Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Billy Corgan Rumi Poetry Sufi Tea Shop Performance

    Another Ridiculous Billy Corgan Thing

    Sometimes we're forced to wonder: Does it take work to be as "Billy Corgan" as Billy Corgan is? Or does it come naturally to Billy Corgan to be so freaking Billy Corgan all of the time? Because even though he's the dude, it seems improbable that any human could accomplish such Billy Corgan-ness in such little time. Like, in the span of a month, he's: performed an eight-hour synth-provisation to Siddhartha; been green-lit for his own wrestling reality show on AMC; and announced not one, but two new Smashing Pumpkins albums for 2015.What's next? A performance at his tea house of four "sonic impressions on poems by the great Sufi mystic" Rumi? Wait. Really? We were joking, but it turns out Corgan will appear at his Madame Zuzu's Chicago shop on Sunday, March 30, at 1 p.m. to do exactly that thing we just quoted.

  • Bjork Biophilia Movie Live Concert Film Tribeca

    Bjork's 'Biophilia' Movie Headed to Tribeca

    Björk is bringing Biophilia to the big screen. On April 26, the Tribeca Film Festival will debut a concert film titled, simply enough, Björk: Biophilia Live. The movie captures a concert at London's Alexandra Palace circa the titular 2011 album. There is a website and a pretty poster and everything. The LP-turned-app-turned-flick was directed and edited by Peter Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio) and Nick Fenton (Arctic Monkeys at the Apollo). Revisit Biophilia-era video for "Mutual Core" and "Hollow," and also that wild Death Grips remix of "Sacrifice." Björk's last filmic venture was a documentary about the relationship between music, nature, and technology. Billboard reports that this year's Tribeca will also include films about Nas, James Brown, and Bob Weir, amongst others.

  • Tori Amos 'Trouble's Lament' Stream Unrepentant Geraldines

    Stream Tori Amos' Perfect Return 'Trouble's Lament'

    Tori Amos has shared the first taste of a brand new album titled Unrepentant Geraldines. As Stereogum points out, this will be the '90s baroque-pop piano powerhouse's first "real" album since 2009's Abnormally Attracted to Sin. This, because her interim output has comprised classical originals, covers, and remakes of her own work. The first taste of the new set is "Trouble's Lament," and it's an undeniably good look. "Trouble needs a home, girls / Trouble needs a home / She fell out with Sata / Now she needs a home," the shadowy song begins. Folksy guitar and drums are met by roiling keys, and a little vocal nod to Kate Bush if you're listening closely enough. More Amos here.

  • Soundgarden Matt Chamberlain Live Video Peru

    Watch Soundgarden Thrash Peru With New Drummer

    As previously reported, Soundgarden had to give up drummer Matt Cameron to his side-project — a little thing called Pearl Jam — for the Superunknown greats' 2014 tour. Now, via Blabbermouth, we can see the Seattle grunge gods in action with their replacement skins-hitter Matt Chamberlain. The man has played with everyone from Pearl Jam (circa Ten) to Tori Amos (for quite awhile) and contributed to albums by Fiona Apple and the Wallflowers (for which he won a Grammy) amongst many others. The footage above ("Spoonman") and below hails from Soundgarden's March 27 show in Lima, Peru, and it finds the band in top form. This, of course, bodes mighty well for their forthcoming dates with Nine Inch Nails and Death Grips."Outshined," from 1992's Badmotorfinger:"Rusty Cage," also from Badmotorfinger:"Pretty Noose," from 1996's Down on the Upside:

  • Parks and Recreation Yo La Tengo Decemberists Jeff Tweedy

    'Parks and Rec' Finale Books Yo La Tengo, Ginuwine, Jeff Tweedy

    The Parks and Recreation season finale is shaping up to be a major event for music fans. Previously known guests of the April 24 show Jeff Tweedy and the Decemberists will now be joined by Yo La Tengo, Letters to Cleo, and Ginuwine. The A.V. Club got the scoop from the NBC series' executive producer Michael Schur, who explained that at least one of the groups will not be appearing as themselves."There was a total throwaway joke [in 'New Slogan'] where Andy discovers Duke Silver and tells Ron, 'You're going to play the Unity Concert, I have you on right after Bobby Knight Ranger. It's a Night Ranger cover band that wears red sweaters,'" said Schur, referencing the famously red-sweatered basketball coach Bobby Knight.

