Jordan Sargent



  • Thundercat

    Thundercat's 'Lotus & the Jondy' Bangs With Hellacious Drum Solo

    If you've yet to download Apocalypse — the new album by L.A. bass ninja Thundercat, available now at digital retailers — "Lotus & the Jondy" will convince you. The song first presents itself as a live jazz workout; Thundercat plucks fat bass lines while keys and percussion make a controlled splatter around him. Then, halfway into the song, what was once a steady trot morphs into an all-out sprint courtesy of a hellacious drum solo.Vinyl and regular old plastic editions of the album — which follows 2011's The Golden Age of Apocalypse — will be available June 24.

  • Watch the National's Comfortably Claustrophobic 'Tiny Desk' Concert

    Watch the National's Comfortably Claustrophobic 'Tiny Desk' Concert

    Earlier this year the National played its song "Sorrow" for six hours at the Museum of Modern Art. Last week they did just the opposite for NPR's "Tiny Desk Concert" series. Led by deep-throated singer Matt Berninger, the band ran through a number of songs from new album Trouble Will Find Me: "This Is the Last Time," "I Need My Girl," "Pink Rabbits," and "Sea of Love." All six guys managed to cram into a small space in the NPR office along with a number of horn instruments and a harmonica. The intimate setting recalled the cycle of shows the band played in New York before Trouble Will Find Me's release, which SPIN chronicled last week. And even though their music pares down well in a small, acoustic atmosphere, the National are a major attraction — a phenomenon that SPIN's David Bevan grappled with in his profile, The National: Not Your Dad's Dad-Rock.

  • Disclosure and Jessie Ware 'Confess' in Sultry 'Jools Holland' Appearance

    Disclosure and Jessie Ware 'Confess' in Sultry 'Jools Holland' Appearance

    Disclosure are critical darlings and pop stars now; their debut album Settle is both a SPIN Essential and the No. 1 album in the United Kingdom. But their first big break was a bright garage remix of Jessie Ware's "Running." The trio have played it live lately, including at Coachella this year. Now they've followed it up with a genuine collaboration, and Settle's penultimate entry, "Confess to Me."The uptempo banger contrasts Ware's smooth and soulful voice with dissonant blurts, and when performed live, as they did on Later... With Jools Holland last week, the track exudes a naked sensuality as the Lawrence brothers chant: "Confess to me, make me feel it / confide in me, don't resent it." With roots in Disclosure-influencer SBTRKT's jittery tracks "Right Thing to Do" and "Nervous," which Ware made her name on, "Confess to Me" closes the circle.

  • Drake, Lil Wayne, and Rick Ross Pretend It's 1996 for 'No New Friends' Video

    Drake, Lil Wayne, and Rick Ross Pretend It's 1996 for 'No New Friends' Video

    Cash Money Records isn't at its peak in 2013, but don't tell that to Drake, Lil Wayne, Birdman, Rick Ross, and DJ Khaled. The new Colin Tilley-directed video (via In Flex We Trust) for "No New Friends" — featured on Khaled's forthcoming album — is an explicit throwback to '90s opulence and pre-HD aesthetics, a large portion of it shot through a camcorder timestamped May 15, 1996.

  • The remnants of the stage in Toronto

    Stage Collapse That Killed Radiohead Drum Tech Results in 13 Charges of Negligence

    Live Nation has been charged with crimes stemming from a 2012 incident in which a stage collapsed before a Radiohead concert in Toronto, killing drum technician Scott Johnson. According to the Toronto Star, the charges were announced by Ontario's Ministry of Labour nearly one year to the day of the tragedy, which injured three others aside from Johnson. Under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Ministry of Labour alleges that two Canadian subsidiaries of Live Nation did not ensure that the stage was constructed and monitored in a fashion that was safe for workers. Live Nation Canada and Live Nation Ontario Concerts were each tagged with four charges — the ministry also charged Optex Staging & Services Inc.

