Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Four Tet Twitter Album Cover Arcade Fire Reflektor Beautiful Rewind

    Four Tet Teases 'Arcade Fires' for Stealing His Album Art

    Four Tet's Kieran Hebden has fired shots at Arcade Fire! Okay, the dude was likely tongue-in-cheek teasing when he wrote on Twitter, "arcade fires really loved the artwork for my new album." He is, of course, referencing the heretofore unseen circle-inside-of-square motif displayed on his excellent slab of experimental dance music, Beautiful Rewind — upon which a grayscale prismatic disc sits atop a kaleidoscopic rainbow blur.Not for nothing, Arcade Fire's now streaming, equally good-weird new album Reflektor is covered by a cosmos-evoking circle of black set within an iridescent square of marble/woodgrain/topography. Those Montreal men and women switch it up with a marble statue depicting a man and a woman, which exists outside of the circle/square confines entirely. Meanwhile, Hebden's circle is slightly offset, raising many important questions.Nah.

  • Spike Jonze Lady Gaga Arcade Fire YouTube Music Awards Video

    Spike Jonze to Direct 'Live Music Videos' for Lady Gaga and Arcade Fire

    The first ever YouTube Music Awards take place on Sunday, November 3, with Jason Schwartzman hosting ahead of The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Spike Jonze acting as creative director in tandem with the Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa release. Now the latter has revealed to NME that he'll be attempting to create "live music videos" for some of the performing artists, including Arcade Fire and Lady Gaga.While his choice of words could amount to putting lipstick on an awards show performance, the groundbreaking music-video director insists it's something more. "It'll be really interesting to try and pull it off," said Jonze. "We have a whole handful of directors. We're mixing the music video film world in with the live broadcast world and trying to make live music videos ...

  • Despacio James Murphy 2manydjs Club Soundsystem London

    James Murphy and 2manydjs Take Insane Soundsystem on the Road

    Back in July, LCD Soundsystem founder James Murphy debuted an actual soundsystem at the Manchester International Festival. He used the rig alongside brothers David and Stephen Dewaele (Soulwax, 2manydjs) for an all-vinyl three-man DJ experience that they dubbed Despacio (Spanish for "gradually"). Now that name has been revived for what's become an ongoing nomadic club night, and the whole thing is heading to London in December.The "revolutionary new club experience" is actually radically regressive (in a good way), as the computer-free sets are blasted out of seven 50,000-watt, 11-feet-tall speakers surrounding the audience — "the biggest audiophile soundsystem in existence." The December 19 and 20 gigs will go down at the ballroom within the Hammersmith Town Hall, which really is a town hall.

  • Dum Dum Girls 'Lost Boys and Girls Club' Video Too True

    Dum Dum Girls Wrap Ennui in Leather for 'Lost Boys and Girls Club' Video

    Dum Dum Girls will return with a new album in 2014. Too True is due out January 28 on Sub Pop and the first taste of it is streaming now. "Lost Boys and Girls Club" deepens the sound carved out on 2012's End of Daze EP with gothy drama, heroin chic, and maybe even a touch of Pat Benetar. Those are references both aural and visual in the case of the video above, which comes courtesy of H&M. Therein, you'll find a lot of people looking good in leather, doing affectedly cool things (pulling sunglasses out of freezers, throwing dress shirts into toilets) as singer Dee Dee Penny sings, "There's no particular place we are going / Still, we are going." In speaking to Stereogum, the Ronettes-loving leader described Too True:"There's a lot more guitar — textural guitar stuff — which is why I brought on an additional guitar player for the live show.

  • Numero Dungeons Dragons Bands Warfaring Strangers Stream

    Stream Songs From This Dungeons & Dragons-Inspired '70s Hard Rock Comp

    Some things don't need explaining. The incredible archivists over at Numero Group have put together a collection of unremembered or never-known '70s hard rock bands who prayed at the alter of Dungeons & Dragons, the fantasy role-playing game. Fantastically dubbed Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles, the 16-song set features basement-dwelling bands with names like Wizard, Medusa, Gorgon Medusa, Stonehenge, Stone Axe, and Stoned Mace, playing songs called "Twelve O'Clock Satanial" and "Song of Sauron."The awesomeness of such a thing is self-explanatory, really. Never ones to skimp on the packaging, Numero will line the February release with amateur D&D artwork, an example of which you can see below. But first, listen to two of Darkscorch Canticles' finest offerings: the soulfully psychedelic "Sorcerer" by Junction, and the darkly meditative "Warlord" by Wrath.

