Chris Martins

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  • crystal castles III album stream

    Crystal Castles Stream Delightfully Dark Album '(III)'

    Crystal Castles' creatively titled third album (III) was originally due out yesterday, but was delayed a week, leaving (flesh?) hungry grave-wave fans unsated as they chewed on a few very promising early leaks: "Plague," "Telepath" and "Wrath of God." Now, about a week early or a day late depending on your point of view, the band is streaming the entire thing on Spotify.As vocalist Alice Glass implied to the NME back in July, (III) is unsurprisingly bleak, irreparably damaged and delightfully dark. "I didn't think I could lose faith in humanity any more than I already had," she said at the time, "but after witnessing some things, it just … the world is a dystopia. I'm one step away from being a vigilante. I've thought about it."We're thankful she and producer Ethan Kath decided to make another album instead of whatever the hell that could've meant.

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    Wallpaper. and George Clinton Trade Spacey Come-Ons in 'Put Ur Attn on Me'

    Oakland pop usurper Wallpaper. has a few solid collabs under his rhinestone-studded belt — he and Danny Brown covered Adele, and he's hooked up with Too $hort twice now — but in new song "Put Ur Attn on Me," the Epic artist meets his maker: P-Funk legend George Clinton, a clear influence on the style, humor, and sound of Wallpaper.'s outsize frontman Ricky Reed."I was expecting to be nervous as shit around George Clinton," Reed told SPIN. "The last thing I expected was for him to roll in and have the most super chilled-out, soothing presence. Within five minutes of being with him, I heard the words 'Uncle George' come out of my mouth. Right then, I knew we were gonna work out.

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    Trent Reznor: Nine Inch Nails' New Album Will Happen

    Trent Reznor says "all signs point to yes" in regards to a new Nine Inch Nails album. As Rolling Stone reports, in a separate interview about his work composing the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 score, Reznor reveals that, "Yeah, there will be new music. There are some things in the works." Also, despite billing the band's 2009 jaunt as a "farewell tour," NIN may play out again as well."Yeah, if it feels right, it's a possibility," he said. "I never said that that wasn't going to happen, just that it couldn't go on as it was. Having a few years doing other things, I've enjoyed [them] and I'm enjoying doing How to Destroy Angels, and there will be a place for stuff that falls in the Nine Inch Nails column ... It's a different kind of work. Stay tuned.

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    Rush Limbaugh Shames Jay-Z for '99 Problems' Mitt Dis and Misogyny

    Word to Hova: Noted slut-shamer Rush Limbaugh is calling out the inherent misogyny in "99 Problems." Jay-Z performed his enduring 2004 hit at a campaign event for President Barack Obama on Monday (November 5), but with a catch: Where the chorus usually identifies a "bitch" as the one problem Jigga Man doesn't have, he subbed in "Mitt," and in one fell swoop managed to both call the Republican candidate a lady-dog and prophetically suggest that the presiding POTUS needn't worry himself with Romney. The conservative radio host, who has never himself implied negative things about anyone, has taken issue with this. On his eponymous broadcast, Limbaugh described Shawn Carter's association with the president: "Jay-Z, a noted rap figure in American pop culture, a noted Obama bundler and fundraiser and supporter, performed live with Obama ...

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    My Bloody Valentine Promise New Album By Year's End, Again

    After 21 years, shoegaze aficionados are inching finally closer to the long rumored follow-up to My Bloody Valentine's beloved 1991 magnum opus, Loveless. In a new interview with the NME, main brain Kevin Shields again promises a brand new album from the band before the end of the year, with an EP to follow. "Some people think it’s stranger than Loveless," Shields said. "I don’t. I feel like it really frees us up, and in the bigger picture it’s 100 percent necessary."While only a portion of the feature is available online without a paid subscription, The Guardian has excerpted a few more bits, quoting Shields as saying they're "halfway through mixing," and that the band will play the new material during shows in Japan early next year. Regarding expectations, he says: "I'm expecting some trouble, but you know what? I don't care about all of that.

