Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Garbage & Screaming Females' Record Store Day 10

    See Garbage and Screaming Females Record Patti Smith's 'Because the Night'

    Butch Vig laying into a drum kit is a good way to start any video, but this one only gets better from there. In the clip above, Garbage and Screaming Females team up to record a studio version of "Because the Night," the Patti Smith cover they debuted on the road together last year. Shirley Manson and Marissa Paternoster's budding womance was already a well-documented thing, but the rest of the members of the bands gel awesomely as well. The Sophie Mueller-directed video includes lots of charming footage of the two groups bonding, and seeing the two frontwomen trade lines is fantastic. But the highlight comes when Paternoster starts to shred. Fans of both bands, either band, team-ups in general, or Patti specifically, will be pleased to learn that the song will be pressed to a limited-edition vinyl 10-inch to be sold on Record Store Day. We have a feeling Miss Smith will be proud.

  • J Dilla,

    Hear J Dilla's 'Trucks,' a Gangstafied Gary Numan Tribute

    In February, we heard "Anthem," a long-lost J Dilla track hailing from the posthumous album The Diary, which will focus on songs that feature the legendary producer on the mike rather than behind the scenes. While the man born James Dewitt Yancey is best known for his beatwork for A Tribe Called Quest, the Pharcyde, Busta Rhymes and Slum Village, the Detroit-raised artist was an ace rapper as well — his 2003 collaborative album Champion Sound, which finds Jay Dee rhyming over Madlib's beats and vice versa, is a fan favorite.The new album is set to be released by PayJay Productions, the publishing company Dilla established before passing in 2006, in collaboration with Rappcats and overseen by the Estate of James Yancey.

  • Paramore Pink Nate Ruess Just Give Me a Reason Billboard Chart

    Who Charted? Paramore Score Their First No. 1, Country Gets the Rest

    First! Paramore's Hayley Williams recently told SPIN that the band's mindset going into their first album in four years "was, like, we have no idea what we're doing." But Paramore debuted last week and nabbed the No. 1 slot on the Billboard Top 200 with 106,000 units moved, according to Nielsen SoundScan. While the Tennessee band's 2009 LP Brand New Eyes sold 175K upon its debut, that album peaked at No. 2. So while timing no doubt played a part, we'd still like to think that their renewed commitment to "jumpy, harshly sweet pop-punk — a style made for the anthem, the tantrum, the chiming ballad," deserves most of the credit.2 to 10: Beyond Justin Timberlake's slide from No. 1 to No. 3 (The 20/20 Experience, 98K), there's not much of interest to report elsewhere. It was a very, very strong week for commercial country. Brad Paisley's Wheelhouse debuted at No. 2 with 100K.

  • Kings Destroy 'Casse Tete' A Time of Hunting

    Hear Kings Destroy's 'Casse Tete,' Sabbath-y Sludge From Members of Killing Time

    Brooklyn may not seem like the most obvious home for some serious Sabbath-style shreddage, but the dark art of heavy metal doesn't give a damn about area codes. Woe upon he who fails to heed that spine-chilling call. The five men who make up Kings Destroy know better. Dueling guitarists Carl Porcaro and Chris Skowronski hail from New York hardcore heroes Killing Time. Lead howler Steve Murphy was a CBGB mainstay with his band Uppercut. Drummer Rob Sefcik and bassist Aaron Bumpus have earned their stripes locally as well. Their collective background is punk, but all signs point to their future being a gnashing combination of stoner rock and sludgy doom. Frankly put, they sound a bit like Queens of the Stone Age fronted by Ozzy Osbourne. And on May 14, Kings Destroy will release A Time of Hunting via War Crime Records.

  • Thundercat Heartbreaks Setbacks Apocalypse Flying Lotus

    Hear Thundercat's Soulful Return 'Heartbreaks + Setbacks,' Produced by Flying Lotus

    With a production assist from his label boss Flying Lotus, Stephen "Thundercat" Bruner offered up a loving valentine to '70s jazz fusion with his 2011 debut The Golden Age of Apocalypse. That was the bassist-singer's first album, but it was hardly his first rodeo. He'd recorded with Erykah Badu and Suicidal Tendencies, and played live with Snoop Dogg, Stanley Clarke, and Coachella headliners the Red Hot Chili Peppers before being signed to Brainfeeder as a solo artist.