  • Migos Shootout Miami Van Drive-By Highway Shot

    Migos Involved in Miami Highway Shootout

    SPIN profile subjects Migos were involved in a highway shootout in Miami Thursday night. As TMZ reports, the Atlanta trio and their personnel were traveling in a van after a nightclub appearance when a second vehicle pulled up alongside and people inside began shooting. Migos' manager claims someone in his camp fired back, saying. "There was at least 40 rounds being blasted on those niggas."WSVN Miami/Fort Lauderdale quoted authorities as saying a member of Migos' entourage had been shot in the leg and dropped off at the Jackson Memorial Hospital. The group's manager says their driver took them in to the hospital assuming someone had been injured, but that everyone on board was safe.

  • Sir Sly Gold Vic Mensa Peter CottonTale Remix Stream

    Vic Mensa Shines on Sir Sly's 'Gold (Petter CottonTale Remix)'

    Los Angeles band Sir Sly get taken to Chicago on the Peter CottonTale remix of their electronics-fed folk-ish hit "Gold." The SAVEMONEY-affiliated producer wrangles crew boss (and SPIN favorite) Vic Mensa and Leather Corduroys member Kami de Chukwu to contribute original vocals. We first heard Mensa on Chance the Rapper's incredible Acid Rap tape, and we were last treated to his talents via a freestyle set to Disclosure's "When a Fire Starts to Burn." Hit play below for a grimier sort of "Gold."

  • MC Ren 'Rebel Music' Stream NWA SoundCloud

    N.W.A. OG MC Ren Is Still Making 'Rebel Music'

    Compton's own Villain in Black, MC Ren, is back with a new album on deck and a freshly activated SoundCloud account chock-full of goodies. Last we checked, the former N.W.A. member is in his mid-40s and living in Palm Springs — according to Jeff Weiss' for LA Weekly — but he sounds mightily menacing over a surging, trap-addled E-A-Ski beat on "Rebel Music." That's the titular track from a forthcoming album of the same name. Stream it below, and beneath that, three older tracks: "Nigga Called Ren," "Same Old Shit," and the classic "Final Frontier." (Beware strong language regarding beat-downs, "bitches," slugs, and Sega gaming consoles.) "Rebel Music" throws back to a few gangsta themes but swaggers like a Dead Prez anthem — smart, confident, and hard.

  • CHVRCHES 'Strong Hand' Video Fan

    CHVRCHES' 'Strong Hand' Video Is a Jazzercise Fantasy

    CHVRCHES have been paying tribute to others of late — via covers of Lorde, Bauhaus, and East 17 — so perhaps it's time the favor's returned. On Twitter Thursday, the Glaswegian synth-pop crew shared a fan-made video for their The Bones of What You Believe bonus cut "Strong Hand." The clip sets the melancholy yet upbeat song to footage of clap-happy Jazzercise-types in motion. "This is the best thing I have seen all day. Maybe ever," the band said via tweet, before deputizing the clip as "Official" after all. Get fired up above.

  • Lena Dunham Makes Hilarious Music Video for Boyfriend

    Lena Dunham Makes Hilarious Music Video for Boyfriend

    Fun. guy Jack Antonoff will release his first solo album this spring under the name Bleachers, and his opening salvo is exactly the sort of ecstatic, bursting, guiltless pop you'd expect. We first heard "I Wanna Get Better" over a month ago, and now the former Steel Train frontman has let loose the video for the single, which happens to be directed by his girlfriend, Lena Dunham. The Girls creator and star paints a pretty hilarious fictionalized portrait of her bespectacled beau. In the opening scene, his video girlfriend leaves him despite this heart-wrenching plea: "Come back, I will make you an espresso." Antonoff plays a head-shrinker to a string of hilariously broken souls — "My parents gave me this dog so I would get an abortion. He's an abortion dog," says one — who share the song's titular concern. Watch above, and check out Bleachers in SPIN's SXSW live photo gallery.

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