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Apple is giving away U2’s new album ‘Songs of Innocence’ on iTunes

September 9, 2014 12:00 pm


To close out today’s event, Apple CEO Tim Cook and U2 announced that the band’s newest album is launching right now on iTunes. It’s available free, and will be there exclusively until October 13th to all account holders. If you don’t have an account, just create one within the next five weeks and you can download all 11 tracks from Songs of Innocence free of charge. The servers are (predictably) a bit slammed, but it should be available right in the albums section of iTunes on PCs or your Apple device to download it. It will also be available on iTunes Radio and Beats Music for streaming, starting tomorrow. U2 closed out the show by performing the album’s lead single “The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone).” Rolling Stone has some details from band members about the collaborations (Danger Mouse, Flood and some of Adele’s producers) and influences for the album, but check back here to get our first impressions of both new iPhone 6 models, and the Apple Watch.

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August 29, 2014 7:40 am


Howdy, howdy, friends! I hope you were able to join in the festivities this week as fun. celebrated the fifth anniversary of the release of their debut album Aim & Ignite with a 5-day-only-limited-time download of the album in full. I hope other bands join in the tradition and a “free album download” takes over for wood/silverware in the traditional fifth anniversary gift department. Someone get Hallmark on the phone! For the celebratory party punchbowl, this week’s picks create a raucous cocktail of explosive alt-rock, R&B-fueled pop, infectious hip-hop, with some laid-back acoustic folk to provide a smooth finish. Bottoms up!

Selections & B-Sides from Aim & Ignite

There’s no better way to continue the 5-year birthday celebration of fun.’s debut album Aim & Ignite than spinning their 4-song companion EP Selections & B-Sides from Aim & Ignite. While the EP features “All the Pretty Girls” from Aim & Ignite, the other three tracks are pure b-side/rarity/remix goodness. There’s a remix (“Walking the Dog (RAC Mix)”), a live track (“Take Your Time (Coming Home)”), and a non-album track b-side (“Stitch Me Up”), all of which prove to be a nice continuation of Aim & Ignite‘s inventive and playful sonic environment. If you still can’t get your fun.-fix, they’ve also got their Before Shane Went to Bangkok live EP available on our site as well.

Mikky Ekko
Strange Fruit

You may recognize the name and voice of Mikky Ekko from his appearance on Rhianna’s “Stay” from her Unapologetic album. Just 3 short years before the quadruple-platinum single was released, Ekko put out his debut EP Strange Fruit. Available here in its entirety, Strange Fruit showcases Ekko’s otherworldy vocals and his uniquely creative sonic touch. “Only In Dreams” floats in and out before your ears know what hit them, leading into “Sedated,” the song that got Ekko his first exposure. Give it a listen and you’ll see exactly why so many artists have tapped Ekko for collaboration and why he has been able to rise so far, so fast.

Shopé [EP]

This self-titled EP from Shopé isn’t his first foray into music-making (he used to rap under the name Spoken), but it is his first under the Shopé moniker. So because of that – and because it’s an introduction to his new sound – consider this a well-earned debut. Opening track “Cinema” brings you right up to speed with Shopé’s overflowing bag of songwriting and production talents. The song opens with a piano-flavored mid-tempo groove, changes direction half-way through with layered ornamental beats and aggressive tongue-twisting lyrics, and then returns to the laid-back feel for its closing. Pretty cinematic indeed.

The Whiskey Switch
The Whiskey Switch

With his unpretentious vocals and unassuming guitar-playing, Americana singer-songwriter Luke Brindley inhabits a beautiful cross-section of classic country balladeering and modern folk songwriting. With a little vocal help from Laura Tsaggaris and some banjo/mandolin accompaniment from Mike Meadows (Taylor Swift), Brindley has crafted The Whiskey Switch to be sonically relaxed and emotionally resonant. I recommend “Cold Hearts” for its melancholy musings and “Minnesota” for its Springsteenian storytelling.

