Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Los Angeles Punk Festival Cancelled Skinheads Oi Insta-Punk Old Firm Casuals

    Oi Vey: Los Angeles Punk Festival Canceled Due to Fear of Skinheads

    Los Angeles indie music outpost The Echo has canceled a forthcoming punk rock festival due to fear of "the skinhead element" being in attendance, says LA Weekly. The inaugrual Insta-Fest was set to take place on March 30 and feature performances from Old Firm Casuals (with Rancid's Lars Frederiksen), L.A.'s own Toughskins, and a band called Custom Fit — apparently it is a thing to name your blue-collar group after styles of blue jeans.Joseph Gaughan, head of the co-presenting Durty Mick label, explained via Facebook: "After 6 months of planning ... The Echo at the last minute realized that some of the bands playing Insta Fest had band members and fans they referred to as 'the skinhead element' and they do not want those types in their establishment. They now have decided to cancel this show two weeks before ...

  • DIIV SXSW Rant Industry Corporate Artists

    DIIV Want Out of SXSW Corporate Gang-Bang, But Are Totally Having Fun

    Yesterday, DIIV frontman and founder Zachary Cole Smith made some headlines from Austin when he dressed down the in-progress 2013 iteration of the South By Southwest music conference and festival as "a glorified corporate networking party" via Tumblr. SPIN skipped the story because, well, a lot of artists feel this way upon arriving at the event.

  • Klaus Dinger Japandorf Neu! Final Album Kraftwerk Krautrock

    Neu! Legend Klaus Dinger's International 'Japandorf' Project to Receive Posthumous Release

    Although Neu! multi-intrumentalist and onetime Kraftwerk drummer Klaus Dinger passed away in 2008, some of his unreleased late-career work may at last see the light of day. On March 25, Berlin-based Grönland Records will release Japandorf, the final installment in a trilogy of unheard album-length excursions helmed by Dinger — who's also made albums as La Düsseldorf — backed by a cast of Japanese experimental musicians. These 12 songs were mostly recorded from 2000 to 2006 with help from his partner Miki Yui and musician Kazuyuki Onouchi."The album contains songs which Klaus had in his mind for a long time but were previously unreleased as well as totally new songs which emerged through the process of working together," explained Yui (via Exclaim). She and Onouchi finished mixing the album — "a long and winding road" — in 2010.

  • Lana Del Rey Jay-Z Mashup 'Dirt Off Your Shoulder (Boss)' Urban Noize

    Lana Del Rey Proves 'Ladies Is Pimps Too' in Jay-Z 'Dirt Off My Shoulder' Mashup

    Another day, another impressively timely mashup. Yesterday we heard the Hood Internet dress up Daft Punk's 15-second SNL ad in Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie." Now a South Florida remix duo called Urban Noize has put Lana Del Rey's "You Can Be the Boss" together with Jay-Z's "Dirt Off Your Shoulder" to surprisingly synchronicitous results (isn't that always the way?).The former is one of the New York singer's more rap-influenced tracks ("Malt liquor on your breath, my my," indeed) and everybody already knows that Hova is of boss-grade stock — that's why he's so casual about his upper body cleanliness. Aurally, the tracks fit together quite nicely, although LDR is mostly in the background, cooing all melancholy over a hip-hop beat like she's trying out for a spot in CocoRosie.But what could possibly be timely about this pairing? Glad you asked.

  • Beyonce FCC Super Bowl Halftime Show Complaints Crotch

    Beyonce's Thrusting Pelvis Spawns Litany of Slut-Shaming FCC Complaints

    Immediately following Beyoncé's stellar halftime show at Super Bowl XLVII, we were completely creeped out by Bob Lefsetz's review, which actually included the line: "I wasn’t sure what to do after Beyoncé’s appearance, join a gym or masturbate." While we found her performance thrillingly choreographed, fiercely entertaining, and deeply feminist, it seems others mostly saw a tarted-up vehicle for excessive crotch-thrusting. To wit:The investigative newshounds over at Deadspin filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Federal Communications Commission in order to obtain copies of complaints sent in by viewers to the television standards overseers.

