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  • Grimes Roc Nation Signed Jay Z Claire Boucher

    Grimes Signs to Jay Z's Roc Nation

    Grimes has signed with Jay Z's Roc Nation. Specifics are still scarce — the company provides several services including management, publishing, and record release — but the partnership has been confirmed by both sides. Roc announced the deal in a tweet and on their site, sharing the "Genesis" video, which Boucher directed herself. For her part, Grimes posted a picture to Tumblr of her holding up the Roc diamond symbol, captioned "ive joined the x men."The Nation's artist page for their latest signing points out Boucher's renaissance status:Grimes is the multimedia project of Canadian artist Claire Boucher. She is best known for her work as a producer, singer and songwriter, although 'Grimes' also encompasses her work as a director, painter and writer.

  • Four Tet, the 'Beyonce of SendSpace,' Gives Out Free Music

    Four Tet, the 'Beyonce of SendSpace,' Gives Out Free Music

    A week ago, Flying Lotus celebrated hitting the 300,000-follower mark on Twitter by sharing a free zip file full of bonus beats, sketches, collaborations, and remixes. Now Four Tet has followed suit in honor of crossing the 100,000 threshold, releasing a cache of lost tracks to the obnoxiously spammy SendSpace site one at a time, inspiring one person to dub him "the Beyoncé of SendSpace." Highlights include remixes of Grimes, Gravediggaz, and Atoms for Peace.Just beware:my dad got virus/malware trying get my tunes off sendspace last night— Four Tet (@FourTet) December 17, 2013Thankfully, Consequence of Sound has handily uploaded all 12 songs to a single SoundCloud player, which was, at the very least, still functioning at press time (a copyright takedown seems inevitable). To own the tracks yourself, skim the Beautiful Rewind maker's Twitter.

  • Robin Thicke 'Feel Good' Video Blurred Lines

    Robin Thicke Parties With Showgirls in 'Feel Good' Video

    Robin Thicke had a big, um, 2013. Not only did the man release the album that Justin Timberlake was too famous to make — Blurred Lines — he scored a summer anthem with the Pharrell-assisted titular track, and got a whole lot of people talking with the explicit version of the "Blurred Lines" video (that one handedly made our SPIN's Year in NSFW list). Oh and, not for nothing, he got twerked on by Miley Cyrus. It's probably time to celebrate.Indeed, that's what the man does in his latest video, for "Feel Good." He stops to (literally) smell a rose or two, sits behind a spangly piano in a jacket that would've done Liberace proud, throws down on the craps table, and line-dances with (noticeably clothed) showgirls.

  • Blood Orange Dev Hynes Apartment Fire Dog Cupid

    Blood Orange Loses Dog, Belongings in Heartbreaking Apartment Fire

    Blood Orange's Dev Hynes says his entire apartment burned down, destroying all of his belongings and killing his dog Cupid. The Manhattan-based songwriter and producer shared the terrible news on Twitter Tuesday. It was just over a month ago that he released Cupid Deluxe, a marvel of sweetly pained outsider-oriented soul, which ranked high in SPIN's 20 Best R&B Albums of 2013. He recently shared the B-side "West Drive," hinting that he was sitting on a treasure trove of unreleased music, which may be lost now.UPDATE: Robin Urbani, mother of Friends singer and Hynes' girlfriend Samantha Urbani, launched a GoFundMe page in order to help him recoup some of his loss. Contributions have already beat the $5,000 goal (at $7,530 as of press time).

  • Flaming Lips 1984 EP Skull Vinyl Golden Coin

    Eat a Skull for Flaming Lips' 1984 Reissue, a Brain for Concert Tickets

    Beginning this week, Flaming Lips boss Wayne Coyne will be traveling store-to-store hawking his latest mind-boggling creation: a reissue of the Oklahoma psych band's debut 1984 EP pressed to vinyl and topped with a chocolate skull. Also, um, bottomed by an edible brain that appears to have fallen out of said skull. And that brain will contain a golden coin that allows the holder free entry to any single headlining Flaming Lips gig anywhere in the world.Pictured above, the remastered green-vinyl version of The Flaming Lips 1st EP will be limited to 2,000 copies and available only in select Midwestern stores (see the list below). The Warner Bros. press release did not mention a price tag, but the release will include "quite a substantial amount of high-quality, gourmet chocolate" — after all, this is a life-sized skull.

