Chris Martins

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  • Phil Chevron Pogues Dead Guitarist Punk Cancer Illness

    Phil Chevron, Pogues Guitarist, Dead at 56

    Philip Chevron, legendary guitarist for the Pogues, is dead at 56 following an extended battle with esophageal cancer. The news was delivered via the band website, in which it was noted that the man passed away peacefully this morning. Tributes to his legacy are being made in a memorial thread within the folk-punk group's online forum. Fittingly, the man born Philip Ryan was a frequent visitor to such sites over the years, becoming a public spokesman of sorts for the band whose frontman, Shane MacGowan, is notoriously cagey.The Pogues were scheduled to perform their 1985 classic Rum, Sodomy & the Lash in its entirety at four U.K. shows in December. Though Chevron wasn't a founding member of the group, he joined in time to record that album, and even earned a production credit alongside Elvis Costello, who helmed the entire thing.

  • J Mascis Sharon Van Etten John Denver Prisoners Video

    See Jon Wurster and Aimee Mann Play John Denver Look-Alikes

    Back in April, ATO Records shared the star-studded album The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver along with My Morning Jacket's cover of "Leaving on a Jet Plane." We also heard alt-rock great J Mascis and haunting folky Sharon Van Etten come together on "Prisoners," and it's that track that now delivers the video above, complete with a couple of more stars for good measure. That beautifully gnarled version gets a whimsical visual treatment courtesy of Funny or Die and director Scott Jacobson (Dinosaur Jr., Nick Catchdubs, M. Ward).Therein we meet two John Denver devotees who are unhappy working for the man. Played by Superchunk's Jon Wurster and singer-songwriter Aimee Mann, the two nearly cross paths on a dating site for their nature-loving ilk, but then literally do so out in the actual woods.

  • Questlove Soul Train Book Order Amazon Gladys Knight

    Here's ?uestlove's 'Soul Train' Book, With a Preface by Nick Cannon

    Over the summer, SPIN spoke to Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson about his still-fresh memoir, Mo' Meta Blues. A mere season later and the (then) first-time author has already got a second book on deck — Soul Train: The Music, Dance and Style of a Generation, out October 22 and available for pre-order on Amazon now via Harper Design. We shouldn't be too surprised, however."I've spent every free second of my life listening to music, watching Soul Train, creating music, and reading books about music," Questo told us in June. "That's what I did with my life. Maybe I had a moment of regret [one] night at dinner when [the guests and I] said good night and I was like 'Whoa, I need friends.' I'm looking at their phone numbers and I'm like, should I call them again?"He could have, but we're thankful he apparently started typing instead.

  • Ron Howard Eddie Vedder Made in America Video Interview

    Eddie Vedder Takes on American Issues in 'Made in America' Trailer

    When you're Jay Z, it's no trouble to put together a music festival bill featuring everyone from Pearl Jam to Kanye West to Skrillex to Run-D.M.C., as was the case with 2012's inaugural Made in America. And when you're director Ron Howard, hired by Jay Z to document said fest, it's no trouble nab a little intimate interview time with the aforementioned artists. We already saw everyone's favorite Arrested Development narrator get schooled in dubstep by Sonny Moore. Now, in the Wall Street Journal premiere posted below, we get Eddie Vedder putting the plight of our nation into terms that intersect quite nicely with the title of Pearl Jam's new album, Lightning Bolt."There are so many issue to talk about. And it's so detailed, and so complex, that it almost shuts you down," Vedder begins.

  • Eminem Channels '8 Mile' in Gritty 'Survival' Video

    Eminem Channels '8 Mile' in Gritty 'Survival' Video

    Now that the chatter over Kendrick Lamar's "Control" verse has died down, Eminem's also gauntlet-tossing rapping-ass single "Survival" has a chance to shine. We initially got a preview of the track via the trailer for Call of Duty: Ghosts, but now the song gets its own video. The warfare theme extends into the gritty visual above, with footage of the game projected onto abandoned-looking buildings likely in Em's native Detroit. We also find Marshall Mathers dressed in urban camouflage, on a midnight graffiti run that takes him through alleys and across rooftops. The dark tone of the video recalls scenes from 8 Mile, and the mike-denting verses don't hurt: "I'm not a rapper, I'm an adapter/ I can adjust, plus I can just walk up to a mike and just bust." Marshall Mathers LP 2 is out November 5 and, duh, is one of SPIN's 50 Fall Albums You've Gotta Hear.