When writer Will Hodge isn’t five minutes in and bored again, you can find him running off at the keyboard about music, concerts, and vinyl at My So-Called Soundtrack


August 15, 2014 7:10 am


Goooooood morning NoiseTrade! After such a heavy week of sadness, hurt, and ugliness going on all around us, I sincerely hope you are able to find (or steal) some quiet moments of repose and renewal this weekend. To aid in that endeavor, I’ve got a few musical recommendations for you to try out. First, we released another NoiseTrade EastSide Manor Session this week with Australia’s alt-folk outfit Boy & Bear. These talented Aussies crafted a wonderful 5-song live set that’s perfect for the closing weeks of summer. We’ve also got some amazing multi-cam videos of their performances, an interview, and some candid behind-the-scenes footage available on our YouTube channel as well. This week’s Weekend Wrap-Up foursome also contains some stellar releases that span the gamut from spunky pop punk to acoustic roots singalongs to humorous hip-hop to cinematic indie-folk. Who else is offering you inventive covers of The Ramones and Taylor Swift in the same batch of sonic suggestions? That’s NoiseTrade, baby!

The Dollyrots
“Da Doo Ron Ron/ I Wanna Be Sedated” (single)

If you’re looking for some amped-up pop punk with energetic female vocals and a sense of humor, then The Dollyrots have got you more than covered. Acting as a fantastic primer of the band’s sound and attitude, their playful mash-up cover of The Crystals 1963 smash “Da Doo Ron Ron” and The Ramones 1978 fan favorite “I Wanna Be Sedated” closes out their most recent album Barefoot and Pregnant. The tongue-in-cheekily titled record was released earlier this year and was named so because singer/bassist Kelly Ogden was pregnant during the recording of the album. If you dig this single and want to hear more, the band has Barefoot and Pregnant available on their website in swanky looking pink vinyl. They’ve also got a handful of other singles (including another great 60s cover of The Turtles “Happy Together”) available here on NoiseTrade.

Twin Forks
An Introduction to Twin Forks [EP]

When I first ran into Further Seems Forever on 1999 Deep Elm Records compilation An Ocean of Doubt, I was immediately arrested by the emotive timbre of Chris Carrabba’s vocals. Through the next few years, I eagerly followed his whisper-to-a-scream voice through his time with Further Seems Forever and into his creation of Dashboard Confessional. When I heard Carrabba debut his new band Twin Forks at last year’s SXSW, I was so pleased to hear the same passion and fervor of his previous bands filtered through the country and folk influences of his childhood. Twin Forks released their debut self-titled album this past February and they’ve been creating quite a buzz in roots music circles. This exclusive four-track sampler EP features two tracks from their debut – “Back to You” and “Kiss Me Darling” – as well as a previously unreleased song called “Good and Slow” and an infectious cover of Taylor Swift’s “Mean” that will not leave your head anytime soon.


While humor isn’t quite a foundational requirement for hip-hop lyricists, Phoenix-based rapper Foreknown might make you think it should be. Embodying the vacant (or previously non-existent) space between the societal consciousness of Common and the wit/intelligence mix of Weird Al, Foreknown quickly and effortlessly slides between making you really laugh and making you really think. Songs like “Quartermaster” and “#FootyPajamaPizzaDanceKaraokePartyGo!” contain some of the biggest punchlines and “Little Miss So & So” and “The Truth about Flight, Love, and BB Guns” contain some of the biggest pull-no-punches lines. Rarely before in hip-hop has humor been used so effectively to highlight deeper truths and differing perspectives. Ornithology is Foreknown’s debut album and I certainly hope it’s just the first in a long line of releases from this talented and engaging rapper.

Swear and Shake
Ain’t That Lovin’ [EP]

There’s this significant moment in “Like You Do” – the opening track to Swear and Shake’s new EP – where the bouncy bass, plunky piano, and vintage vocals give way to a slinky slide guitar and a huge singalong chorus. That moment contains everything you need to know about Swear and Shake’s individualized sonic identity. It’s cinematic, melodic, crystalline, and downright fun to experience. The other four songs on Ain’t That Lovin’ display the same enthralling elements and guarantee multiple spins through this all-too-short EP. The songs “Daggers” and “Good as Gone” convey life on the road, while “Wishful Thinking on Seagrass Shoal” and “Be Your Strength” deal with navigating relationships and life events. If you enjoy Ain’t That Lovin’, Swear and Shake are also offering their debut album Maple Ridge here on NoiseTrade as well.

When writer Will Hodge isn’t sounding his barbaric yawp over the rooftops of the world, you can find him running off at the keyboard about music, concerts, and vinyl at My So-Called Soundtrack

Five Questions: Ben Glover

August 11, 2014 12:01 pm


On his upcoming album, Atlantic, singer/songwriter Ben Glover reaches across continents and decades to bring together the two musical and geographical worlds that he calls home — Ireland and Tennessee. Having immersed himself in the historic and artistic cultures of both lands, Glover tells wonderfully thoughtful, intentional tales of his search for and planting of roots.

