Chris Martins

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  • Stardeath and White Dwarfs 'Luminous Veil' Stream Flaming Lips

    Hear Stardeath and White Dwarfs' Beautiful and Freaky 'Luminous Veil'

    "Luminous Veil" opens with an apology, but really it's Stardeath and White Dwarfs who deserve the mea culpa. The Norman, Oklahoma psych quartet have been doing their freaky thing since 2004, but they haven't yet been given their due, in their own right. Band leader Dennis Coyne is the nephew of Wayne Coyne, and the group's collaborated with the Flaming Lips quite a bit (on the road, and with that Dark Side of the Moon full-album cover, for example). But with new album Wastoid, Stardeath find their own deep, deep groove. Below you can hear "Luminous Veil," an aptly titled cut that finds Dennis' wistful, Grandaddy-recalling vocals drifting through a blooming haze of pretty psychedelia. The album arrive July 29 on Dave Sitek's Federal Prism label, and purports to be as influenced by the Dungeon Family as Crazy Horse.

  • Deebs 'I Won' Remix Future Kanye West Stream

    Hear Deebs' Gutted, Spaced-Out Remix of Future's 'I Won'

    Earlier this month we heard Wertheimer's full-tilt deranged remix of Future's "Move That Dope." Now, we inadvertently further the series with Deebs' extensive remodeling of the Kanye West-featuring "I Won," also from the SPIN cover star's Honest album. Heard below, the Toronto producer guts the Metro Boomin beat so that the vocalists' words sound as hollow as a gold-painted plastic trophy. Future's pained moans and West's braggadocio are complimented by futuristic trappings: a tinny percussive assault, blasts of static, and a crystalline synth sequence.Deebs, a.k.a. Will Diebel, has a new EP due out September 9 — the official follow-up to his impressive Awry set — a promises more details soon. Spin "I Won" below, and revisit his stunner of an AlunaGeorge rework for a quick history lesson.

  • Crosses Remix Telepathy DWNTWN Stream

    ††† (Crosses)' 'Telepathy' Gets Dark Dance Remix From DWNTWN

    Following a bout of silence that no doubt included much surreptitious spell-casting, ††† (Crosses) are back with a series of remixes that reimagine the witchy, ominous electronica found on the trio's eponymous February album. The Los Angeles-based group is, of course, Deftones vocalist Chino Moreno, Far guitarist Shaun Lopez, and a fella named Chuck Doom. Yesterday, Pure Volume rolled out Blaqk Audio's industrial take on "†elepa†hy" (remember that bizarre video?) and now we've got a dark dance version courtesy of L.A. indie-pop brooders DWNTWN. You can stream and download that below, and keep an eye on SPIN family Death and Taxes and BrooklynVegan for more unveilings to come. If you haven't, read our interview with Moreno about this very band.

  • Moby Interview Miley Cyrus Flaming Lips Video

    Q&A: Moby on Miley Cyrus, Flaming Lips, and Getting Weird Before You Die

    A week ago, we were treated to a very unexpected gift: a highly psychedelic, kinda terrifying, weirdly star-studded experimental short film dubbed "Blonde SuperFreak Steals the Magic Brain." The clip was masterminded — of course — by Wayne Coyne and the Flaming Lips, and it co-starred Moby and Miley Cyrus as mortal enemies battling over the acid-addled mind of President John F. Kennedy. This naturally left us with a few questions, and the Innocents-making electronic artist born Richard Melville Hall was thankfully around to take our call.It's not that Moby isn't busy — he's working on finishing his next album, actually — but he's as fascinated as we are with whatever that was. As it turns out, he and the Bangerz star both pitched in on an especially freaky version of the Beatles' "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" for the Lips' planned Sgt.

  • Boyz II Men Wendys Pretzel Yes Yes Yes Video

    Boyz II Men Sing a Song About Pretzel Bread and It's Amazing

    Boyz II Men have been making their way into our news feed far more than expected of late, and in very unusual ways. The NRA named the '90s R&B nice guys on their "enemies list," indie orch-pop giants Arcade Fire covered "Motownphilly" at a gig in Philly, the harmonizing trio swung by ESPN to dedicate "End of the Road" to NBA loser Lance Stephenson, and the Roots recently revealed that the two groups did battle in high school talent shows. Now the original boy band has united with fast food chain and pigtails purveyors Wendy's to get behind a clearly beloved product that was apparently discontinued for some time — no, not a cheese steak, but the pretzel bun.We're usually allergic to this sort of promotion (that, and tree nuts) but the whole thing is pretty flawlessly executed, and the Men make hilarious on-camera participants.

