Chris Martins

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  • Lil B KeKe Cat Rap Based God

    Lil B and KeKe the Adopted Tabby Cat Drop World's First Feline Rap

    Were Sun Tzu alive today, we're pretty sure he'd thank the Based God for building a career around the element of surprise. Berkeley's Lil B has dropped a brand new single, in his way, and it's a red-hot collab with KeKe the Adopted Tabby Cat. Now, we know better than most that rap names have gotten weird over the last couple of years, so you'd be forgiven for guessing that KeKe is a tertiary member of Odd Future. Forgiven, but still wrong.Though we cannot vouch for the nature of her exact pedigree, it's quite clear that KeKe is an actual cat. The track itself, produced by Lil B, is an electro-noise loop whose Public Enemy-like dissonance is calmed by the, um, vocal performances recorded over it: Lil B talking sweetly to his feline friend, and KeKe coming in hard with some serious purr. Here's an example.

  • Bird By Snow Peering Out Video

    See Bird By Snow's Shamanistic 'Peering Out' Video

    Fans of second-wave K Records folkists like Microphones, Karl Blau, and Little Wings will not be disappointed by the quietly growing output of Bird by Snow, a.k.a. Big Sur resident Fletcher Tucker. The natural beauty of the California coastline has much in common with the further reaches of the Pacific Northwest, which may be what gives Tucker's ruminative work its particular uplift. It's certainly a factor seized upon in the video for "Peering Out," a percussively blessed study in shamanistic songcraft that hails from the latest Bird by Snow album, Offering. The clip is actually split into six frames, with Tucker tending to his campfire in the bottom middle. Around him, each of the five remaining portions is filled with a distinct habitat of Big Sur. Within each of those, choreographer Em Gift invents a dance for each element of the song.

  • Bruno Mars Moonshine Stream

    Hear Bruno Mars (Unofficially) Imitate Michael Jackson in 'Moonshine'

    Bruno Mars delivered a pretty in-the-glove impression of Michael Jackson last month when he hosted Saturday Night Live. He also caricatured Green Day's embattled frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, but that won't help inform your opinion of his newly surfaced Unorthodox Jukebox track, "Moonshine," in which Mars channels the King of Pop with a markedly more reverent aplomb. Super-producer Mark Ronson returns for this one after helping the Honolulu-raised crooner channel Sting (perhaps unintentionally) on single "Locked Out of Heaven," here providing a slightly '80s-informed backing track colored by flanged guitar notes and moody chord progressions. While we were slightly disappointed to learn that the song was not, in fact, an ode to bootleg liquor, Mars' lyrics intoxicate in their own way, longing for the high water mark of a relationship that now seems impossible to reach.

  • Ulrich Schnauss A Long Way to Fall Video Album

    Ulrich Schnauss Has 'A Long Way to Fall' in New Video and Album

    German googaze producer and unintential Chinese Democracy contributor Ulrich Schnauss is set to release his first solo album since 2007's Goodbye. A Long Way to Fall is due February 12 via Domino and, according to a statement from the artist, marks a full return to synthlandia after a momentary detour into guitartown via a pair of collabs with the gentle Englishmen of Engineers. Our first taste comes with the titular song, a quiet storm revision that stretches gauzy keyboard textures over rounded bass bumps. The corresponding video, directed by Russian-born visual artist Nat Urazmetova, a.k.a. Hidden Shine, captures various trees and lights in a seemingly mist-addled pre-dawn beach scene. There is indeed lots of synthesizer, plus little blurts and blips of more traditional IDM, which seems in line with Schnauss' announcement.

  • Mikky Ekko Clams Casino Pull Me Down Video

    Mikky Ekko and Clams Casino Get Goopy in 'Pull Me Down' Video

    "Pull Me Down" is a strange but enticing proposition: recent RCA signee Mikky Ekko plying radio-ready blue-eyed soul over the woozy, bass-addled sonics of producer Clams Casino. Perhaps this Nashvillian's pretty mug is the face of PBR&B 3.0? Or would that image belong to the far weirder profile of Alt-J? Whatever's going on here, James Blake better get on board before the train he was once set to conduct leaves the station. In terms of exposure, Ekko has got a real jump on the competition — he duets with Rihanna on the elegiac Unapologetic track "Stay," playing the piano-plinking Chris Martin to her, well, Rihanna circa Mylo Xyloto. But the guy's approach isn't 100 percent pop. There's a lot of darkly mottled goop in the mix, made literal in the video for "Pull Me Down," and a taste for chilly electronics that may make him a cousin to Sufjan Stevens collaborator Son Lux.

