Chris Martins

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  • Watch Prince Shred 'Something in the Water' With New Power Generation

    Watch Prince Shred 'Something in the Water' With New Power Generation

    Prince has been doing his thing long enough and gone through so many transformations that even his most loyal fans can disagree over his best work. But if there's one element of the Purple One's repertoire that's never been up for debate, it's his ability to shred. Above, you can witness the Minneapolis man in all of his blazing glory as he destroys his flame-broiled guitar while wearing a vest apparently borrowed from The Hobbit's prop closet.This is exactly as it should be, of course, as Prince & the New Power Generation perform "Something in the Water (Does Not Compute)" from his 1982 classic, 1999. The clip comes from the band's three-show holiday run at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

  • Madlib Video Interview Radio France Vinyl Collection

    Watch Madlib Compare J Dilla to Coltrane in Rare Video Interview

    Revered rap producer Madlib is a notoriously difficult guy to pin down for an interview. The staggeringly prolific artist usually prefers to keep his head down, so much so that we were a wee bit surprised to see him in the 2013 documentary about his record label, Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton: This Is Stones Throw Records. But if there's a surefire way to lure the man born Otis Jackson Jr. out of his cave, it's to offer him access to your a massive record collection, assuming you've got something to rival his own.Seen above, Madlib tells Radio France DJ/host Laura Leishman that he owns four tons of vinyl, in fact. He also discusses his early days touring with Tha Alkaholiks, finds a Sun Ra record that he doesn't own, and plays some of the source material from his beloved Quasimoto project. This year, we've seen Madlib freak with Dr.

  • Meechy Darko Flatbush Zombies Rosemary's Baby Stream

    Flatbush Zombies' Meechy Darko Terrorizes on 'The Baby of Rosemary's Baby'

    Gruff-voiced Flatbush Zombies rapper Meechy Darko has let loose a formidable solo track, "The Baby of Rosemary's Baby." Though the beat is as gritty as the man's rhymes, the playful sequencer bloops provided by crew-mate Erick the Architect gives the thing a feel of uplift despite the horror-referencing title. Channeling old school boom-bap in his flow, which is indeed "classic like Primo scratches," Darko could easily command an entire album or mixtape of his own and the description beneath the SoundCloud post includes the number "24.", so perhaps something bigger is on the way. Flatbush Zombies dropped the BetterOffDEAD tape this year. Support these dudes so Meechy can get a new mattress.

  • Yeasayer Chris Keating Interactive Fashion Show

    Yeasayer's Chris Keating Scores Freaky Interactive Fashion Show

    Yeasayer co-leader Chris Keating has provided a freaky score to an even odder interactive fashion show. The surreality-loving Internet aesthetes at Radical Friend created the visuals, which range from Web 2.0 hellscapes featuring marching geometric armies to hypercolor topographical maps to a room where cartoon sheep graze on vertical grass walls. Models sport outfits by a trio of London designers — Claire Barrow, Ashley Williams, and Ryan Lo — and users can modify their movements with a mouse-click. Meanwhile, as the scenery changes, so does the music. Keating's created a handful of loops that run the gamut from Knife-like warped dance to clanging Death Grips-y noise. The whole thing comes courtesy of i-D, the 34-year-old fashion magazine recently acquired by Vice. Mess with it here.

  • Hear Skream Gently Remix the Smiths' 'This Charming Man'

    First-gen English dubstep producer Skream has remixed the Smiths. In sharing his eerie revision of the 1983 classic "This Charming Man" to SoundCloud, the man born Oliver Jones wrote, "This isn't a dance track nor really a electronic track.... Just a piece of music I'm really happy with." Therein, Morrissey's voice echoes atop windy atmosphere, clanging keys, and a heartbeat pulse. Skream hasn't released a proper album since 2010's Outside the Box, but he did make SPIN's Trend of the Year for embracing disco-kissed dance-pop flare on his "Rollercoaster" single. Oh, and he also apologized in advance for all of the anti-piracy tags.

