You can't drag your mouse across your laptop screen without bumping into some new Ryan Hemsworth material these days. Here's the producer's latest, a new free EP called Still Awake. Stream it below and download it for free here. Listen to one of the EP cuts, "Perfectly", above.
01 Empty Thoughts Over a Shallow Ocean 02 Perfectly 03 (｡◕‿◕｡) (or, I Want to Stare at Your Face Until I Die) 04 Mistakes to Make 05 track 5 (crashed) 06 All Our Thoughts Are Physical 07 Perfectly (Taquwami remix)
Watch the video for Hemsworth's "Colour and Movement":
Check Out the Lil B-Themed Clothing Line That's a Fashion Student's Senior Thesis
Here's a rare (no pun intended) opportunity to wish you could go back and do your senior year of college over again: The Fader has posted an interview with Isabel Simpson-Kirsch, a Parsons student who chose Lil B as the inspiration for the incredible fashion line she created as part of a thesis. The line is called "Based". Check out images of what it looks like above and below.
She's made a full series of looks-- from dresses to boxers and platform shoes-- all bearing various images of Lil B. They're awesome. I'm guessing if she made the line commercially available, it would go pretty quickly.
"Junior year at Parsons is so hard-- that's when everybody drops out," Simpson-Kirsch told The Fader. "Lil B helped me through it. Being Based and positive got me through it. And this summer, I was like, the only way I can come back and do this thesis is if it really comes from my heart."
Read our recent feature on Lil B fans here. And Lil B in another New York City college setting, lecturing at NYU last year:
Julia Holter Announces New Album Loud City Song, Shares New Track "World"
By Jenn Pelly and Evan Minsker on May 22, 2013 at 10:37 a.m.
A year after releasing her excellent LP Ekstasis, Julia Holter has announced a new album. Loud City Song is out via Domino on August 20 in the U.S. (and August 19 elsewhere). Listen to its opening track "World" via the Super 8 montage by Rick Bahto, below.
According to a press release, Holter began writing the material for Loud City Song prior to releasing her 2011 debut, Tragedy. It was co-produced by Cole Marsden Greif-Neill (Nite Jewel/the Samps/ex-Haunted Graffiti), who also worked on Ekstasis. Inspired by Frank O'Hara, Joni Mitchell, and Colette's 1944 novella Gigi, the record "explores [Holter's] relationship with her hometown of Los Angeles and modern life universally," according to a press release.
Holter has also announced a summer tour of North America and Europe, which includes a stop at the Pitchfork Music Festival.
Loud City Song:
01 World 02 Maxim's 1 03 Horns Surrounding Me 04 In the Green Wild 05 Hello Stranger 06 Maxim's 2 07 He's Running Through My Eyes 08 This Is a True Heart 09 City Appearing
07-11 Washington, DC - Sixth & I Synagogue @ 07-12 New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge @ 07-13 Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live @ 07-14 Boston, MA - The Church Of Boston @ 07-16 Montreal, Quebec - La Sala Rosa @ 07-17 Toronto, Ontario - The Drake @ 07-18 Detroit, MI - Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit @ 07-20 Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival 07-23 Lisbon, Portugal - ZDB 07-24 Madrid, Spain - Theatro Lara 07-25 Cartagena, Spain - La Mar De Musicas 07-26 Barcelona, Spain - Caixaforum 07-27 Lyon, France - Les Nuits De Fourvieres * 07-29 Ravenna, Italy - Hani-Bi 07-30 Modena, Italy - Sant Augustino 07-31 Geneva, Switzerland - Ecoutes Au Vert @ Barje Des Sciences 08-03 Katowice, Poland - OFF Festival 08-04 Zilnia, Slovakia - Stanica 08-05 Vienna, Austria - WUK 08-07 Basel, Switzerland - Im Fluss Festival 08-08 Haldern-Rees, Germany - Haldern Pop 08-09 Hamburg, Germany - Kampnagel Summerfest 08-10 Goteborg, Sweden - Way Out West 08-11 Helsinki, Finland - Flow Festival 08-13 Ghent, Belgium - DOK 08-14 Saint Malo, France - La Route Du Rock Festival 08-16 Brecon, Wales - Green Man Festival 08-17 Skipton, England - Beacons Festival 08-20 London, England - Cecil Sharp House
@ with Jessica Pratt * with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Watch Julia Holter's video for "Our Sorrows":
Swans Expand Tour, Add Dates With Pharmakon
By Jenn Pelly on May 20, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.
Photo by Will Deitz
Swans have added a string of North American dates to their current world tour. New York noise artist Margaret Chardiet aka Pharmakon will open a string of shows. Swans are touring in support of last year's The Seer; Chardiet released her first widely-available album, Abandon, last week. Stream "Ache" above.
