Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Zeds Dead Shut Up Sing Greta Svabo Bech Stream

    Zeds Dead and Greta Svabo Bech Sweetly Demand 'Shut Up & Sing'

    Back when SPIN first met Zeds Dead at 2011's HARD Haunted Mansion, the Toronto electronic duo were dressed up as Jesus and a rabbi, respectively. "When you're in costume you have all this weird confidence," Hooks, a.k.a. Zach Rapp-Rovan, told us. "You just don't give a fuck." Nearly two years later, he and Dylan "DC" Mamid sound more confident than ever and — um, aurally speaking — as naked as the day they were born."Shut Up & Sing" may have a tough name, but the song is melodically rich and genuinely sentimental thanks to singer Greta Svabo Bech (she of Deadmau5 hit "Raise Your Weapon"). One might even call it wubdued in parts.

  • Kill the Noise 'Black Magic Remixes' EP Stream OWSLA

    Kill the Noise Streams Wild and Wooly 'Black Magic Remixes' EP

    Kill the Noise's OWSLA-released BLVCK MVGIC EP opened a lot of doors for the electro-step producer. Of course, Jake Stanczak was already plenty well known in the scene, but that 2012 landed the man in the Billboard 200 and, more importantly, spawned a handful of songs that are staples of DJ sets the world over. Now those peers/fans have a chance to truly put their own spin on the material thanks to the nine-track Black Magic Remixes set streaming below.GTA's "Saturn" reworking returns alongside Kill Paris' melodically blessed version of the same one, plus Harry Fong's big beat rave interpretation of "Mosh It Up," a positively bonkers Bro Safari & UFO! interpretation of "Rockers," Kill the Noise's own amped-up revision of "Thumbs Up (for Rock n' Roll)," and Brillz trap-meets-moombahton take on "Talk to Me." There are others of course, but that's what the playlist is for. Enjoy.

  • Notorious B.I.G. Petition Street Name New York Wallace Way

    Notorious B.I.G. Petition Asks New York to Name Intersection in His Honor

    One inspired Brooklyn resident has begun a petition to have a local street corner officially named after the Notorious B.I.G. The intersection of Saint James Place and Fulton Street in the Clinton Hill neighborhood marks the block where the late, great rapper was raised, and citizen LeRoy McCarthy would like the area to bear Biggie's birth name as "Christopher Wallace Way." The petition was launched over at Change.org and so far has broken through its initial reported goal of 500 signatures. As of press time, it was closing in on 700. There are also fledgling Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook accounts devoted to the cause. "During Christopher Wallace time in music he was considered the best at his craft," McCarthy writes. "[His story] continues to have a resounding influence on new generations although he passed away in 1997."

  • Jay Z Made in America Documentary Ron Howard Trailer Skrillex

    Thanks Jay Z: Watch Skrillex Teach Ron Howard How to Wub

    As previously reported, Jay Z enlisted none other than Ron Howard to direct a documentary about his Made In America festival, which took place in Philadelphia last year and featured performances from Run DMC, Pearl Jam, Rick Ross, Tyler the Creator, and Drake among many others. With a Toronto film fest premiere planned for September, the team behind Made in America, the movie, have shared a very effective trailer for the film. Chock-full of slow-motion crowd shots, eerie smoke, intense scoring, a crew guy who speaks exactly like Jesse Pinkman, serious thoughts from Janelle Monáe, and Beyoncé staring wistfully out of car windows, the clip is as dramatic as anything that preceded The Da Vinci Code. Also, there's a moment where Howard requests a music lesson from Skrillex.

  • Fiona Apple Off Stage Louis Vuitton Japan

    Fiona Apple Walks After Crowd Fails to Be Quiet for Length of a Bell Ring

    When you're Louis Vuitton and you throw an event honoring "Timeless Muses," you shouldn't be surprised if you wind up with a timeless performance of sorts. Especially if Fiona Apple is on the bill. Though the baroque-pop queen was not among the titular women — a list that included Kate Moss and Sofia Coppola — she became a focus of Thursday night's party at Japan's Tokyo Station Hotel when she reportedly told the audience to kindly STFU and stormed offstage.According to Women's Wear Daily, Apple became agitated while attempting to perform amidst excessive room chatter. She evidently climbed onto her piano early on in the set, requested quiet and, when that request wasn't granted, produced a small bell. She rang the thing after challenging the crowd to remain silent for the duration of the tone (no luck).

