Chris Martins

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  • Dan Deacon 'Konono Ripoff No. 1' Record Store Day

    Hear Dan Deacon's 'Konono Ripoff No. 1,' a Record Store Day Tribute to the DRC

    Dan Deacon joins the impressive spate of awesome artists doing Record Store Day exclusives — Pussy Galore, Jack White, MGMT, and Black Lips to name a precious few — with typically culture-jamming aplomb. They guy who recently mashed up Grimes with Gangnam Style and used warped workout footage for a music video will release a 7-inch single for the song, "Konono Ripoff No. 1." The track is of course named after Congolese percussion posse Konono No. 1, famous for their heavily distorted mbira-powered compositions. Deacon's song, streaming below, certainly sounds inspired by the group's sound, though it's also as drug-damaged and smile-twisted as you'd expect. The single will actually feature two versions of "Ripoff," with drummers Kevin O'Meara and Jeremy Hyman on side A and drummers Denny Bowen and Dave Jacober on side B.

  • Amazon Vinyl AutoRip Free MP3s

    Amazon Offers Free MP3s to 15 Years of Vinyl Customers

    Back in January, Amazon launched its AutoRip program, which gives customers free digital copies of the CDs that they buy using the site. As of today, the online consumer hub is extending the service to vinyl fans as well. What's more, if you've ever purchased physical albums in either format from Amazon, who opened their music store in 1998, your dusty old stacks may be up for digitizing as well.Users of the Amazon Cloud Player will find all new purchases instantly uploaded to their online music cache where the individual songs are available for both streaming and downloading in high-quality 256 kbps MP3 form. Older albums can be added as long as they are eligible for AutoRip — a press release boasts "thousands of titles ...

  • Rick Ross Rape Lyric Apology Twitter Reebok UOENO Rocko

    Rick Ross' Latest 'Apology' Proves He Still Doesn't Understand Meaning of Rape

    Rick Ross, you can do better. That sentiment has been the overwhelming response from fans of the Maybach Music Group CEO to a tweet that he sent out this morning (April 4) seemingly attempting to end his latest controversy by faking an apology. The Bawse has come under fire for a lyric on Rocko's "U.O.E.N.O." in which he brags about drugging a woman and sleeping with her: "Took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain't even know it."Last week Ross was given a chance to speak on the issue in an interview with New Orleans radio station Q93.3 and he completely dropped the ball.

  • Bibio Silver Wilkinson Video Sampler Songs Album Stream

    Preview Bibio's 'Silver Wilkinson' Album, an Organic Electronic Dream

    British beatsmith and dream-pop producer Bibio is prepping his seventh album for a May 14 release. We're still not sure what a Silver Wilkinson is, but everything we've heard thus far suggests that it has a proclivity for gorgeous combinations of acoustic instrumentation and electronic modulation, with an emphasis on the kind of forward-thinking sonics that continue to power the Warp Music label. Above, Bibio has crafted a three-minute trip through the new LP's track list, accompanied by purty visuals that play off of the album's artwork.

  • Flying Lotus Adventure Time A Glitch Is a Glitch About That

    Hear Flying Lotus' Blissfully Glitchy 'Adventure Time' Closing Credits Song

    Flying Lotus is a known fan of the cartoon kingdom. His rap villain alter-ego Captain Murphy could testify to that (though you'd have to drink the cult Kool-Aid first), but his history has been intertwined with animation from the beginning. The man born Steven Ellison got his big break making bumper music for Adult Swim, so it's only right that he give back to the fantasy world that's given him so much.Cartoon Network's Adventure Time is a favorite in Los Angeles' beat-based underground (Tyler, the Creator and Baths are known fanboys), and FlyLo composed a new track for the end credits of the most recent episode, "A Glitch Is a Glitch." Experimental artist David O'Reilly wrote, directed, and animated the particularly surreal installment of the series (the A.V.

