Here’s a pitch I couldn’t resist: Scarlett Johansson recorded a song with Lulu Gainsbourg, whose father Serge was a celebrated French singer/songwriter. The song is Bonnie & Clyde and it was originally performed by Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot. Lulu is putting out an album of covers of his dad’s songs in October, From Gainsbourg to Lulu.
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Listen to Today’s Supernatural, the first single off Animal Collective’s new album, Centipede Hz. The song is available Tuesday and the album is expected out in September. The song is a bit of diversion for these guys. Discuss.
Buckle Up is the A side of a 7-inch release only available at Dirty Projectors’ shows.
You have to follow @DirtyProjectors on Twitter to get a password for the records.
Here’s a new song from Tame Impala. Elephant is off the album Lonerism, which is expected out in October.
From Pennsylvania via New York, Blues Control makes interesting lo-fi instrumental songs. The music is a little proggy, jazzy, psychedelic and a lot of experimentation. The band is promoting its latest album, Valley Tangents. You can catch Blues Control — aka the duo of Russ Waterhouse (guitar, synthesizer) and Lea Cho (keyboards) – at the Hideout Friday night.
Check out Blues Control’s just-released video below.
The Mountain Goats released a new song, Cry for Judas, off the album Transcendental Youth, which is set for release October 2.
Moonlight Mile is the first single from the Babies’ new album Our House on the Hill (out this fall). The song will be released as a 7-inch next month.
So here’s good news for fans of the folk-psycedelic act: Billotte will be performing new music in advance of an upcoming album when she hits the Burlington Saturday night. Two local acts, Joshua Abrams Natural Information Society and Magic Key open.
Chicago lost one of its finest music festivals when Old Town School of Folk Music pulled the plug on its annual Folk & Roots event earlier this year. Taking its place is the new Square Roots Festival, sponsored by local chamber types and curated by Old Town.
There are no big names at this new event but Saturday night will be fun, nonetheless, with the Waco Brothers headlining. The Waco’s Jon Langford has been an Old Town staple, performing at the school and fest and creating promotional art work. It should be a great show. Ezra Furman opens. There are a number of interesting bands throughout the weekend. See the full schedule here.
What a great show featuring two of Chicago’s best: Radar Eyes opens for Disappears at the Empty Bottle Friday. Both bands made very cool, highly recommended albums this year. Disappears will be playing after it headlines at the Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival at 9 p.m.
Here’s a video from the San Diego band Mrs. Magician for the song The Dead 80s. It’s off the band’s debut Strange Heaven.
The very catchy duo IamDynamite recently released this video for the song, Carolina, off the album SuperMegaFantastic.
Check out this new video for Junk Culture’s song Growing Pains off the new album Wild Quiet (out July 31).
My favorite sets at the first day of Pitchfork Music Festival Friday were by Dirty Projectors and Willis Earl Beal. I had a feeling that Dirty Projectors’ new songs would sound really good live. I wasn’t sure what to expect from Beal, who is sort of a soul, blues, gospel, indie kind of guy. He’s not that easy to define — kind of like Tom Waits. But he’s a captivating performer and his songs are powerful.
I liked sets by Lower Dens and Japandroids but I’m also a big fan of both. Japandroids did seem to work people into a frenzy. I picked Purity Ring on the side stage over headlining closer Feist. Purity Ring’s music sounds a lot like the Knife. The duo’s debut album, Shrines, is out Tuesday, though you can buy it at Pitchfork fest this weekend.
The rain delayed the start of the fest but let up only to send everyone running for cover again late day. The main stages were back on schedule by early evening but the third stage acts never seem to get started on time.
Most of the after-parties are listed here. Though the list isn’t complete. It doesn’t include Iceage at Subterranean Monday, for instance. There’s also the three-night Cobrafest at nearby Cobra Lounge.
Click here for full Pitchfork schedule.
Chromatics play Saturday:
Unknown Mortal Orchestra plays Sunday
Clams Casino plays Friday night:
Forget the wimpy, rubbery sounds of headliner Vampire Weekend, the meat of the Sunday program for Pitchfork Music Festival is in the afternoon. That’s when Iceage, Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall and the Men play. Again, unfortunately, there’s overlap among these sets. It’s maddening but there are after-shows for each band.
Click here for the full schedule.
Also see Japandroids, Dirty Projectors, Purity Ring kick off Pitchfork fest Friday, Ty Segall brings it on new album, plans another and plays Pitchfork and Grimes, Sleigh Bells, Wild Flag, Atlas Sound highlight Pitchfork Saturday
Grimes is playing the side stage Saturday night of Pitchfork Music Festival, while Godspeed You! Black Emperor headlines the main-stage area. I’ll likely opt for Grimes. The day is short of rock acts but includes a number of interesting options. I intend to get to the fest early enough to see Cloud Nothings, which I’ll (unfortunately) have to cut short to catch Lotus Plaza, a side project of Deerhunter guitarist Lockett Pundt. Oddly, Lotus Plaza overlaps with another Deerhunter side project, Bradford Cox’s Atlas Sound. I’m determined to see a bit of all three shows.
It’s not like Ty Segall has been recording yacht rock for the past few years but, man, does he bring it on his latest album, Slaughterhouse. The songs are harder, faster and all-around more intense. Officially, it’s a release by the Ty Segall Band (he recorded it with the guys he takes on tour). I’ve lost track of how many records he’s made, but the prolific one just announced another solo album, Twins, to be released in October. That would be the third album by Segall this year. He also released Hair, a (recommended) collaboration with White Fence.
If you like Segall’s manic garage rock, Chicago is the place to be over the next few days. He and Japandroids will be at Lincoln Hall for the WBEZ show Sound Opinions on Thursday. Segall headlines a sold-out show at Empty Bottle Saturday night and he plays Pitchfork Music Festival Sunday afternoon. If you’re going to Pitchfork Sunday, don’t miss this one. Segall is unbelievable live.
From last year’s Goodbye Bread:
Also see New music: Ty Segall and White Fence
Admittedly, it’s not easy to catch the opening acts and stay all the way through the closers over three days, but I try my best to see the short early sets, which sometimes prove to be highlights. Friday is a good example. One of Chicago’s most fascinating new artists, Willis Earl Beal, also plays an early set that day — one that I wouldn’t miss. The Olivia Tremor Control, one of the Elephant 6 bands, gets an early slot as well.
Of course, I’m excited about the later shows, particularly Japandroids, now touring the full-throttle release Celebration Rock, and Dirty Projectors (see album review). I’m also intrigued by Purity Ring, which goes up against headliner Feist.
See the full schedule here.