  • Migos 'Ounces' Stream Monday

    Migos Just Want to Get Rid of These 'Ounces' Already

    Migos unleashed another crisply popping track in honor of #MigosMonday. "Ounces" is a weed-slinger's anthem that finds the Atlanta trio applying their usual verbal acrobatics to the task at hand: "All I ever wanted was to get rid of them ounces, ounces, ounces ... whole lot of ounces." Metro Boomin and Zaytoven provide the beat, which incorporates a little dubwise melodica as tribute, no doubt, to the original ganja-farmers. It's a solid entry, and a reminder of why Migos' Y.R.N. placed so high in SPIN's 40 Best Hip-Hop Albums of the Year. And also why we're eagerly awaiting Y.R.N. 2. For other recent entries from the Versace gang, check out "Emmitt Smith," "Ran Up the Money," and "Jackie Chan," the last featuring their spirit animal Gucci Mane. Speaking of: Watch out for the koalas!

  • Dam-Funk Boiler Room DJ Set Video San Francisco

    Watch Dam-Funk Sling Deep Grooves for Hour-Long Boiler Room DJ Set

    When we sat down with Snoop Dogg and Dam-Funk to discuss their album 7 Days of Funk, the pair dropped a serious truth: "You can funk for another seven days. You can funk until the end of time." If anyone's been committed to that cause, it's Dam, the Pasadena-raised producer/singer who's been churning out electro-infused, keytar-enhanced, wonderfully earnest grooves with Stones Throw Records for the past six years. He also host-DJs the long-running, boogie-centric Funkmosphere party in Los Angeles, so, on occasion, the man gets to share his knowledge of the art form with others. That certainly was the case in October when, ahead of the 7 Days release date, Mr. Funk joined Madlib, Kyle Hall, inc., Ras G, and others to perform at the Ray-Ban x Boiler Room 003 Treasure Island Festival 2-Room Broadcast.

  • The Year in NSFW

    The Year in NSFW

    The Internet without NSFW is an increasingly impossible concept. Unfettered access to all manner of info guarantees about 20 percent of what's out there — and we're low-balling that number — might get ya fired should you happen to click while on your boss' web connection. But along with all the gratuitous gore, nasty nudity, and mutterings of madmen, comes a whole lot of self-expression (thanks Diplo!). Somewhere in the middle, you'll find SPIN's Year in NSFW: 25 of the most titillating and/or totally disgusting music videos and album covers of 2013.

  • Pixies Frank Black Fire Kim Shattuck Response

    Pixies' Frank Black on Kim Shattuck's Firing: 'Big Woop-Dee-Doo'

    After more than 25 years as the female voice and lead bass of the Pixies, co-founder Kim Deal quit in June to focus on her other band the Breeders. The band then inducted Kim Shattuck, leader of the Muffs, to fill her spot on the just-wrapped world tour ‚ and when that wrapped, they bid "New Kim" a fond farewell, then gave her the boot via a phone call to her manager the next morning. They've now subbed in Paz Lechantin (A Perfect Circle, Zwan).Pixies boss Frank Black has now responded to fans' concerns over Shattuck's firing. For her part, the Muffs frontwoman didn't seem hurt. "I would have preferred it if they told me face to face as a group, but they're nice people. I'm still a fan of the Pixies," she told NME.

  • Ray Price Country Star Dead Confirmed

    Ray Price, Country Star, Dead at 87

    Texan country star Ray Price has died at the age of 87. The singer/guitarist lost a hard-fought battle to pancreatic cancer today, and passed at his Mount Pleasant home surrounded by friends and family. His son mistakenly announced death this morning — wife Janie Price corrected reports, explaining that he was flagging, but not yet gone. The Associated Press now says a family spokesperson has confirmed the worst.Price was a honky-tonk hero in the '50s — Willie Nelson was in his band the Cherokee Cowboys — and in the '60s made his name exploring Nashville-style ballads and pop-oriented arrangements.

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