Ahead of Atlantic‘s release, Glover put together a special NoiseTrade sampler, Precedent & Prophecy, which culls tracks from several previous sets along with a couple of cuts from Atlantic. As a whole, it captures the essence of Glover’s evolving artistry and offers a glimpse of what’s yet to come.

NoiseTrade: When you were getting started, you would play American folk tunes in pubs back home in Ireland, then play Irish folk tunes in pubs in Boston. How did you find your balance when you had feet in two different worlds?

Ben Glover: My objective was the same in both countries — sing great songs — and, in doing so, try and make a connection with the audience. I never felt off balance when my musical objective was consistent regardless of continent. Whether I was belting out rowdy Irish folk songs in the bars of Boston or doing some Woody Guthrie in the pubs of Belfast, my intention was to perform songs that had something to say and that would stir up an audience. Conceptually, there really isn’t much difference between American folk/blues tunes and Irish folk tunes — the songs from both traditions are filled with great stories, colorful language, and tales of both the joys and struggles of the people who wrote and sang them. I was drawn to both Irish folk and American folk/blues traditions right from the time when music began to mean something to me. So the music was really the thing that kept me balanced. It’s easy to find balance when you feel deeply connected to and love the thing you are doing even if one foot is either side of an ocean.

You went back to County Donegal to make Atlantic. How would this record be different if you’d made it in Nashville?

County Donegal is one of the most rural and isolated parts of Ireland. The house we made the record in is at the foot of a mountain and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean — the album cover image is what we looked out on every day while making the record. That rugged, raw environment and spirit of rural Donegal had a massive influence on how this record sounds; its presence was huge on this album. That physical dislocation from anything to do with the music industry was a perfect environment in which to make this record. That’s not meant to be disrespectful to the industry, but it was extremely liberating and inspiring to make a record in a place that was worlds away from the marketplace, away from the distractions that Nashville or any city has.

It meant, too, that everyone who played on the recording was transported out of their comfort zones into an entirely different context. It brought something new and different out of us all. We felt that we were creating our own little universe during the recording process and, literally, we did as we transformed the house into a makeshift studio for 10 days. We created a recording space that will never exist again and, in doing so, created a sound for this album that we can’t replicate again. For those reasons, we could not and would not have been able to have made this record in Nashville. It definitely would not have had the rawness, intimacy, or personality that it has if we recorded it in a more controlled studio environment. In many ways, the record sounds like how Donegal feels to me, and that was one of the things that I wanted to capture.

You’ve made pilgrimages to sites related to some of your musical heroes — Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Robert Johnson, et al. How does that affect you as both a person and an artist?

To experience the very places that are marked by my musical heroes is something that is very important to me. It’s about deepening the connection with their legacy, but, more importantly, it lets me get closer to the source of the fire that their music lit in me creatively. For me, such places are shrines of sorts and there is definitely a spiritual element, too. Those artists have had great significance in my life and music and so journeying to sites that are connected with them always awakens and stirs up something inside me. To sit at Hank’s grave, to spend the day at Cash’s childhood home in Arkansas, or to go in search of Robert Johnson’s grave in the Delta excites and invigorates me in the same pure way that their music did when I first heard it. These trips fire up my creativity and imagination. Music is a sacred thing, and I need to go to sites that have sacred symbolism for me; it’s the duty of any good pilgrim! In some respects, too, it de-romanticizes my heroes in a good way — by visiting their graves, it’s a reminder that these mighty, near mythical figures were indeed mortal after all and just on the same journey as the rest of us.

When you are writing a song with another person, how do you dig into deeply personal things about yourself and hash that out in an honest way? It must take an incredible amount of trust… or whiskey.