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    Azealia Banks Splits From Interscope

    After a long and confusing run of delayed release dates, collaborations-gone-wrong, and alleged Twitter lockouts, Azealia Banks says she's free of her recording contract with Interscope. She announced the news on Twitter Thursday (July 10), though the label has yet to confirm. SPIN has reached out to Interscope publicists, as well as Banks' management and has yet to receive a response.Meanwhile, the oft-embattled MC is feeling pretty good:FUCK IT UP KUNTZ YAAAAAAAAAAAAS— AZEALIA BANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) July 10, 2014In a series of tweets, Banks wrote, "IM ABOUT TO GET OUT OF MY DEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THATS THE BIG SURPRISE!!!!! ... I'S IS FREE!!!!!! ... I'm feeling like miss celie at the end of color purple. ... Free at last. ... FUCK IT UP KUNTZ YAAAAAAAAAAAAS ... Me right now.

  • Wertheimer Future Move That Dope Remix Pusha T Stream

    Future's 'Move That Dope' Gets a Deranged Wertheimer Remix

    We don't know much about Wertheimer, and what we do know we can't say because we've been sworn to secrecy. Our friends at XLR8R reported that the mysterious electronic producer is a German sheet-metal worker, though his (?) SoundCloud claims Antarctica as home. London's Lex Records backed the shadowy noisenik for his excellent Brandished EP earlier this year — pick up that bleak and beautiful burner here — and now Wertheimer returns to spill his oft-atmospheric digital wilding all over Future's "Move That Dope." Pharrell's touch is long gone from the SPIN cover artist's single, and Pusha T's verse is now scored by D-Styles-esque turntable darkness and percussive insanity. Casino, frankly, sounds deranged. The oddly urgent version will appear on a forthcoming set dubbed 4 Remixes.

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    Canadian Dad Publishes Worst Concert Review Ever

    The second annual Toronto Urban Roots Festival went down over the July 4 weekend and it was, in a word, "awesome" — despite a notable lack of bouncy castles. A detailed report comes courtesy of the National Post, which we assure you is a very real newspaper that serves a sizable Canadian audience, weekly circulation 844,661 as of March 2013. Ben Kaplan is a real reporter for the paper, a writer of actual books, and a very sweet dad no doubt. He's also authored what may be the worst (read: best) concert review ever.The "astounding" writeup scans not unlike a fourth-grader's report on a really, really swell field trip (though, not the Field Trip festival).

  • Mast RYAT Until You Are Sound Video Omni

    Mast and RYAT Team for Hallucinatory 'Until You Are Sound' Video

    At the top of the year, we were treated to the darkly tinted delight that was Mast's "Red," featuring Anna Wise (of Kendrick Lamar fame). Now the Philly-bred, Los Angeles based musician and producer returns with a new treat from his lush Omni album, out now on the Low End Theory-affiliated Alpha Pup label. The video above finds the man born Tim Conley teaming with old friend RYAT for a beautifully eerie piano-powered piece that largely eschews electronics for smokey, jazz-indebted scoring. The visual, meanwhile, is a first-person trip through a coastal scape that becomes increasingly hallucinatory as time passes (not unlike the song itself). Omni also features appearances from left-field rap mind Jeremiah Jae and harp-plucking singer/producer Low Leaf — pick it up here.

  • Conor Oberst Not Dropped by Label Over Rape Accusation

    Conor Oberst Not Dropped by Label Over Rape Accusation, Says Publicist

    "Conor hasn't been dropped by Nonesuch. We have contacted TMZ to amend." So says Conor Oberst's publicist in response to a breaking story by the celebrity news site which claims court documents show the Bright Eyes founder lost his record deal following Joanie Faircloth's widely publicized accusation that he raped her when she was 16 years old. That alleged incident would have taken place in 2004."Oberst says the false accusation tanked his record sales and led to his label 86'ing him ... according to new docs filed in the case," TMZ wrote Tuesday morning. "Oberst adds his canceled contract was worth at least $200K."Though the factual inaccuracy of that report calls into question the remainder of TMZ's post as well, they also reported that the Upside Down Mountain singer now hopes to receive the full $1.2 million after Faircloth failed to appear at a New York hearing.

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