Puja Patel

writer

Biography
New York, NY

  • beck, loser

    Beck Talks 'Loser' Through SPIN Cover Stories

    In honor of Beck's 44th birthday, we've dug through our archives and revisited all four of SPIN's cover stories on the funk-hop, indie-rock innovator. Read about his first breakthrough hit —yep, that would be "Loser"— and follow the singer's evolution from a "slacker" to a pop icon via the singer's own words below. Punk-Metal And Watermelon [Steve Hanft, friend and founder of Loser, a punk-metal band Beck played with on Beck's early days.] "Beck was just living in this shed behind someone's house, recording his weird surrealist folk songs on a four-track. He lived on watermelon, wore found clothes, and, though he loved Prince and George Jones, told people, 'I only listen to Slayer.'" Hanft and Beck had plans to make a heavy-metal aerobics video when one of Beck's home-taping sessions ("Loser") got him nominated national spokesman for the young and direction-less.

  • Child of Lov

    Watch Child of Lov and Damon Albarn's Eerie 'One Day' Video

    When Dutch producer Child of Lov (Cole Williams) released his self-titled debut on Domino Six in May of 2013, it was impossible to know that his untimely passing would occur just seven months later. Child of Lov — that L-O-V stands for "light oxygen voltage" — was a thoughtful tapestry of bluesy songwriting embellished by electronic flourishes, echoing guitar strums, singing organs, crackling reverb, plodding synths, and drum loops. Recorded at Damon Albarn's 13 studio, the album featured collaborations from DOOM, Thundercat, and Albarn himself, proving that disparate musical entities could find a home in Lov's trippy, neo-soul-inflected compositions.

  • Watch Courtney Love and Michael Mouris' Animated 'Valley of the Dolls' Remake

    Watch Courtney Love and Michael Mouris' Animated 'Valley of the Dolls' Remake

    "I'm never wrong, not about you," screams Courtney Love on "You Know My Name," the single off of the Hole singer's recent You Know My Name/Wedding Day 7" release. While the song is undoubtedly an anthem meant for a scorned ex-lover, her latest project — a tongue-in-cheek animated video entitled Valley of the Dolls — has the icon shifting her knowing (and hilariously sarcastic) digs onto her very famous friends.The animated Valley of the Dolls video is a short adaptation of the classic storyline behind the cult classic and bestselling novel by the same name, wherein three women hop between New York and Hollywood in search of their careers and fame (as an actress, Broadway star, and model) before ultimately succumbing to the evils of the industry and spiraling into emotional chaos.

  • Dylan Baldi in Los Angeles, March 2014

    Clear Skies for Cloud Nothings

    Outside a craftsman home in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Eagle Rock is when you begin to hear the screaming. It's a typically sunny spring day in Southern California, and the front door of the house is wide open, as I'll find it generally remains, and Cloud Nothings' frontman Dylan Baldi is in the entryway, sheepishly grinning in welcome. "Nathan's recording over there in the closet," he says, referring to the homeowner and Baldi's collaborator du jour, Wavves singer Nathan Williams. A basketball game plays on mute on a screen in the living-room background as the screaming begins again. "Sorry about all the, uh, yelling," Baldi continues, giving an exaggerated sigh of embarrassment before breaking into a laugh. He takes a swig from an oversized beer mug and motions for me to take a seat on the couch. "Don't worry, the noise isn't driving me to drink," he says, putting down the mug.

  • Shopping With Travi$ Scott / Photo by Krista Schlueter

    Shopping With Travi$ Scott: Houston Grills and Kanye Thrills

  • Mannie Fresh

    Q&A: Mannie Fresh Talks Bounce, Brass Bands, and Twerking for Pop

    When Mannie Fresh released his cheery 1989 single "Buck Jump Time" alongside his friend and rapper Gregory D, he didn't know it would later become known as the start of an entirely new musical movement in New Orleans. The song, a fusion of Miami bass' upbeat drums and the brassy horns that defined local street-band culture, is now commonly credited as one of the first "bounce" tracks. (It predated the genre's pick-up and popular use of the "Triggerman" beat taken from The Showboys' "Drag Rap.") With lyrics that shouted out New Orleans wards and projects and a call-and-response hook, the playful track became an iconic anthem to the then-teenager's hometown.Fresh's signature sound came from a youth influenced heavily by the sound of local jazz and school bands, an aesthetic that stayed with him even as his popularity grew.

  • Hudson Mohawke at Webster Hall, New York City, May 28, 2014 / Photo by Chad Kamenshine

    Hudson Mohawke Gets Surprise Visit From Antony Hegarty, Travi$ Scott in New York

  • Traxman

    Watch Traxman's CGI-Adorned Video for 'Ever and Always'

    In 2012 Chicago footwork innovator Traxman dropped his Da Mind of Traxman release; an album that was both a SPIN Essential and reminder that the producer was just as much of a force in the community as his Teklife brothers DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn. After a contribution to Lit City's Teklife series with The Architek, Traxman returns to Planet Mu with Da Mind of Traxman II. Out May 20, the album is a stunning sequel to its predecessor and includes highlight "Ever and Always," a track whose pulsing wall of synths coast alongside melodic horns and a signature skipping snare. Watch the CGI bombasted, Jonathan Toomey produced video for the track above.

  • King avriel

    King avriel Weaves Soulful R&B With Spoken-Word on 'Judgment Day'

    Los Angeles R&B crooner King avriel first broke out last year with her song "Freedom," a quietly bubbling track that sounded more like a manifesto. The video shows her singing softly from behind a mess of hair —"I'm still figuring out this thing called / Freedom, freedom, freedom"— as an instrumental percussion brewed underneath her words. With her newest release, "Judgment Day," due on her forthcoming, self-released album thesis, it's clear that the 23 year-old's music is inseparable from her socio-political exploration. The song comes with an outro entitled "Valley Idols" and unfolds in two parts: The first is an earnest acceptance of her specific reality while the second is a confident, spoken-word rebuttal. Listen to the song below.

  • Alabama Shakes

    Backstage Pass: Alabama Shakes' Intimate Performance at New Orleans' Preservation Hall

    In New Orleans, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band is an institution that's revered above all others. Founded in the early 1960s, the band takes their name from the tiny, legendary local venue that became a home to the city's jazz scene. The small club, located in the heart of the French Quarter, served as a meeting place and creative watering hole for local musicians who thrived through their music in an era where segregation and economic hardships ruled the deep South. In more recent years, Preservation Hall has become a place of tribute and worship, with the house band living by the same mission as they always have; to make their audience get up and dance.SPIN had the exciting opportunity to visit Preservation Hall during New Orleans' Jazz Fest as the venue hosted an intimate surprise performance with Alabama Shakes.

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