Chris Martins

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  • Tyler, the Creator Boulder Colorado Key to the City Lester Bangs

    Tyler, the Creator Awards Himself the Key to the City of Boulder

    Odd Future mastermind Tyler, the Creator took a break from tweeting about his farts today to share a video in which he is awarded the key to the city of Boulder, Colorado. Sort of. The ridiculous clip is obviously a guerrilla effort, but it's impressive (and hilarious) nonetheless.In the short film, producer and cameraman Lance Bangs asks, "Why Boulder?," to which the rapper-turned-commercial-director simply responds, "Ah, I'm from here." Tyler, of course, was raised in Los Angeles, but he still gets the kind of hero's welcome a returning son deserves. In the back seat of a Suburban affixed with a Golf Wang-styled city seal, he arrives downtown to find his color guard in place — young folks in OF-issue yellow hoodies. When his procession stops, Tyler proceeds on foot, turns a corner, and finds a ramshackle marching band waiting for him.

  • Bon Jovi What About Now Baauer Harlem Shake Billboard Chart

    Who Charted? Bon Jovi, But We Only Really Care About Dave Grohl and Bowie

    First! Apropos of nothing, Bon Jovi have released a widely panned new album that you didn't buy. But 101,000 other people did buy it, according to Nielsen SoundScan, so What About Now is currently the No. 1 album in the country. The Billboard chart-topping champion finds the aging rawk band "splic[ing] elements of U2, contemporary country, Coldplay, finger-plucked folk, and, yes, Bruce Springsteen into a monochromatic dirge," according to Allmusic. Come on. Like SPIN was gonna review that one:2 to 10: David Bowie is in at No. 2 with a long-player we actually did weigh in on. Although our scribe Alfred Soto called The Next Day "an album that didn't need to be made," we're glad that 85,000 humans disagreed enough to purchase the thing and give the Duke a late-career bump.

  • Death Grips 'Lock Your Doors' No Hands Video SXSW

    See Death Grips' Disorienting Head-Cam and Skype-Shot 'Lock Your Doors'

    Death Grips' mysterious "No Hands" YouTube series has culminated in a powerfully disorienting music video for NO LOVE DEEP WEB track "Lock Your Doors." As SPIN's own Charles Aaron reported, the Sacramento rap usurpers were stashing some tricks up their sleeves for their Saturday South By Southwest (DXDG, if you prefer) set. Zach Hill beamed in his furious drumming live via Skype, and the fellas onstage were sporting some high-tech goggles. As it turns out, the headgear (employed by Hill as well) contained cameras — hence, "no hands" — whose frenzied footage was later edited together to create the clip you see above.Early on you can hear Hill saying, "I hope it's loud enough," but with Death Grips that's never really a problem.

  • PSY 'Assarabia' Change Lyrics Offend Arab World

    PSY Avoids International Outcry By Not Calling His New Song 'Assarabia'

    With PSY's "Gangnam Style" having fallen out of favor and its replacement (Baauer's "Harlem Shake") already on the decline, the horse-dancing star would be smart to make as many friends as possible. As it turns out, he's prepping a new song whose title is a South Korean slang expression of excitement (I.E. "Oh yeah!"). That sounds like a great idea — a pint-sized culture bridge, perhaps — until you take in the term's English pronunciation: "Assarabia."Obviously the word looks a bit different in its native form. The actual meaning "suggests no ethnicity or body part," AP helpfully explains, while NBC News says that some of the trouble could stem from the fact that there's no "V" equivalent in the Korean alphabet.

  • Michelle Shocked Anti-Gay Rant Show Cancellation Prop 8 Homophobia

    Michelle Shocked Is 'Damn Sorry' for Rant, Doesn't Actually Think God Hates Homosexuals

    Michelle Shocked has issued a pair of statements regarding her controversial rant at a Sunday night San Francisco concert.

