Chris Martins

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  • Lost Animal Say No to Thugs Video Zombie

    See Lost Animal's Bassist Go Zombie in 'Say No to Thugs'

    Australia's Lost Animal is a long-limbed master of cool seemingly beamed in from a dimension where keyboards, not guitars, are the preferred armament of the large-coiffed and leather-coated. The Melbourne man born Jarrod Quarrell drops his LP debut, Ex Tropical, on Hardly Art January 29, but his first single and its seasonally appropriate video arrive today. In "Say No to Thugs," Lost Animal is sent on an ugly errand that takes a bizarre twist when his once-murdered bassist, Shags Chamberlain, comes back to life for a literally wicked solo. The presence of zombie rockers can't help but bring to mind Screaming Females' "Leave it All Up to Me," but this Jason Heller-directed clip emphasizes quiet danger over gory camp. The song itself is likewise surprisingly subtle despite its strangeness.Lost Animal's Ex Tropical track list:1. "(Intro) Beat Goes On"2. "Say No to Thugs"3. "Buai Raskol"4.

  • The Faint Agenda Suicide Video Live

    The Faint Shred 'Agenda Suicide' in 'Danse Macabre' Reissue Video

    The Faint's 2001 album Danse Macabre not only helped put Saddle Creek on the map, it defined the emerging dance-punk sound and is now fondly remembered as a classic of the era. Thankfully, the band, too, recognizes that record's standing heft, as they're not only preparing a deluxe reissue, but will be hitting the road come November 8 to play Danse Macabre in its entirety at every North American stop along the way.The above clip finds the Faint performing "Agenda Suicide" at the tiny Brothers Lounge in their hometown of Omaha in late 2001. The black and white footage and blown-out bass only seem to enhance the natural pomp and punk of the song, which here ends in squalling chaos after frontman Todd Fink nearly stomps through the floor, figuratively speaking (as far as we can tell).

  • Brian Eno Lux Stream Album

    Hear Brian Eno's 'LUX' Album, Music in Stained Glass Form

    Of late, Brian Eno has been neck-and-neck with his admirers in creating Eno-inspired content. Ty Segall covered his "Needles in the Camel's Eye" for a 7-inch last month, and Supreme Cuts sampled him for Haleek Maul's Chrome Lips mixtape in August. But the legendary producer and Roxy Music founder has been plenty busy, too, with back-to-back releases of his shapes-and-sounds iPad app Scape, out now, and his forthcoming first solo album in seven years, LUX.While that new long-player isn't due till November 13, via Warp Records, SPIN is hosting a stream of the 75-minute ambient beauty, which hearkens back to his pioneering Music For Films and Music For Airports 1978 LPs. Befitting its name, LUX feels warm and bright, as if it was composed from intersecting rays of colored light instead of keys, strings, and other resonant things plucked or struck by Eno.

  • Das Racist Girl Video Flashdance

    Watch Das Racist Channel 'Flashdance' in Goofy 'Girl' Video

    Flashdance and the Sexy Sax Man duke it out for the guiding inspiration behind the latest Das Racist music video. In "Girl," a fleet-footed, mullet-wearing dude in denim attempts to seduce his love interests using the time-honored aphrodesiac of dance. He stalks her down the street, looms in another aisle at the library, emerges from a fountain, and even follows her to yoga. Unfortunately, his well-meaning hip thrusts go unanswered and our hero ("Lance Cantstopolis," played by Fahim Anwar) is forced to resort to modern means. The comedic clip from this DR-lite Kool A.D.-sung Relax joint comes courtesy of director Aristotle Athiras.

  • Sum 41 Deryck Whibley Halloween Avril Lavigne Chad Kroeger Nickelback

    Nickelback Bro Disses Sum 41 Guy for Avril Lavigne Costume

    Nickelback rank high on SPIN's list of The 30 Biggest Punching Bags in Pop Music History, but this is a special kind of low. As we reported, jaws agape, back in August, the brotastic band's main man Chad Kroeger is currently engaged to human tie rack Avril Lavigne.Well, over the weekend, Lavigne's ex-husband Deryck Whibley (he of Sum 41) went to a Halloween party with his girlfriend dressed up as the betrothed-to-be, but in reversed gender roles.The above picture of Whibley and Ari Cooper has been circulating via Tumblr. Kroeger, who would absolutely have to have a sense of humor after fronting a band deemed a sex repellant for this long, responding in playfully dickish kind using Nickelback's Twitter account:Hey Deryck loved the costumes! we were going to dress up as you guys this year but all the parties had celebrity themes haha!

