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April 16th, 2014: Adventure Time #27 is out today! IT INVOLVES:

  • Finn and Jake being ghosts
  • BMO and Ice King on a date
You can read a preview by clicking on this page!

You can get it locally, online, or digitally.

One year ago today: the trick here is that it is ensconced in law that people can have different opinions about plays

– Ryan

15 April 2014 @ 08:00 pm

Fuck Buttons Announce Tour

Photo by Tonje Thilesen

Fuck Buttons have announced a series of tour dates this summer in support of their excellent LP Slow Focus. Check out the dates below, which take them across North America.

Read our interview with Fuck Buttons and watch the video for "The Red Wing" after the dates.

Fuck Buttons:

06-11 Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
06-13 Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
06-14 Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
06-15 Brooklyn, NY - Northside Festival
06-16 Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
06-17 Montreal, Quebec - Suoni Festival
06-19 Toronto, Ontario - NXNE
06-26 Los Angeles, CA - El Rey
06-27 San Francisco, CA - Independent
07-01 Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
07-02 Portland, OR - Star Theatre
07-03 Vancouver, British Columbia - Fortune Sound Club

Christopher Nicholas Hiatt, 34, was collared Saturday night in front of the Pisser's Palace tavern in Walkerville, a Butte suburb.

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Stream New Albums From Fear of Men and TEEN via Pitchfork Advance

Brighton shoegazers Fear of Men will release their debut album Loom on April 22 (a day earlier in the UK), via Kanine. It follow's last year's early cut compilation, Early Fragments. Now through April 22, the entire record will be streaming in its entirety on Pitchfork Advance, our immersive music streaming platform designed to emulate the classic album experience. Listen to the album here.

On April 22, psychedelic folk outfit TEEN return with their new album The Way and Color, via Carpark. It's the follow-up to 2012's In Limbo LP. Give the record an Advance listen until April 22.

Pitchfork Advance showcases an interactive listening environment featuring pre-release albums streams with dynamic graphics and a host of tools that allows fans to engage with album art, lyrics, credits, track listings, artist info, and more while they listen.

Pitchfork Advance is also streaming Thee Oh Sees’ latest effort, Drop.

Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme Plays a Disappointing Gay Person on "Portlandia"

Recent episodes of IFC's "Portlandia" have featured St. Vincent's Annie Clark as a gear aficionado with no time for mansplaining and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy as a disingenous folkie. Now, Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme does a bit in which he plays Carrie Brownstein's gay brother, who can't help disappointing her when he turns out to be more interested in Jägerbombs than interior decorating. Watch it below, via CoS.

Watch the video for Queens of the Stone Age's "Smooth Sailing":

15 April 2014 @ 06:29 pm

Lt. Robinson's bus protest is detailed in U.S. Army records
Jackie Robinson

More than a decade before Rosa Parks was arrested, the athlete refused to sit in the back of a Texas bus traveling near the Army base where he was stationed.

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15 April 2014 @ 10:38 am
There's a Mac DeMarco Video Game Called Squish'Em

There's a Mac DeMarco Video Game Called Squish'Em

Subbacultcha! has released Squish'Em, a video game that has you play as Mac DeMarco while attempting to kill as many crawling insects as you can by stubbing them out with cigarettes. DeMarco's recently released Salad Days makes for excellent companion music, assuming you don't immediately X out in frustration. (It's at least as hard as Flappy Bird.) Play it here

Read our recent cover story on DeMarco. 

Watch him play a full set at last year's Pitchfork Music Festival Paris:

Cloud Nothings' Dylan Baldi Goes Acoustic on New Radio Session

Cloud Nothings just put out their great fourth record, Here and Nowhere Else, and now they're touring around North America with its songs. At an April 9 stop in Boston, front-guy Dylan Baldi unplugged for an acoustic radio session. He played three of the record's best songs—"I'm Not Part of Me", "Psychic Trauma", and "Now Here In". Watch footage from the session for RadioBDC below via Stereogum

Read our recent feature on Cloud Nothings, "Silent Shout".

"I'm Not Part of Me":

"Psychic Trauma":

"Now Here In":

Watch's "+1" with Cloud Nothings:

Marissa Nadler Shares "Drive" Video, Directed by Naomi Yang of Galaxie 500

For her new video, Boston dream-folk singer Marissa Nadler has enlisted a kindred spirit and fellow Massachusetts resident: Naomi Yang of Galaxie 500. Watch the graceful Yang-directed visual for "Drive", the opening track from Nadler's great recent record, July, below.

The video finds Nadler looking through a series of slides before they are surreally projected back at her; she observes objects with a magnifying glass and walks by the river. 

Yang offered the following director's statement: 

As a musician I immediately connected to the emotional content of this song—especially as it starts with the very powerful first verse chronicling a discouraging night on the road: "If you ain’t made it now/ You’re never going to make it/ Seventeen people in the dark tonight."

The video tells the story of Marissa facing her own ambition—as well as her disappointments—but ultimately of her desire to reach people through her music. It’s presented as a series of metaphors, or a surreal dream, but one in which Marissa is an active participant in her future (not a passive witness) as she explores her feelings about making music.

Running through the song is the refrain "Nothing like the way it feels to drive," which made me think of the French artist Bernard Faucon, whose recent work is shot entirely from the front seat of a car as he travels all over the world. Bernard graciously allowed me to use excerpts of his footage—as he put it, "Yes, you can use my roads, they fit so well with Marissa’s song..."

Watch Marissa Nadler's video for "Wedding" via