Jenny Lewis and Ryan Adams were guests on tonight's episode of Austin City Limits. Lewis' set featured cuts from her previous two solo albums (2008's Acid Tongue and last year's The Voyager), along with Rilo Kiley's "Moneymaker" and "Silver Lining".
Ryan Adams' set opened with "Stay With Me" from last year's self-titled LP. He went on to revisit much of his back catalogue – including tracks from 2011's Ashes & Fire, 2002's Demolition, and even his hardcore seven-inch 1984.
Watch the performances below, as well as setlists for both acts.
Head Under Water
Just One of the Guys
She's Not Me
Stay With Me
Let It Ride
Do I Wait
When The Summer Ends
Several days ago, Kanye West made an appearance at the iHeartMedia Music Summit in California, where he played a snippet of an acoustic song featuring Rihanna. That song has now been released, and it's called "FourFiveSeconds". The singer uploaded the track - which. as Stereogum points out, also features Ty Dolla $ign and the Dirty Projectors' Dave Longsreth in addition to West and Paul McCartney - to her website on Saturday evening along with the artwork shown above; it's also available now on iTunes. Click here to listen.
Rihanna's last album, Unapologetic, was released in 2012.
Yeah, it's definitely happening: Meow the Jewels, the cat-centric remix of Run the Jewels' forthcoming Run the Jewels 2, is coming together. Following El-P's cat auditions, he shared three Instagram videos where the hook from "Jeopardy" is performed by the Internet-famous cat legend Lil Bub. He writes, "oh my god what am I doing with my life". Something incredible, that's what. Watch them below.January 23, 2015
Read "Last Rappers Standing", our feature on Run the Jewels.
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Watch Run the Jewels perform at Pitchfork Music Festival:
Lil Wayne has been outspoken about his dissatisfaction with Birdman and Cash Money, calling himself a "prisoner" when the label refused to release his new album Tha Carter V. Now, it appears that negotiations between the two parties have fallen apart.
TMZ reports that Wayne will ask a judge to declare him free from Cash Money, arguing that the label violated his contract by withholding the album's release. Wayne is also reportedly planning to sue Birdman for his promised $8 million Tha Carter V advance.
Birdman has reportedly promised that Tha Carter V will be released "in due time".
Wayne just released Sorry 4 the Wait 2 as an apology for the album's delay. On the opening track, his remix of O.T. Genasis' "CoCo", he directly addressed Birdman and the label:
Cash Money is an army, I’m a one-man army
And if them niggas comin’ for me, I’m goin’ out like Tony
Now I don’t want problems, I just want my money
Ain’t gotta hold no conversation or my luggage
Tell whoever’s countin’ that I’m on a hundred
Birdman Jr., more like Ugly Duckling
Ryan Adams and Mandy Moore are getting a divorce. Moore's representative confirmed the news in a statement to Us Weekly, saying, "It is a respectful, amicable parting of ways and both Mandy and Ryan are asking for media to respect their privacy at this time."
According to Radar Online, Moore filed for divorce in Los Angeles while Adams was in New York.
The couple rarely discussed their marriage with the media. In an interview with BuzzFeed last year, Adams said, "I’m a private person and I’ll be a gentleman and say I’m not talking about my marriage ever. I’ll never talk about it. Ever."
Moore contributed background vocals to songs on Ashes & Fire and Ryan Adams.
On "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" , the host occasionally invites his guests to play charades. This time, the teams were Fallon and Ryan Seacrest against the Roots' Black Thought and "Empire" actress Taraji P. Henson. While Henson attempted to guess the clue "All About That Bass", she shouted the words "Based God" (or "bass god") a few times. Then, "The Tonight Show" tweeted at Lil B. This is a night to remember. Watch below around the 2:50 mark.January 24, 2015
Photo by Colin Kerrigan
On Wednesday at his annual State of the State address, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo outlined a plan to improve police and community relations. Today, as Billboard reports, Capitol Confidential have shared a statement from one of the plan's supporters: Jay Z.
The criminal justice reform package proposed by Governor Cuomo today is a huge step forward in restoring fairness, protection, sensitivity and accountability for all under our justice system. I commend Governor Cuomo for his bold leadership in taking this issue head on at this critical time. This package presents comprehensive steps to protect and improve relations amongst all citizens. We cannot be divided, as every single human being matters. Together, we can move forward as a community, with mutual respect for each other and continue to make this great state stronger than ever before.
Cuomo's plan includes the formation of a statewide commission on police-community relations, funding to ensure more protection for police officers, and independent monitors to review fatality-related incidents, the Associated Press reports.
Here's the full state of the state address:
Last year, Head Wound City—the mid-00s supergroup featuring Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Nick Zinner, the Blood Brothers' Jordan Blilie and Cody Votolato, and the Locust's Justin Pearson and Gabe Serbian—briefly reunited for a pair of shows. Today, they've announced that their self-titled 2005 EP will be remastered and reissued on March 10 via Three One G. That's the remastered version of "Street College" above via VICE.
