Chris Martins



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    Hear Lemonade's Frosty, Bass-Blasting 'Perfect Blue'

    For 2012's Diver LP, SPIN's David Bevan summed up the evolution of Lemonade thusly: "Shapeshifting Brooklynites leave tropical-pop behind for frosty, synth-based slow-grinds where you can see your breath." At the time, we couldn't confirm the method of transit that the trio used to reach that chill destination. Thanks to the cover art for new single "Perfect Blue," we now know: It was an ice car. Stereogum premiered this latest frozen blast, which comes complete with glacier-cracking bass, crystalline keyboard work, and the yearning vocals of Callan Clendenin, whose heart sounds more than a little frost-bitten. Along with the song, the band has shared a handful of imminent tour dates with more to be announced soon.

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    Hear Charli XCX and Marina & the Diamonds Serve Up 'Just Desserts'

    Hot on the heels of her solid debut LP True Romance, left-field popist Charli XCX is getting collab-happy (word to Kendrick). Last month we heard her team up with Danny Brown for the sharp-tongued "What I Like" remix, which accentuated all of the singer's more intimate assets as witnessed in the original song's video. But a brand new pairing with recent SPIN interview subject Marina & the Diamonds emphasizes Charli's resounding star power. The two are kicking off their joint tour tomorrow (May 2) in Seattle, but their studio collaboration is much more than a crass exercise in ticket-baiting. "Just Desserts" features a hefty, bounding beat that the two women weave in and out of with ease. Each sounds perfectly at home singing about the sweet revenge of watching a former lover suffer the same sort of heartbreak he once dealt to others.

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    Who Charted? Phoenix Shall Be 'Bankrupt!' No More!

    First! Michael Bublé. Meh-kel Boo-blah. To Be Loved. 195,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. No. 1. You aren't interested in that crap (except maybe for Mother's Day) and neither are we. The good news, we suppose, is that the dough-faced Canuck kept an American Idol pup from owning the top slot. Let's get her out of the way up here so she doesn't shit the bed below: Fantasia, Side Effects of You, 91K, No. 2. 3 to 10: A trio worthy of triumph kicks off the rest of the Top 10. Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience is in at No. 3 with 74K sold, but the real winners are current SPIN cover stars Phoenix, who snag a No. 4 placement for Bankrupt! (50K). By contrast, their last album — 2009's Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix — peaked at No. 37. At this rate, if they name the next one Utter Trash, they'll make No. 1 handily. Meanwhile, No.

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    See Band of Horses Lovingly Honor Jason Molina With Songs: Ohia Cover on 'Kimmel'

    Band of Horses visited Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night (April 30) and took the opportunity to pay some loving tribute to the late, great Jason Molina. Wearing a T-shirt sporting the name of Molina's latter-day alias, Magnolia Electric Co., eternal nice guy Ben Bridwell led his band through a beautiful rendition of "I've Been Riding With the Ghost," a song from the album Magnolia Electric Co., which Molina released under his earlier Songs: Ohia moniker. That track is one of the standouts from what many fans consider to be Molina's greatest work, and the Horses deliver it with all the haunting gorgeousness that courses through the original. They also performed "The General Specific" from 2007's Cease to Begin, which you can watch below.Revisit Mark Kozalek's recent studio cover of "It's Easier Now," which hailed from Molina's "solo" album Let Me Go, Let Me Go, Let Me Go.

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    Austra's 'Home' Video Startles With Intimacy

    Austra now have a fittingly intense video to accompany their first single in three years, "Home." The dramatic new track — powered by heavy piano keys, a Knife-like club beat, and Katie Stelmanis' operatic vocals — recently announced the group's forthcoming second album Olympia, due June 18 via Domino Records. The official follow-up to 2010's "dark and turbid" Feel It Break, the 12-song set marks Austra's evolution from a three-person electroni-pop outfit to a six-person collective. Each of the players makes an appearance in the clip above, directed by That Go (Bat for Lashes, Röyksopp), which captures all of the action you see using a two-way mirror. Stelmanis is centerstage, but she only sees her own reflection as she stares into the camera.

