• Kanye West new album producer Evian Christ

    Kanye West Taps Evian Christ for New Album

    Aside from knowing that Kanye West postponed an Australian tour to work on his album, most of the details surrounding the project have been unsubstantiated. Rumors abound that Rick Rubin and Q-Tip are on board as producers, and Yeezy himself once said that the LP will probably be eight tracks long. Now, though, we know one producer who's definitely involved — England's Evian Christ, whose grimy fingerprints can be heard all over Yeezus ("I'm in It," in particular)."I've got to get home and write an Otis Redding–style beat for him," he told a self-titled magazine reporter in mid-profile. "He e-mailed last night. He wants something that sounds a bit like Otis Redding, a bit like Mobb Deep."That's about as deep into the new album as Christ, a.k.a.

  • Smashing Pumpkins 'Adore' Reissue

    Smashing Pumpkins 'Adore' Reissue Will Span Six Discs

    Given everything he's up to these days — the pro wrestling, the Rumi jams, the Siddhartha epic, his "spiritual memoir," an experimental double album, and two more Smashing Pumpkins albums in the works — it's a wonder Billy Corgan has time to eat or sleep. But fret not, Pumpkins fans, as it seems that Corgan is both eating and sleeping, and still has the time to prep a massive reissue of the band's 1998 album Adore. The new package will feature the oiginal album, a mono mix never before heard on CD, three discs of unreleased material, and a concert DVD. Not too shabby."One thing that might excite fans of the album is that we were able to go back and locate elements from the original sessions that were stored digitally, but never used; such as some of the brilliant work done by Bon Harris," Corgan writes on the Pumpkins' website.

  • Dog Bite's 'Dream Feast' Video Features Rock'n'Roll Love Triangle

    Dog Bite's 'Dream Feast' Video Reps Rock'n'Roll Love Triangle

    Back in November, Atlanta crew Dog Bite released "Dream Feast," a dark shoegazer from their second album Tranquilizers, and now they're back with the song's video. Seen above, frontman Phil Jones plays PJ Detroit, a budding rock star with a very unhappy landlord/love interest. Drummer Tak Takemura is, appropriately enough, "the drummer," a loyal friend to Detroit with conflicted interests. Detroit looks every bit the rock star destined for crash-and-burn, gargling red wine before his gig, hiding his face while walking to the venue, and pushing away autograph-seekers. His fiery performance is juxtaposed wonderfully against the slow burn of "Dream Feast," which is hardly the stuff of such egomaniacal wilding. Enjoy it above and pick up Tranquilizers now via Carpark.

  • Total Control 'Flesh War' Typical System

    Total Control Declare 'Flesh War' on Chilling New Single

    It's hard not to jump to Joy Division comparisons when hearing Total Control's new single "Flesh War." The track, off of their upcoming second album Typical System, has all the moody vocals, driving rhythm, and synth tones that the English legends made their name with. But this Melbourne post-punk outfit splashes a few rays of sunshine into the mix and all of a sudden, it feels like you're (almost) listening to a positive jam. It's not a cry from their fuzzed-out plodder "Sweaty," showing off Total Control's ability to switch styles without losing cohesion along the way. Listen to "Flesh War" below and pick up Typical System on June 24 via Iron Lungd. 

  • Iamsu! 'Show You' 50 Cent & Jay Ant

    Iamsu! Wants to 'Show You' His New Track With 50 Cent and Jay Ant

    Iamsu! is gearing up for the release of his debut album Sincerely Years, and after taking a trip down memory lane on "Yesterday" and uniting with 2 Chainz and Sage the Gemini on "Only That Real," the Bay Area rapper has an all-new song to share. "Show You," which features assists from 50 Cent and Jay Ant, isn't slated for Iamsu!'s upcoming LP, but that doesn't mean it's not worth a listen, or many more. The just-dropped track has a chorus that's easy to remember — "I ain't even gonna stunt, but I can show you how, show you how / If you don't know, then you know now / If you don't know, then you know now" — and a surprisingly effects-laden verse from 50. Enjoy the fun below, and check out SPIN's feature on Iamsu!, Sage the Gemini, and the Bay Area rap scene. Keep an eye out for Sincerely Yours: The 15-track effort is out May 13 via HBK Gang. 

