1. Singles Club: Part Music Club, Part Journal.

    Here at FP, we like to share things we think are pretty cool. And this is pretty cool.

    Jeffrey Silverstein of Secret Mountains has started Singles Club: part music club, part journal.

    They’re releasing exclusive 7” records quarterly with a digital journal to go along with. They premiered their first single over at the FADER today from FP-profiled American Primitivist Daniel Bachman and launched a Kickstarter last week to help raise funds to produce and promote their upcoming volume of releases.

    Check it out!

  2. New Tracks: Jenny Hval & Matthew Herbert

    Here are some great new tracks from artists we’ve interviewed this year: Jenny Hval’s cover of Paul Simon’s “The Cool, Cool River” and Matthew Herbert’s remix of “Magical Boy” from DJ Koze, a track off of this year’s excellent Amygdala. Revisit our interviews with Hval and Herbert.

  3. Mary Gauthier & Ray Wylie Hubbard, City Winery Chicago, 8/21

    One of the next shows we’ll be attending is Mary Gauthier & Ray Wylie Hubbard at City Winery Chicago on Wednesday. Here's a preview of what you might expect, and stay tuned for interviews with bothartists sometime in the near future.

  4. New Bars of Gold

    As you may recall, we reviewed the first Bars of Gold record exactly three years ago to date. Well, here's the first track from the second record. Enjoy.

  5. Alternative Pitchfork “Coverage”

    We might be a little late to the game, here, but here’s some alternative Pitchfork “Coverage” from FP staff writer Andrew Hertzberg. Enjoy.

    Friday:

    2:05 Braid kicks off my Pitchfork weekend at the Threadless pre-party.

    3:20 Get to the Blue Stage just in time for Frankie Rose’s first song.

    3:50 Strong start to the weekend, but damn that was a short set.

    4:15 What the hell is that noise coming from the Blue Stage?

    4:45 Yeaaaahh, Trash Talk is going to be really hard to top this weekend.

    5:34 Cool off time in the stage for Woods.

    6:47 Judging by the lack of songs I know, I really need to listen to more Wire in my life.

    7:27 Sorta wish Mikal Cronin had played opposite Joanna Newsom so I’d have something to do right now.

    9:50 I may be the only person at Union Park that wasn’t upset the Bjork set got cut short early.

    10:42 I’m at the Mid for Classixx and soaking wet. Should have listened to the weather guys.

    Saturday:

    3:15 New discovery: never drink that much coffee before a music festival.

    3:20 Discussed mispronunciations of 312 with a beer vendor. About a third of the time people pronounced it incorrectly (“three twelve,” three hundred and twelve,” “three two one”). Say it with me people: “Three one two.”

    3:30 Number of “Free Pussy Riot” shirts worn by …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of the Dead lead singer: 1.

    4:15 Trying to meet up Jordan for Savages and whoa damn there’s a lot of people here.

    4:26 Is that a scream or feedback?
    5:43 In my seven years at pitchfork I’m pretty sure Swans delivers the first clarinet solo I’ve seen yet.

    6:06 Phone autocorrects “Hemsworth” to “gems worth,” so I’m pretty much set on how to describe the amount of catchy beats the Canadian DJ has.

    6:30 “Get the fuck out of here!” says the beer vendor to a drunk teen as his friend reaches over the counter to steal beer. 
    6:48 Suspicions confirmed: Low is way too quiet to be playing at a festival like this. 
    8:00 Nap during Solange because apparently I paid $150 to sleep in a public park.
    8:58 Starting to drizzle. I already played this game last night. Not enough of a fan of Belle and Sebastian to stick around for the whole set. Besides, I have a soul party at Double Door to make fool out of myself at. 

    Sunday:
     

    1:55 Foxygen redeems their mediocre music by making up for it with stage banter about Space Jam.

    2:40 Killer Mike dedicates this next song to Ronald Reagan.

    2:53 “Who the fuck is you?” is the only blatantly incorrect grammar that I get down with. 

