Entries tagged with: Earl Sweatshirt
Kanye West's new album Swish is due out February 11, and Hip Hop n More reports that he'll debut it in its entirety at Madison Square Garden. It's part of Yeezy Season 3. It's not clear if he's performing music live, but you may remember he debuted "Wolves" at Yeezy Season 1 and "Fade" at Yeezy Season 2, both with very elaborate stage shows.
UPDATE: Free tickets to attend the MSG show
go on sale Friday (1/29) at 10 AM, with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (1/27) at 10 AM and a venue presale starting Thursday (1/28) at 10 AM. (Update: The ticket link was taken down.)
UPDATE (2/3): Tickets to attend the event are now on AmEx presale. Regular sale starts Thursday (2/4) at 10 AM. Each ticket comes with a digital download of the new album.
Yeezy Season 3 will also be broadcast in theaters worldwide at 4 PM EST. Tickets are already on sale for German theaters, and more locations will be available soon.
He also headlines NYC's Governors Ball in June and surely has something wild up his sleeve for that.
UPDATE 2: Kanye has tweeted some clarification on Swish. "This is not album of the year. This is album of the life."
UPDATE 3: The album isn't called Swish anymore:
New album title, WAVES— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) January 27, 2016
UPDATE 4: Kanye shares updated tracklist, hinting that A$AP Rocky, The-Dream and Swizz Beatz are on the album:
UPDATE 5: A new tracklist, this time hinting at Chance the Rapper and Earl Sweatshirt's involvement:
My new album is called 'Kanye'— WAVVES (@wavves) January 27, 2016
by Andrew Sacher, Bill Pearis & Amanda Hatfield
photo: Kendrick Lamar at Day For Night 2015 (more by Tim Griffin)
Every year is a good year for new music, but 2015 felt like the best one in a while. It was an especially great year for major label rap, after 2014 was an especially slow one, but it was good for plenty more than that too: folk, post-punk, indie pop, noise, art pop, punk, etc. We only have one metal album on our list, but there's a lot more where that came from at our metal sister site Invisible Oranges, who posted individual writer lists over the past few weeks. 2015 birthed excellent newcomers, and gave us crucial returns from artists who have been doing it for decades. This year, BrooklynVegan crowned a #1 pick for album of the year with the rest of our top 50 listed alphabetically. Some of the records have songs you couldn't leave your house without hearing, and others flew pretty under the radar, but we truly love each one.
Read our top 50 below...
You saw their songs and their honorable mentions, and now Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2015 list is here. Like with the song list, "records released this year and records that made their greatest impact in 2015 were eligible," which allows for things like D'Angelo's late 2014 release.
As usual, you can't just guess what the list is going to be by looking at what got Best New Music this year. Some of those albums became honorable mentions, and some were left off the year-end lists entirely (like Baroness, Nao, and Aphex Twin). The scores don't necessarily dictate it either. Deafheaven was one of a few albums to get a 9.0 or higher, but it dropped to #26 while the others all cracked the top 10. And then there's Carly Rae Jepsen, whose hype Pitchfork seemed to react against by giving her a less-than positive review, but they ended up throwing her on their year-end list just like everybody else. What should surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.
You can read their commentary here and check out the full list below...
Pitchfork have published their 100 Best Tracks of 2015 list. The criteria was "any track that was released in 2015 or had its greatest impact in the U.S. during this year was eligible," which allows for stuff like 2014 releases from Fetty Wap and D'Angelo to count. Including guest appearances, Kendrick Lamar shows up four times, two of which are in the top five. Drake, Grimes, Jamie xx and Future all show up three times each. It includes a few singles off 2016 albums, like David Bowie's "Blackstar," ANOHNI's "4 Degrees" and Savages' "The Answer," one-off collaborations like WOKE (aka Flying Lotus, Thundercat and Shabazz Palaces), last-minute 2015 releases like Jeremih's "Oui," and surprise comeback singles like Missy Elliott's "WTF (Where They From)." If you were wondering, Adele's "Hello" is here (ranked very high), and yes, so is Justin Bieber. There's also some representation from less commercial stuff like the hardcore band G.L.O.S.S..
Check out the whole list below...
