Chris Martins

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  • Implodes 'Scattered in the Wind' Recurring Dream Download

    Hear Implodes' Vast and Fuzzy 'Scattered in the Wind'

    As the name might suggest, Chicago quartet Implodes keep to themselves. Like their similarly named Kranky labelmates Disappears, these four keep their heads down and the focus on their tools. Anchoring the band are the fuzz-generators better known Matt Jencik and Ken Camden, a pair of guitarists who revel in the untapped air between layers of crunchy texture. Still, what saves them from post-rock noodle or doom metal dirge comes from their partners: drummer Justin Rathell and bassist/vocalist Emily Elhaj, who help turn songs like "Scattered in the Wind" into entire environments in and of themselves. Below you'll find the first taste of the band's second album, Recurring Dream, and it's the sort of sound you can wander in and out of for hours on end — elemental but human, atmospheric but driven, organic but tweaked just enough to raise an eyebrow.

  • Antwon 'In Dark Denim' Mixtape Greedhead

    Download Antwon's Bleak and Tantalizing 'In Dark Denim' Mixtape

    There's a reason why San Jose rapper Antwon is among SPIN's Best New Artists for February and that reason has arrived. The "big-voiced, heavy-hearted" MC has released his new In Dark Denim mixtape on Greedhead (run by Das Racist's Heems) and it's everything we'd hoped for: occasionally noisy via dude's punk rock background; harking back to the '90s through the goopy filter of abstract cloud-rap; obsessed with sex in a way that's equally tantalizing and totally bleak; and powered by Antwon's propulsive delivery which can't help but draw favorable Notorious B.I.G. comparisons. Beats come from Cities Aviv, DJ Bad Slorp, and Teams among others, while labelmate Big Baby Ghandi lends a verse.

  • White Fence 'Pink Gorilla' Cyclops Reap Stream Song

    Hear White Fence's Scuzzy Bluster Bomb 'Pink Gorilla'

    The Los Angeles-based one-man garage band known as White Fence has picked up some swell shine thanks to a recent album-length collaboration with our "fuckin' psyched" pal Ty Segall. Their 2012 Hair LP laid down some serious psychedelic scuzz (see the gnarly nugget "I Am Not a Game") and the man otherwise known as Tim Presley crushed out his own frizzled and fried long-player Family Perfume Vol. 1.But on April 9, White Fence returns (already!) with the non-sequential Cyclops Reap via John Dwyer's Castle Face Records (track list below). Regarding his new album, Presely has released the following totally super weird statement:"I have cyclops vision now. But I'm not a giant. I changed my name and body only, and stabbed my social nous in the right ear. I still read fear but there are no police this year. I can repeat the same dream.

  • mosh pits academic paper cornell university

    'Mosh Pits, How Do They Work?' Asks Cornell Study

    Cornell University has published an academic paper on mosh pits that compares the phenomenon to the "kinetics of gaseous particles," which certainly can be a concern in large crowds. The four-page document titled Collective Motion of Moshers at Heavy Metal Concerts can be read in full via the college's online library and in chock full of mathematical formulae, esoteric charts and physics citations. It's a fun, weird read, as implied by the thesis:"Using videos publicly available online, we study the highly energized collective motion of attendees at heavy metal concerts. We find these extreme social gatherings generate similarly extreme behaviors: a disordered gas-like state called a mosh pit and an ordered vortex-like state called a circle pit.

  • The Pirate Bay Logo Lawsuit Copyright Infringement Pirate Ship

    Pirate Bay Awesomely Aims to Sue Anti-Piracy Group for Copyright Infringement

    Torrent-sharing sites like Sweden's the Pirate Bay provide users a forum in which they can freely upload and quickly download illegal rips of movies, music, and software, among other data. Naturally, this makes them a bit of a punching bag for the industries that make money off of such things, and they frequently find themselves on the wrong side of the aisle in legal matters regarding intellectual property.But the Pirate Bay, perhaps emboldened by the recent release of the documentary TPB AFK, plans to flip the court transcript on a Finnish anti-piracy organization and has announced its intention to sue the Copyright Information and Anti-Piracy Centre for — wait for it — copyright infringement.

