Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Earl Sweatshirt Chum Odd Future video

    Earl Sweatshirt Names New Album 'Doris,' Debuts Cheerless 'Chum' Video

    Earl Sweatshirt's "Chum" is an emotive masterpiece that makes good on the young rapper's initial promise by swapping out the horrorcore theatrics for deeply personal yet relatable rumination. When we first heard it last month, we described the solo single as "Cannibal Ox moodpiece meets Eminem confessional," but the just-released Hiro Murai-directed music video for the song brings to mind another vintage influence: the Pharcyde. Those pioneers of downer rap left us one enduring classic, "Passin' Me By," and an on-par video to go with, which found the despondent dudes drifting upside down through a world that didn't even know they were there.Similarly, Earl floats through an unfeeling environment — though in black and white, and considerably more surreal — as he rhymes about being eternally out of touch with his surroundings: friends, family, heritage, music, the media.

  • Beach Fossils Careless Clash the Truth

    Beach Fossils Share Crunchy 'Careless' From New 'Clash the Truth' LP

    Contrary to the hopes of no one, Clash the Truth will not be a full-length mashup LP combining the Southern-fried rhymes of Houston's Trae the Truth and the knotty dub-punk of the Clash. Instead, that's the name of the forthcoming sophomore album from shaggy Brooklyn dream-pop act Beach Fossils. Captured Tracks will release the new one on February 19. Ben Greenberg of the Men produces, and Blonde Redhead's collab-happy singer Kazu Makino guests on a song called "In Vertigo." But before you go poking around that track list, stream (and download if you wish) Clash the Truth's "Careless." Much like SPIN's February premiere, "Shallow," which makes it onto the 2013 release, the fresh track adds a little extra grit to the band's previously established easy-going drifters.

  • Jay-Z Barclays Center Documentary Where I'm From

    Watch Jay-Z's Triumphant Barclays Center Mini-Doc 'Where I'm From'

    "I've been on many stages all around the world," Jay-Z said at the inaugural night of his eight-show run at the newly christened Barclays Center in September. "I performed at the Grammys. I performed at Glastonbury. I tore Coachella to pieces. Nothing feels like this, Brooklyn, I swear to God." Indeed, as SPIN's Christopher R.

  • Bonnie Prince Billy Fragrance Sanae Intoxicants perfume unisex

    Bonnie 'Prince' Billy Releases Fragrance That Surprisingly Doesn't Smell Like Beard

    Not to be outdone by Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and his whiskey-scented guitar, nor by Nicki Minaj and her busty fembot of a perfume bottle, solo folkster and best candidate for Civil War stand-in Bonnie "Prince" Billy has launched his own highfalutin fragrance. "Bonnie Billy" is a unisex scent selling for $220 per 5 milliliter bottle via Sanae Intoxicants. And if you're insane or intoxicated, you can purchase a teensy .5 mL sample of the stuff for $22.The Sanae website, where the limited-edition "Bonnie Billy" bottle can be purchased, describes Will Oldham's new product thusly: "Underneath the bouquet of the mukhallat, on a warm, Egyptian jasmine, tobacco night, rocks the ancient, romantic rhythm of the Assam oud. Relish in this mystical, swirling dance.

  • Angel Haze Galaxy Samsung Shill Stream

    Angel Haze Shills for Samsung With Spacy New Song 'Galaxy'

    Which came first: the chicken, or the egg that's named after the posh nest that the chicken's just chillin' in? Like the age-old query that inspired it, that question may never be answered, but it may not matter all that much. SPIN's recent Breaking Out star Angel Haze is offering up new song "Galaxy" as a free download via Samsung's Facebook page in honor of their "Next Big Thing" partnership and, of course, the Apple competitor's latest mobile phone, the Galaxy S3. But there are two reasons why this integrated marketing tactic shouldn't ruffle too many feathers. First of all, "Galaxy" is another top-notch Haze track that doesn't once reference phones, tech or (tempting as the extended metaphor might be) receiving signals.

