Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • JASON URICK

    This bushy-bearded Baltimore cosmonaut is a far-out sound sculptor with a penchant for subtle drone, strange dub and glassy New Age psych. Urick was a fixture in AnCo's hometown, founding the performance space Floristree (Deakin has performed there) and making fuzzed-up laptop punk with the band WZT Hearts before going solo. His 2012 opus I Love You was made after a move to Portland, and the vibes are appropriately overcast and meditative, and exercise in becoming both "at peace with the music-making process and more unsure/unfamiliar at the same time." Back to the Centipedia glossary NEXT: Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

  • QUASIMOTO

    According to legend, Oxnard, California's underground beat king Madlib created his famous Bad Character in the throes of psilocybin mushroom binge. The reality seems to have more to do with an aversion to hearing his own voice unmodified on record, but 2000's The Unseen offers all comers a deep dive down the rabbit hole. Supposedly conducted by an impish alien, this woozy, weeded swirl of streaming consciousness, helium-high raps, gritty drums and Blaxploitation samples is hip-hop's most psychedelic moment. Back to the Centipedia glossary NEXT: Dick Raaymakers

  • HEATWAVE

    Too Hot to Handle, the 1977 debut from this incredibly funky crew, is a disco era essential. Behind the enduring dance floor anthem "Boogie Nights" is a deeply psychedelic sway and rhythmic pulse — though the sweetly swooning "Always and Forever" speaks for itself. English keyboardist Rod Temperton wrote every song, but Heatwave's character and charm came from its sibling singers Johnnie and Keith Wilder, American servicemen who stayed abroad after discharge, gigging their way through the bars of Europe. Avey Tare: The band Heatwave I've been getting really into. I feel like they do harmonies and vocal stuff in a way that seems very sweet and refreshing that seems sometimes really playful. You know, it's like soul-disco, funk kind of music.

  • TobyMac / Photo by Getty Images

    Who Charted? TobyMac Scores for the Big Guy, Alanis Exemplifies Irony

    First! Where would TobyMac be without you? Well, he probably wouldn't be able to afford as many fancy fitted hats and, God forbid, that flavor-saver might go ungroomed for a day. Perhaps more importantly, he wouldn't be setting records for the surprisingly underserved Christian music community. The rapper-singer guy's sixth album Eye On It debuted last week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, making it the first chart-topping Christian release since 1997, when LeAnn Rimes broke through with You Light Up My Life. The only other long-player on high in the chart's history came that same year with Bob Carlisle's Butterfly Kisses (Shades of Grace). (Perhaps it's time to revive that career with a Fifty Shades of Grey crossover. What’s that? Oh, right, probably not.) TobyMac led Digital Albums as well, but his total sales, per Nielson SoundScan, were a relatively middling 69,000.

  • Lady Gaga / Photo by Getty Images

    Lady Gaga's Born This Way Ball Heads to North America in 2013

    Lady Gaga is pretty much in the news always, but it's not usually for honest-to-goodness functional newsworthiness. (She has, in the last 24 hours, ridden a bicycle, gotten a tattoo, and reduced her alcohol content.) This morning she announced the first North American installment of her globe-trotting Born This Way Ball via Twitter. The massive tour kicked off in South Korea in April, and will hit Vancouver for its first 2013 stop on January 11 before dipping down into the States and running through mid-March. No openers have been announced yet, but Gaga has a tradition of hand-picking lesser-knowns to break, so here's hoping for Django Django or Trinidad James. The Lady's fourth album ARTPOP is due out in 2013 and is reported to include collaborations with BTW European opener Zedd, SPIN cover star Azealia Banks and, yes, Whitesnake guiarist Doug Aldrich.

  • Sinkane / Photo by Phil Di Fiore

    Yeasayer's Sudan-Born Sinkane Signs With DFA

    Sudanese-born Ahmed Gallab has been a lot of things to a lot of people — most notably, a touring multi-instrumentalist in outfits as diverse as Yeasayer, Caribou, and Of Montreal. But as of this announcement, he'll be best known as Sinkane, the latest disco-damaged signee to James Murphy's DFA Records. The New York-based singer-producer will release his debut LP Mars on October 23, and we've got a pair of album cuts that display his unique sensibility. The funked-up cool soul of "Runnin'" brings to mind ascendant '70s hit "Fly Like an Eagle," while the mellower "Jeeper Creeper" basks in reverbed haze and desert shimmer.

  • Ben Folds Five

    Ben Folds Five Return With 'Erase Me': Preview Their First LP in 13 Years

    It's been 13 years since seminal piano-poppers Ben Folds Five released a proper album, but the ringing silence (is that a diminished seventh we hear?) shall come to an end on September 18 with the arrival of The Sound of the Life of the Mind. Actually, let's push that date up to now, since SPIN has a fresh stream of the forthcoming long-player's first official premiere, "Erase Me." The brand new song takes on a tried and true topic for the Folds: love gone wrong. Between the soulful psych passages reminiscent of Rodriguez and the blurty falsetto'ed piano-pounding sections, "Erase Me" covers a lot of ground with impressive energy and astounding grace. Honestly, it's awesome. And a clear case-maker that the world needs its BFF back. In case you were wondering, the LP's unwieldy title comes from the name of a collaboration therein with High Fidelity author Nick Hornby.

  • Simone White's 'Never Be That Tough' Video

    Simone White Depicts Doomed Bear-Human Romance in 'Never Be That Tough' Clip

    The heartbreaking animated video for Simone White's "Never Be That Tough" is a classic tale, really: bear falls in love with woman, bear pretends he's a man, woman teaches man-bear his true nature, bear-bear eats woman.

  • Cold Cave Start Over With Members of Blood Brothers, AFI, Samhain

    Cold Cave Start Over With Members of Blood Brothers, AFI, Samhain

    In a supergroup-relevant superannouncement, the darkwave ducks of Cold Cave have shared that they'll not only be touring with Divine Fits (members of Wolf Parade, Spoon and New Bomb Turks), but that they're starting anew with a star-studded lineup. Via handwritten note, CC main brain and freshly minted Los Angeleno Wes Eisold unveiled his new band: guitarist Cody Votolato (Blood Brothers), drummer London May (Danzig's Samhain!), bassist Hunter Burgan (AFI) and noisenik David Scott Stone (LCD Soundsystem, the Melvins, No Age). After a pair of West Coast warm-up dates in October, the five-piece will hit the road with the Fits. Upon returning in early November, they'll enter the studio as a group to begin recording Cold Cave's third LP.

  • Guns N' Roses Auction Off Old Clothes Dryer

    Guns N' Roses Auction Off Old Clothes Dryer

    Life is sweaty for a road-doggin', arena-crushing, bandana-sporting group of hard rockers like Guns N' Roses. At least, it was. The band is currently auctioning off a bunch of old, random gear via eBay and included in the bounty is — wait for it — a clothes dryer.. As the AV Club helpfully tells us, it's a W-10 Kenmore Ultra Fabric Care Electric to be exact, and it comes in a GN'R-stenciled road case that's got a hole punched out where the venting duct would go. So yes, that means you can use the machine without removing it from its fancy rock'n'roll house.. And think how fancy and rock'n'roll your house can be with this compact and functional (well, no promises there — buyer beware) addition!

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