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Music of Morocco: Recorded by Paul Bowles, 1959 Box Set Announced

Music of Morocco: Recorded by Paul Bowles, 1959 Box Set Announced

Paul Bowles was an American expatriate composer and author who lived in Tangier. In 1959, he traveled around Morocco and recorded vocal and instrumental music of various tribes and indigenous populations. The Library of Congress issued a double album of those recordings in 1972. On April 1, Dust-to-Digital will release Music of Morocco, a box set featuring that original double album plus a pile of unreleased music from Bowles’ 1959 recordings. Stream some excerpts below.

The box set comes with four CDs featuring over four hours of music. It’s packaged in a silkscreened cigar box with foil stamping details. There’s also a 120-page leatherette book featuring an introduction from Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo, Bowles’ original field notes, and annotations by Philip Schuyler.

Find the full tracklist and more details here.

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Taylor Swift Is Not OK With Kanye West’s “Famous” Lyrics

Taylor Swift Is Not OK With Kanye West’s “Famous” Lyrics

Photo by Kevin Winter/MTV1415/Getty Images For MTV

Update (2/12, 12:42 a.m.): Apparently, TMZ’s sources are mistaken—Swift’s spokesperson has shared a statement (via Jon Caramanica) saying that West did not ask for her approval and that she “cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message.” Apparently she wasn’t aware of the “made that bitch famous” line at all. Read the statement below.

When Kanye West played his new album The Life of Pablo at Madison Square Garden earlier today, one line from “Famous” stuck out right away: “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/ I made that bitch famous.” It sounds like an uncomfortable reference to Taylor Swift, but according to TMZ, Swift approved the line in advance.

Apparently, West called her to explain that it was a joke. According to TMZ’s sources, Swift gave him her approval to release the song with that line.

FYI re Kanye/Taylor/”Famous” aka mom and dad broke up again

A photo posted by joncaramanica (@joncaramanica) onFeb 11, 2016 at 9:37pm PST

Not everybody in Swift’s camp are OK with the line. Shortly after West’s streaming concert event, Swift’s brother Austin shared a video of him throwing his Yeezy Boosts in the trash:

Getting a head start on some spring cleaning. Here we go again.

A video posted by Austin Swift (@austinkingsleyswift) onFeb 11, 2016 at 4:17pm PST

West famously interrupted Swift’s acceptance speech at the 2009 VMAs, and then during the 2015 VMAs, the two of them seemed to make up. 

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Stephen Malkmus Scores Will Arnett’s New Netflix Series “Flaked”

Stephen Malkmus Scores Will Arnett's New Netflix Series "Flaked"

“Flaked” is a new Netflix series starring Will Arnett. It premieres on March 11. Today, the actor tweeted that the show features an original score from Stephen Malkmus. Arnett also said that the show will feature music from EL VY, Youth Lagoon, Junip, Local Natives, S. Carey, and Hinds. Find the show’s trailer below.

The show is about a man (Arnett) who habitually lies and attempts to stay sober while maintaining his relationships. It was co-created by Arnett and Mark Chappell (“The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret”).

Watch Malkmus’ episode of Pitchfork.tv’s “Over/Under”:

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Drake Receiving Key to the City of Toronto

Drake Receiving Key to the City of Toronto

Photo by Gary Miller/WireImage/Getty Images

Drake is one of Toronto’s biggest cultural ambassadors, and tomorrow at NBA All Star Weekend, he’ll receive the key to his city. Mayor John Tory made the announcement today in a series of tweets:

His new song “Summer Sixteen” actually discusses the possibility of what he’d do if he received the key to the city: “I might get a key to the city and give it to Wayne/ Or give it to one of the young boys to carry the wave.”

According to the Toronto Star, Drake met with Tory in his office last week. A spokesperson from the mayor’s office said this is the beginning of “a longer collaboration between the two of them.” Drake has placed ads for his upcoming album Views From the 6 all over Toronto. The album is due in April. 

Read “Views From the 6: Inside Drake’s Toronto.”

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James Blake Shares “Modern Soul”

James Blake Shares "Modern Soul"

Tonight during his BBC Radio 1 residencyJames Blake played a brand new song. It’s called “Modern Soul”—listen below.

Last year, Blake said that his new album would be called Radio Silence. Later, he confirmed that both Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and Kanye West would appear on the new album. There’s still no word on the album’s details or release date.

Watch Blake perform “CMYK” at Pitchfork Music Festival 2011:

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Kanye West Announces Only One Video Game

Kanye West Announces Only One Video Game

Today, Kanye West threw a massive event at NYC’s Madison Square Garden where he streamed the entirety of his new album, The Life of Pablo. At the end, he got on the microphone to announce he’s making a video game called Only One. “The idea of the game is my mom traveling through the gates of heaven,” he said before playing a short trailer. Watch that below.

