Chris Martins

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  • Madlib Freddie Gibbs Deeper Video Pinata Album

    Freddie Gibbs' Raps From Prison in 'Deeper' Video

    Freddie Gibbs and Madlib found a real groove together on Pińata, a street-rap epic that combines the deft stylings of an Indiana-reared MC who's drawn more than a few comparisons to 2Pac and a visionary producer whose blunted beats continually color West Coast hip-hop. That release made our Best Albums of 2014 So Far list, and now it's spawned a beautifully shot music video for the standout track, "Deeper." Seen above, the Jonah Schwartz-directed clip takes a page from the lyrics and depicts Gibbs in prison, reflecting back on a wrong turn in a relationship that could've generated a much more positive future for the man. Watch above, and read our recent rare interview with Madlib about Pińata, jazz, Kanye West, and his future moves.

  • Kimbra Remakes '90s Music Videos in '90s Music' Video

    It's no easy feat to establish yourself as a standalone star after being featured on a song as ubiquitous as Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know," but Kimbra is at last well on her way. She's got a fantastic and bizarre new single making the rounds that blends bright pop production with arty effects, rap beats, fuzzy guitars, R&B falsettos, and all manner of odd bells and whistles. Now there's a fittingly crazy/sexy/cool video to go with for the song dubbed — oh yeah, did we forget to mention that? — "90s Music." The song's hook pays tribute to some familiar names: "MJ and Mariah / Nirvana and Aaliyah / R. Kelly and Mary Blige / TLC and Left Eye." And the clip, naturally pays visual tribute to some of the era's most memorable videos — visuals from Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes, Björk, Jamiroquai, and, as Stereogum points out, Aqua.

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    Caribou Returns With Lush and Lovely 'Can't Do Without You'

    Caribou is back. After releasing one of the best albums of 2012 as Daphni (Jialong) Canadian producer Dan Snaith returns to his most well-known moniker to at last follow up his 2010 masterstroke, Swim. Merge Records has announced that on October 7, Caribou's Our Love shall arrive, bringing with it collaborations with singer-producer Jessy Lanza and Oscar-nominated violinist Owen Pallett. Also, you can hear the first taste of it — a lush and lovely number dubbed "Can't Do Without You" — below, which is the best news of all.The label says the new one "is formed around a mixture of digital pop production, hip hop-inspired beats, muted house basslines, and a love of shuffling garage ...

  • Isaiah Toothtaker 'La Mer' Video Nothing Jacob Safari

    Isaiah Toothtaker Samples Nine Inch Nails, Contemplates Thuggery in 'La Mer' Video

    Last year was a big one for Nine Inch Nails, but amidst all the hubbub surrounding new album Hesitation Marks — I.E. a Trent Reznor SPIN cover — a related but entirely unauthorized project didn't quite get its due. The eight-song ИOTHING album found producer Jacob Safari cutting up classic NIN songs and sliding the beats over to Tucson MC Isaiah Toothtaker.

  • Jack White Lazaretto Album Stream iTunes

    Stream Jack White's 'Lazaretto' Album in Full

    Jack White is streaming his new album, Lazaretto, in full via iTunes First Play. The Third Man Records boss should be feeling good about unleashing his latest long-player since he just cleared the air over his recent comments about the Black Keys (and Adele) and Meg White, plus he did manage to set a world record in releasing the LP's titular single. And also, on cursory listen, this record sounds pretty damned great. We've previously heard "Temporary Ground," "High Ball Stepper," and "Just One Drink," of course. Now, although we'll have to wait another week to play with the insane vinyl version of the thing, we can hear all of Lazaretto right now. Do that, and then get acquainted with White's other recent project: an entire Neil Young album.Lazaretto track list:1. "Three Women"2. "Lazaretto"3. "Temporary Ground"4. "Would You Fight For My Love?"5. "High Ball Stepper"6.

  • Disclosure 'The Mechanism' Video Animated

    Disclosure Animate 'The Mechanism' in Surprise Video

    At last, the weekend arrives thanks to Disclosure, who, it should be noted, as per the time difference, are well into their weekend already. All the same, the English house-step-soul-etc. duo have just now unleashed a brand new music video for their Friend Within collaboration, "The Mechanism." The song gets a clip very much befitting its title: an animation depicting a series of gears, belts, bolts, and whatnot which coincidentally work perfectly in time with the wobbly track. Peep the schematics above, and read all about Disclosure's Settle LP if you haven't played it, like, three million times already.

  • Tupac Shakur Musical Songs Stream Holler If Ya Hear Me Saul Williams

    Hear Songs From the Tupac Musical, 'Holler If Ya Hear Me'

    You can now hear three remade 2Pac songs from the Tupac Shakur-inspired musical, Holler If Ya Here Me. As previously reported, the Broadway production does not aim to tell the story of the iconic rapper's life and death, but rather to paint its own live-action moving picture via the themes expressed in the man's work.

  • Jack White Black Keys Feud Rolling Stone Ripoff

    Jack White Puts Down Adele While Dissing Black Keys

    Jack White has words for the Black Keys, and they aren't nice. In an excerpt from the next Rolling Stone cover, the Lazaretto-maker reiterates his previously made-in-private theory about the Nashville-via-Akron duo ripping him off. He even takes it to the schoolyard, which is fitting not only because of the inherently childish nature of the conversation, but because the beef arose when White told his ex-wife he didn't want their kids going to school with Dan Auerbach's kids."There are kids at school who dress like everybody else," he said, "because they don't know what to do, and there are musicians like that, too. I'll hear TV commercials where the music's ripping off sounds of mine, to the point I think it's me. Half the time, it's the Black Keys. The other half, it's a sound-alike song because they couldn't license one of mine.

  • Zebra Katz Herve Tear the House Up Video

    Watch Zebra Katz' Eye-Popping 'Tear the House Up' Video

    You know Zebra Katz from his Diplo-backed heater, "Ima Read," but the New York performance artist born Ojay Morgan has been plenty busy since. There was the honey badger-channelling "Pulla Stunt," and his darkly menacing "Y I Do," plus an Icona Pop collaboration to name a few — all of which floated just below the radar. Well, hit play above to experience Katz' new calling card: "Tear the House Up," produced by Hervé, and the accompanying video directed by Ghost+Cow. The clip is a stunner, finding the MC in various wild outfits to match his freaky, colorful enrivons. One scenario has him wearing what we can only assum is Big Bird's pelt inside of what we can only assume is Ronald McDonald's sex dungeon. Much fun with patterns, guns, and androgyny follows. Meanwhile Katz raps his ass off, eschewing his creepier styles for pure dance-rallying rhymes. Via BuzzFeed.

  • Prom Body 'Pretty Flower' Stream Naughty by Natural

    Prom Body Share 'Pretty Flower,' a Bouquet of Garage-Punk Goodness

    Prom Body hail from Tucson, Arizona, and sport the kind of sound that usually emerges, coughing and waving its arms, from a suburban smoke-filled garage. But for every ounce of snot-nosed Wavves-y stoner punk in this quartet's music, there's another of No Age's lo-fi-for-art's-sake, and maybe another still of Jay Reatard's early and weird fist-pumping aggression. Main brain Mike Fay and the gang are plotting their second album in 10 months — Naughty by Natural, out this summer on Topaz — and there's a fine specimen therefrom to be found below.

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