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  • Damon Albarn BBC Time Capsule 90 Years

    Damon Albarn to Compose Audio Time Capsule for BBC's Big Anniversary

    Because he totally hasn't had enough to do — what with playing the Olympics with Blur, resuscitating Bobby Womack's career, trotting out Gorillaz for a massive collab, conducting a train full of African musicians, and rallying for music industry ethics — Damon Albarn will be curating an aural time capsule for BBC Radio in honor of the organization's 90th anniversary.The end result will be a three-minute global simulcast called "Radio Reunited" and will air on the BBC's entire network of local, network, and national stations, plus the World Service, on November 14 at 5.33 p.m. GMT, at the exact time of the British Broadcasting Company's first transmission in 1922. It is expected to be heard by as many as 120 million people.So what is it, exactly?

  • Bjork Mutual Core Geology Science

    Bjork Is the World's Weirdest Geology Teacher in 'Mutual Core'

    Used to be our dear Bjӧrk was content with hosting hot robotic Bjӧrk avatar on robotic Bjӧrk avatar action in her videos, but these days, while the world is hurtling ever closer toward singularity, well, she's feeling more organic. In the new Andrew Thomas Huang-directed video for Biophilia single "Mutual Core," our pagan heroine reinvents herself as the freakiest geology teacher the world's ever seen, standing waist-deep in an endless sandbox while singing about shuffling tectonic plates. She holds examples of the latter in her hands, squeezes them to her chest, and then plants them below, where they rise up as floating earth islands, eventually sprout Bjӧrk faces of their own, and subsequently attempt to sensually subduct one another. Naturally, this results in a fiery eruption of magma before things cool off and start all over again.

  • Ra Ra Riot Beta Love Album Tour

    Ra Ra Riot's Dancey 'Beta Love' Swaps Strings for Synths, Reinvents Band

    Ra Ra Riot reinvent themselves with their new single, "Beta Love," whose dance-pop bent is fueled by the egress of cellist Alexandra Lawn. The freshly pared down four-piece swaps its heady strings for corporeal synth, positioning the Syracuse crew for commercial breakthrough once again. "Beta Love" hails from an upcoming album of the same name (track list below), due out January 22 via Barsuk and recorded in Oxford, Mississippi, with producer Dennis Herring (Modest Mouse, Elvis Costello, Wavves). SPIN visited Ra Ra Riot in the studio back in May."We’d been used to arriving at a session with every song totally arranged and figured out," bassist Mathieu Santos said in a statement, "but in Oxford, a lot of the creative decision-making happened in the studio, on the fly. We wanted to be outside of our collective comfort zone for this record. We wanted to be open to new things happening.

  • Best Coast Do You Love Me Like You Used To Video

    Best Coast Drop Sunny 'Do You Love Me Like You Used To' Video

    Despite the fact the "Do You Love Me Like You Used To" is a total bummer, lyrically speaking, the The Only Place single by SPIN cover stars Best Coast gets a positively feel-good visual treatment in the new video by director Mariana Blanco. The song may be about reaching the end of a relationship, but the clip features fans presumably sharing their real-life love stories via adorable posterboard messages. Shot at the Santa Monica pier in sunny Southern California, the video revolves around live footage of Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno performing for a carnival crowd — also, at one point, it revolves vertically via ferris wheel. The band, who can also be seen shotgunning cheap beer at one point, brought "Do You Love Me Like You Used To" to Conan in September.

  • Cannibal Ox Reuninite for New York Show

    Cannibal Ox Reunite for New York Show

    Although Cannibal Ox crafted one of the most well-regarded albums of the early aughts' indie-rap movement — 2001's The Cold Vein — the cult-beloved Harlem duo has been relatively inactive since. Vast Aire and Vordul Mega have occasionally appeared on the same song, but not under that hallowed name, and never with the producer that gave their dystopic urban musing its perfect sonic shelter: El-P.While our friend Jamie Meline has vowed never to work with the pair again, Cannibal Ox are actually reuniting for a show at the Knitting Factory Brooklyn on December 9. As Brooklyn Vegan reports, the timing is right, with Company Flow's recent reunion jaunt and El-P's solo production for folks like Killer Mike and Mr.

  • The Evens 'The Odds' Album Stream

    The Evens Play 'The Odds': Stream the New Album From Ian MacKaye's Band

    Only 10 days ago, the Evens announced their long-delayed third album, The Odds, by sharing the low-flying but inarguably inspired new song, "King of Kings." That inaugural track was loaded with all of the sharp lyricism and post-punk minimalism you'd expect from this guitar, drum, and vocals duo who just happen to be the Warmers' Amy Farina and Fugazi/Minor Threat founder Ian MacKaye. Now, with The Odds due out November 20 via MacKaye's own Dischord Records, the Evens are streaming the entire via NPR (and below).

  • Jim James Solo 'Know Til Now' Android Disco

    Jim James Announces Solo LP With Android Disco Jam 'Know Til Now'

    Two bits of good news: A) My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James will be releasing his debut solo album titled Regions of Light and Sound of God on February 5 via ATO. B) You won't have to call him Yim Yames when he does. Actually, there's a third bit, and that's that the first taste of the new long-player, a beautifully bizarre sampledelic disco dream called "Know Til Now," sounds really good.James included a statement with the announcement: "I wanted the album to sound like it came from a different place in time," he said.

  • Purity Ring Lofticries Video

    Purity Ring's 'Lofticries' Video Surreally Explores Death, Birth

    Purity Ring's "Lofticries" was one of the first songs to put the swoony Canadian trap-pop duo on the map, and it sounds just as sweet on the group's debut LP Shrines, which Jessica Hopper described as "midnight-black disco sustenance ... especially live and fresh." The new video for the song — directed by AG Rojas (Jack White, Spiritualized, Earl Sweatshirt) — closely follows the movements of four seemingly unrelated people as they stumble upon strange situations without reacting in kind. The short debuted over at Pitchfork, where Rojas explained, rather stoically, "'Lofticries' is a music video exploring the stoicism of psychically connected characters confronted by surreal, climactic moments.

  • Chief Keef Kobe Video

    Chief Keef Thinks He's 'Kobe' in New Video

    The Los Angeles Lakers' may be half a season short of a swish so far, but that's not keeping Chicago rap riser Chief Keef from shouting out the team's perennially great star player in the video for his new song, "Kobe." The simple clip comes to us courtesy of director Hi-Def, known for helming clips by Soulja Boy and 50 Tyson, plus these nice white people's wedding, and features the weed-loving MC doing his thing in front of a Bentley between shots of L.A.'s Staples Center and a billboard featuring Kobe Bryant's face. Over an appropriately ratchet Young Chop beat, KC claims in the Based style that, "Since I signed with Jimmy Iovine, I think I'm Kobe." It's not quite the calling card that the raw, righteous "Love Sosa" was, but a step up from his recent Auto-Tuned forays, no doubt, and a helluva lot better than getting locked up for doing an interview with Pitchfork.

  • Brian Eno Roxy Music Reunion U2 ABBA

    Brian Eno: Roxy Music Reunion Will Never Happen, And Coldplay Are the New ABBA

    Despite being a legendary producer, co-founder of Roxy Music, and occasional fifth Talking Head, Brian Eno seems entirely uninterested in the idea of retirement. He's just released the new solo album LUX, which, as SPIN's Andy Beta explains, "leapfrogs back to the shimmering heights (or are they flats?) of the epochal ambient albums he made in the mid-'70s." And he's also got a freshly released iPad app called Scape, not too mention his recent spate of collaborative LPs with the likes of David Byrne, Jon Hopkins, and Rick Holland.

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