Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • RZA Black Keys Baddest Man Alive Video

    See RZA Fight the Black Keys for 'The Baddest Man Alive' Title

    The jury's out on whether he's "The Baddest Man Alive," but Wu-Tang Clan boss the RZA can do no wrong these days. With his feature film The Man With the Iron Fists hitting theaters on November 2, he's released a hilarious new music video for his soundtrack collaboration with the Black Keys. Chris Marrs Piliero directs "The Baddest Man Alive," wherein RZA, Dan Auerbach, and Patrick Carney get into a gorily epic kung-fu-style brawl over a fortune cookie. Highlights include a nearly deadly fish-slap, the untimely removal of a customer's arm, and the Iron Fists footage, featuring Russell Crowe and Lucy Liu, playing on the restaurant TVs.In a new interview with Movies.com, RZA explains that his Quentin Tarantino-presented movie almost had a tie-in to the famed director's forthcoming film, Django Unchained.

  • Britney Spears Sam Lutfi Dad Die

    Toxic: Britney Spears Accused of Meth Use, Dad Feared for Her Death in 2007

    Britney Spears turned 30 last year, but there was a time where she seemed hellbent on joining the 27 Club. Many believe that the pop star's notorious 2007 breakdown stemmed from an, ahem, toxic relationship with former self-described manager Sam Lutfi. Now, three years after Brit's family successfully hit the man with a restraining order, he's now in court suing the entire Spears clan, and the headlines are rolling in once again.Lutfi, 38, is suing Britney for 15 percent of her earnings during the period in which he was in the picture — parts of 2007 and 2008, when she was estimated to be making up to a million per month.

  • Chromatics Looking For Love Video Fashion

    See Chromatics' 'Looking for Love' Score Chanel Fashion Show

    Despite the band being from Portland, Oregon, Chromatics' music plays like a high fashion European dream — Teutonic-toned iciness combined with Italian Disco heat — so it's no wonder the quartet was invited by Karl Lagerfeld to play Chanel's Parisian runway show in early October. The video for new song "Looking for Love" captures Chromatics at France's Grand Palais, perfectly at home perched above the endless stream of models and photographers. At five minutes, this is a much-abridged version of the synth-pop epic, which will run a whopping 17 minutes on the upcoming After Dark 2 compilation out via Italians Do It Better. The label's go-to videographer Alberto Rossini directs, giving this very recent footage an undeniably vintage feel. Chromatics recently issued their SPIN-reviewed March album Kill For Love on vinyl.

  • Morrissey Cancels Gigs Sick Mother

    Morrissey Postpones U.S. Gigs to Spend Time With Sick Mother

    A noted friend to elderly women in need, Morrissey is taking a week off of his current U.S. tour to spend time with his mother, who has been hospitalized in England. A press release delivered to Morrissey fanzine True to You described Elizabeth Morrissey as "unwell," and explained that the four currently canceled dates — Pittsburgh, Columbus, Flint, and Chicago — will be rescheduled.According to the announcement, "New dates will be announced within the coming days [and] the remainder of the U.S. tour will be unaffected." This means Moz will still make it to the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, where Buddy Holly played his final show, and that his Los Angeles gig at the Staples Center, supported by Iggy and the Stooges, is still on as well.Morrissey 2012 U.S.

  • Sole Letter to a Young Rapper HoloPac Nirvana Ryan Hemsworth

    Sole and Ryan Hemsworth Dis White Dudes, HoloPac on 'Letter to a Young Rapper'

    "Not from the old school or from the new," begins Sole on the Ryan Hemsworth-produced "Letter to a Young Rapper." The cult indie-rap icon has a new full-length coming out November 13 — the Kickstarter-funded A Ruthless Criticism of Everything Existing — and, sure, it'd be easy to assume the former Anticon chief is a man out of time, but that's not the case.This new single finds Sole slowing his verbal roll to blast one quotable after another, paying tribute to Gang Starr and the Beastie Boys in one breath, and licking shots at white rappers and Hologram Tupac in the next.