Like last year, The FADER have listed their favorite tracks of the year. They picked 107, "because 100 just wasn't enough." It's got two Drake songs in the top 10, and a Skepta song cracks it too (grime in general is pretty well-represented). A certain former bubblegum pop singer who's becoming a popular choice for #1 is #1 here too. Mixed into the mostly rap/R&B/electronic pop list is Adele, some country representation from Chris Stapleton and Kacey Musgraves, lo-fi DIY from Sheer Mag and Girlpool, and a few other outliers. Check out the whole list, and a Spotify playlist of it, below.
by Andrew Sacher
photo by Morgan Walker, illustration by Claire O'Neill/NPR
The year-end lists keep coming. Today, NPR Music published their 50 Favorite Albums of 2015 list. As usual, it's all over the map genre-wise, with classical, jazz, electronic, rap, mainstream pop, lo-fi DIY, indie rock, folk, country, metal and more.
It's got some of the albums that appear on most of these lists, like Kendrick Lamar, Sufjan Stevens, Courtney Barnett, Jamie xx, Future, Vince Staples, Joanna Newsom and Alabama Shakes, but plenty of surprises too. It's the first list I've seen with the Beauty Pill album, and the first non-rap list I've seen with The Game. It's also got often-underrated albums from Colleen, Jazmine Sullivan and Low. And there's bound to be something on it you haven't heard yet.
Read their commentary here and check out the full list below...
Happy December! SPIN are celebrating the first day of the last month of the year by putting out their Top 50 Albums of 2015 list. It's a diverse list, with the top 10 ranging from DIY-indie (Alex G) to mainstream country (Kacey Musgraves) to leftfield major label rap (Vince Staples and Kendrick Lamar). The list also has metal from Deafheaven and Krallice, electronic from RP Boo, Rabit, Oneohtrix Point Never and SOPHIE, R&B veteran Janet Jackson, and plenty more. Check out the whole thing below.
They also put out their 101 Best Songs of 2015 list, which is topped by Justin Bieber.
Like their sister magazine Q, the folks at MOJO are fans of Julia Holter's Have You in My Wilderness, naming it 2015's Album of the Year. (It is a fine, fine choice.) For a magazine that usually has a Beatle on the cover twice a year, MOJO's albums list feels pretty contemporary, with Kendrick Lamar, Tame Impala, Sleaford Mods, Sufjan Stevens and Bill Ryder-Jones all making the Top 10. Don't worry, there's room for Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Paul Weller, Boz Scaggs and and other classic artists on the list, too. Check out MOJO's whole Top 50 Albums of 2015 list, below...
by Andrew Sacher
It took him 16 years, but this past Friday Dr. Dre put out his third album, Compton, and it's way better than a Dr. Dre album in 2015 seemed like it would be. There's a lot of great stuff on there, and it's the type of album that demands (and deserves) repeated listens to soak it all in. As you might expect from a Dre album, it's got a bunch of his famous friends -- Kendrick Lamar is not surprisingly one of the biggest stars of this thing (maybe the biggest) and Snoop Dogg raps with a fire that's been missing from his recent funk and reggae excursions -- but also some newcomers. One of the more impressive new guests who's all over this album is Oxnard, California singer Anderson .Paak. He sings a lot of the hooks (and does the devastating "I can't breathe" part of "Deep Water"), including "Animals," Dre's first-ever collaboration with the equally-legendary producer DJ Premier. Premo spoke to Billboard about that song came to be:
When the whole Freddie Gray thing happened in Baltimore, Anderson called me and was like, "I'm real angry with what's going on with the police, and I just wrote a song to that other beat. I want to sent it to you and see what you think -- maybe we could leak it out, put it out in the streets and show that we're angry too."On that trip to Moscow, Premier and Anderson had also collaborated on the song "Til It's Done," which features Russian artist BMB Spacekid. Listen to that below.
When he sent it to me it was called "F.S.U." -- F--- Shit Up. In the hook he's saying, "Don't come around these parts, the whole world thinks we're animals/ The only way they want to turn the cameras on is when we're f---ing shit up." When he said that, I was like, "Yo that's dope." Anderson just happened to be going to a meeting with Dre -- he had already done a few songs with him, through their management. Anderson's from the West Coast as well.
