Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Flying Lotus

    Hear Earl Sweatshirt Rap on Flying Lotus' 'Between Friends'

    Brainy Los Angeles beatsmith Flying Lotus has had a thorny relationship with rap, sparring last year with Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music via Twitter over the general shittiness of Big Sean's Finally Famous. "Oh rap," he wrote, "You used to be such a beautiful bitch, now look at you!" G.O.O.D., in turn, accused him of not being hip-hop enough, he struck back, yadda yadda yadda. Listen guys, from now on, let's just keep these things "Between Friends." Lotus has always had a healthier relationship with the dudes in Odd Future — they acted as his impromptu cheerleaders at Coachella this year — and the crew's two most buzzed-about MCs appear on his new song, "Between Friends," released as part of Adult Swim's Singles Series.

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    New Order Will Return to the States, But Where's the Hook?

    For stateside New Order fans, Monday just got a little less blue. The pioneering English synth-pop/post-punk outfit has announced its first set of North American dates since playing New York's Hammerstein Ballroom in 2005. Seven new shows — kicking off in San Francisco on October 5, hitting Los Angeles, Denver, Dallas, NYC, Chicago and Toronto — in exchange for seven years of noticeable absence. Unfortunately, bassist Peter Hook will not be showing up for roll call. The disgruntled original member quit via a Xfm radio interview in 2007 when, without consulting the others, he declared that New Order had broken up.

  • The Growlers

    Hear Growlers Take on the Government on 'Uncle Sam's a Dick'

    The famously surf-friendly beaches of Costa Mesa are a long way from Wall Street, but the five wastetoids in SoCal surf-psych band the Growlers are gonna occupy it nonetheless. On "Uncle Sam's a Dick," a SPIN exclusive and A-side to 7" single they've self-released for tour, singer Brooks Nielsen sounds beamed in from the shrapnelled sands of '60s Vietnam, protesting against the Man in an opioid drawl: "I don't need another mom and dad, Uncle Sam's a dick / I'm up to my neck in debt, I can't afford this shit." The group's yet untitled October LP is to be produced by the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach.

  • Slug Guts, 'Playin' in Time With the Deadbeat' (Sacred Bones)

    Aussie Goth-punks gut the pub, throw a Birthday Party for scum-bopping to blackened sax.

  • MoZella, 'The Brian Holland Sessions' (Beverly Martel)

    Detroit popstress and Motown vet spin soft candy for those wanting Adele-lite or edgeless Amy.

  • JJAMZ, 'Suicide Pact' (Dangerbird)

    Los Angeles supercrew is marooned on a Rilo-esque planet, mines most vanilla bits out of Madonna, Blondie, Fleetwood Mac.

  • Hot Panda , 'Go Outside' (Mint)

    Vancouver weirdos turn Destroyer's blues into noisy brilliance with big fuzz, fucked beats, body over brains.

  • The Shrine, 'Primitive Blast' (Tee Pee)

    Shit-kicking SoCal pool-skaters bridge Blacks Flag and Sabbath via Cro-Mag hooks and high energy sludge.

  • Portable Sunsets, 'Mercy' (Magical Properties)

    A techno heart beats while sweet 'n' cool vocals swirl with warm Eno ambiance: Romantic evenings for robots.

  • Bonde Do Role, 'Tropical/Bacanal' (Mad Decent)

    Brazil brats offer uneven shitstorm of Western wildness, nursery rhymes, electro-kitsch and punk-pop.

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