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    Jay Z's Robinson Cano Deal Could Offset 'Big Pimpin' Lawsuit

    We believe it was the philosopher Notorious B.I.G. who first widely publicized the "Mo Money Mo Problems" doctrine back in 1996. If only his friend Jay Z had taken note before recording "Big Pimpin'," that unforgettable year 2000 ode to uncaring excess. That very song has been the source of much money-driven legal stress over the past six years, due to disputes over the vegan-not-vegan MC's use of that crackerjack flute-and-percussion sample.On Tuesday, despite the hopes of Hova, a U.S. district judge ruled that the confusing copyright case still has merit. While an earlier settlement between the "Big Pimpin'" camp and EMI seemed to grant Jay a legit license for the 1960 sample of "Khosara, Khosara" — which hails from the score of the Egyptian film Fata Ahlami — the deal was only temporary.

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    Live-Stream Lorde and Arcade Fire's 'Not So Silent Night' Sets Here

    'Tis the season for radio-backed holiday concert blowouts. San Francisco Bay Area alt-rock bastion Live 105 kicks off its annual Not So Silent Night gala Friday afternoon in Oakland, while Los Angeles' KROQ launches Almost Acoustic Christmas on Saturday, December 7. Each spans two days and features sets from Phoenix, Arcade Fire, Lorde, Queens of the Stone Age, Kings of Leon, AFI, and SPIN's Band of the Year, Vampire Weekend.Not in California? Not a problem. Both shows will webcast for free. You can watch Not So Silent Night right here, above (hit play to check on the countdown clock or dive into the action, depending). Meanwhile, you'll have to hit the KROQ site to catch Almost Acoustic Christmas, but we know you were planning on watching both simultaneously on Saturday, so multiple browser tabs are a must.

  • Tinashe 'Vulnerable' Video Dance Black Water

    Tinashe Is Not 'Vulnerable' in Acrobatic Dance Video

    Last week, Los Angeles R&B triple-threat Tinashe dropped her Black Water mixtape, a late entry that sneaked onto Gorilla vs. Bear's Albums of the Year list. The 13-track set is a shadowy, silken showcase of the 20-year-old RCA artist's production prowess and singing skills, but there's one clutch ability left out: Tinashe can dance. Like, dance dance, as seen above in the bare-bones new clip for "Vulnerable," a bleak and Weeknd-y highlight featuring a Yeezus-inspired verse from Travi$ Scott. Watch that above — moves choreographed by JaQuel Knight — and stream Black Water below. Meanwhile, catch SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2013.

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    Jerome LOL Gives Bjork's 'All Is Full of Love' a Nü-Rave Remix

    Last month, Los Angeles' Jerome Potter blessed us with the shuffling "Always" from his forthcoming Deleted/Fool EP. Now, the former LOL Boys member handily known as Jerome LOL shares a couple of excellent edits to help feed the frenzy. We've heard the man's bona fide cover of Coldplay's "Yellow," and here he once again crosses eras and genres in order to flex his skills. Streaming below — and offered as instant free downloads to those who pre-order his February 4 Friends of Friends release — you'll find "All Is Full of Love" by Björk and "Corcovado" by Stan Getz, João Gilberto, and Astrud Gilberto, both flipped into modern nü-rave thumpers. Meanwhile, Jerome LOL has got a brand new homepage, which, par for the course, is a feat of Web 2.0 design brilliance.

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    Kanye West Apologizes to Nike, Nerds Out With Rap Bros

    Kanye West recently made headlines for screaming at Sway in one interview and espousing antisemetic views in the next. But that was last week. On Wednesday, he visited Miami's Art Basel exhibition and wound up sharing news about his follow-up to Yeezus, SPIN's Album of the Year. Then, in a chat with Power 99, he shed light on his childhood, discussing the year he spent in China, and the time he discovered beat-making while creating a computer game.In short, the man has been in a better mood of late, and he's now continuing that streak. In a brief chat with a "multi-dimensional media personality" called Tall Boy (his description), West actually apologizes to Nike, his former Air Yeezy shoe partner and the most recent punching bag for Ye's well-publicized frustrations with breaking into the fashion world.

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    Hear Songs: Ohia's 'The Big Game Is Every Night' Ahead of Jason Molina Tribute Shows

    Jason Molina passed away on March 16, but his contributions to music are far from over. Secretly Canadian just released the lovingly assembled 10th anniversary deluxe edition of his classic sorta-self-titled album, Magnolia Electric Co., which was originally issued under the Songs: Ohia name. Now the Bloomington, Indiana label is pulling together the musicians who worked on that 2003 set for a short run of memorial concerts also featuring Hiss Golden Messenger.In honor of the occasion, we've got an exclusive gem from the reissue set to stream — "The Big Game Is Every Night," a bewitching 10-minute sadcore epic that encompasses so much of what's great about Molina's work, and that period of songwriting in particular. Stream that below, and read an excerpt of the heartfelt announcement from Secretly Canadian.

  • Jay Z Beyonce Vegan Diet What Is Fur Clothing

    Jay Z and Beyonce Don't Know What Vegan Means

    In honor of his 44th birthday and, no doubt, the gluttonous American holiday season, Jay Z and wife Beyoncé just embarked on a 22-day vegan quest. The Magna Carta Holy Grail wielder made the announcement on his Life+Times site, endearingly appealing to someone, anyone, who might have some insight on the topic: "Any professional vegans out there that have any great food spots please help out! Please ha." What, no "#MYLAUGH"?So it seems the healthy couple came across a solid recommendation: Native Foods, an acclaimed 100 percent vegan eatery in Los Angeles' Westwood neighborhood. And, well, they showed up wearing animal. As the Daily Mail reports, with ample photo evidence, Jay and Bey arrived wearing, respectively, Suede Timberland boots and — wait for it — a Christopher Kane parka with an actual fur collar. What the fox say?

  • 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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