  • Terry Callier

    Terry Callier, Folk-Jazz Pioneer, Dies at 67

    Singer-songwriter Terry Callier has died at the age of 67 following an 18-month battle with throat cancer. Callier began recording 50 years ago and was an unsung pioneer in the sort of mystically infused folk-jazz that remains the raison d'être of crate-digging reissue labels. According to England's Mr. Bongo Records — home to his partially Massive Attack-produced final album, 2009's Hidden Conversations — Callier passed away on Saturday, October 27, surrounded by friends and family at a hospital in his native Chicago.Callier got his start singing with doo-wop groups as a teen, and was friends with Curtis Mayfield and Impressions founder Jerry Butler.

  • Death From Above 1979 New Songs Tour

    See Death From Above 1979 Thrash Out New Songs on Tour

    SPIN has been faithfully following Death From Above 1979's barn-storming reunion rounds ever since the spaz-punk destroyers reappeared last year. Their well-received run of festival appearances — Austin City Limits, Sasquatch, SXSW, Lollapalooza — saw the duo playing from their only album, 2004's excellent You're a Woman, I'm a Machine, but last night DFA debuted a handful of new songs for their Canadian tour kickoff in Ontario.Last month on the band's blog, drummer/singer Sebastien Granger announced that fresh material was indeed on its way, saying, "Jesse [F. Keeler] and I have been writing new songs and the only way we feel like we can make them any good is to go out and play them for people. We’re going to throw our little muscle bound babies to the lions and see who survives. We tried just jumping into the studio, but the songs lacked spirit.

  • Nicki Minaj Va Va Voom Video Middle Earth

    Nicki Minaj Visits Middle Earth in 'Va Va Voom' Video

    Whoa Frodo, keep that Bilbo in your Baggins. Nicki Minaj gets her sassy Galadriel on in the new video for "Va Va Voom," a Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded single that spends a lot of time contemplating the One Thing that guides it. For the Hype Williams-directed clip, Minaj takes on a variety of fairy tale fantasies that cast her alternately as an idyllic babe, a damsel in distress, a sleeping beauty, and a wicked witch. Meanwhile, she's rescued or ravished by a cast of strapping men, in a land not dissimilar to The Lord of the Rings' Middle Earth.This is the sixth single and ninth video to hail from Roman Reloaded, following "The Boys" featuring Cassie and the guest-packed "Come on a Cone" clip, and it arrives on the eve of the much-milked April album's November 19 re-release, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded — The Re-Up.

  • DaVinci Nothin Finna Stop Me Download

    Hear DaVinci's Swaggering 'Nothin Finna Stop Me'

    One of SPIN's 5 Best New Artists for October, San Francisco MC DaVinci maintains "one foot in the decades-old tradition of confessional, slightly askew Bay Area gangsta rap and the other planted firmly in of-the-moment, grabs-from-whatever Internet street rap." His Feast or Famine set from last year made our 50 Mixtapes You Need Now list, and his new LP The MOEna Lisa is looking like an essential of 2012. As the young rapper presciently titles this Block Beataz-produced song in swaggering Bay-speak, "Nothin Finna Stop Me."

  • D'Angelo Voodoo Vinyl Reissue

    D'Angelo's 'Voodoo' to Be Resurrected on Vinyl

    With D'Angelo's surprise Bonnaroo set and talk circulating about time spent in the studio, public hunger for something — anything — new from the man is arguably as high and frothing as it's ever been. That, of course, means the time is ripe for something old to be dressed up as something new and made available just in time for Christmas.Voila! The R&B master's 2000 opus Voodoo is getting a vinyl reissue come December 11. Thankfully, the job has been assigned to those purveyors of classy unearthings at Light in the Attic.

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