Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Blink 182 Girl Fence Wedgie Butt Climber Concertgoer

    See a Blink-182 Fan Give Herself a Wedgie Narrowly Avoiding Death

    The little kid in us kinda wishes we could post utterly dumb gallon-smashing and yelling goats videos all day, so when something distinctly Internet-y (read: "idiotic and hilarious") sneaks into our humble little world of music, we're at the front lines.This is the story of an intrepid Blink-182 fan who wanted so badly to see her favorite pop-punk progenitors (minus Travis Barker) play Melbourne's Soundwave Festival, that she risked life and limb to do so. Well, we're not sure if that counts as a limb. Let's just say she put her ass on the line — that "line" being a dangerously pokey security fence. According to the Aussie YouTube user who posted the above video, the barrier was clearly marked with a "No Climbing" warning, but that didn't stop this girl from scaling the thing, and subsequently nearly impaling herself on it. Fortunately, the fence nabbed her by her shorts.

  • Ulfur White Mountain Album Stream Iceland

    Hear Ulfur's Full, Transcendent 'White Mountain'

    It's no secret that Iceland has a knack for delivering extremely immersive music and Úlfur Hansson is of particularly reputable stock. The newly solo performer is best known for his work in the backing band of Jónsi (a man best known for fronting Sigur Rós), so it's safe to assume that he knows his way around some epic instrumentals. Sure enough, Úlfur's debut is called White Mountain, and trades in gorgeous soundscapes that verge into the near-mystical. "Every track is a collage of field-recordings made while traveling," he says. "I always carry my tape recorder with me like a camera.

  • Halasan Bazar

    Hear Halasan Bazar's Crunchy Psych Number 'Sometimes Happy, Sometimes Sad'

    Halasan Bazar may hail from Copenhagen, but the Danish crew churn out that chiming sort of psychedelic fuzz-rock so often heard emanating from San Franciscan garages. Take "Sometimes Happy, Sometimes Sad," for instance, where main man Fredrik Eckhoff fittingly sings with an ear to both pop and slack. Meanwhile his four bandmates deliver a blown-out bliss bomb of crunchy guitars, tambourine smacks, and humming organs. The group's 2012 tape How to Ever Be Happy was a mellower affair, but Halasan Bazar relaunch on April 2 with their new album, Space Junk. Sample the first taste of the LP below, and look for more to chew on in the near future.110937:song:Sometimes Happy, Sometimes Sad:Halasan Bazar, Space Junk track list:1. "How Did We Get Here in the First Place?"2. "You & I"3. "Sometimes Happy, Sometimes Sad"4. "Live Without Love"5. "My Mind is Fixed"6. "Stay"7.

  • rick ross ashamed video

    See Rick Ross Humblebrag, Baby Leopard on His Lap, in 'Ashamed' Video

    In SPIN's review of Rick Ross' official 2012 offering, God Forgives, I Don't, reviewer Zach Baron pointed out that "you get the sense he's been thinking about the past, not the future. Ross' triumphalism has become almost nostalgic." And so it is with "Ashamed," a Wilson Pickett-sampling song with a confidently slow stomp to it, which finds the Bawse enumerating his many accomplishments in detail. But for all of the obvious signposts of personal achievement and career advancement, the man just can't shake the feeling that deep down in his core, he is and shall forever be a "dope boy." Still, Rozay is not actually that ashamed of anything he's saying, and the just-out music video for the song drives the point home with a diamond-encrusted sledgehammer.The clip finds Ross at home surrounded by opulence of nearly every variety.

  • The Soft Moon Insides Video Zeros

    See the Soft Moon's Hellishly Surreal 'Insides' Video

    The Soft Moon's Zeros is both frighteningly good and downright frightening — a claustrophobic batch of warped soundscapes supporting the hissed-out vocals of San Francisco's Luis Vasquez. The 2012 album was an apt extension of the tiny terrors found on the preceding Total Decay EP, and the videos that accompany the thing only seem to get stranger and scarier as we go. In January, we saw the static-saturated "Die Life" video and now we have an even more harrowing example above for Zeros highlight "Insides," which premiered on Stereogum today.Directed by Jacqueline Castel (Blank Dogs, Zola Jesus, Pop. 1280), the video mostly revolves around a freestanding door that seems to lead to a different plane of existence. Sometimes Vasquez stands within the frame, and sometimes he's just a grainy projection warping against a shifting grid.

