Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Wavves Comic Book Negative Dad Tour

    Wavves Release 'Extra-Retarded X-Men' Comic Book at Last

    Wavves main brain Nathan Williams might be the, ahem, highest functioning pothead we know. The Los Angeleno has a brand new mixtape out with his little bother under the Sweet Valley moniker, a considerable tour book for his best-known band, and, now, a comic book. Williams teased the arrival of Negative Dad some time ago, but the first issue is at last available for purchase via the Wavves store. It was co-written with Matt Barajas and Illustrated by Rudolfo.According to a press release, the story "follows the fantastic and disturbing journey of two young mutant boys, Daniel and Serjio, uncovering secrets surrounding their family and friends. This journey ultimately will determine the fate of their world and many others. They live in Verlaine City, a city that once was the center of a scientific revolution, but now a disgusting, dying shadow of its former self.

  • Jack White Restraining Order Karen Elson Custody Dispute

    Jack White Hit With Restraining Order Over Custody Dispute

    Jack White has been served a restraining order preventing him from "any contact whatsoever" with his estranged wife Karen Elson except as relates to "parenting time" with their two young children. The pair announced their divorce in June 2011 and even threw a party around the event. However, a report from Nashville's City Paper makes it unclear as to whether the two ever formally split. There is no question, however, as to the fact that it's been a tumultuous time since.Apparently the two have been in disagreement for months over custody issues. Elson currently cares for their children, ages 5 and 7, but White evidently wants to be more involved. But the restraining order affidavit affirms that he has a violent temper and has badgered his ex via emails and text messages.

  • Krewella 'Live for the Night' Video Get Wet

    See Krewella Throw a Nuclear Rave in 'Live for the Night' Video

    Krewella were one of Electric Daisy Carnival's unlikely highlights — a trio who make big-top EDM cut with dubstep skronk and moombahton groove while singing about whiskey, "bitches," and doing it like rock stars. On paper it seems like a terrible idea, true. But in action, Chicago sisters Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf and their production partner Rain Man kinda freaking slay. They've slated their debut album Get Wet for a September 24 release on Columbia Records, plus plotted a massive tour around the thing, so in honor of the new we have a fresh clip for "Live for the Night."Directed by the Grammy-winning video squad Aggressive (Megadeth, Stone Temple Pilots, Killswitch Engage), the visual finds the ladies of Krewella causing some major disruptions to their perhaps pre-apocalyptic town.

  • Volcano Choir Justin Vernon Repave Video Documentary

    Justin Vernon's Volcano Choir Becomes a Real Band in 'Repave' Documentary

    Justin Vernon's Volcano Choir project is making a strong return following a four-year absence. He and the fellas from Collections of Colonies of Bees came together in 2009 (mostly via email, it turns out) to make the more experimental, if somewhat fittingly aimless, Unmap LP. But as the mini documentary above reveals, the collaboration became a genuine band when they booked a run of Japanese dates.After the Bees boys explain the change, the prolific Bon Iver leader lets slip, "I just felt like I was in a rock band almost for the first time." He also speaks on the theme of their forthcoming second album, Repave: "Knowing that you have to change if you're having a tough time in your life or you're just hitting walls constantly. Or you keep having bold spiritual questions that you can't answer.

  • Vic Mensa 'Time Is Money' Rockie Fresh Boi 1da Beldina

    Vic Mensa and Rockie Fresh Question Wealth and Fame on 'Time Is Money'

    Chicago rap upstart Vic Mensa is building toward the August release of his mixtape, Innanetape — a set that, in many ways, will serve as a sequel to Chance the Rapper's SPIN Essential, Acid Rap. Both hail from the song-rap oriented SAVEMONEY crew, and both have a predilection for soulful, slightly weeded productions with a contemplative bent. Mensa knows how to have fun too (revisit his fizzy opening salvo "Orange Soda," we'll wait) but of late he's been examining the trappings of success. A couple of weeks ago we heard "Hollywood," and now we have "Time Is Money," a thoughtful piece featuring an ace verse from Maybach Music Group smartypants Rockie Fresh, backing vocals from Swedish-Kenyan singer Beldina, and beatwork from major hit-maker Boi 1da.

