Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Buke and Gase General Dome

    Buke and Gase Transmit Tense Terror in 'General Dome'

    If you aren't yet familiar with Buke and Gase, the explanation of the Brooklyn duo's name goes a long way to illustrating what makes them special. Arone Dyer (her) and Aron Sanchez (him) are known for making intensely chugging No Wave chamber-punk using handmade instruments like the "buke," a baritone ukelele, and the "gase," a guitar-bass hybrid.On the titular track for their upcoming sophomore album General Dome, due January 29 via Brassland, they bend their odd machines to urgent ends, creating a tense environment that seems to embody Dyer's line about carrying "a crest of weight." The paranoiac vibe befits the new LP's themes — a "general dome," it seems, is a type of easily installed security camera, and the album's cover (below) is made up of symbols representing a coded alphabet invented by Buke and Gase.

  • Dinosaur Jr. Marc Maron WTF J Mascis Podcast

    Hear Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis Open Up on Marc Maron's 'WTF' Podcast

    Dinosaur Jr.

  • Big Boi In the A Ludacris T.I. Vicious Lies Dangerous Rumors

    Big Boi, Ludacris and T.I. Revisit the Trap on 'In the A'

    Little by little, we're learning more about Big Boi's upcoming second solo album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors. SPIN has now attended two separate listening parties, shared the retro-futuristic video for Kelly Rowland collab "Mama Told Me," and even sat down with Daddy Fat Sax himself to discuss such key details as how he learned to make an apple bong from the guys in Modest Mouse. The guest-heavy new set, due December 11, has also yielded a synth-poppy teamup with Phantogram and A$AP Rocky dubbed "Lines," and now we have a more traditional track called "In the A" featuring fellow Atlantians Ludacris and T.I. The lumbering beat stomps forth in time with massive tuba blasts while trappy hi-hats skitter out of its way.

  • the-dream tender tendencies 1977

    The-Dream Shares Repentant 'Tender Tendencies' Ballad as '1977' Bonus

    On his new song, "Tender Tendencies," The-Dream takes a cue from Kanye West and toasts himself as the archetypical douchebag unable to overcome his insecurities for the sake of a healthy relationship.

  • WU LYF Break Up

    WU LYF Singer Breaks Up With His Band Via YouTube

    It appears that Manchester band WU LYF have broken up. On Friday, the group shared and subsequently deleted a new song called "T R I U M P H" via YouTube. But the clip has been reposted by others since along with the screed that originally accompanied it. Beneath the song, frontman Ellery Roberts wrote, "WU LYF is dead to me. The sincerity of [2011 album Go Tell Fire to the Mountain] was lost in the bull shit of maintaining face in the world we live.

  • Nicki Minaj Target Walmart Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded The Re-Up

    Nicki Minaj Blames Big Box Stores for Potentially Poor 'Re-Up' Sales

    In a recent interview with New York's Power 105.1, Nicki Minaj expressed concern that her latest Pink Friday installment wouldn't be receiving the benefits of Black Friday sales at certain big box stores. Her Roman Reloaded — The Re-Up reissue came out on November 19, and while the numbers aren't in yet, it seems the Young Money star may be bracing herself for low figures."It's hard to get the album," she told The Breakfast Club, "because the stores basically said that the last few re-releases they had put out did not do well and they didn’t want to take a chance. So Target and Walmart [are] not selling the album. And Target is actually my biggest retailer. They’ve sold the most Nicki Minaj albums ever.

  • Green Day Quatro Documentary VH1

    American Vidiots: Green Day Announce 'Quatro' Documentary

    The world will not get a Green Day tour — not yet at least — but their label has got a temporary fix for those afflicted with RAD (rehab-affected disorder): ¡Quatro! No, it's not a secret late addition to the in-progress trilogy — read our reviews of ¡Uno! and ¡Dos!; ¡Tré! is out December 7 — it's a documentary that compiles behind-the-scenes footage from those albums' making along with the Bay Area punks' "various spontaneous live performances in select cities across the U.S." Of course, those shows might seem less spontaneous if Green Day didn't have to keep canceling.While a full-length DVD copy of the film won't be made available until the new year, VH1 will be premiering the highlights on Wednesday, November 28, with subsequent airings on MTV2 and Viacom affiliate Palladia (full schedule on the Green Day site).

  • One Direction Rihanna Billboard Charts Top Ten

    Who Charted? One Direction Point Upward, Rihanna Thwarts Maroon 5

    First! Deadmau5 told SPIN that the prophetically named One Direction are the future, so welcome to it. The English-Irish boy band has returned to the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 for the second time this year after their 2011 overseas debut, Up All Night, got its stateside launch back in March. The sequentially titular follow-up Take Me Home bowed at a whopping 540K, giving these X Factor acolytes the third largest initial sales week of the year following Taylor Swift's phenomenal 1.21 million start for Red, and Mumford and Sons' disconcerting 600K for Babel. While this was indeed a landmark sales week for the unlikely lads, their previous No. 1 was more historic (marking the first time in the chart's 56 years that a U.K. act has launched their debut album at No. 1) and besides, one-man(?) boy band Justin Bieber beat these n00bs to the deuce mark earlier this year.

  • Led Zeppelin Reunion Robert Plant Jimmy Page

    Led Zeppelin Reunion Tour Was Nixed for a Totally Boring Reason

    Once upon a time, way back in 2007, for the first time in 12 years, Led Zeppelin reunited to play a show ... and that was the end of the story. Almost. Not only has that now five-year-old concert just gotten a well-hyped theatrical and DVD release — "Five years is like five minutes in Zeppelin time," said John Paul Jones at a press conference — the abrupt end of that flirtation with reforming has fueled unceasing discussion amongst fans and press, since exacerbated by the presence of Celebration Day.By late 2008, it was clear that Robert Plant had refused to push forward with a full tour.

  • Incan Abraham's 'Springhouse' Video

    Watch Incan Abraham's Ghostly 'Springhouse' Video

    Like the Los Angeles band's name might suggest, Incan Abraham combine colorful tribal flair with a genuinely stately air. The quartet's approach to worldly sounds isn't winkingly exploitive like Vampire Weekend's, or the mad scientist's mashup that is Yeasayer's. To the contrary, these four wed their fluttering melodies and tropical rhythms to a graceful frame, as can be heard on their new single "Springhouse."The back and forth vocals of guitarist Teddy Cafaro and effects-man Giuliano "Giuls" Pizzulo bring Grizzly Bear to mind, as does the overriding earnest swoon of the song. For the video, directed by Cafaro with Jack Johnson (no relation, we hope), the band plays draped in sheets, with their own images projected onto the ghostly moving canvases. The ethereal feeling goes well with the music, as does the kalieodoscopie caused by the simple setup.

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