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  • Hear Actress' Fog Bank of a Black-Label Single 'Grey Over Blue'

    Hear Actress' Fog Bank of a Black-Label Single 'Grey Over Blue'

    Actress is on a mission to kill music dead in 2014. Back in November, the English producer born Darren Cunningham teased his own potential retirement in a cryptic announcement for his next album, Ghettoville, due in January. Now he's sneaked out a black-label, two-song 12-inch via Ninja Tune/Werkdiscs — it's in stores now, but presumably unmarked top to bottom, this side to that side. And only 180 copies exist. For those less intrepid, here's a stream of the A-side, "Grey Over Blue," an aptly titled block of ambient fuzz and compressed beat that feels beamed in from the ominous score of a '90s PC game (see Myst). The nearly eight-minute crawler comes backed with "Wee Bey," which we hope involves samples of a tiny Beyoncé.

  • Mobb Deep Anniversary Reunion Tour Infamous Reissue

    Mobb Deep Reunite for Tour, New Album, 'Infamous' Reissue

    Next year Queensbridge '90s rap icons Mobb Deep will celebrate the approaching 20th anniversary of their beloved second album, The Infamous. (Ror the record, SPIN gave it a 9/10.) Not only will Havoc and Prodigy will be uniting for an extensive U.S. tour, they're planning an expanded remaster of that classic LP and a brand new record's worth of material. The duo broke the news in an interview with Huffington Post.The two discs will arrive in one package dubbed The Infamous Mobb Deep, due out in March, with the first half comprising the digitally remastered 1995 album and 10 additional tracks unearthed from that era (Prodigy promises lost verse from Nas, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, and others).

  • Lily Allen Chris Martin Coldplay Fear Live Video

    Watch Coldplay's Chris Martin Backup Lily Allen on 'The Fear'

    Lily Allen made a big return in November with "Hard Out Here" and the accompanying clip, which doubled as a response video to Robin Thicke's conversation-starting "Blurred Lines." After stirring the pot and getting accused of accidental racism in the process, she made a much softer landing on Thursday, December 19, performing her 2009 It's Not Me, It's You single "The Fear" with Coldplay leader Chris Martin on backing vocals and guitar (above). The occasion was a London benefit for Kids Company dubbed "Under 1 Roof," and it featured other artists as well. As Stereogum points out, we also get Allen performing Ella Fitzgerald's "Dream a Little Dream of Me" with Robbie Williams, and Allen and Keane man Tim Rice-Oxley doing his band's "Somewhere Only We Know."And because our hearts are frozen, you'll find Coldplay's "White Christmas" as well.

  • Rick Ross Lady Gaga R. Kelly Do What U Want Remix

    Rick Ross Enters Sexless Threesome With Lady Gaga and R. Kelly

    Rick Ross once again inserts himself into a popular song that he was never invited to in the first place, this time winding up in an awkward threesome with Lady Gaga and R. Kelly. That pair came together this year, of course, for "Do What U Want," a sex-dripping ARTPOP song that inspired a heated performance when they brought it to Saturday Night Live (cross-reference: "sex push-ups"). Ross, meanwhile is gearing up to release Mastermind (presumably where his Jay Z team-up "The Devil Is a Lie" will land) and likely celebrating having made the cut for SPIN's Hall of Shame. He's also appeared on Maybach Music remixes of Lorde's "Royals" and Drake's "Hold On We're Going Home," and now pays Kellz and Mother Monster the favor of 30 seconds of his time at the start of the track below.

  • Beastie Boys Movie Spike Jonze We Can Do It

    Spike Jonze Reveals the Beastie Boys Movie That Never Was

    The Beastie Boy's unforgettable "Sabotage" video has spawned countless imitators and a Halloween meme that lives on nearly 20 years later. It also inspired a feature film that never came to be. As Indiewire recalls, after making the video together the New York rap legends and director Spike Jonze repaired to Hollywood in order to write a screenplay. The Her filmmaker now reveals that the movie would have been called We Can Do This and starred the Beasties in several roles."The four of us wrote a script together," Jonze says. "It was called We Can Do This because it had ... it was so surreal and out there and [Adam "MCA" Yauch’s filmmaker alter-ego] Nathanial Hornblower was a character as the director. One of the characters from "Sabotage," Sir Stuart Wallace, was a character. Both played by Yauch and it just would’ve been ridiculous and fun ...