When he told him he had a record with Premier that he did in Moscow, Dre said, "Let me hear it." Once he played it for him, [Dre] called right away and said, "Yo, I want to do this song for my soundtrack. I decided to do a soundtrack album last minute, and I want to put it out with the movie."
I said, "What do you want to do?" And he said, "I want to put a verse on it." Like, shit, Dre rapping on a verse? Hell yeah. The song was already done, and I explained how it came about with BMB Spacekid. He said, "I'll spit the verse and let you hear it and make sure you're cool with it, and if so let's add on to it. Come out to L.A. and we can add on a few more things to it."
...[Dre] showed me [Straight Outta Compton] in the studio, so I got to feel the whole energy of the movie. He had already said that the 1992 riots, with everything going on with the police after the Rodney King beating, was totally in that same vein as Anderson .Paak's lyrics. His verse is about the same thing: Why the f--- are they hassling me? They're harassing us and doing all this stuff, so it's still relevant to this day with how we're being treated.
He said, "All I'm going to do is change the title, from 'F.S.U.' to 'Animals,'" because that's what Anderson says in the hook.
Anderson is also one half of the Stones Throw-signed duo NxWorries with the producer Knxwledge. So far their only release is this year's "Suede" single, which you can also hear below. NxWorries are heading out on the road later this month to open the rescheduled Earl Sweatshirt tour, which also includes Remy Banks.
The tour hits NYC on August 22 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets for that show are still available. All dates are listed below.
Earl's initial tour dates had Vince Staples opening, but he isn't on the rescheduled dates. He does, however, play a BrooklynVegan-presented NYC show tonight (8/10).
Anderson also has a handful of solo releases out (some under the name Breezy Lovejoy) and other notable collaborations, including TOKiMONSTA's 2014 single "Realla" and another Stones Throw artist, Jonwayne's song "Green Light" off this year's Jonwayne Is Retired EP. You can stream those, and his most recent solo single "Switch-Up," below.
In addition to the Made In America-presented Mary J Blige show that happened last week and the second TBA one-day NYC show, the Jay Z-curated Budweiser Made In America festival returns to Philly Labor Day Weekend. It happens September 5-6 at Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the lineup includes Beyonce, The Weeknd, J Cole, Bassnectar, Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie, Meek Mill, Big Sean, Future, Duke Dumont, A-Trak, Santigold, Metric, De La Soul, Action Bronson, Earl Sweatshirt, Vic Mensa, Flatbush Zombies, Creepoid, Superheaven, Hop Along, Waxahatchee, Strand of Oaks and more. Tickets are on AmEx presale now, and the general on-sale starts Monday (6/29) at noon.
Full lineup below...
Earl Sweatshirt recently dropped his great under-30-minute new album, I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside, almost out of nowhere, and now he's back with 10 more minutes of music -- completely out of nowhere. It's one long track called "Solace" and comes with the description "music from when i hit the bottom and found something." Listen below.
photo: Earl @ Pitchfork Fest (more by James Richards IV)
apologies to the 6. we gotta reschedule tonights engagement due to fucking around and not bulking up like how i know i needed to for tour.— EARL (@earlxsweat) April 14, 2015
Toronto, Baltimore, Boston, Montreal, Philadelphia, DC, NYC and possibly other dates on the Earl Sweatshirt / Vince Staples tour that was set to hit NYC's Best Buy Theater on 4/18 are being postponed as we speak. Venues have been announcing new August dates. The new NYC date is August 22, though it's not clear at this second if the entire show lineup will be the same (Earl is the headliner, and so he is definitely still on all postponed shows).
In other news, Earl is Kendrick Lamar's favorite rapper right now.
In other other news, LA production duo Christian Rich, who previously worked with Vince and Earl on Earl's Doris album (as well as with N.E.R.D., Drake, J Cole and more), put out a new song today featuring Vince Staples called "High." Pharrell associate Bia is on it too. Listen below.
More info on the Earl/Vince tour as we get it. List of dates postponed so far, below...
TV on the Radio have released a video for their song "Trouble," from last year's very good Seeds LP. It was directed by frontman Tunde Adebimpe who filmed people on the street in Los Angeles (where he lives now). He told Time, "We got some people together, some of whom we ran into on the street while we were shooting, and did that. We asked if they could quietly (or not) go to brighter or darker places inside themselves let us be there with them for a little while. Everyone's sifting through something, right?" You can check out the "Trouble" video below.
