Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • London Bridge Studios Neve Board Seattle Sound Pearl Jam

    Save the Soundboard Behind Pearl Jam's 'Ten'

    Back in 2013, Dave Grohl took a stand for a piece of Seattle's analog recording history, and he wound up taking a bow for Sound City, the documentary he directed celebrating the studio where Nirvana recorded Nevermind. But another of the northwestern capital's music-making hubs needs assistance, and there's no single heroic benefactor on hand to help. London Bridge Studio is looking for fans to assist in restoring its rare mixing board.Like Grohl's aquisition, the console in question is a Neve (this one a 8048 model manufactured in 1973), and it's got some monumental albums in its past, including Soundgarden's Louder Than Love and Pearl Jam's Ten.

  • DJ Center 'Dem Say Ah' EP Stream

    Stream DJ Center's Breezy Afrohouse EP, 'Dem Say Ah'

    DJ Center works in the fine tradition of melding Afrobeat rhythmic wilding with house music's metronomic beat. The New York DJ/producer is adept at his craft — it's fitting that he called his beloved 2010 debut Everything in Time, and the title of his long-awaited follow-up should clue you in as to its feel as well. Dem Say Ah is out today on Center's own Push the Fader, and the entire EP can be streamed below.The titular track features the long-running Akoya Afrobeat Ensemble, plus keys from Ticklah (Antibalas, Dap-Kings, Mark Ronson), and it hits like a cool breeze on a sweltering day. Following that, the "2AM inna London Dub" reworks the overall mood and enlists former Fela Kuti guitarist Kaleta on vocals for late-night listening. And "Dem Bonus Beats" finds DJ Spinna, who mixed the project, paring the source material down into digestible breaks.

  • Lorde at Coachella, Indio, California, April 12, 2014

    Coachella's 5 Best Saturday Sets: Nas, QOTSA, Lorde, Future Islands, and Julian Casablancas

    NasYeah, yeah, Pharrell invited, like, everybody ever to what may go down as the most well-attended karaoke party of all time. Let's get his guest list out of the way: Nelly, Busta Rhymes, Puff Daddy, Snoop Dogg, Tyler, the Creator, Diplo, and Gwen Stefani. It was a blast, sure, but the real rap heads were really there to make sure they had prime Outdoor Theatre standing space for the unfuckwittable return of Nasty Nas. The Queensbridge MC hit the stage after midnight, and played ever song from his rap-altering 1994 debut, Illmatic."Twenty years since this album came out," he said. "I bet this album is older than some of you out there." Many of us, no doubt, but still the audience chanted along to "N.Y. State of Mind," "Life's a Bitch," and "The World Is Yours" with their hands bobbing in anachronistic homage. And we weren't the only ones there to pay tribute.

  • Outkast at Coachella, Indio, California, April 11, 2014

    Coachella's 5 Best Friday Sets: OutKast, the Knife, Ellie Goulding, Haim, and Waxahatchee

    OutKastWe were greeted by the cry of the hootie-hoo — a lone voice echoing through the machine fog, calling for a response that came in force. "HOOTIE HOOOOOOOOO" said the Coachella crowd, and though OutKast were running late, they immediately made amends with a heavily stacked eight-song run. Appearing within a strange screen-cube overlaid with Old Glory were the ATLiens themselves: Big Boi sporting a gleaming medallion and some weird militant streetwear, and André 3000 in stripy overalls and a Mexican ball-cap. With a sizable band backing, they dove in."B.O.B." offered immediate gratification of the sing-along sort.

  • The 20 Best Things We Saw at Coachella 2014

    The 20 Best Things We Saw at Coachella 2014

    Coachella 2014 was undoubtedly the most guest-packed installment in the Southern Californian festival's 15-year run. Justin Bieber shared the stage with Chance the Rapper. Beyoncé dropped by sister Solange's set. Jhene Aiko summoned Drake. Pharrell raised Gwen Stefani (and Nelly, and Puff Daddy, and Snoop Dogg). Girl Talk brought out E-40, Too $hort, Busta Rhymes, and Juicy J. Jay Z dropped in on Nas. And Classixx's set included appearances by LCD Soundsystem's Nancy Whang, YACHT, Preatures, and Superhumanoids' Sarah Chernoff. And the booked talent was nothing to shrug at either, ranging from pop oddities like Lorde and Lana Del Rey to indie icons à la Neutral Milk Hotel and Arcade Fire. Oh, and OutKast. We hit Indio with the intent to see everything, and gathered the results for you here.

