Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Shannon Funchess / Photo by Emily Hope

    Light Asylum: Dark-Wave Duo Bring Unholy Mood Pieces to the Dance Floor

    Who: Brooklyn's Light Asylum are as prone to moments of militancy as bouts of beauty. The project pairs the production skills of Bruno Coviello, 32, and the commanding contralto of Shannon Funchess, 40, whose high energy and moody mastery of the mic have earned her comparisons to both Grace Jones and Ian Curtis. After coming together in 2009, the duo shot through the local scene like conjoined meteors, making such an impact with their live show that James Murphy once said the mere idea of having time to produce for them was reason enough to bust up LCD Soundsystem. Sounds Like: Today's electronic futurism hacked by an older era's dystopic visions. Funchess came up in 1980s Seattle, where electronic body music and the funk-punk movements of the era merged with the prevalent DIY punk and indie culture.

  • Slugabed, 'Time Team' (Ninja Tune)

    Twenty-one-year-old beat genius doses UK dubstep with Dilla hop and Left Coast soul; makes Flying Lotus nervous.

  • 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.

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