  • Run the Jewels Killer Mike El-P '36 Chain'

    Killer Mike and El-P Intimidate on Run the Jewels' Swinging '36-Inch Chain'

    Killer Mike and El-P's unforgiving Run the Jewels project is the perfect sort of rap for the sweltering summer ahead: heavy hits, pointed threats, decaying beats. While their last album-length collaboration — the already classic R.A.P. Music  — dismantled the burden of the Reagan Era, their latest material has a much simpler aim. Which is, as tracks like "Get It" and "Banana Clipper" have shown, to talk as much shit as possible. Today the duo dropped new song "36" Chain," which furthers that proven aesthetic with aplomb.Per Complex, this is the first entry in 2013's Adult Swim Singles series — which officially kicks off June 10 — but it will also appear on Run the Jewels' forthcoming free album, which SPIN previewed exclusively in April. Though still lacking a release date or track list, the set is expected to drop sometime this summer, and the pair will tour the U.S.

  • App King

    The-Dream Has His Own App Filled With 'Sexual Content and Nudity'

    If you've ever been walking around and thought, "I wonder what the newest The-Dream news is" or — more realistically — wanted to listen to The-Dream songs that you don't have on your phone? Well, The-Dream has a remedy for all of these issues: You can now download The-Dream's very own iPhone app, which gives you access to news, songs, videos, photos, lyrics, and more. You can also submit a song via the app for a songwriting contest. Unfortunately, we don't yet know if the app will give users access to The-Dream's recent softcore porn videos for "Pussy" and "Turnt." Apple has long banned porn apps from the iPhone, so maybe The-Dream is doing a favor to all the dudes out there forever jonesing to watch a woman essentially have sex with a physical copy of IV Play.

  • Hear Action Bronson and Wiz Khalifa's Lip-Licking Snack 'The Rockers'

    Hear Action Bronson and Wiz Khalifa's Lip-Licking Snack 'The Rockers'

    Action Bronson's new seven-song EP Saaab Stories with producer Harry Fraud is out next Tuesday (June 11), but you can now hear one-fourth (or, more precisely, 28 percent) of it. "The Rockers" (via Pitchfork) is the EP's fourth song and its newest release: Featuring a typically glistening beat from Fraud, the track hosts weed- and food-focused verses (clams and linguini, to be specific). It's by no means an exceptional song, but as comfort food it's rather tasty.The track follows the single "Strictly 4 My Jeeps," and its remix featuring LL Cool J and Lloyd Banks. The EP also features verses from Prodigy and Raekwon — you can read our take on its problematic album cover, pictured above. 

  • Earl

    Earl Sweatshirt Drops 'Doris' at the Height of Summer

    Details of Earl Sweatshirt's new album Doris have been scarce, but yesterday the Odd Future rascal revealed to MTV Australia that he plans to release it in late July. "I’m wrapping everything up so it’s coming out in July," Earl told MTV Australia. “I can't wait for this shit to come out already so I can finally exhale." Of course, it's hard to know whether Earl and Tyler, the Creator (who chimed into the interview to say "You heard it here first, end of July!") are telling the truth or just messing around.Earl — whose debut solo album EARL is one of the best records to come from Odd Future — has not yet released a solid track list, but it will almost certainly feature the two singles "Chum" and "WHOA." He's also released a song with Mac Miller, the woozy "Guild." Pharrell produced "Burgundy," and "Hive" was created with fellow L.A.

  • Justin Bieber to Terrorize Outer Space Now, Too

    Justin Bieber to Terrorize Outer Space Now, Too

    Would you like to travel to space with a companion but don't want to, say, pay $1.5 million to ride next to Leonardo DiCaprio? Good news: Pop star Justin Bieber is headed to the actual stars, the Guardian reports. Virgin head honcho Richard Branson tweeted yesterday that Bieber and his manager Scooter Braun are the two most recent celebrities to drop $250,000 for a seat on his Virgin Galactic commercial space flights. As potential amateur astronauts, they join such adventurous luminaries as Tom Hanks, Angelina Jolie, and Brad Pitt. Oh, and Ashton Kutcher. In response to Branson's tweet, Bieber said "let's shoot a music video in SPACE!! #nextLEVEL" which is something you say when you already shoot every music video ON WEED and/or when you spend too much time hanging out with

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