05-20 Zagreb, Croatia - Pogon JEedinstvo 05-21 Parma, Italy - Campus Industry Music 05-22 Geneva, Switzerland - L'usinie 05-23 Schorndorf, Germany - Club Manufaktur 05-24 Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Festival 05-25 Paris, France - La Grande Halle de la Villette 05-27 Frankfurt, Germany - Mousonturm 05-28 Berlin, Germany - Volksbühne 05-29 Dresden, Germany - Beatpol 05-30 Munich, Germany - Feierwerk 05-31 Porto, Portugal - Optimus Primavera Sound 06-13 Brooklyn, NY - Northside Music Festival (Warsaw) ^ 06-14 Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theater 06-16 Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo 06-19 Calgary, Alberta- Sled Island Festival 06-22 Hlvarenbeek, Netherlands - Best Kept Secret Festival 06-23 Clisson, France - Hell Fest 07-18 Indianapolis, IN - Deluxe at Olde National Centre * 07-19 Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre * 07-20 Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival 07-22 Iowa City, IA - Blue Moose Tap House $ 07-23 Newport, KY - Southgate House $ 07-24 Columbus, OH - The Bluestone $ 07-25 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom $ 07-26 Buffalo, NY - Tralf Music Hall $ 08-13 Edinburgh, Scotland - Liquid Room 08-14 Belfast, Northern Ireland - Limelight 08-15 Dublin, Ireland - Button Factory 08-16 Cork, Ireland - Cyprus Avenue 08-18 Wales, England - Green Man Festival
^ with Chelsea Wolfe * with Low $ with Pharmakon
Watch Mikal Cronin Play an Eerie House Party in the "Change" Video
By Jenn Pelly on May 15, 2013 at 1:15 p.m.
California fuzz-rocker Mikal Cronin has shared a grungy house-party clip to accompany "Change", a highlight from his excellent new MCII LP. Directed by Claire Marie Vogel, the video has got a slightly eerie, slightly off vibe, depicting an invisible man throughout, clad in a hoodie but with no face.
05-15 Paris, France - Nouveau Casino 05-16 London, England - Tuffnel Park Dome 05-17 Brighton, England - Great Escape Festival 05-18 Utrecht, Netherlands - Le Guess Who? 05-23 San Diego, CA - The Casbah 05-24 Los Angeles, CA - The Echo ^* 05-25 San Francisco, CA - The Rickshaw Stop 06-06 Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios # 06-07 Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern # 06-08 Missoula, MT - Old Beck VFW Post 209 # 06-10 Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry # 06-13-15 Toronto, Ontario - Silver Dollar (NXNE Festival) 06-16 Montreal, Quebec - La Divan Orange # 06-17 Boston, MA - Great Scott #$ 06-18 Philly, PA - Kung Fu Necktie #$ 06-20 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom # 06-21 Washington DC - Comet Ping Pong #$ 06-22 Asheville, NC - Emerald Lounge #% 06-23 Atlanta, GA - The Earl # 06-24 Nashville, TN - The Stone Fox # 06-26 Dallas, TX - Club Dada # 06-27 Austin, TX - Mohawk Inside # 06-28 Marfa, TX - Padre’s 06-29 Tucson, AZ - Club Congress 07-19 Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival 07-25 Lisbon, Portugal - Musicbox 07-26 Barcelos, Portugal - Milhoes De Festa Festival 07-29 Madrid, Spain - El Sol 07-30 San Sebastian, Spain - Surfilm Festival 08-02 Katowice, Poland - OFF Festival 08-03 Venlo, Netherlands - Zomerparkfeest 08-04 Binic, France - Binic Festival 08-05 Lorient, France - Le Galion 08-06 Bordeaux, France - Relache Caserne Niel 08-07 Paris, France - Le Gibus 08-08 HaldernRees, Germany - Haldern Pop Festival 08-09 Oslo, Norway - Oya Festivalen 08-10 Goteborg, Sweden - Way Out West Festival 08-11 Copenhagen, Denmark - Pumpehuset 08-12 Hamburg, Germany - Hafenklang 08-13 Nijmegen, Netherlands - Doornroosje 08-14 Groningen, Netherlands - Vera 08-15 Hasselt, Belgium - Pukkelpop 08-16 Biddinghuizen, Netherlands - Lowlands Festival 08-17 Skipton, England - Beacons Festival 08-18 Brecon Beacons, Wales - Greenman Festival 08-24 Los Angeles, CA - FYF Fest
^ with Pangea * with Gap Dream # with Shannon and the Clams $ with Roomrunner % with Greg Cartwright
Solange Plans Full-Length Album on Columbia Records for Later This Year
By Carrie Battan on May 14, 2013 at 10:42 a.m.
Solange Knowles is shifting gears in the music industry once again and (re-)joining a major label. Billboard reports that she's signed a deal with Columbia Records, which will put out a new Solange full-length later this year. According to Billboard, the new album will likely feature songs from her excellent 2012 EP True.