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    Green Day Stream 'Dos,' Continue to Showcase Back-to-Garage Basics

    Sure, Green Day canceled all of their tour dates for 2012 following Billie Joe Armstrong's rehab enrollment, but they've done one helluva job doling out consolation gifts. (Plus, as a result of their pulling out of New Orleans' Voodoo Music + Art Experience, pinch-headliners Metallica kinda sorta covered "American Idiot.") There have been videos galore — for their sappy Twilight song, "The Forgotten," for the decidedly untroubled "Troublemaker," and of their intimate Irving Plaza show — and now they're streaming their forthcoming full-length ¡Dos! a week ahead of its release. To hear the Bay Area punks' second entry in their ongoing album trilogy, head over to Rolling Stone.

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    Dave Grohl Rejoins Queens of the Stone Age for New Album, Joey Castillo Is Out

    In David Marchese's fond look back at Queens of the Stone Age's Songs For the Deaf upon its 10th anniversary, he spoke for a lot of fans when he not only dubbed that LP their greatest achievement to date, but "the kind of album that no longer exists." It's long been argued that Dave Grohl's drumming — "always propulsive, dropping in virtuoso fills, and harnessing [Josh] Homme's idiosyncratic swing," — was a key ingredient in that rarefied recipe.Well, after stepping aside for 2005's Lullabies to Paralyze and 2007's Era Vulgaris, the former Nirvana member and Foo Fighters main man will be back to spank the shit out of those skins on QOTSA's forthcoming, long-awaited sixth album, due out sometime next year.

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    Watch Angel Haze Channel Missy Elliott in 'Gossip Folks' Video

    Rising New York rapper Angel Haze turned a lot of heads when she boldly recounted her experience as a victim of sexual assault in "Cleaning Out My Closet," which sampled the Eminem song of the same name. But truth be told, she'd already developed a shining rep for her astounding verbal ability, as evidenced in spades on her fierce "Reservation" EP, and handily advanced in her new video for "Gossip Folks," a remake of Missy Elliott's tongue-twisting 2003 single. Ever up for a challenge, Haze has stocked her new Classick mixtape with her takes on, well, classics: "Song Cry" by Jay-Z, "Love of My Life" by Erykah Badu, and "Doo Wop (That Thing)" by Lauren Hill. While her nightmarish "Werkin' Girls" clip was a seemingly Odd Future-influenced surreal freakout, the "Gossip Folks" one is barebones: a fittingly uncluttered canvas for a song that already, impressively, has enough going on.

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    The Black Lips Officially 'Pardoned' by All Tomorrow's Parties

    All Tomorrow's Parties is famous for inviting artists to cherry-pick a weekend's worth of live music, but lesser known is the organizer's "No Assholes" policy, which has resulted in a handful of bands getting outright banned from the well-loved festival series. How did founder Barry Hogan word it again? Oh yes, that's right:"Killing Joke and the Butthole Surfers will never play ATP again, and they can both suck my balls," he told our own Christopher R. Weingarten back in 2009 for Village Voice's oral history of ATP. "And you can put that in print. The Black Lips will never play again—they're assholes. They broke into a chalet and started stealing stuff."But the lineups for Hogan's flagship events — the spring and summer U.K.

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    Actually, Cat Power Did Cancel Her Tour

    The tour was on. The tour was off. The tour was on and now, sadly, it's off again. Last week, Cat Power hit Instagram to announce that she may have to cancel her European jaunt due to "bankruptcy and my health struggle with angioedema." The very next day, November 1, it seemed she'd figured out a workaround for the first problem: "EUROPEAN TOUR IS ON. WITHOUT STAGE PRESENTATION. HARD MONEY WASTED."Unfortunately, the second problem persists, and Cat Power is officially postponing her overseas dates, which were set to commence November 26 in Amsterdam, and wrap in Brussels on December 14. Angioedema is a sudden and potentially severe swelling similar to hives, and often triggered by allergens, which can result in airway obstruction.

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