Chris Martins

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  • Death Grips Dropped By Label Epic Records

    Death Grips Unsurprisingly Dropped By Label

    As SPIN reported on Wednesday, Sacramento noise-rap crew Death Grips have been doing just about everything in their power to get on the wrong side of their label, Epic Records. They canceled a major tour in the eleventh hour. They leaked their own album, NO LOVE DEEP WEB, without approval. They put a picture of a penis on the cover of said album. They told members of the press that Epic shut down their website, which probably wasn't true.And last but hardly least, on October 31 via Facebook, they shared a screen grab of a confidential infringement letter sent to the band by Epic's legal department on October 1, the day of NO LOVE DEEP WEB's illicit release.

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    Soundgarden Book Intimate 'King Animal' Shows

    Soundgarden are mere days away from unleashing their beast of a new album, King Animal, their first since 1996. In honor of the occasion, they've expanded their grand London live unveiling, adding a German gig and three intimate North American shows. We've already heard the furious "Been Away Too Long," bits of "Bones of Birds" and the explosive "Non-State Actor," of course, and the band has been playing out quite a bit since reuniting in 2010, so all signs point to these concerts being worth the 70-odd bucks that they'll likely cost. Tickets for "An Evening With Soundgarden" at New York's Irving Plaza on November 13, the day of the album's release, go on sale November 9 at 10 a.m. EST, but those who pre-order King Animal will have access to a presale starting a day early.

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    Bruno Mars Claims Addiction to 'Young Girls' in 'Unorthodox Jukebox' Ballad

    Hawaiian pop crooner Bruno Mars crushed his recent Saturday Night Live performance, thanks not only to his sneering Billie Joe Armstrong impression, but also to the pair of Unorthodox Jukebox songs he performed. There was the rather Sting-y "Locked Out of Heaven," of course, and a new one as well — "Young Girls," which can now be heard in all of its epic studio-recorded glory. Mars' second album is due out December 11, but the "Young Girls" single will hit iTunes on November 6. Mars' affinity for the words "young" and "wild" is now officially noted.Bruno Mars, Unorthodox Jukebox track list:1. "Young Girls"2. "Locked Out of Heaven"3. "Gorilla"4. "Treasure"5. "Moonshine''6. "When I Was Your Man"7. "Natalie"8. "Show Me"9. "Money Make Her Smile"10. "If I Knew"

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    Benjamin Gibbard Becomes a Bro in 'Teardrop Windows' Video

    Though he's got a firm stance on gay marriage, Death Cab for Cutie frontman Benjamin Gibbard is no one's definitition of a tough guy. (Even if he's earned bragging rights for his platinum-selling side project the Postal Service.) His brand new solo album Former Lives pulls its punches, so perhaps that's why the sensitive fella makes an effort to re-tool his image in the tongue-in-cheek video for "Teardrop Windows." After consulting a label goon played by comedian Kurt Braunohler (Bunk), Gibbard tries to become a bad boy — because "bad boys make wampum" — but he just can't get it right. Try as he might to become a major bro — drinking in public, breaking into buildings, joining the cast of a reality show — Ben can't overcome his innate niceness.

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    Darkstar Tease 'News From Nowhere' LP With Video Loops

    London electronic trio Darkstar have announced their second album, News From Nowhere, due out February 5 on Warp Records. We introduced you to the lushly layered upcoming 12-inch single, "Timeaway," last month, and now you can preview the rest of the new LP via the above YouTube playlist, featuring "News #1-10." The November 13 vinyl release will feature 10 locked-groove loops, each one a snippet from a song on News From Nowhere, in order of the album's track list (which you'll find below). The band created 10 GIF-inspired clips to go with, and while only revealing mere seconds of the new long-player's innards, they provide a little color and mood — not to mention some Myst-like enigma — to help build excitement for News.Darkstar's News From Nowhere track list:1. "Light Body Clock Starter"2. "Timeaway"3. "Armonica"4. -5. "A Day's Pay For A Day's Work"6. "Young Heart's"7.

