Chris Martins

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  • Radiohrad New Song Thom Yorke Atoms for Peace Mix Essential Mix Harmonics Loop

    Hear New Radiohead Song 'Harmonics Loop' From Thom Yorke's Two-Hour BBC Mix

    Last month, SPIN took a visual-textual trip through Thom Yorke's 20 Biggest Influences, but part of what keeps the Radiohead and Atoms for Peace main brain's music so fresh is that his inspirational palette is always evolving. With an assist from super-producer/Atoms bandmate Nigel Godrich, Yorke has delivered a two-hour song set to BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix series that not only contains a bunch of cutting edge electronica, but also debuts an unreleased Radiohead song ("Harmonics Loop") and two new Thom Yorke tracks called "The Twist (Unfinished B Section)" and "Has Been." Also in the highly percussive mix are tracks by Aphex Twin, Boys Noize, Mr. Oizo, Oneohtrix Point Never, Diplo with Blaqstarr, and Steve Reich.

  • Caveman 'In Over My Head' Album Tour Dates

    Hear Caveman's Glistening Ballad 'Over My Head'

    SPIN spent some time with Caveman's 2011 album CoCo Beware, and even sat down with the boys to discuss their idea of a legendary album at last year's SXSW, but even we didn't see this Brooklyn band's stylistic overhaul coming. In January, we heard them make the sudden jump from whispering folk to "Low-Life-era New Order covering War on Drugs" via new song "In the City." Now we've got a second taste of their forthcoming self-titled sophomore release, due out April 2 on Fat Possum, and it's just as striking. "Over My Head" is a slow swooner but it's full of powerful resonance — plus glistening guitars, apocalyptic synths, and soulful semi-choral vocals. Perhaps it's easiest to imagine a New Wave ballad remade by the able paws of Grizzly Bear. It's also rather easy to listen to right here:Caveman 2013 tour dates:March 8 – St.

  • Trinidad James Jay Pharoah 'All Gold Everything' Spoof Barbados Tomas No Chainz

    Watch 'SNL's Jay Pharoah Weakly Spoof Trinidad James' 'All Gold Everything'

    With all the attention on Justin Timberlake as he prepares to host Saturday Night Live for the fifth time, it's possible that cast member Jay Pharoah has been feeling a little left out. In a new video released by the actor/comedian, he spoofs recent SPIN Inquisition subject Trinidad James with a character called Barbados Tomas.Instead of "All Gold Everything," Pharoah delivers "All Food Everything," which plays out pretty much exactly as you'd expect. Okay, it's quite possible that you didn't predict the cameo from No Chainz — a parody of our REAL Hottest MC, 2 Chainz, who sports a necklace made of paperclips — but the rest is fairly by the numbers. Tomas raps about the meals that he's making, plus their eventual exit from his body, while poking fun at Based-rap repetition and "swag!" interjections.

  • 1939 Ensemble 'Sad French Song' Howl Bit Breeders

    Hear 1939 Ensemble's 'Sad French Song,' Moody Post-Rock From the Breeders' Drummer

    Last month SPIN premiered "Sabotage," a propulsive slab of jazz-addled post-rock performed by go-to Breeders drummer Jose Medeles and Portland percussion teacher David Coniglio. With the Deal sisters having reunited their Last Splash lineup for the road, the so-called 1939 Ensemble has got a little extra time to stretch out.The drum-and-vibes duo are releasing their debut album, Howl & Bite, on April 16 via Jealous Butcher, and we've now got a second instrumental to explore. "Sad French Song" is indeed a bit melancholy compared to its predecessor, but that doesn't stop the Tortoise-influenced track from being beautiful. It's rhythmic might and chiming tones are blackened by occasional swells of noise, giving the entire thing a compelling dynamism. We're not sure how French it is, but the overcast tones are decidedly Oregonian in origin.

  • Daft Punk Leaks Fake SNL Remix Legit

    Daft Punk Leaks Are Fake, But This 'SNL' Ad Remix Is Legit

    No, to answer the question that gutless blogs have been asking via headlines all day: "Is this new Daft Punk leak real?" Absolutely not. "Dancing to the Beat" features a poorly performed half-baked vocal about remembering how disco music feels ("I know it's really great and this is sure!") plus it practically plagiarizes "Around the World." And "Future Is Now" is just a song by a Portuguese group called Karetus that some YouTube user mistakenly identified.But hey, we don't blame people for wanting to hear more Daft Punk.

