Chris Martins

writer

Biography

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    Hear Dirty Beaches' Rattling Rockabilly Doom-Bomb 'Casino Lisboa'

    When he's not busy punching himself in the face or modulating synth chords, Alex Zhang Hungtai makes super intense lo-fi no wave music under the name Dirty Beaches. We most recently heard the man's dread-steeped soundtrack for a short film called Waterpark, but he's also gearing up to release a new album. Drifters/Love Is the Devil is due May 21 via Zoo Music and the titular track (latter half) turned out to be a tear-soaked dirge without a single lyric. New song "Casino Lisboa" might give us a better idea of what Hungtai is up to these days, laying down a rattling, distortion-heavy foundation while the man spits semi-intelligible venom from a mouth that seems caught in a permanent rockabilly sneer. There are echoes of both Tonetta and Brian Eno, with hints of the utter nothing that awaits us at the end of this crushing existence.

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    Sigur Ros Drawn Into a Very Icelandic 'Simpsons' Season Finale

    The Simpsons will go to Iceland for the finale of Season 24, due to air Sunday, May 19, and post-rock giants Sigur Rós will be there to greet them. Or, as Reykjavík newspaper Morgunblaðið words it, via Google Translate, "Original music Sigur Rós will have much weight on the show, but ... in addition to members of the team have been drawn into the show and will probably strut around the screen yellow color."Yes, Jónsi and his gang of ambient upstarts will be both appearing in and contributing music to the episode, which will revolve around the long-running character of Carl Carlson (a.k.a. Lenny's pal), who was born and raised in Iceland. As the A.V.

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    Watch TEEN's Playfully Hazed and Dazed 'Circus' Video

    Brooklyn's TEEN specializes in a hazy, dazed brand of dream-pop that's more playful than narcotic (here's looking at you, Beach House). That unique character can be traced to founder Kristina "Teeny" Lieberson, who did time in Here We Go Magic before founding this quartet with her sisters and a buddy. They used Kickstarter to fund their forthcoming Carolina EP, due May 28 via Carpark, and we heard the lovely first taste of that last week with "Paradise." Now there's a second song to consider: "Circus," which comes wrapped in the spare but fittingly foggy video above, shot at Brooklyn's Union Pool during a recent show. Like its namesake, the song is bright and a little chaotic, heavy on the keys with a moody rhythm section but made buoyant by Teeny's vocals. "I should find that daunting," she sings. Clearly, she doesn't.

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    New Black Flag Disses Other (Black) FLAG, Shares 'Down in the Dirt'

    Fans of Hermosa Beach hardcore legends Black Flag were given a rare gift at the start of the year: not one but two "reunions," though neither featuring the band's most beloved and longest serving vocalist, the inimitable Henry Rollins. We witnessed Keith Morris' FLAG rip through an excellent set at a Moose Lodge a couple of weeks ago, but according to the Ron Reyes-fronted Black Flag, those other guys are "mailing it in."The latter group — rounded out by founding guitarist Greg Ginn, drummer Gregory Moore, and touring bassist Dave Klein — has shared "Down in the Dirt," the first song from their forthcoming 22-track album due out this summer. But the thrashy new taste came with a word of warning: "not to be confused with the 'fake' Flag band currently covering the songs of BLACK FLAG in an embarrassingly weak 'mailing it in' fashion."Way to keep it classy, bros.

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    See ?uestlove and Nardwuar's 45-Minute Geek Battle Royale

    What do you get when you put two guys who know absolutely everything there is to know about music in front of a camera together for 45 minutes? If those fellas are King Cool himself Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson and highly idiosyncratic interviewer Nardwuar the Human Serviette, then you've got a very rewarding lunch break ahead of you — a fascinating conversation between two pop-culture geniuses who blow each other's minds every few minutes. For the uninitiated, Nardwaur has been doing his thing since the late '80s, eschewing music journalism clichés in favor of questions/reveals that reference very specific elements of an artist's personal history. Also, he brings gifts that invariably lead to the shock on the subject's part, followed by intensely enthusiastic or emotional discussion (also known as "geeking out).

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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