Chris Martins

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  • Kanye West Rick Rubin Tribeca Acceptance Video Roland TR-808

    Watch Kanye West and Rick Rubin's Gonzo Tribeca Acceptance Speech

    Well, here's something star-studded and confusing. The Tribeca Film Festival is underway in New York City, but if you aren't familiar with its ins and outs, you may not be aware of the spinoff ceremony that's generated what you see above. The Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards "celebrates those whose ideas have broken the mold to create significant impact" and no one could reasonably argue that Kanye West and Rick Rubin don't fit into that category. But while those two appear in this acceptance video directed by none other than Mark Romanek (One Hours Photo, Johnny Cash's "Hurt"), they aren't the honorees. That, um, honor goes to the Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer, also known as the drum machine that forever changed the sound of rap. As Rubin says (via subtitle) in the gonzo piece above, "It continues to be responsible for new music some thirty years after its release...

  • Gonga Beth Gibbons Black Sabbath Sabbeth Video

    Portishead's Beth Gibbons Covers Black Sabbath on 'Black Sabbeth'

    Sometimes it's best to just let a work of art speak for itself. Above, you'll find a video for a song called "Black Sabbeth." It's Portishead's Beth Gibbons singing Black Sabbath's "Black Sabbath" (from the album, Black Sabbath) while English stoner-metal trio Gonga back her up. The visuals are clearly cribbed from some campy horror-movie classic — if you know which one, tell us so — and they fit oh-so-perfectly with that haunting voice and that dirging guitar, both of which seem to be uttering "Satan" with every little sound. Stereogum shared the thing, but do be sure to revisit SPIN's review of Portishead's 2009 return set, Third. Gibbons is working on a new solo album for Domino.

  • Dum Dum Girls Rimbaud Eyes Video Cartoon

    Dum Dum Girls Channel Jem & the Holograms in 'Rimbaud Eyes' Video

    In March, we saw Dum Dum Girls rip through "Rimbaud Eyes" at SPIN's own SXSW day party. Now we get the official video for that Too True album highlight, and replaces the live ferocity (which also captivated us at Coachella) with a gauzy, cool feel thanks to the animation commissioned by director Tamaryn. The pink-hued cartoon version of Dee Dee Penny and co. can't help but recall Jem and the Holograms, and the timing couldn't be better. While manager Scooter Braun and director Jon M. Chu catch flack for spearheading a film version of that '80s cartoon sans female input, here come Dum Dum, out to reclaim the legend. While you're at it, don't miss their gothy "Too True to Be Good" video, and the short film version of "Are You Okay" helmed by Bret Easton Ellis.See the Girls play SXSW:

  • Courtney Love 'Wedding Day' Music Video Preview Instagram

    Courtney Love Previews 'Wedding Day' Music Video

    Courtney Love surprised us yesterday with a ferocious new ripper of a single dubbed "You Know My Name." The album cover for that May 4 release also heralded the arrival of a second single, "Wedding Single," which was once (possibly still) slated to have a home on the track list of the Hole boss' (probably) solo album (tentatively) titled Died Blonde. On Wednesday, Love shared an Instagram video teasing a new music video that she's shooting, which seems to be for that still unheard nuptially focused song. As she says in the clip, "I'm supposed to look like an old Victorian doll crossed with a Dickensian character called Miss Havisham, who got abandoned on her wedding day at the altar and lived to be a hundred and ne—"At that point, the clip cuts out. But she did share two still photos from the set. See here:Director Maximilla Lukacs shared these: 

  • Lorde Flume 'Tennis Court' Remix Stream

    Flume Blesses Lorde's 'Tennis Court' With Wild Beats

    Australian beat-beast Flume has taken on Lorde's "Tennis Court." That's the "yeah" song for those not so good with titles, and Pure Heroine's opening track which is, as the 17-year-old New Zealand star explained at Coachella, about her angst over becoming an adult. And in case you've been hiding in an electronic-music-proof bunker (or not riding on EDM-blasting cruise ships), Flume is a rising/risen producer from Oz with a knack for chillstep textures, futuristic garage compositions, and eerily deep house pulsing. He's one half of the OWSLA duo What So Not and also an occasional Ghostface Killah collaborator. Below, he brings his diversely powerful touch (and quite possibly a horse's neighing) to Lorde's enticingly odd pop. Hit play:

