Chris Martins

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  • The high seas! / Photo by S.S. Coachella Twitter

    S.S. Coachella, Day Two: Grimes Bingo, Killer Mike Stand-Up

    On Sunday, December 16, the inaugural voyage of the S.S. Coachella, the mega-fest's first trip to the Atlantic Ocean, left Ft. Lauderdale, Florida en route to the Bahamas. Pulp, Sleigh Bells, Girl Talk, El-P, Hot Chip, Black Lips, and a host of other bands are along for the ride. Ever intrepid, SPIN is documenting the entire experiment bit by waterlogged bit. Impossible fun abounds as the threat of total annihilation looms ever present. Ahoy!Day One: Shipsters, Seapunks, and Broaters ... unite?Day Two: "I love this city!"Today's stowaways: Killer Mike, El-P, James Murphy, Warpaint, Sleigh Bells and more1:30 p.m.: Against our better judgment, we bounce back from Black Lips' 4 a.m. mosh pit, where we nearly drew blood defending the honor of Cloud Nothings' Dylan Baldi against a sloshed goon who'd been sling-shotting himself into people whose backs were turned.

  • The high seas! / Photo by S.S. Coachella Twitter

    S.S. Coachella, Day One: Pulp Throw Grapes, Black Lips Champion Shrimp

    On Sunday, December 16, the inaugural voyage of the S.S. Coachella, the mega-fest's first trip to the Atlantic Ocean, left Ft. Lauderdale, Florida en route to the Bahamas. Pulp, Sleigh Bells, Girl Talk, El-P, Hot Chip, Black Lips, and a host of other bands are along for the ride. Ever intrepid, SPIN is documenting the entire experiment bit by waterlogged bit. Impossible fun abounds as the threat of total annihilation looms ever present. Ahoy!Day One: Shipsters, Seapunks, and Broaters ... unite?Today's stowaways: Pulp, Black Lips, Grimes, !!!, Father John Misty, Cloud Nothings6:50 p.m.: "In the unlikely event that we do have to abandon ship…" A cruise official is speaking terrible things to a room of sea-noobs at a mandatory event called a Mustard Drill. Mario With the Megaphone goes on, but the just-boarded denizens of the inaugural S.S.

  • Wild International Lake Tones EP Stream

    Hear Wild International's Wild and Wooly 'Lake Tones' EP

    Last month, SPIN had the pleasure of bringing you "Young Wayfarer," a fist-pumpable pile of knotted guitars, whorling effects and rowdy chants from the New York threesome known as Wild International. As aptly demonstrated then, these young gents, each 19 or 20, display a threeway mastery of the electric, the electronic and, especially, the organic — the "wild" part of their name is no mere trifle. Publicly avowing their affections for Animal Collective and Akron/Family, they weave together all sounds visceral from the primordial to the pretty, unafraid to douse a comely melody with a bucket of static, or to incorporate the sounds of nocturnal nature into a song that thumps and thuds with digitized aplomb.

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    Who Charted 2012 Year-End Edition: Starring Adele, Taylor Swift, Gotye, and the Black Keys

    Billboard have released their roundup of the year's biggest success (via sales, streams, airplay, "impact"), and the results might surprise you. Like, for one, Justin Bieber wasn't even invited to the party. So for this rare annual edition of "Who Charted?" SPIN breaks down the two biggest charts in the land: The Billboard 200 albums list, and the Hot 100 songs stack, and sheds a little light on the state of our musical nation. Hold onto your butts.Albums! Okay, so this isn't a surprise exactly, though it is weird. The year's No. 1 album goes to a 2011 long-player, Adele's 21. She was also named artist of the year, which she deserves since hers is only the 21st album in the Nielsen SoundScan era (est. 1991) to achieve diamond status — yes, 10 million copies sold. No. 2, also weird, goes to a Christmas album.

