Chris Martins

writer

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  • TEEN 'Carolina' Video EP Megha Barnabas

    TEEN Celebrate Summer by Giving Out Roses, Dancing Crazily in 'Carolina' Video

    Brooklyn haze-pop posse TEEN released their Carolina EP on Carpark earlier this week (May 28) and they're celebrating with roses. Well, Megha Barnabas is, at least. The local performance artist directs and stars in the new video for the short set's titular song, passing out flowers to strangers as she dances with equally goofy and seductive aplomb. According to the label, the clip was shot on May Day, "the midpoint between the spring equinox and summer solstice." Barnabas, "enacting her playful rite to TEEN’s modern heartsick refrains, is at once at odds and in harmony with the encircling city." Indeed, there is something out of time about the Spandex-wearing woman as she flits about, working her way from the Flower District in the morning to Times Square in the eve.

  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra 'From the Sun' Video II

    See Unknown Mortal Orchestra Emasculate an Art Student in 'From the Sun'

    Unknown Mortal Orchestra don't mess around when it comes to music videos. In the first clip for their latest album II, McLovin waged bat-wielding war against a hippie cult. And then there was that thing with the adorable masturbating puppets. Now we have "From the Sun," which also strikes a nice balance between oddly playful and entirely disturbing. Directed by Rick Alverson (the man behind The Comedy, starring James Murphy and Tim Heidecker), the video follows the awful misadventures of a young man who allows himself to be physically humiliated by a group of art-school kids — seemingly his peers. He takes a seat in a chair and is licked, slapped, spit upon, made up, thrown down, taped, gagged, decorated with trash, and bedecked with an egg.

  • Courtney Love Solo Album Died Blonde Craigslist Ad

    Courtney Love May Call Next Hole-less Album 'Died Blonde'

    Courtney Love is plotting a new solo album under her own name and she may call it Died Blonde. In her new cover story for Bust, the 48-year-old alt-rock queen reveals that she's been working with the same lineup associated with the last Hole album, 2010's so-so Nobody's Daughter: guitarist Micko Larkin, bassist Shaun Dailey, and drummer Scott Lipps. She's also shared the names of two new songs — "Wedding Day" and "California" — which will be released via iTunes soon. Love didn't explain why she's chosen to leave the Hole moniker behind, but as she's the only founding member still in the band it's unclear whether she even has the right to use the name.

  • Disclosure 'Help Me Lose My Mind' Stream Settle

    Disclosure Team With London Grammar for Lush Dance Track 'Help Me Lose My Mind'

    As the U.K. release date for Disclosure's debut album Settle fast approaches, the Lawrence brothers have ramped up their incredible sharing spree. In the last week alone we've heard the J Dilla-sampling "Grab Her!", Toro y Moi's remix of "You & Me," and the sizzling "When a Fire Starts to Burn." Now these SPIN Breaking Out stars are back with yet another smoothly soulful, house-addled track for our enjoyment: "Help Me Lose My Mind" featuring London Grammar's husky-voiced singer Hannah Reid. Premiered on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show, the new song was given the old "Hottest Record in the World" treatment, but, hyperbole aside, it really is fantastic — a lush and moody combination of floating atmosphere and weighty vocals with a driving beat that surges right through the middle. 

  • Waka Flocka Flame 'Can't Do Gold' Video DuFlocka Rant Halftime Show

    Watch Waka Flocka Flame Literally Spit Fire in 'Can't Do Gold' Video

    Waka Flocka Flame has just dropped his second mixtape of the year and it's a hazed-out trap-rap delight dubbed DuFlocka Rant Halftime Show. That, of course, makes it the sequel to his excellent DuFlocka Rant 2, which found the former SPIN cover star hungry and, in the parlance of our times, rapping his ass off once again after the somewhat disappointing Triple F Life: Friends, Fans & Family LP. But if there was any question about where Waka's head is at these days, the video for "Can't Do Gold" should provide the answer. Sure, the track is from the last tape, but the clip is brand new and it finds our hero in a particularly keyed-up state: all flying dreads, middle fingers, and money stacks. At one point he scream-raps while with a lit sparkler between his teeth. As for the titular subject matter? Apologies to Trinidad James, but Mr. Flame is over the yellow stuff: "Bad bitches?

