Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Mountain Goats Justin Bieber John Darnielle Paparazzi

    Mountain Goats' Song to Justin Bieber's Paparazzi: 'Don't Be an Asshole'

    Justin Bieber's name has been showing up in unexpected pairings of late. He had a Twitter feud with the Black Keys Patrick Carney, entered his Axl Rose stage by showing up at a concert two hours late, and last week he called upon the healing sounds of "Janice" Joplin whilst recovering from a lack of oxygen at, of all places, the O2 Arena. Now, in response to the Biebz freaking out on a pushy shutterbug, Mountain Goats main man John Darnielle has recorded "Short Song for Justin Bieber and His Paparazzi."The kid has had a pretty gnarly week or so — Gawker has a pretty thorough rundown — and really has become an all-too handy punching bag for haters over the years, so the Beliebers out there will be relieved to know they have an ally in Darnielle.

  • Euro League 'Grandma's Plastic Covered Couch' Video

    See Euro League's Childhood Home Movies in 'Grandma's Plastic Covered Couch'

    Despite whatever New Wave visions his name might inspire, Euro League is a rising Bronx-based rapper blessed with the sort of sharp incite and confessional nature that's made Kendrick Lamar a star. It should come as no surprise then that Los Angeles' Good Kid has given this newcomer his stamp of approval (check out January's "Social Network") as Euro's profile continues to rise.His latest entry might be the best demonstration yet of what sets League apart. "Grandma's Plastic Covered Couch" is as jam-packed with personal detail as the title implies, but it's also universal in its themes, which revolve around familial nostalgia and the triumphs and tribulations that come with growing up in a tight-knit community.The dusty, soulful production comes from Trey Hemingway and MP Williams, and is intended as a tribute to the late, great J Dilla.

  • Angry Birds Spoof Throw Lady Gaga Adele Angry Stans

    'Angry Birds' Spoof Lets You Throw Lady Gaga's Head at Adele's Album

    Half-baked music satire site Stan-Wars has a rough-cut gem on its hands with a playable Angry Birds spoof that replaces those dastardly pigs with copies of Adele's indomitable 21. "Angry Stans" allows users to load up their slingshots with the face of the music megastar they'd like to see topple the English singer's incredible reign over the Billboard charts (the 2011 album not only went diamond, but outsold everything else in 2012). Among the options are avatars for Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera, Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, and Beyoncé. While eight of the options result in flinging photos of the artists in question, a click on Chris Brown gives you a fist to work with. Considering Adele's face is on the cover of 21 we're gonna have to register a solid "not cool" on that one.

  • Colin Stetson Justin Vernon 'New History Warfare Vol. 3' Stream Songs

    Hear Justin Vernon Gently Coo on Two Tracks From Colin Stetson's Solo Sax Odyssey

    In his recent In the Studio interview with SPIN, Bon Iver band member and solo saxophone genius Colin Stetson explained that he's working toward paring his music down to a single sentiment: "How do I musically get to a place where I'm [communicating] this idea of utter aloneness?" Certainly, his haunting and hectic "High Above a Grey Green Sea" approached such a space, but Stetson's April 30 LP New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light also includes four collaborations with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, a man capable of transmitting isolation even from within a 10-piece band.Thanks to Belgian radio program Sterrenplaten, we can now hear two of those team-ups, plus two other previously unheard Stetson songs, in the stream below.

  • Mumford and Sons Whispers in the Dark Video Fake Beard Motorcycle Gang

    Mumford & Sons Trick Fans Into Watching 'Whispers in the Dark' Video Four Times

    Our opinions about Mumford & Sons' Grammy-winning album Babel and their Billboard chart dominance are fairly well known, but we can still appreciate when the band pokes fun at itself. That's not to say the music video for "Whispers in the Dark" is all that good — anything starring The Wire's Idris Elba is automatically better, and this clip's four-way split-screen makes catching all of the details an exasperating slog (unless you love hearing those "pompous vowel-stretching choruses" over and over). But the boys have a little fun with their images as each hustles to make it to their Camden, New Jersey concert in time (via MTV). Cool guy Marcus Mumford joins a motorcycle gang. Party boy Ben Lovett wakes up in a parking lot and eventually abandons his car in traffic to finish the trip on foot.