  • Thom Yorke Ginuwine Pony Ingenue Atoms for Peace Video DJ Set

    See Thom Yorke Groove to Howlin' Wolf, Dance to Ginuwine

    That up there is, yes, Thom Yorke and his Atoms for Peace "Ingenue" video dancing partner getting low to Ginuwine's 1996 R&B groove "Pony." An enterprising YouTube user (who'd only previously shared a Descendants live clip) put the two together because it simply needed to happen. A little less fun than Usher and a goat doing call and response, but at least twice as sensual. Just make sure you stick around for the freakout at the end.Meanwhile, below, we've got a second clip of Yorke grooving out (this time knowingly) to Howlin' Wolf's "Smokestack Lightning" at Le Poisson Rouge in New York in the wee hours of Friday morning.

  • Lil Wayne I Am Not a Human Being II Preview

    Lil Wayne Raps Exclusively About Ladyparts on 'I Am Not a Human Being II' Preview

    Lil Wayne returns with his tenth album on March 26. As previously reported, I Am Not a Human Being II will feature seemingly Silence of the Lambs-inspired artwork, plus a certain winning 2 Chainz collaboration that our "Rich as Fuck" pal Justin Bieber could totally get behind. Oh, and also the Drake and Future ménage-à-Tunechi "Bitches Love Me." The album is 18 tracks strong — with features from Nicki Minaj, Juicy J, Soulja Boy, Gunplay, and more — so while we usually try to avoid posting on the snippets leaks that precede such major rap releases, we'll make an exception. The IANAHBII supercut offers a nine-minute dive into the current mental state of Weezy.

  • Depeche Mode SXSW Interview Dave Gahan Stripper Boned

    Depeche Mode Fan Thanks Band for Decade of Great 'Boning' Music at SXSW

    Depeche Mode will release their 13th album on March 26. SPIN had a chance to preview Delta Machine in February and found disco-death creepers and bitter ballads galore. We've also seen the otherworldly video for first single "Heaven," plus an impassioned session version for NPR, so we were a little surprised to learn that the most exciting moment of the band's new South By Southwest interview came from an audience member.As Billboard reports, an audience member stole the show during the Q&A portion of the Wednesday event: "I'm Jackie from Boston, and I have no question just a statement. I'm a woman of a certain age, and when friends heard I was coming to this panel, they asked me to say this. Thank you very, very much for the wicked healthy sex life that you helped with when we were coming up in the '90s.

  • Justin Timberlake Jimmy Fallon Michael McDonald Daft Punk

    Daft Punk Put on Justin Timberlake's 'Suit & Tie' for Robo-Disco Mashup

    Well, if somebody had to do it, we're glad the honor went to Chicago mashup kings the Hood Internet, a couple of guys who maintain a sense of humor in an art form (or whatever) that can get a bit self-serious at times. And, really, this one was inevitable: Justin Timberlake's suavely dull "Suit & Tie" made to dance to Daft Punk's much-looped and oft-remixed 15-second commercial snippet. It works pretty damn well, rattling off just about every musical sweet tooth there is before fading out after three blithely nice minutes of blue-eyed robo-disco.Stream and download here:But that's not all. In fact, it never is where the recently resuscitated Timberlake is concerned. He stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to give a couple of atypical performances that turn out to be well worth your viewing time.

  • The Pirate Bay Fredrik Neij Peter Sunde Conviction Upheld European Court

    Freedom-Loving Pirate Bay Founders Not Protected by Free Speech After All

    On Wednesday, the Pirate Bay co-founders Fredrik Neij and Peter Sunde lost an appeal to reverse charges that they violated Sweden's Copyright Act by giving Internet users a (still quite active) forum for illegally sharing files. In late 2010, the pair were sentenced to a year in prison and hit with a fine of over $4 million. On a later appeal, the time behind bars was reduced, but the amount increased to around $6.5 million.The latest appeal was made in June to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, says the Hollywood Reporter. The TPR creators argued that the previous court's ruling represented an attack on their freedom of expression — that the site's users violated copyright law, and that Neij and Sunde shouldn't be punished for receiving and providing information about those crimes.

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