Chris Martins



  • Vampire Weekend Saturday Night Live Unbelievers Diane Young Video

    Watch Vampire Weekend Bring Brass to 'Saturday Night Live'

    Vampire Weekend stopped by Saturday Night Light last night to stoke the quickly rising flames for their third album, Modern Vampires of the City, due out next Tuesday (May 14). Kristin Wiig returned to host of the show that launched her career and delivered a handful of musical highlights of her own via Garth and Kat, Dooneese Maharelle, and that Pointer Sisters homage. But "Unbelievers," seen above, had the most to offer — a bright and powerful combination of piano power, heavy strum and four-four kick. A small brass (plus flute) section brought the Paul Simon-channeling song to a glorious end. "Diane Young" was solid but a slightly awkward fit, its rockabilly vibes undercut by moments of instrumental silence while Ezra Koenig sings the odd hook.

  • Death Grips Zach Hill Movie Tour Direct Write Score

    Death Grips Plot New Album While Zach Hill Makes a Movie

    The next new music we hear from Death Grips may come via an in-development feature film written and directed by drummer Zach Hill. In an announcement shared via Pitchfork, the noise-rap posse explained that "The movie is of his own creation, fictionally based and not related to the group." Yet, "The film will be soundtracked with all new Death Grips music." This could be the group's first fresh work since the indomitable NO LOVE DEEP WEB. SPIN's Best Artists of 2012 are currently touring Europe, but Hill is staying behind to work on his movie, and also the next album from the gang, fronted of course by Stefan "Ride" Burnett and assisted by noisenik Andy "Flatlander" Morin. That doesn't necessarily mean fans won't see Hill at shows, however. At a recent SXSW performance, the drummer's apeshit performance was beamed in via Skype.

  • Shazam Profit App Making Money Downloads 300 Million

    Shazam Is Generating Big Bucks for iTunes and Amazon

    Music identification app Shazam generated $300 million in digital download sales in 2012, according to a presentation given by the company's executive vice president David Jones. In speaking to the National Association of Recording Merchandisers, he revealed that the mobile program is helping to stimulate business by linking users directly to sellers like iTunes and Amazon.For those unfamiliar, Shazam works by nabbing a brief sample of whatever is playing in the room, then runs that audio fingerprint through its database to find a match. Jones explained Shazam's stake in the process to Digital Music News: "We get a single-digit percentage revenue share on that [gross].

  • 'True Blood' Jenny Lewis Eric Burdon 'Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood'

    Jenny Lewis and Eric Burdon Reinvent 'Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood' for 'True Blood'

    Much like a timeless song, a good show about vampires can bridge the generation gap, uniting parents and children within the entertainment crucible of terror/titillation. HBO's True Blood is one of those shows, and "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" is one of those songs. Though written for Nina Simone, the track became an early garage-rock hit for the Animals in 1965 and their version remains a stone cold classic in the pantheon of musical badassery, due in no small part to the mighty roar of Eric Burdon. The man himself returns for a new rendition of "Misunderstood" featuring Jenny Lewis (late of Rilo Kiley, currently slummin' with the Postal Service).

  • Daft Punk Paul Williams 'Touch' 'Phantom of the Paradise'

    Why Do Daft Punk Wear Helmets? Paul Williams Takes Credit in Touching Interview

    The latest entry in Daft Punk's "Collaborators" video series features a touching interview with legendary songwriter Paul Williams (David Bowie, the Carpenters, the Muppets). In the eight-minute clip, the former ASCAP president discusses his own rich history and how it ties into his contribution to Random Access Memories song "Touch." He discusses his role as a Satanic record producer in the 1974 cult film Phantom of the Paradise, which inspired the electro-house duo to wear robot masks in the first place. Also, he adorably calls their music "technopop whatever."Williams gets a little choked up talking about "the days of the drugs" and his "pathetic" years chasing the limelight ("Please sir, can I have some more fame?"), and seems truly moved to have been invited into the process on RAM.