Tunde has also recorded a song titled "Speedline Miracle Masterpiece" which is a collaboration with Sinkane and Sal P. It's one of many genre-crossing songs recorded for that GTA V "soundtrack," The Alchemist and Oh No Present: Welcome to Los Santos which will be released on April 14. Other artists involved on in include Earl Sweatshirt, Little Dragon, Phantogram, Freddie Gibbs, Popcaan, Killer Mike and Future Islands' Samuel T. Herring. You can stream "Speedline Miracle Masterpiece" below.
TVOTR will be in the NYC-area next month, playing Brooklyn's Kings Theatre on May 20 with Bo Ningen (tickets), and then the BrooklynVegan-presented show on May 23 at Stone Pony Summerstage with Pixies and John Grant (tickets).
by Sean O'Connell
It's safe to say Action Bronson's image has reached a hyperbolic magnitude. From a humble beginning of playground raps and obscure chef references, Action has grown over the past few years into a king-size connoisseur of all things absurd. While his lyrics have morphed from hard-nosed Queens-centric wordplay purism to impossible fantasy, Action's live performances have remained crowd-pleasing spectacles from the jump. The Flushing rapper's on-stage antics have been well documented on social media, and through the marketing maelstrom that Vice has orchestrated since signing Action back in 2012. Whether it be throwing televisions into the crowd or running out of the venue with fans, Action has continuously raised his own bar on noteworthy performances.
Last night's (3/24) show at Terminal 5 featured many of these same stunts, with Bronson throwing packages and stage rushers into the crowd (video of the latter below), unsuccessfully attempting to crowd surf, and finding his way to the bar at the back of the venue. Yet Bronson, who was celebrating the release of his major label debut Mr.Wonderful, seemed to have more interest in slowing things down. Action came out with his entire crew in tow: producers Party Supplies, longtime collaborator Meyhem Lauren, producer Alchemist as DJ, and fan favorite hypeman Big Body Bes. Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg provided a DJ set before Meyhem Lauren warmed the crowd up with a few of his cuts. Action's short set featured almost exclusively tracks off of Mr.Wonderful with the only exception being "Amadu Diablo" from his last mixtape Blue Chips 2.
After an energetic entrance featuring some of his album's well-known singles, Action slowed things down to an almost sluggish pace, singing the chorus to his latest single "Baby Blue" totally out-of-key (to the crowd's amusement). Still, when his genius one-liners weren't being shouted back at him Action seemed less a maturing rapper and more a slightly disinterested veteran, even saying at one point "I'm too old for this". The remainder of the set found Bronson singing on some of the slower Mr. Wonderful tracks taking a cue from Billy Joel and the grandeur of 80s New York. The crossover appeal that can be found on the album was slipshod on the stage. Whether it be the common record release show vanity or the side-effect of a bigger, less intimate venue that Terminal 5 is, Action seems he is finding the balance between his polished bravado and his hungry Queens hip hop roots.
Action Bronson and The Alchemist also both teamed up with Earl Sweatshirt for the new song, "Warlord Leather," which is a bonus track to Bronson's new album, as well as Earl's just-released I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside. Listen to that, with a few more pictures from T5, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Earl Sweatshirt at SXSW 2015 (via)
Last week, Earl Sweatshirt announced a new album called I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside, and said it would be out just a week later. Well here we are: the album's out now and can be picked up on iTunes or streamed below via Spotify. It's dark, full of atmosphere, and definitely not Doris part 2. Check it out.
The surprise rap albums keep coming. A new album from Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt called I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside appeared on iTunes late last night with a release date for next week (3/23). The album features past collaborator Vince Staples, as well as Wiki from Ratking, Dash and Na'kel. First single "Grief" is already available for purchase and you can watch the video below.
Apparently though, this didn't go exactly the way Earl planned. He tweeted, "I WOULD LIKE TO PERSONALLY THANK @SonyMusicGlobal 4 FUCKING UP THE ROLL OUT PROCESS OF MY SHIT. SOMEONE GOTS 2 PAY 4 THEIR MISTAKES !" and "ITS TRASH TO HAVE TO PAY FOR SOMEONE ELSE'S ERRORS, I AM FUCKING HOT." You can read more of his tweets here.
