Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Kanye West Kim Kardashian Kimye Proposal Video Keeping Up

    Kanye West's Kim Kardashian Proposal Was as Bombastic as Expected

    Are you ready to experience the event of another person's lifetime? No? Too bad, because E! is gonna make sure you don't make it too much further into 2014 without seeing Kanye West propose to Kim Kardashian in a manner so grandiose and lavish as to render all proposal plans you've ever dreamt of flaccid and threadbare. (Alternately: human and meaningful.) There will be spooky shadows, and sky-licking flames, and a whole freaking orchestra, and famous siblings crying tears of joy and whispering things like, "This is the best thing that I've ever seen in my life ... This is like a movie."Close — it's actually television, Khloé, but how would you know?

  • Holy Ship 2015 HARD Cruise Two Weekends

    Holy Ship! Grows to Two Weekends While Diplo Gets His Own Rave Cruise

    Though the hangover has faded, the memory of Holy Ship 2014!!! is fresh in our minds. Still, it's time to start planning for the next one ... or two. The beloved HARD-produced rave cruise will add a second weekend for 2015, with presumably identical lineups across two separate voyages departing Miami and heading to the Bahamas: January 3 through 6, and February 25 through 28. Last month's trip included Skrillex, Diplo, Chromeo, Disclosure, Pharrell, and many more.Veterans of the experience — we call ourselves #shipfam — will get detailed information about making reservations shortly, while the general public will have a chance to book their cabins in early March. The promoters are touting a trip to the "legendary private island pirate ship," which was not a feature of the most recent excursion, but has been in years past.

  • Death Grips 'No Love' Video Deep Web

    Death Grips Give No More Effs in 'No Love' Video

    "On the first day I gave a fuck," reads the small text at the bottom of the frame in the surprise video for Death Grips' 2012 track "No Love." But as the warped bass booms forth and the static ramps up, comic-book-ready letters splay across the screen: "1000%!! I USED TO GIVE A FUCK." Sorta 3-D footage of a live performance of the NO LOVE DEEP WEB bruiser is intermittently interrupted by that message and previously unheard blurts of noise while MC Ride raps about being trapped in an eternally lit "ragin' sea of flames." Zach Hill can be seen at one point holding a speaker while his partner beats the thing up (mostly verbally, but also physically). Meanwhile, the days of fuck-giving or not fuck-giving keep passing. If you forgot why Death Grips were SPIN's Artist of the Year in 2012, this is a nice brush-up. Also, read up on the Sacramento duo's 2013 piece, Government Plates.

  • Unicorns Reunion Nick Thorburn Reissue Tour Islands

    Nick Thorburn on Unicorns Reunion: 'Don't Get Your Hopes Up'

    Rumors of the Unicorns' resurrection have been slightly exaggerated. In a new podcast interview, group co-founder Alden Penner teased the possibility of a reunion tour, fresh recording sessions, and a reissue of the lo-fi pop crew's beloved 2003 album, Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone? But his former writing partner, Islands man Nick Thorburn, says though the possibility has always been there, we shouldn't assume it'll happen now."Don't get your hopes up," he wrote to SPIN. "We are talking right now but that's as far as it's gotten. We've talked about this kind of thing many times over the years and while it's true that this is the furthest along it's gotten, conceptually, it's still just talk."Penner's visit to the Kreative Kontrol podcast raised hopes fairly high, however.

  • Swearin' Tour Dates Allison Crutchfield Announcement

    Fuzz-Pop Posse Swearin' Expand American Tour

    Allison Crutchfield and her distortion-loving, guitar-crushing crew have expanded their in-progress tour supporting last year's Surfing Strange. While the Philly/Brooklyn quartet have a real knack for pop-sweetened punk catchiness, that excellent set "buries its hooks beneath six feet of fuzz, recalling Built to Spill and the Breeders at their least major-label-inclined," or SPIN's Jillian Mapes put it. Live, the greatness of tracks like "Dust in the Gold Sack" gets all the more grungy.