Atlantic is the most personal album I’ve made and that was because I wrote it with trusted friends who were willing to dig as deep as possible to find these songs with me. There’s no point in going halfway to the truth. It only matters if you go all the way there and we were all committed to mining as deep as possible to get there, no matter how difficult or uncomfortable the writing process was. I wrote these songs with Mary Gauthier, Gretchen Peters, Neilson Hubbard, and Rod Picott; they are all amazing writers who bring a huge amount of integrity and courage to the writing process. They are also some of my closest friends, so it was easy to get deeply personal and dismantle any pretense. It also comes down to what you and your co-writer are writing the song for — if it’s for the charts and for commercial sales, then honesty doesn’t necessarily have to drive the process; but if you’re writing because you want to express your truth, then digging deep in an honest way is the only way to go. As for the whiskey, there was definitely some Bushmills involved in the recording, but not in the writing. We couldn’t possibly make a record in Donegal and not have a few sips…

Are you a fan of Southern gothic literature or did you just soak up — and conjure up — all the imagery and culture through your travels?

It’s a bit of both. Since moving to Nashville, I wanted to immerse myself in as much of the southern culture as possible, so my senses have been wide open and soaking it all up ever since I made my first visit to the South seven years ago. However, I had been reading William Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor, Cormac McCarthy, and many other gothic greats long before I set foot on southern soil. This mean’t my imagination was traveling through those hot, dusty, dark backroads of the South prior to me physically being there.

The Gaslight Anthem – “Get Hurt” album review (Streaming now on iTunes Radio)

August 5, 2014 6:45 pm


Music video by The Gaslight Anthem performing Stay Vicious. … Get Hurt, began streaming today on First Play via iTunes radio, in anticipation for its …

Mr Twin Sister (Formerly Twin Sister) Announce New Album, Share “Blush”

August 5, 2014 4:46 pm

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The New York indie pop band formerly known as Twin Sister recently resurfaced as Mr Twin Sister. Now, they’ve announced their new album. The self-titled follow-up to 2011’s In Heaven arrives September 23 digitally and physically in the U.S. and September 22 digitally and October 6 physically in the UK and Europe via Twin Group/Infinite Best. That’s the cover art, above. Additionally, the band has also shared “Blush”; it follows previously-shared cut “Out of the Dark”. Listen to it above, and below, check out the tracklist.

Mixed and produced by the band alongside Jon Low (the National, the War on Drugs), the new record features contributions from members of Ava Luna on many tracks.

Mr Twin Sister will play album release shows at Baby’s All Right in Williamsburg on October 3 and 4. (Those shows were moved from September.)

Mr Twin Sister:

01 Sensitive
02 Rude Boy
In the House of Yes
Out of the Dark
Twelve Angels
08 Crime Scene

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Medicine Announce New Album Home Everywhere, Share “Turning”

August 5, 2014 4:11 pm


Seminal shoegazers Medicine have announced the follow up album to last year’s To the Happy Few, which is their second since reuniting in 2013. It’s called Home Everywhere, and it’s out October 28 via Captured Tracks. They’ve also shared the lead single, “Turning”, which you can listen to below.



August 5, 2014 2:43 pm


If you’ve heard of FKA Twigs by now, it’s likely thanks to music sites like Pitchfork, which have been featuring the singer’s warped, R&B-infused tracks as she’s quickly gone from self-releasing her first EP to planning one of the more exciting LPs of 2014. She’s now a week away from releasing her first album, the descriptively titled LP1, and it’s just become available to stream on iTunes. LP1 is a must listen, filled with carefully moody tracks that make as impressive a use of empty space as they do of noise. And if you haven’t seen it, there’s an incredible music video to back up one of the best of them. Put on some good headphones and get listening.


Jack White has the best-selling vinyl record in 20 years

August 5, 2014 1:38 pm


With his latest album, Lazaretto, Jack White wanted to prove there was still life in vinyl records. And it turns out he was right: the album is the best-selling vinyl in two decades. According to Billboard, the album has sold 60,000 units to date on vinyl, the biggest single-year vinyl sales since Pearl Jam released Vitalogy in 1994. The number also represents a quarter of all Lazaretto sales, with the album selling a total of 238,000 units across all platforms.

Of course, Lazaretto is far from a standard vinyl release, as White and Third Man Records have produced an album with an assortment of unique features for music nerds. Dubbed an Ultra LP, the album features tracks hidden under the center label, a locked outer grove so that one…


Listen to FKA twigs’ LP1 on iTunes

August 5, 2014 12:07 pm


Next week, FKA twigs will release her highly anticipated debut album, appropriately titled LP1. In anticipation of the records August 12 release, you can stream the entire thing now via iTunes. Listen here.

Read our recent interview with FKA twigs here.

