Chris Martins

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  • James Blake 'Retrograde' David Letterman Live

    James Blake Brings 'Retrograde' (and a Befuddling Synth) to 'Letterman'

    James Blake and his boys hit the Late Show With David Letterman last night to perform "Retrograde" and happily baffled the beloved host with their array of uncommon instruments. "Their stuff didn't arrive from England so we put together whatever we had backstage," he quips before the unlikely power trio launches into Overgrown's most starkly stirring track. It's a pitch-perfect rendition of the soulful track even if the scenery doesn't exactly set the mood (black velvet bedding seems more appropriate), finding Blake looping his ever-pained coo into a chorus of sexy woe. But once it's all said and done, Letterman isn't interested in the man who wrote the song so much as the guy playing the Moog Taurus 3 analog synthesizer. Paul Shaffer comes through with the explanation: "It's bass pedals really, but he plays it with his hands ...

  • Burnt Ones 'Web' Video You'll Never Walk Alone Burger

    See Burnt Ones' Acid-Fried 'Web' Video

    Burnt Ones just dropped their second album on the venerable Burger Records, also onetime home to our pals King Tuff and Ty Segall. You'll Never Walk Alone itself walks a dual path between hook-happy hits and fuzz-fried freakouts. Back in February we heard "Fountain of Youth," which tended toward the former and sported a transcendent chug that channeled that old "Spirit in the Sky." Today brings us the video for "Web," a song that'd rather languish in distorted guitar grind than come out to play in the sun. The video, directed by Rob Williamson, keeps things simple but psychedelic, with the band performing the lo-fi, low-key jammer in a hall full of mirrors. To get the full effect, pop on a pair of red-and-blues and viddy the thing in 3D.

  • Blur Will Attempt to Record a New Album in Hong Kong

    Blur Will Attempt to Record a New Album in Hong Kong

    This just in from China: Blur will be recording a new album, says Damon Albarn. Fresh off of their stunner of a Coachella reunion, the Brit-pop legends played Hong Kong's Asia World Expo this evening (May 6), and their singer shared "a secret," as BlurBalls reports."We were supposed to play in Japan next week, but due to unforeseen circumstances we were not able to go there," Albarn explains. "So we have a week in Hong Kong, and we thought it would be a good time to try and record another record." Cue deafening whoo-hoos.Blur premiered their first new songs since 2010 in July — "Under the Westway" and "The Puritan" — but they haven't released a proper album since 2003's woulda-been SPIN Essential Think Tank. In the past year and change, they've played the Olympics, dropped a 21-disc box set, and scooped up a lifetime achievement award.

  • Pink Birmingham Cancelled Kiss My Ass Open Letter ROTA Virus

    Pink to Jilted U.K. Fans: 'Kindly Kiss My Entire Ass'

    Last week, Pink was forced to cancel a previously postponed concert in England due to doctor's orders. She'd come down with simultaneous inner ear and respiratory infections, not to mention the intestinal disaster known as rotavirus, but some fans nevertheless responded with hate. Or, as the pop star herself put it in an open letter published on Saturday (May 4), they "turn[ed] on me like rabid dogs and question[ed] the moral fabric of my character."Rather than shrugging off the insults, however, the woman born Alecia Beth Moore fired up the flame-thrower. First things first, she explained that the situation was out of her hands, and apologized (again) anyhow. "I had absolutely no choice in the matter, no control over the circumstances, and physically could not get my sick ass on stage ... I sincerely apologize, AGAIN, for any inconvenience this may have caused you.

  • Lauryn Hill Pays Taxes Debt Million Dollars

    Lauryn Hill Going to Prison Despite Settling $900K Tax Debt

    Lauryn Hill has been sentenced to three months in prison, to be followed by three months of home confinement, despite having paid her long overdue taxes over the weekend. According to Reuters, the former Fugee settled her entire bill before her Monday (May 6) court date — an amount that came to about $900,000 in money owed to the federal government and the State of New Jersey, plus penalties, for a three-year stretch in which she failed to file.Before the payment went through, Hill was at risk of heading to jail for three years — one for each delinquent pay period from 2005 through 2007 — but early reports today predicted the sentence would be adjusted accordingly. ABC News reports that she made a "forceful statement" to Newark, New Jersey's U.S.