  • Shlohmo Jeremih No More EP Stream Single

    Shlohmo and Jeremih Shine Hazily on 'No More'

    Shlohmo and Jeremih handily made SPIN's 50 Albums You Gotta Hear in 2014 for their right-on-time mix of art-addled trap sonics and disembodied-yet-oversexed R&B. They first came together in retrospect, with the Los Angeles producer remixing the Chicago singer's "Fuck U All the Time" to gooped perfection, and then met in the studio to whip up a song in a day: "Bo Peep (Do U Right)," a succulent slow jam that necessitated further exploration. Now we've got the first taste of their forthcoming EP, No More, arriving via Def Jam and Wedidit in March. The titular song from that set is as shadow-steeped and sensual as you'd hope, with Shlohmo rolling back some of the haze to allow Jeremih's vocals their own shine. "I don't wanna wait," he coos, and neither do we. The pair are also planning an album, dubbed Thumpy Johnson, for later in the year.

  • Exene Cervenka Estate Sale X Vintage Guitars Punk

    Punk History for Sale: X's Exene Cervenka Is Selling All Her Stuff

    Los Angeles punk rock icon Exene Cervenka is holding an estate sale in which she's looking to shed instruments, antiques, her own original art, music memorabilia, and other personal items she's collected over the years. "Calling all Betty Crocker Punk Rockers," the X singer writes in the listing. "100 years of Americana needs good home. Treasured memories of the past can live on in your hands! Like a small inheritance, but without the squabbling with siblings!"The Santa Ana, California sale begins Thursday, February 13, and runs four days. Run by Missouri-based vintage specialist Donnaland, day one will be by appointment only, but the rest are open to the public, with line numbers being handed out beginning at 9 a.m. every morning. On those days, the house will be open until 4 p.m., and on Sunday, everything is 50 percent off.

  • Los Angeles Police Department 'Waste' Stream Band

    Los Angeles Police Department Gets Fuzzy With Authority on 'Waste'

    Los Angeles Police Department is a hefty name to take on as a musical alias, but Ryan Pollie's songcraft sports its own peculiar authority. For the past few months, the man has been slowly leaking tracks from his Los Angeles bedroom one-by-one — literally, as there have only been two. So far we've heard kaleidoscopic psych-strum à la Woods ("Enough Is Enough") and hushed yet grungy fuzz-pop akin to Yuck ("The Only One"). Now ther'es a third to consider: "Waste" amps up the lo-fi grit and guitar grind as Pollie growls and coos about loss. His ear for melody and detail loom large across the track, which may wind up on Los Angeles Police Department's in-progress untitled debut album. Pollie, who used to play in Warm Weather, shed some light on this project's name: "My solo stuff used to go by the name Shara, which is my mom's name.

  • Neighbors 'Wild Enough' Video Failure Album

    Neighbors Is a Synth-Pop Geppetto in 'Wild Enough' Video

    Noah Stitleman returns with Failure on March 4 — the official reboot album from his Neighbors moniker. The Brooklyn-based songwriter/producer emerged from a hail of other bands and bedroom projects in 2012. We shared "Diamonds," from his indietronic debut Good Luck, Kid, but he's aiming for a sound much bigger this time around. Case in point: "Wild Enough." The new single, witnessed above, finds Stitleman cooing over a massive wave of thick synths, tropical drums, and airy effects pushed forward by the occasional ripping guitar solo. The accompanying video is equally ambitious and instantly enjoyable.

  • Common Ab-Soul 'Made in Black America' No ID

    Common and Ab-Soul are 'Made in Black America' on Soulful Cut

    Common has shared a new track from his forthcoming 10th album, the No I.D.-produced Nobody Smiling. The follow-up to January's "War" features Black Hippy star Ab-Soul and breaks slightly from the album's theme. Though the West Coast half of the track touches upon street violence and political themes (also, he calls himself a "Golf Wang radical"), our Chicago-reared host mostly takes the opportunity to drop flex and brag — "rap Tarantino, off the chain like Django." The new cut comes courtesy of Los Angeles Leakers and Southern California rap radio station Power 106.

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