There's no word on whether or not this means more shows or new material is on the horizon, though it was reported that new songs were played at their 2014 shows. The EP's press release notes that "members are optimistic about creating new material in the future".
Head Wound City EP:
01 Radical Friends
02 I'm a Taxidermist I'll Stuff Anything
03 Prick Class
04 Street College
05 New Soak for Our Empty Pocket
06 Thrash Zoo
07 Michael J. Fux [ft. Gnarls in Charge]
The International Network of Street Papers (INSP) is a Glasgow-based charity that supports independent newspapers distributed by homeless and long-term unemployed vendors. As part of a UK-wide #VendorWeek Big Sell initiative, members of Scottish bands including Chvrches, Mogwai, and the Twilight Sad will hit the streets to sell copies of one such publication, The Big Issue.
On February 4 and 5 in Glasgow and Edinburgh, Chvrches' Lauren Mayberry, Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite, the Twilight Sad's James Graham, and others will spend an hour selling papers. They'll be mentored by Big Issue vendors, and in addition to actually buying a paper from them, you can sponsor your favorite artist (and by doing so, contribute to INSP's poverty-reduction cause) here.
The INSP shared this statement from Mayberry:
“As a long time supporter of the work of The Big Issue, I am honoured to be supporting them and INSP during #VendorWeek 2015. Schemes like these empower people dealing with unemployment and homelessness to help themselves and change their circumstances, and I hope we can raise a lot of money to help continue this important work.”
Here's Graham's statement:
“I can't remember a time where The Big Issue hasn't been around, and to me, that means it is being consistently helpful and successful in getting people back on the road to full time employment. I feel privileged to have been asked to take part and I'm looking forward to the experience and spreading the word. An hour out of my day is the least I can do and £2.50 out of your pocket isn't that much for a good read with the added bonus of knowing you are really helping someone.”
Find more information about the INSP's #VendorWeek here.
Watch Chvrches perform on Halloween at Pitchfork Music Festival Paris:
Jack White will play NYC's Madison Square Garden on January 30, as part of his tour in support of last year's Lazaretto. The performance will be livestreamed by Pandora. Third Man Records has also curated a digital mixtape on the Jack White Live Pandora station, which you can check out here.
The show will be broadcast starting at 9 p.m. Eastern, and will air on continuous loop for the next 72 hours. Starting February 3, you'll be able to listen to it song-by-song at your own pace.
Additionally, Jordan Klepper of "The Daily Show" will conduct a video interview with White to be streamed starting February 3.
Watch White's video for "Would You Fight For My Love?":
The note on the band's website said:
This is a message to you we are deeply sorry for…
On January 20th, Tuesday afternoon, Edgar Froese suddenly and unexpectedly passed away from the effects of a pulmonary embolism in Vienna.
The sadness in our hearts is immensely.
Edgar once said: “There is no death, there is just a change of our cosmic address."
Edgar, this is a little comfort to us.
Froese founded Tangerine Dream in 1967, and remained the band's only constant member through their long existence. They released dozens of studio albums and composed the soundtrack for movies such as Firestarter and Risky Business. Froese also released many solo albums. Tangerine Dream were influential in developing the sounds of Krautrock, ambient, and electronic dance music.
Most recently, Froese collaborated on the score of Grand Theft Auto V.
In honor of Yoko Ono's 82nd birthday, the singer has collaborated with Antony and John Zorn on two new limited edition 10" vinyl releases. The first is called Antony & Yoko and features a duet on Ono's "I Love You Earth", along with Antony's solo rendition of Ono's "I'm Going Away Smiling". The second is called Yoko Ono & John Zorn, and features an improvisation between the two called "Blink" that was performed on WNYC back in 2012. They'll be available on February 18 (Ono's birthday) via Chimera.
Proceeds from Antony & Yoko will benefit the Rain Forest Trust, while proceeds from Yoko Ono & John Zorn will benefit The Stone. Both 10"s are one-sided, with an etching by Ono on the other. Below, you can watch a video from 2009 of Ono and Antony singing "I'm Going Away Smiling", along with a video of Ono and Zorn's WNYC improvisation.
Additionally, a new book by photographer Bob Gruen and Austin radio program director Jody Denberg titled See Hear Yoko will be released on February 17. It compiles hundreds of photos of Yoko, along with 25 years' worth of interviews.
"I'm Going Away Smiling":
Ono + Zorn:
At last year's WEEK-END festival in Cologne, Germany, a number of artists were asked to pay tribute to Brian Eno's 1974 album, Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy). PCPC, the supergroup made up of members of Parquet Courts and PC Worship, teamed up to cover Eno's "The Fat Lady of Limbourg" and the title track. On the latter, they were joined by Owen Pallett, Nicholas Krgovich, and Tom Ashforth. Watch videos of both performances below, via Pitchfork.tv:
"The Fat Lady of Limbourg":
"Taking Tiger Mountain":
Eminem, Big Sean, Danny Brown, Dej Loaf, Royce da 5'9", Trick Trick Share "Detroit Vs. Everybody" Video
Last year, Eminem, Big Sean, Danny Brown, Dej Loaf, Royce da 5'9", and Trick Trick teamed up for "Detroit Vs. Everybody" from Eminem's Shady XV compilation. Now, the track has a black-and-white video that shows everyone rapping in and around the Motor City. Check it out below, via Rap-Up.