Earl's OFWGKTA pals Tyler the Creator and Taco are touring too.
photo: Spoon at ACLTV taping in 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Once again, Hype Machine returns to SXSW for five days of Hype Hotel presented by Feed the Beat. It runs from March 17-21 at 1100 East 5th Street, Austin, TX. As usual, they've got some pretty big and exciting names with many of the lineups curated by different blogs like Gorilla vs Bear and Consequence of Sound.
The lineup includes Spoon, Best Coast, Twin Shadow, Autre Ne Veut, Earl Sweatshirt, Rae Sremmurd, iLoveMakonnen, Hudson Mohawke, Hundred Waters, Alvvays, Sophie, King Tuff, Twerps, Viet Cong, Yumi Zouma and more, plus a few DJs including DJ Carles.buzz. The exact schedule will be announced soon,, but meanwhile you can RSVP.
This year's Hype Hotel also celebrates Hype Machine's 10th birthday, and is co-sponsored by Mazda, Taco Bell, Tito's Vodka, and Miller Lite.
Full lineup below...
photo: Earl Sweatshirt at Pitchfork Fest 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt has announced a tour, and he's taking out his past collaborator who's now a great artist on his own, Vince Staples, as well as Remy Banks. It's called the "Not Redy 2 Leave" tour and runs from late March through late May.
Vince and Remy aren't on every date, but they're on a handful including the NYC show happening April 18 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/27) at noon.
All dates are listed, with a couple videos, below...
Tyler at Governors Ball 2014 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Odd Future's Tyler, the Creator is playing the annual Odd Future-presented Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival in LA this November (duh) with Pharrell, Rick Ross, Mac Miller, Earl Sweatshirt, Action Bronson, Trash Talk, Cherry Glazerr and others, and after that he'll go on a headlining tour with fellow Odd Future member Taco. The tour includes NY/NJ shows happening December 20 at Starland Ballroom and December 21 at Terminal 5. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday at 3 PM and noon, respectively.
All dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
Yesterday, Pitchfork posted their top 200 tracks of the decade so far, and today they've listed the top 100 albums to have come out between 2010-2014. There's some surprises on there. For example, I didn't expect to see Bon Iver's self-titled, their #1 album of 2011 and with a score of 9.5, rank as low as #27 on this list. I was also surprised to see Chief Keef make it but not, say, Shabazz Palaces or Schoolboy Q. And there's a few other glaring omissions: nothing by The National? Grizzly Bear? One thing that will surprise no one though, is their #1 pick.
You can check out the full list below...
Grimes / Kendrick Lamar / Slowdive
The 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival wrapped up yesterday (7/20) after two previous days of fun in Chicago's Union Park. It was an especially diverse day with plenty of hip hop (Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Earl Sweatshirt, Isaiah Rashad), flourishes of heavy offerings (Deafheaven, Perfect Pussy), a highly anticipated reunion from Slowdive, plenty of indie rock/pop (Grimes, Majical Cloudz, DIIV, Real Estate, Dum Dum Girls, Speedy Ortiz) and even more. Here's how the Sunday of Pitchfork Fest went down...
