Nicole Sia

writer

Biography

  • History of Rap Part 5 song list justin timberlake Jimmy Fallon

    Here's Every Song in Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon's 'History of Rap, Part 5'

    Well, that was expected. Capping off a fantastic first week in The Tonight's Show's new era, host Jimmy Fallon trotted out brother-in-virality Justin Timberlake for the beloved History of Rap's fifth installment. Twenty-three new songs were represented this time around, with nods to Kris Kross (R.I.P.), Special K, Tone Loc, Skee-lo, and not one but two Run D.M.C. tracks, among the usual suspects: Jay Z, Kanye West, and LL Cool J. Rap Grammy monopolizer Macklemore, mercifully, didn't make the cut. Watch it above and get the series' full song list below.For more on Fallon's Tonight Show ratings bonanza, check out the Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing with Will Smith, R. Kelly's barbershopped "Ignition (Remix)," Brian Williams' "Rapper's Delight," and Arcade Fire's hand-held "Afterlife."History of RapSugarhill Gang - "Rapper's Delight"Run-D.M.C.

  • Hear Lana Del Rey's Up-Tempo Step Backward 'Behind Closed Doors'

    Hear Lana Del Rey's Up-Tempo Step Backward 'Behind Closed Doors'

    Gone are the swooning strings and deep-octave coos: Lana Del Rey goes J-pop video-gamer in the new track making the rounds, "Behind Closed Doors." Details are scarce, but the "studio version" included here hit YouTube on February 13, though Idolator notes the song itself has been in circulation for several months. This one's not likely to appear on rumored May album Ultraviolence — or, we at least hope it doesn't. "Behind Closed Doors" packs an uncharacteristically upbeat drive, with claps, whirrs, and arcade synths firing beneath some Lizzie Grant-era "cherry pie" lyrics. Hear it for yourself below, and cross your fingers that LDR's next album hews closer to her Maleficent magnificence than to literal video games.

  • Beck Streams 'Morning Phase,' His Mellow, Gold Sequel to 'Sea Change'

    Beck Streams 'Morning Phase,' His Mellow, Gold Sequel to 'Sea Change'

    Yes, it feels a little like déjà vu. From its opening chord progressions, Beck's 12th studio album Morning Phase so closely echoes Sea Change opener "A Golden Age," it's normal to think for a moment that you've slipped back a dozen years to 2002. But that LP was so beloved — with its warm washes of orchestral swell and jewel-toned guitarwork — that the familiarity is welcome, like a reunion with a close friend lost over time and not by intention.Get reacquainted with the artist by streaming Morning Phase now over at NPR. One of SPIN's 50 Albums You Gotta Hear, Morning Phase is due out February 25 on Capitol Records. Beck, Morning Phase track list:1. "Morning"2. "Heart Is A Drum"3. "Say Goodbye"4. "Waking Light"5. "Unforgiven"6. "Wave"7. "Don’t Let It Go"8. "Blackbird Chain"9. "Evil Things"10. "Blue Moon"11. "Turn Away"12. "Country Down"

  • Darkside at Terminal 5, New York, February 8, 2014 / Photo by Chad Kamenshine

    Darkside Emanate Miasmal Light at the End of Terminal 5

  • Blue Ruin

    'Blue Ruin,' a Gory Fever Dream of Vengeance, Deepens the Chill at Sundance

    SPIN is in Park City, Utah, traversing snow and cutting queues to bring you reviews of the next big films (and flops) as they make their Sundance Film Festival 2014 debut.Sometimes solitude is safest, because hell is other people. Dwight, an unthreatening but resourceful vagrant, lives in a ratted-out car parked in the middle of nowhere. His beard unkempt, his clothes the spoils of clothesline hit-and-runs, he gets by on a freegan diet of dumpster dives and keeps clean in the bathtubs of temporarily unoccupied houses. But Dwight's precarious lifestyle is threatened when he learns of one man's successful appeal to be released from prison. Dwight, wild-eyed with dread, knew this day would come, and that a plan would be set in motion.Written and directed by Brooklyn-based filmmaker Jeremy Saulnier, Blue Ruin is a horrifying tale of avenging the past.

