Chris Martins

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  • The Great Gatsby Crazy in Love Bryan Ferry Emeli Sande

    Hear Beyonce's 'Crazy in Love' Turned Into a Flapper Anthem for 'The Great Gatsby'

    Another day, another song from Jay-Z's The Great Gatsby soundtrack. Today we get a gift from Mrs. Shawn Carter, via 2013 BRIT Awards winner Emile Sandé and Roxy Music founder Bryan Ferry. The latter cues up his Orchestra for a cover of Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love" with a strong vocal assist from soul up-and-comer Sandé. The end result is a flapper-friendly pile-up of upbeat speakeasy jazz and smokey R&B. Minus a few horn-and-string flourishes here and there, and Sia's bracing balladry, the rest of the film's music has been decidedly anachronistic thus far. We've heard contributions from the xx Nero Gotye Jay-Z Beyoncé and André 3000 Lana Del Rey Florence + the Machine, and Jack White — all of which are being compiled for a fancy-schmancy vinyl release on Third Man Records, out May 7. We've been pretending this Fergie song doesn't exist.

  • Daft Punk Collaborators Chilly Gonzales Random Access Memories

    Watch Daft Punk Collaborator Chilly Gonzales Explain His Harmonious Gift

    Although Canadian pianoman Chilly Gonzales is most widely known for his collaborations with others (Feist, Jamie Lidell, Peaches), the man wants you to know that he's not actually all that into hooking up. "To be honest, I don't really like collaborating," he says in the latest Daft Punk "Collaborators" video, "but you make exceptions for people who are in possession of some true key to the zeitgeist." Yes, we're quite sure he spent a good while mulling after getting that phone call about contributing to one of the most hotly anticipated albums in recent memory. Thankfully, he and those French 'droids both share a love for the "joyful challenge."Okay, so when you get past the bluster, you can learn a little bit about Gonzales' expertise (harmony, melody) and how it applies to Random Access Memories, which is due May 21 on Columbia.

  • Boards of Canada Record Store Day Vinyl eBay Code

    Boards of Canada's Mysterious Record Store Day Vinyl Is Selling for an Insane Amount on eBay

    Now that the Boards of Canada mystery has been solved and we know what's coming to us — Tomorrow's Harvest, the Scottish electronic duo's first album in eight years — diehard fans have a chance at owning the piece of vinyl that started it all. And by "diehard fans," we mean "wealthy eBay users." In the time that it took us to write this article (roughly 30 minutes), we've seen the listing for the very rare piece of wax jump from around $500 to over $1,000. (UPDATE: it's now up to $4,150.)The quest for the secret cypher that would ultimately unlock the new BoC website began on Record Store Day, April 20, when a fan found an unannounced 12-inch at New York's Other Music bearing an incomplete code and an enigmatic recording.

  • Rolling Stones No Cameras No Cell Phones Secret Los Angeles Show Echoplex

    Rolling Stones Also Think Your Smartphone Is Annoying as Hell

    The Rolling Stones played a surprise gig at Los Angeles' 700-capacity Echoplex club on Saturday night (April 27), but you won't find the standard shaky YouTube videos that such events usually inspire. Show organizers expressly forbade cameras and smartphones from the event — a tough pill to swallow, no doubt, for the girl in the above clip who shouts, "I'm 16 and I'm gonna go see the Rolling Stones!"The legacy rock-and-rollers are the latest in a string of artists to ban or beg off the ubiquitous presence of tiny glowing screens at their shows. Recent SPIN cover stars the Yeah Yeah Yeahs kicked off the trend with their amazing "PUT THAT SHIT AWAY" sign earlier this month. Savages then posted a similar, albeit politely worded, notice at their Seattle show.

  • Chance the Rapper Ab-Soul 'Smoke Again' Acid Rap

    See Chance the Rapper and Ab-Soul 'Smoke Again' (and Again) in Trippy Video

    Ever since SPIN dropped our own Hottest MCs in the Game list, Chance the Rapper has been going out of his way to prove us right about his placement therein. As the striking Chicago talent gears up for the release of his Acid Rap mixtape — out today (April 30) — he's shared the playfully swaggering "Juice" and the John Legend-featuring "Good Ass Intro," not to mention "NaNa," the video for which found the young rapper and comedian Hannibal Buress hilariously spending their $5,000 budget on random crap in Los Angeles.

  • Tricky Tribal Drums Francesca Belmonte False Idols Download

    Hear Tricky's Darkly Popping 'Tribal Drums,' Plus Creepy Come-On 'Hey Love'

    In February, trip-hop godfather Tricky pleased a lot of fans when he announced a) that he's not feeling his last album either, and b) that he's got a new one on the way called False Idols. So far, all evidence seems to point to the Knowle West boy's professed improvement being a very real thing. "Nothing's Changed" is as emotive and gloom-swole as his '90s output, and "Does It" was delightfully even darker. Now we've got two new tracks to consider. The otherwise unsung singer from those first leaks, Francesca Belmonte, returns for today's "Tribal Drums," which combines primitive percussion, chopped melodies, and soothing coo to create a mood that wouldn't be out of place on a How to Destroy Angels release. Stream that one below, and download it via Tricky's Facebook profile.

  • Flying Lotus 'Wilcat' Kahlil Joseph Short Film Score

    See Flying Lotus' Soothing Sounds Set to a Black Okie Rodeo

    Back in 2012, Flying Lotus teased the impending arrival of his gorgeously surreal album Until the Quiet Comes with a similarly blessed short film directed by Kahlil Joseph.

  • Amanda Palmer Morrissey Crowdfund New Album

    Amanda Palmer Foolishly Offers Morrissey Career Advice

    Usually Amanda Palmer is content to crowd-source attention from the nameless, faceless masses, but now she's got her sights set on one of her heroes: Morrissey. In an open letter to Moz published by Slate, Queen Look-At-Me offers King Woe-Is-Me nearly 3,000 words' worth of advice encouraging him to free himself from the "agony" of traditional record-releasing by embracing her proven (and much-debated) Kickstarter model.Palmer begins by ingratiating herself to the legend ("How dare you have such power over me?") and then explains that she read of his recent tour cancellation, health woes, and admission that he can't find a proper record label for his next album (via the Guardian).

  • Neutral Milk Hotel Reunite Tour Dates

    Neutral Milk Hotel Got the Band Back Together

    Over the last couple of years, the magical Jeff Mangum emerged from the ether to play a handful of shows including Coachella 2012, where he granted the crowd some sweet succor by playing a handful of highlights from 1998's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. That classic album was, of course, credited to the project that gave the man a name: Neutral Milk Hotel, which sadly disbanded shortly after that set's release.Now, as an update to the band's website confirms, NMH are reuniting to play five shows here and abroad with more dates to be announced.

  • Mikal Cronin MCII New Album Stream

    Mikal Cronin Streams 'MCII,' Grungy Garage-Pop Perfected

    Mikal Cronin trades in a near-perfect combination of garage rock and power-pop. If new songs "Weight" and "Shout It Out" didn't make that abundantly clear, the San Francisco player's new album MCII should do the job. The entire thing is streaming right now over at NPR, and it's everything we'd hoped for from this Ty Segall collaborator and recent SPIN Breaking Out star.Back in January, Cronin spoke to our own David Bevan about the new album's instrumental duality: "I definitely see what the distortion pedal is capable of now. That comes out [on this record] here and there, but I've been listening to a lot of music lately almost purely to listen to arrangements. I wrote some string parts for this record, which was new for me."Similarly, in our write-up of Cronin's clutch SXSW performance, David Marchese wrote, "You can't get too comfortable during a Mikal Cronin song ...

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