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Watch Thom Yorke Discuss New Album ANIMA, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, More in New Interview

Watch Thom Yorke Discuss New Album ANIMA, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, More in New Interview

Thom Yorke has sat down for an interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music’s Beats 1. He discussed his new solo album ANIMA, politics, and more. Watch and find excerpts below. Listen to the interview on Beats 1.

At one point, Zane Lowe asks Thom Yorke, “At what point did this album start to take shape?” Yorke replies, “We’ve had most of this stuff for ages, and the joke was, it was really quick to do. We set up as we do the live shows for most of it… and knocked it out. It was really fun. It was quick and easy, and we knew where we were going because we lived with it for so long.”

Yorke also explained the record’s title:

I think the reason it ended up being called ANIMA was partly because
I’m obsessed with this whole dream thing, and it comes from this
concept that [Carl] Jung had. But, also, we have started to emulate
what our devices say about us and emulate the way we behave from
that. So, I had this whole thing where, like, the reason we can watch
Boris Johnson lie through his teeth, promise something that we know
will never happen is: We don’t have to connect with it directly
because it’s a little avatar. It’s this little guy with a stupid
haircut waving a flag…. “That’s all right, that’s funny.” And the
consequences are not real. The consequences of everything we do are
not real. We can remain anonymous. We send our avatar out to hurl
abuse and poison, and then trot back anonymous.

Yorke continued to discuss politics:

People have come to terms with the ideas, like, the only way that
things change is fundamental structural change. And the only way that
can happen when you have a bunch of clowns, is to be angry. But right
now we have this performance going on: We have a Punch and Judy show
in America, another one in Britain that apparently that’s what goes
for politics these days. And when it breaks, the likes of [Rep.
Alexandria] Ocasio-Cortez will walk in and go, “Right! Shall we get
started?” That’s what I think.

Listen to H.E.R. and YBN Cordae’s New Song “Racks”

Listen to H.E.R. and YBN Cordae’s New Song “Racks”

H.E.R. has shared a new single featuring YBN Cordae. Listen to “Racks” below.

Earlier this year, H.E.R. won the Grammy Awards for Best R&B Album (H.E.R.) and Best R&B Performance (“Focus”). She also received nominations for Album of the Year, Best New Artist, and Best R&B Song. H.E.R. last released her I Used to Know Her: Part 2 EP in November 2018.

YBN Cordae recently shared a Chance the Rapper collaboration called “Bad Idea.” He was named to this year’s XXL Freshman Class earlier this month.

Geto Boys Book First New Show After Bushwick Bill’s Death

Geto Boys Book First New Show After Bushwick Bill’s Death

Geto Boys have booked their first new live performance since Bushwick Bill died earlier this month. The group is on the lineup for the 2019 Adult Swim Festival in Los Angeles. According to festival representatives, the show will be a tribute to Bill. Geto Boys have previously been booked for this year’s Gathering of the Juggalos.

After Bushwick Bill revealed that he was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year, a Geto Boys farewell tour was announced and quickly scrapped. Bill was reportedly upset with the title of the tour (“The Beginning of a Long Goodbye: The Final Farewell”) because it “made it seem like he was on his deathbed.”

Hours before his family officially confirmed the news, Bill’s death was prematurely reported. Many outlets, including Pitchfork, reported the news based in part on Scarface’s tribute to Bill on Instagram. Bill’s son corrected the record, and in the process, seemed to criticize Bill’s Geto Boys bandmates. “Certain people have been so quick to write him off as dead so they can capitalize off it, and it’s messed up because yall really think these people care about him,” Bill’s son wrote on Instagram. “There is no Geto Boys without Bushwick Bill.”

The same week Bill died, Scarface (aka Brad Jordan) announced a run for Houston City Council. In an interview with The FADER’s Jordan Darville, Scarface was asked about his future with music. “I mean, for me it’s done,” he replied. “I like the idea of politics.”

Pitchfork has reached out to representatives for the Geto Boys and the family of Bushwick Bill for comment.

Read “8 Verses That Defined Bushwick Bill” on Levels.

Adult Swim Festival 2019 Announced: Captain Murphy, Vince Staples, Dethklok, Eric André, More

Adult Swim Festival 2019 Announced: Captain Murphy, Vince Staples, Dethklok, Eric André, More

Adult Swim Festival is returning to Los Angeles in 2019. It takes place at the Banc of California Stadium on November 15-16. This year’s initial lineup includes Flying Lotus’ hip-hop alter ego Captain Murphy (the first show in five years), Vince Staples, Dethklok (the band from “Metalocalypse”), a live “Eric Andre Show,” Jamie xx, Young Thug, Lil Nas X, Tierra Whack, Conner O’Malley, Joe Pera, and more. The lineup’s announcement also marks the first newly booked Geto Boys show since the death of Bushwick Bill. Find the lineup trailer below.

This year’s Adult Swim Festival includes a 360° screening of an episode from “Rick and Morty”’s fourth season, plus experiences themed around “Robot Chicken” and “Squidbillies.” There will also be a discussion with Genndy Tartakovsky of “Samurai Jack.”