Watch FKA twigs’ video for “Two Weeks”:


Staff Favorites July 2014: featuring “Barcelona Go!” by Rob Whitworth

August 5, 2014 11:47 am


July is dead and gone. All we’re left with are memories — sweet, sweet memories. Oh, and all these great videos! They, unlike many of the characters in this strangely violent month of Staff Pick Favorites, will live forever and ever — or at least until the Internet shuts down.

It wasn’t all flaming arrows, jealous lovers, and botched robberies though. This month, we also celebrated a wonderfully humanistic look at a great Spanish city with the newest time-lapse film from Rob Whitworth. Rob is a wizard behind the laptop, and we corresponded with him to learn more about his indelible approach to things moving in fast motion.

Rob, you’ve become a very distinctive voice in time-lapse circles due, obviously, to your great footage, but also your inventive method of virtual zooms and transitions. Can you talk about where the inspiration for this technique comes from and a bit about how you developed your proficiency in After Effects?

Cities are amazing; there’s so much going on. I love standing on a roof top 200-300 meters up looking down on all the activity. It’s often too hard to choose what to shoot — I want to capture it all. One second, it’s the epic cityscape, and next second, I want to be at street level pushing through the crowds, dodging cars. Any transition / trick / grimy rooftop location that allows me to push this a little further… yes, please.

More broadly, it’s about the impossible. Time lapse is impossible; it shows us the world, as we can’t see it. I love that. The crazy camera moves and transitions are just an extension of this, moving the camera and threading together different scenes in new ways.

My background is in photography so Photoshop is a program I got to know very well. As I moved into video, it became clear to me that After Effects is the Photoshop of video, so I set about learning it. At first, a few tutorials came in handy, but most of it comes from trying stuff… and lots of cups of coffee. I tend to be one of those people who prefers to spend two hours working something out, as I’m too impatient to watch a five-minute tutorial. This is probably another reason I’ve learned to do stuff in less-standard ways.

How much of the final piece are you planning out ahead of time versus in post-production? Barcelona Go! feels perhaps more “scripted” than previous pieces of yours.

Storyboarding is everything. It took me a few videos to realize this, but gradually, video by video, the percentage of it that is planned prior to shooting has increased. By having it planned out ahead of time, you’re allowed to be more ambitious with the tricks. You can always deviate and try other things, but it’s important to have an underlying story. It becomes ever more crucial when working with other people and, in particular, clients, where things like access and model schedules need to be agreed upon in advance.

I think when I started shooting I was a lot less certain as to what would work. There was a point when I realized I was spending so much time trying to second-guess what I might need later that I was skimping on the main shoots, and shooting lots of safeties. I love the precision of arriving at a location and shooting exactly and only what you need.

I would say the Barcelona video is pretty much to the storyboard. A couple of the sequence orders were confirmed later, and I dropped one scene as it didn’t work as well as I hoped, but otherwise I’d say by and large they match.

The other area in which planning comes into its own is when deadlines get tight. I always shoot a ton of extra footage, but it’s so much quicker just working up the shots you planned as part of the storyboard.

Do you pay attention to trends in time lapse? I saw that beginning with your Shanghai piece you began to incorporate on-the-ground hyperlapses, and that the technique is quite important in Barcelona Go!. Where do you go for inspiration or to learn about new techniques?

There is this amazing website everyone should check out where so many inspirational videos are posted — it’s called… Vimeo. I must admit, I go through phases of watching a bunch of videos and then phases of focusing on my own work. Hyperlapse was definitely something that appeared in time lapses a few years back and instantly had me hooked. Suddenly, the means to move the camera from location to location seamlessly was possible. Thanks, Vimeo.

Your profile tells us that you are based out of Shanghai. How does an Englishman end up in China, and what is it about the area that you love?

Can’t say I always love Shanghai, but it is fricking amazing. Shanghai is what I imagine New York was in the 1920s or London in the 1860s — it really has a feeling of where everything is happening. To see Pudong (the Manhattan of Shanghai) is to be awe-stricken — “Man can build these things.” It feels great to be a part of it.

I draw a lot of inspiration from Asia more broadly; it’s so different from England / UK / Europe, where I grew up. There is a palpable sense of progress and emerging confidence. I think it’s infectious.

I moved to Asia well over three years ago now. I was previously based in Central Vietnam, where my girlfriend (now wife) was working for an NGO. When I arrived, I spent a bunch of time working on different ideas and techniques, culminating in my first viral video, “Traffic in Frenetic HCMC”.

