Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Angel Haze Sexual Assault Eminem 'Cleaning Out My Closet'

    Angel Haze Recounts Sexual Assault on Eminem-Sampling 'Cleaning Out My Closet'

    Hip-hop's role has often provided a voice for the voiceless, but it hasn't been a consistently revolutionary medium for women, to say the least. Seemingly aiming to change that, New York rap upstart Angel Haze dives fearlessly into the broadly verboten topic of sexual abuse in her startlingly graphic new song, "Cleaning Out My Closet," which borrows its beat and sobering tone from Eminem's expository 2002 original "Cleanin' Out My Closet."Haze stated via press release, "[I] would like to start out by saying its really, really explicit and probably the realest song I’ve ever recorded.

  • Bon Iver Bushmills Whiskey Guitar Auction

    Bon Iver's Auctioned Guitar Will Smell Like Whiskey

    He's brought us tattoo contests, fitness seminars, and New Age dreams. Now Bon Iver's Justin Vernon is sending a custom-made whiskey-barrel guitar to auction in order to raise money for an arts program in his hometown. Also hailing from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, is master luthier Gordy Bischoff, who can be seen working on "The 1608" in the video clip above.The unusual axe's name, naturally, comes from the year that Bushmills Irish Whiskey claims to have been founded, as Bon Iver is neck-deep in an extensive promotional campaign with the distillers. Bischoff made "The 1608" out of white oak, an atypical material, and had sweetened the guitar case's built-in humidor with a bit of the booze for smell's sake.The eBay auction, began on Monday and will run through Friday, November 2. At press time, it'd reached $7,100 with a total of 24 bids.

  • Fiona Apple Judd Apatow This Is 40

    Fiona Apple Writes 'Dull Tool' for Judd Apatow's 'This Is 40'

    Fiona Apple has written a song for Judd Apatow's upcoming Knocked Up spinoff, This Is 40. As Huffington Post reports, Universal Pictures has updated their Academy Awards site and included her unheard "Dull Tool" amongst its entries for Best Original Song.Though Apple's 2000 single "Paper Bag" appeared in Apatow's Bridesmaids last year, this will be her first time penning something unique for the silver screen. She previously covered John Lennon's "Across the Universe" for 1998's Pleasantville, and "Sally's Song" for a bonus disc from The Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack's 2006 reissue.It no doubt helps that her frequent collaborator Jon Brion (When the Pawn..., the bootleg version of Extraordinary Machine) is providing This Is 40's at times Apple-esque score, clips of which can be heard at the aforementioned Universal site.The film hits theaters on December 21.

  • Wild Nothing Paradise Video Michelle Williams

    Wild Nothing Send Pixie Dream Girl Michelle Williams to 'Paradise' in New Video

    Back in 2008, SPIN rhetorically asked if Michelle Williams (Dawson's Creek, Brokeback Mountain) was "the coolest indie actress around." Four years later, we have a definitive answer in the form of Wild Nothing's new music video for "Paradise," a dreamy drifter from the Virginia act's Nocturne LP. In the Matt Amato-directed clip, which premiered on Pitchfork, Williams hops a plane to Niagara Falls, and we take the trip with her, staring out the window, hearing her read from Iris Murdoch's 1975 novel A Word Child, and eventually winding up face-to-poncho-wearing-face amidst the glory of the massive falls. We all know Wild Nothing's Jack Tatum likes a good story, and it's hard to deny this beatific mood piece with its totes adorbs star.

  • Smells Like Teen Spirit TV Show CBS

    All Apologies: Nirvana-Less 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' Sitcom Coming to CBS

    In a move rife with copyright infringement concern, CBS has announced a forthcoming family sitcom called Smells Like Teen Spirit created by writer Dave Goetsch (The Big Bang Theory, 3rd Rock From the Sun). According to the Hollywood Reporter, the show will follow the foibles of an 18-year-old kid who "forgoes Harvard...to launch a multibillion-dollar Internet company from his garage with the assistance of his sister, best friend, and his 1990s indie-rock parents."So basically, it's a modern DIY story that aims to connect the young adult's ambition (teen spirit) to the interests of his folks, reducing Nirvana's role in the thing to a titular (and probably script-ular) plot device that dates his well-meaning but endearingly out-of-touch aging hipster elders. The entire alt-'90s would respond with a simultaneous #SMH if only they had access to Twitter.

