Blake Mills


Sam Gendel – “Blueblackred,” “La Guerra Di Pierro,” & “Gu Shi” (Feat. Blake Mills)

The LA producer and saxophonist Sam Gendel is one of those jazz guys who has garnered respect within the jazz bubble but has managed to break out of it, too, partially through his inventive modern approach to the genre and partially by doing stuff like covering “Old Town Road” and collaborating with Vampire Weekend. He’s following up last year’s 52-track album Fresh Bread with another mammoth collection called SUPERSTORE next month, and today he’s sharing three of its 34 songs.
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Bruce Hornsby Enlists Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig and Blake Mills for New Song: Listen

Bruce Hornsby has teamed up with Ezra Koenig (of Vampire Weekend) and Blake Mills for a new song called “Sidelines.” The track was co-written by Mills and co-produced by Ariel Rechtshaid, and it leads Hornsby’s upcoming album ’Flicted, which arrives May 27 via his own Zappo Productions and Thirty Tigers. Check out “Sidelines” below, along with its accompanying music video directed by Kitty Ninon Anais Faingold. Scroll down for the tracklist and Hornsby’s upcoming tour dates.
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Amelia Meath And Blake Mills, 'Neon Blue'

Last week, North Carolina-based duo Sylvan Esso announced the launch of a new record label, Psychic Hotline, that the pair hopes will "do right in radical ways" by its artists. Accompanying and promoting the announcement was the debut of a singles series, led off by this song, "Neon Blue," a collaboration between Sylvan Esso's Amelia Meath and superstar producer and songwriter Blake Mills. They describe the track as a "nighttime song," and it's one that plays on both of their strengths: Mills provides a hypnotic and experimental samba rhythm, while Meath's layers of vocals give the minimalist piece a somber, nocturnal vibe.

Sylvan Esso launch new record label, share Amelia Meath / Blake Mills collab

Sylvan Esso have started their own record label called Psychic Hotline. The label is based out of their hometown of Durham, NC, and is a collaborations between the band's Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn, as well as their manager Martin Anderson, in partnership with Secretly Distribution. "We created Psychic Hotline...

Mash of the Titans: Pino Palladino and Blake Mills

"Yeah, Pino, do you have this big archive of stuff?" Blake Mills is ribbing Pino Palladino about the question I just asked, but it's something we're both very interested to know. "Yeah, I do," the legendary bassist exasperatedly replies, as if he's finally let out the secret that he's been composing and recording original music throughout four-and-a-half decades, keeping it to himself until now.

Nick Sanborn of Sylvan Esso Talks with Blake Mills on the Talkhouse Podcast

Blake Mills has the kind of resume that might make the average person feel really lazy. Not only is he an active musician, but also a Grammy-winning producer (for Alabama Shakes’ 2015 album Sound and Color), a collaborator to the stars—including the likes of Fiona Apple and Bob Dylan—and most recently, one of the guys in charge of the legendary Sound City studio in L.A. Mills’ newest musical project is a collaboration with legendary bassist Pino Palladino called Notes With Attachments. Just prior to that, it was the Pitchfork Best New Music designee Mutable Set, from 2020.

Jazz United x The Checkout: Pino Palladino and Blake Mills on 'Notes with Attachments'

If you've been following Jazz United for any length of time, chances are good that you are already familiar with The Checkout — a long-running WBGO podcast and radio program hosted by Simon Rentner, who also produces the show. Every week, Simon turns the spotlight to an artist or subject from what he calls "the other side of jazz," exploring new hybrids and swirling currents around the world.

Blake Mills on working with Bob Dylan: “You don’t sit around and he explains the song to you – either you get it right away or you don’t”

After working with Bob Dylan on his most recent LP Rough And Rowdy Ways, Blake Mills described the folk legend as a “performance-based” musician who works quickly. “Everything that we did was happening in the room and performed as it sounds. So in that sense, it’s quick, almost like a live show,” said Mills, who runs one of the studios at Sound City, where Dylan’s latest album was recorded. Mills was speaking to Uncut for its June 2021 issue (out 15 April), as part of a cover feature celebrating Dylan’s 80th birthday this May.

Pino Palladino, Blake Mills Release ‘Notes With Attachments’ Collaboration Album [Stream]

Bassist Pino Palladino and multi-instrumentalist/producer Blake Mills have released their guest-filled, experimental collaboration album, Notes With Attachments, which arrived on Friday (3/12) via New Deal/Impulse. The eight-track, 31-minute studio album was recorded at southern California’s famed Sound City Studios and other locations over the past two-and-a-half years and includes a...

6 New Albums You Should Listen to Now: Perfume Genius, Blake Mills, and More

With so much good music being released all the time, it can be hard to determine what to listen to first. Every week, Pitchfork offers a run-down of significant new releases available on streaming services. This week’s batch includes new albums, mixtapes, and EPs from Perfume Genius, Pino Palladino & Blake Mills, ZULI, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Central Cee, and Cameron Knowler & Eli Winter. Subscribe to Pitchfork’s New Music Friday newsletter to get our recommendations in your inbox every week. (All releases featured here are independently selected by our editors. When you buy something through our affiliate links, however, Pitchfork earns an affiliate commission.)

Pino Palladino and Blake Mills: Notes With Attachments

Do not be put off by the cover. It might suggest inaccessible, up itself, bone-dry cerebralism, but the reality is contrariwise. Around a third of the music is vaguely reminiscent, in spirit if not in execution, of the 1949 -1950 Birth Of The Cool sessions conducted by Miles Davis with arrangers Gil Evans, John Lewis, Gerry Mulligan and Johnny Carisi. Much of the rest sounds like a sci-fi twist on traditional Senegambian music.

Pino Palladino, Blake Mills Share New Single “Ekuté” Feat. Andrew Bird, Marcus Strickland, More [Listen]

Bassist Pino Palladino and multi-instrumentalist/producer Blake Mills have shared another new recording that will appear on the duo’s forthcoming collaboration album Notes With Attachments, due out March 12th via New Deal/Impulse!. Entitled, “Ekuté”, the 5:30 minute piece follows previously-shared compositions “Just Wrong” and “Man From Molise”, and features playing from...

Blake Mills, Pino Palladino Share Live Video For “Man From Molise” Ft. Sam Gendel [Watch]

Bassist Pino Palladino and multi-instrumentalist/producer Blake Mills have shared another live studio video for their latest collaborative, experimental piece entitled, “Man From Molise”, which also features saxophonist Sam Gendel. The instrumental will appear on Palladino and Mills’ forthcoming collaboration album, Notes With Attachments, due out March 12th via New Deal/Impulse!