  • How to Destroy Angels Keep it Together Studio Video

    Watch How to Destroy Angels 'Keep It Together' in the Studio

    How to Destroy Angels' well anticipated second EP, An Omen, is due out November 13, but so far we've only heard one song — "Keep it Together" — done a handful of different ways. There was the original, the Dave Sitek remix, and now comes a professionally shot video of the four-piece doing the song in the studio. Seeing the plaintive faces of Trent Reznor, his wife Mariqueen Maandig, and Nine Inch Nails collaborators Atticus Ross and Rob Sheridan adds a more human element to their apocalyptic trip-hop update. How a band's sound can be both smokey and cold eludes us, but we're guessing the fifth Angel is dry ice.How to Destroy Angels, An Omen EP track list:1. "Keep it together"2. "Ice age"3. "On the wing"4. "The sleep of reason produces monsters"5. "The loop closes"6. "Speaking in tongues"

  • Postal Service Give Up Sub Pop platinum decade

    Such Great Heights: The Postal Service's 'Give Up' Goes Platinum

    Just shy of its tenth anniversary, the Postal Service's outstanding electronic pop opus Give Up has gone platinum. Of course, we always knew that Ben Gibbard and Dntel's pretty much perfect collaboration was destined for such great heights even if it took awhile to get there.Sub Pop, who released the one-off in 2003, was decidedly aw-shucks in their announcement, however, explaining that after Nirvana's Bleach, Give Up is the indie's second million-selling album ever. Guess they should've grabbed that Taylor Swift when they had the chance.Here's the blushing label on their victory, and the video for "Such Great Heights" after that."We at Seattle’s Sub Pop Records feel a profound sense of self-satisfaction in announcing that The Postal Service's universally acclaimed 2003 album, Give Up, is now a certified platinum record. It is only our second ever; please forgive us for the excitement.

  • Death Grips Epic Infringement Letters

    Death Grips Blasted by Label, So Band Leaks Infringement Letter

    There's a fine line between being charmingly iconoclastic and committing career suicide, and Death Grips might be leaning to the wrong side of that razor's edge. On October 1, the Sacramento noise-rap crew leaked their own album to the web without the permission of their label, Epic Records. To add priapic insult to legal injury, NO LOVE DEEP WEB arrived with a hard penis on its cover art, presumably as a more literal "fuck you" to their corporate overlords.As thousands sought to download the album simultaneously, the band's website crashed, and Death Grips took the opportunity to accuse Epic of shutting them down (in all likelihood, it was the downloads that did it).

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    Green Day Get Sappy for 'Twilight' Song 'The Forgotten'

    "Don't look away from the arms of love." Good advice for philophobic synesthetes everywhere, thanks to Green Day's latest single, "The Forgotten." This string-laden, supremely sappy ballad is the Bay Area punk-pop band's contribution to the next Twilight Saga installment — Breaking Dawn - Part 2 — and the video for it includes plenty of Twihard-baiting shots of R-Patz and K-Stew doing totally normal couples' things like playing the piano, diving off of mountains, and vampire power-jogging through the woods. There are also lots of long looks from Billie Joe Armstrong and lingering shots of the band, adding an extra layer of sentimentality to the already extremely saccharine affair — par for the course, naturally. As previously reported, the Breaking Dawn - Part 2 soundtrack is also set to include Feist, St. Vincent, and Passion Pit, among others.

  • halloween mixtapes lil b diplo black lips

    Monster Mash-Up: Diplo, Black Lips, Lil B, and More of 2012's Essential Halloween Mixtapes

    The Internet is rife with Halloween mixtapes today, both from bands and DJs offering up their favorite seasonal selections and ambitious rappers flooding DatPiff with demented freestlyes about despicable things. (It should be noted that Odd Future, Insane Clown Posse, and Slayer have maintained a quiet confidence on this day of demonic days.) In an effort to free up your time so you can get that fake butcher knife wedged into your head just so, SPIN has rounded up the five mixes you need to hear, with an ear toward maximum creep and haunted house party appropriateness. Also: lots, and lots, of Three 6 Mafia.1. Mad Decent beat maven and Major Lazer main man Diplo delivers DIPLO GOES IN ON HALLOWEEN, a three-hour mix from his BBCR1extra radio show, with help from producer System D-128 and a whole lot of Three 6 Mafia. Monstrous mashups over "Monster Mash."2.

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