Jordan Sargent



  • Sleigh Bells 'Bitter Rivals' Video Album

    Sleigh Bells Prep for the Big Fight in 'Bitter Rivals' Video

    Candy-coated pop-shredders Sleigh Bells have wasted no time following up last year's ripping Reign of Terror, announcing today that their third album Bitter Rivals will be in stores on October 8. The onetime SPIN cover stars have also debuted the album's eponymous lead single — which got accidentally streamed last week — via the appropriately amped-up video you see above, which finds our ax-wielding hosts getting pumped up for what's sure to be a big fight.

  • M.I.A. and ferris wheel at Pitchfork Music Festival 2013

    Hear M.I.A.'s Big-Hearted Pop Anthem 'Come Walk With Me'

    M.I.A. wasn't kidding. The Sri Lankan musical polyglot shared a 90-second preview of new song "Come Walk With Me" late last week, and as the clip hinted, the full song is one of the most purely pop that she has ever released. Likely appearing on November 5 album Matangi, the track doesn't match up perfectly with previous M.I.A.

  • Will It Drop? The 2013 Fourth-Quarter Rap Album Probability Index

    Will It Drop? The 2013 Fourth-Quarter Rap Album Probability Index

    As September begins, there are possibly more major hip-hop albums set for release in the last four months of 2013 than were actually released in the previous eight. If you wanted to dream big — Andre 3000 doesn't only film razor commercials, right? — you could easily imagine upwards of 50 great rap albums seeing the light of day as the calendar slowly turns toward 2014.Of course, that's not going to happen: One of the reasons why rap albums have cast such a long shadow over the rest of 2013 is because so many of them were already supposed to be out. This phenomenon is nothing new, but as we crash into fall, many of the most anticipated rap albums of the year — or multiple years — have yet to drop.So, who is actually going to put an album out? For everyone except those sitting inside the most exclusive boardrooms, the question is a mere guessing game.

  • Jay Z: just an entertainer, stupid and contagious

    Jay Z and Justin Timberlake Brood Over Fame in 'Holy Grail' Video

    As the "Legends of Summer," Jay Z and Justin Timberlake have likened themselves to a blockbuster film series, so it makes sense that the video for "Holy Grail" looks like the type of brooding superhero films that have ruled the box office in recent times. Directed by Anthony Mandler (with the specter of Christopher Nolan's Batman films looming large), the clip mixes beauty with heavy imagery of the two titans lamenting their star status. Jay looks downright frightened as he silently watches footage of Buster Douglas' legendary 1990 upset of Mike Tyson. In spite of all the wealth around them, the video — which also happens to be the first music clip to premiere on Facebook's new video platform — features none of the levity of Jay's art museum romp for "Picasso Baby," which Heems reviewed for SPIN.

  • The cover of 'No Blues' by Los Campesinos!

    Los Campesinos! Rise Again on Tenacious 'What Death Leaves Behind'

    Los Campesinos! are frequent practitioners of gallows humor. You know, the kind where a protagonist will be asked to leave a slaughterhouse because his eyes are too sad. But with the Welsh group's new album No Blues, things might be looking up. Oh, on new single "What Death Leaves Behind," they're still as morbid as the song's title advertises: The characteristically wordy opening line includes the phrase, "You are my shallow grave, I'll tend you as a sexton." But as the album's title — and bright pink cover — would indicate, the song is at heart optimistic. "WE WILL FLOWER AGAIN," rings out the glowing climax. The all-caps are pulled verbatim from the lyrics attached to the song on Soundcloud, but you can hear them in the song's stubborn determination, too.No Blues will be out October 29 in the U.S. on Wichita Recordings.Los Campesinos' No Blues track list:1. For Flotsam 2.