    3:06 This is the first time I’ve been to church in 25 years.

    3:34 Run the Jewels comes out to “Bad as a Bone.”

    4:10 Killer Mike shouts out to Ameena Matthews to end the set.

    4:45 Book Fort! So much lit.  

    5:54 Chairlift is a bummer.

    6:30 Toro Y Moi is perfect sunset-chillout music. 
    8:10 Aaaaand I just danced to “Paper Planes” and I really regret my decision to bash that song all weekend.

    8:30 What the hell is this? I thought Rilo Kiley was headlining?

    8:45 Got separated from friends at R Kelly so now I’m aimlessly walking around and I walk over to TNGHT for some reason then head back to the main stage and its starting to rain and I’m lost and this sucks and then I find everyone I know and he plays “I Believe I Can Fly” and releases a bunch of balloon doves in the air and I’m surprised to find myself loving this moment, which I may be only loving ironically. Either way there’s a smile on my face at the end of the Fest.  

    10:00 No Bitchpork, no Rotted Tooth, no Cobrafest, hung around mostly at main stages all weekend. Am I getting soft?

    Somewhere around midnight: Steve Albini and Joanna Newsom are sitting at the table next to me at a fried chicken and fish joint. That’s a gemsworth of awesomeness right there.  

  6. “You can’t just go to Google, and say ‘I want to listen to good music,’” Kaskie explains. “What the fuck does that even mean?” Essentially, that’s the goal of Pitchfork: to be a resource to today’s listeners. Obviously, the manner in which that goal manifests itself across Pitchfork’s many sub-brands has changed, and will continue to change. That said, the constant focus, according to Kaskie, is to provide great content to the publication’s growing audience. “In the end, we’re indebted to our audience. What they care about is the only thing that matters,” he says. “There’s a responsibility there that we always need to maintain.”
Peter Lillis interviews Chris Kaskie, President of Pitchfork Media, and analyzes their considerable influence and potential concessions due to their growing size. We’ll be at Pitchfork Music Fest this weekend, stay tuned here, to our Twitter, and to our staff members for on the ground coverage.

    “You can’t just go to Google, and say ‘I want to listen to good music,’” Kaskie explains. “What the fuck does that even mean?” Essentially, that’s the goal of Pitchfork: to be a resource to today’s listeners. Obviously, the manner in which that goal manifests itself across Pitchfork’s many sub-brands has changed, and will continue to change. That said, the constant focus, according to Kaskie, is to provide great content to the publication’s growing audience. “In the end, we’re indebted to our audience. What they care about is the only thing that matters,” he says. “There’s a responsibility there that we always need to maintain.”

    Peter Lillis interviews Chris Kaskie, President of Pitchfork Media, and analyzes their considerable influence and potential concessions due to their growing size. We’ll be at Pitchfork Music Fest this weekend, stay tuned here, to our Twitter, and to our staff members for on the ground coverage.

  7. On July 11, 2013, Kurt Vile and The Violators played a killer set at Metro Chicago. Staff writer Jordan Mainzer and contributing photographer Gretchen Bachrodt were there to cover it. Check out some of Gretchen’s photos and revisit contributing writer Kevin Mueller’s review of Vile’s career-best Wakin on a Pretty Daze. Setlist is below:

    Main set:

    Wakin on a Pretty Day

    Jesus Fever

    Was All Talk

    KV Crimes

    On Tour

    Shame Chamber

    Girl Called Alex

    Ghost Town

    Snowflakes are Dancing

    Peeping Tomboy

    Hunchback

    Freak Train

    Encore:

