Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Johnathan Rice 'My Heart Belongs to You' Video Good Graces

    See Johnathan Rice's Gruesomely Literal 'My Heart Belongs to You' Video

    Is been quite some time since we've heard from Scottish-born, Los Angeles-dwelling songman Johnathan Rice. Of course, he's regaled us alongside his special ladyfriend Jenny Lewis as Jenny & Johnny, and he had a hand in Elvis Costello's 2008 album Momofuku, but it's been six years since Further North, and Rice is due a third album at long last. Good Graces will arrive on September 17 via SQE Music, and it will find the malt-shop-minded fella getting by with a little help from his friends. Miss Lewis and her Watson Twins stop by, as does Z Berg (the Like, JJAMZ), longboard legend Char Marshall (really), Dawes bassist Wiley Gelber, Rilo Kiley guys Jason Boesel and Pierre de Reeder, and producer/guitarist Farmer Dave Scher.Now, onto the good (and gruesome) stuff.

  • Justin Timberlake 20/20 Experience 2 Track List Instagram

    Justin Timberlake Teases 'The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2' With Track-List Torture Porn

    Justin Timberlake slowly revealed the track list for The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2 last night on Instagram, then confirmed it via old-fashioned press release. The pop prince used the app's video function in order to toy with his fans, releasing clip after clip in which he uses a Sharpie marker to fill in the unknown song titles. It wasn't quite the goose chase orchestrated by Boards of Canada, but it was a helluva lot more fun than waiting three hours for a Lady Gaga lyric video. Over a span of four hours alone, Timberlake released eight brief bits — one for each of the blanks he filled in on that fancy little sketchbook of his. Find out what we know so far beneath one of last night's shares.

  • King Tuff 'Sun Medallion' Video Was Dead Album

    King Tuff Shreds a Cemetery in 'Sun Medallion' Video

    King Tuff released one of 2012's most sturdy garage-rock offerings via his self-titled Sub Pop debut. But King Tuff wasn't the Vermont-bred Los Angeleno's first album, or even his first great one. That honor goes to 2008's Was Dead, a "psychedelic gust of glammy and hammy, upside-down FM-rock magic" that's just been reissued by Southern California's indie-fuzz outpost Burger Records. SPIN recently got the entire oral history of the release from Tuffy's actual mom and dad. The one-two punch of those long-playing gems got the King on the road, hitting festivals like Outside Lands and Coachella, and now we've got a brand new video for that awesome old album.

  • Eminem 'Survival' Call of Duty Ghosts Trailer Stream

    Eminem Detonates New Single 'Survival' in 'Call of Duty: Ghosts' Trailer

    UPDATE: Hear Eminem's new song "Survival" with 100 percent less war noise in the SoundCloud clip below, courtesy of Shady Records.The new Call of Duty: Ghosts trailer debuted today. Oh, and it included the first brand new Eminem single to emerge since the Detroit rap legend's 2010 LP Recovery. The hard-grinding "Survival" features an anthemic, guitar-looping beat and the raw rhyme skills of Marshall Mathers, who comes out swinging: "Wasn't ready to be a millionaire, I was ill-prepared / I was prepared to be ill though, the skill was there." One can't help but picture him, cap pulled down low with a fist full of microphone as he lets us know, "It ain't over till I say it's over." Of course, we instead get visuals of geared-up German Shepherds and grenade-lobbing soldiers while the Sounds of War do their best to obscure Slim Shady's fresh bomb-drop.

  • The Civil Wars Robin Thicke Blurred Lines Billboard Chart

    Who Charted? The Civil Wars Notch No. 1 While Robin Thicke Blurs More Lines

    First! Worst New Music recipients the Civil Wars have been rewarded for their shitty effort! So what if the pair's second album, The Civil Wars, is a study in all-too polite Americana that's "terrified of country & western's hokum, avoiding the bloody handprints of Appalachian balladry, and apparently embarrassed by blue-collar specifics." And then there's that whole suspect bit about Joy Williams and John Paul White not being on speaking terms right now due to "internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition." Something tells us the pair will miraculously make up sometime in the very near future now that they've debuted with a firm 116,000 in sales. But hey, at least they kept the unholy Now 47 compilation from taking the throne.2 to 10: Yep, that steaming pop pile is No.

