Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Homeboy Sandman 'The Plot Thickens' Single Stones Throw

    Homeboy Sandman's Mellow Single 'The Plot Thickens' Will Melt Your Mind

    Homeboy Sandman was among last year's most unfortunately overlooked. The East Coast-bred Stones Throw signee released a slate of songs last year — via the Chimera EP and the First of a Living Breed LP — which ably demonstrated his wordy yet inviting microphone mastery, not to mention his knack for choosing warmly experimental beats. While those characteristics secured Homeboy a place on SPIN's Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2012, you won't catch Sandman sleeping. He's got a brand-new single out, aptly titled "The Plot Thickens."Brooklyn producer Keith Edward provides a backing track that's both crackly with static and dank with underwater depth.

  • Animal Collective Radio Centipede Hz Live Video Applesauce Amanita Moonjock

    Animal Collective Radio Relaunches With Super Freaky Live Videos

    Last summer Animal Collective took record promotion into their own hands when they launched "Animal Collective Radio," a website that served as a portal to all things related to the band's 2012 masterstroke Centipede Hz, one of SPIN's best albums of the year. Each member shared a lengthy DJ mix of his own, new songs were debuted, and, eventually, the entire LP was broadcast to much success. The Brooklyn experimentalists stepped away from their station shortly thereafter, but they've just updated it with three new additions: live videos of Hz tracks "Applesauce" (above), "Amanita," and "Moonjock" as performed at New York's Terminal 5 in December with set design assistance from the geniuses at The Creators Project.

  • The Flaming Lips 'Look... the Sun is Rising' The Terror New Album

    Hear the Flaming Lips' Excellent Post-Punk Explosion 'Look... the Sun Is Rising'

    When we spoke to the Flaming Lips about their forthcoming 13th album The Terror, Wayne Coyne explained his band's approach thusly: "Don't think about song lengths, don't think about marketing, don't think about anything, just make music that you want to make and get away from this crazy headspace where you fuck it up by fiddling with it." Clearly that technique worked, as the refreshing pre-apocalyptic blast that was "Sun Blows Up Today" not only reinvigorated critical interest in the Okie experimentalists, but scored them a spot in a Super Bowl ad for Hyundai.NPR has now premiered a second solar-themed track from the April 2 release (the previously released song will appear as a bonus cut) and it's decidedly darker in tone. Still, "Look...

  • Ghostface Killah 'The Sure Shots (Parts 1 and 2)' Twelve Reasons to Die Adrian Younge

    Hear Ghostface Killah's Deadly Confident 'The Sure Shot (Parts 1 and 2)'

    As Ghostface Killah stalks ever closer toward the release date of his April 16 concept album Twelve Reasons to Die, the soul-dipped nuggets continue to fly forth like nunchaku sticks to the face. A couple of weeks ago we heard the opening track, "The Rise of the Ghostface Killah," a swaggerful delight that found the Wu-Tang Clan favorite delivering workmanlike narratives over shimmering guitars and snapping drums. Now we've got "The Sure Shot (Parts 1 and 2)," a cinematic gem that highlights the scoring talent of the LP's lone producer Adrian Younge. The spacious backing track makes much of the fierce live drumming that powers it, while Ghost flexes his chops with utmost ease. "Part 1" moves quickly while the sequel slows the rapper's roll to a deliberate thrust of menacing words.

  • Lady Gaga Terrorism Threat Lawsuit Indonesia Concert Cancellation

    Lady Gaga Demands Payment After Terrorist Plot Shuts Down Concert

    Well, she may have bored the Internet to tears, but Lady Gaga hasn't lost her touch when it comes to riling up notoriously violent Islamic fundamentalist groups. Last year Mother Monster had to cancel her June 3 concert in Indonesia, when Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) threatened to send 30,000 of its members to prevent her from entering the country's capital.

