Chris Martins

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  • Yusef Lateef Jazz Composer Dead 93 Flute Saxophone

    Yusef Lateef, Jazz Master, Dead at 93

    Grammy-winning jazz innovator Yusef Lateef is dead at the age of 93. Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on October 9, 1920, the gifted composer came to be celebrated for fusing his distinctively American idiom with Eastern sounds. Though a versatile multi-instrumentalist, he was best known for his work on flute and tenor saxophone. He died Monday, December 23, at his home in Shutesbury, Massachusetts, after reportedly battling prostate cancer.The Daily Hampshire Gazette broke the news, sharing the information they received so that the newspaper might publish an official obituary. His 1987 set Yusef Lateef's Little Symphony won the Grammy for Best New Age Album in its time. Lateef played every instrument on that album, including sitar, water drums, gourd, and kalangu.

  • kanye west, drake, president obama

    Barack Obama Agrees: 'Kanye's Music Is Outstanding Though'

    We got a lot of Kanye West in 2013. The man released a bona fide stunner of a new record, Yeezus, which was SPIN's Album of the Year. That placed him at the top of our Best Albums list and our Best Hip-Hop Albums list, of course. The dude also had a lot to say this year, which led to a notable inclusion in our Year in Quotes round-up and spawned a standalone gallery of original illustrations depicting the many self-comparisons West made in various rants and interviews. But the year wouldn't be a wrap if we didn't get the President of the United States of America himself to weigh in Yeezy.In a new interview with People, via Politico, Barack Obama is asked who he'd rather hang out with: the Duck Dynasty family or West and his fiancé Kim Kardashian.

  • Beyonce Million Sales Self Titled Album Charts

    Beyonce Poised to Sell a Million U.S. Copies of 'Beyonce' in 10 Days

    On Wednesday of last week, December 18, Beyoncé's self-titled surprise fifth album broke the million-sold mark worldwide. Now, according to Billboard, the LP is unsurprisingly on the verge of accomplishing that same feat in the U.S. alone. You'll recall that the stone-cold Essential Beyoncé was released in the wee morning hours of a Friday, meaning its week-one sales of 617,000 actually came from a three-day span, as the industry charts week ends wraps on Sundays.Although forecasters predicted that the album would sell 260,000 in week two, it's now looking like Queen Bey may land at a number north of 340,000 — that'd give her a total of at least 957,000 albums sold across a 10-day span.

  • Iggy Pop Merry Christmas Holiday Greeting Video

    Watch Iggy Pop's Priceless Christmas Video Greeting

    Iggy Pop in a hot tub wearing a Santa hat. Iggy Pop on a couch snuggling with a giant tropical bird. Iggy Pop on a chaise lounge in a robe next to a pool, saying, "Merry Christmas" as he waggled his eyebrows. There's a whole lot that happens in the precious 20 seconds viewable above, wherein the affable Stooges boss invites the public into his private life in order to share some good tidings. Pop released a damn fine solo album this year — Ready to Die — and also visited Marc Maron's WTF to discuss orgasms and Andy Warhol.

  • AraabMuzik 'Ghost Story' Stream Mondays

    Hear AraabMuzik's Spookily Booming 'Ghost Story'

    Aside from that whole getting shot thing, this year has been kind to AraabMuzik — or perhaps it's more accurate to say the Providence, Rhode Island producer has been been kind to 2013. The man brought his furious MPC-pounding fingers to Letterman, released the bass-celebrating mixtape For Professional Use Only, shared a fantastical music video, dropped a remix collection, and mashed up dance trends on the Trap vs. Drill vs. EDM compilation. Now he's three weeks into his AraabMuzik Mondays series with "Ghost Story," an appropriately haunting combination of chipmunk'd vocals (that's Deepsky and Jes), soaring synth textures, and boom-bap drums. Listen below via Spotify.

  • Mike Will Made-It Been Trill Mixtape Download Stream

    Download Mike Will Made It's Star-Stuffed 'Been Trill' Mixtape

    Mike WiLL Made-It is already SPIN's Artist of the Year, but he's not letting 2013 go without making one more marquee statement. Now, the Atlanta producer born Michael Williams releases Mike WiLL Been TriLL, a free 25-track mixtape that recaps some of the man's recent collaborations — known songs with Miley Cyrus, Jay Z, 2 Chainz, Juicy J, Gucci Mane — in between previously unreleased songs and versions. Future hosts the collection and also stars on "Faded," and as previously reported, Migos and Wiz Khalifa team for "Whippin a Brick." Stream and download below.

  • Kool AD Not Okay Mixtape Stream Digable Planets Ladybug

    Kool A.D.'s 'Not O.K.' Mixtape Marks Return of Digable Planets' Ladybug Mecca

    Kool A.D. closes out a strong solo year with his third mixtape of 2013: Not O.K. The entire 15-track set can be streamed below and downloaded via Bandcamp for an optional donation. MC/producer Amaze 88 returns following the February 63 and 19 mixtapes, and we get fresh-but-familiar faces in the form of Del the Funky Homosapien and, surprisingly, former Digable Planets member Ladybug Mecca. Those two appear on "CNN," while other tracks feature Hellfyre Club member Milo, Raheem Recess, Alim, Jabee, and French rapper B.E. Labeau. Not to be missed: the existentially aimed Lil B tribute "Tiger Style," in which Kool declares, "Think I'm Dinosaur Jr." Get gnarly with a Das Racist founder here:

  • Hudson Mohawke 'Structure' LuckyMe Stream Video

    Hear Hudson Mohawke's Booty-Praising 'Structure'

    TNGHT star and Kanye West producer Hudson Mohawke has shared a new trunk-rattling track via his LuckyMe Records. The label is doing an advent-style song-a-day release leading up to Christmas, and the latest is "Structure." London vocalist Shamz Le Roc sheds light on the title (which has to do with the architectural integrity of the derrière) while the beat aptly offers heaps of bounce and wobble. The Scottish producer offsets his trademark minimal, percussive assault with lots of lo-bit glitch (hit play above). Hudson Mohawke was among the 67 names credited on West's Yeezus, which happened to be SPIN's Album of the Year.

  • Disclosure Voices Video Sasha Keable Settle

    Disclosure's 'Voices' Video Stars Hip-Popping Prison Gangs

    Disclosure not only had one of the best albums of 2013 in Settle, they led SPIN's Trend of the Year by bringing a better amalgam of dance and pop to airwaves both mainstream and underground. Also, that album is decidedly all killer and no filler, chock full of potential hits like "Voices" featuring singer Sasha Keable. That track now gets a wild and beautiful video whose art direction at times recalls Kanye West's Runaway short film. Set within a prison, the clip finds one mystical woman at the center of rival crews wearing terrifying masks and executing aggressive dance moves. Watch above.

  • Royksopp Twenty Thirteen Stream Robyn Tour

    Hear Royksopp Bid the Year Adieu With 'Twenty Thirteen'

    Next year, all signs point to Röyksopp at last following up their 2010 album Senior. In November, the Norwegian electronic duo shared the new single "Running to the Sea," and now we have "Twenty Thirteen" featuring Jamie McDermott from the Irrepressibles, arriving just ahead of the closing bell for its titular year. Over an old-timey big-band jazz lurch, the track transports the listener to the Prohibition Era, and also lyrically channels "Auld Lang Syne" in parts. The song looks back fondly on the year about to pass: "2013, still in my heart / the music and the stars." It's nothing like the pair's other work of late — you're welcome to compare and contrast "Twenty Thirteen" with "Running" below. Also, look out for Robyn and Röyksopp to hit the road together in 2014, fresh off of a yet-unheard new studio collaboration.

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