Chris Martins

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  • 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.

  • Swans 'To Be Kind' Album Double 2014 St. Vincent

    Swans' New Double-Album Will Feature St. Vincent

    Swans' 2012 double-wide release The Seer was nothing short of "a planet-eating Galactus of an album," but New York-based experimental rock posse isn't the type to take a step back after something so hefty. On May 13, Michael Gira and his fabulous doom-layers will release another two-disc set, this one dubbed To Be Kind. Guests will include St. Vincent, Cold Specks, King Crimson musician Bill Rieflin, and all-around renaissance artist Little Annie.For those keeping score, this is indeed the crowd-funded LP we reported on in October — Gira has written a note to accompany the latest news, and says "the recordings and entire process of this album" were supported by fans and friends who bought their limited-edition handmade live double-CD Not Here/Not Now (and other goodies) via a Kickstarter-like corner of the official Swans site.

  • Kurt Cobain Death Scene Photos Unreleased Suicide

    Here Are the New Photos From Kurt Cobain's Death Scene

    Earlier today, news broke that the case of Kurt Cobain's death was reopened in light of new photographs uncovered by Seattle authorities. Shortly thereafter, news broke once again, and it was determined that the case had been closed — or perhaps more accurately, it remained closed. No doubt in an attempt to appease the interested and discourage conspiracy theories, the Seattle Police Department has released two of the photos that caused the hubbub.The previously unseen images arrived late Thursday and though it's a bit hard to make out the details, the Associated Press describes them thusly: "One was an image showing a box containing a spoon and what appear to be needles on the floor next to a cigarette and sunglasses.

  • Jem and the Holograms Movie Remake 80s Cartoon

    'Jem and the Holograms' Movie Will Be Set in Social Media Age

    Jem and the Holograms was only on the air for a precious three years in the '80s, but the cartoon's memory looms large over music fans who were around to witness it, and some who only saw snippets of the titualr pink-haired rock goddess long after. There's an entire wiki devoted to the Hasbro- and Marvel-backed show if you feel like a history lesson's in order — alternately, you can wait for the new live-action movie currently in development. That's right. Jem lives.The news came today via a YouTube post from the film's creators: director Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe: Retaliation), producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity), and other producer Scooter Braun (Justin Bieber's manager). While that may not seem the most confidence-inspiring lineup, there's reason enough to stay tuned.

  • Eric Andre Show Watch Episode Free Stream

    Watch Every Episode of 'The Eric Andre Show' for Free

    Adult Swim is offering fans and the high-curious the chance to stream every single episode of The Eric André Show — that's two seasons and 21 compact bouts' worth of utter insanity featuring an incredible array of guests and our favorite sidekick in the game, Hannibal Buress. Music fans take note: we've caught cameos from Questlove, Henry Rollins, Chance the Rapper, Jonwayne, Killer Mike, Devendra Banhart, Brian McKnight, Mr. MFN eXquire, and Mel B — with any who actually perform doing highly non-traditional versions of their usual fare. Watch The Eric André Show for free, here.Also, be sure to revist our big sit-down with André himself, "How an Unemployed Stand-Up Made the Weirdest Show on TV," and that one time Buress interviews Danny Brown for SPIN. Here's an episode guide, and here's one of our favorite episodes:

  • Gucci Mane Zaytoven Aight Pour Some More Stream Quavo

    Generous Gucci Mane Streams 'Aight' and 'Pour Some More'

    Gucci Mane has had his fair share of public troubles in recent times, but the Atlanta trap king wants you to know he's "Aight," and that his biggest concern at the moment is comfortably quotidian: "I done got so famous I can't even eat at Applebees." That restaurant shout-out hails from new song "Pour Some More," which preceded the aforementioned "Aight" featuring Migos man Quavo. Both fresh tracks hails from the April 1 compilation, Brick Factory Vol. 1, and both are streaming below. You know what this is — but in case you don't, do not be alarmed by the chintzy drums, dooming synthesized atmosphere, and occasional sounds of cars racing by. Quavo's vulnerability is a notable highlight. Zaytoven produces.

  • Ben Frost 'Venter' Stream Swans Liturgy Drummer

    Swans and Tim Hecker Pal Ben Frost Drops Nightmarish 'Venter'

    It's a good time for noise, living in the wake of such serrated 2013 albums as Kanye West's Yeezus, Nine Inch Nails' Hesitation Marks, and Tim Hecker's Virgins. Various void-gazers have been emerging from the glorious black murk this year — Arca, Evian Christ, Wertheimer — and now we get a new nasty treat via Stereogum. Below you can stream "Venter" from Ben Frost, a man who contributed his production expertise not only to Hecker's latest platter, but also to Swans' incredible The Seer and Colin Stetson's wonderful New History Warfare series. The Iceland-based artist has a new album, A U R O R A, coming out May 26 on Mute under his own name. It will feature contributions from drummers Thor Harris of Swans, and Greg Fox late of Liturgy. Hear them pounding below.

  • Beyonce I Can't Even Comedy Video Literally Dying

    Guy's Girlfriend Is 'Literally Dying' Because Beyonce

    There comes a time in every person's life when he or she simply "can't even," and for a lot of us, that moment arrived when Beyoncé surprise-released her exceptional new album, Beyoncé, in December.

  • Onyx 'Whut Whut' Stream Snowgoons Wakedafucup

    Stream Onyx's Menacing Boom-Bap Banger 'Whut Whut'

    On March 18, the mighty mad-faced crew otherwise known as Onyx make their grand return. We've been tracking the second coming of the '90s boom-bap badasses and thus far the results have been plenty promising. First, there was the titular track from the new album, "Wakedafucup." Then came the gritty video for that heater. And last but hardly least, we heard their collaboration with A$AP Ferg and Sean Price, "We Don't Fucking Care." Now, SPIN is proud to premiere the next taste of the forthcoming LP, "Whut Whut." Produced by Germany's Snowgoons, the brooding new song finds Sticky Fingaz and Fredro Starr trading aggro bars over ominous keys and stormy atmosphere.

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