street in 1966. Over 48 years, artists ranging from ZZ Top, R.E.M., and Led Zeppelin to James Taylor, the White Stripes, and Three 6 Mafia recorded dozens of gold and platinum records. In addition to operating a contemporary Christian and a Stax-affiliated rock/pop version of the Ardent label, Fry also recorded and mixed the first three Big Star albums, 1971's #1 Record, 1974’s Radio City, and 1978’s Third. Last month he was inducted alongside Big Star into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame.
“There was no other studio in Memphis that remotely approximated the longevity and importance of Ardent and what it’s meant to the city over the last 40-plus years,” the president of the Memphis Grammy chapter, Jon Hornyak, told the Appeal, “John Fry was, without doubt, one of the most significant figures in Memphis music.”
In addition to his work with Ardent, Fry helped create a curriculum for the Music Industry program at the University of Memphis.
Fry passed away at Methodist East hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest. He is survived by his wife Betty.
Listen to Big Star's "Thirteen":
Photo by Colin Kerrigan
Last March a fatal car crash at SXSW killed four people-- Steven Craenmehr, 35, of the Netherlands; Jamie Ranae West, 27, a local Austin resident; Sandy Le, 26; and DeAndre Tatum, 18. Rashad Owens, the driver in the crash, is currently facing four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a capital murder charge, and 20 counts of assault.
Now, the families of the victims have brought a new wave of lawsuits against the festival, Billboard reports. According to the report, Craenmehr's family claims festival organizers for SXSW neglected to take certain traffic safeguards during the festival, which may have put people at risk.
The lawsuits filed today are the first since the crash last March.
The music portion of this year's SXSW takes place March 17-22.
James Blake hosted his final BBC Radio 1 Residency tonight, and over the course of the evening he played several collaborations, from Bing Crosby & David Bowie to The Vanguard & D’Angelo to Stevie Wonder & Take 6. ("I'm probably his biggest fan," Blake said before playing D'Angelo's "1000 Deaths". "Everyone should listen to his new record.") He also played music from Kanye West, Mavado, and Airhead, and ended with some Christmas music from Nat King Cole, Ray Charles, and Art Garfunkel.
Going forward, BBC will welcome a new set of Radio 1 DJs, including Flying Lotus (January 15) and Jon Hopkins (January 22).
Listen to the entire mix here, via the BBC.
Watch Blake perform at this year's Pitchfork Music Festival Paris:
Band of Horses have announced they're working on a new album they hope to release next year. The follow up to 2012's Mirage Rock is being produced by Grandaddy's Jason Lytle. They've also teamed up with Lytle to record a new song called "Hang an Ornament". You can listen to that above, and download it on iTunes. As the band writes on their website, it's "a Christmas kind of song to bring you some seasonal good tidings or something."
Danny Brown, Pusha T, Killer Mike, Action Bronson, Young Thug, More on 36-Rapper, 40-Minute Posse Cut "The Rap Monument"
"The Rap Monument" is a posse cut to behold: 36 rappers on the same 40-minute track. (Actually, it's more like an album than a cut.) This thing features Danny Brown, Pusha T, Raekwon, Killer Mike, Action Bronson, Prodigy, Young Thug, YG, Heems, Zebra Katz, and tons of others. (Find the full list here.) It's produced by Hudson Mohawke, S-Type, and Nick Hook. The full track, some behind-the-scenes documentaries, and individual performances are below, via Noisey.
"The Rap Monument":
Behind the Scenes (New York):
Behind the Scenes (Atlanta):
Behind the Scenes (Los Angeles):
At the turn of the millennium, Jack White and his friend Brian Muldoon were part of a band called the Upholsterers. The joke: White and Muldoon were actual upholsterers—renovating furniture is what they did for a living. In an early example of the creative release strategies White would go on to regularly employ a decade later with his Third Man Records, the band released one of their singles by... sewing copies into pieces of furniture that White and Muldoon had been commissioned to reupholster. They didn't tell the customers they were doing this, though.
As Third Man says, 100 copies of the single were hidden back in 2004. They say that two copies have recently been found by two separate individuals, which means a potential 98 are still out there. Third Man has now shared photos of the art for the single, which was done by Gordon Newton.
The Upholsterers did release one single in a conventional fashion, via the label Sympathy for the Record Industry in 2000. Here's a track from it:
Adult Swim has been airing a series of bizarre, late night "infomercials" best experienced when you're so tired/stoned you can't even be sure that what you're watching is real. Following in the tradition of "Too Many Cooks", they've now unleashed "Unedited Footage of a Bear", which goes above and beyond what the title promises. It features a score from Dan Deacon, who also makes a blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo as a detective. What does a detective have to do with unedited footage of a bear? Well, you'll just have to see. Check it out below.
