Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Thurston Moore Gleo Talk Normal 7-inch Series

    Thurston Moore Shreds Mightily on 'Gleo'; Talk Normal Destroy B-Side

    UPDATE: Stereogum is streaming the softly folksy Lou Barlow contribution "Crack and Emerge" along with Dumb Numbers' psych-slacker delight "Last Night I had a Dream." Both also hail from Cause & Effect Vol.

  • Amish Sex Pistols Bill Grundy Today Interview Spoof

    Watch the Sex Pistols' Most Notorious Interview (Reenacted By the Amish)

    On December 1, 1976, one television host's career was ruined just as a band's was being launched. When Queen were suddenly unavailable to visit London's Today show with Bill Grundy, the Sex Pistols were subbed in. But as band guru Malcolm McLaren later explained, "We all gathered in the green room and drank ourselves stupid [before the appearance]." Seconds into the live, unedited broadcast, Steve Jones dropped the f-bomb. Then Johnny Rotten said "shit." Grundy wasn't impressed, so he began to antagonize the band, and at one point hit on Siouxsie Sioux, who was there as a member of their entourage. The host never recovered from the backlash, and the Pistols became a household name — the anti-heroes of the new punk movement.But they weren't much for suspenders, beards and wide-brim hats. Confusing as it might be, the clip above is not actually the original footage.

  • Still Corners 'Berlin Lovers' Video 'Strange Pleasures' Album

    See Still Corners Run a Roller Rink in 'Berlin Lovers' Video

    Still Corners are Tessa Murray and Greg Hughes, a London duo who seem to draw as much inspiration from the fundamentally rockist dream-pop movement as from the shadowy dance floors of Italian disco. Their 2011 Sub Pop debut Creatures of an Hour was a lovely excursion into cinematic soundcraft, but the forthcoming Strange Pleasures, due May 7, feels both more intimate and more boldly constructed.

  • Beak> Pink Floyd Cover 'Welcome to the Machine' '0898'

    Beak> Transform Pink Floyd's 'Welcome to the Machine' into a Motorik Dream

    When Geoff Barrow isn't busy inspiring the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, producing rap albums for Stones Throw, picking fights with Amy Winehouse, or teasing upcoming activity from that little side-project of his Portishead, the man churns out totally Essential krautrock with his Beak> trio. Like every other awesome act you read about here, they're prepping a Record Store Day release for April 20 — a limited-edition 10-inch single that features the two tracks you'll find below. The first, "0898," is more of the motorik excellence you've come to expect from Beak>, but the second is a surprise indeed. For the B-side, Barrow and the boys take on Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here standout "Welcome to the Machine," a music-industry dis track that was originally colored by heavy synths and tape effects.

  • At the Drive-In 'One Armed Scissor' the Field Remix

    Hear At the Drive-In's 'One Armed Scissor' Chopped and Looped by the Field

    The men who founded At the Drive-In may not see eye to eye anymore — Omar Rodríguez-López called last year's reunion a nostalgia-driven cash-grab, and Cedric Bixler-Zavala tweeted Mars Volta's demise in January — but their legions of fans have still a few things to look forward to. ATDI's own label Twenty-First Chapter Records only just reissued the band's 1996 debut album Acrobatic Tenement, and will be dropping 2000's final LP Relationship of Command on April 20 (there will be a limited-edition color-pressed vinyl version for Record Store Day enthusiasts). What's more, Relationship single "One Armed Scissor" will get a 12-inch release on May 13 featuring a nine-minute remix by Swedish minimal techno star the Field. The two artists' sounds couldn't be farther apart, so you'd be correct in guessing that little of the original is retained.

  • CocoRosie 'After the Afterlife' Stream GrassWidow

    CocoRosie Channel Dr. Dre Through the Looking Glass in 'After the Afterlife'

    Bianca and Sierra Cassady will open up a massive music box of creep for their forthcoming fifth album as CocoRosie, titled Tales of a GrassWidow. In February we heard the beautifully bleak and beatbox-driven "Gravedigress," which verged on operatic at times. Now we have a second song to consider: "After the Afterlife," which finds the sisters cooing enigmatic poems about piles of ash and snails crawling toward perfume. The duo's hip-hop influence once again shines through via the production — a thrusting, synth and piano-powered beat that at times bears a striking resemblance to Dr.

  • Dirty Projectors Remix Hot Chip Joe Goddard 'The Socialites' AlunaGeorge FaltyDL

    Hot Chip's Joe Goddard Drops Dirty Projectors' 'Socialites' onto the Dance Floor

    Dirty Projectors' Swing Lo Magellan was a shoo-in for SPIN Essential — just one point shy of a perfect 10, and a high-ranker on our Best Albums of 2012 list. "The Socialites" is one of the LP's subtler songs, a springy dose of emoting that's instrumental nonetheless in aiding the set's lovely arc. That may not make the track an obvious choice for a set of remixes, but Amber Coffman's stunning vocal more than justifies the move once you hear it set to a four-four pulse.

  • Atoms for Peace Live Black Swan Stuck Together Thom Yorke

    See Thom Yorke Bop for Eighteen Raucous Minutes More

    Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich have been doing their "two turntables and a microphone" thing of late in order to get the word out about Atoms for Peace's new album Amok. Their band has announced a solid run of live dates as well, but the footage emerging from the duo's March DJ/production set at New York's Le Poisson Rouge handily proves that the stripped-down set is nothing to scoff at. Last week, we shared eight glorious video minutes of the pair performing "Default," but we can now do that one better.Above, you'll find nearly 18 minutes of Yorke and Godrich grooving through Amok's "Black Swan" (honestly, we like it better than the original) and segueing into Yorke's Rag & Bone runway composition, "Stuck Together Pieces." The audio quality is excellent and the visuals leave little to be desired. Plus, the boys do much more than push buttons. Get into it above.

  • Michelle Shocked Gay Marriage Piers Morgan

    Newly Lucid Michelle Shocked Supports Gay Marriage on CNN

    It is now very possible, if not likely, that the greater public will be soon be allowed to once again forget Michelle Shocked. In an interview with CNN's Piers Morgan Monday night (April 1) the embattled folk singer stated unequivocally that she is not homophobic and, what's more, that she supports gay marriage. This after a confusing, seemingly anti-gay rant at a show in San Francisco, a muddled apology, and an chat with SPIN that only confounded matters.Transcripts and recordings of Shocked's initial diatribe did very little to clear up the artist's actual feelings on California's controversial Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage after the practice had already been made legal.

  • Justin Bieber Prank TMZ April Fools Phone Calls Hotline

    U Smile? Justin Bieber Gets Sweet Revenge on TMZ in April Fools' Prank

    All signs of late have pointed to the distinct possibility that pop star Justin Bieber has gone off the rails — of course, most of those signs were issued by celebrity news site TMZ. They've got their legitimate journalistic sources, but it'd be a bit optimistic to call their approach even-handed. (Hey, SPIN liked Believe.) "Bullying" would be more accurate, so it's only fair that the Biebz fired back with a little April Fools' Day prank yesterday."As promised taking all fan phone calls TODAY at (888) 847 9869. Talk to u soon!" Justin tweeted on Monday (April 1) to his nearly 37 million followers. That's TMZ's tip line, naturally. He deleted the post after a little while, but as El-P will tell ya, that doesn't mean the message didn't make it out.

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