Chris Martins

writer

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  • Alexander Spit Mansions 2 Mixtape Stream Insturmental

    Explore Alexander Spit's Psych-Rap Wonderland Via 'Mansions 2' Mixtape

    Alexander Spit is a formidable MC whose California pedigree is done justice by his verbal mashup of vintage undie-rap styling and deeply psychedelic content. His Decon debut, A Breathtaking Trip to That Otherside, was chock full of alternately gritty and gleaming examples of the dude's skill — via the "Breathtaking Trip" and "That's Spit" videos, plus the Action Bronson collaboration "Artestia" — so much so that it could be easy to overlook the fact that Spit is a gifted producer to boot.On the brand new instrumental mixtape, Mansions 2, the follow-up to last year's Mansions, his ability behind the boards is plenty evident.

  • Boards of Canada Tomorrow's Harvest Premiere Desert

    Boards of Canada Premiere 'Tomorrow's Harvest' at Derelict SoCal Waterpark

    Boards of Canada premiered their entire new album, Tomorrow's Harvest, Monday at an abandoned waterpark in Southern California. Ever since April 20, Record Store Day, the beloved Scottish electronic duo have been playing an extensive game of cat and mouse with their fans, issuing oblique clues and coded messages revealing the details of the first long-player in eight years. The initial news followed the discovery of a mysterious piece of vinyl that kicked off the search for a 36-digit cypher that would unlock the group's new website. Adult Swim, NPR and the BBC were willing participants.The very unremarkable release method of their gorgeous new music video for "Reach for the Dead" suggested that perhaps Boards were done with all of the ado — not so.

  • Kanye West 'New Slaves' Projection Map Buildings Cities

    Kanye West's Giant Rapping Face Headed to 22 More Cities

    Kanye West has updated his website with a new map indicating he'll be sending his rapping two-dimensional face to 22 additional cities on Friday, May 24. The week before, he debuted Yeezus song "New Slaves" by projecting a visual of himself performing the track onto the sides of buildings at 66 different locations around the globe. As Pitchfork points out, a tweet from Def Jam France indicates that the next batch of broadcasts will also be promoting "New Slaves."Among the cities to be serviced this time around: For the U.S., it's San Diego, Phoenix, Tucson, San Antonio, Austin, Houston, Atlanta, Savannah, Jacksonville, Baltimore and Philadelphia; and in Europe, it's Barcelona, Cannes, Milan, Zurich, Ghent, Amsterdam, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Copenhagen and Oslo. Many of the cities will feature projections in multiple locations and most take place after 9 p.m. local time.

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    Giorgio Moroder Charmingly Discusses His Mustache and Career in RBMA Lecture

    Even if Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, a SPIN Essential, is proving to be a divisive album amongst music fans, only the hardest cynic wouldn't crack a smile while considering the career renaissance that Giorgio Moroder is experiencing as a result. The legendary Italian producer recently gave his debut DJ performance at the age of 73, and has been the subject of new documentaries and in-depth interviews (including our own "Back to the Future" feature) since collaborating with those French disco 'droids on the song "Giorgio by Moroder."In a freshly recorded two-hour lecture hosted by Red Bull Music Academy, the man discusses his newfound fame (and why he turned down the soundtrack to the film Fame), plus explores his rich history creating music for Donna Summer and others.

  • Mariah Carey Good Morning America Miguel Beautiful Gaff

    Mariah Carey Nearly Exposes '#Beautiful' Self on 'Good Morning America'

    Coming in hot off of American Idol's apparently stab-worthy finale, Mariah Carey hit Good Morning America Friday (May 24) to perform her summer-ready Miguel collaboration. But as Celebuzz so perfectly worded it, she offered up a "#Beautiful" disaster in addition to the chart-climbing single of the same hashtagged name. Amidst cracking herself up with a joke that no one else understood — does she party all night? Is she an insomniac? A vampire? — Carey managed to crack the back of her dress open, then delivered a joke that most can agree is pretty decent: "I love you, Donatella, but it popped dahhhling."While a small army of handlers worked to fix the in-progress wardrobe malfunction and host Laura Spencer tried to block the singer's cleavage with her steno pad (no small feat), Carey kept talking.

