Chris Martins

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  • Ulrich Schnauss A Long Way to Fall Video Album

    Ulrich Schnauss Has 'A Long Way to Fall' in New Video and Album

    German googaze producer and unintential Chinese Democracy contributor Ulrich Schnauss is set to release his first solo album since 2007's Goodbye. A Long Way to Fall is due February 12 via Domino and, according to a statement from the artist, marks a full return to synthlandia after a momentary detour into guitartown via a pair of collabs with the gentle Englishmen of Engineers. Our first taste comes with the titular song, a quiet storm revision that stretches gauzy keyboard textures over rounded bass bumps. The corresponding video, directed by Russian-born visual artist Nat Urazmetova, a.k.a. Hidden Shine, captures various trees and lights in a seemingly mist-addled pre-dawn beach scene. There is indeed lots of synthesizer, plus little blurts and blips of more traditional IDM, which seems in line with Schnauss' announcement.

  • Mikky Ekko Clams Casino Pull Me Down Video

    Mikky Ekko and Clams Casino Get Goopy in 'Pull Me Down' Video

    "Pull Me Down" is a strange but enticing proposition: recent RCA signee Mikky Ekko plying radio-ready blue-eyed soul over the woozy, bass-addled sonics of producer Clams Casino. Perhaps this Nashvillian's pretty mug is the face of PBR&B 3.0? Or would that image belong to the far weirder profile of Alt-J? Whatever's going on here, James Blake better get on board before the train he was once set to conduct leaves the station. In terms of exposure, Ekko has got a real jump on the competition — he duets with Rihanna on the elegiac Unapologetic track "Stay," playing the piano-plinking Chris Martin to her, well, Rihanna circa Mylo Xyloto. But the guy's approach isn't 100 percent pop. There's a lot of darkly mottled goop in the mix, made literal in the video for "Pull Me Down," and a taste for chilly electronics that may make him a cousin to Sufjan Stevens collaborator Son Lux.

  • Moonface Siinai Headed for the Door Video

    Moonface Head for the Lighthouse 'Door' in Stirring Time-Lapse Video

    Former Wolf Parade member Spencer Krug has busied himself with all manner of fringe-leaning projects in the past few years, but none has held our ears so captive as his latest Moonface LP, the SPIN Essential'd With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery. David Bevan described the breakup album as "a headlong, electric leap into a pit of despair so black and bottomless as to be indefinable, like the ocean floor."The new video for eight-minute dirge "Headed for the Door" doesn't do much to brighten up that description. Of course, we don't mind. The Marsha Balaeva-directed clip combines gorgeously stark black-and-white photography of a seaside town with clutch animated bits, making for a magic-infused time-lapse piece celebrating the illuminating qualities of lighthouses and literature.

  • Interpol Roland Demo Turn Out the Bright Lights

    Interpol Share Angular 'Roland' Demo From 'Bright Lights' 10th Anniversary Set

    In SPIN's recent interview with Interpol on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of their vaunted debut, Turn On the Bright Lights, guitarist Daniel Kessler told us, "People don't necessarily realize that the first album was the culmination of five years of work. We'd been playing around New York for a long time without getting anywhere. When we signed with Matador, we would've been thrilled with selling 10,000 copies. We just wanted someone to pay attention."A full decade later and we're anticipating the classy commemorative reissue of that album — complete with a bonus disc of B-sides and demos, and a DVD of early aughts performances — due December 4, via Matador of course.

  • Kurt Cobain Exhibition Thurston Moore Miami

    Thurston Moore Headlines Kurt Cobain Exhibition in Miami

    Courtney Love has shot down rumors of a full-fledged Nirvana musical as well as Crossfire Hurricane director Brett Morgan's Kurt Cobain documentary. On December 6, however, Miami's Gusman Center will play host to smaller, artier versions of both, along with a headlining set by Thurston Moore, via KURT, "a multi discipline exhibition and study of the late Kurt Cobain."Act one will comprise a short film also called KURT (doubly fitting), "an abstract portrayal of the personality and many masks of the myth," directed by contemporary artist Adarsha Benjamin, who has also worked on some weird James Franco shit not to be confused with his band Daddy or recent foray into music videos via R.E.M.