  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2014 Best Moments St. Vincent

    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2014: The Best Moments, With Nirvana, Kiss, and More

    The 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is underway at New York's Barclays Center. This year's honorees include a band nearer and dearer to SPIN's heart than any other: Nirvana. We're also pleased to see KISS, Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens, and the E Street Band formally recognized, not to mention legendary talent managers Brian Epstein (the Beatles) and Andrew Loog Oldham (the Rolling Stones). Below, you'll find a frequently updated collection of the big night's best moments, captured via Twitter, Instagram, and Getty Images.A happy family:Unexpected candid moment w/ @Courtney, Michael Stipe & @tmorello at #rockhall2014 !!

  • Watch Factory Floor's Hypnotic 'How You Say' Video

    Watch Factory Floor's Hypnotic 'How You Say' Video

    Londoners Factory Floor cut a visceral swath through disparate dance halls, merging post-punk grit and acid house bounce into — as Philip Sherburne previously wrote — "taut, throbbing, overwhelmingly textural jams." The trio's rhythmic intensity and propensity for sweaty transcendence also lends their work to inspired reinterpretation, and their single "How You Say" is now getting the works.Above, you'll find a brand new music video for the propulsive, Technicolor track, which hails from the band's 2013 DFA album, Factory Floor. The hypnotic clip captures vocalist Nik Colk Void within a television, and she bops to the beat, wind in her hair, as eye-boggling visuals are projected onto the scene. "How You Say" is also being remixed across two digital EPs and three physical 12-inch singles being released in succession, starting April 15.

  • Peaches Geldof Dead 25 Unknown Cause

    Peaches Geldof Dead at 25

    Peaches Geldof has died at the age of 25, reports BBC News. The English magazine writer, television presenter, and model leaves behind a husband — former S.C.U.M. vocalist Thomas Cohen — and two young sons. Astala is 1 year old and Phaedra's first birthday is April 24. The cause of death has not yet been identified. Police have only said that the loss was "unexplained and sudden." Geldof was the daughter of musician Bob Geldof and late broadcaster Paula Yates."We are beyond pain," her father told the BBC. Bob Geldof is known for, among many accomplishments, fronting the Boomtown Rats, starring in Pink Floyd's 1982 film The Wall, and organizing the Live Aid and Live 8 concerts. He has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. "She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest, and the most bonkers of all of us. What a beautiful child.

  • Hunterchild 'Time Traveling Lover' Stream

    Hear Hunterchild's R&Beats Fantasy, 'Time Traveling Lover'

    Before Luke Aaron Jones and Marty Sprowles were Hunterchild, they played in Bloomington's Dreamers of the Ghetto. But when Jones and their bandmate went through a divorce, the group came to a close and a more pared-down vision was born. The two find more intimate footing here — the arena-ready breadth of a former life gives way to an R&Beats rebirth on "Time Traveling Lover," where a surging beat and falsetto vocals reign supreme. "I fantasize about ya, thinking 'bout your body next to mine," Jones coos. "I'm only dreamin' but I want to feel you real, real life." The rest of us will be able to feel the Hunterchild LP in real life on May 13 via Temporary Residence Ltd., though iTunes pre-order is up now.

  • Pyramid Vritra 'Spool' Video Indra Stones Throw

    Trip With Pyramid Vritra in 'Spool' Video

    Pyramid Vritra is Hal Williams, the 22-year-old artist who earned his initial shine as the co-founder of Odd Future offshoots the Super 3 and Jet Age of Tomorrow (his production partner Matt Martians went on to form the Internet). He's also a forklift operator at an unnamed home improvement store in South Los Angeles, but his co-workers don't know that he raps too. But if any of them stumble across the video above, the man's cover will be sufficiently blown. Vritra lets his freaky flag fly in the clip for "Spool" directed by Stella Kae and featuring psychedelic animation from Sillypants. While Pyramid sits within a pyramid, he invites us to "sip and trip," and a series of bizarre visuals involving the man flit across the screen. Pick up the Indra album from Stones Throw.

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