Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Da Mafia 6ix Yelawolf 'Go Hard' Stream Three 6 DJ Paul

    Da Mafia 6ix 'Go Hard' With Yelawolf (and Not Juicy J)

    Juicy J is out conquering the world via Katy Perry features, SPIN profiles (heh), and a career-revitalizing album called Stay Trippy, so perhaps it's time for the rest of Three 6 Mafia go out and get theirs. Techinically, "the rest of" the unpredictable Memphis crew is just DJ Paul at this point, but he's managed to wrangle the four other previously affiliated MCs for a new project dubbed Da Mafia 6ix (though we're tempted to write "6-ish," since there are only five of them).Crunchy Black, Koopsta Knicca, Lord Infamous, and Gangsta Boo appear again as one on a forthcoming mixtape, the first taste of which can be heard below. Alabama rap star Yelawolf appears on "Go Hard," a song with begins with some wavy sampled soul music and quickly becomes an eerie banger stuffed wall-to-wall with aggressive chant-rhymes. It's nasty and heavy and a promising sing of what's to come. 

  • Starwalker 'Bad Weather' AIR Bang Gang EP Dunckel

    Starwalker Unites Air and Bang Gang Buds Under 'Bad Weather'

    Starwalker is a new project aligning Air co-founder Jean-Benoît Dunckel and Bang Gang mastermind Bardi Johansson. Each is proficient at crafting haunting scores and here the French producer's glistening pop flare merges with the Icelandic artist's downtempo touch. The end result is a song like "Bad Weather" — panoramic in scope, mellow in mood, and overall memorable. Handclaps and synth hits set the pace while Dunkcel sings of lost love and salvation sought, angels and devils and even vampires.A proper music video is set to drop on Thursday, October 4, and an as-yet unnamed EP will follow. For now, listen to the full song below, and visit the Starwalker site for a 20-second preview of the creepy, otherworldly clip to come. Air's last move was the post-script score for Georges Méliès' 1902 silent film Le Voyage Dans La Lune.

  • Widowspeak 'Calico' The Swamps EP Stream

    Hear Widowspeak's Dark, Prairie-Crawling 'Calico'

    It was only January when SPIN interviewed Widowspeak on the occasion of the release of their debut album Almanac. But the bicoastal Amer-psych-ana strummers have a new EP due out October 29 via Captured Tracks. Stereogum has shared an advance taste of The Swamps via the song "Calico," a brooding prairie-crawler featuring the sweet vocals of Molly Hamilton and the shimmering guitar of Robert Earl Thomas. The six-song set will also include "True Believer," which finds the duo at the height of their hazy, loping game.Widowspeak, True Believer track list:1. "Theme From the Swamps"2. "Smoke and Mirrors"3. "Calico"4. "Brass Bed"5. "True Believer"6. "The Swamps"

  • Pearl Jam Carrie Brownstein Lightning Bolt Video Interview IFC

    Watch Carrie Brownstein's Full Pearl Jam Interview

    Last week we dove into Pearl Jam's forthcoming album Lightning Bolt with a little help from a star-studded cast. Danny Clinch's surprise mini-documentary found Eddie Vedder and co. in the hot seat while Carrie Brownstein, Judd Apatow, surfer Mark "MR" Richards, and NFL hero Steve Gleason asked the questions. Now, IFC has released the entirety of their Portlandia star's interview with the Seattle grunge gods — in 10 parts. The first of the series can be found above, wherein Brownstein talks to the band about the new record's dark themes and Vedder's unexpected moves as a songwriter. They also discuss playing their old songs live, and how the meaning of them has changed over the years. The rest can be viewed via Facebook, after a key click or two.

