Chris Martins

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  • Sigur Ros Isjaki Lyric Video Kveikur Album

    See Sigur Ros' Creepy Lyric Video for Soothing 'Isjaki'

    Sigur Rós opened and closed their Coachella sets with a booming orchestral din that sounded as hard and harsh as just about anything Godspeed You! Black Emperor has done — a blaring confirmation of their January Reddit AMA promise that their forthcoming seventh album. Kveikur is due June 18 on XL Recordings, and we've gotten a chance to preview a couple of songs: the lurching "Brennistein" and the apocalyptic titular track. But following that heavier fare, we're now offered a little respite in "Ísjaki," which comes with the lyric video above. While the song is certainly intense in its own way, its true strength comes not from bombast but from the inventive percussion and Jónsi's beautiful birdcall.

  • The Great Gatsby The xx Together Nero 'Into the Past' soundtrack Baz Luhrmann

    Hear the xx and Nero Go Orchestral (Separately) for 'The Great Gatsby'

    Director Baz Luhrmann is no slouch when it comes to the soundtracks of his films, so expectation has been running high for The Great Gatsby track list ever since the project was announced. We've since heard tiny snippets from Sia and Gotye; medium-sized snippets from Jay-Z and André 3000 with Beyoncé; and full-length snippets (ha) from Lana Del Rey and Florence + the Machine. We've now got two more entire songs to consider: the xx's "Together" and Nero's "Into the Past." The former is elegant, minimal, and romantic. The latter is intense, cinematic and just a wee bit wubby. Both feature lovely orchestral flourishes not usually heard in the artists' music.

  • Boards of Canada New Album Mystery Snippets Codes

    Boards of Canada New Album Speculation Intensifies as More Codes Surface

    Daft Punk are expertly stoking the flames of their blazing fandom using viral tactics, but Boards of Canada have gone full DHARMA Initiative on us over the past few days. It all started on April 20, Record Store Day, when a New York fan discovered an unannounced piece of BoC vinyl stamped with a code ("------ / ------ / ------ / XXXXXX / ------ / ------") and containing a small snippet of music followed by a robotic voice reading numbers.Six numbers to be exact, which corresponded with the number of Xs in the fourth of six slots in the would-be cypher. Yesterday we reported that another set of numbers had been discovered via a trail of breadcrumbs left by the Scottish duo on a YouTube channel named after their original moniker, Hell Interface, and a second one seemingly set up only to transmit the broadcast: a snippet of synth sound followed by more digits.

  • fall out boy save rock and roll billboard chart

    Who Charted? Fall Out Boy 'Save Rock and Roll' With No. 1 Victories in 27 Countries

    First! Fall Out Boy's Save Rock and Roll, which ironically knocks last week's big No. 1 rock victory completely out of the box with 154,000 units moved according to Nielsen SoundScan. Indeed, Paramore by Paramore has landed at No. 12. But let's focus on the positive: Patrick Stump and the gang took five years off to get their emo-addled pop-rock in order and they did so with serious aplomb (not to mention an Elton John assist). Sure, 2007's Infinity on High did better, debuting in the same slot with 260K sold, but considering the hiatus, this is a solid win. The album was No. 1 in 27 countries, stretching from Canada to Mexico to Japan and back. You can almost overlook the fact that it notched No.

  • Young Fathers 'I Heard' Video Anticon

    Watch Young Fathers' Darkly Enigmatic 'I Heard' Video

    Earlier this month, SPIN debuted "I Heard," a gorgeously taut slab of soul-rap penned by Scotland's Young Fathers. The Edinburgh trio are prepping the sequel to their bewitching Anticon Records debut, TAPE ONE, a short but sweet mix of TV on the Radio-style pop harmonics and Shabazz Palaces-type rhyming. Expect the experiment to continue on TAPE TWO, due out June 11. In honor of that occasion, "I Heard" has gotten a video treatment that highlights its innate existential strangeness. Seen above, the dark clip explores madness as people shout without being heard and members of the band are restrained by men in suits.