  • Atoms for Peace Judge Jury and Executioner Live Video Fuji Rock Easter Egg Thom Yorke

    Atoms for Peace's Campaign of Enigma Continues With Hidden 'Executioner' Clip

    Thom Yorke's Atoms for Peace may have vowed that they wouldn't confuse us with their jazzy methods, but they do work hard to maintain a successful campaign of enigma, occasional obfuscation, and general artful excellence. There was the "What the Eyeballs Did" download hidden on the group's website, plus Nigel Godrich's frustrating game of SoundCloud cat and mouse, and that pretty amazing thing they did with the Amok mural on the XL Recordings building.Now the Flea-bass'ed band has hidden a second Easter egg on their homepage: a live performance of the darkly harmonious "Judge, Jury and Executioner" recorded at Japan's Fuji Rock festival on August 1, 2010. To access it, scroll right through the Stanley Donwood artwork, then click on the fella in the black cloak rowing a small boat amidst the tsunami-like swell enveloping Los Angeles.

  • The Library of Congress: where the magic happens

    Library of Congress Will at Last Convert 8-Track Collection to Digital

    In the year 2000, Congress passed the National Recording Preservation Act which demanded that — perhaps some time in the next, let's say, 13 years — the Library of Congress "plan and coordinate a national effort to develop policies and programs to save our nation’s recorded sound history and ensure its accessibility to future generations." In other words, our government was tasked with the goal of saving our sounds, from works of music to historic wire recordings to important speeches.At long last, as the New York Times reports, a plan has emerged. The 78-page document, which was wrapped up in December and is now available for all to read in PDF form, outlines 32 recommendations on the subject from the National Recording Preservation Board.

  • Ghostface Killah 'The Rise of the Ghostface Killah' Adrian Younge

    Wu God Returns on 'The Rise of the Ghostface Killah'

    Last September we learned of Ghostface Killah's forthcoming high-concept follow-up to his gritty, soul-sampling 2010 Apollo Kids LP. Twelve Reasons to Die was originally supposed to come out in November, but since the RZA is executive-producing, we're guessing the Wu-Tang Clan beat god didn't want to crowd his other project. The new Tony Starks album will now arrive on April 16 via Soul Temple Records and is set to tell "brutal tale of gangsters, betrayal and one vengeful soul hunting the 12 most powerful crime lords in the world," according to the project's Bandcamp home. The production will come entirely composed by Adrian Younge with instrumental assistance from Venice Dawn, the group assembled to play Younge's score for 2009's Blaxploitation spoof Black DynamiteAs previously reported, the set will be accompanied by a comic book that follows the lyrical plot line.

  • The xx Beyonce 'I Miss You' Cover Video Live

    See the xx Cover Beyonce and Frank Ocean's 'I Miss You' for Valentine's Day

    In honor of Valentine's Day, the xx have released a live cover of Beyoncé's heart-wrenching stunner "I Miss You," which was co-written by Frank Ocean for her 2011 album 4. The trio performed it on Tuesday night at the Austin stop on their current tour for their beautifully executed sophomore LP Coexist, which was among SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2013. "Whilst on tour in Texas, we decided to cover a song by a Texan," said the xx via statement. They're sharing highlights from the road on their website. "She is one of our favourite artists of all time, Beyoncé. This song has always meant a lot to us and was written with another artist we really admire, Frank Ocean. Happy Valentines day [sic] to you all.

  • The Growlers 'Beach Rats' Video Hung at Heart

    Watch the Growlers' Intimate 'Beach Rats' Video

    Southern California dune buddies the Growlers got together in their garage studio-hippie barn to record an intimate video version of their jangly Hung at Heart highlight "Beach Rats." We streamed the entire album last month, but this version captures the Costa Mesa crew in their on-screen element. When the shot opens, they're taking turns tipping back a bottle of brown booze, and when the music starts it's a warm and shambling affair. Singer Brooks Nielsen holds an old-timey mic that bathes his words in warm reverb as the country-punk groove ambles forth with occasional forays into surf-psych gush. "How did we get so far away from the things we love?" Nielsen drawls, but the Growlers are clearly in a good place. Grab a board or a bottle and join 'em in beach rat bliss.

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