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    Frank Ocean's 'channel ORANGE' Now Has No Vinyl Release Date

    Frank Ocean brilliantly excelled at drumming up anticipation for his full-length debut album, the SPIN Essentials-stamped channel ORANGE. Remember the lack of interviews, the vague video pronouncements, or the way that, aside from a song or two, the Louisiana native managed to keep the whole album off the Internet until right when he released it, a week early, to accompany a spellbinding late-night TV performance? That's to say nothing, of course, of Ocean's nuanced and historic Tumblr post about loving a man. The downside of that leak-free, perfectly orchestrated digital release, though, might be a delay of channel ORANGE's arrival in the corporeal world. Sure, Ocean has probably held a CD of the release in his hands by now — recall that, as channel ORANGE was poised to make its debut at No. 2 on the charts, he acknowledged he hadn't actually touched a physical copy yet.

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    Muse Show Mother Earth Some Wub on Dubsteppy 'The 2nd Law - Unsustainable'

    When Muse said there would be a dubstep influence on upcoming sixth album The 2nd Law, the joke was on anyone who disbelieved them. Not, mind you, that the epically inclined arena rockers have changed their grandiose ways an iota. It takes a full minute and a half before the bass drops on "The 2nd Law - Unsustainable," which, as Seattle's 107.7 The End reports, has surfaced as part of a special for fans who pre-ordered the album. As the Skrillex-loving Brits previously confirmed, they replicate the wub Rage Against the Machine-style, with analogue equipment.

  • Lana Del Rey / Photo by Nicole Nodland

    Born to Leak: Hear Four Unreleased Lana Del Rey Songs

    Lana Del Rey's expanded "Paradise" edition of major-label debut Born to Die isn't due until November, but four previously unreleased tracks with her unmistakable voice on them have recently surfaced online (via ONTD). One is a splashy, Del Rey-sung version of "Ghetto Baby," the song she wrote for British pop singer Cheryl Cole's June album A Million Lights ("We're a match made in heaven," Del Rey raps). Otherwise, the most intriguing of the leaks on first listen is the trip-hoppy "Serial Killer," a stalker anthem with a textured, spacious production. Also leaked is the bluesy, "Sexual Healing"-quoting pop-funk of "Ooh Baby" and the talkie, weirdly obvious "Summer of Sam," both of which feel like shots that just somehow miss Born to Die's image-conscious hood-Lolita bullseye.

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    Hear Elliott Smith's Uptempo Take on 'Punch and Judy'

    Elliott Smith's former label home, Kill Rock Stars, is celebrating the late singer and songwriter's legacy all month in honor what would have been his 43rd birthday on August 6. Last week, the label shared a subtly different, previously unreleased take on broke-your-own-heart strummer "Alameda," from Smith's classic 1997 album Either/Or (No. 48 a few years ago on SPIN's 125 Best Albums of the Past 25 Years). Now KRS has posted a version of the exquisitely plaintive ballad "Punch and Judy," only this one is a jarring contrast, with not only unfamiliar lyrics, but also an uptempo rock arrangement. Anyone new to Smith should check out the original first, but for the rest of us, the off-kilter, hi-hat-heavy take at least offers an illuminating insight into a gifted artist's creative process. From the Archive: Read SPIN's January 1999 profile of Smith

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    Hear L.A. Psych Duo GANGI's Swirling 'Railways no. 1-27'

    Matt Gangi's electro-psych evolution has been years in the making. In 2008, when SPIN saw the now L.A.-based artist at CMJ, expectations of strummy freak-folk gave way to dance beats and confident stagecraft, sparking comparisons to artists as disparate as Brian Jonestown Massacre and the Books. Now a duo with drummer and multi-instrumentalist Eric Chramosta, Gangi is set to release his second album as GANGI, gesture is, on October 2 via his own Office of Analogue and Digital label. Following a spooky black-and-white video for multi-layered advance track "Outside Ones," the second preview of the new album comes in the form of "Railways no.

