Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Das Racist Heems Reddit AMA

    Das Racist's Heems Teases New Album, Defends 'Relax' in Reddit AMA

    Das Racist's Himanshu Suri hosted a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) today in honor of his new Wild Water Kingdom mixtape. Fans of the SPIN cover stars will be happy to know DR have got a new album planned for 2013 (no details yet), and that the rapper best known as Heems had some new thoughts to share about last year's Relax, a key installment in the "Hey, These Guys Are Actually Really Good phase of their inexplicable career." Heems' new full-length, which features guest appearances by Childish Gambino and Lakutis, plus production from Harry Fraud and Le1f, continues that thread, and his responses to the Internet's questions mostly did as well. (Sincerely wondering about his breakfast food preference? "SAUSAGE EGG AND CHEESE.

  • Lady Gaga Terry Richardson Cake trap-rap

    Lady Gaga Proves 'Cake' Rap Is Real With Unnecessary Terry Richardson Video

    In September, Lady Gaga confused a whole lot of folks when she initiated an elaborate ruse to release a ridiculous trap-rap track we dubbed "Cake Like Gaga." With help from her DJ White Shadow and makeup artist Tara Savelo, Mother Monster made it appear as if the song was a fan submission and not, in fact, a pitch-warped recording of her rapping about swag, diamonds, and AKs over tinny drums and sampled dog barks.Well, if there was any doubt left about who actually authored the thing, Lady Gaga has laid that to rest. As Idolator notes, she performed the song at her recent Rio de Janeiro show (watch her get genuinely ratchet in a shaky fan-filmed clip) and today Stefani Germonotta herself got on Twitter to share a 15-second preview for "Cake" (as the song seems to be named) video directed my raunch master general Terry Richardson.

  • The-Dream 1977 Album Commercial Reissue

    The-Dream to Charge Money for Once-Free '1977' Mixtape

    Perhaps inspired by his plucky PBR&B cousin the Weeknd, The-Dream is giving a proper, money-costing release to a set of songs that were free in 2011. And like Abel Tesfaye's Trilogy compilation, which came out yesterday, this reissue is arguably quite warranted. Originally released under his birth name Terius Nash, 1977 was initially widely acclaimed for its intense introspection and pop-thwarting style — imagine a Trapped in the Closet that replaces the tongue-in-cheek with a mouthful of bared teeth — and has become a fan favorite since.This is all well and good — 1977 will be out December 18, by the way — except for the fact that we're still waiting for the long-delayed official The-Dream album Love IV MMXII, which continues to get pushed off despite the fact that its author is now executive vice president of A&R at the very same label he's signed to, Def Jam.

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    Who Charted? Taylor Swift Beats 'Now,' PSY Fever Subsides

    First! God bless Taylor Swift for holding steady at No. 1 for a third week. Not because she happens to be our new BFF — although, those little dubstep noises she makes are totes adorbs — but because by selling another 196K copies of her record-breaking and well-reviewed Red, she kept that abomination known as Now That's What I Call Music! 44 away from the highest seat in the land. Swift has moved 1.75 million units of her fourth album thus far, but she's got a long way to go before catching up with 2012's biggest seller, Adele's 21, a 2011 release with more than 4 million sold this year. Even sweeter: This may be Now's last hurrah (99K, btw). As reported in early October, the long-running pop comp series is facing the chopping block as EMI merges with Universal. All but the first installment debuted in the Top 10, says Billboard, and that inaugural entry eventually made the climb.

  • Yo La Tengo Fade New Album Tour

    Yo La Tengo Announce New Album 'Fade,' 2013 Tour

    Hoboken alt-rock old schoolers Yo La Tengo have set a date for their first album since 2009's Popular Songs. Their 13th full-length, Fade, is due January 15 via Matador and, according the the label's Matablog, will be "reminiscent of landmarks like 1997's I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One and 2000’s And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out." The 10-song set will include the low-key stunner "Stupid Things," which we first heard in September. Consistent with that track, the announcement promises "a tapestry of fine melody and elegant noise, rhythmic shadowplay and shy-eyed orchestral beauty, songcraft and experimentation." Also promised: a new song to premiere tomorrow circa 10 a.m. EST on Mata.Preorders are available now, and the deluxe vinyl version comes numbered, and printed on rainbow foil, with a bonus 7-inch thrown in.

