Chris Martins



  • Jay Pharoah Lil Wayne Impression Video Sway Morning

    Jay Pharoah Burns Lil Wayne in Pitch-Perfect Freestyle Impression

    It's official: Saturday Night Live's Jay Pharoah has redeemed himself for that weak Trinidad James spoof a couple of months back. On a recent visit to Sway in the Morning, which airs on Eminem's Sirius XM station Shade 45, the comedian expertly freestyled his way through a living Lil Wayne parody. Going in over Weezy's Drake collab "She Will," Pharoah first warns, "I'll make a song about anything," shouts out Mountain Dew, and then kicks off his verse with, "I put my dick up in a wasps' nest." Replete with indecipherable sexual references, names of basketball players (word to CP3), and copious "ahems," the improvised rhyme is just about pitch-perfect. It's also a sore reminder of the ways in which Wayne's played himself out of late, as witnessed on his latest album, I Am Not a Human Being II.

  • The-Drum 'Switch' Stream Contact Album

    The-Drum Drop Goopy Gong-Powered Slow Jam 'Switch'

    Chicago duo The-Drum made SPIN's Best New Artists list this month for their fascinating ability to combine "fleet footwork rhythms, New Age synths, percolating R&B, and faded trap-rave into a bewitchingly hi-def hybrid." They count both Three 6 Mafia and Art of Noise among their closest influences but see no reason to bifurcate their interests — and neither do we so long as they keep churning out strange gems like "Switch."The freshly shared track hails from the pair's Contact LP, due June 25 via Audraglint, and moves to a slower pace than some of their earlier leaks. Opening with chimes and a Far Eastern gong smack, the song dwells in a lush space where ghostly vocals curl through a web of synthetic textures like smoke streaming from a brush fire.

  • Potty Mouth 'The Spins' Stream Hell Bent Album

    Potty Mouth Catch 'The Spins' on New Alt-Rock Shredder

    Potty Mouth hail from Northampton, Massachusetts, the fabled stomping grounds of Dinosaur Jr. and the impact of those hulking gnarlmeisters can certainly be heard. Singer-guitarist Abby Weems and her ladies-in-shred are prepping a debut album called Hell Bent for a September 17 release, and it looks to be chock-full of bent strings, loose grooves, and sour vocals — alt-rock excellence, in other words. Below you can hear the freshly debuted cut, "The Spins," a tasty collision of all the aforementioned ingredients with a little bit of that old C86 sweetness thrown in for good measure. The northeastern crew have a handful of nearby dates booked for this month, revolving around Philadelphia's Ladyfest on June 7. Cover, tracks, and dates below.Potty Mouth, Hell Bent track list:1. "The Gap"2. "Rusted Shut"3. "Black and Studs"4. "SleepTalk"5. "The Spins"6. "Damage"7. "Wishlist"8.

  • Parquet Courts Dear Ramona New Songs NPR Live

    Parquet Courts Debut Three New Rippers in Radio Session

    Parquet Courts have a recently released SPIN Essential album tucked under their belt and are in the midst of a massive tour supporting the aforementioned Light Up Gold, but that's not stopping the New York post-punkers from churning out new songs. In a fresh session for NPR's World Cafe, the rowdy four-piece rip through the titular track from their new LP before debuting three previously unheard gems: "Dear Ramona," "Got Me Wondering Now," and "The More I Use It, the More It Works."Click here to stream their studio visit, which opens with "Light Up Gold" before transitioning into an interview. At 8:56, the music starts up again. The first jam is a mellow mood piece more in line with some of Sonic Youth's sunburned grooves, while the second is the sort of compact ripper we've come to expect.

  • Bonnaroo 2013 Superjam RZA Solange Neptunes Earl Sweatshirt

    Wu-Tang, Odd Future, Neptunes Team Up for Bonnaroo Superjam

    Bonnaroo's Superjam weds the Tennessee festival's pro-noodle hippie roots to its penchant for presenting a diverse and progressive lineup. Year after year, folks like the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach or the Roots' ?uestlove assemble a crack team of cross-genre players to execute an improv-heavy set — it's a reliable thrill that sometime delivers massive dividends. To wit, D'Angelo made a surprise appearance last year and led the Roots (and friends) through an entire set of incredible covers.Of course, the jam's foundation is as important as its inevitable special guests, and the 2013 lineup is already looking mighty promising. Bonnaroo promoters today announced that Boston funk band Lettuce will be on hand to support a handful of marquee names: the RZA, DJ Jazzy Jeff, ScHoolboy Q, Earl Sweatshirt, Solange Knowles, and Chad Hugo of the Neptunes plus others not yet named.