  • Dillinger Escape Plan 'Nothing's Funny' Stream

    Hear Dillinger Escape Plan's Masochistic Crusher 'Nothing's Funny'

    New Jersey mathcore crushers Dillinger Escape Plan are only days away from releasing their first album in three years, One of Us Is the Killer. Back in March, we heard the first incredibly brutal taste of that LP, "Prancer," which was hardly the light and happy hot-stepper its title implied. "Pounding pistons and bags of glass" were the words we used at the time, accompanied by the maniacal shouts of Greg Puciato. Of course there was that one moment of reprieve with its odd, Bungle-like beauty. The latest leak from the record brings to mind Mike Patton in a different context. With Faith No More, the onetime Dillinger singer famously crooned, "It's always funny until someone gets hurt, and then it's just hilarious." Puciato would beg to differ.

  • Merchandise Totale Nite Rush of Blood Video

    See Merchandise Salt a Slug (and Other Trippy Terrors) in 'Rush of Blood' Short Film

    Merchandise aren't into that whole brevity thing. The Florida trio's new album Totale Nite is a full-length affair comprising only five songs — Morrissey and Joy Division in an echo chamber terrorized by seven-minute nightmare after nine-minute freakout. It's post-punk as art-addled prog (we've even watched them execute an 11-minute song atop a roof) and though it's proven to be divisive, the band's kept the conversation going. Their latest offering is the 15-minute short film above. "Rush of Blood" was shot and directed by the band while they were working on Totale Nite, and it captures a lot of the vibe of the album. In a press release, frontman Carson Cox explained their motivations: "'Rush of Blood' is an attempt at carrying over visual themes explored on the record (anxiety, mental fog, the elephant in the room).

  • Electric Daisy Carnival 2013 Movie Documentary Apply Application Las Vegas

    Electric Daisy Casting Attractive Real-Life Ravers for Festival Movie

    Do you want to share your experience under the electric sky? That's not a joke. Those are actual words found on the site for Electric Daisy Carnival 2013, the movie. Insomniac productions are plotting a documentary for this year's Las Vegas EDM blowout, set to run June 21 through 23 with performances by Major Lazer, Avicii, Tiësto, Calvin Harris, Baauer, and Dog Blood (Skrillex and Boys Noize), among others. And what's more, that documentary could be about you.The folks behind EDC are looking to cast a fan (or fans) in "a major role" for the film. But first they need to make sure you're interesting and not an uggo, okay? The application process requires 10 to 15 photos, answers to a handful of personal questions (one would have you "describe your life ...

  • Randy Jackson American Idol Quits Leaving Peace Dawg

    Peace, Dawg: Randy Jackson Is Leaving 'American Idol' for Real This Time

    American Idol's last standing original judge, Randy Jackson, will step down when the show's 12th season wraps on Thursday, May 16. The Grammy-winning producer's egress has been rumored for some time now — and the show's ratings have been in decline over the past couple of years — but the news was finally confirmed in a statement from his publicist. "Yo! Yo! Yo!" it actually begins. "To put all of the speculation to rest, after 12 years of judging on American Idol I have decided to leave after this season. I am very proud of how we forever changed television and the music industry.

  • Mariah Carey Miguel #Beautiful Video

    See Mariah Carey and Miguel Go for a Sexy Motorcycle Ride (and More) in '#Beautiful' Video

    On Monday, Mariah Carey proved she's still so much more than just a reality TV prop by dropping "#Beautiful." Obnoxious hashtaggery aside, the song is a truly lovely, summer-ready delight thanks in no small part to the contributions of the incredible Miguel, whose Essential Kaleidoscope Dream was SPIN's fifth best album of 2012. The PBR&B great co-wrote, co-produced and, of course, co-sung that breezy chart-climber.The pair bring that extensive chemistry to the screen in the brand new music video for the song, the premiere of which coincides with tonight's episode of American Idol. Directed by veteran Joseph Kahn (Eminem, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Eminem), the clip finds Mariah and Miguel going for a leather-clad motorcycle ride through the country.

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