Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Caitlin Rose 'Pink Champagne' Video Tour Dates

    See Caitlin Rose Toast Marital Ambivalence in 'Pink Champagne' Video

    Caitlin Rose's SPIN Essential new album The Stand-In is chock full of gorgeous tunes that strike an enigmatic balance between her "cheerful sparkle and dark temperament," as our reviewer Nate Cavalieri put it. "Pink Champagne" is no exception, as she paints a romantically rich wedding scene before undoing it all with dry acceptance: "Seein' how we both said yes / I guess we'll follow through." The song's duality is captured excellently in the clip above, filmed on a Texas porch shortly after South by Southwest by Yours Truly. Rose's demeanor is reserved, if not a little bit melancholy, as she sings accompanied by a pair of strummers. "The thing about story songs," she says into the camera, "is they're not so much about the story as the sentiment you're trying to relay." True, and she'll be relaying that sentiment on the road starting with an Austin gig tomorrow.

  • Record Store Day Sales Vinyl Albums

    Record Store Day Just Had Its Best Year Ever

    In all the excitement that surrounds Record Store Day — the must-have lists, the exclusive new songs, the bragging rights — it's easy to forget the annual event's raison d'être: to stimulate sales at independent record shops and strengthen fans' ties to such institutions in the process. The vinyl lovers' holiday happens every third Saturday of April and the 2013 installment, on April 20, set record levels of participation.In total, according to Nielsen SoundScan, 244,000 vinyl albums sold in the U.S. in the corresponding sales week (Monday through Sunday, ending on April 21), with 82 percent of that business going to independent outposts.

  • World's End Press 'Deadbeat Sweetheart' Tim Goldsworthy

    Hear World's End Press Lord Over the Dance Floor With 'Deadbeat Sweetheart'

    Melbourne crew World's End Press have been flying under the radar, but that should change soon. The Australian four-piece just stepped out of the studio where they were recording their full-length debut with Tim Goldsworthy (DFA, UNKLE, Mo' Wax). The man has a staggering dance-punk pedigree, having worked with the Rapture, Hercules & Love Affair, and Cut Copy, so it makes perfect sense that he'd turn his seasoned hand to helping these guys turn it up. Of course, singer John Parkinson and his mates have more to offer than a simple hyphenate could convey. They're as indebted to house music and rock heaviness as they are Krautrock's deep grooves and Jamaican lovers rock. Below we have the first taste of the said full-length: "Deadbeat Sweetheart," a moodily swirling seven-minute song that reclaims the dance floor for the romantics.

  • Unkown Mortal Orchestra Lindstrom 'Ra-ako-st' Cover

    Hear Unknown Mortal Orchestra's Post-Rock Cover of Lindstrom's 'Ra-ako-st'

    Unknown Mortal Orchestra's just-out sophomore album II has delivered plenty of gems on their behalf: There's the "Swim and Sleep" video where puppets masturbate, the "So Good at Being in Trouble" clip featuring McLovin battling a cult, that rock-solid Late Night With Jimmy Fallon drop-in, and that excellent interview where main man Ruban Nielson talked to SPIN about "nerding out." But despite all of that, the band has yet another gift to bestow: a cover of "Rà-àkõ-st" by Norwegian producer Lindstrøm, originally heard on Smalhans, one of our 50 Best Albums of 2012. As Stereogum points out, the nu-disco technician paid the favor forward by remixing "Swim and Sleep" earlier this month. For their part, UMO turn the original track into a rhythm-driven psych-rock jam — something that'd fit just fine in the Jaga Jazzist and Tortoise oeuvres. Get into it:

  • Beyonce 'Grown Woman' Live Video Mrs. Carter Show

    See Beyonce Shake Out Her Timbaland-Produced 'Grown Woman' Live in Paris

    We got a taste — a sweet and fizzy taste — of Beyoncé's "Grown Woman" earlier this month in a Pepsi ad that managed to squeeze 15 years of histor-Bey into 60 seconds. The Timbaland-produced track seemed promising indeed — a lithe mix of shuffling handclaps, laser-bleep synths, and tropical tones that would probably be excellent to see live. Oh wait, it is.Idolator points to fan-shot footage of the former Destiny's Child singer performing the new track at the April 24 Paris stop on her current Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. Worth noting is the fact that, as the Guardian first reported, Bey has banned cameras from her shows, presumably after BuzzFeed refused to take down unflattering photos of the star at her Super Bowl performance. That is, of course, part of the reason that we're stuck with video that makes it look and seem as if the entire affair is happening underwater.

  • Daughn Gibson the Sound of Law Me Moan Album

    Daughn Gibson Signs to Sub Pop, Shares Drawling and Dynamic 'The Sound of Law'

    Daughn Gibson's music is as rich as his back story. The guy is a "honkey-tonk spaceman who, at one time, earned his daily wage as a truck driver," as SPIN's David Bevan put it in the review for All Hell, the Pennsylvania musician's break-out album. That stunning set, which found the baritone-blessed singer employing samples to carve out a new country niche, only came out a year ago, but he's ready to follow it up with Me Moan on July 9.The new album will be the former Pearls and Brass drummer's first for Sub Pop and was announced with a stream of the new song "The Sound of Law." That first taste kicks off with a steady four-four pulse and a guitar lick that sounds plucked from a bar band's set at a biker booze hole. Strange ambient swells sneak in as Gibson sings strange things about bad dads, drifters, and women.

  • Demon Queen Tobacco Zackey Force Funk 'Rude Boy' N8NOFACE

    Hear Demon Queen, Tobacco and Zackey Force Funk's 'Rude Boy’ Electro Project

    We already know that Black Moth Super Rainbow mastermind Tom "Tobacco" Fec occupies a weird world (via erotic centaurs, Bob Seger), but we didn't realize how quickly his sphere is expanding. BMSR's Cobra Juicy dropped less than six months ago and already we have a fresh Tobacco solo track (the Daft Punk take-down "Lipstick Juicy") and a brand new spin-off project. Demon Queen is the scuzzy electro-funk alias of Fec and falsetto fiend Zackey Force Funk. The latter hails from Tucson, Arizona, and aligns himself with the left-field hardcore crew Machina Muerte (posse boss Isaiah Toothtaker dropped his Gunplay collab with SPIN yesterday). Together they make music tailored for a roller-disco populated exclusively by the misfits from The Warriors — tough stuff with a whole lot of style.The pair will release their debut LP on Tobacco's Rad Cult label July 9.

  • Tyler, the Creator Mountain Dew Felicia the Goat Ad

    Tyler, the Creator Continues the Misadventures of Felicia the Goat in Third Mountain Dew Ad

    Tyler, the Creator has shared his third commercial spot for Mountain Dew, furthering the misadventures of Felicia the Goat. When last we saw the criminal quadruped, she was on the run from the fuzz after assaulting a waitress and then getting pulled over and cited for a "Dew-U.I." It seems that she was nabbed in the interim (the goat had been on the lam for a month) and thrown into a police lineup. In the clip above, Felicia appears next to a real rogue's gallery: Loiter Squad star L-Boy, fellas named Lil Musty, Lamoahn, and Tiny, plus MellowHype member Left Brain under the alias of Beyonte (FTW). The waitress returns, her injuries looking worse than ever, but the pressure of facing her attacker is too much to bear. And it doesn't help that Felicia the felonious goat is sending her some seriously threatening vibes.

  • 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.

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