Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Guantanamo Baywatch, 'Chest Crawl' (Dirtnap)

    Buncha Dickhead Dales from PDX make campy surf-t(h)rash. Even mix of bad breaks & sweet swells.

  • Nick Waterhouse, 'Time's All Gone' (Innovative Leisure)

    Bootleg Buddy Holly makes badass neo-greaser San Fran soul. Seeps saxophones and sexual suppression.

  • Shirley Manson / Photo by Cameron Krone

    Shirley Manson Talks Through Garbage's Discography

    Listen to SPIN's premiere of Garbage's May 14 album Not Your Kind of People here now! Plus read Shirley Manson's SPIN Interview. 1995 Garbage Almo Sounds I can remember Butch slicing and splicing like a crazy man with bits of tape hanging off every surface of the studio. We had no idea the record was going to become this cultural zeitgeist. We put "Vow" out on a little CD sampler magazine, and before we knew it, we were getting played on the radio from Sydney to Seattle and everywhere in between. It was a such a headfuck. In a good way. 1998 Version 2.0 Almo Sounds We were under so much pressure, but we knew we had to try something new. We'd all become obsessed with the breakthroughs in those early years of the technological revolution, we were determined to bring this new thinking to the fore.

  • Dot Hacker, 'Inhibition' (ORG)

    Sesh players (Beck, Gnarls, RHCP) aim to be American Radiohead, swap beats for Tool-y prog, won't quit dayjobs.

  • Liars

    Visit the Hidden Bunker Where Liars Recorded 'WIXIW'

    "We'd looked at a few places to make this record... big houses in strange neighborhoods," says Liars' Aaron Hemphill, sleepy-eyed under a short mop of bleached bedhead. "But we wanted something more compact and remote. Finally the woman showing us around says, 'Well, I've got this place under the freeway, but it doesn't have any windows.' We were like, 'Perfect.'" We're sitting in the band's unusual studio in a forgotten corner of Los Angeles, where they recorded their sixth studio album, WIXIW — pronounced "wish you," due out June 5. From the outside, it doesn't inspire confidence. The triangular lot includes an ominous cell phone tower, a tiny but heavily guarded pot dispensary, and a corner store whose gravitational pull has amassed a sizable collection of satellite drunkards. One edge disappears entirely under the smog-spewing U.S. 101.

  • Shirley Manson / Photo by Cameron Krone

    The SPIN Interview: Shirley Manson

    Shirley Manson has taken to miming. With her shock of crimson hair pulled into a bun, she declares in a proud brogue, "This is how I used to operate in the world." She braces against an imaginary wall and shoves, to no avail. "Now, I'm like this." She slowly pushes the wall six inches, beaming. "Forty-five years old ain't so bad!" Though fortitude is a quality most would associate with Garbage's rebellious redhead, optimism not so much. Her band is about to release their first album in seven years, and Not Your Kind of People picks up from where the alt-'90s brooders left off. Sleaze. Gloom. Glam. Noise. Songs about beloved freaks and lying lovers. Grungy, trip-hop-addled pop designed to stoke the last dance at the end of days. There is one key distinction, however: Garbage are releasing their fifth LP themselves.

  • Linkin Park / Photo by James Minchin

    Linkin Park Open Up About Hybrid Vibe of June Album

    SoCal hard-rock hybridists Linkin Park managed to confound cranky critics and loyal fans alike with 2010's A Thousand Suns. The ambitious concept album explored atomic Armageddon over music that drew comparisons to Radiohead and Pink Floyd, so it seemed a bit out of step to say the least. As it turns out, that record was part of a cycle initiated in 2007 when the six-piece first linked with producer Rick Rubin, who also helmed the band's as-yet-untitled fifth LP, due out in June. "The very first question Rick asked when he met us was, 'What kind of record do you want to make?'" says singer Chester Bennington, 36, sitting at a diner-style booth in the spacious lounge at NRG Recording Studios in North Hollywood.

  • Electric Daisy Carnival Promoter Arrested: Is This Part of the War on Raves?

    Electric Daisy Carnival Promoter Arrested: Is This Part of the War on Raves?

    The man behind the massive dance-music festival Electric Daisy Carnival, Insomniac Events CEO Pasquale Rotella, has been charged, along with five others, in a massive corruption case that the Los Angeles district attorney says may result in the "financial ruin" of the city's iconic stadium, the Coliseum. The indictment, which includes 29 counts of bribery, embezzlement, conspiracy, and conflict of interest spread among the defendants, illustrates a complicated web of backroom dealings. Allegedly, the result is more than $2.5 million diverted from the public venue that played host to the flagship EDC (and similar festivals) into the pockets of two city officials, Coliseum Events Manager Todd DeStefano and General Manager Patrick Lynch. Rotella and rave promoter Reza Gerami of Go Ventures are accused of helping to orchestrate. A court document submitted by L.A.

  • James Mercer / theshins.com

    The Shins, 'Port of Morrow' (Aural Apothecary/Columbia)

    There's this thing that's always made the Shins the Shins, and despite the hue and cry over James Mercer’s firing of his bandmates, it wasn’t the players who surrounded him. It's an easy thing to miss for casual fans, those patrons who briefly swooned to "New Slang" or bopped to "Kissing the Lipless," joining a seemingly never-ending beach party where skinny kids with concave chests drank Two-Buck Chuck, chain-smoked American Spirits, and devised new ways to mock George W. Bush. Really, it's in those old lyrics, often lazily characterized as "cryptic," but upon closer reading revealed the plain truth: Mercer was miserable. Flash back now to all that cleverness and cadence, penned with the inked-up dagger of a great social wit, but turned painfully inward, voiced by a man quietly resigned to a tuneful but terrible fate.

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    In the Studio: The Temper Trap Follow the Sun

    When the Temper Trap buckled down to write last winter, the Aussie expats knew they'd have to get away from London, their comparatively dour home of the past four years. "We had a little studio room close to where we live," drummer Toby Dundas explains. "But it was cold and we'd gotten comfortable hanging out with the girlfriends, going to the pub every night. We wanted to switch out of our lives for a couple weeks, so we decided Spain was the hottest place we could go that time of year." "And we were wrong," guitarist Lorenzo Sillitto interjects. They instead arrived to pouring rain, and reports that England was suddenly unseasonably warm. Where, exactly, had they gone? "It was a tiny town an hour outside of Grenada," says singer Dougy Mandagi. "The middle of nowhere. It was called Montefrío." We inform him that in Spanish, that means "cold mountain." They erupt into laughter.

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