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    Katy B Throws Trippiest Rave-for-One in 'Crying for No Reason' Video

    Katy B is inching ever closer to the release date of her highly anticipated sophomore album, Little Red. The British pop artiste made her name with 2011's dubstep-inclined On a Mission, but has since been exploring R&Beats with folks like Jessie Ware (on a song called "Aaliyah," no less). And stomping dance-floor ballad "Crying for No Reason" has proved a tough one to shake from our ears. Making matters pleasantly more difficult, now our eyes can feast upon it as well. Directed by Sophie Miller and Ross McDowell, the video above is a testament to what can be done with a gigantic warehouse, a camera on a dolly track, and a metric shit-ton of LED strips. Take all that eye-boggling wonderment in, and then bask in the glitzy comedown that is "5 AM." Little Red is out February 3 via Rinse/Columbia.

  • Mase 'Why Can't We' Stream Now We Even Album

    Hear Ma$e's First Single in a Decade 'Why Can't We'

    "Jay said it, Drake said it / Don't be mad now 'cause Ma$e say it / Come to find out I'm 'Ye favorite." Yes, friends, Mason Betha is back and rapping about himself in the third person in 2013. This is good news. Below, you can stream "Why Can't We," a gauzy R&B-laced track that finds the intermittently retired Bad Boy favorite laying down impossibly smooth rhymes that convert his playalistic past into the stuff of deep commitment. This is the good pastor's first official single in a decade and, amazingly, you can hear the "Ma$e be the..." line before he even drops it.In October, Betha announced on Instagram that his next album will be called Now We Even. He also shared that he's hoping for cameos from the aforementioned dudes, plus Lauryn Hill, 2 Chainz, Seal (!), CeeLo Green, Diddy, Meek Mill, Beyoncé, Fabolous, Dipset, and Ariana Grande.

  • David Bowie Elvis Presley Impersonation BBC Christmas

    Zingy Stardust Returns: Hear David Bowie Impersonate Elvis Presely

    David Bowie made a very special telephone call to the BBC in time for Christmas. Heard below, the man behind The Next Day addresses "all the jolly British folk" from "the U.S. of A," saying he "can't help but remember my British-ness" while impersonating Elvis Presley. As NME points out, Bowie and the King share a birthday — January 8 — and the former has said he initially offered "Golden Years" to the latter as a single. With 2013 wrapping up, Bowie's big, unexpected return has landed him on a couple of SPIN's year-end lists: the Year in NSFW (for the video for James Murphy's "Love Is Lost" remix) and also our Best and Worst Comeback Albums graph. In related news, one of the other fellas to make that latter list, Nine Inch Nails boss Trent Reznor, happened to like The Next Day quite a bit more than we did.

  • Talking Heads Unreleased Theme Song 1976 CBGBs

    Hear Talking Heads' Unreleased 'Theme' Song, Recorded in 1976

    In the summer of 1976, the Talking Heads were only a year past their first show (opening for the Ramones) and a year away from their first album, 77. On July 30, David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, and Chris Frantz played two sets alongside Television at New York City's iconic CBGB, and thankfully someone was there to record it. Because now, nearly 38 years later, we can finally hear a never-released instrumental from that night informally dubbed "Theme." The five-minute song opens with ominous guitar and soon spreads out, finding a sun-dappled beachy groove before culminating in a noisy finish.In the beginning, Byrne introduces the song. "No title?" a fan asks, and he responds, "We call it 'Theme,' but then we just keep it to ourselves." Stream "Theme" below thanks to a Dutch Talking Heads fan site (and Slicing Up Eyeballs).

  • Run Jewels Killer Mike El-P Pew Q-Bert Stream

    Run the Jewels and DJ Qbert Pop Shots on Bleak-Banging 'Pew Pew Pew'

    Killer Mike and El-P ran the indie-rap game in 2012 with a pair of cross-pollinated solo albums, and then ran it all over again in 2013 as a proper due with Run the Jewels. Their self-titled debut LP ranked high in SPIN's Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2013, but fans abroad will technically be able to add Run the Jewels to their 2014 list — an expanded U.K. version arrives on January 13 via Ninja Tune's rap-oriented Big Dada imprint. We've already heard TV on the Radio founder Dave Sitek's "Sea Legs" remix, and now we get a brand new track, streaming below. "Pew Pew Pew" features the maniacal scratch tactics of the legendary DJ Qbert and finds our two hosts spitting rapid-fire acerbic brags over bleak break-beats. In other words, it's RTJ gold. Much like their holiday offering "A Christmas Fucking Miracle."

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