  • Young Hunting 'Maze' Video Hazel Album

    Watch Young Hunting Play Tug-of-War With Love in 'Maze' Video

    Young Hunting specialize in the sort of breezy, wistful, low-frills pop'n'roll that the Mamas & the Papas did so well, though their sound isn't throwback.

  • Young Fathers 'Effigy' Stream Scotland Rap Anticon

    Young Fathers Burn Art-Rap to the Ground on 'Effigy'

    Thus far, everything we've heard from Young Fathers has hailed from the Afro-Scottish soul-rap posse's formative released. TAPE ONE delivered the reggae-infused "Romance" and the percussive rhyme-fest "Sister," while TAPE TWO provided the Shabazz Palaces-checking "I Heard" and the harmonically spooky "Mr. Martyr." But all of that was recorded before the group edged into the spotlight. And, perhaps more importantly, before Yeezus happened.Make no mistake: the Anticon-signed YF have been making darkly adventurous hip-hop music from the jump, but their brand new song "Effigy" verges on Death Grips heavy, and the menacing production wouldn't sound out of place on an Arca excursion.

  • Ariel Pink Jorge Elbrecht 'Hang on to Life' Video Single

    Ariel Pink and Jorge Elbrecht Meet Their Spirit Animal in 'Hang on to Life' Video

    At the top of the month, we heard the first of two team-ups between Los Angeles weird-wave godhead Ariel Pink and New York art-rock brainiac Jorge Elbrecht. Released as a 7-inch on Mexican Summer, "Hang on to Life" offered a hazy, dazed dreamscape of summer-ready soft rock that soothed even though its lyrics spoe of regret: "You screwed the pooch now face it / The truth is in the sky / Intrusions of our youthful delusion rules our life."Now, thanks to directing team Alejandro Cardenas and Elbrecht himself, we've got a very fitting video to go with. In the clip, we see a fairly forelorn Pink smoking cigarettes and singing as his songwriting partner nods his head in solemn solidarity.

  • Factory Floor 'Turn It Up' DFA

    Factory Floor 'Turn It Up' With Masochistic Machine Music

    On September 10, industrial-disco mutants Factory Floor will release their long-awaited eponymous debut album via DFA Records. Earlier this year, we heard the bleakly satisfying slab of nasty that was "Fall Back," and we experienced the London trio's live body-and-mind-fuckery at their label's big 12th anniversary party in May, but all of that has only served to make the wait all the more painful. Of course, that's exactly how FF fans like it. Blissfully tightening the vice a notch or two further, we now have "Turn It Up," a brutally minimal weaponized groove featuring disembodied vocals and warm, in-room percussion. The Casiotone beats will drive nails through your brain in all the right places, while Nik Coil Void's robo-warped singing is oddly inviting despite sounding like pure liquid danger.

  • Moses Sumney 'Replaceable' Video Mochilla

    Moses Sumney Is a Soul-Folk Warrior in Striking 'Replaceable' Video

    Moses Sumney is a one-man soul-folk orchestra in the stunning clip for "Replaceable." No joke: the last time SPIN saw the 23-year-old Los Angeleno, he was in a small room with us interviewing Justin Timberlake about the new Myspace on behalf of LA Weekly, where he was an intern. That was less than a year ago, and yet there he is above with nothing but a looping pedal and his silken voice, constructing a beautiful break-up song from scratch in a single-take, overdub-free clip shot by revered rap photographer Brian "B+" Cross (J Dilla, Eazy-E, DJ Shadow).As the interview that accompanies the Vimeo post explains, B+ caught Sumney's opening set at the June L.A. residency of rising neo-soul trio KING and decided to introduce himself. In the chat, we also learn that Sumney is self-taught, and grew up splitting time between Southern California and Ghana.

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