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    Stan by Me: Dido Nabs Kendrick Lamar for New Single 'Let Us Move On'

    What has Dido been doing since releasing her meek, emotionally scarred third album, 2008's Safe Trip Home? Why, the smart thing, of course: biding her time until trip-hoppy production (read: post-dubstep) and Sade-style heartache (via Jessie Ware, Katy B, El Perro Del Mar) make a comeback. And also, quite possibly, for the right rapper to come along and give her a boost back into the mainstream. It was Eminem, of course, who first put the British singer-songwriter on the map after he legally sampled her song "Thank You" for his incredibly huge, very well-received, slang-coining 2000 hit "Stan." Now, with a new album called Girl Who Got Away due out March 4, Dido is back with Slim Shady's Aftermath Ent. pal Kendrick Lamar, and a production assist from Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, fun.'s Some Nights).

  • The Rolling Stones May Headline Coachella 2013

    Sympathy for the Desert: Rolling Stones May Headline Coachella 2013

    The Annual Coachella Rumor Shitstorm has come early with reports that the Rolling Stones may be headlining the Southern California festival's 2013 installment. To those who thought the iconic rock 'n' rollers' cut-short 12-12-12 set was a sign that Mick and the boys might be finally slowing down after one of their busiest years on recent record: think again! As fans on Twitter noted (see below) the band's mobile app updated this morning to reveal a pair of heretofore unannounced dates: December 27 in Huntington, New York at the Cinema Arts Centre, and April 12 in Indio, California at what else but "Coachella 2013." As Rolling Stone reports, by 10:30 a.m. EST, the new shows were removed without comment.

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    Winona Ryder Plays Wax Doll in the Killers' Tim Burton-Directed 'Here With Me' Video

    It wasn't enough for the Killers to release a second music video for "Miss Atomic Bomb" earlier this week, itself a sequel to the "Mr. Brightside" clip from 2005. Or to share the totally funny "I Feel It in My Bones" holiday short featuring an evil Santa Claus only seven days before that. Now, Battle Born ballad "Here With Me" has a video unto itself as well and despite the onslaught of footage, it isn't a throwaway live clip or studio session (here's looking at you, Green Day) — not hardly.

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    Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt Gives Life to Beck's Sheet Music Song

    Beck may have stumbled upon a bit of genius when he made the seemingly anachronistic move of releasing a new album solely in sheet music form last week. Song Reader has inspired an endless stream of fan-made YouTube covers, and is no doubt generating a handful of IRL listening events between friends like the Flaming Lips' famous Zaireeka experiment did back in 1997. And now, perhaps best of all, we can look forward to some of our favorite artists interpreting these unrecorded gems in their own ways. As Beck himself stated, "These songs are meant to be pulled apart and reshaped," and who better to put an inimitable stamp on one of these old-timey tunes than Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields?

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    Hear Soft Moon's Doom-Dipped How to Destroy Angels 'Ice Age' Remix

    A week and a half ago, we heard EDM firebrand Deadmau5 turn in an impressively subtle remix of "Ice Age," the hypnotically minimal, mostly acoustic song from How to Destroy Angels' An Omen EP. In that track, Trent Reznor's unusually rustic touch was given a crackling, glitchified rebirth, and now it's been reinvented once more by San Francisco darkwave genius the Soft Moon, a.k.a. Luis Vasquez. Rather than stretch it out, he tightens the track down to four and a half minutes from seven, then dips that significant stub in formaldehyde and doom until it's completely saturated. The start finds Mariqueen Maandig cooing over only flanged notes and hi-hat clicks, but then the clouds come, the pressure builds, and the entire thing breaks after two minutes, as Vasquez's Morricone-meets-the-Cure production steez overwhelms in the best of ways.

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    Watch Yo La Tengo and Real Estate Gently Rock 'Our Way to Fall' Together

    As they're gearing up to release their first album in more than three years, Fade, Hoboken indie godfathers Yo La Tengo are working out some interesting ways to spread the news. First there was the animated video for "Before We Run," which is almost certainly some sort of subliminally coded hypnosis device, and now there's the band's currently in-progress eight-night run of Hanukkah shows in their New Jersey hometown. As Brooklyn Vegan reports, each night thus far has featured different supporting acts (last night: El-P and The Daily Show's John Oliver!) and Tuesday's opening band of honor was Real Estate, who hail from nearby Ridgewood and have a tradition of playing unorthodox (no pun) events.

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