Chris Martins

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  • Snoop Dogg 7 Days of Dam-Funk Snoopzilla Interview

    Old Doggs, New Tricks: Snoopzilla and Dam-Funk Talk '7 Days of Funk'

    It's a Friday afternoon in L.A.'s Lincoln Heights neighborhood, and one of the West Coast's O-est G's is holding court at the headquarters of Stones Throw Records. Yup, Snoop Dogg, a.k.a. Snoopzilla, is lighting up blunts and minds within the walls of the rap-game Sub Pop, flanked by Dam-Funk, the Pasadena-reared groove visioneer last seen duetting with Ariel Pink on a Coachella stage. DF fans have been clamoring for a team-up between the underground funkster and the G-funk legend for years, and at long last, it happened.As 7 Days of Funk, the pair hit a palpably comfortable stride, with the purple-hued "Faden Away" single (see below) heralding the December 10 arrival of their eponymous debut album via the very label hosting this day's worth of smoky chats.

  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo Nelson Mandela Death Statement

    Ladysmith Black Mambazo Reflect on Nelson Mandela's Death

    Ladysmith Black Mambazo have released a heartfelt tribute to their countryman, Nelson Mandela. The South African icon passed away Thursday at the age of 95, inspiring a moving address from President Obama and, of course, a huge outpouring of remembrances on Twitter. Ladysmith are part of the late, great freedom fighter's rich musical legacy — the male chorale group accompanied Mandela when he received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway in 1993, and sung at his presidential inaugration in 1994. The Grammy-winning group first achieved stateside fame on the road with Paul Simon for his Graceland tour in 1987. Here they are now:"The Father of our nation, Nelson Mandela, has finished his journey. One wants to think in terms of big words when describing him, but this would not be right.

  • Warpaint Biggy Stream Album Love Is to Die

    Warpaint Continue Drifty Dreamy Streak With 'Biggy'

    Los Angeles dream-pop sirens Warpaint will return with their self-titled second album on January 21 via Rough Trade. The drifty first tastes of Warpaint can be heard below, beginning with "Biggy," which was shared for the first time on Thursday. Therein, the quartet begin with a slight but steady groove, cooing from within a crystal fortress of keys, beats, and bass. As is clearly evident by the waveform below, though, the song picks up steam as it goes, with guitar guiding the growth as the reverb increases along with the volume.It's a beautifully blooming follow-up to the darker and occasionally pensive "Love Is to Die," released just over a month ago and found at the bottom of this post. Warpaint's The Fool came out all the way back in 2010, when the band was a SPIN Breaking Out pick. Perhaps by this time next year, they'll find a home in our annual Best Albums List.

  • Kendrick Lamar Dr. Dre Beats Ad Song Detox Video

    Kendrick Lamar and Dr. Dre Preview Fierce New Song in 'Beats' Ad

    Kendrick Lamar and Dr. Dre preview a brand new song in a new promo spot for the latter's Pill and Pill XL speakers. Seen above, the Beats by Dre ad opens on the pair in the studio at "3, 4 in the morning" as the maestro points out. Compton's favorite good kid steps to the mic and delivers a very Eminem-like flow, dropping references to Pyrex, the trap, and dope over a powerful beat. But K-Dot isn't feeling the energy. The next time they come together, the two realize the problem simultaneously: "the drums." Apparently there wasn't enough skittering hi-hat and snare insanity to match the young rapper's themes. At the end we get a slightly longer listen to the snippet, which Miss Info identifies as a Detox cut. Watch your hairline.

  • Nelson Mandela President Barack Obama Address

    Barack Obama: 'Nelson Mandela Bent the Arc of the Moral Universe'

    Barack Obama addressed the death of South African leader Nelson Mandela, 95. In speaking of the history-altering freedom fighter, the President used the man's Xhosa clan name, Madiba, and credited him with having "bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice." Obama called Mandela "profoundly good," and said that he "achieved more than can be expected of any man." Indeed, the late revolutionary went from prisoner to president of his own nation, and saw to the end of apartheid. That, of course, was only the beginning.Obama shared two quotes from Mandela, opening with one of his most inspiring: "I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony with equal opportunities.

  • Bill Callahan Dub Album Have Fun With God Dream River

    Bill Callahan Set to Release Dub Album 'Have Fun With God'

    Austin outré Americana expert Bill Callahan will return with a new full-length on January 21. His essential end-of-day drifter Dream River handily made SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2013 list, and so we're more than pleased to hear he's in fact revisiting the those eight fine songs for a dub version of the entire set. It's not a total surprise, of course. This summer Callahan released "Expanding Dub," a sopping-wet psychedelic re-imagining of "Javelin Unlanding" backed with "Highs in the Mid-40's Dub," which took on Dream River closer "Winter Road." Find the track list below, which appears to follow the order of the original.Our gracious host — SPIN visited Callahan at his home this year — also spilled some of his dub philosophy in an email interview with The Quietus earlier this year:Dub is a spiritual, abstract, visceral, mystical thing. Finite and infinite at the same time.

  • Nine Inch Nails Trent Reznor AMA 2014 Tour Lineup

    Nine Inch Nails Will Tour With a New Lineup in 2014

    Trent Reznor took a break from Nine Inch Nails rehearsals today for an impromptu "Ask Me Anything" with fans on Reddit. It was a brief exchange that yielded a few drolly comic gems — asked if he'd throw himself a multi-band birthday party à la Maynard James Keenan, he simply wrote: "No." — but also some useful NIN news. One fan queried the man as to whether or not the just-wrapped Tension tour (released today in video form) would grow a new U.S. leg in 2014. Short answer: "Yes."The long answer not only gives hope to fans of Hesitation Marks, one of SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2013. Reznor's response also sheds light on the thoughtful way in which he approaches the art of touring. He specifies that Tension is done ("That was one very specific look at Nine Inch Nails in the Fall of 2013") and that when we next see the band, they'll have a different set list, stage show, and musician lineup.

  • N Sync Joey Fatone Bosley Hair Loss Spokesperson Ad

    'N Sync's Joey Fatone Is Now a Hair-Loss Spokesman

    'N Sync member Joey Fatone is the new spokesperson for hair restoration company Bosley — yes, one of those places with the "order now" television ads starring famous-ish people. Oh look! There's one of those above! And the boy band alum isn't the only dude in the clip. Therein, worlds collide as The Brady Bunch middle kid Christopher "Peter" Knight also has very enthusiastic things to say about his awesome head of hair. To be fair, it's a pretty brave move for any dude."Performing in front of a live audience can be pretty intimidating, so having a full head of hair was important to me," said Fatone in a Bosley release, shedding light on the still largely unexplored behind-the-scenes of 'N Sync's salad days. "Back then, I was the only one in the group getting thinner on top and I started wearing hats. It was pretty intimidating.

  • 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.

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