Read "Top Underdog", our feature from last year on Brown.
Watch Brown on an episode of Pitchfork.tv's "Over/Under":
Bob Dylan's new album, Shadows in the Night, is composed of covers of songs once sung by Frank Sinatra. This week, Dylan did an interview with AARP the Magazine—his first interview in three years. And it's also been announced that the album will be sent to 50,000 random AARP the Magazine subscribers.
As he told AARP's Robert Love, "A lot of those readers are going to like this record. If it was up to me, I’d give you the records for nothing and you give them to every [reader of your] magazine." Wish fulfilled!
In the interview, Love asks Dylan if he thought it was "risky" to do an album of Sinatra covers. "Risky? Like walking across a field laced with land mines? Or working in a poison gas factory? There’s nothing risky about making records," Dylan says. "Comparing me with Frank Sinatra? You must be joking. To be mentioned in the same breath as him must be some sort of high compliment. As far as touching him goes, nobody touches him. Not me or anyone else."
Dylan also says "Love Sick" from 1997's Time Out of Mind is the best song he's ever written about heartbreak.
Shadows in the Night is out February 3 via Columbia for the rest of us.
Read Invisible Hits: The Tangled Tale of Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks on The Pitch.
Listen to "Full Moon and Empty Arms" from Shadows in the Night:
Last night's episode of the FXX animation series "Lucas Bros. Moving Co." featured a couple of all-star guests. Action Bronson played a taco truck owner embroiled in a feud with the Lucas Brothers. And ?uestlove played... Ja Rule. Watch clips of Bronson's appearance below, via the Fader.
Here's ?uestlove as Ja Rule:
Dreams come true, I begged @thelucasbros to gimme a role on #LucasBrosMovingCo & they granted my wish: I am the voice of @ruleyorkcity #JaRule on tonight's season 2 premiere on @fxxnetwork #Holla!!!!!!!
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Watch Action Bronson's episode of "Over/Under":
Aphex Twin's new 13-track EP, Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt2, is out on January 23 via Warp. Now, you can stream the whole thing on Spotify. It includes an alternate mix of "Diskhat ALL Prepared1mixed [snr2mix]". Check it out below.
Check out our Aphex Twin Cover Story here.
Today, they're sharing the video for "Ray Gun", a psychedelic chronicle of an attempted rescue at a strip club that veers into an unexpected, extraterrestrial ending. The clip stars Odd Future's Left Brain as a character called "the Mask." It was directed by Dennis Schroeder. Watch it below via Rolling Stone.
Watch Ghostface on an episode of Pitchfork.tv's "Over/Under":
Mount Eerie, aka Phil Elverum, will release his new double LP Sauna on February 3 via his own P.W. Elverum & Sun label. Above, listen to the album version of "Dragon", a track which he performed live back in September.
In addition, Elverum has shared a visual for an abbreviated version of the album's title track. Directed by Allyson Foster with Elverum's help, the somber clip combines footage of factories and industrial landscapes with scenes of revelry in cowgirl costumes, all subtitled by the song's lyrics. The YouTube description says, "There was no craft services. The rain was totally crazy."
Watch it below.
Ensembles Asia is an ambitious new initiative launched by Tokyo’s Otomo Yoshihide and Hong Kong’s Takuro Mizuta Lippit aka DJ Sniff
Ensembles Asia is an ambitious new initiative launched by Tokyo’s Otomo Yoshihide and Hong Kong’s Takuro Mizuta Lippit aka DJ Sniff. According to Sniff, “This is a large scale project with which we aim to connect independent music communities throughout Asia during the next seven years.”
The project has three components: the Asian Music Network, which will link experimental and underground musicians across the Pacific Rim region; Asian Sounds Research, which will film and record the region’s experimental music and whose project director is Otomo’s regular collaborator Sachiko M; and The Ensembles Asia Orchestra.
The project’s first public outing is the Asian Meeting Festival which takes place in Tokyo on 6 and 7 February and will feature performances by The Ensembles Asia Orchestra, which is made up of underground and experimental musicians from Hong Kong, Bandung, Yogyakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Bangok, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Tokyo and Osaka. This will be followed on 8 February by a concert by the same musicians in Kyoto, and on 11 February by a symposium on the subject of experimental music in Asia as well as a concert by Otomo, Sniff, Sachiko M and others at Tokyo’s NTT InterCommunication Center (ICC), which is currently hosting the exhibition Otomo Yoshihide: Between Music And Art (reviewed in The Wire 372).
The Asian Meeting Festival will also host a screening of Adythia Utama’s documentary Bising: Noise And Experimental Music In Indonesia and will be preceded on 5 February by a debriefing session hosted by Tokyo’s Japan Foundation that will present the results of the Ensembles Asia project’s 2014 research trips to the Philippines and Indonesia.
Meanwhile, DJ Sniff has just posted a mixtape online featuring most of the festival’s participating musicians.
More information here