Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Bumbershoot 2013 Lineup Death Cab for Cutie Transatlanticism

    Death Cab for Cutie Will Dive Into 'Transatlanticism' at Bumbershoot 2013

    Ben Gibbard is reliving 2003 one album at a time. First, the Postal Service united for Coachella (and an ongoing tour), playing songs from their only full-length, 2003's Give Up. And now Death Cab for Cutie will be playing all of their widely beloved 2003 LP Transatlanticism at the 2013 installment of Seattle's Bumbershoot festival.The three-day fête will begin Saturday, August 31 at Seattle Center park and wraps on Monday, September 2. Other headliners include Kendrick Lamar (don't expect Hub City Threat though), recent SPIN cover stars Tegan & Sara, fun., MGMT, Bassnectar and, um, Heart, who were recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.Among the other legacy acts slated to play are Gary Numan, the Breeders, the Zombies, Eric Burdon, Redd Kross, Superchunk, and Bob Mould.

  • Queens of the Stone Age 'Like Clockwork' Phone Call

    Let Queens of the Stone Age Robocall Creepy Nothings Into Your Ear

    Josh Homme wants your number, but it's not what you think — it's even creepier. Last evening (May 2), Queens of the Stone Age shared a link on Facebook to an enigmatic new website built to promote their forthcoming sixth album, ...Like Clockwork. Visitors to the page are greeted by a shadowy animation that leads to a dark room inhabited by a mask-wearing freak who's waiting by a rotary phone. Below, there's space to type in a phone number.If the fella who methodically dials your digits with that mangled hand is the very same vampiric type on the new LP's cover (above), then he's seen better days (again, above). He also has something he wants to tell you, in a creepy Hannibal Lecter-like accent of course. We won't spoil the fun by printing the entire message, but it does include the words, "The view from Hell is blue sky." Afterwards, a text message demands you, "Return.

  • Slayer Jeff Hanneman Founder Guitarist Dead 49

    Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman Dead at 49

    Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman has died at the age of 49. An announcement came from the band's publicist late Thursday (May 2) explaining that he suffered liver failure around 11 a.m. this morning while at a hospital near his Southern California home. Along with fellow ax-wielder Kerry King, Hanneman co-founded the legendary thrash-metal band in 1981. The dual guitarists were celebrated for their uncompromising style and jaw-dropping speed, as noted in SPIN's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Hanneman had a health scare in early 2011 when he contracted flesh-eating disease from a spider bite on his arm.

  • Bibio 'A Tout a L'Heure' Video Silver Wilkinson

    See Bibio's NatGeo Bliss Trip 'A Tout a L'Heure'

    U.K. producer Bibio is prepping his seventh album for a May 14 release via the estimable Warp Records. As previously noted, the thing is called Silver Wilkinson and appears to be stocked with a mix of folk ditties, electro excursions, psych-pop asides, and at least one song ("You") that manages to bring the Avalanches to mind. We've heard "À tout à l'heure" before, and it's one of the album's more interesting combinations of organic instrumentation and electronic oomph. Bibio himself co-directs the song's new video, which accomplishes a similar feat by transposing 8mm film footage of natural scenery against itself to create silhouettes of people, animals, and instruments. Bibio's vocals fly high over the scenery like a flock of fancy freewheeling French eagles saying "toodle-oo" as they pass.

  • The Flaming Lips 'You Lust' Video NSFW The Terror

    Flaming Lips, Phantogram, and a Flaccid Penis Star in 'You Lust' Video

    The Flaming Lips may have gone full doom for their Essential thirteenth album The Terror, but some things never change. Band mastermind and recent SPIN interview subject Wayne Coyne has maintained a long-running fascination with casual nudity and futuristic scenarios, two concepts that collide very strangely in a new video for the Phantogram-featuring "You Lust." The version above is a tight edit of the 13-minutes-long original (sadly, we miss out on that lengthy "drunk dial from the Close Encounters of the Third Kind spaceship") set to a bizarre experiment that involves a whole lot of uneasy nakedness. In one room, Coyne and Phantogram's Sarah Barthel (both clothed) lay on a bed with their heads within the receiving end of an unfamiliar device.