  • Danny Brown Paul White 'Street Lights' Single Dabrye Remix

    Hear Danny Brown and Paul White's 'Street Lights,' a Dystopian Rap Dream

    Another day, another excellent set of verses served up by SPIN Hottest MC Danny Brown. On Tuesday, we heard the Detroit star reprise his "Blunt After Blunt" persona for the darkly tinted trunk-rattler, "Kush Coma," and before that it was "#HottestMC," a menacing dismissal of those who'd make a grab for his crooked crown. Now we've got a forthcoming single from psych-rock-obsessed London producer Paul White, "Street Lights."The dystopian track is the perfect landscape for Brown's bleak but chest-puffing rhymes.

  • Kendrick Lamar Swimming Pools Blood Diamonds Remix

    Blood Diamonds Drown Kendrick Lamar's 'Swimming Pools' in Bassy Goo

    Hot on the heels of the fire-flinging "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe" remix featuring Jay-Z, we get to hear an outside take on one of the many highlights that SPIN Hottest MC Kendrick Lamar delivered with his list-topping 2012 LP good kid, m.A.A.d. city. This extra goopy, bass-wobbling version of "Swimming Pools (Drank)" comes courtesy of Grimes affiliate and 4AD signee Blood Diamonds. Though the former video game designer born Mike Tucker doesn't add any vocals of his own to this revision, he has a field day with Kendrick's, warping the Compton MC's words into warbling alien transmissions. Looking for bona fides? The Los Angeles via Toronto via Kansas City producer has provided beats for Das Racist in the past, plus remixed Major Lazer, Ellie Goulding, and Niki & the Dove. In other words, the guy's got the chops to cut up a stellar song like this. 

  • SpaceGhostPurrp / Photo by Devin Christopher

    Hear SpaceGhostPurrp's Darkly Shining 'Starz'

    If SpaceGhostPurrp's 4AD debut Mysterious Phonk left you wanting for the bleakly banging lo-fi excursions that put the Floridian rap iconoclast on the map, well, you're in luck. In honor of his just launched tour, the Miami MC has gifted us with "Starz," a crunchy, unpolished slab of granite that confidently declares, "I ... am ... the nigga ... you wanna be." Leaking through the speakers like a vintage Bone Thugs cassingle caught on loop, the intensely rhythmic track is fleshed out by the rapper's hypnotic chants, which seem to summon a chorus of demonic doppelgängers who groan and toast along. "Said she go to church just to repent / Come back around me, now she wanna sin," Purrp hisses before asserting his dominance over everyone who's listening.

  • Dinosaur Jr. Shoe Keep J Mascis Purple Vegan

    Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis Designs Pimp-Purple Vegan Shoe

    Dinosaur Jr. frontman, Bless the Barn quietist (via Portlandia) and all-around gnarlmeister J Mascis has designed a very, very, very purple shoe for vegan footware house Keep. The limited-edition item will retail for $75 and come with an exclusive 7-inch picture disc featuring an unreleased Mascis song still to be announced. Pre-orders can be made now, but the purped-out pimp slipper isn't expected to ship until late June.In addition to all that lovely amaranthine softness, the shoe features an embroidered stripe styled after Mascis' signature guitar strap. The order page adds that, "sharing a deep respect for her compassionate work, Keep + Dinosaur Jr.

  • Jeremih Shlohmo 'Bo Peep (Do U Right)'

    Hear Jeremih and Shlohmo Deliver Dark R&B on 'Bo Peep (Do U Right)'

    At the top of the month, we shared studio footage of Chicago R&B singer Jeremih and Los Angeles bedroom beatist Shlohmo crafting a "Song From Scratch" for San Francisco video visionaries Yours Truly. Past entries to the series have found Danny Brown linking up with AraabMuzik, and Angel Haze collaborating with TNGHT's Lunice, but this latest installment is by far the most soulful. The pair's impromptu succulent slow jam can now be heard in full below, and it makes a clear case for these two working together on the regular. Shlohmo, who lovingly remixed Jeremih's "Fuck U All the Time" last year, provides a cavernous space filled with drippy effects, dramatic synths and skittering drums. Meanwhile, Jeremih lays down layers and layers of gorgeously swirling vocals promising the titular "Bo Peep" that he's gonna do her ("U") right.

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