Chris Martins

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  • Smashing Pumpkins New Album 2015 Billy Corgan Panopticon

    Smashing Pumpkins Releasing Two Albums in 2015

    Billy Corgan has announced that his Smashing Pumpkins will release two new albums in 2015, titled Monuments to an Elegy and Day for Night. He's teased the sets thusly: "For those interested in sound, think: 'guitars, guitars, guitars, and more guitars;' but more so on the epic side of things than say, grossly metallic." He says recording began Tuesday, March 25, and that "plenty of songs have been written and ready to go." He hopes for a new single this year.The news comes via a post on the Pumkpins' new website, which Corgan is calling "The Panopticon." He writes that "through its simplicity [the site] should better address the speed of modern life.

  • Daft Punk Kim Kardashian Kanye West Vogue Cover Spoof

    Kim and Kanye's Vogue Cover Gets Daft Punk'd

    Last week, Vogue unveiled their much ballyhooed (also, hella booed) Kim Kardashian and Kanye West cover. The Yeezus-maker has, of course, been fighting to get editor-in-chief Anna Wintour's cosign on his bride-to-be (remember that time he dressed up like her?) and now that he's got it, well, it's the world's turn to take the piss out of the honor. To wit: The Guardian asked their Twitter fans to create their own versions on the pre-nuptial photo, and the results are in. While Benedict Cumberbatch and Vladimir Putin were popular choices, the winner for our money is "Daft & Punk" by @Tetakawi. See that and the other music-related highlights below.

  • Glenn Kotche 'Adventureland' Video Album Wilco

    Watch Wilco's Glenn Kotche at Work on 'Adventureland' Album

    You likely know Glenn Kotche as the drummer of Wilco. (Alternately, the guy who played faucets in that commercial.) But he's also a composer whose credits include pieces for So Percussion, Silk Road Ensemble, Eighth Blackbird, and Bang on a Can All Stars, to name a few. And today, March 25, Cantaloupe Music releases Adventureland, a 14-track album collecting Kotche's work for ensembles. Anchoring the set is the seven-movement "Anomaly," written for and performed by San Francisco's mighty Kronos Quartet in 2007."For the string quartet, I was banging my head against the wall for ideas," Kotche says via statement. "The solution didn't really come to me until I sat down at the drums. I realized, 'Hey — four voices, four limbs!' So I made the cello my right foot, the viola my left foot, and took it from there.

  • Alsarah the Nubatones Soukura Video Silt Album

    Alsarah & the Nubatones Unlock African Past in 'Soukura' Video

    Earlier this year, we brought you the Soukura EP, a six-song set from Alsarah & the Nubatones that effectively blended ancient traditions with fresh ideas, and dogged study with lived experience. That's all thanks to the project's Sudanese-born, Yemen-raised, Brooklyn-based leader, who is not only a gifted musician and singer, but an ethnomusicologist as well. Now we get a video for that set's titular track — "Soukura" also appears on the out-now full-length album, Silt — that fittingly finds our heroine exploring a strange and sizable mansion, opening doors and unlocking boxes in order to uncover bits of her history. Watch that above, and pick up Silt via Wonderwheel Recordings.

  • Pixies 'Snakes' Video Indie Cindy Album EP-3

    Watch Pixies' 'Snakes' Video, a Freaky Thriller

    News only just broke that Pixies will release a full album on April 19. Now, Indie Cindy — the first LP from the alternative-rock giants in 23 years — has spawned a music video. Experienced above, "Snakes" features crushing drums, angular guitar shards, breathy ahs, and Black Francis' calm but menacing voice: "Snakes are coming to your town / In tunnels underground..."But despite the desert locale of the Mark Locke-directed clip above, this is no Tremors remake. In fact, the story told in the visual winds up being far more strange, as a band's worth of papier-mâché-masked people gather duffle bags and head out on the lam. Bonus points for that sweater caught mid-air, which can't not be an homage to Breaking Bad. "Snakes" also appears on EP-3.