    Baby’s Arms

    Freeway

    He’s Alright

  8. The Best Albums of 2013 (So Far), as chosen by Frontier Psychiatrist. 
20. Phosphorescent - Muchacho19. Waxahatchee - Cerulean Salt18. Brokeback - Brokeback and the Black Rock17. Survival - Survival16. Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience15. Chance the Rapper - Acid Rap14. James Blake - Overgrown13. Laura Marling - Once I Was An Eagle12. The National - Trouble Will Find Me11. My Bloody Valentine - m b v10. The Woolen Men - The Woolen Men9. Savages - Silence Yourself8. The Knife - Shaking The Habitual7. Deafheaven - Sunbather6. Mikal Cronin - MCII5. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories4. Queens of the Stone Age - …Like Clockwork3. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City2. Kurt Vile – Wakin’ on a Pretty Daze1. Kanye West - Yeezus

    The Best Albums of 2013 (So Far), as chosen by Frontier Psychiatrist

    20. Phosphorescent - Muchacho
    19. Waxahatchee - Cerulean Salt
    18. Brokeback - Brokeback and the Black Rock
    17. Survival - Survival
    16. Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience
    15. Chance the Rapper - Acid Rap
    14. James Blake - Overgrown
    13. Laura Marling - Once I Was An Eagle
    12. The National - Trouble Will Find Me
    11. My Bloody Valentine - m b v
    10. The Woolen Men - The Woolen Men
    9. Savages - Silence Yourself
    8. The Knife - Shaking The Habitual
    7. Deafheaven - Sunbather
    6. Mikal Cronin - MCII
    5. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
    4. Queens of the Stone Age - …Like Clockwork
    3. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
    2. Kurt Vile – Wakin’ on a Pretty Daze
    1. Kanye West - Yeezus

  9. newyorker:

In celebration of today’s Supreme Court DOMA decision, “June Brides” by Gayle Kabaker. For more on same-sex marriage: http://nyr.kr/10WdJLM

    newyorker:

    In celebration of today’s Supreme Court DOMA decision, “June Brides” by Gayle Kabaker. For more on same-sex marriage: http://nyr.kr/10WdJLM

  10. Rock and Roll: bastion for the uncool? Film inspiration for Tim Myers latest review of Queens of the Stone Age …Like Clockwork.

    http://frontpsych.com/queens-of-the-stone-age_like-clockwork-review/

  11. explore-blog:


Actually, this is an interesting question,’ the instructor said. ‘What is the difference between culture and law? In France, we say we are French before we are anything else.

The wonderful Paris, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down is now out in paperback. 

Our review of Rosecrans Baldwin’s Paris, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down, by translator Anna Kushner.

    explore-blog:

    Actually, this is an interesting question,’ the instructor said. ‘What is the difference between culture and law? In France, we say we are French before we are anything else.

    The wonderful Paris, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down is now out in paperback. 

    Our review of Rosecrans Baldwin’s Paris, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down, by translator Anna Kushner.

    (Source: )

  12. Joey Bada$$ on a DOOM track. These are the good days.

  13. Like They Do In The Future: An Interview With Timothy Saccenti

    dragallery:

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    Matthew Vidalis: How did you get started in the industry, and how did you end up working with so many great artists?

    Timothy Saccenti: Without getting into a biography, it was a combination of luck, obsessiveness, and genuine love for the music that’s brought me to my current state. I was lucky enough to meet a group of creative people in New York City who were extremely passionate about music [mainly the burgeoning early electronic music of the mid 90s], art, and the philosophies that went with it. There was a certain understanding they gave me that has translated well to my photography and directing, which at the time was an interest in things like Kirlian electromagnetic photography and the like. As that paradigm shifted and the music has spread, and as it’s become a world wide movement rather than the small, esoteric fan base it initially had, I’ve been able to keep my aesthetics and ideals in place while having an actual career.

    Read More

    Jordan Mainzer’s DRA Gallery interviews designer and directory Timothy Saccenti.

  14. White Denim and Tame Impala are going on tour together this coming fall, dates below. Both bands have nabbed the #1 title as Best Psychedelic Albums of the Year in 2011 and 2012 respectively. Let’s get weird.

    10-08 St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
    10-09 Madison, WI - Orpheum Theater
    10-10 Chicago, IL - Riviera Theater
    10-26 Boulder, CO - Boulder Theater
    10-27 Denver, CO - Ogden Theater