By the time I arrived on Sunday, Speedy Ortiz were well into their set on the Blue stage and playing the fan favorite "Taylor Swift." Speedy's recorded material has always oozed personality and attitude, and their live show does as well. Frontwoman Sadie Dupuis comfortably ad libbed lyrics with various shouts and word extensions throughout their set. The band polished off their live-wire performance with a couple of tunes from their Real Hair EP and their new song "Bigger Party." -ZP
Over on the Green stage, Bandcamp sweethearts Mutual Benefit simultaneously opened up the fest's final day with a few of their sweet, melodic tunes. With an entire live band backing frontman Jordan Lee's soft-spoken, almost falsetto vocal range and feather light lyrics. The crowd was surprisingly full for the early afternoon set, and many closer to the band seemed to know every word off of its debut studio album Love's Crushing Diamond. Highlights included a heartfelt rendition of "Golden Wake" and a take on "Advanced Falconry" perfect for warming people up for the rest of the day. -AG
DIIV kicked off the first show on the Red stage yesterday and played for a fairly large early afternoon crowd, beginning their set with a new song called Follow . The band jangly guitar indie pop made for some excellent summer jams. Keeping with that theme, they played a few tracks that showed hints of surf rock, and the lead singer Zachary Cole Smith wore a colorful flamenco looking shirt that Prince might be proud of. -MM
Syracuse rockers Perfect Pussy drew a huge crowd on Sunday, surprising even lead singer Meredith Graves. Their set was short but powerful, not unusual for a band whose last record, 2014's Say Yes To Love, clocks in at around twenty one minutes. After a lengthy sound check, a rarity for the band, they didn't waste time getting into their set. While they sounded excellent, the real highlight of the show was, as always, Graves' fantastic performance as a vocalist and frontwoman. Her theatrical dancing stood in delicious contrast to the pure energy of each song. The crowd barely got a chance to calm down from one pit before another song crashed down, opening up an even bigger floor. Although the band seemed a bit flustered by the crowd and the midday heat, they never let up, quickly running through hits off of their debut album and demo, touching on fan favorites such as "Interference Fits," "Advance Upon The Real," "I," and "II." -AG
Next up were Deafheaven on the Green stage. The California crew began their set with the glimmering Sunbather opener "Dream House," and proceeded to match the weather with equal parts soaring shoegaze and metal assault. Lead guitarist Kerry McCoy expertly segued the band into "Irresistible," and then to "Sunbather." That block was followed by their spacey new tune "From The Kettle Unto The Coil," which contains a traditional metal breakdown in the middle. George Clark's guttural shrieks glided effortlessly over the riffage, and he's quite the frontman too, thrashing about the stage. Deafheaven closed their incredibly moving performance with "Unrequited" off of 2011's Roads to Judah. Not all "metal" acts are appropriate for a daytime slot, but Deafheaven were damn near a perfect fit. -ZP
After Deafheaven, I headed over to the blue stage to catch a bit of Isaiah Rashad's set. As one of three TDE rappers of the day (along with Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q), Rashad stood out with his southern flow, relaxed vibe, and raspy delivery. He drew a huge crowd, who danced and sang along to "Heavenly Father" and "Menthol" off of this year's Cilvia Demo. You can hear a bit of guys like Kendrick Lamar and Chance the Rapper in Rashad's delivery, and with the amount that the crowd was feeling it, it'll only be a matter of time before he rises up to their level. -ZP
Continuing the hip hop block, next up was Earl Sweatshirt on the red stage. His DJ played a few songs before Earl came out -- Chief Keef's "3Hunna," Tyler the Creator's "Sandwitches," etc. -- and when he finally took the stage, Earl had the crowd sing along to about half of "Don't Stop Believin'" as it played over the PA. When he actually got started, the first song Earl played was "20 Wave," accompanied by Odd Future associate Domo Genesis. Downtempo tunes from Doris hit much harder than I expected them to, and the crowd was hyped on it. He took things to another level by playing the very heavy "Kill" from his debut album Earl. Earl's been touring quite a bit lately and that definitely showed in his live performance -- he's become a showman and has so much control over the audience. Before playing "Molasses," he had the crowd repeat its hook back -- "Ima fuck the freckles off your face, bitch." -ZP
Dum Dum Girls had some minor technical difficulties before starting their set, but once things got going they sounded great. As usual, they were in matching outfits, and played a mix of the old and new. My personal favorite from the set was "Rimbaud Eyes", an excellent single from their recent Too True LP. -MM