  • The National St. Vincent 'This Is the Last Time' Live Video Barclays Center

    The National and St. Vincent Silence an Arena in 'This Is the Last Time' Live Clip

    In our recent feature on the National, St. Vincent main brain Annie Clark explained that the Brooklyn sad-rock icons are "a band about songs ... Every National record is of a certain quality and every song is of a certain emotional resonance. They connect with people on a real gut level. That's why they have staying power." But she's partly responsible for that success as well. Matt Berninger and his crew choose their collaborators wisely, and Clark is one of the reasons their melancholy-slinging new album Trouble Will Find Me is so good. On record, she helps lift "This Is the Last Time" to arena-worthy heights — a feat which she repeated via a surprise guest appearance last night during the National's headlining gig at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. Relive the moment above thanks to some fan-shot video and check out SPIN's own shots from the big show when you're done. In St.

  • Justin Bieber Security Guard Battery Photographer

    Justin Bieber's Bodyguards Make Bad Decisions, Too, Battery Report Implies

    Justin Bieber continues his 2013 hot (mess) streak as news emerges that his security detail allegedly assaulted a photographer in Miami on Wednesday (June 6). The paprazzo was trying to catch some snaps of the kid skateboarding outside of Hit Factory Florida when the guards reportedly roughed him up, one choking him, and forcibly removed the memory card from his camera. Miami-Dade Police arrived and took a battery report, says HuffPo.One could question the Biebz' need to keep such aggressive dudes on his payroll, but skateboarding is the pop star's most innocuous hobby. On the road he gets cited for holding drugs and stun guns, puts his own fame before the memory of Holocaust victim Anne Frank, shows up late, passes out when he does show, and parades around wearing a gas mask.

  • High Wolf Kairos: Chronos Not Fun Album Stream

    Stream High Wolf's 'Kairos: Chronos,' an Album-Length Study in Worldly Drone

    Last month we brought you "Kulti," a multi-flavored, glistening drone-dub odyssey from French bedroom auteur High Wolf. The beatmaking vagabond may have developed his sound while train-hopping and hitchhiking across entire continents, but his taste for diversely sourced psychedelia and impossibly deep grooves make Los Angeles' Not Not Fun label his perfect home. Those notorious tape-trading DIY aesthetes are dropping High Wolf's next LP, Kairos: Chronos, on June 11, but you can stream the entire thing below, right now. While shorter trips like "An Empire Upon an Empire" display an ear for knotty melodic chains and hand-drum pulse-pacing, tracks like the 13-minute "Alvarado" exemplify the man's knack for crafting sonic events that boom until they burst. Run with the Wolf:

  • Hausu 'Chrysanthemum' Stream Total Album Hardly Art

    Hear Hausu's Post-Punk Petal-Shredder 'Chrysanthemum'

    Portland fourpiece Hausu don't have much of a past yet but their forthcoming debut LP Total offers plenty of hope for a healthy future. Sub Pop's Hardly Art imprint will release the 10-track set on June 25, and early taste "Chrysanthemum" is a sweetly sour mix of Dischord-ant post-punk drive and vintage alt-rock gnarl (via Dinosaur Jr. et al.). Amidst the squalling guitars and thudding drums, singer Ben Friars Funkhouser emotes in heavy sighs and pained howls. It's hard to imagine the song's titular flower lasting five minutes inside of that crucible without getting wilted or shredded, but the contrast between sound and subject makes the beautiful seem that much more unattainable. Go a round with the Total track, then skip over to Stereogum to hear "Leaning Mess."

  • Disclosure BBC Radio 1 'You & Me' 'Need U 100%'

    Disclosure and Eliza Doolittle Recreate 'You & Me' Live for BBC

    As far as house-inspired dance duos from the European continent are concerned, British brothers Disclosure are on their way to becoming the top of the pops. The SPIN Breaking Out stars just released their Essential debut album Settle overseas and it's on target to unseat Daft Punk's Random Access Memories in the U.K. (and possibly Australia). So naturally, their countrymen have been shining as much light on Guy and Howard Lawrence as possible. In a new BBC Radio 1 session, the duo perform their hit "You & Me" with a clutch assist from singer Eliza Doolittle. You can watch that above, but for a bonus, visit the landing page for DJ Sara Cox and hit play on the full broadcast. As Pitchfork points out, at the 2 hours and 11 minutes mark, Disclosure perform a cover of Duke Dumont's "Need U 100%" with an assist from their frequent collaborator Sam Latch.

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