Kendrick Lamar’s Album of the Year (and 4 more)



It was an honor and a responsibility to write about Kendrick Lamar’s incredible To Pimp a Butterfly. It’s a monumental work that’s owed much more than I could give, but helping to crown it SPIN’s Album of the Year is a good start. I spilled ink on four others that made the year’s 50 Best LPs: Deerhunter’s Fading Frontier at No. 7, Protomartyr’s The Agent Intellect at No. 20, Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late at No. 23, and Blur’s Magic Whip at No. 37. Peep the whole list, which not only includes a ton of great music, but words by people I dig a whole lot.

Full Time with SPIN, Senior Writer, Los Angeles

Alright, enough with the third person. I am very proud to share that after nearly three years of freelancing for the very publication that inspired me to scribble about music in the first place, I am going full-time with SPIN starting now with the title Senior Writer. (Unofficially, you might also refer to me as West Coast Dude.) So that means fewer updates here, but it also means virtually all of my work will be appearing in one place anyway, so who needs a blog? Read SPIN. Gonna be a lot of news stories, some shared songs and videos, and a great deal of old school reportage, so keep up over there as we kick off a new chapter of web dominance. Match me, Sidney! So begins my year(s) of living dangerously.

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At Home with Lindsey Buckingham

Okay, so that Lindsey Buckingham ^ is long gone, but I’ll take the cool-headed, contemplative silver-haired gentleman who invited me into his home on an L.A. summer’s day over the guy who might’ve burned said home down with me inside it in the mid-’70s. Pick up the current issue of SPIN, or nab our incredible iPad app, to check out the proper In My Room feature. Meanwhile, you can head over here for an exclusive video interview between myself and Buckingham.

Off camera: Lindsey’s current listening pile, which included CDs by Kanye, Grizzly Bear, Phoenix, Arcade Fire, Dirty Projectors, and Vampire Weekend.

Watch: Mayer Hawthorne’s New Fosse-Styled Summer-Steeped Video for ‘Easy Lovin’

Mayer Hawthorne, looking for his dancing ladies

by Olivia Forman

When Mayer Hawthorne set out to create one of his signature playful music vids for “Your Easy Lovin’ Ain’t Pleasin’ Nothin’,” the final product got Bob Fosse-freaky with one uninterupted shot of the soulster and a posse of swim suit-clad dancers cavorting around in a lush Alta Dena backyard.

Can this video actually lessen the late-July heat a few degrees? And is that mysterious man-in-black actually the artist known as Folerio (as director Henry DeMaio tells us), or is it Stones Throw Records head honcho Peanut Butter Wolf in cheap clothing?

Watch Hawthorne’s new video at Spin to find out for yourself.