Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Azealia Banks Rihanna Seapunk Beef

    Seapunks Salty Over Rihanna and Azealia Banks' 'Net Aesthetics

    As anyone who's ever had a great idea knows, the good and the bad of the thing is that as the idea spreads — even within a small set of friends — it becomes increasingly difficult to assert ownership over the concept or control how it's used. If your peer group is a geographically disperse group of people who bond over a niche taste via publicly viewable online forums, well, you should understand this better than most.But the progenitors of the seapunk aesthetic style — all yin-yangs, aquatic imagery, and 3-D renderings cribbed from '90s fashion and early web memes — appear for all the world to be deathly slighted anytime the mainstream jacks their flipper-fueled swagger.

  • dinosaur jr kim gordon live show

    Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon Joins Dinosaur Jr. Anniversary Show

    Massachusetts OG indie rockers Dinosaur Jr. are currently celebrating the 25th anniversary of their landmark 1987 album, You're Living All Over Me. As previously reported, they've got a new old concert LP on the way, Chocomel Daze (Live 1987), due November 19, and an upcoming New York show where they'll be playing YLAOM in full, plus a second set that will no doubt include songs from their new SPIN Essential I Bet on Sky.That second December 1 set at Terminal 5 will include something else as well: special guests, like the already announced Johnny Marr (The Smiths, Modest Mouse) and Al Cisneros (Sleep, Om). Now Dinosaur Jr. have announced that Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon will also be partaking.

  • John Frusciante Vinyl Reissue Album

    John Frusciante to Reissue Solo Catalog on Limited Vinyl

    Though he's best known for once wielding axe in the Red Hot Chili Peppers and has worked with everyone from the Mars Volta to the Wu-Tang Clan, John Frusciante has a well-loved solo oeuvre that owes half of its heft to the six albums he released in 2004 alone. A handful of those and a few others are getting a limited edition 180-gram vinyl reissue on December 11 thanks to Record Collection.From that prolific 2004 solo run: The Will to Death, Inside of Emptiness, A Sphere in the Heart of Silence, and the DC EP. Also included are 2005's fan favorite Curtains; 2009's The Empyrean; and both of his releases with Ataxia, which was rounded out by Fugazi's Joe Lally and RHCP's Josh Klinghoffer, 2004's Automatic Writing and 2007's AW II. Each of the eight releases will come with a download card in both MP3 and WAV.Now onto the pricing, which is — wow — steep.

  • Trent Reznor Reddit AMA Queens of the Stone Age Album

    Trent Reznor Will Appear on New Queens of the Stone Age Album

    Trent Reznor went on Reddit today for an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session with his fans that revealed not only the Nine Inch Nails and How to Destroy Angels main brain's sense of humor, but a few newsworthy tidbits as well. At the top of the list: He's working with Josh Homme on a song for the new Queens of the Stone Age album featuring Dave Grohl. Oh, and it looks like there's a NIN tour coming in 2013. Also, the HTDA album will be coming next spring. Hold onto your virtual butts.1) What he's up to: "A number of things. Tweaking some things for the HTDA full LP (coming in Spring), helping Josh out on a new QOTSA track, working with Roy [Bennett, NIN tour producer], starting rehearsals for two bands." [Italics denote Nine Inch Nails hint number one.]2) On NIN's impressive live lighting setups: "I spend a lot of time and energy thinking about how music is presented live.

  • Damon Albarn BBC Time Capsule 90 Years

    Damon Albarn to Compose Audio Time Capsule for BBC's Big Anniversary

    Because he totally hasn't had enough to do — what with playing the Olympics with Blur, resuscitating Bobby Womack's career, trotting out Gorillaz for a massive collab, conducting a train full of African musicians, and rallying for music industry ethics — Damon Albarn will be curating an aural time capsule for BBC Radio in honor of the organization's 90th anniversary.The end result will be a three-minute global simulcast called "Radio Reunited" and will air on the BBC's entire network of local, network, and national stations, plus the World Service, on November 14 at 5.33 p.m. GMT, at the exact time of the British Broadcasting Company's first transmission in 1922. It is expected to be heard by as many as 120 million people.So what is it, exactly?

