Music

With so much good music being released all the time, it can be hard to determine what to listen to first. Every week, Pitchfork offers a run-down of significant new releases available on streaming services. This week’s batch includes new albums, projects, and EPs from Palberta, Caroline Shaw, Logic1000, Peewee Longway and Cassius Jay, Mason
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Madlib and Four Tet have shared another single from their forthcoming album Sound Ancestors. Listen to “Dirtknock” below. Four Tet and Madlib announced Sound Ancestors last month. The album will feature previously released singles “Road of the Lonely Ones” and “Hopprock”. Sound Ancestors is due out January 29 via Madlib Invazion. Four Tet has mentioned
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Austin-based duo Black Pumas were the musical guests on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert last night (January 19). They performed “Colors” from their 2019 debut, also titled Black Pumas. Check it out below. Black Pumas have also released a pair of Spotify Singles. They recorded a new version of “Colors” with Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
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Lil Wayne received a full presidential pardon and Kodak Black received a commutation from Donald Trump in the president’s final hours in office, CNN and Reuters report. The two rappers’ reprieve comes amid a flurry of pardons as some of the outgoing president’s final acts. Other names on the presidential pardon and commutation list include
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Fleet Foxes have shared a new video for “I’m Not My Season,” from their 2020 LP Shore. The live performance video, directed by Robin Pecknold’s brother Sean, was shot at Brooklyn’s St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, where Robin Pecknold played his Very Lonely Solstice Livestream. Watch the clip below. Shore is coming out
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Smino has shared a new song titled “MLK Dr” in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In the animated video, the St. Louis rapper assists an extraterrestrial version of Dr. King with a flat tire and the pair share a joint before driving down Martin Luther King Blvd. Watch the visual, which is
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Phil Spector, the “wall of sound” producer famous for his work in 1960s pop and rock music, has died, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has confirmed. In a post on their website, the CDCR wrote that Spector “was pronounced deceased of natural causes” yesterday (January 16), at an outside hospital. His official cause
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BBE Music recently announced a 20th anniversary reissue of J Dilla’s landmark 2001 record Welcome 2 Detroit. Today, the label has shared Japanese DJ/producer Muro’s remix of “Think Twice,” which is included in the reissue package. Hear it below. The deluxe remastered edition of Welcome 2 Detroit arrives February 5, presented as a 12-disc 7″
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Dream pop/electronica band Sweet Trip have returned with a pair of new tracks. Listen to “Walkers Beware! We Drive Into the Sun” and “Stab-Slow” below. The former track will appear on Roberto Burgos and Valerie Cooper’s forthcoming album A Tiny House, In Secret Speeches, Polar Equals, their first LP in 12 years. It’s set to
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On January 4, Dr. Dre was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after suffering a brain aneurysm. Dre, who updated fans on his well-being shortly after news of his hospitalization surfaced, was kept at Cedars-Sinai’s intensive care unit for 11 number of days. Now, Dre has been released from the hospital to return
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Sheer Mag has shared a new song called “Crushed Velvet.” The song appears on the soundtrack for Hulu’s forthcoming original film The Ultimate Playlist of Noise, which is out tomorrow (January 15). Check out “Crushed Velvet” below. Sheer Mag’s last LP was 2019’s A Distant Call. Later that year Vermont Senator—and then presidential candidate—Bernie Sanders
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Sen Morimoto has covered Mitski’s Be The Cowboy track “Washing Machine Heart” in a new video for KEXP. The Chicago artist’s rendition also includes an interpolation of Daft Punk’s “Something About Us,” from the 2001 album Discovery. The rest of the set features Morimoto’s songs “Woof,” “Deep Down” (featuring KAINA), the NNAMDÏ collab “Wrecked,” and
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Rico Nasty brought “OHFR?” from her debut studio album Nightmare Vacation to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Thursday night (January 14). Watch her performance below. Following her 2018 mixtape Nasty and a 2019 collaboration with producer Kenny Beats, the Maryland rapper released Nightmare Vacation at the beginning of December. Singles “Own It,” “iPhone,” “OHFR?,”
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In 2019, Bandcamp started a new service that allowed artists to sell vinyl through an in-house pressing service. Through crowdfunding campaigns powered by customer orders, artists could sell vinyl produced and shipped by Bandcamp. Today, the company has announced that the vinyl pressing service—which started on a limited trial basis for a handful of artists—is
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Autechre have remixed SOPHIE’s 2013 classic “BIPP.” The remix will be issued with SOPHIE’s previously unreleased B-side “UNISIL.” The single is due out on vinyl via Numbers on January 28. Listen below, via Bandcamp. Back in 2015, SOPHIE claimed she wanted “NO remixes” of her music “unless it’s Autechre,” according to a press release. “Sorry
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The 43rd annual Kennedy Center Honors recipients have been announced. Joan Baez, Garth Brooks, Dick Van Dyke, artist, choreographer, and actress Debbie Allen, and violinist Midori are the honorees for 2020. Typically held in December, last year’s ceremony was postponed until May 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “The Kennedy Center Honors serves as a
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Issa Rae’s Insecure will return to HBO for a fifth and final season, as the network has announced. The popular Emmy Award-winning series aired its fourth season in 2020; a premiere date for its last season has yet to be revealed. “Issa has turned insecurity into an iconic form of comedy,” HBO executive vice president
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