Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • The Replacements' Slim Dunlap Covered by John Doe, Vanessa Carlton, and Deer Tick for Benefit Auction

    'Songs for Slim' Auction Adds John Doe, Vanessa Carlton, and Deer Tick Contributions

    The Replacements have reunited for the forthcoming traveling Riot Fest 2013, but they won't be joined by longtime guitarist Slim Dunlap. The 61-year-old punk icon suffered a massive stroke last year from which he is still recovering, but 'Mats fans are getting another chance to contribute to his well-being. Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson got back together in June to begin work on the Songs for Slim project, which has since evolved to include contributions from others.The latest addition to the successful vinyl-only auction series? A limited-edition 7-inch featuring X's John Doe covering "Just for the Hell of It" on the A-side, and Deer Tick with Vanessa Carlton and Local H's Scott Lucas on the B with their version of "From the Git Go." Both originals can be found on Dunlap's 1993 solo album, The Old New Me.

  • Pop. 1280 'Lights Out' Imps of Perversion Album

    Pop. 1280 Announce New Album Via Blood-Curdling 'Lights Out' Single

    Scumsucking New York noise-punks Pop. 1280 will return with their second album August 6 via Sacred Bones. Dubbed Imps of Perversion, the 10-song set was produced by Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Swans) and is, according to the label, expected to include "stories of lust, sexual confusion, temptation, and debauchery," as well as the occasional areas in which those concepts overlap, no doubt. The bleak and shreddy quartet has shared the first song from that set and it doesn't disappoint. "Lights Out" is clanging, shreddy, bleak, and chock-full of uncomfortable tension as Chris Bug horrifically howls about prison kisses and dripping detritus. The track feels a bit crisper and pared down compared to last year's The Horror, which is still streaming here at SPIN. Track list and a few dates below.Pop. 1280, Imps of Perversion track list:1. "Lights Out"2. "The Control Freak"3.

  • toms For Peace Club Amok Secret Show Los Angeles

    Atoms for Peace Plot Secret-ish 'Club Amok' Show

    Atoms for Peace are playing a secret-ish show tonight in Los Angeles at a venue thus far known only as Club Amok. The location has not been disclosed and no tickets are being sold for the event. Those already holding passes won them either through a lottery via local radio stations KROQ, KCRW, and 98-7; by purchasing a raffle ticket through/benefiting Flea's Silverlake Conservatory of Music; or by buying a physical copy of Amok at one of several participating independent record shops in the city.A press release reveals that — no surprises — the group fronted by Thom Yorke will play songs from the aforementioned album, plus highlights plucked from the Radiohead singer's 2006 solo album The Eraser. L.A. beat scene mainstay Gaslamp Killer will follow the band with a DJ set.

  • Elliott Smith Birthday Tribute Benefit Concerts Grandaddy Gus Van Sant

    Elliott Smith Tribute Concerts Planned in Four Cities

    Elliott Smith would have turned 44 on August 6, and in honor of the occasion, the Friends and Family of Elliott Smith are throwing four concerts around the country that will raise money for charitable organizations. Taking place in Portland, Los Angeles, Austin, and New York City, the intimate shows will include tributes by director Gus Van Sant, producer Jon Brion, members of Grandaddy, Chris Thile (Punch Brothers, Nickel Creek), Rhett Miller, and Mary Lou Lord, among others.Dubbed "No Name #1: A Celebration of the Life and Music of Elliott Smith," the concert series will include the contributions of over 100 musicians in total. The first takes place at Portland's Doug Fir Lounge on August 4 and will benefit Outside In, an organization devoted to assisting homeless youth. Van Sant will host and the Grandaddy dudes will be in the house. L.A.

  • Chvrches Gun Video Bones What You Believe Album

    CHVRCHES Announce Debut Album With Trippy 'Gun' Video

    CHVRCHES will release their debut album, The Bones of What You Believe, September 24 in the U.S. via Glassnote. Abroad, the record will drop the day before supported by Virgin/Goodbye. Though not much else is known about the release, it's expected to include the titular song from the March Recover EP, 2012's "The Mother We Share" (stream that below), and the previously release single "Gun," which now has a video to accompany it.In the new clip above, the Scottish This Is Happening stars get the kaleidoscopic treatment. Singer Lauren Mayberry and production pair Iain Cook and Martin Doherty (plus a small army of dancers) are doubled and tripled, beamed across the screen, shrunken, distorted, and color-damaged — essentially made into living, performing art. As Pitchfork reports, "Gun" will be pressed to pink vinyl for U.K.