  • Chance the Rapper Nosaj Thing 'Paranoia' Video Yours Truly

    Watch Chance the Rapper and Nosaj Thing Craft 'Acid Rap' Standout 'Paranoia'

    Chance the Rapper's new Acid Rap mixtape is a stone-cold SPIN Essential delivered by one of our Real Hottest MCs in the Game. It's full of brash moments, brainy moments, jam-packed moments, and even the occasional minimal moment, as evidenced by the second half of "Pusha Man." Now we know that the cool calm latter portion of that song has a name of its own, "Paranoia," and that it was produced by Los Angeles beat artist (and Toro y Moi collaborator) Nosaj Thing. The video above, filmed for Yours Truly's "Songs From Scratch" series, captures the humble beginnings of that very track — Chance and Nosaj together in L.A.'s Ironworx Studio, experimenting with ideas until they get it right. The former talks a little bit about his process, the latter schools us on his history.

  • Vampire Weekend 'Hudson' Modern Vampires City Stream

    Hear Vampire Weekend's Morbid Marching Song 'Hudson'

    When they aren't busy cavorting around with Steve Buscemi, the men of Vampire Weekend seem to take pleasure in punching holes in their forthcoming third album Modern Vampires of the City. The latest leak is "Hudson," a song that sounds like none of the others we've heard to date. To recap, we first heard "Unbelievers" on Jimmy Kimmel Live, then studio versions of "Diane Young" and "Step," followed by session versions of "Obvious Bicycle" and "Everlasting Arms," and a lyrics video for "Ya Hey." Unlike its predecessors, "Hudson" is dark throughout, colored by bassy synth notes, ghostly string sounds, tense organ tones, and glitching drumline sputters. Ezra Koenig's lyrics and delivery are equally shaded and enigmatic as he sings of mortality as related to humankind's need to claim and name bits of the globe (more or less).

  • Coma Cinema 'Satan Made a Mansion' Video Posthumous Release

    Watch Coma Cinema's Satanic Bromance Bloom in 'Satan Made a Mansion'

    Two fellas take to the woods for a feel-good Satanic ritual in the new video for Coma Cinema's "Satan Made a Mansion." We originally heard the relatively hi-fi track from this South Carolina songsmith last month when we learned about his forthcoming LP Posthumous Release — somewhat accurately titled since Mat Cothran called the project off in 2011. In its new iteration, Coma Cinema seems to have a knack for balancing light and dark, and the above video is no exception. Director Swiss Kraft follows two completely average looking dudes who are having what seems to be a regular old bro-down in the woods (malt liquor, gas station cigars, bucket o' chicken) when things get a teensy bit weird. They don hospital masks and draw runes on a sheet using gravy, all while maintaining the hee-haw vibes of a coupla dudes just a fist-bump away from eternal bliss.

  • Adult Swim Garage Rock Compilation Download Free King Tuff Black Lips Mikal Cronin

    Download Adult Swim's Riff-Rad Garage Rock Compilation for Free

    Adult Swim's entire 15-song Garage Swim compilation is streaming below and available for free download. The free album comprises brand new songs from garage-dwelling rockers like Black Lips, King Tuff, Mikal Cronin, JEFF the Brotherhood, and King Khan, plus a cameo from Detroit punk-blues OGs the Gories. We've previously heard rollicking entries from Thee Oh Sees ("Devil Again"), the Lips ("Cruising") and Cronin ("Better Man"). The set comes in part thanks to Dr. Pepper, who should watch their back following recent take-downs of Mountain Dew over their sponsorship of rap luminaries Lil Wayne and Tyler, the Creator. These songs blatantly advocate loafing under the influence, not to mention subtly promote irresponsible hair length and general fuzziness. Oh, and Cronin's track is highly saxual. Download the whole lovely mess over at Adult Swim, and stream it below.

  • Nick Cave Bad Seeds 'Mermaids' Live Video

    See Nick Cave and a Children's Choir Sing About Mermaid 'Snatch'

    We're not sure which costs more: Having the Silver Lake Music Conservatory's children's choir perform at your concert, or buying really really good ear plugs for all of those adorable little tykes. Nick Cave and his Bad Seeds brought the kiddies out to Coachella for a stirring set that included an incredibly blue rendition of "Stagger Lee" (the choir sat that old murder ballad out) and they can also be seen in the official live video for "Mermaids," the next single from the band's excellent 15th album Push the Sky Away. The pro-shot black and white clip premiered on Rolling Stone and is stirring indeed thanks in no small part to all of those voices, but a little awkward considering the part where Cave's voice sings, "I was the match that would fire up her snatch." Or that other spot where he claims, "I believe in 72 virgins on a chain." Or ...

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