Chris Martins

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  • Kanye West Eight Songs Next Album Q-Tip Rick Rubin

    Kanye West Sheds Light on 'Yeezus' Follow-Up

    Kanye West only just received SPIN's Album of the Year honor for his thorny tangram puzzle of an excellent LP, and he's already leaking details of Yeezus' follow-up. Along with "Bound 2" video star Kim Kardashian, he attended Miami's Art Basel exhibition Wednesday night — impressively, between tour stops in Kansas City and New Orleans — and took a seat for a conversation with architecture icon Jacques Herzog. There he shed some light on his yet-untitled seventh album."I think my next album is going to be eight songs," West said during the chat, which revolved around his interest in the greater art world. "It's just reducing down the amount of information that you need. People say a design is the point where you can't take anything else away. [Yeezus] was very, very designed. I took a departure from radio and popular music in order to get this seat here.

  • Nine Inch Nails Tension 2013 Tour Concert Video

    Nine Inch Nails Share Gloriously Brutal 77-Minute Concert Film, 'Tension'

    Nine Inch Nails don't need the holiday season to feel the spirit of giving. This year has been full of gifts for fans of the iconic industrialists — an essential new album in Hesitation Marks and a brand new SPIN cover in "Trent Reznor's Upward Spiral," plus TV appearances, festival stops, music videos, one food truck, and a treasure trove of vintage footage, the highlight of which was a NSFW mid-'90s tour documentary dubbed Self Destruct. Now those of us who weren't able to catch the band's ambitious 2013 stage show can compare the old NIN with the new, thanks to Tension, a 77-minute November concert captured in full.Seen above, the Kerry Asmussen-directed film is an apt follow-up to their revealing behind-the-scenes documentary previewing the eye-boggling setup. The show was captured at Los Angeles' Staples Center on November 8, and the set list can be reviewed below.

  • Diplo Mad Decent Christmas Mix Very Stream

    Diplo Takes Santa to the Trap on Streaming Mad Decent Christmas Mix

    The title "Turn Up Ye Merry Gentlemen" says it all. That Gent & Jawns track kicks off A Very Decent Christmas, a brand new eight-song holiday set from Diplo's Mad Decent label and its Jeffrees imprint. The aforementioned song amazingly takes "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" straight to the trap, lacing the traditional chiming keys with chintzy percussion, chopped vocal chants, and minor-key builds. Also: that tone-warped "Ho ho ho" ... kinda classic. Diplo gives us a tropical twerk-friendly remake of "Frosty the Snowman," while other interpret "Rudolf, the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Jingle Bells," "Deck the Halls," and "Up on the House Top." Not to be overlooked: Mitch Murder's vintage R&B XXX-mas original "Don't Let Me Spend Christmas Alone" featuring vocals by Santell. Stream 'em all below.

  • Kanye West Sway Answers Shirt Prison System

    Sway's Kanye West 'Answers' T-Shirt Is a Must-Own

    In an interview with Sway on Shade 45 last week, Kanye West declared himself Shakespeare and then screamed at the host: "You ain't got the answers, Sway!" The two rap culture luminaries have known each other for many years, of course, so by the end of their lengthy chat, they'd made nice. Further, Sway made a statement today on MTV's Rap Fix calling the Yeezus star "my little brother" and saying he agrees with the points West was attempting to make ... except for one tiny little thing.Sway does indeed, um, "got the answers," as evidenced by the T-shirt above. The man is now selling that capsule collection item at his Sway's Universe webstore for $15 — an affordable cover for the SPIN's cover-lacking album of the year, Yeezus, or creative gift-wrap. Also fitting (no pun) since the pair's disagreement arose over West's frequently publicized fashion-world grievances .

  • David Bowie 'I'd Rather Be High' Video Venetian Mix Wasted

    David Bowie's 'I'd Rather Be High' Video Is Filled With Dancing Soldiers

    David Bowie has just released the official video for his The Next Day single "I'd Rather Be High" — the very same harpsichord-enhanced crooner that recently accompanied the Louis Vuitton ad/short film, L'Invitation Au Voyage. In this version, however, we get a very different period piece — black and white footage replaces the colorful frills of the first, and images of people dancing during wartime rule the day. London graphic designer Tom Hingston directs. Fly the defiantly friendly skies with ol' Ziggy Stardust by hitting the play button above. Meanwhile, be sure to peruse SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2013 and our 50 Best Songs of 2013 to see if Bowie made the cut.