  • 'Shame' Game: Watch Freddie Gibbs and Madlib's Druggy Video

    'Shame' Game: Watch Freddie Gibbs and Madlib's Druggy Video

    BJ the Chicago Kid, who recently signed to Motown on the strength of his February debut album Pineapple Now-Laters, might be the unheralded hero on "Shame," from Freddie Gibbs and Madlibs' new Thuggin' EP. Madlib's dusty, soul-steeped production style isn't inherently an obvious fit for Gibbs' rapidfire, no-bullshit gangsta rap, but BJ's old-school but not old-fashioned approach to R&B vocals, well — as glue that holds a track together goes, that's nothing to sniff at. "It ain't gotta be the walk of shame," he sings on a hook that outdoes the Stone's Throw label's own Mayer Hawthorne for Delfonics-era silkiness fitted to contemporary language. The video — directed by Jonah Schwartz, who also did the similarly hyper-real visuals for the EP's title track — doesn't follow a conventional walk of shame, however.

  • Watch Big Boi and Little Dragon Preview Funky Team-Up 'Mama Told Me' Live

    Watch Big Boi and Little Dragon Preview Funky Team-Up 'Mama Told Me' Live

    Earlier this week, Big Boi made an unannounced appearance onstage with Swedish electro-poppers Little Dragon in Austin. The Fader has the video: OutKast's grittier half joins top-notch collaborator Yuki Nagano and the group behind last year's sultry Ritual Union to unveil "Mama Told Me," a lithe, funk-inflected track from Big Boi's November 13 album Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors. Nagano sings the R&B-tinged hook, synths chirp, and Big Boi raps with characteristic deftness about, like, not breaking hearts (#tompetty).

  • Note: Bob Dylan probably won't be busy VMAs night!  / Photo by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty

    Will the Vote Go Un-Rocked? MTV's VMAs Leave Democrats Without A-List Convention Acts

    MTV's Video Music Awards are scheduled for September 6 in Los Angeles. The Democratic National Convention takes place from September 3-6 in Charlotte, North Carolina. According to the Hollywood Reporter, that's shaping up to be a problem for Dems, because top musical performers they'd usually have booked for parties during the week now have to be in L.A. instead. (Adding insult to injury, that popular video of President Obama covering Al Green totally got snubbed in the VMA nods.) The conflicts won't only be affecting the politicos down at the party convention. This year's VMAs are set for the same night Obama is set to accept the Democratic nomination for a second term.

  • Sony's warehouse, ablaze / Photo by Getty Images

    U.K. Indie Recovers From London Riots One Year Later

    A year ago today, rioters in London set fire to the main warehouse for Britain's largest distributor of independent music. By the following morning, at least 3.5 million CDs, vinyl records, and box sets had gone up in smoke. As the BBC reports, however, the Sony-owned building is set to reopen in September, and despite massive losses, no indie labels are known to have shut their doors due to the arson attack. The fire took place at a Sony-owned building in London's Enfield neighborhood. PIAS Entertainment Group, which distributes more than 150 indie labels in the U.K. and Ireland, used the warehouse as its primary distribution center.

  • Duff McKagan Interviews Jack White, Surreal Brodown Ensues

    Duff McKagan Interviews Jack White, Surreal Brodown Ensues

    "It was great to talk with you, Duff." These are actual words Jack White said in an interview with ex-Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan, published last night in the former Guns N' Roses bassist's Seattle Weekly column. Also: "Hey, Duff, how are you doing?" Although White did call McKagan's music "a big influence," the 1,500-word chat between the former White Stripes frontman and the current member of Velvet Revolver and Loaded is worth reading more for the surreal quality of seeing two rock legends bro down than for any specific revelations. You know how they always talk about which presidential candidate you want to have a beer with? You want to have a beer with these guys.

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