Chris Martins

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  • Kanye West Coinye Cease Desist Cryptocurrency

    Kanye West vs. Coinye West: Cease-and-Desist Sparks Early Rollout

    The creators of Coinye West have moved up the release date of their Yeezus-inspired cryptocurrency after receiving a cease-and-desist letter from the product's namesake. While the Kanye-honoring Internet money (à la Bitcoin, Ripple, Litecoin, Peercoin, and Dogecoin) was originally set to go live on January 11, it'll now arrive today, January 7, at 7 p.m. PST. The Coinye Facebook account has been taken down, but the Twitter profile lives on:"WHO GON STOP ME HUH" ? Coinye feelin' the heat, gonna spread what we got so far before the bigwigs steal our work!! http://t.co/Aql5N1tNp5— Coinye (@CoinyeCoins) January 7, 2014You'll note the original square-jawed face of Coinye has been replaced with South Park's West-as-gay-fish.

  • Beyonce Blue Ivy God Made You Beautiful Song Birthday

    Hear Beyonce's Blue Ivy Dedication, 'God Made You Beautiful'

    Baby Blue Ivy contributed vocals to Beyoncé's phenomenal new album and certainly appeared in spirit on Jay Z's not-so-great one, Magna Carta Holy Grail. Now, in honor of the adorable tyke's second birthday on January 7, she gets a song dedicated to her from Queen Bey, debuted on her daddy's Life + Times blog. "Happy birthday, Blue," Hova wrote to accompany the soaring ballad, "God Made You Beautiful."The song also came with an image of the man holding his daughter high in the air, ankle-deep in an infinity pool. (Cute tip: if you download the image you'll discover it's named "bluejay.jpg.") "Your love, it shines so bright," sings Beyoncé, "You bring me back to life, back to life." Visit Life + Times to stream the song in full and for more of how babies are made, check out the "Drunk in Love" video. 

  • Sondre Lerche The Sleepwalker Sundance Soundtrack Palindromes

    Sondre Lerche Scores Wife's Sundance Film 'The Sleepwalker'

    Sondre Lerche has joined the growing list of independently known musicians whose movie scores will be heard at the 2014 installment of the Sundance Film Festival, kicking off January 16 in Park City, Utah. The singer-songwriter provided the original soundtrack to The Sleepwalker, directed by fellow Norwegian Mona Fastvold, who also happens to be Lerche's wife. The first taste of the music, "Palindromes," can be heard below, courtesy of Stereogum.While the song shared here features vocals, a press release confirmed that most of the score will be instrumental — the set was co-written by and performed with longtime Lerche collaborator Kato Ådland and will get a proper standalone release on January 14 via Mona Records.

  • Twin Shadow 'Cupid' 112 Cover Video

    See Twin Shadow Remake 112's '90s R&B Classic 'Cupid'

    Twin Shadow's unpredictable Under the Cvrs series continues with a welcome return to '90s R&B. Ex-Bad Boy quartet 112 are paid tribute with this stirring cover of their 1995 hit "Cupid." Seen above, the man born George Lewis Jr. delivers a huskier take on the yearning track, adding a warbling electronic beat and a wobbly guitar solo. We've previously heard the man's takes on U2's "With or Without You," Lou Reed's "Perfect Day," Tori Amos' "Silent All These Years," Bruce Springsteen's "I'm on Fire," and 10cc's "Not in Love." Revisit the original "Cupid" below.

  • Damaged Bug 'Eggs at Night' John Dwyer Thee Oh Sees

    Thee Oh Sees' John Dwyer Goes Synth on Solo Project

    Thee Oh Sees caused a lot of worry when frontman John Dwyer announced to a San Francisco crowd that the December show would be the beloved band's last "for a long while." The garage-rock crew have since called an official hiatus, but fans can take solace in the fact that their leader won't be idle. On February 25, Dwyer will release his first album as Damaged Bug. The 12-song set will be called Hubba Bubba and is preceded by "Eggs at Night," a lo-fi synthpop offering with droning vocals à la early Brian Eno. Fittingly, that glam guru appears in the provided artwork (by Deirdre White) via an illustration of the framed photograph on the cover of Here Come the Warm Jets. The solo outing has a home on Dwyer's own label, Castle Face.Damaged Bug, Hubba Bubba track list:1. "Gloves for Garbage"2. "Rope Burn"3. "Eggs at Night"4. "SS Cassidinea"5. "Catastrophobia"6. "Hubba Bubba"7.

