Chris Martins



  • Nine Inch Nails at the Troubadour, Los Angeles, September 3, 2013

    Nine Inch Nails Burn Through Intimate Homecoming at Los Angeles' 400-Capacity Troubadour

    Nine Inch Nails has spent the last two months bouncing from country to country, from festival to festival, setting up and breaking down an incredibly elaborate stage setup, while cramming what little free time they have with press (to wit, SPIN's latest cover story). Back home in Los Angeles with the night off, of course they booked themselves a show at the Troubadour (capacity 400), where they played for nearly two hours straight, because why-the-hell-not. Oh, and..."I almost forgot," said Trent Reznor. "We have a new record out today." Hesitation Marks, of course.At that point the band had already played at least 10 songs — all killer, no filler with barely a word of banter spared and nary a wild LED backdrop to be seen.

  • Animal Parts 'Where the Heart Is' Stream Six Arms to Hold You

    Animal Parts Cure Homesickness on Strummy 'Where the Heart Is'

    Toronto's Animal Parts have been mighty busy over the past year and change. Between time spent on the road, the five-piece led by Josh Cockerill has managed to let loose an eponymous album and the Other Rooms EP, and now they have another release on the horizon: Six Arms to Hold You, a six-song set preceded by "Where the Heart Is." Understandably, the Americana-pop act's singer knows a thing or two about homesickness, and the streaming track speaks to that."I wrote 'Where the Heart Is' near the end of a multiple-month long solo tour," Cockerill told SPIN, "where I almost fell through the floor from loneliness [only] to find me the comfort of knowing I was soon going home. The song, and the record as a whole, reflects on places where life has once been, now left empty, and my attempt at putting it back where it belongs." Where exactly might that be?

  • Goldfrapp 'Annabel' Video Tales of Us

    Goldfrapp Introduce 'Annabel' in Beautifully Stark Video

    Goldfrapp's forthcoming Tales of Us will be the English duo's first album in three years and it's set to be a significant departure. While 2010's Head First racked up a Grammy nod, Alison Golfrapp and her production partner Will Gregory were not happy with the sound of those songs. And as evidenced on the first single "Drew," things have wonderfully "taken a turn for the noir." That last song came with a video chock-full of naked house guests and free-lovin' frolicking. Now we meet "Annabel," a work of baroque instrumentation and hushed vocals that plays like a transmission from an ornate music box fallen to decay. Fittingly, the accompanying video takes place at the same decrepit estate as the last one, and also employs black and white to highlight the sad beauty of its subject matter.

  • Savages 'I Am Here' Video Silence Yourself Decayed

    Savages Brutalize Their Own Sound in 'I Am Here' Video

    Savages don't shy from intensity. The London post-punks dropped their brutal barrage of a debut album, Silence Yourself, earlier this year, and most recently got incredibly urgent with a live rendition of "She Will" on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Now they've made a video for one of their Essential LP's highlights, "I Am Here," but it's hardly your normal fare. It is, in a word, intense. Intensely intense, really, considering the nature of the project.Director Joshua Zucker-Pluda worked with the band to create a "decayed" version of the song inspired by a 1969 experiment by composer Alvin Lucier. For "I Am Sitting in a Room," the man recorded himself reading aloud, then recorded a recording of the reading in the same space, and so on and so forth until the thing became completely distorted.

  • Mount Eerie 'Pre-Human Ideas' 'Lone Bell' Stream Auto-Tune

    Mount Eerie Previews Auto-Tune Album With Dubby 'Lone Bell'

    Phil Elverum's estimable Mount Eerie project will return in 2013 with Pre-Human Ideas, a collection of songs that — somewhat shockingly — makes strong use of Auto-Tune. But this 12-track set will be no T-Pain tribute. Instead, it will exclusively collect reworked highlights from last year's two-album suite, Clear Moon and Ocean Roar, abstracting those fog-shrouded folk pieces into dubby drone-scapes guided by an electric coo.At least, that's the impression we're left with after hearing "Lone Bell," streaming below. As Pitchfork notes, the album announcement says that although the source material is familiar, there will be "newly written lyrics, almost like new songs layered over the old ones, expanding and clarifying the ideas." Pre-Human Ideas is out November 12 on P.W.

