Chris Martins

writer

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  • Rilo Kiley 'RKives' Full Stream Too Short Dejalo

    Rilo Kiley Open Up Too $hort-Featuring 'RKives' For Your Streaming Pleasure

    At last, the wait to hear Too $hort rapping over Rilo Kiley's divisive (to put it kindly) track "Dejalo" is over. Alright, even if Jenny Lewis' unexpected foray into white-girl rhyming on Under the Blacklight represents a shark-jumping moment for some, the defunct band's now streaming B-sides collection RKives has something for everyone. There's that soulful new ode to Los Angeles, "Let Me Back In," spit-shined indie-pop jams like "Runnin' Around," kinda country-punk jamborees like "All the Drugs," and confusingly prog experiments like "A Town Called Luckey." As charming as it was to revisit Miss Lewis' hairstyles evolve over the years in the "Back In" video clip, RKives' album art offers many additional minutes of reminiscence, making good on Rilo Kiley's promise of "a rich mix of personal photos, collages, and hand written lyrics ...

  • Greetings From Tim Buckley Apple Trailer

    'Greetings From Tim Buckley' Trailer Twists Truth, Badgley's 'Once I Was' Cover Is Great

    Though the thing has racked up a few handsome-looking quotables, the jury's still out as to whether Greetings From Tim Buckley is going to "one of the finest origin stories in recent pop culture history," as Screencrush kinda-sorta said. That phrase pops up in the newly released official trailer for the film — watch above, via Apple — but the critic was actually speaking of the real-life story of Jeff Buckley's phoenix-like rise from the ashes of his father's legacy. As for the movie? It got a 4/10 — they thought it stunk.You can draw your own conclusions from the clip above, which focuses on the younger Buck's struggle to outrun his deadbeat pop's long, well-loved shadow.

  • Chris Brown Frank Ocean Grammys Sympathy Rihanna Drake

    Chris Brown Shades Frank Ocean in Typical Classless Fashion

    What's Chris Brown's next big goal? "Continuously being a good dude," he told Hot 97's Angie Martinez yesterday (March 31). It's a sentiment we can appreciate — after all, Chris Brown deserves respect, according to Chris Brown — but the "continuously" part may be troublesome. Last week in speaking to Power 106's Big Boy, the singer said his beef with Frank Ocean is all "in the past," that it was "blown out of proportion," and that he has "respect for [Ocean's] music." But in speaking to Martinez, he took a swipe at our Album of the Year author.Brown chalked up the channel ORANGE artist's reaction to allegedly getting jumped by Breezy at the studio as a plea for attention. "I think it's a lot of strategies people try to use when they're up for awards, and [this was] the sympathy role. I don't have to go that route.

  • Ty Segall T. Rex 'The Motivator' Cover Record Store Day

    Hear Ty Segall's Darkly Rattling Remake of T. Rex's 'The Motivator'

    Effing psyched garage-rock king Ty Segall has a lovely little gem planned for Record Store Day 2013. Two years ago he celebrated the vinyl lovers' holiday by sharing the Ty Rex EP, a six-song set of T. Rex covers done in the lo-fi jangly San Francisco style we've come to hold so dear. On April 20, Segall will share Ty Rex 2, a 7-inch single featuring two more Marc Bolan songs. The A-side is "Cat Black (the Wizard's Hat)," which originally appeared on 1969's Unicorn. Meanwhile, B-side "The Motivator" hails from T. Rex's seminal 1971 album Electric Warrior and is available to stream below. In Ty's hands, the song sounds more ominous than celebratory, a darkly tinted tribute to a strange crown-stealing muse.For more of Segall in time-traveling mode, check out "Sleigh Ride" by his proto-metal power trio, Fuzz.

  • Jessie Ware ASAP Rocky Wildest Moments Remix Devotion Reissue

    Hear A$AP Rocky Get Sensitive on Jessie Ware's 'Wildest Moments' Remix

    Jessie Ware's Devotion was handily one of SPIN's Best Albums of 2012, a leader in the emerging trend of Alt-R&B (U.K. post-dubstep subdivision) — basically, it's so nice that it's worth doing twice and the British singer's record label knows it. On April 16, Interscope/Cherrytree will give the LP a proper North American release (The Gold Edition overseas), which will include four bonus tracks.

  • Phoenix Bourgeois Drakkar Noir Chloroform Live Video Bankrupt! Vancouver

    See Phoenix Perform New Songs 'Bourgeois,' 'Drakkar Noir,' and 'Chloroform'

    Phoenix's Bankrupt! is due out April 23 and as Thomas Mars told SPIN, the ramp-up to the release is "the most exciting time" for the band. It's also a good time to be a fan — especially if you can catch the Parisian indie-poppers on the road. The band did their first show in more than two years at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver on Thursday and, as Consequence of Sound points out, they fleshed out their set list with all 10 of the forthcoming album's songs. One enterprising YouTuber was there and caught four of the fresh tracks on her camera, including "Entertainment," which we've already seen as an epic Asian mashup, plus heard remixed by Blood Orange and covered by Dinosaur Jr.

  • Rick Ross Rape Ecstasy She Ain't Even Know It Lyric Response

    Rick Ross Explains He Didn't Rap About Rape Because, Well, He Didn't Say 'Rape'

    Rick Ross has raised considerable ire for a thoughtlessly offensive lyric he spit as a guest on Rocko's Future-featuring "U.O.E.N.O." As noted by SPIN's Brandon Soderberg, the "horribly rape-y line" goes, "Put molly in her champagne, she ain't even know it / I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain't even know it." Molly is the popular slang term for ecstasy, as outlined in SPIN's recent Rolling in the Deep timeline.Though the track was released more than a month ago, it has returned to the spotlight thanks to a Change.org petition asking the rapper to publicly apologize for the offending couplet. "If what he is saying is true," reads the rather hyperbolic post, "he has just publicly admitted to drugging and raping a woman. This should be investigated further and he should be prosecuted.

  • El-P Twitter Phone Number Accidental Texts Missed Calls

    El-P Accidentally Tweets His Phone Number, Gets Texted By 'Weird Bastards'

    Some people get hacked. Others get trolled by their friends. El-P just hit the wrong button. The Brooklyn rapper-producer meant to send a direct message to a friend on Thursday and wound up Tweeting his phone number out to the world. After a couple of minutes, he deleted the original post (paraphrased: "Hey man. Been wanting to catch up with you. 347 703 1444.") and immediately set out to change his digits."I was trying to find a contact number for a director I'd met through Pitchfork TV," El told SPIN. "I didn't have his contact, so I saw Ryan [Schreiber] from Pitchfork pop up and I thought, 'Fuck it, why don't I go right to the source?' and wound up putting my number on the Internet. I'm nothing if not savvy. I did that with an email address last year.

  • R. Kelly 'Trapped in the Closet' Soundboard Chapter

    R. Kelly Amazingly Gives Us a 'Trapped in the Closet' Soundboard to Play With

    R. Kelly fans and Trapped in the Closet aficianados will be pleased to know that R&B's reigning freak king has launched "Trapped in the Soundboard," a web toy that allows users to trigger all of their favorite lines from the gonzo, soul-powered soap-opera. For instance, "You crazier than a fish with titties if you think I'm 'a let you smoke that shit up in my car." Or, "Well, well, well." Watch out for Pimp Lucius.While the service is technically free, it does come with a hefty social media tax. In order to unlock each sound on the board, you'll need to "like" and share the thing in just about every way possible short of sending up smoke signals from your roof. But those familiar with the ins and outs of Facebook and Twitter know the work-arounds. Like, share, unlike, and delete, and your access to all 20 snippets remains.In other excellently goofy R.

  • Kurt Vile 'Never Run Away' 'Wakin on a Pretty Day' Acoustic Video

    Watch Kurt Vile Strum New Songs 'Never Run Away' and 'Wakin on a Pretty Day'

    Kurt Vile is a master of mood, lyrics and strum, so while his electric albums are invariably beautiful things, he might be at his best boiled down to those bare elements. The Philadelphia singer-songwriter will release his fourth album, Wakin on a Pretty Daze, via Matador on April 9. We've seen the radical mural, watched the adorable TV ad, previewed the freaking parade, and talked about the tour — hell, we even visited Vile In the Studio when he was working on the thing. But it's quite possible that none of that will communicate as much as these two videos culled from an acoustic session for Radio K, run by students of the University of Minnesota. Above, Vile performs a sweetly executed version of "Never Run Away." Below, you'll find the 9-minute prog-pop jam "Wakin on a Pretty Day." If you wanna hear him sing, press play:

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