  • Pearl Jam Rolling Stones 'Shattered' Video Jeanne Tripplehorn

    See Eddie Vedder and Jeanne Tripplehorn Charmingly Cover the Rolling Stones

    Something you may not know about Criminal Minds star Jeanne Tripplehorn: In the words of Pearl Jam main man Eddie Vedder, "She has this incredible ability to sing any Rolling Stones song as Julie Andrews." It's true, and you can witness this feat above, as Vedder and Tripplehorn (Basic Instinct, The Firm, Big Love) cover "Shattered," from 1978's Some Girls. Therein, he plays the Keith Richards to her Mick Jagger (as Andrews), and the results are as charming as they are fun. The footage comes from a fundraiser for Heal EB, a nonprofit dedicated to funding a cure/raising awareness for the life-threatening skin condition epidermolysis bullosa. Pearl Jam, of course, are celebrating the release of Lightning Bolt.

  • Danny Brown Hannibal Buress Interview Video

    Danny Brown on Social Media: 'You Can't Just Call People a Crackhead'

    Sonically speaking, it's been a damn fine 2013, so SPIN celebrated our Year in Music last week with an invite-only gala at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg. The lineup was indicative of our staff's eclectic taste: pop hurricane Charli XCX, indie-rock legends Superchunk, and last but hardly least, Danny Brown. We captured some great performance footage of Detroit's proudest son, and we'll share that soon, but first to the behind-the-scenes. Our host for the night was Hannibal Buress — clutch wingman on The Eric André Show, and an ace comic himself — and the man took a little time to catch up with Brown backstage.Above, you'll the Old MC talking about his restless life on the road, admitting that visiting South Africa changed his perspective, and explaining why he stopped stage-diving at shows.

  • Courtney Love Lawsuit Attorney Rhonda Holmes Twitter

    Courtney Love's Twitter Defamation Case Is Going to Trial

    A Los Angeles Superior Court judge today ruled that the defamation lawsuit against Courtney Love filed by former attorney Rhonda Holmes will go forward. Naturally, the case dates back to a series of tweets sent from the alt-rock icon. In June of 2010 she publicly accused her former legal rep of having been "bought off," writing, "They got to her," in regards to an investigation into the management of the Kurt Cobain estate.Love's current lawyers' defense was, with credit to precedent-setter Childish Gambino, "because the Internet." They argued hyperbole and sensational language are par for the course in social media, and that claims made via Twitter should not be held to the same standard as information transmitted by news organizations.

  • Arsenio Hall Chance Rapper Chain Smoker Video Chicago

    Chance the Rapper Brings 'Chain Smoker,' Full Band to 'Arsenio'

    Chance the Rapper visited The Arsenio Hall Show on Thursday night. While there was one particular moment dear to our hearts — the estimable host introduced him as "SPIN Magazine's Rapper of the Year," which he is — the true highlight was the Chicago MC/songbird's band-backed performance of "Chain Smoker" from Acid Rap, which ranked mighty high on our Best Hip-Hop Albums and Best Albums (period) lists. Seen above, Chancelor Bennett gives it his all on the soulful song, even throwing in some MJ-inspired moves. Meanwhile, below you can see him sit down with Hall below for a brief interview in which he calls for peace in his hometown and advocates for the formation of a rappers' union.

  • Indie Rock Christmas: 20 New Holiday Songs for 2013

    Indie Rock Christmas: 20 New Holiday Songs for 2013

    Was 2013 the year Santa went #seapunk? Only one way to find out: dive deep into SPIN's handpicked batch of 2013 holiday songs, running the gamut from remade yuletide carols of yore to future classics (okay, some are just good gags). Whether it be a little ol' band called Arcade Fire, a friendly rapper named Murs, or something called the Todayshits, we hope these selections help make your season a little more bright.

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  • 1 KLOË — Grip " 03:24
  • 2 Dead Right! — Rising Tide (Saint Motel Remix) " 03:17
  • 3 The-Dream — Fruition " 04:33
  • 4 A. G. Cook — What I Mean " 04:06
  • 5 Howardian — Be Fruitful " 02:03
  • 6 The Suffers — Make Some Room " 04:34
  • 7 Adventures — Your Sweetness " 04:10

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