One of the most anticipated sets of the day by many was Schoolboy Q's late afternoon performance on the Green stage. The party rapper got things started with his hit "Hands on the Wheel," and then jumped to 2014's Oxymoron for "What They Want" and "Gangsta." He reached back to his debut studio album Setbacks for "Druggys wit Hoes," and the crowd went nuts. Q's a fine addition to any festival, offering hyped-up vibes and heavy beats. -ZP
Craving some shade, I went to check out Jon Hopkins over at the Blue stage. His seemingly dance-focused set was based upon a series of glitchy Immunity tracks, including bits of "We Disappear," "Open Eye Signal," "Breathe This Air," and others. The Blue stage was simultaneously the place for those who wanted to dance and others who'd rather take a seat and nod their heads along. -ZP
I was fortunate to see Majical Cloudz perform as an opener for The Soft Moon a few years ago and it was great seeing how much more confident the duo had become since then. Frontman Devon Welsh sported his never changing plain white tee and black pants and started a few songs with countdowns that the crowd enthusiastically chanted along with. I was hoping Welsh would later join Grimes on stage during her set to play their collaborative "Nightmusic" from Grimes' Visions album, or maybe their recently unearthed demo about an obese cat. Grimes played the former, but Welsh was nowhere in sight. -MM
Shoegaze legends Slowdive played their first U.S. show as a reunited band this Sunday. While the crowd seemed to mostly be waiting for headliner Kendrick Lamar, who was playing on the same stage a few hours later, their true fans did make themselves known, responding enthusiastically to classics off of their unforgettable 1993 release, Souvlaki. Slowdive lived up to the precedent set by fellow reunited UK shoegazers, My Bloody Valentine, playing a loud, intense set. Songs like "When the Sun Hits," gained a heavy, aggressive edge, giving Deafheaven a run for its money in respect to ferocity. Softer tunes like "Alison" lulled the crowd into a collective bliss. -AG
After that on the Blue stage it was DJ Spinn, who was initially going to perform with his collaborator DJ Rashad before Rashad's untimely passing, but decided to stay on the festival and perform his own set which Chicago Tribute called "a thrilling display of the "ghetto house" sound that has thrived in the city's South Side neighborhoods for the better part of two decades."
Canadian pop sensation Grimes was the penultimate performer of Pitchfork 2014, an honor she did not take lightly. In addition to running through classics, Grimes treated the crowd to two relatively new songs and one for which she was still working out the lyrics. She had seemingly boundless energy, dancing feverishly throughout her entire set. She seemed to be having the time of her life, playing with multiple synthesizers and vocal reverb to create the image of DJ set. This was clearly a different Grimes than we have seen in the past - she was confident, loud, and ready to party with the audience. Fans went crazy for Grimes classics such as "Circumambient" and "Oblivion," and stayed dancing even for her lesser-known songs, such as "Be a Body." However, the highlight of the set was undoubtedly the last few songs. After premiering a new song on which she had just completed production to a rousing response from the audience, Grimes treated the crowd to "Phone Sex," a Blood Diamonds song on which she is featured. She then broke out her dance floor-ready hit, "Go," to the delight of the audience. It was clear when the drop hit in "Go" that this was a new, supersized Grimes, ready to take the world's dance clubs by storm and become the next EDM sweetheart. Always the performer, she closed out her set with her biggest hit to date, 2012's "Genesis." -AG
Sunday headliner and festival bookend Kendrick Lamar put on a helluva show with his excellent four-piece band behind him. Lamar began to hold court with the good vibes "Money Trees" and very live "Backseat Freestyle" off of good kid, m.A.A.d city. The pro band managed to handle every little nuance contained in Kendrick's beats, and there are plenty of 'em. Unlike most of his peers, Lamar isn't much for cutting songs halfway through. Almost all tunes, with the exception of "The Art of Peer Pressure," were performed in their entirety. Virtually undisputed party song "Swimming Pools (Drank)" came next, followed by the boom bap of "m.A.A.d city." The last tune I heard before splitting was the chilled out "Sing About Me, I'm Dying Of Thirst." Kendrick provided the perfect ending to the day and the entire festival. -ZP
photos by Jae S. Kim
Trash Talk / Earl and friends / outside Palisades
Trash Talk brought their free tour with Odd Future pal Left Brain to NYC for a show at new-ish Bushwick venue Palisades this week (6/17) for what was a packed, sweaty, and very insane show. Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt came to hang out and made a surprise appearance as well. And local rapper Cities Aviv opened. Pictures of the craziness are in this post.
More, with a video of Earl, below...