  • Sides of Chaz Toro y Moi 'Sweet Tea' Stream Bundick

    Toro y Moi Side Project Goes Beatles for 'Sweet Tea'

    Toro y Moi's Chaz Bundick wears a handful of hats (likely all five-panel). When the Berkeley-based artist isn't making lush funk-pop under his normal nom de production, he either trades in Balearic beat-work via his Les Sins handle or, as it turns out, loosely Lennon-esque psych-rock using the alias Sides of Chaz. On December 10, Fork & Spoon Records will release the "Sweet Tea" 7-inch single backed with "Take My Car," two shaggy guitar-driven gems that find Bundick in band-dude mode. Listen to the lead-off song below, and marvel in the man's world-weary coo.

  • Nick Cave Bad Seed Higgs Boson Blues Video

    Watch Nick Cave Shout Out Miley Cyrus in 'Higgs Boson Blues' Video

    Nick Cave knew it would be a momentous year for Miley Cyrus. His excellent new Bad Seeds album Push the Sky Away came out all the way back in February, but the Aussie outlaw icon and rock poet clearly had a prescient moment when he name-dropped the Bangerz starlet in a song about humankind's search for the so-called God Particle. As SPIN's Jason Gubbels put it, "Higgs Bosun Blues" is "a shaggy-dog centerpiece worthy of Bob Dylan stuck inside Mobile."At eight minutes on the album, it makes for a fantastic live experience, which explains why the official music video for the song comes in the form of a fresh, single-take session. Above, this ode to the Large Hadron Collider surpasses the nine-minute mark, in fact, while Cave's ace wrecking crew follows his blues-preaching lead. The clip was shot in July in London, directed by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard. Feeling tense?

  • Speedy Ortiz 'No Below' Video Major Arcana

    Speedy Ortiz Get Weird in the Woods for 'No Below' Video

    Consider inviting Speedy Ortiz into your home for the holidays — the Massachusetts fuzz-merchants are the gift that keeps giving. Their excellent debut album has delivered the clobbering "Plough," a charmingly bizarre video for "Tiger Tank," and the lilting loner anthem "No Below." Now, courtesy of director Boast Choan, we have a video for the latter that thankfully finds singer/guitarist Sadie Dupuis surrounded by friends. But just because they're all hanging out in the woods together that doesn't mean their commune with nature is a wholesome one.

  • Jay Z Vegan Rank Albums Pimp C Tom Ford Remix MCHG

    Even Vegan Jay Z Knows 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' Wasn't His Best

    The end of the year is a time for reflection. We've got our best albums of the 2013. Lorde has her favorite songs. And now Jay Z, ever one to take the broad view on myopia, has ranked his entire personal catalog. In a post titled "The Scoreboard" on Life+Times, Shawn Carter lists his 12 solo LPs with clutch annotations and compelling honesty. To wit, Magna Carta Holy Grail, his basically brand new album, comes in at No. 6 — behind the American Gangster soundtrack.Below you can find the entire list, which coincides with Jay's 44th birthday today, December 4. In honor of that same occasion, Hova announced yesterday via Life+Times that he and wife Beyoncé are embarking on a 22-day vegan challenge — that'll carry the couple up to Christmas Day. "You can call it a spiritual and physical cleanse. I will post my progress," he wrote.

  • Lauryn Hill 'Consumerism' Lyric Video Prison

    Lauryn Hill's 'Consumerism' Video Visualizes Evils of the World

    On the eve of her release from prison in October, Lauryn Hill released the song "Consumerism," wherein she "rapidly and raspily assails all matter of 'isms' atop a loose, live-sounding rhythm section." SPIN's Marc Hogan wrote at the time, "It's hard to keep track of all Hill's specific criticisms — how do you pull a single drop out of a flood?" Well, how about a lyric video?Above, you can see Hill's creation in consort with Jon Casey, in which a collage of secondhand footage is employed to illustrate the frustrations called out in the song. With the lyrics pasted over shots of various injustices and oddities, it's a bit easier to sink one's teeth into the evils Hill puts on blast.Also, be sure to revisit the former Fugee's homecoming show at the Bowery Ballroom.

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