Chris Martins

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  • Merchandise 'Begging for Your Life / In the City Light' Stream

    Merchandise Celebrate Signing With 14-Minute 'Begging for Your Life' Single

    Reverb-loving rock dramatists Merchandise have signed with 4AD and are marking the occasion by releasing a 14-minute-long song. Coming to download on January 15 and vinyl February 25, "Begging for Your Life / In the City Light" initially appeared on a tour-only split cassette with Thurston Moore's Chelsea Light Moving. The new physical release will be limited as well — there will be 1,000 copies of the etched, clear 12-inch. An edit can be heard above, emerging from a pile of brass into a dark corridor of echoing drums and quavering vocals, and eventually entering a maelstrom of comely noise. Merchandise are reportedly at work in their Tampa home studio, crafting their follow-up to 2013's Totale Night.

  • Kim Dotcom MegaUpload Political Party New Zealand Megaparty

    MegaUpload Boss Kim Dotcom Founds Internet-Friendly Political Party

    Indicted MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom is launching a political party in New Zealand on Monday, the second anniversary of the police raid on his Auckland mansion. Born Kim Schmitz in Germany, the 39-year-old is not a local citizen and therefore not eligible to run, but he will be funding the so-called Megaparty. The exact political bent of his platform is unknown, though he's criticized liberals and conservatives alike, and unsurprisingly has espoused libertarian ideals.In a recent interview with Vice, transcribed by FACT, Dotcom criticized the Kiwi establishment. "Where the government is supposed to serve us, the people, we are paying with our taxes that they do a good job for us," he said. "And look what they do, they undermine our rights, they destroy our freedoms, they censor our Internet — so we are the ones who have to bring that change.

  • Sundance Music 2014 Score Concert Documentary Film Festival

    Sundance 2014: The Definitive Music Guide

    The Sundance Film Festival returns to Park City, Utah, this month, running January 16 through 26. Though movies are the main event, there are always plenty of excuses for music-lovers to lace up their snow-boots and join in the festivities. To wit, last year we spent half of the showcase following Dave Grohl's every move on the occasion of the Sound City premiere. But 2014 brings its own set of aural charms. Now, for your consideration, SPIN rounded up every single one of them below.Musicians on the Silver ScreenThe top three here are all equally exciting, and entirely different in tone. There's 20,000 Days on Earth, the fictionalized documentary about a day in the life of Nick Cave. Fellow Aussie Kylie Minogue, actor Ray Winstone (The Departed), and Cave's twin tween sons all make cameos. Bad Seed/Grinderman Warren Ellis double-teams the score with the film's subject.

  • Kanye West Assault Teenager Chiropractor Racist Insult

    Kanye West Allegedly Punches Man for Insulting Kim Kardashian

    Kanye West has allegedly punched an 18-year-old man who hurled disgusting insults at his famous wife. TMZ cites sources who say Kim Kardashian was mobbed by photographers at a Beverley Hills medical building Monday when she was approached by the supposed victim. He reportedly tried to help her get through the crowd, then yelled, "F**k these fa**ot-ass n****rs" in regard to the paparazzi. She told him not to use the N-word, and then he turned on her."F**k you, bitch. Just trying to help you. Shut up, n****r-lover, stupid slut," he was heard saying. Kardashian then called West; the guy yelled the N-word at West over the phone; Kardashian saw him go into the chiropractor's office; and West showed up and the couple rushed into the building looking for the dude. As the story goes, the Yeezus MC punched him, while his "Bound 2" costar yelled something about having it all on tape.

  • Nils Frahm Says Video Spaces Album Live

    Nils Frahm's 'Says' Gets Gorgeously Trippy Video

    Late last year, we premiered "Hammers," a fluttering Reichian dream from pianist/composer Nils Frahm. Now the Berliner returns with the video for a more electronically tinged standout from his excellent new Spaces album. "Says" starts quietly with humble key-strikes and a slowly roiling synth sequence, but by the eight-minute track's end it's become a hulking monolith of crystalline notes and pulsing rhythm. Romain Assénat and Ana Silva perform a similar trick with the clip above, improvising with ink on glass (and a video feedback device), toying with repetition and compositional evolution as they go. You'll hear cheering at the end — Spaces is so named because the 11 songs therein were captured at various live performances over the past couple of years.

