Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Jonwayne 'Reflection' Rap Album One Stream Stones Throw

    Jonwayne Unveils 'Rap Album One' With Truly Ambitious 'Reflection'

    Stones Throw Records has always had an ear for worthwhile new voices in rap and Jonwayne is no exception to the rule. The Los Angeles-area MC/producer has been teasing his true arrival with a series of actual mixtapes — see Cassette, Cassette 2, and Cassette 3 with its lost J Dilla beat — and the notable beat collection Oodles of Doodles, all of which seemed impressive enough to place within the young man's proper oeuvre. But the label now reveals that this has all been warmup: enter Rap Album One, the official Jonwayne debut now set for an October 29 release date.With the exception from a pair of production assists and one vocal from Scoop DeVille (Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Game), everything within the 11-song set comes from the mind of the fella actually born Jon Wayne.

  • Kurt Vile Day Wakin on a Pretty Daze Video Philadelphia

    Kurt Vile Given Philadelphia's Highest Honor in 'Kurt Vile Day' Video

    To think, we almost let Kurt Vile Day pass without celebrating our favorite rock'n'roll dream-weaver. As previous reported, the City of Philadelphia formally named August 28 in honor of their favorite hirsute son, and even threw a parade in his honor immortalized in the "KV Crimes" video. Considering the wonderfully chill vibes traded on Vile's SPIN Essential Wakin on a Pretty Daze, we couldn't be happier to see the man get his due in the clip above.Therein we see a city official praise Kurt's Philly-repping ways and present him with a miniature Liberty Bell ("As our mayor likes to say, 'This one actually works!'") before the musician tunes up and plays his semi-titular jam, the wonderfully sprawling "Wakin on a Pretty Day." All in all, the experience warms the heart as much as the album warms the ears. For more, read David Bevan's in-depth feature on the estimable Mr.

  • Avenged Sevenfold Hail King Katy Perry Roar Billboard Chart

    Who Charted? Eminem, Big Sean, and Juicy J Score for Rap but Avenged Sevenfold Beats All

    First! Save your exclamation points — it's Avenged Sevenfold with Hail to the King and 159,000 copies sold according to Nielsen SoundScan, though we have our doubts. Nay, the fix is not in ... just turns out America as a collective entity has terrible taste (surprise!). As another Billboard 200 chart-topper once suggested, we try to not stop believing, but it gets tough. Maybe one day A7F will too become the stuff of novelty karaoke jams. That's the next stop for Disturbed's "Down With the Sickness," right? Sigh. When Deafheaven hit No. 1, we'll eat our collective hat.2 to 10: We can thank those Huntington Beach metalbros for pushing Nashville countrybro Luke Bryan down to No. 2, though. Crash My Party holds strong with another 92K sold and a Country Albums No. 1. Far more heartening are the No.

  • The Internet Feel Good Partners in Crime Stream Syd Kyd

    Odd Future's the Internet Become a Band on Chad Hugo-Assisted 'Feel Good' LP

    Odd Future's neo-soul experts the Internet will release their first album as a proper band via Odd Future Records on September 24. The follow-up to Syd the Kyd and Matt Martians' humble 2011 debut Purple Naked Ladies will be dubbed Feel Good and feature production from Chad Hugo of the Neptunes, Flying Lotus affiliate Thundercat, and Incubus guitarist and songwriter Mike Eizinger, who picks up an executive producer credit.The first taste of the set arrives below: "Partners in Crime Part Two," which includes guitar from the Stepkids ax-man Jeff Gitelman. Additional vocal duties will go to Malaysian singer Yuna, Chicago R&Bist Jesse Boykins the III, and Earl Sweatshirt's Doris pal Mac Miller. The Internet recently toured with Miller, and served as his backing band as well.

  • Nine Inch Nails at the Troubadour, Los Angeles, September 3, 2013

    Nine Inch Nails Burn Through Intimate Homecoming at Los Angeles' 400-Capacity Troubadour

    Nine Inch Nails has spent the last two months bouncing from country to country, from festival to festival, setting up and breaking down an incredibly elaborate stage setup, while cramming what little free time they have with press (to wit, SPIN's latest cover story). Back home in Los Angeles with the night off, of course they booked themselves a show at the Troubadour (capacity 400), where they played for nearly two hours straight, because why-the-hell-not. Oh, and..."I almost forgot," said Trent Reznor. "We have a new record out today." Hesitation Marks, of course.At that point the band had already played at least 10 songs — all killer, no filler with barely a word of banter spared and nary a wild LED backdrop to be seen.

