Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Justin Timberlake 20/20 Experience Million Sales

    Justin Timberlake's '20/20 Experience' Sales Approaching One Million

    Last week's sales projections for Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience had the singer moving over 750,000 units of his maritally focused new album. Now that estimate is looking conservative. Billboard have bumped the number up twice since, and are now predicting "950,000-plus" — considering they usually play it conservative, it's a fairly safe bet that JT is bringing platinum back.Though the sales week wrapped Sunday night, the final tally won't be released until Wednesday along with the rest of the Top 10 rankings. Needless to say, Timberlake will be taking the No. 1 album slot handily. If it does do a milli in its debut week, 20/20 will be the 19th long-player to do so since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking these things in 1991.

  • MNDR Tokimonsta 'Go With It' Video Half Shadows Album

    Watch MNDR and Tokimonsta Hijack a Man's Dreams in 'Go With It' Video

    MNDR's Amanda Warner is on a roll. After writing about middle class concerns for SPIN and releasing "a really ill techno record," the New York-based artist has cultivated an impressively diverse profile: paying homage to Serbian performance artists, performing "Feed Me Diamonds" on Letterman, remixing Metric, and collaborating with members of Duran Duran. Meanwhile, Los Angeles beatmaster Tokimonsta has been working behind the scenes to prepare her April 9 LP, Half Shadows, which finds her making the leap from Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label to EDM giant Ultra Records.Last month Toki shared space-rap jam "The Force" featuring Kool Keith, and now she's linked up with MNDR to present a different look. "Go With It" combines visceral hand-percussion with winding melodies and colorful pop flourishes — not to mention its guest star's lovely vocals.

  • Morrissey Retire Health Issues Anemia Blood Loss

    Doctors Tell Morrissey to Retire Following Severe Health Issues

    Morrissey has shed some on the state of his health following a battery of ailments that led to the cancellation of his entire North American tour. He has been resting up near Mexico City, where he gave an interview to radio station Reactor 105.7. He explained that the ulcer, the Barrett's esophagus, and the double pneumonia are all related to internal bleeding that weakened his immunity and caused him to become anemic. Doctors have suggested that he retire from music."I had a very bad time," he said, according to MSN. "I had internal bleeding and I was rushed into hospital and I had lost a lot of blood. They tried to patch me together over the following five weeks but it didn't work ... I was on lots of IV drips for almost five weeks, and each time it seemed as though I was back to robust health I would decline ...

  • The National Guests St. Vincent Arcade Fire Sharon Van Etten

    The National's New Album to Feature St. Vincent, Sharon Van Etten, Sufjan, and Everyone Else

    The National's new album Trouble Will Find Me will be jam-packed with guests, according to an interview with drummer Bryan Devendorf. In speaking to Gothamist, the Brookyln band's skinsman let slip that Sufjan Stevens, St. Vincent's Annie Clark, Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry, Sharon Van Etten, Doveman's Thomas Bartlett, and Dark Dark Dark singer Nona Marie Invie. Stevens and Parry also contributed to 2010's masterful High Violet. Regarding the record's mood, Devendorf said, "It ranges from upbeat to introspective, and it's kind of funny at times. The tone will sound super serious but what [Matt Berninger is] singing is actually funny." Asked about the album's title, he said, "For me it's sort of fatalistic in a way, and maybe a bit paranoid.

  • Jessie Ware 'Imagine it Was Us' Devotion Bonus Track

    Hear Jessie Ware and Julio Bashmore's Sweaty Thumper 'Imagine It Was Us'

    Jessie Ware is reissuing her stunning Devotion, one of SPIN's Best Albums of 2012, on April 16. The "Gold Edition" will include four bonus tracks including the new Julio Bashmore-produced single, "Imagine It Was Us," streaming below. If you can get past the terrible BBC Radio interjections, it's a lovely little tune built on a mellow house beat, fleshed out with echoing guitar hits and Ware's comely voice. "I should know better than to wait for you," she coos, but of course she does, and her guilty indulgence plays out as a dance-floor fantasy as the song gets sweatier with each thump.

