Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Chaz Bundick / Photo by Patrick Jeffords

    Toro y Moi Is 'Not Just a Kid Behind a Laptop': Chaz Bundick Sets the Record Straight

    With his new album Anything In Return (Carpark), out January 22, Toro y Moi's Chazwick Bundick proves once again that he's pigeonhole proof. Back in 2009, he and University of South Carolina classmate Ernest Greene, a.k.a. Washed Out, were credited with reinventing the nostalgic sound of summer via the oft-chuckled about, haze-happy chillwave genre. But after releasing his bedroom-born LP debut, Causers of This, Bundick was determined to be bigger than the blog lingo. He now admits 2011's bubbling psych-funk follow-up, Underneath the Pine, was a reaction to how he'd been perceived. "I was trying to be like, 'I'm not just a kid behind a laptop. I really like to play all these instruments.'"This time, however, he had nothing to prove to anyone but himself. Two summers ago Bundick moved to Berkeley, California, after living his entire life in Columbia, South Carolina.

  • Dave Grohl's Sound City Players/ Photo by Nathaniel Wood

    Dave Grohl's Sound City Players Debut at Sundance Film Festival

  • Dave Grohl / Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images

    Dave Grohl Hopes to Bring Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty on Sound City Tour

    If Dave Grohl gets his way, his mind-boggling Sound City Players supergroup will be playing shows in New York, London, and Sydney, among possible others, this year. That lineup would hopefully include Stevie Nicks and John Fogerty, Grohl told SPIN during an interview at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, on Saturday morning. He was discussing the band's debut performance Friday night when he mentioned future "shows." Plural?"New York, London, Sydney," he said. The Sound City Players — which also include Rick Springfield, Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen, Fear's Lee Ving, and the remaining members of Nirvana, among others — have one confirmed show on the horizon, at the Hollywood Palladium on January 31. "I realize it's crazy that I'm asking Stevie and Fogerty to go on the road with me, but I think they had fun last night, and everyone's been so enthusiastic.

  • EmptyMansions Lyra Sam Fogarino Duane Denison Interpol Jesus Lizard

    Hear EmptyMansions' 'Lyra,' Slack-Rock Psych from Interpol Drummer Sam Fogarino

    With the 10th anniversary of their breakthrough album in the rear view, the men of Interpol have been busying themselves with other work. Singer Paul Banks recently relaunched his solo career as simply Banks, and now Sam Fogarino is ready to share his debut as EmptyMansions. Though this is undoubtedly the Interpol drummer's project — he wrote these songs over the years while on the road with his other band — there are two other contributors who help to make EM's oddly bewitching sound what it is: Secret Machines bassist Brandon Curtis (who also sings backup, plays keys and serves as producer) and chameleonic axe-wielder Duane Denison (Tomahawk, Jesus Lizard, th' Legendary Shack Shakers).

  • Who Charted? Guitars Rule and Pop Drools as Dropkick Murphys Enter the Top 10

    Who Charted? Guitars Rule and Pop Drools as Dropkick Murphys Enter the Top 10

    First! This week is a weird one from top to bottom. The No. 1 slot goes to a Christian singer-songwriter who hasn't experienced a whit of crossover success. Chris Tomlin scores big with Burning Lights (73K), according to Billboard and Nielsen SoundScan, thanks to the functionally divine intervention of something called the Passion Conference in Atlanta, which was attended by 60,000 college-aged worshippers and watched by 100,000 from home via the Internet. He performed a song there called "God's Great Dance Floor" and indeed willed that titular bacchanal into existence. Just watch — they love it:2 to 10: But be grateful ye for Tomlin, for lo if the No. 2 spot didn't go to Satan's minions themselves, the Hollywood Undead.