  • Snoop Dogg Craig Robinson 'Take Yo Panties Off' This Is the End

    Snoop Dogg and Craig Robinson Politely Request That You 'Take Yo Panties Off'

    Earlier this month we hipped you to the "amazing-in-theory" collaboration between Snoop Lion Dogg and The Office star Craig Robinson for the forthcoming This Is the End soundtrack. Today, we're happy to report that the proposed hypothesis has withstood all of the empirical data we've thrown at it: "Take Yo Panties Off" is, in fact, amazing. So much so that the first words out of the Doggfather's mouth when he hears that sumptuous beat are, "Oh wow." The piano-laced love song finds these two smooth operators making their desires known without a lick of ambiguity. To wit, here's Robinson, wearing his best sexed-up Midnight Vultures coo: "Somebody told me one time ask / Ask and you shall receive / So this is me being very polite / Take your panties off ... pleeeeeaaaaase." Lonely Island who? Get yourself into a comfortable position and click the button below:

  • Joey Badass 'Word Is Bond' Summer Knights Mixtape Tour

    Joey Bada$$ Gets Gloriously Old School on 'Word Is Bond'

    Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ has been steadily bringing back Nas-in-'94 raps since he stepped on the scene. The 18-year-old MC hails from the Pro Era posse and has delivered a handful of lyrically knotty streetwise gems and boom-bap throwbacks in the last year, from his Capital Steez collab "Survival Tactics" to the Big K.R.I.T. and Smoke DZA teamup "Underground Airplay." Now, just in time for Hot 97's Summer Jam, the rising star is preparing to share his Summer Knights mixtape, due out June 12. The first taste of the set comes in the form of "Word Is Bond," a Statik Selektah-produced track imbued with pensive piano work, old school turntablism, and classic wordplay (via numerology, references to ball players, and various words that end with "-tron").

  • Daft Punk Random Access Memories Macklemore Can't Hold Us Billboard Chart

    Who Charted? Daft Punk and the National Leave Jared Leto in the Dust

    First! The robots have won. Due to both the militarily mighty marketing campaign surrounding Random Access Memories and the glistening brilliance of that very same album, Daft Punk have conquered the Billboard 200. According to Nielsen SoundScan they sold 339,000 copies of their first full-length in eight years — that's nearly three times the number that 2005's Human After All has sold in total in the United States. That's also the second best sales week of 2013 thus far (with Justin Timberlake's near-million still reigning supreme) and it also blew up Spotify, nabbing the biggest first-week streaming numbers in the music service's history. Around the world (heh) one quarter of all Spotify users gave it a play, and every track on the album was listened to at least half a million times.

  • Grumbling Fur 'Dancing Light' Glynnaestra Stream Sunn O))) Alexander Tucker and Daniel O'Sullivan

    Hear Grumbling Fur's More-Eno-Than-Evil 'Dancing Light'

    Alexander Tucker and Daniel O'Sullivan hail from the experimental noise and black metal worlds, but together they make rich electronic pop that owes more to Brian Eno than to Sunn O))). Never mind the fact that each member of Grumbling Fur has, in his own time, recorded with doom god Stephen O'Malley — their forthcoming album Glynnaestra is imbued with lightness even as it channels the enigmatic kraut-fuzz of This Heat. There's something distinctly British about their influences, but their sound is a thing that knows neither time nor place. Take "Dancing Light," for instance. Over moody synthesizers and a driving rhythm as beat-oriented as it is rock-addled, the men harmonize about what seems to be a life-altering internal/external voyage that's steeped in the mundane: "I could go outside / If I wanted to, it would be all right." Glynnaestra is out July 23 on Thrill Jockey.

  • Gold Panda 'We Work Nights' Half of Where You Live

    Hear Gold Panda Swoon and Bloom on 'We Work Nights'

    London's Gold Panda has finally decided to stop teasing us. After releasing the lush and promising glitch feast that was 2010's Lucky Shiner, the dude born Derwin (last name unknown) disappeared into the touring circuit, leaving us grasping at whatever recorded bits and pieces came our way. There was Charli XCX's "You (Ha Ha Ha)," which sampled a Panda track, and more recently Sole's "Extremophile," produced by the Golden one.But until last month's "Brazil" we had no idea whether a new long-player was in the offing. We now know GP's Half of Where You Live is due out June 11 on Ghostly International, and just in case we were skeptical, a new track has arrived.

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