  • James Blake RZA Big Boi 'Take a Fall For Me' 'Every Day I Rain'

    Hear James Blake Collab with RZA, Sample Big Boi on Two New 'Overgrown' Leaks

    James Blake's Overgrown is due out April 9 — less than a week away — which means the English producer-singer is probably in a rush to stream the precious few tracks we haven't yet heard from the thing. The doomingly sexy "Retrograde" arrived with an earth-shattering video. "Digital Lion" arrived with an assist from Brian Eno. Then came "Our Love Comes Back," and the trippy clip for "Voyeur." Now we've got one of the most anticipated songs in the set: "Take a Fall For Me," featuring RZA, which turns out to be a heartbreaking paean to a woman who plans on marrying another man. The Wu-Tang Clan master spits some serious emotion between pained blurts from Blake and stormy atmospherics.

  • Infectious Groove Reunion Faith No More Orion Festival

    Infectious Groove Reunite With Faith No More Guitarist Jim Martin for Orion Music Festival

    Metallica's Orion Music + More festival is coming in hot. After leaving behind Atlantic City for the blank urban-ish canvas that is Detroit, the band revealed headliners Deftones and Red Hot Chili Peppers, plus supporting SPIN faves like Death Grips, FIDLAR, and Japandroids, and announced a series of "lifestyle" events including a Vans half-pipe and a Metallica museum. A new press release touts the addition of Rocket From the Crypt, Vista Chino, and Dead Sara, but that's not all.Fans of all things hard and funky have got something else to look forward to: a bona fide original-member reunion of early '90s supergroup Infectious Grooves. Well, except for guitarist Adam Siegel. Which is fine, because they've wrangled former Faith No More ax-man Jim Martin to take his place. As for the rest of the posse? Suicidal Tendencies singer Mike Muir and guitarist Dean Pleasants.

  • Snoop Lion Miley Cyrus 'Ashtrays and Heartbreaks'

    Hear Snoop Lion and Miley Cyrus Fill Up 'Ashtrays' Over 'Heartbreaks'

    To borrow from the lyrics of "Ashtrays and Heartbreaks," is there any possibility that anyone feels like Miley Cyrus? You know, that nagging "my buzz is gone and I need to re-up on reality" vibe? Thankfully, Doggfather Snoop Lion totally gets it — that's why he's rolling blunt after blunt after blunt after blunt. After all, this is a song about mourning.

  • Joss Stone Murder Beheading Plot Convicted Kevin Liverpool Junior Bradshaw

    Joss Stone's Would-Be Killers Convicted in Botched Beheading Plot

    The two men who'd plotted to rob, kill, and behead English soul singer Joss Stone have been found guilty. Kevin Liverpool, 35, is being sent away for life (with a minimum of 10 years and 8 months) and Junior Bradshaw's sentencing is yet to be determined, though is expected to be less severe. The evidence was overwhelmingly against the defendants, who like the bumbling would-be Bieber-castrators before them, totally botched the job.The pair were arrested in June of 2011 near Stone's country home in Devon after a series of events derailed their plans. After having set out from their shared Manchester flat at 2 a.m., they stopped for gas at dawn. Upon leaving, they not only failed to pay but wound up bouncing off of a guard rail and smashing into a construction vehicle.

  • Death Grips SXSW Live Video Set

    See All of Death Grips' Chaotic Thrill-Ride of a SXSW Set

    If you didn't make it to Austin this year for South By Southwest but count yourself among SPIN's loyal readership, then you probably know what you missed. As Charles Aaron put it, Death Grips' set was filled with "chaotically thrilling what-the-fuckness." Oh, but he went on: "MC Ride's mad-prophet rants were accompanied by a barrage of both digital beats from an elaborate stage set-up as well as live, Skyped-in (!) drums from the duo's driving force Zach Hill."Thanks to the presence of a handful of headcams, the Sacramento noise blasters were able to capture the event and issue the fiercely disorienting "Lock Your Doors" video, but Boiler Room TV does them one better by releasing the entire 33-minute set in crisply captured HD.

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