  • Animal Parts 'Where the Heart Is' Stream Six Arms to Hold You

    Animal Parts Cure Homesickness on Strummy 'Where the Heart Is'

    Toronto's Animal Parts have been mighty busy over the past year and change. Between time spent on the road, the five-piece led by Josh Cockerill has managed to let loose an eponymous album and the Other Rooms EP, and now they have another release on the horizon: Six Arms to Hold You, a six-song set preceded by "Where the Heart Is." Understandably, the Americana-pop act's singer knows a thing or two about homesickness, and the streaming track speaks to that."I wrote 'Where the Heart Is' near the end of a multiple-month long solo tour," Cockerill told SPIN, "where I almost fell through the floor from loneliness [only] to find me the comfort of knowing I was soon going home. The song, and the record as a whole, reflects on places where life has once been, now left empty, and my attempt at putting it back where it belongs." Where exactly might that be?

  • Goldfrapp 'Annabel' Video Tales of Us

    Goldfrapp Introduce 'Annabel' in Beautifully Stark Video

    Goldfrapp's forthcoming Tales of Us will be the English duo's first album in three years and it's set to be a significant departure. While 2010's Head First racked up a Grammy nod, Alison Golfrapp and her production partner Will Gregory were not happy with the sound of those songs. And as evidenced on the first single "Drew," things have wonderfully "taken a turn for the noir." That last song came with a video chock-full of naked house guests and free-lovin' frolicking. Now we meet "Annabel," a work of baroque instrumentation and hushed vocals that plays like a transmission from an ornate music box fallen to decay. Fittingly, the accompanying video takes place at the same decrepit estate as the last one, and also employs black and white to highlight the sad beauty of its subject matter.

  • Savages 'I Am Here' Video Silence Yourself Decayed

    Savages Brutalize Their Own Sound in 'I Am Here' Video

    Savages don't shy from intensity. The London post-punks dropped their brutal barrage of a debut album, Silence Yourself, earlier this year, and most recently got incredibly urgent with a live rendition of "She Will" on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Now they've made a video for one of their Essential LP's highlights, "I Am Here," but it's hardly your normal fare. It is, in a word, intense. Intensely intense, really, considering the nature of the project.Director Joshua Zucker-Pluda worked with the band to create a "decayed" version of the song inspired by a 1969 experiment by composer Alvin Lucier. For "I Am Sitting in a Room," the man recorded himself reading aloud, then recorded a recording of the reading in the same space, and so on and so forth until the thing became completely distorted.

  • Mount Eerie 'Pre-Human Ideas' 'Lone Bell' Stream Auto-Tune

    Mount Eerie Previews Auto-Tune Album With Dubby 'Lone Bell'

    Phil Elverum's estimable Mount Eerie project will return in 2013 with Pre-Human Ideas, a collection of songs that — somewhat shockingly — makes strong use of Auto-Tune. But this 12-track set will be no T-Pain tribute. Instead, it will exclusively collect reworked highlights from last year's two-album suite, Clear Moon and Ocean Roar, abstracting those fog-shrouded folk pieces into dubby drone-scapes guided by an electric coo.At least, that's the impression we're left with after hearing "Lone Bell," streaming below. As Pitchfork notes, the album announcement says that although the source material is familiar, there will be "newly written lyrics, almost like new songs layered over the old ones, expanding and clarifying the ideas." Pre-Human Ideas is out November 12 on P.W.

  • Janelle Monae The Electric Lady Stream Album Full

    Hear Janelle Monae Funk With Prince and Solange on Full 'The Electric Lady' Stream

    Janelle Monáe is streaming her entire new album The Electric Lady a week early. Due September 10 via Bad Boy/Wondaland, the 19-track set features collaborations with Prince, Miguel, Erykah Badu, Solange, and Esperanza Spalding. We've also seen videos for "Dance Apocalyptic" and "Q.U.E.E.N.", each of which was set in a future where, respectively, zombies roam and revolutionaries are kept behind glass. Taken in its whole, The Electric Lady is clear-headed and free to be as funky as it wants to be — a worthy follow-up to 2010's The ArchAndroid that makes good on Monáe's enthralling in-person energy.As Consequence of Sound points out, a Target-exclusive two-disc version of the Kansas-reared artist's sophomore album is on the way as well.

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