  • High School Twerk Team Suspended Students Diplo Scripps Ranch San Diego

    Expel Yourself: 33 High School Students Suspended for Twerking

    To some, the act of twerking is a near-spiritual form of expression. To others, it's "basically a slutty dance derived from strip clubs" (via Urban Dictionary). But to 33 San Diego students, it's the reason they won't be returning to Scripps Ranch High School this week. The entire group was suspended after using school equipment to film a twerking video on campus, during sixth period no less, and then uploading it to YouTube.For those unfamiliar, "twerking" is the act of bouncing and jiggling one's booty in an unnatural/acrobatic manner. The most popular version of the act finds the participant in a handstand, feet propped against a wall while the aforementioned activity is taking place.

  • Majical Cloudz 'Bugs Don't Buzz'

    Download Majical Cloudz's Brutal 'Bugs Don't Buzz,' Another Song About Dying

    "The cheesiest songs all end with a smile," sings Majical Cloudz main man Devon Welsh at the start of "Bugs Don't Buzz." He then confirms what we already know: "This won't end with a smile, my love." The Montreal duo, rounded out by Matthew Otto, specializes in high drama and minimal scoring. Moreover, these two seem to have a thing for death. Last month we saw the shadowy video for "Childhood's End" (starring Devon's father, Twin Peaks actor Kenneth Welsh), a song about our lifelong slog toward the grave. Now we have a new taste from the forthcoming Impersonator LP, due May 21 via Matador: "Bugs Don't Buzz," which is another song about endings. Whether Welsh is singing about the big sleep or the last moments of a romantic relationship isn't wholly clear, but he sings with much gravity over thudding piano hits, electronic fuzz, and ghostly cooing.

  • Daft Punk Collaborators Andrew the Pizza Guy Funny or Die Random Ass Memories Gary Richards HARD Destructo

    Daft Punk's Most Important 'Collaborator' Yet: Andrew the Pizza Guy

    By now, many of Daft Punk's dedicated fans have sat through an entire hour's worth of the Parisian pair's "Collaborators" waxing a wee bit hyperbolic about their forthcoming album Random Access Memories. We've witnessed conversations with Giorgio Moroder, Panda Bear, Pharrell, Nile Rodgers, Todd Edwards, and Chilly Gonzales, and may have hit our limit when the latter shared his thoughts on "the joyful challenge." Thankfully the fine folks at Funny or Die are here to provide a little levity with their own entry to the series: Andrew the Pizza Guy. In the above clip, an enthused pie-flipper from Scottsdale, Arizona explains that, "Every now and then some people come along and make an album that will ... change the universe for eternity. And somebody needs to serve those people some pizza.

  • Vampire Weekend BBC NPR Live Session Obvious Bicycle

    Vampire Weekend Straddle the Pond With International Radio Appearances

    Vampire Weekend are the subject of a pair of new ocean-spanning radio features that help shed more light on their forthcoming, recently delayed third album, Modern Vampires of the City.

  • Kurt Vile 'Never Run Away' Video Official Harrys Wakin on a Pretty Daze

    See Kurt Vile Befriend a Bus in Philly-Shot 'Never Run Away' Video

    Kurt Vile's brand new Wakin on a Pretty Daze is a SPIN Essential (duh) and a real testament to putting a great deal of effort into making something feel effortless. In sum, his brand of strum offers "us the opportunity to get in touch with our quieter, better selves, the ones we struggle to make room for in our daily routines, the ones that would like to set aside the bullshit and take a walk in the park."In the new video for "Never Run Away," Vile strolls through his beloved hometown of Philadelphia, clean white outfit both contrasting with his dilapidated surroundings and somehow seeming like the perfect thing to wear. Vile's only real companions in the clip are his guitar and a large white bus, making for an effect that's equal parts comic and cool.

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