  • Toro y Moi Billie Holiday 'My Man' Verve Remix First Ladies

    Toro y Moi Turns Billie Holiday's 'My Man' Into a New Age Glitch-Hop Hit

    Every so often, Verve Records likes to give contemporary producers the keys to the castle, letting the mix-masters of the day imbue the jazz and soul hits of yore with new context. And most of the time, if we're being honest, it's about as interesting as you'd expect: simply novelty, or something trapped in a milquetoast middle ground that doesn't do either artist any favors.But Toro y Moi's take on Billie Holiday's "My Man" is excellently irreverent. He's not at all beholden to the artist who came before him and that's what makes it work. Chaz Bundick chops the original into tiny bits and sets them bouncing to a glitched-out mix of beats, record static, and New Age-y pan flute.

  • Fyfe 'Conversations' Video David's Lyre

    Fyfe Turns Insomnia Into Electronic Soul Sweetness in 'Conversations' Video

    Fyfe is 23-year-old Paul Dixon, an English artist who earned some shine overseas under the name David's Lyre before his remix prowess pushed him to put down the guitar and nuzzle up to Logic Pro. Now he turns his crisp coo to the task of accompanying brooding beats, and the contrast is entrancing. Like Mikky Ekko before him and even James Blake to some extent, Fyfe's bifurcated approach benefits both sides of the equation: The vocals give the production uplift, but the dark soundtrack stops those melodies from being too sweet.On July 8, Dixon will follow his mysterious Solace EP — released with a picture of the back of his head as the only form of ID — with the "Conversations" single. In the barebones video for the song, he's far less shy. We see the producer-singer wandering the streets at night while surreality begins to creep in from the edges of the frame.

  • Morrissey South American Tour Dates

    Morrissey Announces South American Tour Dates, Doctor's Orders Be Damned

    Morrissey will be touring South America in July. The former Smiths singer had a birthday last month — we celebrated by listening to a robot read his life story— which we're guessing left him feeling restored. Earlier this year, of course, he had to cancel his then in-progress North American tour due to health concerns which turned out to be quite serious. There was the bleeding ulcer, the Barrett's esophagus, and that whole double pneumonia thing. Then we learned that the Mozzer was resting up in Mexico City, and that his doctor strongly suggested he retire. But if there's one thing you can count on from this man, in sickness or in health, it's for him to do the exact opposite of what he's told. And considering how healthy hisLos Angeles arena show from the crowd, we're happy for his fans down south. True to You reports that Kristeen Young will open all shows.

  • Earl Sweatshirt Cancels Bonnaroo

    Earl Sweatshirt Cancels Bonnaroo Gig, Delayed DIIV Takes His Place

    Earl Sweatshirt has had to cancel his appearance at this weekend's Bonnaroo festival due to illness. The Odd Future rhymer made the announcement on Twitter, writing, "To everyone at bonnaroo: im sorry i cant make it im really really fucking sick but i will make it up to tennessee as soon as i possibly can." He's since been personally apologizing to nearly every fan who has expressed his or her disappointment in response. In addition to a Friday afternoon solo set, Sweatshirt was slated to partake in the four-day Manchester, Tennessee fest's annual all-star Superjam. Last year's event was hosted by ?uestlove and featured a surprise set from D'Angelo. Tomorrow night, Earl would have been joined by the RZA, DJ Jazzy Jeff, ScHoolboy Q, Solange Knowles, and Chad Hugo of the Neptunes amongst others.

  • Death Cab For Cutie Electronic Anthology Synth Covers

    Death Cab for Cutie Are Working on a New Album

    Death Cab for Cutie appear to be working on a new album together. Ben Gibbard confirmed the news via a tweet today in response to a fan apparently kvetching about the just-announced Electronic Anthology Project covers set, which finds the singer and Built to Spill bassist Brett Nelson working together to create synth-pop versions of a pair of old D-Cab songs.THIS IS HAPPENING! Do not fear. RT @brianfulda: I wish @dcfc would just return to what they do best - writing songs together.— Benjamin Gibbard (@Gibbstack) June 13, 2013Heretofore, ol Gibbstacks has been doing a lot of reflecting this year. With that slightly self-serious "-jamin"-adding solo album behind him, the man had been looking even farther back for fresh inspiration.

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