  • Broken Bells 'After the Disco' Stream Title Track

    Broken Bells Glisten on 'After the Disco' Title Track

    Shins boss James Mercer and production whiz Danger Mouse drop After the Disco on February 4, reuniting in the form of Broken Bells — a moody pop project that this time comes with a sci-fi short film starring Anton Yelchin (Star Trek Into Darkness, Terminator Salvation) and Kate Mara (House of Cards, American Horror Story). We've seen it all come together in the video for "Holding on for Life," and now we get some more audio to explore. Heard below, title track "After the Disco" offers a more upbeat vision, borrowing its rhythm from that glistening genre and intermittently bursting with falsetto blooms. Get your zero-gravity hip-shake on hear, then visit SPIN's 50 Albums You Gotta Hear in 2014.

  • Jonwayne Scoop DeVille The Come Up Video

    Jonwayne Raps Inside of a Giant Diamond in 'The Come Up' Video

    Los Angeles rapper-producer Jonwayne had an immense 2013. He dropped two mixtapes, picked up a cease and desist from Marlboro, reclaimed his family name from a certain acting cowboy (explained here), and closed with Rap Album One, one of the unsung greats of last year's hip-hop slate. Now that 11-song set spawns an official video for Scoop DeVille-assissted highlight "The Come Up." Directed by Henry DeMaio, the black-and-white clip finds our hero surrounded by the youthful signifiers — a white picket fence, a school desk, a tricycle toting a boom-box. Scoop emerges from a far more grown-up vehicle (is that Peanut Butter Wolf alter-ego Folerio acting as chauffeur?) but Jonwayne shouldn't be jealous. By the end he's rapping from within a diamond.

  • Conor Oberst Anonymous Rape Allegation Response Libel

    Conor Oberst Denies Anonymous Rape Allegation, Consults Lawyer

    Conor Oberst's publicist has responded to an anonymous Internet commenter's allegations that the Bright Eyes leader committed rape 10 years ago. Last month, XOJane published an article written by a woman who'd suffered through an abusive relationship with a famous musician. Beneath the story, a reader wrote: "I was raped by a 'rock star' myself. I was 16 years old, he was in his 20s ... This guy is the poster boy for what was known as 'emo.'"In a later comment — all are collected in a Tumblr post that's gone viral — she outed Oberst, explained that his older brother was her English teacher and that he introduced the two in honor of her 16th birthday. She "had been his biggest fan for several years," and she said that's also why no one believed her at the time, including her own mother.

  • SXSW 2014 Bands Lineup Guide Dum Girls Mobb Deep

    SXSW 2014: Dum Dum Girls, Mobb Deep, Charli XCX, Big Freedia Join Fest

    South By Southwest returns to Austin, Texas, on March 11, bringing with it more musical acts than you could hope to hear in a lifetime. As is their wont, the organizers have been releasing the confirmed performers list bit by bit. In October, we got 182 names led by Urge Overkill, the Men, Lene Lovich, Saint Rich, and more. November delivered 348 more, topped by Gary Numan, Blouse, Diarrhea Planet, Gunplay, Tinariwen, and more still. Now, we've got 741 new acts to sort through, all listed below. But as is SPIN's wont, we've done a little sorting for you. Trip through our picks below — Big Freedia, Ryan Hemsworth, Dum Dum Girls, Charli XCX, Lydia Loveless... — and be sure to cross-reference with our 50 Albums You Gotta Hear in 2014.See These:Bobby Bare, Jr.

  • Carrie Brownstein Sleater-Kinney Reunion Portlandia

    Carrie Brownstein Teases Sleater-Kinney Reunion Ahead of 'Portlandia' Return

    Carrie Brownstein teases the possibility of a Sleater-Kinney reunion in a new interview. The Portlandia co-creator and co-star sat down with Stereogum to discuss her show's forthcoming fourth season, her musical past (as recently revisited in The Punk Singer film), and the future of her various projects. Asked if she'd be willing to get the old gang back together, she implied that their tale may have some telling yet: "I would be curious to know what the rest of the story is with that band.""It's sometimes hard to reenter [a specific period in life] at a different age or with a different perspective," she said. "So, it's like finding a way into the container that is Sleater-Kinney ... What I appreciate about Sleater-Kinney is that we did six records and they all felt different.

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