Chris Martins

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  • mumford and sons babel grammys billboard chart

    Who Charted? Mumford's Towering 'Babel' Gets Big Grammys Boost

    First! SPIN hopes you're happy, America. You wanted "prissy shambling" and "polite hoedowns" all wrapped up in a "bland but biblically titled" package and boy, did you ever get it. Yes, Mumford and Sons' Babel is back at No. 1 having followed up their Grammy win for album of the year with a 185,000 additional albums sold. Of course, it's not entirely your fault. The fix must have been in, because the band not only offered its second record as a Valentine's Day discount via iTunes (o, Cupid, still thy bow), but prepped two different deluxe versions: one a Target exclusive featuring three live tracks, and the other the widely available Gentlemen of the Road edition featuring 12 concert songs.

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    M.I.A. Accuses Grammys of Stealing Something She Never Owned

    M.I.A. has accused the Grammys of stealing the concept of squares from her. Or is it neon lights? Performing on stage? Really, it's unclear, but it seems she's upset that the awards show's tribute to Bob Marley framed its all-star cast with colorful luminescent tubes totally inspired by vintage signage a concert that she gave in January.

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    WTF Is Billy Corgan Doing in This Ridiculous Furniture Commercial?

    At a certain point, Billy Corgan's world became less like a vampire and more like an oyster stuffed with costume pearls. He's been a tea madame, a freelance lumberjack, a music critic, a cult leader, Mr. Tila Tequila and, perhaps best of all, a pro wrestling commissioner. That most inexplicable latter designation comes into play in the above video — a commercial for a Chicago furniture vendor starring Billy and his Resistance Pro wrestlers.When the clip begins, we see Corgan and three suited gentlemen participating in the "Musical Chairs Finals," which happen to be taking place in a wrestling ring. The dapper dudes are the Walter E.

  • Morrissey Staples Center McDonald's Vegetarian PETA Paul McCartney

    Reports of Morrissey's Meatless Concert Coup Greatly Exaggerated

    On Monday, Morrissey's camp announced that "all vendors within and around" Los Angeles' Staples Center arena "will be 100 percent vegetarian" for Moz's sold-out March 1 concert therein. After the news spread on Tuesday, the venue issued its own report which suggested a different story: that they will be "adding a variety of vegetarian food items to those already offered" and that they're suggesting their neighbors do the same, plus offering PETA space for an info booth."As we have done in the past, we are happy to create a menu with a greater variety of vegetarian items for our guests who prefer these types of options," said Staples senior VP and general manager Lee Zeidman in the statement . It's worth noting that the arena was recently named PETA's "most vegetarian-friendly" NBA venue.

  • Diplo Ellie Goulding 'Butter's Theme' Video

    Ellie Goulding Gets Down in Diplo's Booty-Clappin' 'Butter's Theme' Video

    Not to be outdone by her hip indie-ish American counterpart Sky Ferreira (who appears in the brand new video for DIIV's "Wait"), English star Ellie Goulding makes a cameo in the just-out clip for Diplo's "Butter's Theme." The digitally enhanced Reuben Dangoor-directed video features a seemingly endless array of balaclava-bedecked dancers displaying their moves, plus signs that say "yo" in drippy Odd Future-style graffiti. We witness glittery explosions, faces within faces, pinwheeling women, and a handful of scenes that appear to be inspired by Lebowski's "Gutterballs" trip.

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    Watch Miguel's Spiritually Searching 'Candles in the Sun' Video

    We've seen Miguel "Adorn" Letterman, Leno, NPR's Tiny Desk, and SPIN's 40 Best Songs of 2012 list — oh, and the freaking Grammys — so perhaps the time is ripe for something fresh from the man's Essential second album Kaleidoscope Dream (which, sheesh, happened to rank quite high in our 50 Best Albums of 2012 rundown). For his next trick, the Alt R&B maestro is sharing a video for the spiritually searching LP-ender "Candles in the Sun," a nearly ambient track whose tense deployment is well met by the striking black-and-white visuals seen above. We see guns and rosaries, prayer rugs and American flags, the homeless and the handcuffed, addicts and soldiers. Meanwhile, Miguel sings, "Is there a god? / Is he watching? Is she watching?

  • DIIV Sky Ferreira Wait Video NSFW Oshin

    DIIV's 'Wait' Video Features Sky Ferreira, Rainbows, Boobs

    Ah, the charmed life of DIIV. The new video for the neo-shoegaze band's "Wait" depicts a world filled with impressive rainbows, garden nudity, Sky Ferreira, makeout parties, rock shows, and kaleidoscopic visions. Director/photographer Sandy Kim films the entire thing in Super 8, lending the images the same warm, hazed-out hue that colors this standout track from the Brooklyn band's 2012 LP, Oshin. As Fader points out, via some Instagram reportage, Ferreira is the current sweetheart of main man Zachary Cole Smith, plus Kim (who happens to be drummer Colby Hewitt's girlfriend) was stoned while she edited the clip, which — due to the presence of booties, boobs and, yech, bodily fluids — is decidedly NSFW. As previously reported, DIIV are set to do Coachella and Bonnaroo this year.

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    Hear Thalia Zedek's Gorgeous Slowcore Blues 'Walk Away'

    Thalia Zedek is well into her fourth decade as a rock'n'roll poet and purveyor of shredded blues, and this stands to be a banner year for the Boston native. In May, the estimable Matador Records will reissue her most well-loved band's influential 1992 debut, Eleven: Eleven by Come. But before that happens, the former frontwoman of Live Skull, Uzi and the rest has plans to deliver her first solo album in five years (also her fifth solo album), Via, due March 19 on Thrill Jockey. The label explains that the LP was written in two distinct sessions — one with Come drummer Daniel Coughlin, and later with Son Volt skinsman Dave Bryson. Considering its heart-wrenching slowcore crawl, "Walk Away" could have certainly come from the second period.

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    Mr. Grohl's Cabinet of Wonder

    So, this happened: Stevie Nicks, microphone in hand, accompanied by Dave Grohl on acoustic guitar, performs "Landslide" to a packed house in Park City, Utah, while snow banks pile up against the building's outward-facing walls, as if stretching to see inside, only to wither into water at Nicks' heart-melting voice.In honor of his Sound City documentary on the Van Nuys, California recording studio of the same name, first-time director, former Nirvana drummer, and full-time Foo Fighter Dave Grohl had called forth, on this brisk night, his incredibly star-studded new band the Sound City Players — including everyone from Stevie Nicks to Rick Springfield to Slipknot's Corey Taylor.

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    David Bowie's Newest Single 'The Stars' Added to a Pile of Record Store Day Treasures

    With the due date for David Bowie's first album in a decade fast approaching, the endless interview chatter is giving way to more concrete news. Over the weekend, Ziggy Stardust's official Facebook page shared the cover art for a new single dubbed "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" along with a date: February 26, 2013. So while we'll get to hear the followup to "Where Are We Now?" rather soon, and full-length The Next Day will be released on March 12, fans will have something else to look forward to on April 20.Today, again via Facebook, Bowie's camp announced that they'll be releasing a limited edition 7-inch 45, in conjunction with Record Store Day, which will feature the newest song backed by the newish song. The double-sided single will join two other Bowie rarities in this year's RSD haul: the 1965! EP and a "Drive-In Saturday" picture disc.

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