  • Major Lazer Ezra Koenig 'Jessica' Vampire Weekend

    Hear Ezra Koenig Go Reggae for Major Lazer's Lovely 'Jessica'

    It was only a matter of time before Vampire Weekend singer Ezra Koenig recorded a genuine reggae track featuring his very own fake patois — we're only glad he was in the highly capable hand (the other one's a blaster) of Major Lazer.Diplo's dancehall-inspired project is getting ready to drop Free the Universe on April 15 via Mad Decent, and the album is brimming with special guests. We've already heard the surprisingly beautiful "Get Free" starring Dirty Projectors' Amber Coffman — plus the murderous moombahton blaster "Watch Out for This (Bumaye)" — and we've still got cameos from Bruno Mars, Santigold, Vybz Kartel, Peaches, Shaggy (!), and Wyclef Jean, among others, to look forward to.The Koenig-featuring "Jessica," which premiered on DJ Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 show, bodes very well for what else is to come.

  • Radiohrad New Song Thom Yorke Atoms for Peace Mix Essential Mix Harmonics Loop

    Hear New Radiohead Song 'Harmonics Loop' From Thom Yorke's Two-Hour BBC Mix

    Last month, SPIN took a visual-textual trip through Thom Yorke's 20 Biggest Influences, but part of what keeps the Radiohead and Atoms for Peace main brain's music so fresh is that his inspirational palette is always evolving. With an assist from super-producer/Atoms bandmate Nigel Godrich, Yorke has delivered a two-hour song set to BBC Radio 1's Essential Mix series that not only contains a bunch of cutting edge electronica, but also debuts an unreleased Radiohead song ("Harmonics Loop") and two new Thom Yorke tracks called "The Twist (Unfinished B Section)" and "Has Been." Also in the highly percussive mix are tracks by Aphex Twin, Boys Noize, Mr. Oizo, Oneohtrix Point Never, Diplo with Blaqstarr, and Steve Reich.

  • Caveman 'In Over My Head' Album Tour Dates

    Hear Caveman's Glistening Ballad 'Over My Head'

    SPIN spent some time with Caveman's 2011 album CoCo Beware, and even sat down with the boys to discuss their idea of a legendary album at last year's SXSW, but even we didn't see this Brooklyn band's stylistic overhaul coming. In January, we heard them make the sudden jump from whispering folk to "Low-Life-era New Order covering War on Drugs" via new song "In the City." Now we've got a second taste of their forthcoming self-titled sophomore release, due out April 2 on Fat Possum, and it's just as striking. "Over My Head" is a slow swooner but it's full of powerful resonance — plus glistening guitars, apocalyptic synths, and soulful semi-choral vocals. Perhaps it's easiest to imagine a New Wave ballad remade by the able paws of Grizzly Bear. It's also rather easy to listen to right here:Caveman 2013 tour dates:March 8 – St.

  • Trinidad James Jay Pharoah 'All Gold Everything' Spoof Barbados Tomas No Chainz

    Watch 'SNL's Jay Pharoah Weakly Spoof Trinidad James' 'All Gold Everything'

    With all the attention on Justin Timberlake as he prepares to host Saturday Night Live for the fifth time, it's possible that cast member Jay Pharoah has been feeling a little left out. In a new video released by the actor/comedian, he spoofs recent SPIN Inquisition subject Trinidad James with a character called Barbados Tomas.Instead of "All Gold Everything," Pharoah delivers "All Food Everything," which plays out pretty much exactly as you'd expect. Okay, it's quite possible that you didn't predict the cameo from No Chainz — a parody of our REAL Hottest MC, 2 Chainz, who sports a necklace made of paperclips — but the rest is fairly by the numbers. Tomas raps about the meals that he's making, plus their eventual exit from his body, while poking fun at Based-rap repetition and "swag!" interjections.

  • 1939 Ensemble 'Sad French Song' Howl Bit Breeders

    Hear 1939 Ensemble's 'Sad French Song,' Moody Post-Rock From the Breeders' Drummer

    Last month SPIN premiered "Sabotage," a propulsive slab of jazz-addled post-rock performed by go-to Breeders drummer Jose Medeles and Portland percussion teacher David Coniglio. With the Deal sisters having reunited their Last Splash lineup for the road, the so-called 1939 Ensemble has got a little extra time to stretch out.The drum-and-vibes duo are releasing their debut album, Howl & Bite, on April 16 via Jealous Butcher, and we've now got a second instrumental to explore. "Sad French Song" is indeed a bit melancholy compared to its predecessor, but that doesn't stop the Tortoise-influenced track from being beautiful. It's rhythmic might and chiming tones are blackened by occasional swells of noise, giving the entire thing a compelling dynamism. We're not sure how French it is, but the overcast tones are decidedly Oregonian in origin.

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