Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • 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.

  • Courtney Love Electronic Cigarettes NJOY Relax

    Watch Courtney Love Shill (and Swear) for Electronic Cigarettes

    If there's one thing the world can count on Courtney Love for in 2013, it's brilliantly timed curse-word drops. On occasion, the habit gets her in trouble, but one savvy electronic cigarette company has figured out how to use that power for good. In the promo clip for NJOY Kings which "look, taste, and feel like traditional [cancer sticks]," an uptight aristocratic woman sees Miss Love enjoying a puff in her parlor and prepares to tell her what for. But when she arrives, well, Courtney is ready with an intellectual riposte that'd shut the nagging mouths of a dozen stronger wits: "Relax. It's a fuckin' NJOY." Cue "Celebrity Skin," watch the old lady sneak a hit, fade-to-black. Okay, so it's no Felicia the Goat, but it's a better look than her Britney Spears swagger-jacking on the new Fall Out Boy album.

  • Mudhoney 'I Like it Small' Video Vanishing Point Carlos Lopez

    See Mudhoney's Special Effects-Laden 'I Like it Small' Video

    Mudhoney's new single "I Like it Small" pays tribute to living within one's means with reckless aplomb. In its lyrics, frontman Mark Arm happily praises, "minimum production," "intimate settings," and "dingy basements," and its Carlos López -directed video clearly takes its cues from those lines. What seems like an ordinary performance clip quickly evolves as various props and people are used to illustrate Arm's points along the way, with an especially gross shout-out to GG Allin followed by a handful of wardrobe changes, one bona fide pants-ing, and a very tiny piano solo. Mudhoney's new one, Vanishing Point, arrives today (April 2) on Sub Pop, who just celebrated their 25th year as a label.

  • Christopher Paul Stelling / Photo by Christopher McLallen

    Hear Christopher Paul Stelling's Furious Country Strummer 'Brick x Brick'

    Christopher Paul Stelling combines the organic approach of the Low Anthem with the impassioned histrionics of a pumped-up Jack White — if you're on the look for some high-energy Americana (that's actually from America), let this songwriting guide you to greener pastures than those recently visited by the Grammys. The Daytona-via-Brooklyn musician is self-releasing his second album, False Cities, on May 21 (preorder comes with an immediate download of the entire thing), an effort that opens with a furious country strummer called "Brick x Brick." The way this man delivers his songs, it's not hard to imagine him actually "tap-dancing down the edge of this here knife," as he sings at one point from within a small tornado of acoustic guitar and fiddle.

  • Tyler, the Creator Justin Bieber Frank Ocean Songwriting Interview

    Tyler, the Creator Wants to Lock Justin Bieber in a Cage

    Tyler, the Creator's Wolf has been sitting pretty at the top of the iTunes albums chart since the Odd Future leader sneak-released it Sunday night (March 31). With any luck, the LP's success will help the Los Angeles rapper/producer fulfill his dream of scoring some high-profile production gigs. In a new interview with Billboard, Tyler explained that, more than anything, he'd like to make songs for major music players such as Justin Bieber."I've got so many beats and songs, but no one's giving me a chance yet," he said. "I want to take Justin Bieber for a month and just lock him up in a cage where we sit and make music. He's one of the most successful people in the world, but his music could be so much tighter." Tyler revealed that he and Frank Ocean wrote a song for the Biebz's 2012 album Believe that had been rejected.

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