Chris Martins

writer

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  • Dirty Projectors Conan Offspring Are Blank Video

    See Dirty Projectors Bring Arena Rock-ish 'Offspring Are Blank' to 'Conan'

    Dirty Projectors' recent cover of Usher's "Climax" didn't exactly, ahem, do it for us, but the New York art-rock posse did score some points, via guffaws, for their contribution to the Portlandia bands Featherwash and Bless the Barn. That said, it was almost comfort food-y to witness the group return to their usual gloriously spare and harmonic form for Conan last night, where bathed in blue they unspooled their arena guitar-kissed, creepily themed "Offspring Are Blank." That one, of course, hails from the DPs' magnificent Swing Lo Magellan, "an album that leaves the sidewinding R&B of 2009's Bitte Orca for real, rope-a-dope troubadoubery" — so said us when we dubbed the thing the 23rd best album of 2012. So, like, booya.

  • Water Liars / Photo by Daniel Drinkard

    Hear Water Liars' Spare Cowboy Ballad 'Linens'

    The Mississippi boys in Water Liars seem to have a pretty firm grip on a lonesome sort of sadness. New song "Linens" takes its name from a mundane household staple that a man can take for granted when he has access to 'em (traditionally via mother or mate), a source of almost mystical warmth and comfort for a real rolling stone like this little ditty's protagonist. Singer-guitarist Justin Kinkel-Schuster coos a country ballad, complete with the intimate details of a pioneer-style breakfast being prepared (biscuits, bacon, coffee), but no matter how much he longs to revel in domestic bliss, the road calls to this character, and urges him to leave. Drummer-vocalist Andrew Bryant meets his pardner for some beautiful harmonies between verses.

  • Liars WIXIW Video Hoop Dreams Alex/2Tone

    See Liars' Weed-Fueled Hoop Dreams Come to Life in 'WIXIW' Video

    In the brand new video for "WIXIW" by Liars, the Los Angeles art-rock experimentalists work with director Alex/2Tone to paint a sometimes disturbing portrait of dedication to a fleeting goal. Or, as the man behind the camera explains, it's "the legend of Sisyphus as told by a young ballplayer lost in a haze of codeine and prescription weed." Either way, when the cascading synths and tom rolls kick in, we witness a long-haired youth, rising, adjusting his shoes and stretching before eying a basketball hoop in the distance with serious intent. But as Angus Andrew sings of a "hollow life" (and watches from the sidelines in weeded awe and horror), our would-be star simply can't get the ball through the hole no matter how much rim he grips. As the kid works to score, he summons a tribal spirit guide, family members and the rest of Liars to egg him on, but nothing seems to work.

  • Jack White Butthole Surfers Gibby Haynes Paul's Not Home

    Hear Jack White and Butthole Surfers' Gibby Haynes Thrash Goofily on 'Paul's Not Home'

    Yesterday we learned that Jack White (guitar) and Butthole Surfers singer Gibby Haynes (vocals) teamed up to record a handful of tracks that will be released on White's Third Man Records come Valentine's Day. Aw. Today, we can hear a whole song from The Gibby Haynes Blues Series, and it happens to be a ripping cover of '80s goofball thrash jam "Paul's Not Home" by Jersey punks Adrenalin O.D. Stream that careening comical bruiser below and learn the surprising answers to such burning questions as "Is Paul gay?", "Is Paul on fire?" and, for the Beatlemaniac's out there, "Is Paul dead?"This is the A-side to the three-song set, which includes a pair of originals as well: "You Don’t Have to Be Smart" and "Horse Named George." We'll be awaiting the answer tracks, "He's Out With Ringo" and "Thief Named John." 

  • Baroness Bus Crash Driver Criminal Charges

    Baroness' Bus Driver Faces Criminal Charges After Gruesome Crash

    In August of last year, Georgian metal masters Baroness experienced a horrific bus crash that left nine injured, their driver reportedly in critical condition, and singer-guitarist John Baizley with a macabrely stapled-together arm. The band's leader went on to pen a pair of open letters which, first, described the incident in agonizingly gory detail and, later, pledged the group's triumphant return. We never heard, however, any more news on the driver.As it turns out, that may have been due to legal reasons. As BBC News reports, bus operator Norman Markus is facing a slew of criminal charges for his role in the accident. As Baizley explained in October, the driver was forced to slam the vehicle into a guard rail in order to slow it down after the brakes apparently failed.