  • Mr. MFN eXquire The Man in the High Castle Mixtape

    Mr. MFN eXquire Drops 'The Man in the High Castle' Mixtape Against UMG's Wishes

    It's only been a week since Mr. MFN eXquire's Power and Passion EP was announced — due November 6 via Universal Republic — but the New York MC has leaked a new 19-track mixtape, The Man in the High Castle, and alleged that he went against his record label in doing so:So I had this tape I wanted to drop but my label fighting me cuz they hate me to rap but y'all could find that shit if u smart.— Ringo Mandingo (@MRMFNeXquire) October 18, 2012They keep taking it down, Ima keep putting it up...— Ringo Mandingo (@MRMFNeXquire) October 18, 2012I love my label btw.

  • Kendrick Lamar m.A.A.d. Stands For

    Kendrick Lamar: 'm.A.A.d.' Stands For 'Me, an Angel on Angel Dust'

    Kendrick Lamar has at last revealed the meaning of the acronym in the title of his just-leaked new album, good kid, m.A.A.d. city. In an interview with Los Angeles Leakers, the Compton's rising rap savior broke it down: "It's two meanings. The first one is, 'my angry adolescence divided,' and the basic standout meaning is 'my angel's on angel dust.'"While the first seems self-explanatory, the second required a little more exposition: "That's the reason I don't smoke," Lamar said. One of the hosts responded, "So you knew somebody [who accidentally smoked] angel dust?" The MC replied, "No, that was me ... it's on that album. It's in the story. It was me getting my hands on the wrong thing at the wrong time, being oblivious to it."And sure enough, on the song "m.A.A.d.

  • ISP Copyright Alert System MegaUpload Pirate Bay

    Downloaders Beware: Copyright Alert System Arises as Torrent Sites Enter the Cloud

    And the war over copyright infringement on the Internet wages on, with the last couple of days revealing tactical moves from both sides of the battlefield. As SPIN reported yesterday, torrent site Pirate Bay ditched its evidence-accruing servers in favor of a cloud-based data storage system. Now, according to Wired, beleaguered torrent site MegaUpload, shut down by feds in January, is also headed for the cloud with their new venture, Mega.Mega founder Kim Dotcom highlights an encryption-heavy model that allows his company plausible deniability as to users' activity, as the content of each upload is only accessible by a decryption key randomly generated and provided to the user, who is in charge of managing access.At the same time, Internet server providers are preparing to roll out a new customer-targeting Copyright Alert System in the coming weeks, Billboard reports.

  • Rolling Stones the Beatles cover Charlie Is My Darling

    The Rolling Stones Cover the Beatles in 1965 'Charlie Is My Darling' Clip

    The Rolling Stones cover the Beatles' "I've Just Seen A Face" and "Eight Days a Week" in a teaser clip from the upcoming 1965 Ireland travelogue, Charlie Is My Darling. The video captures the band in their youth, playfully aping the Liverpool band often cast as their rivals. The film will be available November 6 in a variety of formats, including a deluxe version that includes a DVD, Blu-Ray, two CDs (the soundtrack, and live recordings from their 1965 British tour), a vinyl 10-inch, a poster for their Belfast gig, a 42-page hardcover book, and a film cell.The Rolling Stones and their fans are currently celebrating the band's 50th anniversary, and it's been a busy one so far. Mick Jagger sang with President Obama and went on to host and play Saturday Night Live. SPIN revisited their first gig, and shared a sizable set of lost vintage photos.

  • Swans The Apostate Live Video

    Watch Swans Tear Into 'The Apostate' Live in 12-Minute Video

    The No Wave destroyers in Swans are a terrifyingly good sight to behold live. While there's no substitute for seeing Words of Wisdom-giver Michael Gira wail in person, a 12-minute concert clip of "The Apostate" goes a long way to communicate the band's brutal majesty. On Swans' new SPIN Essential The Seer, the same song is 23 minutes long, but, hey, what do you expect for "a planet-eating Galactus of an album"? The deluxe edition includes a DVD chockablock full of live footage, and that's where "The Apostate" comes from. Watch now, and catch Swans on tour later.Swans tour dates:Aug. 3 - Berlin, Germany @ BerghainAug. 5 - Katowice, Poland @ Off! FestivalAug. 9 - Sibenik, Croatia @ Terraneo FestivalAug. 11 - Helsinki, Finland @ Flow FestivalSept. 6 - Vancouver, BC @ Venue *Sept. 7 - Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s Crystal Ball Reading Room*Sept.

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