Chris Martins

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  • Blood Orange 'You're Not Good Enough' Lyric Video

    Blood Orange Walks Away From Love in 'You're Not Good Enough' Video

    When he's not busy radically reinventing the works of Drake, Phoenix, and Kindness, or writing songs for Solange, Sky Ferreira, and Britney Spears, Devonté Hynes makes ethereal polyglot soul music under the handle Blood Orange. His second album under that handle is dubbed Cupid Deluxe and includes contributions by members of Dirty Projectors, Kindness, and Chairlift (not to mention Despot, Clams Casino, and others). We've heard the sumptuous Caroline Polachek-assisted "Chamakay" and now there's a lyric video for "You're Not Good Enough," seen above. The new song features warm synth textures and bass-lines, breathy guy-girl vocals, and one very mellow guitar solo.

  • U2 Record Store Day Nelson Mandela Long Walk Freedom RSD

    U2 Join Black Friday Pack With 'Ordinary Love' and 'Breathe' Vinyl

    U2 are the latest band to announce a special release for Record Store Day's annual Back to Black Friday event. The limited-edition 10-inch will include the recently previewed song "Ordinary Love," which was written for the forthcoming Nelson Mandela biopic, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. That Idris Elba-starring film hits theaters on November 29, which happens to be the same day that Black Friday falls on this year.The RSD vinyl release will be covered by the portrait of the South African leader seen above (in full, below) painted by Irish artist Oliver Jeffers. It will also come backed with a newly recorded take on U2's 2009 single "Breathe" dubbed the "Mandela Version." For more on Back to Black Friday, check out SPIN's guide to the Record Store Day rarities, plus posts on contributions from Nick Cave, Father John Misty, and Baroness.

  • Courtney Love Lawsuit Attorney Rhonda Holmes Legal Malpractice

    Courtney Love Sues Ex-Attorney All Over Again

    In September, we reported that Courtney Love is the target of a second defamation-of-character lawsuit as a result of her alleged (but frequently witnessed) abuse of social media. The charge: she'd publicly accused her former attorney Rhonda Holmes of having been "bought off," adding, "They got to her," in a Twitter post. At the time, Love and her current lawyer filed a countersuit in hopes to quash the case.That countersuit was denied on October 24, and now Love has refiled the same complaint as a stand-alone lawsuit. As before, she alleges Holmes committed legal malpractice, breached fiduciary duties, and intentionally interfered when she sent a letter to Love's daughter Francis Bean Cobain in 2009.

  • David Bowie Informer Like a Rocket Man Born in a UFO Stream

    Hear David Bowie's Pretty Silly 'Next Day' B-Sides

    Earlier we got a taste of David Bowie's "Atomica," a previously unreleased bonus track from his forthcoming The Next Day Extra, which of course expands his March surprise of an album The Next Day. While that snippet came along with a trailer showcasing the new-ish set's impressive packaging, we can now hear that song in full along with three other B-sides presumably ripped from the SiriusXM David Bowie Channel. Below, you'll find an expansive number dubbed "The Informer," a jaunty bit of uncomfortable weirdness called "Like a Rocket Man," and the quavering space-anthem "Born in a UFO." Oh, and "Atomica," of course, which sports a little New Wave flare and is the danciest of the bunch. All four come courtesy of a YouTube user named David Bazan, who we highly doubt is that David Bazan, via NME.

  • Panda Bear Fashion Video Fernanda Pereira Noah Lennox

    See Models Writhe to Panda Bear's Solo Sounds in Fashion Preview Clip

    Animal Collective co-founder Noah "Panda Bear" Lennox scores a new video celebrating the spring/summer 2014 line of Portuguese designer Fernanda Pereira, who happens to be his wife. Seen above, the Joana Linda-directed clip (Marissa Nadler, Rose Blanket) is hardly your usual catwalk fare. Instead, the models therein sport far-out couture while executing odd choreography, chasing balloons, and testing out deranged smiles. The music is equally beautiful and experimental, opening with a hail of clattering percussion, drifting into airier territory, and eventually giving way to Kanye-like skronk. (Oh, and blood-curdling screams as the aforementioned balloons are popped.) It's a wild collaboration and the first new Panda Bear solo sounds since 2011's excellent Tomboy. Lennox also appeared on Daft Punk's Random Access Memories and, of course, Animal Collective's Centipede Hz.