  • Yes I'm Leaving Four Chorder Video Mission Bulb Album Stream

    See Yes I'm Leaving Shred a Basement in 'Four Chorder' Video

    Yes I'm Leaving are a trio of sludge-loving punks from Sydney, Australia, and their new album Mission Bulb is a nasty mass of angst, grind, sweat, and shred. Above you'll find a perfectly named song, "Four Chorder," which is, naturally, constructed from four gnarled note-stacks that do their thing over and over again while main man Billy Burke alternately warbles and screams his dark observations. "People turn their heads when I pass," he says, and though he no doubt means that strangers are looking away, his band is now turning heads in a perfectly positive way. The song's accompanying video, directed by Heath Franco, is rightly barebones, capturing Yes I'm Leaving in a basement or garage, thrashing. Want more? Why not. Go ahead and stream Mission Bulb:

  • Blood Orange 'You're Not Good Enough' Lyric Video

    Blood Orange Walks Away From Love in 'You're Not Good Enough' Video

    When he's not busy radically reinventing the works of Drake, Phoenix, and Kindness, or writing songs for Solange, Sky Ferreira, and Britney Spears, Devonté Hynes makes ethereal polyglot soul music under the handle Blood Orange. His second album under that handle is dubbed Cupid Deluxe and includes contributions by members of Dirty Projectors, Kindness, and Chairlift (not to mention Despot, Clams Casino, and others). We've heard the sumptuous Caroline Polachek-assisted "Chamakay" and now there's a lyric video for "You're Not Good Enough," seen above. The new song features warm synth textures and bass-lines, breathy guy-girl vocals, and one very mellow guitar solo.

  • U2 Record Store Day Nelson Mandela Long Walk Freedom RSD

    U2 Join Black Friday Pack With 'Ordinary Love' and 'Breathe' Vinyl

    U2 are the latest band to announce a special release for Record Store Day's annual Back to Black Friday event. The limited-edition 10-inch will include the recently previewed song "Ordinary Love," which was written for the forthcoming Nelson Mandela biopic, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. That Idris Elba-starring film hits theaters on November 29, which happens to be the same day that Black Friday falls on this year.The RSD vinyl release will be covered by the portrait of the South African leader seen above (in full, below) painted by Irish artist Oliver Jeffers. It will also come backed with a newly recorded take on U2's 2009 single "Breathe" dubbed the "Mandela Version." For more on Back to Black Friday, check out SPIN's guide to the Record Store Day rarities, plus posts on contributions from Nick Cave, Father John Misty, and Baroness.

  • Courtney Love Lawsuit Attorney Rhonda Holmes Legal Malpractice

    Courtney Love Sues Ex-Attorney All Over Again

    In September, we reported that Courtney Love is the target of a second defamation-of-character lawsuit as a result of her alleged (but frequently witnessed) abuse of social media. The charge: she'd publicly accused her former attorney Rhonda Holmes of having been "bought off," adding, "They got to her," in a Twitter post. At the time, Love and her current lawyer filed a countersuit in hopes to quash the case.That countersuit was denied on October 24, and now Love has refiled the same complaint as a stand-alone lawsuit. As before, she alleges Holmes committed legal malpractice, breached fiduciary duties, and intentionally interfered when she sent a letter to Love's daughter Francis Bean Cobain in 2009.

  • David Bowie Informer Like a Rocket Man Born in a UFO Stream

    Hear David Bowie's Pretty Silly 'Next Day' B-Sides

    Earlier we got a taste of David Bowie's "Atomica," a previously unreleased bonus track from his forthcoming The Next Day Extra, which of course expands his March surprise of an album The Next Day. While that snippet came along with a trailer showcasing the new-ish set's impressive packaging, we can now hear that song in full along with three other B-sides presumably ripped from the SiriusXM David Bowie Channel. Below, you'll find an expansive number dubbed "The Informer," a jaunty bit of uncomfortable weirdness called "Like a Rocket Man," and the quavering space-anthem "Born in a UFO." Oh, and "Atomica," of course, which sports a little New Wave flare and is the danciest of the bunch. All four come courtesy of a YouTube user named David Bazan, who we highly doubt is that David Bazan, via NME.

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