Chris Martins

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    Who Charted? A$AP Rocky and Macklemore Score a Crap-Rap Double-Header

    First! Clearly benefitting from the classic SPIN Worst New Music bump (see Muse, Mumford and Sons, the Game, Wiz Khalifa, etc.), Harlem's own A$AP Rocky scored a definitive No. 1 Billboard 200 victory with his LP debut, LONG.LIVE.A$AP, moving a chunky 139,000 units according to Nielsen SoundScan. It seems people really do enjoy that "raw mush of sound that provides an appropriate and occasionally great backdrop for refreshing your Tumblr dashboard" after all. Congratulations, America, on the impending blogging boom! It's impossible to tell whether Mr. Rocky will indeed Live Long at the top of the mountain or make an ASAP egress, since the main force behind his current sales is the giant collabo "Fuckin' Problems," a song which not only fails to match the overall vibe of the set, but features its supposed star for a mere 40 seconds.

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    The Black Keys Sue More People for Soundjacking Their Signature Tunes

    We all know how much the Black Keys love to license their blues to any ad agency or film/TV music supervisor who can afford to have them. It turns out they're also happy to hand out the bah-humbugs to any entities foolish enough to think they can get away with faking the Akron boys' trademark sound. While Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney have a proven sense of humor when it comes to accusations that they've sold out (over and over again), nobody's laughing over the sacred status of their intellectual property, least of all casino developer Pinnacle Entertainment.The rub, according to the Hollywood Reporter, is that Pinnacle used a "soundalike" version of Brothers track "Howlin' for You" in at least two of its advertisements (since pulled down from YouTube).

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    Watch Dirty Projectors and J Mascis Rock 'Portlandia' Gently

    Portlandia stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein have been skewering rock's great clichés from the beginning — remember our October 2011 interview with the pair? — and they've had some impressive help along the way, from a ghostily materializing Jack White to a hot-airborne No Doubt. This week's forthcoming episode will feature cameos from gnarl-master general J Mascis and the SPIN Essential-dropping Dirty Projectors, both appearing in a sketch poking fun at the Pacific Northwest predilection for mellow music.At a "Battle of the Gentle Bands" in an Oregon park, Armisen leads a group called Featherwash whose droning folk-lite is helped along by DP main man David Longstreth. Next up is Bless the Barn, fronted by Brownstein and a shamanistic Mascis who strums faintly on an unplugged electric guitar. Their coup de grâce?

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    Win a Date With Guitar Goddess Marnie Stern

    File under: "evil marketing genius" and "things that are awesome/dangerous." Kill Rock Stars is offering a "release date date" with guitar goddess Marnie Stern. What does that mean exactly? Well, what it sounds like. One lucky fan will win, by application, an all-expenses-paid date with the noise-popper on March 19, the day that her new album The Chronicles of Marnia drops. Good news for the applicant pool: Miss Stern told SPIN in December that she's trying "to make things less nutso" these days. Bad news: You can't be a "total creep/stalker" and you must live in the New York City area.Along with the expected stuff, the application asks for a list of any anti-depressants you might currently be taking, and also for your ex-girlfriend's email address. Compliance is recommended as Marnie is, we can testify, a real catch.

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    Hear Vampire Weekend's Divinely Sprawling 'Arms'

    Vampire Weekend will release their third album, so far given the likely temporary moniker LP3, on May 7 via XL Recordings. The long-awaited long-player is, of course, among SPIN's 50 most anticipated albums of 2013, and with good reason. When we spoke to the New York quartet earlier this month, multi-instrumentalist and in-band producer Rostam Batmanglij promised something "instinctive ... simple and bare" so that listeners can "hear us coming through the speakers." Last year's Jimmy Kimmel Live! debut of "Unbelievers" certainly seemed in line with that preview, emphasizing acoustic strum, piano play, and simple drums.

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    Irish Music Fans Are Terrified, Lucius Malfoy Is a Dirty Prophet: Sundance in Short

    In Fear: Tom and Lucy have only been dating two weeks. He (Iain De Caestecker) is confident and also little awkward. She (Alice Englert) is mischievous and also a little nervous. They’re on their way to an Irish music festival which, sadly, we’ll never see or hear because Tom’s got other plans for them. Nothing so nefarious however — he just wants to get laid, so he rents them a room at a countryside hotel in advance and surprises Lucy with the news after a stop at the nearest pub. The thing is, someone else has other plans for Tom, and we’re not sure whom exactly. Could it have been a drunk jackass he pissed off at the watering hole? A gang of Straw Dogs-style townies out to emasculate him? Ireland’s own Norman Bates? The Blair Witch?

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    Toro y Moi Is 'Not Just a Kid Behind a Laptop': Chaz Bundick Sets the Record Straight

    With his new album Anything In Return (Carpark), out January 22, Toro y Moi's Chazwick Bundick proves once again that he's pigeonhole proof. Back in 2009, he and University of South Carolina classmate Ernest Greene, a.k.a. Washed Out, were credited with reinventing the nostalgic sound of summer via the oft-chuckled about, haze-happy chillwave genre. But after releasing his bedroom-born LP debut, Causers of This, Bundick was determined to be bigger than the blog lingo. He now admits 2011's bubbling psych-funk follow-up, Underneath the Pine, was a reaction to how he'd been perceived. "I was trying to be like, 'I'm not just a kid behind a laptop. I really like to play all these instruments.'"This time, however, he had nothing to prove to anyone but himself. Two summers ago Bundick moved to Berkeley, California, after living his entire life in Columbia, South Carolina.

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    Dave Grohl's Sound City Players Debut at Sundance Film Festival

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    Dave Grohl Hopes to Bring Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty on Sound City Tour

    If Dave Grohl gets his way, his mind-boggling Sound City Players supergroup will be playing shows in New York, London, and Sydney, among possible others, this year. That lineup would hopefully include Stevie Nicks and John Fogerty, Grohl told SPIN during an interview at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, on Saturday morning. He was discussing the band's debut performance Friday night when he mentioned future "shows." Plural?"New York, London, Sydney," he said. The Sound City Players — which also include Rick Springfield, Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen, Fear's Lee Ving, and the remaining members of Nirvana, among others — have one confirmed show on the horizon, at the Hollywood Palladium on January 31. "I realize it's crazy that I'm asking Stevie and Fogerty to go on the road with me, but I think they had fun last night, and everyone's been so enthusiastic.

  • EmptyMansions Lyra Sam Fogarino Duane Denison Interpol Jesus Lizard

    Hear EmptyMansions' 'Lyra,' Slack-Rock Psych from Interpol Drummer Sam Fogarino

    With the 10th anniversary of their breakthrough album in the rear view, the men of Interpol have been busying themselves with other work. Singer Paul Banks recently relaunched his solo career as simply Banks, and now Sam Fogarino is ready to share his debut as EmptyMansions. Though this is undoubtedly the Interpol drummer's project — he wrote these songs over the years while on the road with his other band — there are two other contributors who help to make EM's oddly bewitching sound what it is: Secret Machines bassist Brandon Curtis (who also sings backup, plays keys and serves as producer) and chameleonic axe-wielder Duane Denison (Tomahawk, Jesus Lizard, th' Legendary Shack Shakers).

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