Hip-hop supergroup Spillage Village have reunited after four years for the release of a new album called Spilligion. As a preview, the Atlanta artists have shared the first single, “Baptize”, featuring group members EarthGang and J.I.D.
Spilligion is the collective’s fourth album overall, following on the ursine trilogy Bears Like This (2014), Bears Like This Too (2015), and Bears Like This Too Much (2016). By the time the latter record was released, the Village had grown to include EarthGang, J.I.D., 6LACK, Mereba, JurdanBryant, Hollywood JB, and Benji. They were bearly barely getting started when, in late 2016, 6LACK broke out with the single “Prblms”, followed by EarthGang and J.I.D. signing to J. Cole’s Dreamville label the next year. The group was breaking apart because their dreams were coming true, and there’s no use crying over Spillage milk.
Now, though, the old friends have reassembled in a changed world. While Spilligion was begun before the coronavirus pandemic overran the United States, it was mostly recorded within the pressure of lockdown. As new single “Baptize” would seem to demonstrate, the group is also very aware of the summer’s protests against police brutality.
Produced by Johnny Venus, Christo, and Hollywood JB, “Baptize” finds EarthGang and J.I.D. in the role of outcast preachers — although their messages are more soul-stirring than overtly religious. EarthGang’s Johnny Venus leads things off with a staccato verse on state-sanctioned violence. “Police, they beat me, we storm the same streets/ We storm the same block, won’t stop ’til we free.”
J.I.D.’s spirituality is a bit more materialistic, though he does find time to mediate on all the “Blah, blah blah, sinnin’ and shit/ Adam and Eve dumb ass/ Apple eatin’ dumb ass.” Doctor Dot takes the closing verse, and he draws funny comparisons between himself and a biblical life, claiming he was “Made in his image, okay? I even work in mysterious ways,” and adding that he’s been “Burnin’ that bush like Moses.” The accompanying music video shows the rappers preaching to three different congregations, with some parishioners more sinfully dressed than others. Check out “Baptize” below.
Spilligion arrives September 25th and pre-orders are ongoing. The tracklist remains a mystery, but in June Spillage Village shared the lead single “End of Daze”.
Legendary singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell is cracking open her vault for the very first time to present fans with a comprehensive archival series. Simply titled Joni Mitchell Archives, the campaign will highlight unreleased material from throughout her career, showcasing the artist’s evolution and lasting impact over the decades.
The series massive archival project begins with Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963-1967). Set to hit streets on October 30th, the five-CD collection includes Mitchell’s earliest-known recording, a 1963 in-studio radio performance for CFQC AM in her hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
There are also early versions of songs like “Michael From Mountains” and “I Had a King”, a 1965 mini set for Let’s Sing Out on CBC TV, and her rare Neil Young cover of “Sugar Mountain”, as well as 1967 New York City home demos of “Free Darling”, “Mr. Junk”, “Chelsea Morning”, and more.
Vol 1. closes with an impressive multi-set nightclub performance recorded at the Canterbury House in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1967. This grouping features over 20 live recordings, including “Go Tell the Drummer Man”, “I Don’t Know Where I Stand”, “Night in the City”, and “Both Sides for Now”.
In a statement about these recently unearthed recordings and her early label as a “folk singer”, the 76-year-old Mitchell said,
“The early stuff, I shouldn’t be such a snob against it. A lot of these songs, I just lost them. They fell away. They only exist in these recordings. For so long I rebelled against the term, ‘I was never a folk-singer.’ I would get pissed off if they put that label on me. I didn’t think it was a good description of what I was. And then I listened and…it was beautiful. It made me forgive my beginnings. And I had this realization…I was a folk singer!”
In addition to a treasure trove of music, the Vol. 1 bundle comes with a 40-page booklet boasting a number of previously unseen photos. Writer and filmmaker Cameron Crowe also provided extensive liner notes.
Both the CFQC AM and Canterbury House performances will also be individually released on 180-gram vinyl, limited to just 10,000 copies.
As a preview, Mitchell is sharing a very early recording of “House of the Rising Sun”, made when she was just 19 years old. Stream it below, and then head here to pre-order Joni Mitchell Archives Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963-1967).