  • Vampire Weekend Steve Buscemi Meets Band Video

    See Steve Buscemi Give Vampire Weekend Sage Advice in 'Unstaged' Clip

    Confusion reigned when video emerged of Steve Buscemi singing with Vampire Weekend on the streets of New York on Easter weekend. But then we learned that the Boardwalk Empire star is directing a live webcast of the band's April 28 Roseland Ballroom concert for American Express' Unstaged series, and it all sort of made sense. Then there was that funny clip of the actor referring to them as "Vampire Holiday," and now we've got "Steve Buscemi Meets the Band" — the awkward icing on the awesome cake.In the video's opening moments, we learn a possibly specious (hopefully not) fact: that bassist Chris Baio discovered "his maternal great grandmother was first cousins with the paternal great aunt" of Buscemi. The clip supposedly captures the first meeting between the two famous entities, and ol' Nucky Thompson has no problem fitting right in with the boys.

  • Youth Lagoon 'Mute' Video Tour Dates

    Watch Youth Lagoon's 'Mute' Video, a Lynchian Trip Through the 'Burbs

    Youth Lagoon's Trevor Powers was our pick for "Best Wizard of Weird" at Coachella 2013 — the Boise-hailing psych-pop prince seemed to possess magical powers of enchantment as he led his band through the glorious goop of his new album Wondrous Bughouse. One of the LP's most spellbinding moments is the song "Mute," a color-shifting masterpiece about squaring reality with the strangeness that fills Powers' mind. The kaleidoscopic track now has a very fitting video to go with, which opens on a young skater waking from what appears to be a bad fall. He drifts through a suburban landscape as the evening creeps in, and eventually finds a house that contains a series of strange mysteries. "My mind communicat[es] with me, not the other way around," said Powers in a statement.

  • Daft Punk Random Access Memories Track List Vine

    Daft Punk Use Twitter Photo App to Leak 'Random Access Memories' Track List

    After revealing a Pharrell cameo via their surprise Random Access Memories trailer at Coachella, Daft Punk have released the track list for their new album via a Vine video posted to the account of their label, Columbia Records. The visual loop and the typed-out titles are handily viewable below. The Parisian electro-house pair have been steadily sneaking out the details of their first release since 2005's Human After All. They ran a third TV spot during Saturday Night Live over the weekend, and shared a clip of Skateboard P discussing their "Get Lucky" collaboration at length as well (spoiler alert: you won't need molly to enjoy it). Animal Collective's Panda Bear, the Strokes' Julian Casablancas, Chic's Nile Rodgers, DJ Falcon, Chilly Gonzales, Paul Williams, Giorgio Moroder, and Todd Edwards.Daft Punk, Random Access Memories track list:1.

  • Christopher Owens Part of Me Acoustic Lysandre

    Preview Christopher Owens' 'Lysandre Acoustic' Album With Bittersweet 'Part of Me'

    With his previous band Girls, Christopher Owens made his name unabashedly exploring emotional fragility over a combination of pop and garage-rock that swooned or swirled in response to the lyrics. With his first solo endeavor Lysandre, Owens established an on-album persona capable of looking back on the moment, rather than living firmly within it at all times. "A summer sun, a perfect / A perfect night, it ended in the morning," he sings on "Part of Me (Lysandre's Epilogue)," a lovely little bittersweet ode to losing love. Considering the wistful vibes of the song, it almost seems meant to be heard in acoustic form — thankfully, Owens has re-recorded not only "Part of Me" (streaming below) but the rest of Lysandre as well for an acoustic version of the album that will be released Wednesday (April 17, 9 a.m. EST) and made available for free download at his website.

  • Phoenix Bankrupt! Stream Album iTunes

    Phoenix Stream 'Bankrupt!' in All Its Fizzy, Refreshing Glory

    Phoenix may have unintentionally short-circuited a few thousand minds when they brought out R. Kelly during their headlining Coachella performance on Saturday night (see SPIN's 50 Best Things We Saw at Coachella for more), so it's only fair they offer their fans a little respite now that the fun is over. The French indie-pop masters aren't officially releasing their fifth studio album, Bankrupt!, until next Tuesday (April 23), but they're streaming the entire thing right now over at iTunes. As the vendor puts it, "the band purchased what's believed to be the recording console used for Michael Jack's Thriller and concocted a delightfully fizzy collection ... crisp and clean like glass of S.

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