“Barcelona Go!” was commissioned by the local tourism board and your Shanghai piece was as well, correct? How do you secure these jobs? Do you go out and pitch for them, do you have a rep? Or, do the opportunities come to you?

I launched my first video from a laptop in central Vietnam, it was picked up by a few website, got Staff Picked by Vimeo, and within three days, it had received 700k plays. Whilst it hasn’t been non-stop exciting commissions since then, one project has led to another. What always surprises me is how much stuff doesn’t happen, and often how long it takes things to go ahead. Very often, it’s the projects you’ve long since forgotten about that end up going ahead.

The Barcelona video was part of a really far-sighted project of the Catalan tourism board. They commissioned five filmmakers to make videos covering different areas of Catalonia. We were given total creative freedom and as well as some amazing location access. I think they’re happy with the results. Myself and Pau’s videos (his is called Girona) received staff picks (thanks) and collectively they have generated a bunch of interest and media attention.

I’m in a privileged position at the moment where fantastic projects such as these come from people who are excited by my existing work and have an idea for a project within their organization.

What can fans expect next from you?
Fans… funny, I think my mum has already seen most of my latest stuff however me and JT Singh (who I worked with on the Shanghai video) will be releasing a video set in Pyongyang, North Korea on Thursday. This one will be on his Vimeo channel. I’m also going to be working on an epic project in Dubai. I can’t say much at the moment however I’m pretty sure it’s going to be on a scale only Dubai knows.

Shimmering Stars ‘Bedrooms of the Nation’ (album stream)

August 5, 2014 3:56 am


By Alex HudsonVancouver indie pop act Shimmering Stars tapped into Everly Brothers-style sweetness on 2011’s Violent Hearts, but they’ve hinted …

Joey Bada$$ Shares New Single “Big Dusty”

August 4, 2014 10:37 pm

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Two years after putting out his 1999 mixtape, Joey Bada$$ will finally release his debut album B4DA$$ this fall. Today, he’s shared the first single from that LP. It’s called “Big Dusty”, and it’s got production from Kirk Knight. It’ll be on iTunes at midnight.

Watch Joey Bada$$ on’s “Selector”:


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The Flaming Lips Enlist My Morning Jacket, Foxygen, MGMT, J Mascis, Miley Cyrus for Sgt. Pepper Tribute

August 4, 2014 8:12 pm


On October 28, the Flaming Lips will release With a Little Help From My Fwends, a full-album cover of the Beatles‘ 1967 classic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Now, Wayne Coyne has shared a tracklist on Instagram that features a few previously confirmed contributors and a handful of brand new ones.

Take a deep breath: From the looks of it, the album will feature Miley Cyrus, My Morning Jacket, J Mascis, Dr. Dog, Cool Kids’ Chuck Inglish, Phantogram, Julianna Barwick, Tool/Perfect Circle/Puscifer singer Maynard James Keenan, Tegan and Sara, Moby, Foxygen, MGMT, Black Pus (aka Lightning Bolt’s Brian Chippendale), Morgan Delt, Wilco side project the Autumn Defense, Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd’s side project Electric Würms, Grace Potter, and more. (It has not been confirmed that this is the complete and final tracklist.)

As Coyne wrote on Instagram: “Yessssss!! Lots of great stuff !!!!!!!! Wow!!!! It’s really gonna happen!!!!!”. Notably, Cyrus will guest on the epic album closer “A Day in the Life”, while Mascis and My Morning Jacket will play the title track opener. The Lips/Miley version of “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” is out now.

Proceeds from sales of With a Little Help From My Fwends will go to the Bella Foundation, an organization in the band’s Oklahoma City hometown that helps low income, elderly, or terminally ill pet owners with the cost of veterinary care.

Watch the Lips and Miley sing “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds”:


Watch’s Pitchfork Classic doc on the Flaming Lips’ The Soft Bulletin:


Rustie’s New Track “Velcro” Soundtracks Adidas Ad

August 4, 2014 6:37 pm


Photo by Christopher Franko

Remember how fun the World Cup was? You can remember it again in this Adidas ad, which features a new song called “Velcro” that plays as Argentinean soccer star Lionel Messi bobs, weaves, and kicks his way through the streets of Barcelona. “Velcro” is from Rustie’s forthcoming album, Green Language, which is out August 26 via Warp. Best New Music and Best New National Pastime, a match made in heaven. Watch it below.