Palisades with no people in it
Now on the map thanks to a high profile Trash Talk show at the venue last night (that even the NY Times previewed), Palisades in Bushwick is a new DIY venue that has been throwing events for over a month now. Their official opening was April 25th. The invite came with this description:
Palisades is a new music-venue/art gallery opening on the corner of Bushwick and Bedstuy located at 906 Broadway, Brooklyn, New York one block from the Myrtle JMZ-Train stop. This cultural event-space and consciousness-expanding visual gallery will display works of various mediums from local and international artists, host a diverse range of musical performances, and sell beer, liquor, and dumplings to stay alive.The bill on opening night was a modest one that looked like it was ripped right off Sidewalk Cafe's antifolk leaning schedule. One of the bands was The Johns who they pointed out "are an offshoot from the harmony-rich and sharp-witted antifolk quartet The WoWz, who actually held a secret reunion show after a 2-year hiatus at Palisades at 1AM Saturday, April 19th." Palisades hosted an art show on May 15th for Preston Spurlock who plays Sidewalk Cafe this Thursday. Antifolk scenester Brook Pridemore, who recently released an album recorded 'Live at Sidewalk Cafe,' already played there and is scheduled to again. You get the picture.
Is Palisades antifolk's new home in Brooklyn? Will it fill a void left vacant by the closing of Bar 4 in Park Slope. Maybe, but Palisades is a DIY venue in a hip section of Brooklyn, so naturally things are already looking more diverse. Trash Talk, who played a free show at 285 Kent with members of Odd Future in the past, played a free show at Palisades with members of Odd Future last night. Earl Sweatshirt has now been there. There was a hip hop show there in May, and ex Vivian Girl Cassie Ramone played there on 5/29. Upcoming shows include EULAs 7" record release show with Big Ups, one of the nights of Ascetic House's long weekend in NYC, and a Yung Lean show on 7/10 (tickets) the day after he plays Webster Hall's Marlin Room (all of his dates and a video, below). Check out Palisades' full calendar which currently goes out to 7/25. For now, it looks like all of their shows will be easy to get into, unlike Trash Talk last night...
The line to get in Trash Talk @ Palisades (via Ric Leichtung)
Have you been there? How was it? Did you go to Trash Talk? Did you get in? If so, how long did you wait in line? We heard from someone who was there last night that it was very hot inside.
Vampire Weekend / Interpol / James Blake / Pikachu
"New York cares." That's what the audience sang with Interpol's Paul Banks during the city indie anthem "NYC" as Governors Ball 2014 neared its close on Sunday. Throughout the weekend some of the city's finest bands had made a return to festival stages, secured headliner statuses and played the most memorable sets of the fest for home crowds. For Interpol, it has just announced a new album, played two excellent new tracks and Sunday's show at Governors Ball was the band's "First home show for us in a long time." A set heavy on the classics, Interpol played through "Obstacle 1," "Slow Hands," "Narc," "Evil" and "Stella Was a Driver and She Was Always Down." [Reverb]The 2014 Governors Ball music festival wrapped up yesterday (6/8) after two other days of music on NYC's Randall's Island. The third and final day had sets from Vampire Weekend, Interpol (who along with The Strokes and Jack White's set featuring White Stripes songs, brought us back over a decade), James Blake, The Kills, J. Cole, The Head and the Heart, Tyler the Creator, Earl Sweatshirt and more. Luckily, with today's rain and Thursday's, the weather held out for GovBall all weekend (unlike last year). Pictures of day 3 are in this post.
You may know by now that A-Trak and Cam'ron have a collaborative EP coming out this year which has already spawned two bangin' singles, "Humphrey" and "Dipshits." And that they're celebrating in NYC at Terminal 5 on Saturday (5/31) (tickets) with LA-based Friends of Friends producer Salva.
Since we last spoke, it was announced that Salva will be touring with A-Trak surrounding Saturday's T5 show. That tour hits Boston tonight (5/30) and continues through late June. All dates on that tour are listed below.
Meanwhile, A-Trak was recently featured in Sonos and FADER's "At Home with..." series where they "go into the homes of some of our favorite artists for an in-depth look at where they live, listen and make their music." You can watch the video, which was filmed in A-Trak's Williamsburg apartment, below.
Earl Sweatshirt and his LA apartment were also just featured in that same series, and you can watch that one below too.
In more news related to Salva, Groundislava (who, in addition to having all the letters of Salva's name in his own name, is also from LA and on the Friends of Friends label) is releasing a new EP, Feel the Heat, on June 24 via Friends of Friends/Wedidit. You can check out the title track from that EP, which features Rare Times, below.
All Salva dates are listed, with the A-Trak/Earl videos, the "Dipshits" video, and that Groundislava stream, below...