  • TV on the Radio

    TV on the Radio Part Ways With Interscope, Working on First Songs Since 2011

    Two-time SPIN cover stars TV on the Radio have been relatively quiet since the untimely passing of bassist/producer Gerard Smith in April 2011 — just days after the release of their masterful fourth album Nine Types of Light. But, after two years of calm, activity is picking up again for the Brooklyn art-rock innovators. On Saturday, April 27, the four-piece will close out New York's Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, a festival put on by the Brooklyn Academy of Music and curated by the National's Aaron and Bryce Dessner. Singer Tunde Adebimpe has a second band on the bill as well, the newly formed Higgins Waterproof Black Magic Band. TVOTR are set to curate a May edition of England's venerated All Tomorrow's Parties fest (featuring De La Soul, Death Grips, Shabazz Palaces, Tinariwen, and many more).

  • 'Crawling Up The Stairs' Cover Art

    Listen to Pure X's Wise and Dreamy 'Thousand Year Old Child'

    Pure X have come a long way since 2011's Pleasure, an album composed of "woozy rhythms, lovelorn lyrics, and reverb-saturated textures." The Austin band has a new one due out May 14 on Acéphale, and Crawling Up the Stairs unabashedly deepens the group's inherent darkness even as it sheds new light on the mind and heart of singer-guitarist Nate Grace ... usually.We've already heard the shadowy, sprawling "Things in My Head" and the throat-rending space-out "Someone Else." Now we've got "Thousand Year Old Child," which finds bassist Jesse Jenkins taking lead. The upbeat track that begins with acoustic strum, picks up some distorted wash, and then basks in breezy atmosphere while our hosts serenade a lover who's on her way out the door. He sounds at peace with what's happening, like an old soul who's seen it all before.

  • Parliament-Funkadelic Bassist Cordell 'Boogie' Mosson Dead 60

    R.I.P. Parliament-Funkadelic Bassist Cordell 'Boogie' Mosson

    Parliament-Funkadelic's Cordell "Boogie" Mosson has died at the age of 60, according to band leader George Clinton's official website. The bassist passed away on Thursday, April 18, of unspecified causes. As Exclaim points out, a 2011 Facebook post from the group solicited prayers for the man after he'd been admitted to the hospital in serious condition. It's unclear whether his health issues at the time were related to his passing.In a brief memorial written last week, keyboardist Danny Bedrosian described Mosson as, "The ultimate funk theologian, one of P-Funk’s most pivotal and vital musicians," explaining that he also contributed guitar, drums, and vocals. He added, "We lost more information, lessons and vast rare funk knowledge today then most learn in a lifetime.

  • Jimmy Kimmel Coachella 2013 Fake Bands

    Watch Jimmy Kimmel Let Coachella Hipsters Embarrass Themselves

    With its proximity to Los Angeles and always jam-packed VIP zone, Coachella is the inevitable host to a whole lot of cooler-than-thou B.S. That, in turn, fosters an environment where those who crave to be in the loop are afraid to ask questions lest they by outed as tragically unhip. Of course, no one actually thinks you're a dummy if you don't know who Skinny Lister is, but the people shown in the clip below wouldn't buy that if Skrillex himself told them so. Being plenty familiar with this phenomenon, Jimmy Kimmel sent his cameras to Coachella's dusty parking lot and questioned the concertgoers about bands that didn't exist. You know, up-and-comers like the Chelsea Clintons, the Obesity Epidemic, and Regis & the Philbins. In most cases, the fans offer commentary on the fictional acts without missing a beat. As for Dr. Shlohmo & the G.I. Clinic?

  • Flying Lotus Aqua Teen Hunger Force Theme Song Mac Miller SDS

    Flying Lotus Writing New 'Aqua Teen Hunger Force' Theme Song

    As if he hasn't had enough to do lately, Flying Lotus has confirmed that he'll pen the next theme song for Adult Swim's long-running Aqua Teen Hunger Force. He broke the news in a tweet. This comes following his surprise stint as Earl Sweatshirt's DJ at Coachella (Captain Murphy came out for weekend two), the promising first taste of Thundercat's forthcoming Lotus-produced LP, and the news that he made some end credits music for Adventure Time.Makin that next aqua teen hunger force theme song... #showshow— Flying Lotus (@flyinglotus) April 23, 2013SPIN checked in with the man for a few more details. He explained that, "[Aqua Teen creator] Dave Willis hit me up one day and asked if I was interested and I told him that it had to be me. We decided on the track but the words have to be put to it. Gonna finish it really soon.

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