It seems like only last week we were treated to the first glimpse of Kendrick Lamar’s highly anticipated follow-up to 2012’s Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City. Oh, wait. That was last week. Though we knew about the long-awaited To Pimp A Butterfly as far back as September, the date we had circled on our calendars for its eventual release was March 23rd. Lamar pulled a quasi-Beyoncé, dropping the album last night, a week earlier than expected (which caused some technical issues with iTunes, which temporarily pulled the album). Working with genre-mining producer Flying Lotus, the album pulls heavily from jazz, blues and funk influences and features the likes of George Clinton, Ronald Isley, Thundercat, and Snoop Dogg. Through some thoughtful editing, the last track, “Mortal Man”, finds Kendrick interviewing 2Pac about success, faith, race and legacy. [Pigeons and Planes]
If rap is not your jam, Aussie rocker Courtney Barnett is also streaming her electrifying debut album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, a week early. Give a listen, and, while you’re at it, how about reading our write-up on her album launch show?
What? Is new Kendrick Lamar and Courtney Barnett still not enough new music for you? Okay, fine. Here’s a new seven track mixtape from R&B’s Tinashe. Amethyst, as it is called, follows Tinashe’s October 2014 debut album, Aquarius, and was recorded entirely in her bedroom over Christmas vacation. You can download it for free at HotNewHipHop. [Spin]
Death Cab For Cutie continue the pattern of releasing each of the tracks from their forthcoming album, Kintsugi, in order. The fourth track, which we get to hear today, is the twangy “Little Wanderer”. The complete album will be out March 31st. [Spin]
Staying true to his name, producer Carnage has released a brutal, violent nine minute music video for his track with iLoveMakonnen, “I Like Tuh”. Watch a couple of Elvis impersonators, some rat-tailed twins, a tattooed 12 year old, and even more twins, fight over a bag of sad-faced pills in the video below. [Pitchfork]
The Pixies will be opening for Robert Plant on a handful of occasions this summer, as both band and man embark on North American tours. If you live in any of the following areas, you are in luck! [Consequence of Sound]
- 06/07 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheatre
- 06/09 – Rochester Hills, MI @ Meadowbrook Music Festival
- 06/10 – Chicago, IL @ FirstMerit Bank Pavilion
- 06/15 – Raleigh, NC @ Koka Booth Amphitheater
- 06/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center
Portlandia star and Sleater-Kinney member, Carrie Brownstein, who earlier this month interviewed Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon about her memoir, will shortly have her own memoir to be interviewed about. Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl will be released by Penguin on October 27th. [NME]
“Dreamers and Makers are my Favorite People”, the short film by Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam, features the musician performing at the rustic, isolated, and celebrated Jerry Run Summer Theater in Cleveland, West Virginia. Give it a watch below. [Pitchfork]
Are you a rare record collector? If so, dozens of vinyl test presses and autographed prints from alt rock labels, In The Red, Famous Class, and Castle Face are being auctioned for charity. Proceeds support the National Health Foundation and Save the Music. [Pitchfork]
See you tomorrow with more Music Dispatch.