Chris Martins



  • 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.

  • Jens Lekman 'Regarding a Package' Esopus Dead Bird

    Hear Jens Lekman Inquire After a Dead Bird in 'Regarding a Package'

    Swedish songster Jens Lekman has a knack for peppering his songs with intimate, quirky detail, so it should come as no big surprise that his fans like to return the favor by mailing him quirky, intimate things like food, artwork, fluids, bottled air, and, um, dead animals. His new song "Regarding a Package" is inspired by one such experience.On his website, Lekman explains that during a stint living in Melbourne, some fans managed to track down his address and send him oddities. While he never actually saw the bird-in-a-baggie that they mailed him, he confirmed its existence with Australian customs, who'd quarantined the thing for reasons that should seem pretty sensible to most.

  • Tegan and Sara 'I Was a Fool' Video

    See Tegan and Sara Work Through Heartbreak in 'I Was a Fool' Video

    SPIN cover stars Tegan and Sara crammed a lot of emotion into their excellent new album Heartthrob. As our scribe Jon Young put it, the record "insightfully studies the messy aftermath of relationships, showing the wistful longing or bitter disappointment unleashed when everything implodes." Indeed, single "I Was a Fool" focuses on one of those "estranged, unreliable lovers" who takes without giving back." In the song's video, a woman deals with the realization that she's alone once again and is sent into a tailspin of grief.

  • Wild Nothing 'A Dancing Shell' Empty Estate EP

    Wild Nothing Share Arty '80s-Animated 'A Dancing Shell' Ahead of 'Empty Estate' EP

    Wild Nothing's cooling vibes provided us some sweet relief on the scorching final day of Coachella, but Jack Tatum's got more to give. On May 15, the Virginia dream-pop drifter will release Empty Estate, an EP-sized follow-up to last year's Nocturne, via Captured Tracks. Above is the first taste of the seven-song set, "A Dancing Shell," which dwells firmly in the flanged guitar and mellow dance grooves of the '80s. Owing equally to the Talking Heads and the C86 sound, the track finds Tatum embodying a robotic creature that requires outside validation in order to subsist. "I have no feeling, I have no thoughts," he sing-speaks, "I have to make you happy / Watch me now, watch me." Empty Estate was recorded in Brooklyn by Al Carlson (Yeasayer, Clinic) in January.

  • Animal Collective 'Monkey Riches' Remix EP Gang Gang Dance

    Animal Collective Preview Remix EP With Worldly Gang Gang Dance Assist

    On May 28, Animal Collective will release the Monkey Been to Burn Town EP featuring revisions of a pair of Centipede Hz tracks. "Monkey Riches" gets flipped three ways: by worldly psych-pop producer Brian Degraw of Gang Gang Dance, Chicago footwork king Traxman, and New York synth-lovers Teengirl Fantasy. Most excitingly, Shabazz Palaces will rework the swirling, beat-damaged "New Town Burnout." Domino will release the set in 12-inch vinyl (pre-order here) as well as digital, and Degraw's version is streaming below. The Gang Gang guru gives the original some room to breathe, yielding the foreground to the vocals and playing with a handful of minimal propulsions while keeping the noise at bay.As previously announced, the band has rescheduled their nixed tour with Dan Deacon. They've now added a date in Portland, Maine.

  • Titus Andronicus Diarrhea Planet 'Born to Run' Patrick Stickles Bruce Springsteen

    See Titus Andronicus' Singer Belt Out 'Born to Run' with Diarrhea Planet

    Diarrhea Planet was first put on our radar by those Coachella-crushing dudes in JEFF the Brotherhood. The Nashville-based collective with the worst name in music have put out tunes on the Orrall bros.' Infinity Cat label, toured with Titus Andronicus, and most recently blew our minds at South By Southwest where a two of their four guitarists shredded from atop the bar. In the clip above, Titus singer Patrick Stickles joins the exceptionally fervent band at New York DIY spot Shea Stadium for a blazing cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run." If you can get past the scatological synchronicity between the band's name and the song's title, it might just be the best thing you watch today. Stickles gives the rendition his throat-flaying all from within the fist-pumping crowd.

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