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Frank Ocean, Chance the Rapper, Rihanna, Future Featured on Kanye West New Album The Life of Pablo

Frank Ocean, Chance the Rapper, Rihanna, Future Featured on Kanye West New Album The Life of Pablo

The new Kanye West album, The Life of Pablo is being launched right now at an event at Madison Square Garden. (Watch the stream below and follow along on Pitchfork’s Snapchat.) Kanye is playing the album off of his laptop in the arena. The album features Frank Ocean, Chance the Rapper, Rihanna, Future, Kirk Franklin, Post Malone, Ty Dolla $ign, Young Thug, The-Dream, Kid Cudi, and more.

Young Thug and Naomi Campbell are models in the show, and guests in the audience include Frank Ocean, the entire Kardashian/Jenner clan, Vic Mensa, Pusha T, Big Sean, and more.

The Life of Pablo:

01 Ultra Light Beam

Gospel-tinged track with hard drums. It features Chance the Rapper. It also features new G.O.O.D. Music artist Desiigner.

02 Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1/ Pt. 2

West tweeted the song’s lyrics earlier today. He said, “I cried writing this.” It features Future and production by Metro Boomin. 

03 Freestyle 4

04 Famous 

This features Rihanna and Swizz Beatz. It features the lines “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / I made that bitch famous.” There’s also a sample of Sister Nancy’s “Bam Bam.”

05 Highlights

Features references to Ray J, Rob Kardashian, Blac Chyna, and more. “I bet me and Ray J would be friends / If we ain’t love the same bitch.” This song features Young Thug.

06 Feedback

07 Fade (this track was skipped during the event)

West debuted “Fade” during his Yeezy Season 2 runway show in New York City this past September. The track features Post Malone and Ty Dolla $ign.

08 FML

09 Real Friends

“Real Friends” was produced by West and features Ty Dolla $ign, with “sample by Frank Dukes and Boi-1da” and drum programming by Havoc. It surfaced January 8 on Soundcloud, only to be taken down (and put back up, and then taken down again, and then put back up again), until finally being uploaded to his website and SoundCloud—for good—the same afternoon.

10 Wolves

Like Fade, “Wolves” first surfaced at one of West’s fashion events: the unveiling of the Yeezy Season 1 last February. The song features Frank Ocean, Sia, and Vic Mensa, with whom West performed the track on “Saturday Night Live” just days after its runway debut. It features the lines “Cover Nori in the lamb’s wool/We’re surrounded by the fuckin wolves.”

11 “FACTS

12 Fade

West debuted “Fade” during his Yeezy Season 2 runway show in New York City this past September. The track features Post Malone and Ty Dolla $ign.

Read “Inside the Kanye West Think Tank” on the Pitch.

Stream the album launch via TIDAL:

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Chance the Rapper, Rihanna, Future Featured on Kanye West New Album The Life of Pablo

Chance the Rapper, Rihanna, Future Featured on Kanye West New Album The Life of Pablo

The new Kanye West album, The Life of Pablo is being launched right now at an event at Madison Square Garden. Kanye is playing the album off of his laptop in the arena. The album does not include “Only One,” “All Day,”  or “No More Parties in L.A.” Here’s what we know about the tracks it does include. (This post will be updated as the event progresses.) Also follow along on Pitchfork’s Snapchat.

The Life of Pablo:

01 Ultra Light Beam

Gospel-tinged track with hard drums. It features Chance the Rapper and possibly the-Dream

02 Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1/ Pt. 2

West tweeted the song’s lyrics earlier today. He said, “I cried writing this.” It features Future and production by Metro Boomin.

03 Freestyle 4

04 Famous 

This features Rihanna and Swizz Beatz. It features the lines “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / I made that bitch famous.” There’s also a sample of Sister Nancy’s “Bam Bam.”

05 Highlights

Features references to Ray J, Rob Kardashian, Blac Chyna, and more. “I bet me and Ray J would be friends / If we ain’t love the same bitch.”

06 Feedback

07 Fade (this track was skipped during the event)

West debuted “Fade” during his Yeezy Season 2 runway show in New York City this past September. The track features Post Malone and Ty Dolla $ign.

08 FML

09 Real Friends

“Real Friends” was produced by West and features Ty Dolla $ign, with “sample by Frank Dukes and Boi-1da” and drum programming by Havoc. It surfaced January 8 on Soundcloud, only to be taken down (and put back up, and then taken down again, and then put back up again), until finally being uploaded to his website and SoundCloud—for good—the same afternoon.

10 Wolves

Like Fade, “Wolves” first surfaced at one of West’s fashion events: the unveiling of the Yeezy Season 1 last February. The song features Sia and Vic Mensa, with whom West performed the track on “Saturday Night Live” just days after its runway debut. It features the lines “Cover Nori in the lamb’s wool/We’re surrounded by the fuckin wolves.”

11 “FACTS

12 Fade

West debuted “Fade” during his Yeezy Season 2 runway show in New York City this past September. The track features Post Malone and Ty Dolla $ign.

Read “Inside the Kanye West Think Tank” on the Pitch.

Stream the album launch via TIDAL: