Chris Martins

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  • Flying Lotus Red Bull Music Academy Don't Call It #Beats Goldie Album

    Watch Flying Lotus Trace Left-Field #Beats With TNGHT and Shlohmo in Mini Doc

    Through their new H∆SHTAG$ mini documentary series, the fine folks at Red Bull Music Academy are working their way through as many hashtaggable genres as possible at a fairly impressive rate — and with impressive care, it should be noted. In January we pointed out Episode 1, "Don't Call It #AltRnB, which works quite well as a visual companion piece to SPIN's own Trend of the Year: Alt R&B essay.The series has also taken on #CloudRap and #PostDubStep along the way to this most recent installment, which focuses on #Beats with a large assist from Flying Lotus, and cameos from Hudson Mohawke and Lunice of TNGHT, plus the Gaslamp Killer, XXYYXX, Shlohmo, and XLR8R editor Shawn Reynaldo. At the start, we see FlyLo pal Erykah Badu explaining, "They makes beats all day long.

  • mumford and sons babel billboard chart top 10 no 1

    Who Charted? Mumford Are Still Winning and Baauer Is Still (Harlem) Shaking

    First! Yeah, it's still Mumford and Sons on top, with Babel riding that Album of the Year Grammy high all the way to the bank (note the MasterCard logos above, hovering like flies around the dollar-eyed guffawing banjo-diddlers). We do not consider it good news that one of SPIN's Worst New Music recipients sold 66,000 more copies according to Nielsen SoundScan, even if that figure is rather low for a No. 1 and more indicative of the fact that no one released anything new that sold last week. Indeed, even the normally neutral Billboard used the words "dreary" and "ho-hum" to describe a situation, which, in our own parlance, fucking sucks.2 to 10: How badly does it suck? Well, there wasn't a single debut in the Top 10 this week. The good-ish news is that albums we like by Bruno Mars (Unorthodox Jukebox, No. 2, 48K), fun. (Some Nights, No. 8, 30K), Rihanna (Unapologetic, No.

  • Scott Weiland Fired Stone Temple Pilots Didn't Know Statement

    Scott Weiland Didn't Know He Was Fired From Stone Temple Pilots

    We woke up this morning to the news that Scott Weiland had been fired from Stone Temple Pilots, the post-grunge giants that he founded all the way back in 1986. Well, as it turns out, the band's singer found out about this latest development just like the rest of us did: in articles. Weiland has just released a statement about his abrupt termination, and it goes like this:"I learned of my supposed 'termination' from Stone Temple Pilots this morning by reading about it in the press. Not sure how I can be 'terminated' from a band that I founded, fronted and co-wrote many of its biggest hits, but that's something for the lawyers to figure out. In the meantime, I'm looking forward to seeing all of my fans on my solo tour which starts this Friday."As previously reported, Weiland has promised that his presently embarking solo jaunt will include some of STP's classics.

  • Nine Inch Nails Fuji Rock Summer Festival Dates Germany Rock 'n' Heim

    The New Nine Inch Nails Announce Summer Festival Dates

    If How to Destroy Angels' 2013 tour plans seemed short, the subsequent news of Nine Inch Nails reformation for the road should have provided some serious consolation. Especially considering the new additions to the live band: Jane's Addiction's Eric Avery, King Crimson's Adrian Belew, and Josh Eustis of Telefon Tel Aviv. Fans of all things Trent Reznor will have plenty of lovely spirals to dive into. And now we know a couple of NIN dates to look forward to.Reznor's most famous band will be among those (Björk included) to play Japan's 17th annual Fuji Rock Festival, which runs July 26 through 28.

  • Senator Marco Rubio Tupac Lil Wayne Biggie Hip-Hop Republican

    Republican Senator Marco Rubio Agrees That Lil Wayne Is No Tupac

    Republican senator Marco Rubio has already made it quite clear that he's a learned Tupac Shakur fan. Earlier this month the Florida congressman defended his preference of the Death Row rapper over Notorious B.I.G., explained why Pitbull represents but a shadow of hip-hop's culturally rich past, and even went as far as to chastise those who characterized so-called gangsta MCs as purveyors of violence rather than, in his words, "reporters."Now he's weighed in on Lil Wayne's recent assertion that he, Weezy, is the new 'Pac — at the urging of a TMZ "reporter," of course. Rubio was not only ready with a quick response, he even knew the origin of the claim: Wayne's NBA All-Star Weekend rant."Lil Wayne's Lil Wayne," he said while on the move in an airport. "I think he's in a beef with Miami Heat too. There's only one Tupac. It's a different time. Tupac lived in a different time.

  • Queen Freddie Mercury Grave Ashes Scattered Found Kensal Green

    Freddie Mercury's Mystery Grave May Have Been Discovered

    More than 21 years after the legendary Queen singer died, Freddie Mercury's final resting place may have been discovered. Though it has long been known that his remains were cremated after he passed in November of 1991, the fate of his ashes has long been unknown. But fans have now discovered a plaque in a West London cemetery that clearly memorializes the deeply missed musician."In Loving Memory of Farrokh Bulsara, 5 Sept. 1946 - 24 Nov. 1991," reads the small dedication, "Pour Etre Toujours Pres De Toi Avec Tout Mon Amour - M." Mercury changed his name from Bulsara shortly after forming Queen in 1971.

  • My Morning Jacket John Denver 'Leaving on a Jet Plane' Cover Tribute

    My Morning Jacket Sweetly Cover John Denver's 'Leaving on a Jet Plane'

    Beloved singer-songwriter John Denver may not be a frequently name-checked influence on today's current crop of legends in the making, but his shadow looms large over any hoping to craft pop-leaning Americana or folk. To wit, an impressive array of artists have gathered to pay respect to the man on the forthcoming ATO Records compilation The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver.The talent roster ranges from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros ("Wooden Indian") to J Mascis and Sharon Van Etten ("Prisoners") to Dave Matthews ("Take Me to Tomorrow").

  • AlunaGeorge 'Attracting Flies' Body Music

    Hear AlunaGeorge's Sly, Upbeat Dis 'Attracting Flies'

    Aluna Francis and George Reid landed on our Best New Artists list last May for their "submerged, often twisted pop music that's grimy, not glossy" and which looks fondly back (like so many do these days) on the R&B of the '90s. Their You Know You Like It EP was aptly titled indeed. We've since heard the AlunaGeorge sound bent in the direction of Deebs' trappy trip-hop, rearranged to the rhythms of Frank Ocean's "Thinking Bout You," and folded into a sizzling nü-house jam courtesy of Disclosure.

  • Scarlett Johansson Band One and Only Singles Go-Gos

    Scarlett Johansson Has a Go-Go's-Style Girl Band Called the One and Only Singles

    Scarlett Johansson is that rare actor who has what one could genuinely refer to as an actual music career. That's not to say the results are always genuinely good — see her 2008 album of Tom Waits covers Anywhere I Lay My Head — but there have been some highlights over the years. In fact SPIN's own Marc Hogan laid them out last April in his "Match Points" piece ranking the starlet's unlikely musical pairings from best to worst.Well, it looks like he'll need to get to work on a new list already. As Noisey reports, ScarJo professed her love for the Go-Go's on Live With Kelly and Michael Monday morning and explained that she's started an all-girl band called the One and Only Singles. One has to wonder if she's reached out to any members now or former of the Vivian Girls, since that's kind of the usual prerequisite for these things.

  • Major Lazer 'Watch Out For This (Bumaye)' Free the Universe

    Hear Major Lazer's Murderous Moobahton Blaster 'Watch Out for This (Bumaye)'

    Sure Major Lazer was planning on delivering a new album today — the incredibly guest-stuffed Free the Universe — but the blaster-armed bereted brotha probably ran into a horde of intergalactic zombie-vampires that needed a serious licking. Also, the cartoon hero's producer pal Diplo has been busy dropping booty-clappin' bangers, launching an ambitious new YouTube channel, and giving Usher a reason to grin. Plus, the Lazer Strikes Back Vol. 1 mixtape is helping to tide us over, so an actual track from the album is just a cherry on top at this point."Watch Out for This (Bumaye)" is a party anthem for a post-apocalyptic shanty town where every third world sound has melded together into a single pulse-pounding beat. Jamaican dancehall star Busy Signal takes the lead vocal, while Moombahton producers the Flexican and FS Green assist.

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