"Unedited Footage of a Bear" also features a cameo from M.C. Schmidt from Matmos as another detective. It was directed by frequent Deacon collaborator Alan Resnick and features many other Baltimore artists.
In other Deacon-related news: His new album, Gliss Riffer, will be out February 24 in North America and February 23 everywhere else. He'll also be heading out on tour; check out the dates below.
12-11 San Francisco, CA - The Exploratorium
01-18 Hobart, Australia - Mona Foma Festival
01-22 Sydney, Australia - The Aurora (Sydney Festival)
01-24 Melbourne, Australia - Sugar Mountain Festival
01-25 Brisbane, Australia - The Brightside
02-16 London, England - Islington Assembly Hall
02-18 Paris, France - Le Divan du Monde
02-19 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Paradiso
02-20 Berlin, Germany - SchwuZ
02-25 Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade
02-27 Los Angeles, CA - Center for the Arts Eagle Rock
02-28 San Francisco, CA - The Chapel (Noise Pop Festival)
Watch Deacon perform a new song at one of the final 285 Kent shows:
Photo by Erez Avissar
Oneohtrix Point Never, aka Daniel Lopatin, has shared two new tracks, "Rush" and "Bubs". According to Lopatin, "Rush" was going originally going to appear on last year's R Plus Seven, "but it ended up being an unsolved mystery until now." Meanwhile, "Bubs" is a "holiday special" from him and PC Music's A.G. Cook. Check them out above.
You can also download them for free at OPN's Soundcloud. As he writes, "its been a ruff year for planet earth and music sometimes feels like a slightly absurd vocation but i hope this increase joy by _%."
Read "Right Brain", Mike Powell's feature on Oneohtrix Point Never.
Watch Lopatin and Nate Boyce collaborate at MoMA PS1:
Photo by Shervin Lainez
Punk icon Kathleen Hanna's band the Julie Ruin released their debut album Run Fast in 2013. The song "Blueberry Island" wasn't included on that album, though it was featured in the Hanna documentary The Punk Singer. Now, the track is being released on a 7" that's being sold via a pop-up online record shop run by TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek's label Federal Prism. The B-side is a YACHT remix of the Julie Ruin track "Right Home".
Federal Prism's pop-up is selling exclusive vinyl, apparel, downloads, and more from a wide array of artists. It will be up for 60 days starting right now. In a press release, Sitek said of his decision to start the pop-up, “Somewhere along the line music became ‘content.’ It’s my full intention to bring it back to music again! With such potency, music should be treated with care. The sound, the feel, the presentation… everything! It is a medicine. It is a teacher!”
In addition to the Julie Ruin 7", the shop also plans to sell exclusive releases by TV on the Radio, Johnny Cash, Frankie Rose, fIREHOSE, Thelonious Monk, Mike Watt, Chuck Inglish, CSS, the Germs, and many others. Check out the shop here.
Read our 5-10-15-20 interview with Hanna, and watch the Julie Ruin on Pitchfork.tv's "+1":
Noisey and the technology corporation Philips approached Wild Beasts recently to film a performance of their Present Tense standout "Wanderlust" in London. The catch? Instead of a standard keyboard or synth, Tom Fleming would be playing on a 7,866-pipe organ. Out of use for nearly a decade, the Royal Festival Hall's massive, 60-year-old-instrument provides the main focus for the quartet's performance. Check it out below, via Noisey.
Last week, the band shared a "GIF novel" containing two unreleased tracks, "Soft Future" and "Blood Knowledge".
Read our Update with Wild Beasts.
Watch them do "Mecca" at Pitchfork Music Festival:
Tonight's episode of "The Colbert Report" is, sadly, the final one before Stephen Colbert eventually takes David Letterman's seat at "Late Show". On last night's episode, Stephen took care of some urgent business: He addressed what would happen to R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, who has been sitting on the "Report" shelf since 2011.
Here's the backstory: Colbert was upset over R.E.M.'s breakup, so to commemorate one of his favorite bands, he decided to permanently enshrine Stipe himself on his Shelves of Honor (alongside Captain America's shield and the microwave he stole from "The O'Reilly Factor" green room). While on the shelf, he sang "Lean on Me" with Brian Eno, "Good King Wenceslas" with Mandy Patinkin, and would randomly appear to chime in about jokes he enjoyed.
On last night's episode, Stephen held a garage sale for some of his personal effects. He attempted to sell Stipe for a quarter. He wasn't seen by segment's end, so ostensibly someone landed themselves a steal.