  • Sharon Van Etten 'Tarifa' Live Video Acoustic Pickathon

    See Sharon Van Etten Strum the Beauteous New 'Tarifa'

    When she isn't cooing over Leverage Models' strange pop, shredding with J Mascis, or crushing Nick Cave covers, Sharon Van Etten busies herself by composing incredibly moving songs of her own. Her sublime third album Tramp came out only last year, but the Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter is already unveiling new work, evidenced in the above clip shot by KEXP at Portland's Pickathon in early August. As charming and bewitching as ever, Van Etten introduces "Tarifa" and begins to strum out a lovely tune about jealous companions, hard truths, and incredible vistas. She plays in the Bunny Glade, accompanied by her touring bandmate Heather Woods Broderick, as Pitchfork points out.

  • Foxes Youth Remix Faustix Imanos Stream Louisa Rose Allen

    Foxes' 'Youth' Gets Trap-Step Treatment From Faustix & Imanos

    London-based singer Foxes is on one incredible rise. She's racked up collaborations with Zedd ("Clarity"), Rudimental ("Right Here"), and Fall Out Boy ("Just One Yesterday") that are as memorable as they are monumental, and her 2012 Warrior EP has been shared and remixed just about every way imaginable. Now, the 24-year-old Southampton native born Louisa Rose Allen is gearing up for a 2014 album debut with RCA — but first, October 8 will yield the Youth EP, which will feature that titular song reworked by the likes of Breakage, Seamus Haji, and Danny Howard.In honor of the occasion, we've got an exclusive remix to share courtesy of Danish progressive house merchant Faustix and Vancouver trap-step specialist Imanos. The pair are fresh off of their own Echoes short-player, and here lace Foxes' original with stuttering grooves, epic synths, and rapid-fire effects.

  • Beyonce Coney Island music video Terry Richardson cyclone

    Beyonce's Coney Island Romp Becomes Unsuspecting Woman's Hell Ride

    Beyoncé surprised visitors to New York's Coney Island Thursday when she showed up to take a spin on some of the historic amusement park's signature rides. Her entourage included stylist Ty Hunter and (in)famous photographer Terry Richardson, plus at least one GoPro cam, fueling speculation that she was there to shoot a music video. In the various photos that have emerged, she's seen waving to fans, shaking hands, and even, yes, holding a baby.The most widely circulated images from the day show Queen Bey grinning (or gritting) while riding the iconic Cyclone, but her presence wasn't a day in the park for everyone, no. The New York Post, as is its wont, is telling a different story — that of Dorris Hone, 47, an unsuspecting Ferris wheel rider brave enough to stow her agoraphobia for one quick run at the old Wonder Wheel. But thanks to Mrs.

  • Kendrick Lamar Control King of New York Interview Response

    Kendrick Lamar Says 'King of New York' Coronation Was Over Your Head

    Kendrick Lamar might actually agree with SPIN's Brandon Soderberg that his flame-stoking "Control" verse is not as impressive as it seems. After declaring himself "King of New York," the Prince of Compton retreated to a land of gonzo Robin Thicke videos, Miley-fied MTV VMA performances, and unlimited BET awards nominations, while his peers (and followers) lobbed response after response after response after response after, um, Hitler parody video.But at long, last Lamar himself has issued a response, which more or less amounts to: "Y'all trippin'." In an interview with Peter Rosenberg of New York's Hot 97, the Black Hippy was asked what he thought about all of the excitement surrounding his Big Sean cameo. "[It] was just a feature verse," he humble-bragged before revealing that it took him a few days to notice the hubub, since he'd been hanging out in the U.K.

  • The 1975 M.O.N.E.Y. Stream Single Album Drugs

    The 1975 Get Weird With Drug-Dusted 'M.O.N.E.Y.'

    Manchester quartet the 1975 have been eliciting some dramatic responses from music fans on both sides of the pond and at at either end of the love-hate spectrum, but dramatic music will do that. Earlier this month we heard singer-guitarist Matthew Healy bend his heart-skewering coo to an acoustic rendition of his band's breakthrough song, "Chocolate." Now we've got a new share from the September 3 eponymous album to consider — "M.O.N.E.Y.," in which the often polished-sounding act goes full-tilt Peter Gabriel electronic-soul wildout. Lyrically, the 1975 stick to their rakish topical fodder, telling a poetically compelling story of one man's night out on the town — a hot mess of a dude who ingests various intoxicants and breaks a bunch of shit (including his own skin) on a mission to oblivion.Get into it, courtesy of Prefix:

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