Chris Martins

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  • Kitty Pryde Barbie Jeep Adult Swim Singles

    Kitty Drops Bumps for Your 'Barbie Jeep' via Adult Swim's Singles Series

    The 2013 Adult Swim Singles Series continues with a strong entry from Tumblr queen Kitty (née Pryde). Over a New Age-y beat by Hot Sugar, the Floridian MC rhymes, "I can be your Nancy, and you can be my Sid," to a would-be suitor on the dance floor. She paints the picture of a desperate fella — "You're rubbing every butt in the room, you think it's your booty, too" — as she brags about her moves: "Is it too hot to dance? Nah, we rock steady / And I'm light on my feet 'cause you know I'm not top-heavy." The song is called "Barbie Jeep," and though we're not sure those words are ever uttered, we feel fairly confident that this purple party rap was made to bump from blinged-out Power Wheels. This is the second installment in the series, which was kicked off by Run the Jewels (El-P and Killer Mike) last week with their felonious banger "36" Chain."

  • Volcano Choir 'Byegone' Repave Justin Vernon

    Hear Volcano Choir's Justin Vernon Sing About Weed Crystals on 'Byegone'

    Justin Vernon's Volcano Choir is firing up again with a new album on the way and a tour in the works. The Bon Iver singer's other other band will release Repave on September 3 via Jagjaguwar, and its first taste implies an epic affair. While 2009's Unmap partly dwelled in experimental ambiance, new song "Byegone" holds onto the atmosphere but adds uplifting guitars reminiscent of Broken Social Scene, up-front vocals that recall TV on the Radio, and rising choruses that bring Arcade Fire to mind. Meanwhile, Vernon sings about smoking keif, setting sail, and "the knights of the northern lodges." We're pretty sure that last one was a Twin Peaks reference. For track list and tour dates, revisit our earlier post about Volcano Choir's second LP, Repave. 

  • Foals 'Bad Habit' Video NSFW Holy Fire Nabil Elderkin

    Foals Singer Has a 'Bad Habit' of Following Naked Women Through the Desert

    Back in March, Foals shared the incredibly intense video for "Late Night," cramming four story lines into a few very NSFW few minutes in order to illustrate such heavy ass themes as childbirth, decay, sex, and suicide. Director Nabil Elderkin (Frank Ocean, James Blake, Kanye West) returns for "Bad Habit," but this time the focus is deeply personal. Singer Yannis Philippakis awakes in the middle of a barren desert, barefoot. As he stumbles forward, he picks up a trail that turns out to belong to a beautiful naked woman. Her stride leaves flowers in its wake, but whatever our hero touches crumbles. He trudges ever forward on his impossible task — singing, "Would you forgive me now?" over darkly blooming art/dance-rock — moving toward a dramatic finish that could offer him salvation, or drop him right back where he started.

  • Okkervil River 'It Was My Season' Video Maxfield Parrish The Silver Gymnasium

    Okkervil River Celebrate Maxfield Parrish in 'It Was My Season' Video

    When last we checked in with Okkervil River's Will Sheff, the Austin singer-songwriter was hanging out with the legendary Steve Earle after releasing 2011's delightfully knotty I Am Very Far. He's finally got a seventh album on deck — The Silver Gymnasium, due September 3 via ATO — and now we have the first song to sample. "It Was My Season" is strikingly forward, powered by big piano-play and Sheff's cracking, aching voice. "Step out of your trailer and into this dark," he sings as the drums pick up to support an almost Ben Folds-y lilt, offset by a little Americana shade, of course.For the lyric video above, Okkervil highlight a local landmark from Sheff's New Hampshire childhood. As he explains on the project's website, in 1919, artist Maxfield Parrish painted a stage set at a Plainfield playhouse that's since been moved to the burg's town hall.

  • Dave Chappelle Tour Flight of the Conchords Funny or Die

    Dave Chappelle Plots Tour With Flight of the Conchords and Funny or Die Folks

    Dave Chappelle is making a grand return this summer alongside Flight of the Conchords for the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity touring festival. Presented by Funny or Die and Live Nation, the traveling show will launch in Austin, Texas on August 23 and wrap up in Phoenix, Arizona on September 22, hitting 13 cities in total. As the promo clip above advertises, the fest will feature not one "butt" two stages, plus street performers, freaks, psychics, vendors, and a bunch of comedians. Among those other billed performers are Demetri Martin and Al Madrigal (The Daily Show), Eric Andre's right hand Hannibal Buress (also Chance the Rapper's pal), Kristen Schaal of 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live writer John Mulaney (responsible for Stefon), Whitney's Chris D'Elia, Brody Steven, and Jim Jefferies. More have yet to be announced.