This is a notable pivot given that Solange found her groove as part of Grizzly Bear member Chris Taylor's independent label Terrible Records last year. Prior to that, she was part of Universal's Geffen imprint-- an experience that didn't go very well, she's said in interviews. Solange also told Pitchfork last year that she didn't have plans in the foreseeable future to switch to a major label.
It's possible that True was so well-received that Solange outgrew Terrible Records, or she simply worked with Columbia to find a deal that suited her better than her previous relationship with Universal. Her older sister Beyoncé is a Columbia signee, so maybe that has something to do with it. Or maybe the line between "indie" and "major label" is growing so fine that it's inconsequential.
Listen to a brand new version of Solange's "Looks Good With Trouble" featuring Kendrick Lamar, above.
Donelly performed "Happiness Is a Warm Gun" with the band, the Beatles cover included on their 1990 debut Pod. She co-founded the Breeders with Kim Deal that year, but left after Pod and 1992's Safari EP. (Kim's twin sister Kelley took over when Donelly began focusing on Belly.)
Donelly also sang last night on Last Splash's "Do You Love Me Now?", one of the record's songs written collaboratively by Kim and Kelley Deal. Watch video of both below.
Watch: Foxygen Compile Footage From Their High School and College Films for "No Destruction"
By Evan Minsker on May 10, 2013 at 3:35 a.m.
The music video for Foxygen's We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magichighlight "No Destruction" features one loose story line-- the band are dressed up in Western clothes, performing by a body of water, and signing autographs for nearby square dancers. But they've also spliced in archival footage of films that Sam France and Jonathan Rado made during high school and college.
The video was directed by the band's friend Bryan Felber, who also worked on the old films.
Watch Merchandise's Short Art Film "Rush of Blood", a Visual Companion to Their New Record Totale Nite
By Jenn Pelly on May 10, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.
Merchandise have shared a 15-minute art film to accompany their new record, Totale Nite, released last month via Night People. Titled "Rush of Blood", the film was written and shot by the band at home in Tampa at the same time as they were recording the album. It was conceptualized, directed, and edited by frontman Carson Cox with an original score of experimental/drone works by guitarist Dave Vassalotti. They both appear in the film as well. (Cox gets his head shaved, surreally, by another image of himself.)
The band offered some context:
"Rush of Blood" is an attempt at carrying over visual themes explored on the record (anxiety, mental fog, the elephant in the room). It was shot and edited in a style that is meant to reveal something to the viewer by its invisibility and hidden meaning. Special thanks goes to Chris Swanson, Darius Van Arman, and Shawn Reed for their help in making this video happen. Styling by Aldo Padaldo.
Watch "Rush of Blood" after their huge tour schedule:
05-10 New York, NY - NYU Strawberry Festival 05-10 Brooklyn, NY - 285 Kent (solo performances) 05-15 London, England- 100 Club 05-16 Brighton, England - The Haunt 05-17 Brighton, England - The Corn Exchange 05-18 Utrecht, Netherlands - Le Guess Who Festival 05-20 Paris, France - Fleche D’Or 05-21 Rennes, France - Ubu 05-22 Lyon, France - Le Sirius 05-23 Nimes, France - Paloma 05-24 Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound Festival 05-30 Porto, Portugal - Optimus Primavera Festival 06-01 Austin, TX - Chaos in Tejas †= 06-02 Austin, TX - Chaos in Tejas †= 06-04 Dallas, TX - Club Dada †= 06-05 Nashville, TN - Stone Fox †= 06-06 Louisville, KY - The Workhouse Ballroom †= 06-07 Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups †= 06-08 Pittsburgh, PA - The 6119 †= 06-09 Boston, MA - TT The Bears †= 06-10 Burlington, VT - The Monkey House †= 06-11 Montreal, Quebec - Il Motore †= 06-12 Toronto, Ontario - NXNE Music Festival †= 06-13 Toronto, Ontario - NXNE Music Festival †= 06-14 Taylor, PA - Underwood Skatepark †= 06-15 Brooklyn, NY - 285 Kent (Northside Music Festival) †= 06-17 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s †= 06-18 Washington, DC - DC9 †= 06-19 Richmond, VA - Strange Matter †= 06-20 Charlotte, NC - The Milestone †= 06-21 Atlanta, GA - 529 †= 06-22 Gainesville, FL - The Atlantic †= 06-23 Miami, FL - Churchill’s †= 06-24 Tampa, FL - TBA † 07-18 Athens, GA - Caledonia Lounge 07-19 Indianapolis, IN - Vogue Theater 07-20 Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival 07-22 Minneapolis, MA - Triple Rock Social Club % 07-23 Iowa City, IA - Gabe's * 07-24 St. Louis, MO - Blank Space * 08-02 Katowice, Poland - OFF Festival 08-30 Verona, Italy - A Perfect Day ! 08-31 Salisbury, England - End Of The Road Festival 09-07 Isle Of Wight, England - Bestival
* with Wet Hair ! with Primal Scream, Jake Bugg % with Daughn Gibson † with Milk Music = with Destruction Unit