  • Lamb of God Randy Blythe Statement Manslaughter Acquittal

    Read Randy Blythe's Classy, Kafka-Quoting Farewell Letter to Prague

    On Tuesday, we received the good news that Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe had been acquitted of manslaughter charges in the case of a Czech fan who died after attending one of the Virginia metal band's concerts. Daniel Nosek, 19, passed away from causes related to head trauma two weeks after a 2010 Prague gig, and Blythe spent more than a month in custody as a result. He returned to the city to stand trial earlier this year.Throughout the entire ordeal, Blythe has remained positive about his situation and respectful toward both the deceased fan's family and Czech authorities, and his latest open letter drives all of that home.

  • Wire 'Love Bends' 'Change Becomes Us' Album 1979 1980 154

    Hear Wire's Rose-Tinted Romance Tribute 'Love Bends'

    Wire are set to release their 13th album on March 26 via their own Pinkflag label, but Change Becomes Us isn't your standard late-career entry for a gang of post-punk giants.Work on the 13-song set really began back in 1979 — the same fertile-but-fraught period that resulted in their enduring classic 154. When the London band broke up a year later, the blueprints of several songs-in-the-making were left behind. Last year, Colin Newman, Graham Lewis, Robert Grey, and new guitarist Matthew Simms (guess which one he is in the photo) repaired to a studio in Wales to build something entirely new out of the dusted-off scraps.At the top of the year, we heard "Doubles & Trebles," a darkly grinding sorta sci-fi intro to Change, and now we have a markedly different glimpse at the new old material.

  • Fat Tony Kool AD 'Hood Party' 'Smart Ass Black Boy' Despot

    Fat Tony Previews 'Smart Ass Black Boy' With 'Hood Party' Featuring Kool A.D.

    Fat Tony is a New Underground star in the making. Coming up in Houston, the MC worked equally hard as a promoter, bringing punk, rap and parties to his peers. Now he combines the attitude of the first with the brains and fun of the others to churn out highly contemporary hip-hop with an easy appeal. With a solid mixtape in his recent past — the Double Dragon team-up with his go-to producer Tom Cruz — the man born Anthony Obi is prepping a new official LP, Smart Ass Black Boy, due June 11 via Young One (Main Attrakionz). "We're excited as hell to finally have this album almost out," Tony tells SPIN. His last full-length was 2010's low-flying RABDARGAB, named after the Houston educational initiative Read a Book - Do a Report - Get a Buck. "We put our all into it — blood, sweat, rum, tears and more.

  • French Montana Nicki Minaj 'Freaks' Video Pasties

    Nicki Minaj 'Freaks' in Pasties for French Montana's Video

    We've been looking forward to French Montana's Bad Boy Records debut Excuse My French ever since SPIN dubbed him a Breaking Out star back in April. But the Moroccan-born journeyman MC is used to rolling with the punches — the album is now due out May 21. As he told us back then, "Nothing happens when you want it; it happens when it's supposed to."Indeed, it was probably wise for Frenchy to get his ducks in a row for the release of his white-hot Nicki Minaj team-up "Freaks." The song is fierce enough on its own — a tropically tinged club heater with game-topping performances from both of the artists — but the just-out music video for the track is bound to whip up a little extra excitement (cue the creepy male gaze). When the American Idol judge and SPIN Hottest MC appears in the colorful clip, she's sporting pasties and a loosely tossed on blouse.

  • YACHT Kohls 'Heaven' Design Lyrics Infringement Shangri-LA

    YACHT Fans Offer to Lawyer Up in Possible Kohl's T-Shirt Copyright Case

    UPDATE: Kohl's has removed the offending T-shirt from their website. We've received no further comments from Freeze CMI, the company that designed the questionable apparel, but this is certainly a victory for the artist. Now go buy yourself something nice.According to DFA duo YACHT — and people with working eyeballs everywhere — Kohl's and Burlington Coat Factory are selling a T-shirt that appears to be inspired by the group's lyrics and design style. The Los Angeles dance usurpers put a great deal of energy into their imagery, which ties directly into the themes found in their music.

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