  • Rob Ford Drake Toronto Raptors Bet NBA Playoffs

    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Bets a Drake CD Raptors Will Win NBA Playoffs

    Drake's been getting attention aplenty for his comments and appearances courtside during the NBA playoffs. One day he's accusing Jay Z of skipping the action to eat fondue plates; the next he's spotted obsessively lint-rolling his clothes in the arena, as a guy who digs fondue plates might. But this time, he's merely a footnote in another Toronto icon's basketball diaries — those of gleefully, um, cracked Toronto mayor Rob Ford.Turns out Ford made a friendly bet with Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, that his own Raptors would beat the latter's Nets. The ante? According to letters published by the Toronto Sun (below), the winner will be "receiving a CD of a favo(u)rite local artist." While Adams has not yet said which Brooklyn artist he favors, Ford has said that in the event of a loss for Toronto, he'll be sending Adams music by Drake ...

  • Fleet Foxes Robin Pecknold Return New Music College

    Fleet Foxes May Return, Robin Pecknold Suggests

    The gentle sleeping giant that is Fleet Foxes stirs once again, via Facebook. After releasing 2011's most beautiful album, Helplessness Blues, and starring on a SPIN cover, the Seattle band seemed to kinda dissolve. There was a score for a film about LOLcats; a tweet from leader Robin Pecknold that read, "Don't start a band"; and a successful solo career launched by former member Father John Misty. But Pecknold now reveals the unexpected truth behind the time off."I decided to go back to school," he wrote in a Facebook post. What's more, he says he's working on new music, though is careful not to make any promises regarding scheduling. Read the entire message below. Last we saw Pecknold's far-less bearded face, he has covering Pearl Jam's "Corduroy" on Late Night Jimmy Fallon.

  • Deadmau5 Arcade Fire Twitter Rant Computers Instruments

    Deadmau5 to Arcade Fire: 'Dafuqs Yer Problem' With Computers?

    As noted, Arcade Fire's Win Butler fired a couple of shots at Coachella's first weekend, one of which dug up the well-worn accusation that electronic artists aren't actual musicians. "Shout-out to all the bands still playing actual instruments at this festival," the Canuck orch-rock boss said, and it seems (self-aware) EDM godhead Deadmau5 had his fur ruffled by the comment. Wednesday afternoon, he wrote on Twitter, "shit to remember: A computer is a tool, not an instrument." It seemed perhaps he agreed with the Reflektor leader, but then the Mau5 tweeteth more:arcade fire needs to settle down. some dudes devote their lives to instruments, others to electronic composition by cpu, dafuqs yer problem?— deadmau5 (@deadmau5) April 23, 2014i dont expect to see daft punk pull a steve vai on stage...i expect to listen to some decent music, n see cool robots.

  • Ducksauce NRG Video A-Trak Quack Armand Van Helden

    Duck Sauce's 'NRG' Informercial Will Solve All Your Problems

    Say what you will about Duck Sauce's new album, Quack — when A-Trak and Armand Van Helden put their bills together to make a music video, it's an event. Los Angeles director Dugan O'Neal (TV on the Radio, the Temper Trap, Matt & Kim) taps into the '80s via an infomercial for the song's titular product: "NRG," a blue-green gunk that you can drink, spray, smear, or otherwise apply to your life in order to improve just about everything (warning: death may result). As host Jon Daly of Kroll Show posits to viewers at home: "You having trouble finding the beat? Now you can rock." Revisit the "It's You" clip on your way out. The "NRG" video premiered at BuzzFeed, who point out the song's sample source:

  • Tobacco NSFW Video Eric Wareheim 'Streaker' BMSR

    Tobacco and Eric Wareheim's 'Streaker' Video Is Full of Horrifying Nudity

    Black Moth Super Rainbow boss Tom Fec also does his damnedest to create ugly/beautiful beatwork via his Tobacco alias. He's got a new album out on Ghostly International May 13, Ultima II Massage, which showcases his twisted pop vision quite nicely. But the Eric Wareheim-directed video above makes the vibe all the more visceral. The "Streaker" clip takes place at the LP's fictional titular parlor — "A family-run business," says the terrifying man in the beginning — which isn't a place to get one's muscles rubbed so much as have your brain put into a psychological blender. Sex, drugs, and violence reign in this very NSFW visual from the strange mind that co-helmed Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Wareheim also appeared in the Kickstarter clip for BMSR's last one, Cobra Juicy.

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