Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Spin Doctors Chris Barron Home Alone Daniel Stern Kickstarter Biopic

    Kickstarter Guy Wants $5M to Get Daniel Stern to Play 'the Spin Doctors Guy'

    After all of the drama caused by Kickstarter campaigns last year — re: Amanda Palmer, and Animal Collective's Deakin — it's nice to see someone using the crowd-sourcing service for what its makers intended: as an avenue for unknown entities to make their dreams hilarious jokes come true. Atlanta resident Daniel Nadolny is attempting to raise $5 million in a month so that he can write and film a Spin Doctors biopic that stars bumbling Home Alone villain Daniel Stern as singer Chris Barron, because they look similar."Spin Doctors were a popular pop-funk band from New York City in the '90s," says Nadolny, who described himself as "a man of many talents and desires," in his pitch video (below). "I'm not sure what happened to them really. I would imagine they had a couple of records and some minor festival success. But they were a challenging band.

  • Californication Ryan Adams Iron Maiden Wasted Years Cover

    Ryan Adams Neuters Iron Maiden's 'Wasted Years' For 'Californication' Soundtrack

    Ryan Adams has had a very public love affair with metal over the past few years. He's hosted a mock cable access shred-head show called "Night Sweats," attended Ronnie James Dio's funeral along with SPIN, and has even recorded his own blackly dirging axe-blasts as Werewolph. But when it comes to putting his spin on "Wasted Years," the fist-pumping 1986 now-ness anthem by Iron Maiden (which is, like, 70 percent guitar solo), Adams isn't beholden to tradition or nostalgia, or even the sort of ballsy awesomeness the track's originators were known for. Performing the song for the forthcoming Californication season six soundtrack, he takes a much more mellow approach.

  • Local Natives Play Hummingbird New Songs Video

    Watch Local Natives Debut Synthy 'Hummingbird' Songs in Hour-Long Live Set

    If you've got an hour to spare, Los Angeles' Local Natives will make it worth your time. The tropically tinged folk-pop posse recently recorded an intimate 60-minute concert (and interview) for L.A.

  • Eddie Vedder West Memphis Three Satellite Interview West of Memphis iVideo

    How Eddie Vedder's West Memphis Three Song 'Satellite' Wrote Itself

    As previously reported, Peter Jackson and the rest of the team behind the recently released West Memphis Three documentary, West of Memphis, put together an incredibly hefty soundtrack for their film featuring everyone from Marilyn Manson (covering Carly Simon) to the Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines (covering Pink Floyd) to Eddie Vedder (covering ... well, his own damn self).In a new interview with Diffuser.fm Vedder discusses his song "Satellite," which he wrote for Lorri Davis — the woman who married the WM3's Damien Echols while he was on death row, and was joined by Vedder and others in the fight for the wrongly convicted trio's freedom. The minimal track initially appeared on his 2011 Ukelele Songs collection."I was just in a faraway place and their story came to mind. We were raising funds to get a new investigator on the case ...

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    Sharon Van Etten's Soulful Take on Nick Cave's 'People Ain't No Good' Is Very, Very Good

    Don't say she didn't warn us. Last February, New York singer Sharon Van Etten broke down her Favorite Things to SPIN and when it came to the "not-so-new artist" of her obsession, she revealed, "I've been getting into Nick Cave lately. The Boatman's Call is amazing; it's an album of love songs, really beautiful." It hasn't even been a year yet and she's not only preparing to open for Cave and his Bad Seeds on a series of North American dates (below), but has absolutely mastered a ballad from that somber 1997 piano-based album she mentioned: "People Ain't No Good." (And yes, that's the same misanthropic delight featured in Shrek 2.)Van Etten picked up an acoustic guitar for her soul-stirring version of the song, performed above for the Australian radio station Triple J. It's a bold choice, of course, as Cave is of Aussie stock and, we can only assume, treated as a god over there.

  • Popstrangers What Else Could They Do

    Hear Popstrangers' Gorgeous Grunge-Gazer 'What Else Could They Do'

    The initial cacophony that announces the presence of Popstrangers' "What Else Could They Do" is a bit misleading. While we begin with the grit and heft of a grunge-gaze basher, the New Zealand trio quickly lead us toward lilting melody. That's mostly thanks to Joel Flyger, whose strikingly calm delivery contrasts wonderfully with all of that unholy racket that Adam Page and David Larson are making. This is, of course, a hallmark of the Popstrangers sound: that thing that you might call pop couched within hard punk and occasionally unforgiving riffage.

  • Vampire Weekend SXSW 2013

    SXSW 2013: Tegan and Sara, Vampire Weekend, and Black Lips Top Latest Lineup

    The third wave of acts for South By Soutwest 2013 has been announced — 480 more artists and bands, bringing the running list up to nearly 1,300. Check out our picks from the first and second waves, and then dive into the late additions below. The big names this time around include Tegan and Sara, Black Lips, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Prince Paul, the Skatalites, Bobby Bare and, oh, Vampire Weekend.

  • Merchandise Anxiety's Door Totale Night

    Merchandise Share Itchy 'Anxiety's Door' From New 'Totale Night' LP

    Floridian noise-poppers and recent SPIN Breaking Out stars Merchandise are back with another one: the itchy seven-minute song "Anxiety's Door," the first sampling of the trio's just-announced Totale Nite album, due this spring on the low-flying Night People label. That, of course, follows up the group's fantastic 2012 debut, Children of Desire, which gave us the genuinely scary "In Nightmare Room" video and a great rooftop recording of "Become What You Are." This latest song certainly doesn't reinvent the band, but we weren't looking for that anyhow.

  • Destiny's Child Nuclear New Song Love Songs

    Destiny's Child Reunite for 'Nuclear' First Song in Eight Years

    Last summer, Beyoncé's father and former manager Mathew Knowles stoked up Destiny's Child reunion rumors when he told Huffington Post that a pair of retrospective compilations were on the horizon, which would feature "new material." The first of those sets arrived in October — Playlist: The Very Best of Destiny's Child — sans any big surprises, but the second has just been announced, and it features the first freshly recorded song from the R&B ladies in eight years. Love Songs, due January 29, promises "mainly ... romantic gems recorded between 1997 and 2004," but also includes a track called "Nuclear" produced by Pharrell Williams and featuring the final DC lineup: Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams. In other Bey news, the soon-to-be Super Bowl XLVII halftime heroine appears in a new GQ profile that unfortunately includes very few revelations

  • alice in chains hollow moon prometheus new song event horizon sci-fi

    Watch Alice in Chains' 'Hollow,' an All-Too Familiar Sci-Fi Thriller

    Seen Moon, Prometheus, and Event Horizon but always wondered what a six-minute, mid-budget mashup of those three sci-fi thrillers would look like? With a score designed by the grunge forefathers who directly inspired Godsmack into existence? Well, Alice in Chains have got you covered with the official video for "Hollow," the first single from their still untitled forthcoming 2013 album. Back in December, the Seattle O.G.s shared the song via a pretty rad lyric video compiling fan photography of the song's dark and mysterious words (example: "Easy to feed off a weaker thing / Harder to say what I really mean.") in various scenarios and scenes.

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