  • Kurt Vile Sore Eros 'Serum' Stream 'Jamaica Plain'

    Kurt Vile and Sore Eros Stretch Out on Heady 'Serum'

    Former SPIN cover star Kurt Vile has been feeling nostalgic of late. He and Matador Records are set to release a deluxe edition of his officially Essential Wakin on a Pretty Daze LP (including an extra EP's worth of B-sides and versions) on November 19. And before that, the Care in the Community imprint will resurrect a trio of early-aughts collaborations with Robert Robinson. As Sore Eros, the former member of Vile's band the Violators co-helms the Jamaica Plains EP, which will arrive as a transparent 10-inch on November 5. Now we can hear a sample of that set, "Serum," a lazily drifting psych-folk piece with lyrics dolled out bit by bit in Vile's creakiest drawl. The Violators hit the road this month. Find those tour dates here.

  • Tyler, the Creator,

    In Defense of Tyler, the Creator's Bear-Poking 'Tamale' Video

    Tyler, the Creator's latest video opens with a single-frame decoder ring: a photo of a tamale with the price $3.91. The Odd Future leader was born in March of 1991, so one might assume that he is, in fact, that titular Mesoamerican delight where this clip is concerned. Oh, and there's the part above that which reads "A visual interpretation of Tyler's mind."If you found the man's Wolf tough to swallow, the video may help. Under his Wolf Haley director's guise, the Creator has a knack for exposing just how blown out his lyrics are meant to be, whether deeply puerile or naively deep. The clip for "Tamale" also tacks on a clutch bit of "Answer," illustrating both sides of the "controversial" Los Angeles MC's brain.Oh, and there's a Pharrell cameo that our host is very excited about.

  • Grails 'Black Tar Prophecies 4, 5 & 6' Album Stream

    Stream Grails' Bleakly Beautiful 'Black Tar Prophecies 4, 5 & 6' Collection

    Fittingly, Black Tar Prophecies Vols. 4, 5 & 6 kicks off with a warped version of "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen" that sounds drenched in the set's titular muck. Portland's Grails have been churning out deeply bent instrumental rock for over a decade now, and even within that generally far-out rubric, they've saved a special place for their rangiest ideas: the Black Tar Prophecies series. Initially limited to 12-inch vinyl runs, these installments disappear entirely, then re-emerge fully formed.This latest batch arrives October 15 via Temporary Residence, but all 12 tracks can be heard now, streaming below. The aforementioned opener is dubbed "I Want a New Drug," and it soon bleeds into the glorious guitar figures of "Self-Hypnosis," a song that seems ever-expanding into a broader psych-folk kaleidoscope.

  • Los Campesinos! 'Avocado, Baby' Stream No Blues

    Los Campesinos! Celebrate the 'Avocado, Baby' on Upbeat Single

    Los Campesinos! will release their fifth album on October 25 — the optimistically titled No Blues, whose initial offering was far less cheerily named "What Death Leaves Behind." The Welsh sextet's latest offering toys with a similar outlook. "Oh it won't get better," sings Gareth Campesinos! at one point, before adding, "That doesn't mean it's gonna get any worse." Meanwhile, "Avocado, Baby" is about as bright-sounding as the band gets — dance-y over angular guitar-play, helped out by sky-scraping synths, and backed by a chorus of children singing along with the playful hook: "I have a stone so tough it's crazy / That's why they call me the avocado, baby." No Blues' ambitious production comes courtesy of John Goodmanson (Sleater-Kinney, Nada Surf, Blonde Redhead) and will arrive via Wichita Recordings, the official follow-up to 2011's excellent Hello Sadness.

  • Grooms 'Infinity Caller' Video Album

    Grooms Are All Like, 'Yeah Science' in 'Infinity Caller' Video

    Grooms sneaked out their third album-length foray into art-damaged slack-rock last month, but it's not too late to enjoy what Infinity Caller is offering. The 11-song set is streaming in its entirety at Noisey, and the same site has now dished up a new video for the record's titular track. Above, you'll find main man Travis Johnson locked in the lab, experimenting with various unusual substances under the watchful eye of his microscope. Through him, we see all sorts of unexpected slides, ranging from beautiful crystalline structures to constantly changing patterns to illustrations of boxing amoebas. (Yeah science!) Meanwhile, we hear "Infinity Caller," a song gifted with raw bass, arpeggiating guitar, persistent percussion, warm electric hum, and Johnson's cooling vocals. Revisit "I Think We're Alone Now," and hit Noisey to hear the rest.

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