  • David Bowie 'Atomica' The Next Day Extra Stream Video

    David Bowie Previews 'Next Day Extra' With New Wavy 'Atomica' Trailer

    David Bowie follows up his March surprise The Next Day on November 5 with — what else — The Next Day Extra. A new trailer for the expanded set not only showcases the packaging (dig those modular tiles, man!) but one of the new songs, "Atomica." The hard-charging track carries some of the dance-floor-friendly flare of LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy, who contributed his 10-minute "Love Is Lost" remix to the forthcoming release (se also their mutual friends Arcade Fire). Heard above, "Atomica" also features some snarled, near-rapped lines from Bowie over the angular groove, not to mention this call to arms: "Let's get this show on the road / Let's get atomica! / Let's rock till we explode / Let's get atomica!" You too can get "Atomica" by clicking play above, or by tuning into limited-run The David Bowie Channel on SiriusXM.

  • LIZ Stop Me Cold EP Diplo Jeffrees Mad Decent Stream

    Hear LIZ's '90s-Celebrating R&Bass Feat 'Stop Me Cold'

    When last we heard from LIZ, the '90s R&B-loving Valley Girl teamed with Canuck beatsmith Ryan Hemsworth for the blissful "Day N Nite." Now, after a pair of two-song sets via Diplo's Mad Decent subsidiary Jeffree's (home to Baauer and Zebra Katz), she's prepping the "Stop Me Cold" single for a December 10 official release. You'll find the titular track below and it plays just as we've come to expect: equal parts soulful groove and spangly pop, with production nods to Ghost town DJs' "My Boo" and the greater Aaliyah oeuvre, of course. LIZ recently implied via Twitter that she's been working with 'N Sync member JC Chasez. She is also currently out on the road with Charli XCX, who was recently tapped for studio work by Britney Spears.

  • Katy Perry Prism Billboard Chart AFI DJ Khaled

    Who Charted? Katy Perry's 'Prism' Saves the Record Industry for Another Week

    First! Katy Perry's Prism starts on the throne, which is fitting, since SPIN's own Rob Harvilla writes that the pop star's fourth album "mostly serves to forecast the milquetoast AOR queen that she, one day very soon, will stoop to aspire to become." So, yeah, it's not a great album, but it's pretty much the only thing keeping the record industry afloat this week (more on that to come), moving 286,000 units according to Billboard and nabbing Perry her best sales week to date.2 to 10: Last week's winner dips to No. 2 — Pearl Jam's Lightning Bolt, down 72 percent in sales with a so-so 46K. Drake's Nothing Was the Same does 44K, which derails the album from its one-slot-per-week slide by bumping it up a notch to No. 3. Miley Cyrus' perfectly American horror show (a.k.a. Bangerz) slips to No. 3 (43K), while Lorde's less-than-great Pure Heroine ascends to No.

  • Crookers 'Ghetto Guetta' Remix Skitzofrenix Stream OWSLA

    Hear Crookers' David-Trolling 'Ghetto Guetta' Remixed by Skitzofrenix

    Crookers made hefty waves earlier this month with the release of "Ghetto Guetta," a serrated electro-house track whose title and hook lovingly takes the piss out of EDM's most mainstream star, David Guetta of course. This week, the Italian producer drops the official single — via Ciao Records abroad with an assist from Skrillex's OWSLA imprint here — complete with a pair of significant remixes. DILLIGAS provides a nasty robotic revision, but Bosnian-Dutch producer Skitzofrenix goes even farther afield.Below, you can find his take on "Ghetto Guetta," which douses the original in copious reverb and sets it on fire atop a rattling tropical beat.

  • Nobody Cedric Bixler-Zavala 'Always Away' Stream Single

    Cedric Bixler-Zavala Coos Over Nobody's Freewheeling 'Aways Away'

    Back in June, we heard "Our Last Dance," a sunny and soulful collaboration between Los Angeles producer Nobody and former Mars Volta man Cedric Bixler-Zavala. That highlight hailed from the former's still-fresh Vivid Green album for Alpha Pup, but the Low End Theory resident DJ is releasing a new short set on November 5. As it turns out, he stashed a second song with Bixler-Zavala, which you can stream below. "Aways Away" is a spacier, more deeply psychedelic affair featuring languid guitar and breathy vocals, plus all of the magical production flourishes provided by our host: ambient fuzz, backmasked effects, and drums both live and canned. Nobody's new three-song set includes both team-ups, as well as an Ages remix of "Our Last Dance."118945:song:Aways Away (feat. Cedric Bixler-Zavala):

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