  • Phoenix New Album Bankrupt! 2013 Hacked

    Don't Worry, Phoenix Didn't Get Hacked

    SPIN has confirmed that the forthcoming fifth album from Phoenix will be titled Bankrupt! This via the huge letters that have taken over the French synthpop band's homepage — PHOENIX BANKURPT! — and also by way of a representative from Glassnote Records who told us, "Bankrupt! is the album title." Due to the nature of the very possibly seizure-inducing nature of the announcement (the text rapidly shifts between black and white while the background flashes through every color in the neon playbook) some initially assumed that the band had been hacked.photosensitive epilepsy warning : wearephoenix.com— Phoenix (@wearephoenix) January 16, 2013In December, we learned that Phoenix had wrapped recording at a Parisian studio thanks to a casual announcement from label CEO Daniel Glass.

  • Young Fathers Tape One Romance Sister Anticon Scotland Africa

    Afro-Scottish Rap Crew Young Fathers Deliver 'Romance' in New Video

    Afro-Scottish upstarts Young Fathers offer an unusual confluence of influences: the moody beatwork of trip-hop cut with a requisite amount of old dub, combined with posivibes think-rap of early '90s dudes like PM Dawn, but made modern by the rise of woozy beat-damaged R&B and soul-infused art-rock like TV on the Radio. Alloysious was born in Liberia, Kayus was raised in Edinburgh by Nigerian migrants, and the one called G is, well, just Scottish. They've apparently been working together since they were 14 years old, so it's no surprise that their strange combination of styles plays with the fluidity of a three-way mind meld. Los Angeles left-fielder Anticon is reissuing the group's 2011 debut, Tape One, on January 22, and the video for the song "Romance" premiered over on Stereogum today.

  • Beach Fossils

    Hear Beach Fossils' Punky Dream-Popper 'Generational Synthetic'

    Dustin Payseur admitted to SPIN that he "sort of ended up hating" his last release as Beach Fossils, 2011's mellow What a Pleasure EP. So for his brand new Clash the Truth LP, due February 19 via Captured Tracks, Payseur brought the energy of his ace live band into the studio, and wound up infusing his formerly pillow-soft bedroom productions with some playful punk energy. We felt the first reverberations of those new vibes with December's melancholic yet upbeat "Careless," and now we've got a second emanation to consider: "Generational Synthetic." Though Payseur's voice still sports his trademark lag, he confidently delivers a rhyming indictment of his peers, then adopts a low-key swoon for the chorus. The bass line is positively post-punk, the drums build at a fast clip, and the guitar spills dream-pop riffage overtop.

  • U.S. Girls 'Work From Home' NSFW Video GEM

    U.S. Girls Advocate Erotic 'Work From Home' in NSFW Video

    In the seductively soft-focus video for "Work at Home" by U.S. Girls, project mastermind Mehgan Remy urges listeners, "Don't get out of bed ... be your own boss ... If times get tight, loosen up your thighs." Coupled with director Chrissy Jones' footage of a pair of women dancing and lounging in their skivvies (alternately in whipped cream), it seems quite possible that the singer is advocating, ahem, the oldest profession in the world for those hit by economic hardship. Remy's quavering vocals rattle atop blaring organ and a skittering beat, making for a gaudy, off-kilter impression of Beach House. This decidedly NSFW clip is laced with VHS static and lo-fi effects, building to a colorful finish involving the aforementioned dessert-topper and the, um, "selling points" of one of the video's stars. Like "North on 45" before it, this song hails from U.S.

  • A$AP ASAP Rocky A-Trak AraabMUZIK David Letterman Long Live A$AP

    Watch A$AP Rocky Seize the Throne With A-Trak and AraabMUZIK on 'Letterman'

    A$AP Rocky's appearance on Late Show with David Letterman could've gone a lot of ways. The young Harlem star might have brought Florence Welch and her powerhouse pipes with him (via "I Come Apart"), or done something ennui-dripping with Lana Del Rey (via "Ridin'"), or shown up with his motley Mob (via Coachella). But the rapper born Rakim Mayers had something else in mind. Two "somethings," in fact: 1) a throne, and 2) a double-song set featuring a turntable destroyer A-Trak, drum machine brutalizer AraabMUZIK, and old school DJ Clark Kent. "Here we go," said Letterman with perhaps a slight air of trepidation. The camera turned to Rocky, sporting a peacoat and a white snapback, perched atop an opulent seat fit for a king.

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