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    Unfunky Prince Shuts Down 'Le Petit Prince' Miniatures Artist

    What was that we were saying about great ideas? Well, sometimes they're just quashed by the powers that be. In late 2011, Seattle artist Troy Gua combined his love for the outsize character of Prince and the surreal puppetry of "supermarionation" pioneer Gerry Anderson (Thunderbirds), and launched the Le Petit Prince project. He built a 1/6 scale version of the Purple One, sewed up some "tiny sets of funky clothes," and shot the miniature Artist in some of his most iconic poses. Quite naturally, the photo series took off.But as of Friday, November 16 at 4 p.m. PST, Le Petit Prince must be erased from the Internet. As Gua has announced via LPP's Facebook page, the real Prince's handlers have hit him with what sounds like a very unpleasant cease and desist letter.

  • Angel Haze Lunice Gimme That Video Download

    Hear Angel Haze Command Lunice to 'Gimme That' in New Collaboration

    Back in July, the fine video-producing folks over at Yours Truly took a more hands-on role by putting our dudes Danny Brown and AraabMuzik together in the same space and filming while they worked their magic on a track that wound up being dubbed "Molly Ringwald." Now they're back with another pair of rising stars from the rap world: New York's Missy Elliott-covering, soul-baring MC Angel Haze and the Canadian half of TNGHT, a.k.a. the Montreal-based beat beast known as Lunice. In the video released yesterday (watch below), the pair meet up at London's Metropolis Studios, discuss their approach to craft, goof around a bit, and, of course, do what they came to do. The end result of their impromptu collaboration is "Gimme That," a brightly bubbling trunk-rattler with all of the warped effects and raw swagger we've come to expect from these two, with a few surprises thrown in, of course.

  • Azealia Banks Rihanna Seapunk Beef

    Seapunks Salty Over Rihanna and Azealia Banks' 'Net Aesthetics

    As anyone who's ever had a great idea knows, the good and the bad of the thing is that as the idea spreads — even within a small set of friends — it becomes increasingly difficult to assert ownership over the concept or control how it's used. If your peer group is a geographically disperse group of people who bond over a niche taste via publicly viewable online forums, well, you should understand this better than most.But the progenitors of the seapunk aesthetic style — all yin-yangs, aquatic imagery, and 3-D renderings cribbed from '90s fashion and early web memes — appear for all the world to be deathly slighted anytime the mainstream jacks their flipper-fueled swagger.

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    Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon Joins Dinosaur Jr. Anniversary Show

    Massachusetts OG indie rockers Dinosaur Jr. are currently celebrating the 25th anniversary of their landmark 1987 album, You're Living All Over Me. As previously reported, they've got a new old concert LP on the way, Chocomel Daze (Live 1987), due November 19, and an upcoming New York show where they'll be playing YLAOM in full, plus a second set that will no doubt include songs from their new SPIN Essential I Bet on Sky.That second December 1 set at Terminal 5 will include something else as well: special guests, like the already announced Johnny Marr (The Smiths, Modest Mouse) and Al Cisneros (Sleep, Om). Now Dinosaur Jr. have announced that Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon will also be partaking.

  • John Frusciante Vinyl Reissue Album

    John Frusciante to Reissue Solo Catalog on Limited Vinyl

    Though he's best known for once wielding axe in the Red Hot Chili Peppers and has worked with everyone from the Mars Volta to the Wu-Tang Clan, John Frusciante has a well-loved solo oeuvre that owes half of its heft to the six albums he released in 2004 alone. A handful of those and a few others are getting a limited edition 180-gram vinyl reissue on December 11 thanks to Record Collection.From that prolific 2004 solo run: The Will to Death, Inside of Emptiness, A Sphere in the Heart of Silence, and the DC EP. Also included are 2005's fan favorite Curtains; 2009's The Empyrean; and both of his releases with Ataxia, which was rounded out by Fugazi's Joe Lally and RHCP's Josh Klinghoffer, 2004's Automatic Writing and 2007's AW II. Each of the eight releases will come with a download card in both MP3 and WAV.Now onto the pricing, which is — wow — steep.

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