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    Hear Deftones' Chino Moreno and Ex-Isis Members Unite as Palms

    The Deftones made a triumphant return with Koi No Yokan, which handily hurdled into SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2012 lineup. But no matter where his band is in their now 25-year career, singer Chino Moreno remains a restless soul. His latest project is Palms, which finds the Sacramento alt-metal king backed by three of the former members of renowned doom-metal outfit Isis: bassist Jeff Caxide, drummer Aaron Harris, and guitarist Bryant Clifford Meyer. They've got a self-titled debut full-length on the way on June 15, via Mike Patton's Ipecac imprint, but have otherwise remained quite until now. Pitchfork has premiered the band's first official song, "Patagonia," which finds the four-piece laying down thickly atmospheric rock with a shadowy bent.

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    Hear Yo La Tengo's Ira Kaplan Seek 'Happiness' on New Eluvium Song

    Yo La Tengo vocalist and recent Words of Wisdom-giver Ira Kaplan contributes to the latest leak from Portland ambient o.g. Eluvium. The man born Matthew Cooper is gearing up to release his sixth album, a double-disc set dubbed Nightmare Ending, May 14 via Temporary Residence. So far we've had a chance to hear the gentle, reverie-like "Entendre" and the blooming "Envenom Mettle," both of which were instrumentals. But new song "Happiness" finds Kaplan cooing lovely what-ifs ("If I could push dark thoughts away / If I pretend the world is safe") over a lightly drifting lullaby that sounds like a precursor to a dream rather than the conclusion of one. For meatier stuff, be sure to experience Yo La Tengo's gorgeous ;Fade, but first envision a more perfect existence with Eluvium.

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    Beastie Boys Discuss Their Name, Being White, Madonna Fans in Lost 1985 Interview

    The dilligent folks at Blank on Blank (via the Washington Post) have unearthed an unheard '80s interview with the Beastie Boys for their animated PBS series. In the clip, the late Adam "MCA" Yauch explains the origin of the group's name: "It’s from the good old days. We were a hardcore band... At time it was the stupidest name that I could possibly think of. And if you could think of a stupider name I’d probably be pretty impressed now. So lay it on me: can you think of a stupider name than the Beastie Boys?" Interviewer Rocci Fisch for ABC News Radio responds in the negative. "So then that answers your question."Though comprising only about five minutes of audio, the video above contains a handful of fantastic nuggets, ranging from the trio talking about their then-current tour with Madonna (Mike D: "Usually there’s...

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    Mac DeMarco Dresses in Drag for Gondry-esque 'My Kind of Woman' Video

    Canadian songsmith Mac DeMarco first dresses up like a lady and then dresses down to nothing in the new video for "My Kind of Woman." The lo-fi coaster of a single hails from the fella's second album 2, out late last year on Captured Tracks, and it's not the first time we've seen him take on a different persona. Earlier in the year, DeMarco moonlit as a wigged-out Mozart in the video for "Dreamin'," and earlier this month he embedded himself inside a red-faced rendition of Weezer's "Sweater Song" for the A.V. Club's "Undercover" series.The Alex Lill-directed clip above is musically far mellower but the visuals are playfully intense, calling to mind the work of director Michel Gondry. We follow our unlikely hero as he's made up, man-handled, and stripped down whilst drifting through a junkyard full of colorful ephemera. Nice dream.

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    Fred Armisen's Fake Sex Pistols 'SNL' Band Made a Real EP

    Miguel may have seduced and slaughtered Saturday Night Live audiences during his appearance on the Vince Vaughn-hosted April 13 episode, but he wasn't the only musical highlight. Fred Armisen played the leader of a Sex Pistols-like band in "History of Punk" — though there was a twist, of course. Ian Rubbish and the Bizzaros were just like their real-life counterparts (like that recently Amish-ized Bill Grundy interview) except that their frontman was a real aficionado of the infamously unpopular Margaret Thatcher. As noted by Morrissey, the Iron Lady passed away earlier this month and so the show paid a little playfully backhanded tribute with the above bit, which included a handful of original song snippets performed by "Rubbish" and his mates, Derek Gash and Keith Grimshaw. Well, it turns out Armisen and co.

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