  • Justin Bieber 'Believe Acoustic' Macklemore 'Thrift Shop' Billboard Chart

    Who Charted? Tegan and Sara Set Personal Best, Macklemore Is Simply the Worst

    First! Ah, can you smell it? Fresh meat, at last! This week's Top 10 is led by not one, not two, not three but four debuts. Instead of starting with No. 1 though, we'll kick off with another "first": SPIN cover stars Tegan and Sara outdid 2009's Sainthood with miraculous flair. While their last one topped out at No. 21 and 24,000 copies sold in its best week (via Nielsen SoundScan), the Quin twins' brand new Heartthrob launches at No. 3 with 49K. Over on the Rock Albums chart, they reign supreme, while they're second only to Justin Bieber on Digital Albums. Well, alright!2 to 10 (+1, -4): Our girls were bested by the Biebz in the big game as well, of course. Lil Missing Pigment ran shit by dropping Believe Acoustic (No.

  • Waka Flocka Flame Duflocka Rant 2 Download Mixtape Free DatPiff

    Hear Waka Flocka Flame's Incredibly Loud 'Duflocka Rant 2' Mixtape

    Our former cover star Waka Flocka Flame has dropped a brand new mixtape, Duflocka Rant 2, whose album art we can only assume is the Atlanta MC's attempt to be included in SPIN's NBA Jam (40 players and their pop music alter-egos). A solid platter of brash declarations and incredible loudness, the piping hot 17-track set features guest shots from Lil Wayne, Gucci Mane, Ace Hood, and French Montana (on the same track as Frenchie) among others, not to mention production from Lex Luger. DJ Ace presents the thing, and we're pretty sure he's the one who keeps referring to Duflocka as "Flockadu" instead. Dyslexia aside, it's a worthy download. A good Waka mixtape is like a bag full of only the best, most bizarre Jelly Belly flavors. And it's on the house thanks to DatPiff. Stream below.Waka Flocka Flame, Duflocka Rant 2 track list: 1. "Duflocka Rant Pt 2 Intro"2. "Stay Hood" ft.

  • Beyonce Super Bowl Halftime Ratings Madonna PETA Iguana Python

    Beyonce's Super Bowl Show Sparks Huge Ratings, PETA Iguana Drama

    Beyoncé's Super Bowl XLVII halftime performance has already done so much. It was thrillingly awesome, first of all. Plus: it caused a power outage, then didn't cause a power outage; gave Bob Lefsetz a reason to masturbate (his words) and our own Brandon Soderberg a reason to stump for independent women; kicked off the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour; and gave Destiny's Child a 600 percent sales bump.Now, according to Nielsen, via Billboard, Bey is on target to have scored the second-most watched halftime show in history with an estimated average of 104 million viewers tuning in. The game itself drew 108.41 million pairs of eyes, though we're guessing they were about 80 percent less leering. Madonna still holds the halftime record at 112.4 million, while Bruce Springsteen is in third with 95.7 million.Mrs.

  • Chance the Rapper 'Juice' Video

    See Chance the Rapper Get Fantastically Freaky for 'Juice' Video

    Chance the Rapper hails from the same embattled rap scene that birthed Chief Keef, but his style goes to show just how diverse Chicago's rising crop of MCs is. In our in-depth summer profile on the city's young stars, we learned that Chance spends a lot of his time listening to "freaky-ass, weird-ass white-people music" (via Beirut or Joanna Newsom) and that Kanye West's The College Dropout changed how he looked at rap. While you may not hear blurting accordion or flurries of harp in the Rapper's latest, "Juice" is wonderfully idiosyncratic, which, yes, is another way of saying that it's rather freaky indeed. Passion of the Weiss points out that the beat is built from a loop of Donny Hathaway's performance of John Lennon's "Jealous Guy," but the truly important part is Chance's striking delivery.

  • Rilo Kiley RKives Unreleased Too $hort

    Rilo Kiley Rarities 'RKives' Will Include Too $hort, Like, Rapping

    Though they've been broken up for nearly three years if you include the hiatus, Rilo Kiley caused quite a stir in December when they cryptically reported to Facebook, "Record is almost finished." They were referring, of course, to their forthcoming rarities compilation, finally revealed to have a perfectly darling title, RKives, and a due date of April 2 via Little Record Company, the (cute cute cute) label of bassist Pierre de Reeder.Fans should be forgiven for forgetting about the B-sides and demos compilation, however, since the band started talking about it all the way back in February of 2010.

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