Chris Martins



  • 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.

  • David Bowie Is Tilda Swinton Speech Testicular Alien Cousin

    Tilda Swinton Praises David Bowie, Her Favorite 'Gingery Boney Pinky Whitey Person'

    The "David Bowie Is" exhibition at London's Victoria and Albert Museum opens on Saturday, but actress Tilda Swinton's speech inaugurating the thing is probably as interesting as any artifact you'll find therein. At a private launch party for the show on Wednesday night, the star of the Duke's recent "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" video paid homage to "every alien's favourite cousin," and thanked him for giving a bunch of "freaky old bastards" and "testicular types" a reason to come together and celebrate his influence.Actually, as she worded it, those gathered were "preparing to rifle through [Bowie's] drawers." As the Guardian explains, the V&A exhibition hosts 300 items related to the man behind The Next Day, including 60 stage outfits, photographs, film, set designs, and handwritten lyrics. "All the nicest possible freaks are here," said Swinton.

  • Juan Maclean 'You Are My Destiny' LCD Soundsystem Nancy Whang

    Hear the Juan Maclean's Playful 'You Are My Destiny' With LCD's Nancy Whang

    Aside from remixing that well-hyphenated Caetano Veloso cover by Superhuman Happiness and Cults ("Ile Aiye"), the dancefloor destroyers in the Juan MacLean have been relatively quiet of late. The LCD Soundsystem affiliates last released a proper album in 2009 (The Future Will Come), though the surprising 2011 B-sides set Everybody Get Close was stronger than any proper TJM full-length to date. And now we've got a fresh single to consider which once again makes the case for the DFA Records crew's mastery of hip, house-y notions. Former LCD member Nancy Whang adds her vocals to "You Are My Destiny," adding a double-dose of playfulness and poignance as she sings about having lost and found her true love.The single comes backed with a Nic Fanciulli remix and will be available digitally on April 9. The limited edition white label vinyl version is very much sold out.

  • Beyonce Rush Limbaugh Keyshia Cole Bow Down Bitches

    Rush Limbaugh and Keyshia Cole Agree: Beyonce Is Setting a Bad Example for Women

    In an unlikely turn of events, conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh and R&B singer Keyshia Cole have each called out Beyoncé for being a hypocrite when it comes to her general pro-woman stance. This week, independently of one another, the two publicly took issue with the lyrics of the recently slut-shamed pop star's new song "Bow Down/I Been On." The track is a shining example of Bey's Sasha Fierce persona flexing dominance across a trap-addled beat courtesy of Hit-Boy and Timbaland. She adopts the chest-puffing attitude of so many rap stars before her to sing, "I know when you were little girls, you dreamt of being in my world / Don't forget it, don't forget it / Respect that, bow down, bitches."Cole rightly interpreted the singer's 'tude, but took issue with the message, hitting Twitter to counter, "First 'Women need to Stick together' now bitches better Bow. Smh.

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