  • The Black Keys 'Fever' Stream Single Turn Blue

    Sweat to the Black Keys' New Single 'Fever'

    UPDATE: We now have the track list for Turn Blue, plus tour dates.On Friday, we learned that a new Black Keys album would be coming, from none other than undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, Mike Tyson. At the time, we got word that the follow-up to 2011's El Camino will be called Turn Blue, at it'll arrive on May 13. We also heard tell that a "Fever" was brewing — the LP's lead single, that is, and the thing can now be experienced above. With a persistent backbeat punctuated by organ blurts and topped off by Dan Auerbach's high coo, "Fever" is a slow-burner but plenty catchy. In short, if it doesn't give you the sweats, you need to turn up the volume. Watch the hypnotic clip above while you listen.Meanwhile, the Black Keys have released more info about Turn Blue. The 11-song set was produced by Danger Mouse, Auerbach, and Patrick Carney.

  • Small Black Real People EP Stream Frankie Rose

    Stream Small Black's Luxe, Synth-Popped 'Real People' EP

    Brooklyn's Small Black really hit their stride with last year's Limits of Desire, an album that deftly expanded their warm, synth-fed sound into an epic and anthemic thing. We're glad, then, that the quartet isn't putting their feet up in 2014. On the contrary, they've got a whole slate of new tour dates visible below. Oh, and a brand new five-song EP premiering right here on SPIN.Real People, out April 1 on Jagjaguwar, was recorded quickly, using the "first thought, best thought" method, says singer Josh Kolenik. Frankie Rose contribute to the dance-powered titular track and the panoramic "Lines of Latitude." Closer "The Downtown Lights" is a Blue Nile cover. We could go on, but the Small Black boss has gathered some notes on each of the songs you'll hear below.

  • Bernhoft Come Around Video Islander Album

    Soul Man Bernhoft Sings Underwater in 'Come Around' Video

    Bernhoft is great at holding his breath. This is not a metaphor — the Norwegian soul man spends the entirety of his new music video underwater. Of course, he took breathing breaks, but he managed 90 seconds at a time singing at the bottom of a pool in the Joey Garfield-directed clip for "Come Around." That first single from his third album is a funk-kissed delight, smooth but with substance and a fair indicator of what's to come with Islander, due June 24 via Big Picnic Records."That song came to me while I was driving from San Francisco to Los Angeles and blasting the radio," said Bernhoft via statement, "and just being reminded of what music can do to you, how much it can affect you."Dive in above.Bernhoft tour dates:June 16 - Los Angeles, CA @ The TroubadourJune 24 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

  • Swans 'A Little God In My Hands' Stream Bob Biggs Art

    Hear Seven Dirging Minutes of the New Swans Album

    Late Thursday, we learned the name, guest list, and size of the next album from New York rock experimentalists Swans. Now we've got the first piquant and decidedly dirty taste of the double-disc set dubbed To Be Kind, plus some super creepy baby portraits to viddy. You can stream the shambling seven-minute drunken dirge known as "A Little God In My Hands" below, and then read a letter from band boss Michael Gira telling the story of the May 13 album's artwork (scroll down for much, much more). Take it away, Swans.122267:song:A Little God in My Hands:I first met Bob Biggs in Los Angeles in 1976/77, through friends in the so-called punk scene there. He was a conceptual artist, but like everyone else with a brain, he was enthralled with the sudden and concussive events endemic to the rise of the beautifully scabrous punk explosion at the time.

  • Danny Brown Contra Stream Hot Soup Album Konami Code

    Danny Brown Raps the Konami Code on 'Contra'

    Danny Brown's popularity boomed following the 2011 release of XXX, but the Detroit MC had already been doing his thing for a minute. On April 15, his 2008 mixtape will get a proper double-vinyl and two-disc CD release courtesy of Street Corner Music. There will be 20 tracks (including an array of mostly unfamiliar guests) and a bonus 45 featuring the song "Radiohead," and an alternate version of the previously released "Contra."You can hear the latter below, featuring production from Apollo Brown and a smile-inducing shout-out to the Konami code. (Don't act like you don't know it.) Of course, that was long before Brown was appearing in Bob Dylan videos, collaborating with Charli XCX and Purity Ring, and rocking shows with Sleigh Bells. Track list and full cover art below too, via Pitchfork.Hot Soup track list:1. "Level One" 2. "Dance"3. "What Up Doe"4. "Ten G's a Week"5.

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