  • m.i.a., bring the noize

    Hear M.I.A.'s Wild, Drum-Smashing New Single 'Bring the Noize'

    M.I.A. debuted her newest track on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 program on Monday. "Bring the Noize" is fittingly loud and urgent, paying tribute to its forbearers in Public Enemy, but also seating the sound smack-dab in the middle of the era of digital overload. It opens in a hail of chopped up vocals — Maya imploring "free dem" — then gives way to pounding drums. There are asides for some TNGHT-style crunch and some unexpected songbirding, but mostly it's heavy and wild.She initially teased "Bring the Noize" by looping an audio snippet on the M.I.A. website and sharing two Vine clips of the track's upcoming music video. The track will feature on Matangi, which is presumably out later this year. The LP was previously slated for a December 2012 release but was delayed. In January, Ms.

  • Andre W.K. Drumming Record O Music Awards

    Andrew W.K. to Pound Skins for 24 Hours in Latest Stunt

    When he's not busy electrocuting David Blaine, stumping for Platex intimate wipes, attending brony conventions, eating spicy wings with Action Bronson, or plotting a tour with Marky Ramone, party provocateur Andrew W.K. ... well, he does a lot of other things, too, but one of those happens to be drumming. And on Wednesday, June 19 at 7 p.m. EST, he'll set out to hit the skins for 24 hours straight in an attempt to set the record for the "longest drum session in a retail store." No doubt, he'll do it.If that designation seems a bit overly specific, well, it is. Guinness puts the "longest marathon drumming by an individual" at 121 hours, but since W.K.'s attempt is meant to, ahem, drum up publicity for Viacom's O Music Awards — which includes categories like "Digital Genius Award" and "Fan Army FTW" — we shouldn't be surprised.

  • Danny Brown ASAP Rocky 'Kush Coma' Stream Old

    Danny Brown Takes A$AP Rocky Into His 'Kush Coma,' Freestyles on the BBC

    Back in March, Danny Brown leaked an early version of "Kush Coma," a weed tribute that was incongruously clearheaded and fast-paced. It was a great listen and now we've got another incentive to give it a spin: A$AP Rocky is on the final version, which will appear on Brown's August album for Fools Gold Records, Old. These two have a history of collaboration — the Harlem MC directed the video for his Detroit pal's early, most persistent pot paean, "Blunt After Blunt" (that song is referenced in the new track). They also teamed up for "1 Train," the guest-packed platter from LONG.LIVE.A$AP, but "Kush Coma" is a thrill-ride that gives each rhymer his ample due. The song was debuted on BBC Radio 1Xtra's Westwood show, so the beginning is cut off and it's lousy with airhorns and DJ overdubs, but you should get the idea just fine.

  • The Replacements' Slim Dunlap Covered by John Doe, Vanessa Carlton, and Deer Tick for Benefit Auction

    'Songs for Slim' Auction Adds John Doe, Vanessa Carlton, and Deer Tick Contributions

    The Replacements have reunited for the forthcoming traveling Riot Fest 2013, but they won't be joined by longtime guitarist Slim Dunlap. The 61-year-old punk icon suffered a massive stroke last year from which he is still recovering, but 'Mats fans are getting another chance to contribute to his well-being. Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson got back together in June to begin work on the Songs for Slim project, which has since evolved to include contributions from others.The latest addition to the successful vinyl-only auction series? A limited-edition 7-inch featuring X's John Doe covering "Just for the Hell of It" on the A-side, and Deer Tick with Vanessa Carlton and Local H's Scott Lucas on the B with their version of "From the Git Go." Both originals can be found on Dunlap's 1993 solo album, The Old New Me.

  • Pop. 1280 'Lights Out' Imps of Perversion Album

    Pop. 1280 Announce New Album Via Blood-Curdling 'Lights Out' Single

    Scumsucking New York noise-punks Pop. 1280 will return with their second album August 6 via Sacred Bones. Dubbed Imps of Perversion, the 10-song set was produced by Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Swans) and is, according to the label, expected to include "stories of lust, sexual confusion, temptation, and debauchery," as well as the occasional areas in which those concepts overlap, no doubt. The bleak and shreddy quartet has shared the first song from that set and it doesn't disappoint. "Lights Out" is clanging, shreddy, bleak, and chock-full of uncomfortable tension as Chris Bug horrifically howls about prison kisses and dripping detritus. The track feels a bit crisper and pared down compared to last year's The Horror, which is still streaming here at SPIN. Track list and a few dates below.Pop. 1280, Imps of Perversion track list:1. "Lights Out"2. "The Control Freak"3.

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