  • Tree Probably Nu It MCTREEG EP Download Stream

    Download MC Tree's Bluesy Soultrap Track 'Probably Nu It'

    Chicago MC Tree is dropping a surprise set on January 21 — the @MCTREEG EP, which so far seems chock-full of the rapper-singer's signature soultrap music. Last week we heard the meditative "Like Whoa," and now we've got the free-to-download "Probably Nu It." Heard below, the song is a bluesy dedication to an unnamed muse that stays true to the man's statement that these songs find him at "his most vulnerable yet strongest." For more from Tree, check out last year's Sunday School II: When Church Lets Out and earlier offering Trillin'. The Chi-celebrating album cover for the new set can be seen at the bottom of the post, via Scion AV.

  • OutKast Festival Reunion 2014 Tour Shows

    OutKast Are Playing 40 Festivals in 2014

    First there were whispers of an OutKast reunion for 2014. Then there was the Coachella lineup confirmation — Big Boi and André 3000 will indeed headline this year's California desert fest. Then came the Governors Ball gig for New York City. And now: OutKast's Facebook page tells us that the once estranged Atlanta duo will "return to the stage with a full festival run of over 40 dates to celebrate 20 years since Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik."That, of course, would be the group's debut, which helped put southern rap on the map back in 1994. The gents had some kind (if not canned words) for their fans on the occasion of the announcement. "Returning to the stage together is the most exciting way for us to thank everyone for their 20 years of supporting Outkast," André 3000 is quoted as saying. Big Boi, a.k.a.

  • Sam Smith 'Money on My Mind' Video

    Sam Smith Shrugs Off Success in 'Money on My Mind' Video

    After winning ears the world over with his Disclosure collaboration "Latch," Sam Smith is prepping a debut album, In the Lonely Hour, for a May 26 release. The 21-year-old British songbird now shares that set's second single — following the suave "Safe With Me" — and the new track mixes shuffling dance-pop with yearning soul and R. Kelly-style R&B. Dubbed "Money on My Mind," the song finds Smith singing about not getting caught up in his newfound success — he's doing it "for the love," not the dollars.The video above plays off of that theme by placing our hero in one of the most cash-obsessed places on the planet, Las Vegas.

  • Liars 'Mess on a Mission' Stream Album

    Hear Liars' Rave-Punk Ripper 'Mess on a Mission'

    "Facts are facts and fiction's fiction," goes the chorus of Liars' new song "Mess on a Mission," but the Los Angeles-based experimentalists seem to take particular glee in blurring that line. Their excellent 2012 set WIXIW was promoted with a series of images and videos designed to confuse the viewer, and their next album Mess so far seems to celebrate yarn doing all sorts of things yarn doesn't normally do. Now we can hear the aforementioned first taste of that March 25 set — a ripping pileup of pounding beats, rave fuzz, and droning vocals that bodes well for the other 10 songs. See Mess' track list and album cover below, and make sure to check out SPIN's 50 Albums You've Gotta Hear in 2014 for more highlights from the new year.Liars, Mess track list:1. "Mask Maker"2. "Vox Tuned D.E.D."3. "I'm No Gold"4. "Pro Anti Anti"5. "Can't Hear Well"6. "Mess on a Mission"7.

  • Cass McCombs Karen Black Brighter! Video

    Cass McCombs Honors the Late Karen Black in 'Brighter!' Video

    The late actress Karen Black is honored in the new video for her haunting Cass McCombs collaboration "Brighter!," from last year's double album Big Wheel and Others. Her final song with the nomadic folky — she also appears on sublime Catacombs track "Dreams-Come-True-Girl" — was recorded before she died of cancer on August 9, 2013, and her husband Stephen Eckleberry managed to capture footage from an at-home rehearsal on his iPhone. Seen above, that material, as well as bits taken from Black's films, are projected over a bleary-eyed McCombs while he plays the guitar. Below, you can read the widowers words about the video he directed.

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