  • Bjork Mutual Core Geology Science

    Bjork Is the World's Weirdest Geology Teacher in 'Mutual Core'

    Used to be our dear Bjӧrk was content with hosting hot robotic Bjӧrk avatar on robotic Bjӧrk avatar action in her videos, but these days, while the world is hurtling ever closer toward singularity, well, she's feeling more organic. In the new Andrew Thomas Huang-directed video for Biophilia single "Mutual Core," our pagan heroine reinvents herself as the freakiest geology teacher the world's ever seen, standing waist-deep in an endless sandbox while singing about shuffling tectonic plates. She holds examples of the latter in her hands, squeezes them to her chest, and then plants them below, where they rise up as floating earth islands, eventually sprout Bjӧrk faces of their own, and subsequently attempt to sensually subduct one another. Naturally, this results in a fiery eruption of magma before things cool off and start all over again.

  • Ra Ra Riot Beta Love Album Tour

    Ra Ra Riot's Dancey 'Beta Love' Swaps Strings for Synths, Reinvents Band

    Ra Ra Riot reinvent themselves with their new single, "Beta Love," whose dance-pop bent is fueled by the egress of cellist Alexandra Lawn. The freshly pared down four-piece swaps its heady strings for corporeal synth, positioning the Syracuse crew for commercial breakthrough once again. "Beta Love" hails from an upcoming album of the same name (track list below), due out January 22 via Barsuk and recorded in Oxford, Mississippi, with producer Dennis Herring (Modest Mouse, Elvis Costello, Wavves). SPIN visited Ra Ra Riot in the studio back in May."We’d been used to arriving at a session with every song totally arranged and figured out," bassist Mathieu Santos said in a statement, "but in Oxford, a lot of the creative decision-making happened in the studio, on the fly. We wanted to be outside of our collective comfort zone for this record. We wanted to be open to new things happening.

  • Best Coast Do You Love Me Like You Used To Video

    Best Coast Drop Sunny 'Do You Love Me Like You Used To' Video

    Despite the fact the "Do You Love Me Like You Used To" is a total bummer, lyrically speaking, the The Only Place single by SPIN cover stars Best Coast gets a positively feel-good visual treatment in the new video by director Mariana Blanco. The song may be about reaching the end of a relationship, but the clip features fans presumably sharing their real-life love stories via adorable posterboard messages. Shot at the Santa Monica pier in sunny Southern California, the video revolves around live footage of Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno performing for a carnival crowd — also, at one point, it revolves vertically via ferris wheel. The band, who can also be seen shotgunning cheap beer at one point, brought "Do You Love Me Like You Used To" to Conan in September.

  • Cannibal Ox Reuninite for New York Show

    Cannibal Ox Reunite for New York Show

    Although Cannibal Ox crafted one of the most well-regarded albums of the early aughts' indie-rap movement — 2001's The Cold Vein — the cult-beloved Harlem duo has been relatively inactive since. Vast Aire and Vordul Mega have occasionally appeared on the same song, but not under that hallowed name, and never with the producer that gave their dystopic urban musing its perfect sonic shelter: El-P.While our friend Jamie Meline has vowed never to work with the pair again, Cannibal Ox are actually reuniting for a show at the Knitting Factory Brooklyn on December 9. As Brooklyn Vegan reports, the timing is right, with Company Flow's recent reunion jaunt and El-P's solo production for folks like Killer Mike and Mr.

  • The Evens 'The Odds' Album Stream

    The Evens Play 'The Odds': Stream the New Album From Ian MacKaye's Band

    Only 10 days ago, the Evens announced their long-delayed third album, The Odds, by sharing the low-flying but inarguably inspired new song, "King of Kings." That inaugural track was loaded with all of the sharp lyricism and post-punk minimalism you'd expect from this guitar, drum, and vocals duo who just happen to be the Warmers' Amy Farina and Fugazi/Minor Threat founder Ian MacKaye. Now, with The Odds due out November 20 via MacKaye's own Dischord Records, the Evens are streaming the entire via NPR (and below).

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