  • Michael Jackson Email Health This Is It AEG Lawsuit Danger

    Promoter Knew of Michael Jackson's Fading Health Days Before His Death, Emails Show

    An email sent from a stage manager to a concert executive who both worked on Michael Jackson's ill-fated "This Is It" show run supports claims that the pop icon's business associates were aware of his deteriorating mental and physical health in the days leading up to his death. The message was submitted as evidence on Thursday (May 23) in mother Katherine Jackson's lawsuit against AEG Live, which accuses the events promoter of gross negligence in pursuit of profits."I have watched him deteriorate in front of my eyes over the last eight weeks," John Hougdahl wrote directly to AEG CEO Randy Phillips "My laymen's degree tells me he needs a shrink to get mentally prepared to get on stage and then a trainer to get him in physical shape." Billboard also quotes a later portion of the email that puts the situation into more frank terms.

  • Mykki Blanco 'Feeling Special' Live Video Glasslands

    Mykki Blanco Unstuffs Her Bra in Sweaty 'Feeling Special' Video

    On Mykki Blanco's just-out EP Betty Rubble: The Initiation, the New York MC proves herself to be as fascinating as Lil Wayne "in that in-between, still-rapping, Auto-Tune overdose mode" (as SPIN's Brandon Soderberg put it). She raps in Latin, gets "Bugged Out" with Supreme Cuts, and generally bucks heteronormative trends with an all-bets-are-off attitude. So yeah, she should be "Feeling Special" these days. In the live clip above, Blanco performs that very track to a packed-in crowd at Brooklyn's Glasslands. At the beginning of the video, she un-stuffs her sports bra, clearly readying herself for the action ahead. Mykki raps hard, working up a serious sweat over the minimal Matrixxman-produced beat. The track goes a little long, but her ad-libbing only seems to emphasize the athletic effort and intense emotion that goes into the performance.

  • The Smiths Morrissey Live Video Wolverhampton Civic Hall 1988

    Watch the Smiths Back Morrissey at His First Solo Gig in 1988

    Morrissey's birthday just passed but the gifts keep coming. First we got the entire oral history of the man read by a robot, and now we've got something that's actually useful: Moz's first solo performance, which also happened to be a Smiths show, at England's Wolverhampton Civic Hall on December 22, 1988, filmed in its entirety and now streaming in all of its grainy glory on YouTube. Morrissey was 29 years old at the time and and had just released Viva Hate.As the user who uploaded the 40-minute video explains, Mike Joyce, Andy Rourke, and Craig Gannon back Moz for the gig, which "was also meant as a farewell Smiths concert ... The set list was a mix of new Morrissey solo tracks with Smiths tracks from 1987, none of which had been performed in front of a live audience before.

  • Angel Haze Iggy Azalea 'Otis' Kanye West Jay-Z

    Angel Haze and Iggy Azalea Usurp the Throne With 'Otis' Cover

    With Kanye West out paving the way for the coming of Yeezus and Jay-Z busy running defense for his babymama's baby drama, who's watching the throne? As it turns out, the answer is Harlem MC Angel Haze and Australian rapper Iggy Azalea. As Rap-Up reports, the pair performed their own version of Jay and Ye's collaborative single "Otis" at a show in London earlier this month.They just happened to record it, too, and Haze has now shared the song via her reliably active SoundCloud account. While the rehearsal version below features the original sample, the pair contribute their own bars. We'll let Angel take us out: "Damn Iggy and Haze, where the hell you been?/ Chillin' out in Italy, India on an elephant/ Stuntin' on these bitches who strugglin' to be relevant." 

  • Ryan Hemsworth 'Still Awake' EP Download Stream

    Stream Ryan Hemsworth's Upbeat and Beautiful 'Still Awake' EP

    Canadian producer Ryan Hemsworth has been steadily cracking skulls of late with his Kells-favoring, diverse, and purple-dipped mixes, but it's high time the dude delivered a new set of original material. (It's been, what, eight whole months since the Last Words EP?) Earlier this month we got to preview his brand new Still Awake EP via the electronipop wonder, "Perfectly." Now we've got the rest of the crisp and pretty seven-song set to consider. With a proclivity for upbeat rhythms and rich textures, the just-out extended play is a light but rewarding listen refreshingly free of au courant electronic trends.

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