  • Dirty Projectors TV on the Radio While You're Here

    Hear Dirty Projectors' Touching Tribute to TV on the Radio's Gerard Smith

    A month ago we hipped you to the pending existence of Dirty Projectors' About to Die EP, due November 6, which takes its name from a towering standout on the Brooklyn band's sixth long-player, and SPIN Essential, Swing Lo Magellan. We also shared the Hi Custodian short film, which paid open tribute to Kanye West and Alejandro Jodorowsky. But with new song "While You're Here," the Projectors found their inspiration much closer to home. Main man David Longstreth debuted the track via Twitter, and explained that it was written in honor of TV on the Radio member Gerard Smith, who died of cancer last April. The short but sweet song finds Longstreth singing over strings: "While you are here, you are alive."Hey, here's a song I wrote on the day of Gerard Smith's wake in BK 2 summers ago. This song is for him. Miss u Gerry!

  • Daniel Mustard / Photo via Kickstarter

    From Creep to Clickable: Radiohead's Famous Homeless Fan Makes Good

    Last month, in honor of the 20th anniversary of Radiohead's "Creep," SPIN ranked 10 of the enduring single's most clicked cover versions. A week later, we received an e-mail from our No. 3, the so-called "Homeless Mustard," whose stirring rendition for Sirius XM's Opie and Anthony has racked up over 9 million YouTube views since he recorded it on a winter morning in 2009. As it turns out, Daniel Mustard not only has a roof over his head now, but a new EP, Fragments of Bone, which he funded by raising $16,262 on Kickstarter. We caught up with the cleaned-up artist to talk about the pros and cons of living with schizos, the parallels between busking and Kickstarting, and the song that helped pull him from "the depths of hell."The world's introduction to you was as a homeless man beautifully covering Radiohead’s "Creep." What do you remember about that experience?

  • azealia banks dolce and gabbana racism

    Azealia Banks Blasts Dolce & Gabbana's 'Racist' Spring Line

    SPIN's most recent cover star Azealia Banks took aim at Dolce & Gabbana on Twitter yesterday, calling the fashion house's recently unveiled Spring 2013 collection "racist" for employing "black mammie" imagery. Banks is no stranger to style or Twitter drama — she was embroiled in web beef with producer Munchi when her chic "Luxury" video dropped last month — and the latest D&G line has already had its fair share of critics.In fact, the brand published an article about the controversial "Moorish" faces and burlap sack-style dresses on its Swide site in late September, explaining that it all relates to the Ninth Century Muslim conquest of Sicily, which influenced local aesthetic at the time.

  • Gunplay House Arrest Armed Robbery

    Gunplay Released on House Arrest, Aims to 'Clear Name'

    Following his arrest earlier this month for an outstanding armed robbery warrant, Floridian rapper Gunplay has been released on house arrest on a $150,000 bond. As NBC Miami reports, the artist's lawyer Michael Grieco issued the following statement:"The state did not prove that Mr. Morales was a flight risk or a threat to the community. He should be home with his family shortly. This is first step in clearing his name so he can continue his emerging music career.”Gunplay, a.k.a. 33-year-old Richard Welton Morales and an accomplice are alleged to have robbed a man at an area taxi business in April. They are accused of stealing a chain and a cell phone, and of beating the victim before threatening him with a handgun.This is somewhat fitting considering Gunplay had his own chain snatched whilst getting jumped by 50 Cent's security detail at the BET Hip Hop Awards a few weeks ago.

  • Aesop Rock Homemade Mummy Video

    Aesop Rock Plays Vintage Arcade Games in 'Homemade Mummy' Video

    Aesop Rock's recent Skelethon LP may cast the San Francisco cult MC as "the hip rap-dad you never had," but the new video for macabre album standout "Homemade Mummy" finds ol' Jabberwocky Superfly and his bros playing kiddie games at the local arcade. Aes' Hail Mary Mallon homie Rob Sonic joins in the fun, which includes everything from Ms. Pac-Man duels to carnival-style strongman contests. We'd like to think the man was inspired by SPIN's recent roundup,  Arcade Fire: 50 Rap Songs Based on Video Game Samples, or at least Frank Ocean's Saturday Night Live performance. Aesop is on the road with Sonic, DJ Big Whiz, and Dark Time Sunshine.Aesop Rock tour dates:October 23 - Jacksonville, FL @ Jack RabbitsOctober 24 - St. Petersburg, FL @ State TheatreOctober 26 - Ft.

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