Chris Martins

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  • 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.

  • Daft Punk Leaks Fake SNL Remix Legit

    Daft Punk Leaks Are Fake, But This 'SNL' Ad Remix Is Legit

    No, to answer the question that gutless blogs have been asking via headlines all day: "Is this new Daft Punk leak real?" Absolutely not. "Dancing to the Beat" features a poorly performed half-baked vocal about remembering how disco music feels ("I know it's really great and this is sure!") plus it practically plagiarizes "Around the World." And "Future Is Now" is just a song by a Portuguese group called Karetus that some YouTube user mistakenly identified.But hey, we don't blame people for wanting to hear more Daft Punk.

  • Lamb of God Randy Blythe Statement Manslaughter Acquittal

    Read Randy Blythe's Classy, Kafka-Quoting Farewell Letter to Prague

    On Tuesday, we received the good news that Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe had been acquitted of manslaughter charges in the case of a Czech fan who died after attending one of the Virginia metal band's concerts. Daniel Nosek, 19, passed away from causes related to head trauma two weeks after a 2010 Prague gig, and Blythe spent more than a month in custody as a result. He returned to the city to stand trial earlier this year.Throughout the entire ordeal, Blythe has remained positive about his situation and respectful toward both the deceased fan's family and Czech authorities, and his latest open letter drives all of that home.

  • Wire 'Love Bends' 'Change Becomes Us' Album 1979 1980 154

    Hear Wire's Rose-Tinted Romance Tribute 'Love Bends'

    Wire are set to release their 13th album on March 26 via their own Pinkflag label, but Change Becomes Us isn't your standard late-career entry for a gang of post-punk giants.Work on the 13-song set really began back in 1979 — the same fertile-but-fraught period that resulted in their enduring classic 154. When the London band broke up a year later, the blueprints of several songs-in-the-making were left behind. Last year, Colin Newman, Graham Lewis, Robert Grey, and new guitarist Matthew Simms (guess which one he is in the photo) repaired to a studio in Wales to build something entirely new out of the dusted-off scraps.At the top of the year, we heard "Doubles & Trebles," a darkly grinding sorta sci-fi intro to Change, and now we have a markedly different glimpse at the new old material.

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