  • This is how you do it: Big Freedia and dancers at Afropunk

    Big Freedia Criticizes Miley Cyrus' Twerk Technique and Lack of 'Butt Control'

    Now that everyone has spent the better part of a week debating all aspects of Miley Cyrus' sloppy twerk exhibition at the MTV Video Music Awards, how about we turn to an expert? Yesterday, Fuse interviewed Big Freedia — flag-bearer for New Orleans' bounce music and twerking veteran — about Cyrus' performance of her own "We Can't Stop" and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines." Per Freedia — whose new Fuse show Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce debuts on October 2 — Cyrus has some work to do in the dance department, saying, "She was going too far. She's trying to twerk, but don't know how to twerk." Based on Freedia's expert opinion, Cyrus was actually doing a different dance popular in bounce culture."We have a dance in bounce music called 'exercising' where you just open your legs and shake your butt a little bit from side to side.

  • Justin and Miley: Everyone ready?

    Let's 'Twerk' Again: Hear Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus Trend-Jump in Tandem

    Well, here's the perfect cap on Miley Cyrus' instantly infamous VMA performance, which sparked a rebuke from the Parents Television Council, a Guinness World Record bid by Diplo, and the insertion of "twerk" into the dictionary. Yes, a collaboration between Cyrus and Justin Bieber called "Twerk." Shocking, isn't it? The two appear on the track as helping hands to Young Money rascal Lil Twist, but Miley's hook and Bieber's verse have leaked this morning, which must be a nice feeling for Twist, who's already been forgotten on his own song. The two unsurprisingly sound like teenagers sloppily emulating songs and poses they've copped from the radio and YouTube, but — as our list of the best and worst VMA moments illustrates — that's par for the course.Lil Twist, it should be noted, has had his share of fun this year at Bieber's expense.

  • dr. luke, american idol, third judge, nevermind

    Dr. Luke's 'Idol' Pursuit Dashed by Contract Confusion

    Yesterday it was reported that super-producer Dr. Luke would be joining American Idol as a judge for the waning singing competition's 13th season. But the Hollywood Reporter threw cold water on that notion last night, reporting that Łukasz Gottwald — who has helmed a number of smashes for the likes of Katy Perry, Ke$ha and Kelly Clarkson — will not be joining Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez to sit on the show. The cause? A potential conflict between the music divisions of Sony and Universal.In Novemeber 2011, Sony signed Gottwald to an exclusive deal that gave the producer a reported $60 million to develop artists as part of a new label called Kemosabe Records. The contract allegedly included a clause stipulating that Dr.

  • Rick Ross in South Africa

    Rick Ross Portrays Troubled South Africa Trip as Kingly Endeavor

    Earlier this month, Rick Ross traveled to South Africa to perform a string of shows in a number of cities that included Johannesburg and the northeastern town of Nelspruit. The quality of these concerts, and the trip in general, varies depending on where you're getting your information. On the one hand we have the new mini-documentary detailing the Maybach bawse's time in South Africa through the eyes of the rapper himself — in the eight-minute video we see private jets and weed, traditional dances being performed in his honor, and thousands of adoring fans rapping along to "John," his hit with Lil Wayne.On the other hand you have the account of Robert Gumede, the billionaire IT magnate who brought Ross to Nelspruit for a free concert as a part of his elaborate 50th birthday celebration.

  • Riff Raff, Raiders Hawks

    Riff Raff Makes Bid for NFL Contract on 'Raiders vs. Hawks'

    RiFF RaFF's forthcoming Mad Decent debut NEON iCON is allegedly in the works, but in the meantime the slow trickle of new tracks continues. Today brings the studio version of "Raiders vs. Hawks," a track that he's had sitting in his back pocket for a number of months. It is produced by Lex Luger — whose crown as "hottest producer in rap" was long ago snatched by Mike Will Made It — and features RiFF RaFF waxing nearly non-sensical ion cars, drugs, jewelry and, of course, various old athletes (Bill Laimbeer!). The Los Angeles rapper has given no indication that the song will — or will not — appear on NEON iCON. "Raiders vs. Hawks" almost works as a complimentary piece to the recent "Mr. Popular" if not "Ballin' Outta Control," his extra-trolly non-response response to Kendrick Lamar's "Control" stunner.

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