  • Captain Murphy 'Killing Joke' Video Duality V

    Watch Captain Murphy's Very Grimm 'The Killing Joke' Video

    Captain Murphy, a.k.a. the villainous cartoon rap version of Flying Lotus, has shared a new video for his Batman-referencing Duality mixtape standout "The Killing Joke." The dark clip shows a woman drifting through a snowy forest seemingly plucked from the world of Grimm. Meanwhile, the dastardly MC appears as a hooded figure whose few visible features appear as animated exaggerations. The Captain had shared a visual for the song way back in September, so SPIN reached out to him for comment. Predictably, he kept his answer short and ended on a riddle: "This was a fan made video so good I had to make it official," he wrote.

  • Queens of the Stone Age Like Clockwork Preview Snippets QOTSA New Album

    Queens of the Stone Age Preview '...Like Clockwork' Album, Sign to Matador

    UPDATE: Matador publicist Nils Bernstein has confirmed that the album title is correct and that Matador will indeed be releasing it in June.Queens of the Stone Age have announced the title of their long-awaited sixth album: ...Like Clockwork, according to Antiquiet. The desert rock OGs have also updated their website to include the new artwork above, the word "June," and a series of sound snippets presumably sourced from the new long-player. To hear those, visit the QOTSA site, click the image, hit refresh, repeat.The website also contains another bit of hidden information. Users who click around on the page will eventually find a Matador Records logo, suggesting that the band has signed with the indie powerhouse for this release.

  • Thom Yorke Nigel Godrich Atoms For Peace Tour Dates

    Running Amok: Atoms For Peace Add More Tour Dates and DJ Gigs

    Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich are building up a solid pre-tour froth around the recent release of their debut Atoms for Peace LP Amok. Last week we got to watch the pair perform songs from that album (plus Yorke's 2006 solo set The Eraser) using a spare DJ-style setup. Now, after bringing their "two turntables and a microphone" act to New York, London, and Berlin, they've announced additional stops in Barcelona and Paris.The still-fresh Atoms for Peace tour dates were expanded as well to include an October concert at Chicago's UIC Pavilion, a third night at London's Roundhouse, and a slot in Poland's Malta Festival. European tickets are already on sale, while the American batch will be available starting Saturday, March 23. They may go quickly, considering Amok's Top 10 debut and every other show they've announced. Visit Radiohead's W.A.S.T.E.

  • Wavves Nike Custom Shoe Design Nathan Williams

    Wavves Bro Nathan Williams Designs Handsome-Looking Shoe for Nike

    Wavves main brain Nathan Williams has designed his very own shoe for Nike. After all, a King of the Beach and SPIN cover star should have something nice to put on his feet. Plus he wouldn't want to be outdone by Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis, whose shoemaking swag is decidedly pimpish. The acrophobic young Angeleno shared a few photos on Instagram yesterday showing off the handsome blue suede-and-leather kicks. "omgomgomg!!," he added.The ankle-topping sneakers include the word "Wavves" embroidered on the back and a zipper on the side. As Exclaim points out, it's not yet clear whether these shoes will be available for public consumption. Williams' girlfriend and Best Coast frontwoman Bethany Cosentino has collaborated with Converse in the past, so let's hope his new allegiance doesn't create any trouble in paradise.

  • Deerhunter Monomania New Album Details Track List Release Date

    Deerhunter Reveal 'Monomania,' an Avant-Garde Album of 'Nocturnal Garage'

    Deerhunter have announced their forthcoming fifth album Monomania, due out May 7 on 4AD, via a strangely worded and somewhat scrambled press release. The odd missive describes a "Mystery disc of NOCTURNAL GARAGE. rat tapes / NEW FORMAT," which, apparently, "is avant garde(?) but only in context not form (original intent of avant garde (1912-59) / before logic: FOG MACHINE / LEATHER / NEON." Well, duh. Who didn't see that coming?The announcement shares the cover art (above) and the track list (below), and describes the group founded by Bradford Cox as "Resistant to HISTORICAL / FUTURIST SNARES (1959 _)," plus "formed 2001, AMENDED JAN. 2013." Those amendment include the expansion of the band to a five-piece, with Lotus Plaza touring member Frankie Broyles now lending guitars, and bassist Josh McKay replacing Joshua Fauver.

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