Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Hear the Unicorns Cover Daniel Johnston's 'Rocketship' in Lovely Weirdness

    Eerily, the Unicorns predicted their return the last time we heard from them, via The Unicorns: 2014. That 2004 EP was the beloved odd-pop band's final missive, but they've reunited at last, bearing with them news of a tour with Arcade Fire and a reissue of their classic third album, Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone? The digital master of that (also strangely predictively titled) release will arrive July 29, and feature four bonus tracks. One of those can be heard below — a previously unreleased cover of Daniel Johnston's "Rocketship" that features that trademark Unicorns combination of loose guitar, keyboard squelch, and warm vocals.

  • Weird Al 'Mission Statement' Crosby Stills Nash Video Parody

    'Weird Al' Apes Corporate America in Crosby, Stills, and Nash Parody Video

    And so "Weird Al" Yankovic's #8videos8days campaign comes to an end, not with a scream, but a melodious whisper in the style of Crosby, Stills, and Nash's enduring 1969 hit, "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes." After parodying Robin Thicke, Pharrell, Lorde, Iggy Azalea, the Pixies, and Southern Culture on the Skids — plus, the archetypical "Sports Song" — the comedy-song king releases the hand-illustrated video for "Mission Statement." The lyrics take aim at the language of corporate America by cobbling together a series of surface-level sensible sentences that, upon deeper examination, mean absolutely nothing.

  • Tuatara Peter Buck 'Snakecharmer' Stream REM

    Hear Tuatara's Hypnotic 'Snakecharmer,' Featuring Members of Pearl Jam, R.E.M.

    To look at the photo above, you'd assume the four fellas of Tuatara to be sensitive about their identities, but the mystery is in the music. The far-out post-rock/jazz-funk group's forthcoming Underworld album is peopled thusly: mastermind/drummer Barrett Martin (Screaming Trees), guitarist Peter Buck (R.E.M.), bassist Justin Harwood (Luna, the Chills), and sax-man Skerik (Critters Buggin, Les Claypool), with none of than Pearl Jam's Mike McCready as the special guest guitarist for the set. The band's been doing their thing since 1996, and that deeply dug groove can be felt in spades on "Snakecharmer" below. As the saxophone climbs and the rhythm section digs, we hear a vibes-fed noir-ish sound not unlike that found on records by Tortoise and Jaga Jazzist.

  • Stardeath and White Dwarfs 'Luminous Veil' Stream Flaming Lips

    Hear Stardeath and White Dwarfs' Beautiful and Freaky 'Luminous Veil'

    "Luminous Veil" opens with an apology, but really it's Stardeath and White Dwarfs who deserve the mea culpa. The Norman, Oklahoma psych quartet have been doing their freaky thing since 2004, but they haven't yet been given their due, in their own right. Band leader Dennis Coyne is the nephew of Wayne Coyne, and the group's collaborated with the Flaming Lips quite a bit (on the road, and with that Dark Side of the Moon full-album cover, for example). But with new album Wastoid, Stardeath find their own deep, deep groove. Below you can hear "Luminous Veil," an aptly titled cut that finds Dennis' wistful, Grandaddy-recalling vocals drifting through a blooming haze of pretty psychedelia. The album arrive July 29 on Dave Sitek's Federal Prism label, and purports to be as influenced by the Dungeon Family as Crazy Horse.

  • Deebs 'I Won' Remix Future Kanye West Stream

    Hear Deebs' Gutted, Spaced-Out Remix of Future's 'I Won'

    Earlier this month we heard Wertheimer's full-tilt deranged remix of Future's "Move That Dope." Now, we inadvertently further the series with Deebs' extensive remodeling of the Kanye West-featuring "I Won," also from the SPIN cover star's Honest album. Heard below, the Toronto producer guts the Metro Boomin beat so that the vocalists' words sound as hollow as a gold-painted plastic trophy. Future's pained moans and West's braggadocio are complimented by futuristic trappings: a tinny percussive assault, blasts of static, and a crystalline synth sequence.Deebs, a.k.a. Will Diebel, has a new EP due out September 9 — the official follow-up to his impressive Awry set — a promises more details soon. Spin "I Won" below, and revisit his stunner of an AlunaGeorge rework for a quick history lesson.

