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    Grammys '12: Who Should Win the Categories You Actually Care About

    The 54th Annual Grammy Awards are but days away! And, like we said, we'd sincerely love to help you with your office pools and living room side-bets with some sure-thing, professionally insightful, insider info Vegas-ready odds. But, again, we always seem to be dead wrong (you will rue the day you met us, Esperanza Spalding).

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    Bjork Blinds Us With Science at First U.S. 'Biophilia' Show

    A stagehand moving an iPad is maybe the funniest thing you'll see at a rock show all year. As far as I know, Björk hasn't made an instantly hummable song since 120 Minutes went off the air. So now her life is, justifiably, the indieverse's "important artist," the 800-pound swan in the room, a dreamer and doer of grand gestures, a mix between Amelie and Terrence Malick who gets to vacillate between whimsical and batshit and genius and hilarious and goofy and awesome. The first night of her Biophilia residency at the New York Hall of Science was all of these things and I got to touch a Mars rock! The whole Biophilia album, app and stage show is tethered to learning — Life's Sir David Attenborough provides narration, workshops for kids happen later in the week, geometric shapes show the patterns around us, an intro promises "nature, music, technology...

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    Puscifer Debut Lynchtastic 'Telling Ghosts' Video

    You guys know the drill by now. Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan and his buddies lost in the dusty expanses of Arizona, drunk on the wine sourced from his vineyard, making a hazy racket like David Lynch wrestling with a scorpion. Puscifer's new video for "Telling Ghosts" truly lives up to Maynard's promise to SPIN that the new stuff was like "Twin Peaks in the desert": painfully noir, blue-tinted, full of vintage Airstream campers, bleeding with bleary shots of the moving road... Hmmm, actually it's more Lost Highway in the desert, but close enough. Exclusive debut, right here.Speaking of David Lynch, read our recent Q&A: David Lynch on Stage Fright, Daydreams, and Elvis.

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    Imperial Teen Throw a Cross-Dressing Party for 'Runaway' Video

    Eternally joyous indie-pop savants Imperial Teen have once again returned and we couldn't be happier. We've already dubbed their monster fifth album, Feel the Sound, a SPIN Essential; we let you stream the whole fuggin' thing ; and now we bring you a swell new music video. Sadly, the "Runaway" video doesn't feature the return of collaborator Rose McGowan (from their classic "Yoo Hoo"), but director Andrew G. Mueller imagined some fun Imperial Teen masks and suggests some cross-dressing shenanigans for your next cupcake party. Can't believe we agreed to post this without asking Merge for a Roddy mask! Boo!

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    Hear DJ Al Kent Burn Through His (NSFW) 'Disco Demands' Box Set

    Glasgow record geek Al Kent has been digging up lush disco rarities since forever, and has collecting his best finds on the essential Disco Demands series for a decade. This month, BBE released a monster five-CD box set called The Best Of Disco Demands, compiling the great majority of the series, a non-stop flashback that will last way longer than that mound of cocaine will. SPIN is lucky enough to have a podcast starring Kent giving some digger's commentary in his delicious Glaswegian accent over his favorite cuts. It's 36 minutes of glitter ball euphoria that will keep you bumping in your office chair until lunch.

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    See the Spooky New Clip by Dubstep King 12th Planet

    Last December SPIN brought you the laptop-frying "The End Is Near Pt. 1" by 12th Planet, the title track off his Scion-mentored EP, sounding like the namesake autos falling into a car crusher, swirled in cotton candy and then eaten by a horny Go-Bot. Now the clip has a nifty video directed by Jason Ano, and it's a "Come to Daddy"-ish romp where 12th Planet and collaborator Flinch are the ghosts in the machine (or, in this case, an analog TV). You can cop the new 12th Planet album for free at Scion A/V, or just kick back and let your computer melt with the video below.

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    Download Gangrene's Creepy-Crawly Collabo With Evidence and Roc C, 'Dark Shades'

    After being named one of the 40 Best Rap Albums of 2011, SPIN's love of icky, lo-fi murk mutants Gangrene continues unabated. The production duo of Oh No and the Alchemist drop their second full-length this week, Vodka & Ayahuasca, and it's certainly bulging with slaughterhouse synths, decaying YouTube footage, tape-damaged drunkery, and more that makes this the wooziest, bleariest hip-hop mosh-pit around. Now you can download the swell, "Dark Shades" a collabo with West Coast mic rippers Roc C and Evidence. Peep its swirling acid-rock keyboards, melted celluloid beats, and rock star swagger lurking under this hissing mess. DOWNLOAD

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    First Spin: Hear Escort's Self-Titled SPIN Essential LP

    It is no secret that we adore Brooklyn's lush, 17-piece disco orchestra Escort. With a love of Michael Jackson, Tom Tom Club, Kid Creole, and Salsoul sides, they've turned their luxurious five-year run of 12"s into a monumental debut album that we're already tagged as one of 2012's first SPIN Essentials.. Our writer, Marc Hogan, praises their "instant gratification," their recipe for "disco at its urbane, hedonistic best" and existing "like 'Disco Duck' never happened." But why listen to us babble on? Hear the whole thing below because we know you don't want to be Googling "ESCORT" at work. Here's an exclusive SFW stream. Listen while reading that review again.

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    How I Could Just Skrill a Man: Hear Cypress Hill Go Dubstep With Rusko

    After Cypress Hill lit up (pun intended, clearly) Los Angeles with their special appearance during a 2011 show by dubstep kingpin Rusko, it seems that the ever-blunted hip-hop pioneers might be going full wobble. Spring 2012 sees the release of the upcoming EP Cypress Hill X Rusko, a full-on collabo between the phunky feel ones and the wubby squeal one. The five-track EP merges their tireless championing of sticky icky icky with the beatmaker's chest-caving party anthems; the artists having worked together in both the studio and over email, much like the Potsal Service [sic]. Our exclusive first taste "Roll It, Light It" is a surprisingly caffeinated ode to their favorite depressant; B-Real and Sen Dog throwing a full-on, bounce-a-riffic green party at a neck-breaking 140 bpm while Rusko provides the lighter.

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    First Spin: Get Stones Throw Rhymer Homeboy Sandman's 'The Miracle'

    Demented New York rhymetwister Homeboy Sandman is the latest signing to the Stones Throw roster, an perfectly slow-flowing East Coast version of their woozy, blunted, sun-damaged 15-year legacy. The cover of the Subject:Matter EP (due tomorrow) boasts "6 rap songs dealing with content no one has ever rapped about before in the history of rap music. Unfortunately not a difficult thing to do." For example, the Wild Style subway ride groove of "The Miracle" seems to be about evaporation, alphabet soup, rainbows, David Blaine, and who knows what else. Fans of Serengeti, Organized Konfusion take note. DOWNLOAD

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