  • Philip Seymour Hoffman God's Pocket review Sundance

    John Slattery Shines Unkind Light on the Irredeemable Monsters of 'God's Pocket'

    SPIN is in Park City, Utah, traversing snow and cutting queues to bring you reviews of the next big films (and flops) as they make their Sundance Film Festival 2014 debut.The postcard for the fictional working-class Philadelphia neighborhood God's Pocket would be washed in a sepia of grease, dirt, and rotgut. Of course that postcard wouldn't exist, because who would cop to visiting such a place — a place where, we're told in heavy-handed voiceover, the only sin the locals can't escape is that they are from there. And yet, here's where director John Slattery chose to make his feature-length debut, a cruel and unflinching dark comedy named for the town where the dirty-faced and uneducated argue about things they don't understand and commit unspeakable acts in a desperate attempt to survive.

  • Kristen Stewart Camp X-Ray review

    Kristen Stewart's Emo G.I. Jane Makes Friends With the Enemy in 'Camp X-Ray'

    SPIN is in Park City, Utah, traversing snow and cutting queues to bring you reviews of the next big films (and flops) as they make their Sundance Film Festival 2014 debut."Are you a soldier, or are you a female soldier?" an incredulous corporal asks Private Amy Cole during one of the few tense moments in Peter Sattler's full-length directorial debut, Camp X-Ray. Cole, a soldier stationed at Guantanamo Bay, is played by all five-feet, five-inches of Kristen Stewart, the waifish Twilight actress whose range spans from "slight discomfort" to "slightly more discomfort." Therein lies the problem with this familiar and predictable tale of unlikely friends: Stewart is an unconvincing soldier and — as the misogynist overtones are meant to suggest emotional frailty — an even less convincing female soldier.Cole's unlikely friend comes in Ali Amir, a Gitmo detainee of eight years.

  • Tilda Swinton Tom Hiddleston Only Lovers Left Alive Jim Jarmusch

    Jim Jarmusch's Rock'n'Roll Vampires Are the Coolest Cats Around in 'Only Lovers Left Alive'

    SPIN is in Park City, Utah, traversing snow and cutting queues to bring you reviews of the next big films (and flops) as they make their Sundance Film Festival 2014 debut.What does a marriage look like after several centuries — perhaps even a few millenia? That's the meditative focus of writer/director Jim Jarmusch's gorgeous and intimately observed vampire romance Only Lovers Left Alive, which screened at Sundance Film Festival Friday (January 17) after a rapturous lap around the late-2013 festival circuit.Starring Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston as the immortally cool beloveds, and outfitted with a momentous prog score by Jozef van Wizzem and Jarmusch's avant-noise droners Sqürl, the film presents a transcendantly grand love affair evolved far beyond the quotidian squabbles of man.

  • Justin Bieber Officially Retires on Christmas Eve

    Justin Bieber 'Officially' Retires on Christmas Eve

    Canadian teen pop star Justin Bieber announced he will "officially" retire in a tweet posted on Christmas Eve.My beloved beliebers I'm officially retiring— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) December 25, 2013 He continued, "The media talks a lot about me.They make a up a lot of lies and want me to fail but I'm never leaving you, being a belieber is a lifestyle." Then, invoking another child prodigy known for this day, Bieber finished, "Be kind loving to each other, forgive each other as god forgave us through Christ Merry Christmas IM HERE FOREVER."The announcement follows hints earlier this month that the singer was seeking to end his time in the spotlight. In an interview with Los Angeles radio station Power 106 on December 17, Bieber told host Kurt "Big Boy" Alexander, "After the new album, I'm actually retiring, man.

  • Nicole Sia's 25 Best Albums of 2013

    Nicole Sia's 25 Best Albums of 2013

    To finish out the year, we'll be offering the top 25 albums from various SPIN staffers. Today, Managing Editor Nicole Sia.I don't need to say this, but these are not the best albums of the year. (For a doggedly vetted list of critical darlings, please direct your attention here.) Instead, these are my favorite albums of the year, "favorite" being defined as the records I returned to the most, most likely because they moved something in me, ***flaws and all. Or, at the very least, I found them eminently listenable.So, recurring themes: cacophony, Sturm und Drang, sad sexiness (of course), and atmosphere and aberration over melody and cohesion. Some real beauties here, though: Beyoncé's artfully pop blockbuster on her own terms, Bill Callahan's full extension into pastoral bliss, Mikal Cronin's healing guitar-pop sunshine.

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