  • Crosses Remix Telepathy DWNTWN Stream

    ††† (Crosses)' 'Telepathy' Gets Dark Dance Remix From DWNTWN

    Following a bout of silence that no doubt included much surreptitious spell-casting, ††† (Crosses) are back with a series of remixes that reimagine the witchy, ominous electronica found on the trio's eponymous February album. The Los Angeles-based group is, of course, Deftones vocalist Chino Moreno, Far guitarist Shaun Lopez, and a fella named Chuck Doom. Yesterday, Pure Volume rolled out Blaqk Audio's industrial take on "†elepa†hy" (remember that bizarre video?) and now we've got a dark dance version courtesy of L.A. indie-pop brooders DWNTWN. You can stream and download that below, and keep an eye on SPIN family Death and Taxes and BrooklynVegan for more unveilings to come. If you haven't, read our interview with Moreno about this very band.

  • Moby Interview Miley Cyrus Flaming Lips Video

    Q&A: Moby on Miley Cyrus, Flaming Lips, and Getting Weird Before You Die

    A week ago, we were treated to a very unexpected gift: a highly psychedelic, kinda terrifying, weirdly star-studded experimental short film dubbed "Blonde SuperFreak Steals the Magic Brain." The clip was masterminded — of course — by Wayne Coyne and the Flaming Lips, and it co-starred Moby and Miley Cyrus as mortal enemies battling over the acid-addled mind of President John F. Kennedy. This naturally left us with a few questions, and the Innocents-making electronic artist born Richard Melville Hall was thankfully around to take our call.It's not that Moby isn't busy — he's working on finishing his next album, actually — but he's as fascinated as we are with whatever that was. As it turns out, he and the Bangerz star both pitched in on an especially freaky version of the Beatles' "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" for the Lips' planned Sgt.

  • Boyz II Men Wendys Pretzel Yes Yes Yes Video

    Boyz II Men Sing a Song About Pretzel Bread and It's Amazing

    Boyz II Men have been making their way into our news feed far more than expected of late, and in very unusual ways. The NRA named the '90s R&B nice guys on their "enemies list," indie orch-pop giants Arcade Fire covered "Motownphilly" at a gig in Philly, the harmonizing trio swung by ESPN to dedicate "End of the Road" to NBA loser Lance Stephenson, and the Roots recently revealed that the two groups did battle in high school talent shows. Now the original boy band has united with fast food chain and pigtails purveyors Wendy's to get behind a clearly beloved product that was apparently discontinued for some time — no, not a cheese steak, but the pretzel bun.We're usually allergic to this sort of promotion (that, and tree nuts) but the whole thing is pretty flawlessly executed, and the Men make hilarious on-camera participants.

  • azealia banks label split record deal interscope

    Azealia Banks Splits From Interscope

    After a long and confusing run of delayed release dates, collaborations-gone-wrong, and alleged Twitter lockouts, Azealia Banks says she's free of her recording contract with Interscope. She announced the news on Twitter Thursday (July 10), though the label has yet to confirm. SPIN has reached out to Interscope publicists, as well as Banks' management and has yet to receive a response.Meanwhile, the oft-embattled MC is feeling pretty good:FUCK IT UP KUNTZ YAAAAAAAAAAAAS— AZEALIA BANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) July 10, 2014In a series of tweets, Banks wrote, "IM ABOUT TO GET OUT OF MY DEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THATS THE BIG SURPRISE!!!!! ... I'S IS FREE!!!!!! ... I'm feeling like miss celie at the end of color purple. ... Free at last. ... FUCK IT UP KUNTZ YAAAAAAAAAAAAS ... Me right now.

  • Wertheimer Future Move That Dope Remix Pusha T Stream

    Future's 'Move That Dope' Gets a Deranged Wertheimer Remix

    We don't know much about Wertheimer, and what we do know we can't say because we've been sworn to secrecy. Our friends at XLR8R reported that the mysterious electronic producer is a German sheet-metal worker, though his (?) SoundCloud claims Antarctica as home. London's Lex Records backed the shadowy noisenik for his excellent Brandished EP earlier this year — pick up that bleak and beautiful burner here — and now Wertheimer returns to spill his oft-atmospheric digital wilding all over Future's "Move That Dope." Pharrell's touch is long gone from the SPIN cover artist's single, and Pusha T's verse is now scored by D-Styles-esque turntable darkness and percussive insanity. Casino, frankly, sounds deranged. The oddly urgent version will appear on a forthcoming set dubbed 4 Remixes.

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