  • METZ 'Wasted' Video Sub Pop

    Watch METZ's 'Wasted' Video, Where Glamour Shots Go Wrong

    When we spoke to SPIN Breaking Out stars METZ late last year, singer-guitarist Alex Edkins described his band's self-titled Sub Pop debut: "There are no bells and whistles. We've stripped things down to the bare necessities: concise, straight-ahead." Indeed, the Toronto outfit's refined punk walks a jagged little line between loud and clear, as heard in thrashed gems like "Headache" and "Dirty Shirt." But when it come to music videos, METZ prefer the off-kilter approach. Last time we premiered the disturbing GIF-like clip for "Wet Blanket," and now we have a second entry from director Scott Cudmore: "Wasted" (first show at Stereogum). Here, the grinding creeper of a song gets an apt video treatment via a demented mall-style photo studio. Static and distortion prevail as incongruous props, offset eyeballs, and unexplained injuries ramp up the visual terror.

  • Jeremih Sholhmo 'Lil Bo Peep' Video Songs From Scratch Yours Truly

    Watch Jeremih and Shlohmo Handcraft Succulent Slow Jam 'Lil Bo Peep'

    In SPIN's "The Best of R&B 2013," Charles Aaron posited that the genre's recent upheavals have made outsiders of former insiders. Def Jam-signed Chicago star Jeremih is a fantastic example of that phenomenon, having made his musical rise from talent shows (college) to TV shows (One Life to Live) to the top of the charts (R&B). And yet, here the man is, taking a break from prepping his third album — set to feature 50 Cent, T.I., and Busta Rhymes — in order to sit down and record with rising bedroom beatist Shlohmo. That's not to slight the self-made Los Angeles producer; the man born Henry Laufner has an exquisitely emotive touch (check out 2011's Bad Vibes), but he's been operating under the radar of major label artists and execs thus far. So who do we have to thank for getting these two in a room together?

  • Blink 182 Girl Fence Wedgie Butt Climber Concertgoer

    See a Blink-182 Fan Give Herself a Wedgie Narrowly Avoiding Death

    The little kid in us kinda wishes we could post utterly dumb gallon-smashing and yelling goats videos all day, so when something distinctly Internet-y (read: "idiotic and hilarious") sneaks into our humble little world of music, we're at the front lines.This is the story of an intrepid Blink-182 fan who wanted so badly to see her favorite pop-punk progenitors (minus Travis Barker) play Melbourne's Soundwave Festival, that she risked life and limb to do so. Well, we're not sure if that counts as a limb. Let's just say she put her ass on the line — that "line" being a dangerously pokey security fence. According to the Aussie YouTube user who posted the above video, the barrier was clearly marked with a "No Climbing" warning, but that didn't stop this girl from scaling the thing, and subsequently nearly impaling herself on it. Fortunately, the fence nabbed her by her shorts.

  • Ulfur White Mountain Album Stream Iceland

    Hear Ulfur's Full, Transcendent 'White Mountain'

    It's no secret that Iceland has a knack for delivering extremely immersive music and Úlfur Hansson is of particularly reputable stock. The newly solo performer is best known for his work in the backing band of Jónsi (a man best known for fronting Sigur Rós), so it's safe to assume that he knows his way around some epic instrumentals. Sure enough, Úlfur's debut is called White Mountain, and trades in gorgeous soundscapes that verge into the near-mystical. "Every track is a collage of field-recordings made while traveling," he says. "I always carry my tape recorder with me like a camera.

  • Halasan Bazar

    Hear Halasan Bazar's Crunchy Psych Number 'Sometimes Happy, Sometimes Sad'

    Halasan Bazar may hail from Copenhagen, but the Danish crew churn out that chiming sort of psychedelic fuzz-rock so often heard emanating from San Franciscan garages. Take "Sometimes Happy, Sometimes Sad," for instance, where main man Fredrik Eckhoff fittingly sings with an ear to both pop and slack. Meanwhile his four bandmates deliver a blown-out bliss bomb of crunchy guitars, tambourine smacks, and humming organs. The group's 2012 tape How to Ever Be Happy was a mellower affair, but Halasan Bazar relaunch on April 2 with their new album, Space Junk. Sample the first taste of the LP below, and look for more to chew on in the near future.110937:song:Sometimes Happy, Sometimes Sad:Halasan Bazar, Space Junk track list:1. "How Did We Get Here in the First Place?"2. "You & I"3. "Sometimes Happy, Sometimes Sad"4. "Live Without Love"5. "My Mind is Fixed"6. "Stay"7.

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