  • Janelle Monae The Electric Lady Stream Album Full

    Hear Janelle Monae Funk With Prince and Solange on Full 'The Electric Lady' Stream

    Janelle Monáe is streaming her entire new album The Electric Lady a week early. Due September 10 via Bad Boy/Wondaland, the 19-track set features collaborations with Prince, Miguel, Erykah Badu, Solange, and Esperanza Spalding. We've also seen videos for "Dance Apocalyptic" and "Q.U.E.E.N.", each of which was set in a future where, respectively, zombies roam and revolutionaries are kept behind glass. Taken in its whole, The Electric Lady is clear-headed and free to be as funky as it wants to be — a worthy follow-up to 2010's The ArchAndroid that makes good on Monáe's enthralling in-person energy.As Consequence of Sound points out, a Target-exclusive two-disc version of the Kansas-reared artist's sophomore album is on the way as well.

  • Titus Andronicus Rock Opera Film Videos New Album

    Titus Andronicus' Next Album Is a Rock Opera About Manic Depression

    Above you'll find a brand new Titus Andronicus song dubbed "Fatal Flaw." According to main man Patrick Stickles, it's the opening salvo of a 30-odd-song rock opera about manic depression that will serve as the New Jersey band's fourth album. The ambitious new project should contrast markedly with the group's last offering, 2012's tight 10-song album Local Business, but we already knew Stickles has been interested in long-form works of late. To wit, read his masterful novella-length review of the Replacements' first show in 22 years.The Titus songwriter unveiled his plans in a talk with the Missoulian, explaining that the plot will be fictional, though inspired by his own struggles with the afroementioned condition, and also by Friedrich Nietzsche's The Birth of Tragedy From the Spirit of Music, plus other literary works involving philosophy and psychology.

  • Arctic Monkeys 'AM' Album Stream iTunes Full

    Arctic Monkeys' Entire New 'AM' Opus Is Streaming Right Now

    Arctic Monkeys' fifth album AM handily made SPIN's 50 Fall Albums That You Gotta Hear. Well, the summer is sticking around for a few more weeks, but the iTunes is streaming the full Josh Homme-helped LP right now. The 12-track set was produced by longtime collaborator James Ford and songwriter Ross Orton (M.I.A., the Fall, Roots Manuva).Heretofore, we'd heard a handful of tracks — "Do I Wanna Know?", "Mad Sounds," "I Want It All," and "Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?" — displaying the group's classic writing chops paired with gritty, slightly glammed rock'n'roll and a whole lot of lusty heartache. Now the band offers us the bigger picture. Stream Arctic Monkeys' AM on iTunes now.

  • Cults 'High Road' Stream Static

    Cults Send Motorik Pop Swooning on 'High Road'

    Cults will release their second album, Static, on October 15, and the picture is getting ever-clearer as that date approaches. We heard snippets of "We've Got It" and "So Far" in July, which showcased the expansive production prowess of the band in consort with Washed Out go-to Ben Allen and Shane Stoneback. And August brought "I Can Hardly Make You Mine," a garage-grounded slab of swooning rock-pop. Now we've got "High Road," a slinking and dreamy example of the duo at their most in-the-pocket. While Madeline Folin's coo could fall right into formation on a Stereolab record, Brian Oblivion's instrumental accompaniment is mightily motorik. Get into it below, and peruse the group's upcoming dates and Static's track list after that.Cults, Static track list:1. "I Know"2. "I Can Hardly Make You Mine"3. "Always Forever"4. "High Road"5. "Were Before"6. "So Far"7.

  • Moby Wayne Coyne 'The Perfect Life' Video NSFW Mariachi

    Moby and Wayne Coyne Are Pied Pipers of Weird in 'The Perfect Life' Video

    Moby and Wayne Coyne's on-camera collaboration can be seen at last, and it's every bit as freaky, fun, and flesh-filled as you'd expect. About a month ago, Los Angeles' posivibes electronipop king and the Flaming Lips' wizard-in-chief issued a bizarre casting call in order to populate the video for their song, "The Perfect Life," which appears on Moby's October 1 LP Innocents. Then we were given a preview of the thing, which turns out to be B-roll footage of a hippiefied sing-along atop a helipad in downtown L.A.Now we can take in the finished product, which finds our two heroes walking the streets on the look for fellow misfits and strangeoids who might appreciate their vision of the title concept.

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