  • The Bangerz Iamsu remix rep that gang

    The Bangerz Lace Iamsu's 'Rep That Gang' With Wobble and Drops

    Considering the title of Miley Cyrus' forthcoming album, it's wise for long-running Bay Area DJ posse the Bangerz to remind the world that they exist right about now. Not that those paying attention ever lost sight of the six-man set, who have been soundtracking the fleet feet of renowned dance crew Jabbawockeez for a decade. The group have a new album out — PRiSM, which is also the score to the dancers' current Las Vegas residency — and in honor of the occasion, they've shared a remix of "Rep That Gang" by SPIN Hottest MC in the Game Iamsu!, who also happens to be an ace producer. For their part, the Bangerz give the Kilt 2 standout a shot of wobble-inducing adrenaline directly to the heart. The end result would party-crash a packed club or rave tent with glee thanks to the massive builds and gnarly bass drops you didn't even realize the thing was missing.

  • Zoe Kypri features on Artful Dodger's

    Disclosure's Remix of Artful Dodger's 'No I Turn You On' Inspires Massive Pie Fight

    England's 2-step OGs Artful Dodger have kept a low profile of late, but the time is right for the duo's return. Their itchy, R&B-addled dance productions are perfectly in vogue once again — just compare 1999's "Re-Rewind" featuring Craig David to the arty house of SPIN favorites Disclosure, and the similarities make themselves known. Considering that, who better to remix the Dodger's latest hit than the Lawrence brothers themselves? The Settle stars have flipped "No I Turn You On" featuring Zoe Kypri, a track that appears on the jam-packed Ministry of Sound compilation, Marbella Sessions, and the Disclosure boys are perfectly at home over the jittery liquid grooves. As a bonus, the revision comes with the above clip, which documents the artful unraveling of a wedding, often in slow-motion.

  • Chris Brown Frank Ocean Lawsuit Cousin Shakeir Duarte

    Chris Brown's Frank Ocean Beatdown May Cost Him Big Money

    As it turns out, Chris Brown's January scuffle with Frank Ocean may wind up costing him more than a written dis in the form of (another) "Versace" remix. As The Wrap reports, a lawsuit has been filed as a result of the incident, which allegedly found Brown and three of his compatriots beating up on Ocean and Ocean's cousin after a discrepancy arose over a parking spot outside of West Hollywood's Westlake Recording Studio. If you'll recall, Brown threatened to "bust" the channel ORANGE singer.The legal action actually comes from the cousin, Sha'keir M. Duarte, and takes aim at both Brown and one of his employees (identifed as "Hood" in the suit) charging battery, assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress and conspiracy to commit battery.

  • Bishop Nehru 'Appalled' Aaron LaCrate Video Bacon Milkcrate

    Bishop Nehru Raps With a Mouth Full of Bacon in 'Appalled' Video

    We've previously wondered about the preternatural abilities of 16-year-old New York rapper Bishop Nehru, but now we know his secret. The spinach to his precocious Popeye is bacon of course. In the three-minute clip above for "Appalled," a song from Aaron LaCrate's Milkcrate Athletics Mixtape, the young rhymer sits in front of three plates stacked high with cured pig-strips. While attempting to perform the song, Nehru douses his meal in syrup and chomps piece after piece of the salty meat, mostly neglecting to rap in time with the gritty track. We don't blame the guy, of course. And besides, as Pitchfork reports, he's just confirmed a full-length project with his stylistic godfather DOOM, so he deserves to treat himself. LaCrate's new release also includes cameos from Prodigy of Mobb Deep, Bun B, Cool Kids, and others. Also, here's this:

  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force Theme Flying Lotus Thundercat

    Watch 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force' Go Space-Rap With Flying Lotus

    Flying Lotus' love affair with Cartoon Network continues to pay dividends to fans of gloriously weird music and animation. The Los Angeles-bred beat auteur teamed up with his bass-wielding Brainfeeder bro Thundercat to record the latest theme for Adult Swim's Aqua Teen Hunger Force, which, as part of a running gag, will be known as Aqua TV Show Show for its tenth season. Episode one aired over the weekend, and the new intro can be seen above. The noirish clip finds Master Shake, Frylock, and the "little homie" Meatwad dressed as jazz-funk beatniks while the music treads a similar path. Lotus, in his Captain Murphy cartoon-rapper guise, provides a quick rhyme to kick off the festivities.

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