Last year’s Adult Swim Fest featured the inaugural “Rick and Morty” live show, plus performances from Run the Jewels, Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Hannibal Buress, Mastodon, and more.

The New Pornographers Announce North American Tour

The New Pornographers Announce North American Tour

The New Pornographers have announced a North American tour. They kick off the run of dates this September in Woodstock, NY and wrap up their trek in Atlanta, GA on November 12. They’ll be joined by Lady Lamb on select dates. According to a press release, the band is gearing up to release new music. Check out their itinerary below and find tickets here. (Pitchfork may earn a commission from purchases made through affiliate links on our site.)

The New Pornographers’ last album, Whiteout Conditions, arrived in 2017. Revisit Pitchfork’s 2014 interview with the band.

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Watch Jenny Lewis Play “Wasted Youth” on “Colbert”

Watch Jenny Lewis Play “Wasted Youth” on “Colbert”

Jenny Lewis was the musical guest on last night’s episode of “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.” She played her One the Line song “Wasted Youth,” with pink toy phones flanking her and balloons swarming the set mid-performance. Watch it go down below.

Lewis recently performed on “Kimmel” and launched her own collaborative weed strain. She is currently on tour supporting On the Line. Check out her upcoming schedule at her website. Find tickets here. (Pitchfork may earn a commission from purchases made through affiliate links on our site.)

Read Pitchfork’s feature profile “Jenny Lewis Escapes the Void.“

Jamila Woods Shares “Baldwin” Video: Watch

Jamila Woods Shares “Baldwin” Video: Watch

Jamila Woods has shared the music video for “BALDWIN,” a track off May’s LEGACY!LEGACY! Directed by Vincent Martell of VAM STUDIO and inspired by James Baldwin’s “Letter to My Nephew,” the clip is set a school on Chicago’s South Side that’s transformed into a magical institution, “like Hogwarts—but Black,” according to Woods. Watch below.

“To outsiders, the school appears to be abandoned—one of the 50 public schools closed under Mayor Rahm Emmanuel’s watch in 2013,” Woods said of her video in a statement. “However, for Black people in the neighborhood this space is a gem, an oasis of Black learning and radical education for young people. We shot part of the film documentary-style, to include young people’s perspectives on what they would want their dream school to be like.”

Revisit Pitchfork’s feature “Jamila Woods Breaks Down Every Song on Her New Album, LEGACY! LEGACY!.”

Listen to Lucy Dacus’ New Song “Forever Half Mast”

Listen to Lucy Dacus’ New Song “Forever Half Mast”

This year, Lucy Dacus has been releasing new songs as part of a holiday-themed singles series. Following her Mother’s Day song “My Mother and I” and a Valentine’s Day cover of Édith Piaf’s “La Vie en rose,” she’s back today with a new song for the Fourth of July. It’s called “Forever Half Mast.” Listen below.

“There is a daily dissonance one endures as an American wherein much of our joy is counterweighted by shame, where much of our pride lives in tandem with injustice and suffering,” Dacus said in a statement. “‘Forever Half Mast’ is about confronting this unavoidable culpability as an American citizen and consumer. Instead of allowing this guilt to paralyze us, we should try to let it influence us in positive ways.”

Dacus is touring throughout the year—find those dates here, and find tickets here. (Pitchfork may earn a commission from purchases made through affiliate links on our site.)

Read “Lucy Dacus On What It’s Like to Have 20 Record Labels Fight Over You.”

Oh Sees Announce New Album Face Stabber, Share New Song “Henchlock”: Listen

Oh Sees Announce New Album Face Stabber, Share New Song “Henchlock”: Listen

Oh Sees have announced a new double album called Face Stabber. It’s out August 16 via Castle Face. They’ve also shared a new song from the Smote Reverser follow-up. Listen to “Henchlock” below.

The band will tour behind the new album this fall. Find those dates at the Oh Sees’ website. Get tickets here. (Pitchfork may earn a commission from purchases made through affiliate links on our site.)

And here’s some good news for fans of the band who also love putting money to a good cause—the cockpit set John Dwyer built for Oh Sees’ “Anthemic Aggressor” music video is being auctioned off. The proceeds are going to Elizabeth House, which provides shelter for pregnant women experiencing homelessness. Bid here.

Face Stabber:

01 The Daily Heavy


02 The Experimenter


03 Face Stabber


04 Snickersnee


05 Fu Xi


06 Scutum & Scorpius


07 Gholü


08 Poisoned Stones


09 Psy-Ops Dispatch


10 S.S. Luker’s Mom


11 Heartworm


12 Together Tomorrow


13 Captain Loosely


14 Henchlock

Watch Aldous Harding Perform “The Barrel” on “Fallon”

Watch Aldous Harding Perform “The Barrel” on “Fallon”

Aldous Harding was the musical guest on last night’s episode of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” In her U.S. network TV debut, she performed “The Barrel” from Designer—her third album, which was released earlier this year. Watch it happen below.

Harding is hitting the road hard this year, with a massive string of dates around the world that kicks off later this month and run until December. Find her itinerary here and grab tickets here. (Pitchfork may earn a commission from purchases made through affiliate links on our site.)

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