Chicago rapper Tree has shared a video for his Sunday School II: When Church Lets Outtrack "Busters". The clip keeps things simple: It visits a variety of locations around Tree's hometown while he raps in the snow. Naturally, the MC wears an awesome fluffy hat.
At this year's Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, Pitchfork.tv captured a series of performances and interviews with a variety of artists. Watch as Metz perform "Wet Blanket", a highlight off their great debut LP. They also talk about working on new material and getting tired of their old stuff.
Metz have also today shared the animated video for "Get Off", featuring some burly dudes at a junkyard full of destroyed vehicles and a flying dog. It was directed by fellow Sub Pop artist Chad VanGaalen.
M.I.A. Revisits Criticism of /\/\/\Y/\'s "The Message" in Light of NSA Surveillance Revelations
Big Brother "paranoia" now more prescient than it seemed
By Carrie Battan on June 19, 2013 at 10:56 a.m.
"The Message", the opening track on M.I.A.'s 2010 record /\/\/\Y/\ caught a lot of flack for lines perceived as politically juvenile: "Headbone connects to the neckbone/ Neckbone connects to the armbone/ Armbone connects to the handbone/ Handbone connects to the internet/ Connected to the Google/ Connected to the government" and "Headbone connected to the headphones/ Headphones connected to the iPhone/ iPhone connected to the internet/ Connected to the Google/ Connected to the government."
Now, presumably in light of the recent news about the N.S.A.'s surveillance program, M.I.A. has taken to her Tumblr to revisit the three-year-old criticisms of those lyrics (including ours, which called the song "a bad demo with a simplistic, paranoid rap that's as rhetorically effective as someone in a dorm room ranting about the C.I.A. inventing A.I.D.S.").
Other descriptions used for the song include "would-be narcissism and paranoia," "awful/obvious/incoherent," "neither a pleasure to listen to nor think about," "horribly paranoid rant," "unremarkable and... perilously tied to a transient time," "half baked paranoid ramble," "clumsy, ham-fisted" and more.
M.I.A.'s Tumblr collage shows that in retrospect, the criticisms of M.I.A.'s politically charged words and alleged paranoia can seem just as silly as her lyrics once might have.
Above, listen to the first taste of Matangi, called "Bring the Noize", and watch a 2008 interview with M.I.A.:
Sounds like M.I.A.'s been going through some of the same industry frustrations that Kanye West has discussed in his renegade leadup to Yeezus. "It's not easy, it's not easy. It's not easy. I keep finishing the record and handing it in, finishing the record and handing it in," she told Lowe about the record release cycle.
"It's just one of those things where I've given up at this point. I was literally going to start... putting out records from my bedroom," she said. This was my last stab at it-- I'm going to hand it in and wait for it to go out the way albums go out. If I didn't get it out right now, I would've definitely exploded.
In related M.I.A. news, Matangi, her fourth studio LP, is now scheduled for fall release through N.E.E.T./Interscope. She's also announced a string of tour dates surrounding her performance at this year's Pitchfork Music Festival-- find the schedule below, after the "Bring the Noize" art.
07-17 Montreal, Canada - Metropolis 07-18 Toronto, Canada - Danforth Music Hall 07-20 Detroit, MI - Royal Oak Music Hall 07-21 Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival 08-09 Saalburg, Germany - SonneMondSterne 08-10-11 Tokyo and Osaka, Japan - Summer Sonic 09-05-08 Isle of Wight, England - Bestival
Watch a 2008 interview with M.I.A. via Pitchfork.tv:
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It seems that the track will be "Bring the Noize". M.I.A.'s website features a looped animation promoting the song, and this Tweet also indicates as such. A version of "Bring the Noize" appeared on the mix M.I.A. made for the fashion line Kenzo earlier this year.
Watch a 2008 interview with M.I.A. via Pitchfork.tv:
Killer Mike and El-P Share Run the Jewels Album Tracklist, Release Date
01 Run the Jewels 02 Banana Clipper [ft. Big Boi] 03 36" Chain 04 DDFH 05 Sea Legs 06 Job Well Done [ft. Until the Ribbon Breaks] 07 No Come Down 08 Get It 09 Twin Hype Back [ft. Prince Paul] 10 A Christmas Fucking Miracle
Watch Mac DeMarco Perform "Freaking Out the Neighborhood" at Primavera
By Pitchfork on June 12, 2013 at 12:00 p.m.
At this year's Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, Pitchfork.tv captured a series of performances and interviews with a variety of artists. Watch as Mac DeMarco performs "Freaking Out the Neighborhood" from 2(and covers "Takin' Care of Business" by BTO). He also talks about seeing bombed-out cars by the Serbian border, and hanging out with Phoenix and Sofia Coppola.
UK post-punk act Savages have confirmed a string of fall dates with their Matador labelmates, Queens of the Stone Age. The October dates follow Savages' summer tour of the U.S, which will include a stop at Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago. They've also added a headlining October date at New York City's Terminal 5.
06-18 Berlin, Germany - Zitadelle * 06-19 Prague, Czech Republic - Tipsport * 06-20 London, England - Yoko Ono’s Meltdown # 06-22 Hilvarenbeek, Holland - Best Kept Secret Festival 06-28-29 Somerset, England - Glastonbury Festival 07-04 Roskilde, Denmark - Roskilde Festival 07-05 Helsinki, Finland - Kuudes Asti Festival 07-06 Moscow, Russia - Gorky Park 07-11 New York, NY - Webster Hall 07-12 Boston, MA - Middle East 07-13 Washington D.C. - Rock ‘n’ Roll Hotel 07-14 Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer 07-15 Montreal, Quebec - La Tulipe 07-16 Toronto, Ontario - Mod Club 07-20 Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival 07-21 Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock 07-23-24 Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theater 08-16 Trondheim, Norway - Pstereo Festival 08-18 Skipton, England - Beacons Festival 08-23 Paris, France - Rock en Seine 08-30 North Dorset, England - End Of The Road Festival 08-31 Laois, Ireland - Electric Picnic 09-07 Berlin, Germany - Berlin Festival 09-08 Isle of Wight, England - Bestival 09-14 Detroit, MI - Laneway Festival 10-04-06 Austin, TX - Austin City Limits 10-05 Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theater ^ 10-07 Nashville, TN - Municipal Auditorium ^ 10-08 Fayetteville, AR - Arkansas Music Pavilion ^ 10-09 Tulsa, OK - The Brady Theater ^ 10-11-12 Austin, TX - Austin City Limits 10-12 New York, NY - Terminal 5 10-13 Lisbon, Portugal - Mexefest
* with Portishead # with Iggy Pop ^ with Queens of the Stone Age