Joni Mitchell Archives Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963-1967) Tracklist:
Radio Station CFQC AM, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada (ca. 1963)
01. House Of The Rising Sun 02. John Hardy 03. Dark As A Dungeon 04. Tell Old Bill 05. Nancy Whiskey 06. Anathea 07. Copper Kettle 08. Fare Thee Well (Dink’s Song) 09. Molly Malone
Live at the Half Beat: Yorkville, Toronto, Canada (October 21, 1964)
10. Introduction 11. Nancy Whiskey 12. Intro to The Crow On The Cradle 13. The Crow On The Cradle 14. Pastures Of Plenty 15. Every Night When The Sun Goes In 16. Intro to Sail Away 17. Sail Away
18. John Hardy 19. Dark As A Dungeon 20. Intro to Maids When You’re Young Never Wed An Old Man 21. Maids When You’re Young Never Wed An Old Man 22. The Dowie Dens Of Yarrow 23. Deportee (Plane Crash At Los Gatos) 24. Joni’s Parents’ House: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada (February 1965) 25. The Long Black Rifle 26. Ten Thousand Miles 27. Seven Daffodils
Myrtle Anderson Birthday Tape: Detroit, MI (1965)
01. Urge For Going 02. Born To Take The Highway 03. Here Today And Gone Tomorrow
Jac Holzman Demo: Detroit, MI (August 24, 1965)
04. What Will You Give Me 05. Let It Be Me 06. The Student Song 07. Day After Day 08. Like The Lonely Swallow
Let’s Sing Out, CBC TV: University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada (October 4, 1965)
09. Favorite Colour 10. Me And My Uncle
Home Demo: Detroit, MI (ca. 1966)
11. Sad Winds Blowin’
Let’s Sing Out, CBC TV: Laurentian University, London, ON, Canada (October 24, 1966)
12. Just Like Me 13. Night In The City
Live at the 2nd Fret: Philadelphia, PA (November 1966)
14. Brandy Eyes 15. Intro to Urge For Going 16. Urge For Going 17. Intro to What’s The Story Mr. Blue 18. What’s The Story Mr. Blue 19. Eastern Rain 20. Intro to The Circle Game 21. The Circle Game 22. Intro to Night In The City 23. Night In The City
Folklore, WHAT FM: Philadelphia, PA, (March 12, 1967)
01. Intro to Both Sides Now 02. Both Sides Now 03. Intro to The Circle Game 04. The Circle Game
Live at the 2nd Fret: Philadelphia, PA (March 17, 1967)
05. Morning Morgantown 06. Born To Take The Highway 07. Intro to Song To A Seagull 08. Song To A Seagull
09. Winter Lady 10. Intro to Both Sides Now 11. Both Sides Now
Folklore, WHAT FM: Philadelphia, PA (March 19, 1967)
12. Intro to Eastern Rain 13. Eastern Rain 14. Intro to Blue On Blue 15. Blue On Blue
A Record Of My Changes – Michael’s Birthday Tape: North Carolina (May 1967)
16. Gemini Twin 17. Strawflower Me 18. A Melody In Your Name 19. Tin Angel 20. I Don’t Know Where I Stand 21. Joni improvising
Folklore, WHAT FM: Philadelphia, PA (May 28, 1967)
22. Intro to Sugar Mountain 23. Sugar Mountain
Home Demo: New York City, NY (ca. June 1967)
01. I Had A King 02. Free Darling 03. Conversation 04. Morning Morgantown 05. Dr. Junk 06. Gift Of The Magi 07. Chelsea Morning 08. Michael From Mountains 09. Cara’s Castle 10 . Jeremy (Incomplete)
Live at Canterbury House: Ann Arbor, MI (October 27, 1967)
11. Conversation 12. Intro to Come To The Sunshine 13. Come To The Sunshine 14. Intro to Chelsea Morning 15. Chelsea Morning 16. Intro to Gift Of The Magi 17. Gift Of The Magi 18. Play Little David 19. Intro to The Dowie Dens Of Yarrow 20. The Dowie Dens Of Yarrow 21. I Had A King 22. Intro to Free Darling 23. Free Darling 24. Intro to Cactus Tree 25. Cactus Tree
Live at Canterbury House: Ann Arbor, MI (October 27, 1967)
01. Little Green 02. Intro to Marcie 03. Marcie 04. Intro to Ballerina Valerie 05. Ballerina Valerie 06. The Circle Game 07. Intro to Michael From Mountains 08. Michael From Mountains 09. Go Tell The Drummer Man 10. Intro to I Don’t Know Where I Stand 11. I Don’t Know Where I Stand