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    Bieber Love and Old Blood: Behind the Scenes at 2012's American Music Awards

    Brandy plays World of Warcraft and Justin Bieber is kind of amazing. Oh, and EDM "is the hottest new thing in music," if you didn't know. Devote your pre-Thanksgiving Sunday to the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards, and this is the sort of knowledge you will gain. SPIN went to the mountain, and when we asked Cyndi Lauper what her hopes were for music in 2013, she toddled forward and dipped backward like some sort of New Wave shaman before answering thusly: "Music." Clearly, not all revelations are created equal.It should be noted that while we visited with Mrs. Lauper on the red carpet outside of Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre, the aforementioned mount was actually the top of the facility's West Garage — yes, an open-air parking barracks covered with a massive canopy, fitted with a complex matrix of curtains-as-walls, and converted into the bustling home of the AMAs press corps.

  • Cannibal Ox The Cold Vein New Album

    Cannibal Ox Promise Follow-up to Indie-Rap Classic Album 'The Cold Vein'

    On Tuesday, we learned that early aughts indie-rap icons Cannibal Ox are reuniting for a rare show in New York at the Knitting Factory Brooklyn on December 9. We'd expressed hope for one of those nifty full-album tours where long-lost groups perform the record that everyone loves them for and skip on all the wack shit, but it now seems we'll get something even better (or maybe some real wack shit): a brand new CanOx album.That original beloved full-length, of course, would be 2001's The Cold Vein, which features some really great metaphors about a "metallic winged pigeon." Fittingly, this new news comes courtesy of rap-oriented blog Pigeons and Planes, who spoke with in-group philosopher, Vast Aire. "We never broke up," he said, "but the timing is now right for a new Cannibal Ox LP.

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    Kanye West Cuts Rihanna's 'Diamonds' Remix with 'Fresh Prince' Theme

    As it turns out, "Diamonds" is a girl's best friend. Rihanna's latest single, which she recently performed on Saturday Night Live, has sparked a seapunk uprising, inspired a Zola Jesus cover, and helped to fuel her airborne 777 Tour. Not bad for a little old "happy and hippie" song, but why not add one more accomplishment to the list?

  • R.E.M. Lindsay Lohan James Franco Blue

    Monster: R.E.M. Cast Lindsay Lohan in James Franco-Directed 'Blue' Video

    How did it come to this? Actually, the timeline is quiet clear: R.E.M. release a career-boosting 15th album, Collapse Into Now, and then subsequently quit the music game for good, leaving their legacy untended. As least, we have to assume as much, considering the above 20-month-late music video for "Blue," which was directed by that never-ending font of strange, James Franco. To be fair, taken on its own, the Patti Smith-featuring song is a narco-poetic mindfuck, and Franco delivers something in kind. In between hazily nostalgic shots of Sunset Boulevard landmarks, we see famously sleazy shutterbug Terry Richardson photographing Lindsay Lohan atop a stove, and footage of Franco himself in drag, presumably from his 2010 Richardson shoot for the cover of Candy magazine.

  • Nicki Minaj Ciara I'm Legit

    Hear Nicki Minaj Name-Drop Obama on Ciara-Featuring 'Re-Up' Track 'I'm Legit'

    Jay-Z may be the president's BFF, but the Young Money crew knows better than most how to exploit Barack Obama's occasional acknowledgement of their existence. For the trailer to his recent Dedication 4, Lil Wayne sampled an out-of-context POTUS saying, "Maybe you are the next Lil Wayne, but probably not," and Nicki Minaj racked up countless headlines for her mention of Mitt Romney on that same mixtape. Naturally, the attention increased tenfold when Obama himself had to explain that, no she wasn't actually endorsing the Republican candidate and, by the way, y'all don't understand how rap lyrics work. Well, Minaj circles back on her new Ciara-featuring track, "I'm Legit," when she rhymes: "I graduate with honors, I'm Ball-nead O'Conner / I did a freestyle then I got a shout out from Obammer." Hey, bragging rights are bragging rights — it's only fair.

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