  • Moonface Siinai Headed for the Door Video

    Moonface Head for the Lighthouse 'Door' in Stirring Time-Lapse Video

    Former Wolf Parade member Spencer Krug has busied himself with all manner of fringe-leaning projects in the past few years, but none has held our ears so captive as his latest Moonface LP, the SPIN Essential'd With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery. David Bevan described the breakup album as "a headlong, electric leap into a pit of despair so black and bottomless as to be indefinable, like the ocean floor."The new video for eight-minute dirge "Headed for the Door" doesn't do much to brighten up that description. Of course, we don't mind. The Marsha Balaeva-directed clip combines gorgeously stark black-and-white photography of a seaside town with clutch animated bits, making for a magic-infused time-lapse piece celebrating the illuminating qualities of lighthouses and literature.

  • Interpol Roland Demo Turn Out the Bright Lights

    Interpol Share Angular 'Roland' Demo From 'Bright Lights' 10th Anniversary Set

    In SPIN's recent interview with Interpol on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of their vaunted debut, Turn On the Bright Lights, guitarist Daniel Kessler told us, "People don't necessarily realize that the first album was the culmination of five years of work. We'd been playing around New York for a long time without getting anywhere. When we signed with Matador, we would've been thrilled with selling 10,000 copies. We just wanted someone to pay attention."A full decade later and we're anticipating the classy commemorative reissue of that album — complete with a bonus disc of B-sides and demos, and a DVD of early aughts performances — due December 4, via Matador of course.

  • Kurt Cobain Exhibition Thurston Moore Miami

    Thurston Moore Headlines Kurt Cobain Exhibition in Miami

    Courtney Love has shot down rumors of a full-fledged Nirvana musical as well as Crossfire Hurricane director Brett Morgan's Kurt Cobain documentary. On December 6, however, Miami's Gusman Center will play host to smaller, artier versions of both, along with a headlining set by Thurston Moore, via KURT, "a multi discipline exhibition and study of the late Kurt Cobain."Act one will comprise a short film also called KURT (doubly fitting), "an abstract portrayal of the personality and many masks of the myth," directed by contemporary artist Adarsha Benjamin, who has also worked on some weird James Franco shit not to be confused with his band Daddy or recent foray into music videos via R.E.M.

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    Bieber Love and Old Blood: Behind the Scenes at 2012's American Music Awards

    Brandy plays World of Warcraft and Justin Bieber is kind of amazing. Oh, and EDM "is the hottest new thing in music," if you didn't know. Devote your pre-Thanksgiving Sunday to the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards, and this is the sort of knowledge you will gain. SPIN went to the mountain, and when we asked Cyndi Lauper what her hopes were for music in 2013, she toddled forward and dipped backward like some sort of New Wave shaman before answering thusly: "Music." Clearly, not all revelations are created equal.It should be noted that while we visited with Mrs. Lauper on the red carpet outside of Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre, the aforementioned mount was actually the top of the facility's West Garage — yes, an open-air parking barracks covered with a massive canopy, fitted with a complex matrix of curtains-as-walls, and converted into the bustling home of the AMAs press corps.

  • Cannibal Ox The Cold Vein New Album

    Cannibal Ox Promise Follow-up to Indie-Rap Classic Album 'The Cold Vein'

    On Tuesday, we learned that early aughts indie-rap icons Cannibal Ox are reuniting for a rare show in New York at the Knitting Factory Brooklyn on December 9. We'd expressed hope for one of those nifty full-album tours where long-lost groups perform the record that everyone loves them for and skip on all the wack shit, but it now seems we'll get something even better (or maybe some real wack shit): a brand new CanOx album.That original beloved full-length, of course, would be 2001's The Cold Vein, which features some really great metaphors about a "metallic winged pigeon." Fittingly, this new news comes courtesy of rap-oriented blog Pigeons and Planes, who spoke with in-group philosopher, Vast Aire. "We never broke up," he said, "but the timing is now right for a new Cannibal Ox LP.

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