Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • HARD Summer Death Festival Ecstasy Natural Causes EDM Rave

    HARD Summer Death Was Not Drug Related, Calm Down

    In early August, SPIN attended Los Angeles' HARD Summer festival, and witnessed a horrifying scene firsthand: on-site paramedics attempting, to no avail, to resuscitate a young man who'd collapsed at the foot of a small hillside. Flying Lotus began his scheduled set shortly after the incident, and commented on it from the stage. He also tweeted, "Damn. I saw a guy die before my set. Heavy." As is the wont of those who treat EDM like a four-letter word, many assumed that the death was caused by ecstasy use. But according to LA Weekly, toxicology reports on the deceased Jonathan Reyes, 21, have been completed and authorities have determined that he died of natural causes. There were no drugs in his body. Repeat: he was clean. On behalf of the coroner's office, Lt.

  • Jack Johnson From Here Now You Miley Cyrus Wrecking Ball Billboard Chart

    Who Charted? Jack Johnson, Because the World Is a Cold Dark Place

    First! Jack. Johnson. Are Curious George kiddies experiencing the first tinges of nostalgia as they head into their tired tweens? For the rest of us, this is the day the monkey didn't bother getting out of bed. Instead, he curled up with Punxsutawney Phil and said, "Fuck it, bb. There's nothing out there. Let's sleep until the spring." The surf-folk yippie's shadow looms large over this set as From Here to Now to You becomes Johnson's fourth No. 1 album in a row (counting the CG soundtrack), even if its opening sales tally of 117,000 is his lowest since his 2001 debut, Brushfire Fairytales, which moved fewer than 1,000 units upon arrival (via Nielsen SoundScan, via Billboard).2 to 10: If that wasn't a harbinger of things to come, we're gonna issue a spoiler alert for your own protection right here, right now. It's bleak out there, people.

  • Dr. Stokely 'State of Emergency' Madlib Video Dudley Perkins

    See Dr. Stokely and Madlib's Smoky Mortality Trip, 'State of Emergency'

    Dr. Stokely has an important message to share with the world. Mainly, what the man more commonly known as Dudley Perkins wants to tell us is this: "Our time is growing small." Indeed, our individual lifespans are only getting shorter, so he's got a point on the Madlib-produced "State of Emergency." Perhaps it is time to "stop taking life light." (Or maybe, like, YOLO, man.) Our host for the moment has certainly stayed busy over the years, first emerging as a Stones Throw-approved rapper dubbed Declaime, then relaunching as Perkins, a slightly off-kilter soul man whose unusual musings were scored by Madlib.Now the fellow Oxnard, California-native returns with a PhD — a designation which may not change his approach much, but which, at the very least, comes with the aforementioned newfound knowledge of our limited time here on earth.

  • Tanya Morgan 'Rubber Souls' Album Stream 6th Sense

    Stream Tanya Morgan's Smart and Soulful 'Rubber Souls' Album

    Tanya Morgan is a rap group. That's the barebones title of the Brooklyn-to-Cincinnati group's 2008 mixtape but it's more than just a play on their atypical name — that no-nonsense designation clues you in to their whole vibe. Von Pea and Donwill are rappers' rappers: direct descendents of the soulful, smart legacy of De La Soul and their D.A.I.S.Y. Age ilk. They've been doing their thing for a minute now, and took a bit of a hiatus when founding member Ilyas left, but there's no better time for the return of Tanya Morgan. With the rap game as wide open as it is, the traditionalists are as welcome as the left-fielders, and Rubber Souls is an excellent example of the kind of head-down, mind-in-the-clouds work that they do so well.

  • Small Black 'Breathless' Video Limits of Desire

    Small Black Kill Summer Dead With Genuinely 'Breathless' Video

    If Small Black's recent tour diary for SPIN taught us one thing, it's that America is a strange and photogenic place. If "Two-Lane Blacktop" unveiled an additional truth, it's that the four Brooklyn boys have a hankering for adventure. Fittingly, their music — an epic evolutionary development in the chillwave continuum (revisit "Free at Dawn") — sounds like time passing in a beautiful, colorful gush. Or like the day fading into the night, or perhaps even the summer drifting into the fall.The group's latest, Limits of Desire, is out now on Jagjaguwar, but it's still delivering gifts. Back in June we had the video for "No Stranger" — a romantic fantasy whose tone was intimate and insular.