  • The National Matt Berninger Pete Holmes Show

    Watch the National's Matt Berninger Write a 'Get Lucky' Ripoff About Chili Orgies

    On their albums, the National come across as some seriously sad bastards. In concert and in interviews, however, they're actually quite funny and quick-witted. If frontman Matt Berninger didn't convince you of that with his collaboration with the Walkmen's Walter Martin, the lovable "We Like the Zoo," his appearance on TBS' The Pete Holmes Show definitely will. The host brings up the fact that the National have been very successful without having a pop radio hit, so he and Berninger decide they're going to write a song with mass appeal in the vein of Daft Punk's "Get Lucky." It starts off normal enough, with lines about having fun in the club with some rum, then takes quite an interesting turn when Holmes suggests they make the song about a three-way.

  • Real Estate,

    Watch Real Estate Charm 'Letterman' With 'Talking Backwards'

    David Letterman might be headed for retirement, but he's not phoning in his enthusiasm for musical guests. Real Estate dropped by the Late Show on Wednesday night and while the five-piece didn't bring the scene-stealing showmanship of, say, Future Islands, the SPIN profile subjects did appear to impress the late-night host with their brisk rendition of "Talking Backwards," the lead single from their latest album, Atlas. Keyboardist Matt Kallman even wore a Late Show t-shirt for the gig, prompting Letterman to say, "Great shirt. Did you get that from your cousin or something?"Watch the clip above, check out photos from Real Estate's recent performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and watch the video below for a tour of frontman Martin Courtney's Brooklyn apartment.

  • Album covers reverse backwards flickr nirvana nevermind

    Artist Remakes Iconic Album Covers as Seen From the Other Side

    Remember that scene in Ghostbusters 2 when Bill Murray wonders whether or not the Statue of Liberty is naked under her toga? Well, this is the album-cover equivalent of that. As Stereogum reports, a Flickr user named Harvezt must have been thinking in a similar vein when she or he created this gallery of iconic album covers as seen from behind. There's the Nevermind baby up above; another nude backside from the Strokes' Is This It; an imagining of Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" from their fourth LP; a cop directing Abbey Road traffic; the other side of the Beastie Boys' Licensed to Ill airplane; Dr. Dre's Chronic medallion; and Metallica's Master of Puppets graveyard, among others. It's a funny, cleverly executed idea, we must say, though we'd love to see what Harvezt would come up with for London Calling, Sgt.

  • Pitbull Jennifer Lopez World Cup Anthem 'We Are One'

    Get Numb to Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez's World Cup Anthem

    If you're planning to watch the World Cup this summer, or any channels that will likely play commercials for the soccer tournament, get ready to hear the following Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez team-up over and over and over. This year's anthem, "We Are One (Ola Ola)," has all the rah-rah international unity you'd expect for a Cup song, as well as a guest verse by Claudia Leitte, a singer from host country Brazil. The whistle-happy melody and the horn line (which sounds like a Latin ripoff of Macklemore's "Thrift Shop," if we're being honest) also features a lot about waving flags, echoing K'Naan's "Wavin' Flag," which was the 2010 anthem for the South African World Cup. Sigh. Anyway, check it out below and numb yourself to it now.

  • Flaming Lips Kliph Scurlock Drummer gone fired

    Flaming Lips' Beloved Roadie-Turned-Drummer Parts With Band

    Drummer Kliph Scurlock is no longer a member of the Flaming Lips, a rep for the band confirmed to Pitchfork. No other information has been given for his depature, voluntary or otherwise.The Future Heart was the first to pick up on the story, noting Scurlock's absence from the group's performance at New Orleans' Buku festival a few weeks ago. He also didn't appear in the Lips' April Fools' Day prank videos, as well as their Flaming Side of the Moon performance. For now, at least, he's been replaced by Matt Duckworth of Star Death and White Dwarfs, the band fronted by Wayne Coyne's nephew Dennis. Scurlock has yet to explain what happened.

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