Watch Rustie perform “City Star” at MoMA PS1:


Foxygen Play New Song “Can’t Contextualize My Mind” Live

August 4, 2014 2:29 pm


Foxygen recently announced a new album, …And Star Power, and shared a new song called “How Can You Really”. They’ve also begun rolling out material from the record, as they played a new song called “Can’t Contextualize My Mind” at a recent show in Seattle. Watch a video below via Stereogum.


Watch Foxygen perform “Make It Known” at Pitchfork Music Festival:


The Unicorns Do “Sea Ghost” at First Reunion Show: Video

August 2, 2014 9:00 pm


Photo by Laura Crapo

Last night, the Unicorns returned for their first reunion show in Los Angeles. (Later at that same show, Arcade Fire covered Jane’s Addiction and Guns N’ Roses.) Watch them do “Sea Ghost” from their great just-reissued 2003 album Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone?.


Sufjan Stevens Contributes New Piece “Salvator Mundi” to yMusic Album

August 1, 2014 4:10 pm


Sufjan Stevens has contributed a new piece to the new album from the chamber ensemble yMusic. The album is called Balance Problems and is out September 30 through the label New Amsterdam. Sufjan contributed the closing piece, “Salvator Mundi”. See the full tracklist and album trailer below.

Nico Muhly also contributed the opening title piece, and the entire album was produced by Son Lux. It follows 2011’s Beautiful Mechanical.

yMusic is six classical musicians: Rob Moose, CJ Camerieri, Clarice Jensen, Alex Sopp, Hideaki Aomori, and Nadia Sirota. They have collaborated with Björk, Bon Iver, David Byrne, Antony and the Johnsons, Dirty Projectors, and many others.

On September 12, yMusic will perform with Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry at BasilicaSoundScape, presented in association with Pitchfork. They’ve also got a dates scheduled with Blake Mills. See their full schedule below.

Balance Problems:

01 Nico Muhly: “Balance Problems”
02 Marcos Balter: “Bladed Stance”
03 Andrew Norman: “Music in Circles (Part 1)”
04 Andrew Norman: “Music in Circles (Part 2)”
05 Jeremy Turner: “The Bear & The Squirrel”
06 Timo Andres: “Safe Travels”
07 Mark Dancigers: “Everness”
08 Sufjan Stevens: “Salvator Mundi”



09-12 Hudson, NY – Basilica Soundscape Festival $
09-26 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl $
09-30 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair %
10-01 New York, NY – (Le) Poisson Rouge %
10-06 Washington, DC – The Hamilton %
10-08 Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade %
10-09 Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live %

$ with Richard Reed Parry
% with Blake Mills

Pitchfork’s Show No Mercy and Blackened Music Launch Tinnitus Series With Ben Frost Show

August 1, 2014 4:00 pm


Pitchfork’s Show No Mercy has teamed up Blackened Music to present a new music series called Tinnitus. Tinnitus will focus on composers of extreme sound.

The first installment takes place October 18 with a performance by Ben Frost at The Wick in Brooklyn. Support acts are to be announced.

Tickets are $15 in advance, available here. (They will be $20 at the door.) Doors open at 8 p.m., and the music starts at 9. This is a 21+ event.

The Australian-born, Iceland-based composer Frost released his great album A U R O R A earlier this year. Read our “Guest List” interview with him here.

Twin Shadow Performs New Song “Locked and Loaded”

August 1, 2014 2:48 am

Twin Shadow Performs New Song "Locked and Loaded"

Twin Shadow‘s George Lewis Jr. was recently a musical guest on a very strange episode of the Comedy Bang! Bang! podcast called Comedy Bing Bong, which included an interview with mental illness “spokesperson” Howard Amethyst. In between chatting about neurosis, milkshake movies, and sex role-playing, the Twin Shadow frontman played some seemingly-unrelated music, including a song called “Locked and Loaded”. Listen to it above around the 1:01:45 mark.

George Lewis Jr.’s interview starts around 6:50. In it, he mentions the new Twin Shadow album will be due out in October, and gets pressured into uncomfortably discussing his ideal sexual partner (“It depends on the country,” he laughs.) He also plays his latest single “To The Top” at 1:36:44.

Watch Twin Shadow perform “Golden Light” on