  • Kanye West Paparazzi Attack LAX Battery Camera Lawyer Lindsay Lohan

    Kanye West Photog Flap Pits Lindsay Lohan's Lawyer Against Gloria Allred

    There's nothing particularly out-of-the-ordinary about Kanye West getting into a scuffle with a paparazzo. But the Yeezus mastermind's seemingly intense standoff with a shutterbug outside of the Los Angeles International Airport in July has inspired some unexpected developments. First, we learned that photographer David Ramos had secured the legal expertise of famed civil rights attorney Gloria Allred, who represented Nicole Brown Simpson's family in the O.J. trail.Now, the Daily Mail reports that West has retained the services of Shawn Holley, an attorney perhaps best known for being Lindsay Lohan's go-to (which yes, implies that she has a lot of experience). The civil lawsuit accuses West, the self-described "biggest rock star on the planet," of battery and attempted grand theft — the latter his apparent attempt to wrestle away Ramos' camera.

  • Third Man Paramount Records Rise Fall Compilation Archive

    Jack White Builds a 'Cabinet of Wonder' Full of Classic Jazz, Blues

    Jack White is once again making moves to preserve the music of yore. Back in May, his Nashville-based Third Man Records announced an ongoing collaboration with legendary Memphis label Sun Records. And shortly thereafter, the onetime White Stripe and freshly active Dead Weather-man donated $200,000 to Congress' National Recording Preservation Foundation in order to ensure that old music currently consigned to fragile mediums will make the transition to digital sooner than later.

  • Autre Ne Veut Ego Free Sex Video MOCA Anxiety

    Autre Ne Veut's 'Ego Free Sex Free' Video Is an Aristocrat's Nightmare

    Autre Ne Veut's Anxiety is a comely batch of tussling words and sounds — "His sonic ideas are subtle and elaborately produced, while his lyrical declarations are plainly worded and fraught with meaning," Puja Patel wrote for SPIN. The Brooklyn producer born Arthur Ashin also channels some excellent influences via his low-key R&B. "Ego Free Sex Free," for instance was at least in part inspired by Usher's "Climax" (the gift that keeps on peaking).Autre Ne Veut's stately single now gets a classy video to match courtesy of director BANGS and the fine folks at MOCAtv. The new clip opens on a ballroom full of tip-toeing, curtseying aristocratic types, moving in automatonical synchronicity while a phalanx of stoic servers stand by with platters of unknown delights.

  • Miley Cyrus 23 Video Mike Will Made-It Juicy J Wiz Khalifa

    Miley Cyrus and Mike Will Made It Invade High School in '23' Video

    As previously noted, Miley Cyrus breaks out her best Lil Debbie impression to go toe-to-toe with Juicy J and Wiz Khalifa on the new Mike Will Made It track, "23." That ode to the iconic Nike Air Jordan shoe line now has a video that pays excessive homage to Michael Jordan's legacy via repurposed jerseys, Chicago Bulls hats, the number 23 (sorry to Jim Carrey), the colors red and black, and various basketball imagery and accessories.The track may not be a thrill-ride in and of itself but the Hannah Lux Davis-directed clip is good fun, uniting all four of the song's stars under the high roof of a high school gym. The gang stage a full-on takeover of the place, making Cyrus their mole while Mike commandeers the principal's office, Wiz hits lab to concoct something trippy, and Juicy ... um, positions himself to steal some super sweet trophies.The song hails from Mr.

  • Kesha Dr. Luke Petition Fans Contract Albums Career Puppet

    Ke$ha Fans Petition to Free 'Pop Puppet' From Dr. Luke's Evil Grasp

    Ke$ha fans have started a petition to free the pop starlet from her alleged eight-album contract with Dr. Luke, arguing that the mega-producer "is controlling Ke$ha like a puppet, feeding her what she doesn’t want and her creativity is dwindling."Those who appreciate Kesha Rose Sebert as more than just another nasally quasi-rapping lady-voice on the radio (we see you Karmin) have long suspected that the Nashville artist-provocateur has more to offer than, say Warrior. While her sophomore album wasn't a bust, it didn't live up to the pre-release bombast about "cock rock" and glitter-piss.

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