12. A Melody In Your Name 13. Intro to Carnival In Kenora 14. Carnival In Kenora 15. Songs To Aging Children Come 16. Intro to Dr. Junk 17. Dr. Junk 18. Morning Morgantown 19. Intro to Night In The City 20. Night In The City 21. Both Sides Now 22. Urge For Going
EARLY JONI – 1963 LP TRACKLIST:
01. House Of The Rising Sun 02. John Hardy 03. Dark As A Dungeon 04. Tell Old Bill 05. Nancy Whiskey
01. Anathea 02. Copper Kettle 03. Fare Thee Well (Dink’s Song) 04. Molly Malone
LIVE AT CANTERBURY HOUSE – 1967 3LP TRACKLIST:
Side One: First Set
01. Conversation 02. Intro to Come To The Sunshine 03. Come To The Sunshine 04. Intro to Chelsea Morning 05. Chelsea Morning 06. Intro to Gift Of The Magi 07. Gift Of The Magi
01. Play Little David 02. Intro to The Dowy Dens Of Yarrow 03. The Dowy Dens Of Yarrow 04. I Had A King 05. Intro to Free Darling 06. Free Darling 07. Intro to Cactus Tree 08. Cactus Tree
Side Three: Second Set
01.Little Green 02. Intro to Marcie 03.Marcie 04. Intro to Ballerina Valerie 05. Ballerina Valerie 06. The Circle Game
01. Intro to Michael From Mountains 02. Michael From Mountains 03. Go Tell The Drummer Man 04. Intro to I Don’t Know Where I Stand 05. I Don’t Know Where I Stand
Side Five: Third Set
01. A Melody In Your Name 02. Intro to Carnival In Kenora 03. Carnival In Kenora 04. Songs To Aging Children Come 05. Intro to Dr. Junk 06. Dr. Junk
01.Morning Morgantown 02. Intro to Night In The City 03. Night In The City 04. Both Sides Now 05. Urge For Going
The Flaming Lips have released their new album American Head. Stream it below via Apple Music and Spotify.
The effort is the 21st (!) record from the Oklahoma psych-rock heroes, following their 2019 album King’s Mouth and their collaborative album with Deap Valley from earlier this year. As its title implies, American Head is the Lips’ embracing their identity as an American band. When they announced the album back in June, frontman Wayne Coyne published a short essay about how they always considered their homebase to be “Earth”, but that they wanted to see what would happen when they consciously channeled so-called traditional American rock ‘n’ roll.
In a recent feature for SPIN, Coyne talked about his wacky idea for how he imagined the record would sound:
“I did sort of fantasize about ‘What would have happened to Tom Petty and the fellas if they’d ran into my older brothers and their really drugged-out friends, and they all got strung out on heroin and didn’t end up becoming Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and instead made some really homesick music? The more I thought about that, I thought, ‘Man, that’d be a great record.’”
Elsewhere in the interview, Coyne revealed that the Lips and some “venue guys” in Oklahoma are brainstorming ways to bring their live show to life despite the ongoing pandemic. The group is known for Coyne performing in a giant clear bubble, and back in June, the Lips played The Late Show With Stephen Colbert while everyone — audience included — was safely inside their own see-through orbs. They could be onto something there.
American Head Artwork:
American Head Tracklist: 01. Will You Return / When You Come Down 02. Watching the Lightbugs Glow 03. Flowers Of Neptune 6 04. Dinosaurs On The Mountain 05. At The Movies On Quaaludes 06. Mother I’ve Taken LSD 07. Brother Eye 08. You n Me Sellin’ Weed 09. Mother Please Don’t Be Sad 10. When We Die When We’re High 11. Assassins of Youth 12. God and the Policeman (Feat. Kacey Musgraves) 13. My Religion Is You