  • Gangnam Style Grimes Dan Deacon Mashup Wish Book Vol 1

    Dan Deacon Gives Grimes the 'Gangnam Style' Treatment on Mashup Mixtape

    On his new Wish Book Volume 1 mixtape, Baltimore pop usurper Dan Deacon proves that you don't have to be a biomedical engineer to do what Girl Talk does. In his own frenetic, maximalist way, the always ambitious artist manages to mash up nearly 50 artists across five tracks and 37 minutes (exactly). Smartly, he kicks things off with "Gangrimes Style," a combination of Grimes' "Genesis" and PSY's "Gangnam Style" that also manages to incorporate Beach House, Skrillex, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Oneohtrix Point Never, and tUnE-yArDs, among numerous others. Deacon initially shared the set via Twitter:Here is a new album of my first ever dj style release. Wish Book Volume 1. Hope you enjoy it! soundcloud.com/dan-deacon/set…— DAN DEACON (@ebaynetflix) December 3, 2012On the SoundCloud site for the mix, he listed all of the artists sampled: "Hope you enjoy.

  • Green Day Tre Stream Album Uno Dos

    Green Day Stream Warm and Fuzzy 'Tre' in Full

    Finally, the third piece of the puzzle: Green Day's ¡Tré! is streaming in full via iHeartRadio, despite frontman Billie Joe Armstrong's, well, touchy relationship with the online streaming and broadcasting company. It was at their Las Vegas showcase, of course, that the punk-pop king went all enfant terrible on his guitar, smashing it while delineating the differences between his band and Justin Bieber. This album, officially out December 11, completes the Bay Area band's LP trilogy, preceded, naturally, by ¡Uno! and ¡Dos! (although a ¡Quatro! documentary happened too). While ¡Tré!

  • A$AP Rocky Kendrick Lamar Drake 2 Chainz Fuckin Problems Video

    A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and 2 Chainz Dish in 'Fuckin' Problems' Video

    Back in October, we shared a heater of a club-destined collab: A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and 2 Chainz trading lines about their shared love for "bad bitches" and, um, love-making, which is as it turns out are their titular "Fuckin' Problems." At last, there's a video for the bawdy song, which presumably hails from A$AP's frequently postponed major label debut, LONGLIVEA$AP, now set for a January 15 release. Of course, it's not like these four fellas haven't been busy. Rocky appears on the new Big Boi track, "Lines." Kendrick was the subject of a substantial SPIN feature. 2 Chainz starred in that surreal "Birthday Song" video. And Drake got all mopey with the Weeknd for "The Zone." Still, each appears in the relatively spare new clip, sporting fancy duds (although Drake kinda looks like a lost member of PM Dawn) and hanging out with fancy women.

  • Atoms for Peace Amok Thom Yorke Flea cover track list

    Thom Yorke's Atoms for Peace to Release 'Amok' LP in February

    Back in September, Thom Yorke at last revealed that his Atoms for Peace band, originally formed to take his 2006 solo album The Eraser on the road, would indeed deliver a long-player of its own. In the time since, we've heard the blippy single "Default," the punishing "What the Eyeballs Did," a handful of untitled teasers, and the promise from Yorke himself that his other band would deliver actual "songs." Track lists, album names, and release dates have been floated, but now we have official confirmation of what's to come: Atoms for Peace's debut LP, Amok, is due stateside February 26 via XL Recordings.Don't believe us?

  • Chromatics Johnny Jewel Mixtape Black White

    Chromatics' Johnny Jewel Shares Autumnal 'Black & White' Synth Mix

    Nothing says "welcome to the fall" like a fat stack of awesomely gooped, synthsizer-swole, mellow dance jams assembled by a bona fide expert thereof. At least, that's what Chromatics and Glass Candy main brain Johnny Jewel appears to be going for with his new free-to-download 45-minute set, Black & White: A Mix for Autumn. Indeed, if chillwave is the sound of summer (well, circa 2009), then these cooler feeling songs are the next logical step as the year progresses toward winter. Better still, they span an impressive range of time, with tracks from Kraftwerk, Nico, and film composer Bill Conti blending kindly with works from Blonde Redhead, Xeno & Oaklander, and '90s 4AD act His Name Is Alive. As Jewel explained on the SoundCloud page for the mix, "It's the end of Autumn, & all of the Reds, Greens, & Yellows have disintegrated into Black & White.

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