  • Queens of the Stone Age Star Wars Audition R2D2 Josh Homme

    Watch Josh Homme Audition for 'Star Wars' ... as R2D2

    Not all comedy sketches are made equal, but some are worth watching for the cameos, even if the premise is a little thin. Above, British YouTube comedy team Stinky Mike wrangle Queens of the Stone Age's hulking bossman Josh Homme for "Star Wars Episode 7 - The Auditions." After one of the comics wraps up an interview with the desert-rock god, Homme lets slip that he has an interest in expanding his repertoire of awesome into the land of film. Just so happens casting is taking place next door.While his size and general ginger-ness paints Homme as a wookie shoo-in, he'd prefer to be "R2D2, king of the droids" and "an articulate, multilingual doer." And a gleep-glorp to you too, sir.Meanwhile, if you're looking for an artistic work of undeniable, across-the-board, brain-crushing quality, get into QOTSA's latest, Like Clockwork..., out now on Matador.

  • Chad Valley 'Real Time' Stream Young Hunger

    Chad Valley Delivers Autumnal Synth-Pop in 'Real Time'

    Synth-loving pop purveyor Chad Valley is entering the mixtape game this year with Peace & Understanding, following in the footsteps of his fellow former chillwavers Small Black. Like that Brooklyn-based band, the man born Hugo Manuel has been evolving since his earliest releases. Last year's Young Hunger album found him collaborating with a range of vocalists (Twin Shadow, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Glasser) over music that evoked M83 in parts, New Jack Swing in others, and glistening '80s elsewhere. No word yet on the exact plan for the forthcoming free set, but "Real Time" is a solid start. Our host sings yearningly over a busy beat, burbling sequences bumping along on the way to some panoramic vistas.

  • Earthless 'From the Ages' Album Stream

    Stream Earthless' Sky-Scraping Return Album 'From the Ages'

    It's been a solid six years since Earthless have blessed this planet with their gnarled excellence. The San Diego trio — guitarist Isaiah Mitchell, bassist Mike Eginton, drummer Mario Rubalcaba — haven't dropped a proper album since 2007's Rhythms From a Cosmic Sky, but that's about to change. On October 8, the band returns with From the Ages, an hour-long slab of sky-scraping, ground-shaking, air-thickening badassery produced by Phil Manley (Trans Am, the Fucking Champs) and coming at you via Tee Pee Records.Though you've got to wait another week to own the thing, you can stream it now, in its entirety, as many times as you want right here.

  • Vic Mensa 'Innanetape' Mixtape Download Free Savemoney

    Download Vic Mensa's Triumphantly Tongue-Twisting 'Innanetape' Now

    Former Kids These Days frontman Vic Mensa has been steadily carving out his solo identity within Chance the Rapper's SAVEMONEY crew. The Chicago MC has blessed us with — deep breath — bubbly "Orange Soda," the good life-celebrating "Hollywood LA," the Rockie Fresh-featuring "Time Is Money," the Eliza Doolittle-sporting "YNSP," and the decidedly upbeat "Lovely Day." All of those and nine other tracks can now be heard in one handy free release, Innanetape (that's "Internet" and "mixtape" slurred together), available for download via DatPiff and Illroots.

  • Toro y Moi 'Rose Quartz' Video Anything in Return

    Toro y Moi Becomes a Painting in 'Rose Quartz' Video

    Toro y Moi has kept fairly busy since the release of his dance-informed third album Anything in Return. He's delivered a Laurel Canyon gem with "Campo." He officially remixed Billie Holiday's "My Man." He even recorded a cover of Ricky Gervais' original The Office song, "Slough." Now we return to the LP with a colorful new video for "Rose Quartz." Created by Lauren Gregory, the clip is a series of painted panels brought to life, finding project mastermind and SPIN interviewee Chaz Bundick turned into a series of grinning smears, playing keys and delivering ace dance moves while an imaginary band cranks out the throbbing grooves.

  • Gucci Mane Six Months Jail Probation Rehab Gun Drugs

    Gucci Mane Headed to Jail for Latest Probation Violation

    Last week Gucci Mane made an attempt to explain his erratic actions of late. After delivering one of the most epic and tragic Twitter rants in history and getting arrested for carrying drugs and a gun, the rapper born Radric Davis returned to Twitter in order to apologize to those he'd offended (a very long list) and admit that he has a problem with abusing codeine cough syrup.

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