  • Banks 'Fall Over' Song Stream

    Hear Banks' Badu-Channeling R&Beats Bubbler 'Fall Over'

    Okay, so her name is Banks, but what else do we know about this new female voice of American R&Beats? In short, not a whole helluva lot. Banks is based in Los Angeles and signed to IAMSOUND, cites Fiona Apple and Lauryn Hill as influences, and taught herself piano. Beyond that, we have only the songs to speak to her story, but that's enough for now. Her SoundCloud profile consists of just two songs, but we can glean much from her soulful vocals and the moody production that backs them. The previously released "Before I Ever Met You" is a heavy, emotive and trip-hoppy track about breaking up, while the just-out "Fall Over" takes a less mournful tact. The colorful track features an ultra-modern combination of dark electronica and bright effects, while Banks' delivery recalls Erykah Badu's more bewitching work. The songs are on iTunes now, and you can stream "Fall Over" here:

  • The White Mandingos Bad Brains Murs 'The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me'

    Murs and Bad Brains Bassist Form the White Mandingos, Make Fun of Swag

    Bad Brains kicked off 2013 with their very own hot sauce brand, and vocalist HR appeared on Ill Bill's heavy-hitting rhyme odyssey The Grimy Awards (a SPIN premiere) — all part of the legendary punks' Strange Survival Tale, a story which is still being written thankfully. The latest plot twist comes in the form of something called the White Mandingos.Los Angeles underground rap phenom Murs has teamed up with Bad Brains bassist Darryl Jenifer and Ego Trip satirist/journalist Sacha Jenkins SHR to found that new disturbingly named band.

  • Autre Ne Veut 'Play By Play

    Watch Autre Ne Veut's Emotive Face in the 'Play By Play' Video

    Brooklyn's Arthur Ashin had been lying low while his Autre Ne Veut alter-ego was out garnering buzz as the latest alt-R&B lothario to the scene. But dude's identity has since been revealed — he's a master's candidate in psychology, natch — and there's no sense in hiding anymore. The singer doesn't bother obscuring his face in the video for "Play By Play." In fact, he uses that stubbly mug to convey all kinds of emotion (via '90s boy band earnestness) as he coos inside of the most awkward karaoke room we've yet to enter. For a single, this track is the right choice.

  • Mudhoney 'I Like it Small' Single Download Indie Anthem Vanishing Point Album

    Hear Mudhoney's 'I Like it Small,' a Grimy Anthem to Indie Living

    When Mark Arm spoke to SPIN in December, he explained a key development in his process leading up to Mudhoney's ninth album, Vanishing Point. "The older I get, the pickier and more conscious I become about what I'm singing. We definitely wear our influences on our sleeves, but hopefully, we're finding an original way to say something, even if it's been said so many times before. It's not always possible, but that's what I beat myself up over the most." But Arm can give his, um, arm a rest from further writing (for now) and further beatings (for good). With the new album due out April 2 via Sub Pop, the first single has emerged and it's a perfect example of what the Northwestern garage-punk O.G. was talking about. "I Like It Small" is a genuine anthem to the indie lifestyle: "I'm good with Gladys sans the Pips," he growls at one point.

  • M.I.A. Matangi Mix New Album Kenzo Fashion Show Paris

    Hear M.I.A. Declare Her Body 'a Real Banger' on Revealing 'Matangi Mix'

    Speculation over M.I.A.'s forthcoming album Matangi has been bubbling for nearly a year. Her 2010 output — the excellent Vicki Leekx mixtape and the divisive Maya — left a lot of us wondering where the bird-flipping star would head next, and we've been following the breadcrumbs faithfully since. There was the unexplained "Come Walk With Me" video, and that 20-second Twitter clip, plus SPIN's own talk with Ms. Arulpragasam about her new music.M.I.A. also explained publicly that Matangi is "a fuck you" to all who've burned her over the past few years, and then that the album was actually inspired by finding "spirituality through the Internet," so at a certain point, the songs are just gonna have to speak for their own damn selves. Thankfully, that's actually happening. On Sunday morning, M.I.A.

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