Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Cass McCombs There Can Only Be One Stream

    Cass McCombs Haunts Heartbreak Hotels on 'There Can Only Be One'

    If it seemed a bit ambitious for enigmatic songsmith Cass McCombs to release two albums in a year the last time he stepped out, well, the man's scaling things back for 2013 — sort of. McCombs will follow his stellar 2011 pair (Wit's End and Humor Risk) with one double album, the 22-track epic Big Wheel and Others. "Big Wheel" is indeed the name of one of the songs therein, making the LP title exactly the sort of droll troll we'd expect from the nomadic poet. McCombs' label home Domino promises "road songs, rock songs, folk songs, blues songs, country songs, rhythm and blues songs, skronk non-songs, cinema songs, cult songs, poem songs, jams, and ballads." (It's unclear which of those is "Big Wheel" and which are the others.)We've already heard the lovely, contemplative strummer "Morning Star" and now we've got a new taste to sample.

  • The Dirtbombs 'Crazy for You' Stream Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-Blooey!

    The Dirtbombs Do Bubblegum (Garage Style) on 'Crazy for You'

    Detroit garage-rock posse the Dirtbombs have been doing their thing since 1992 and, as the story goes, have been promising an album's worth of bubblegum tunes for a decade. Of course, the thought of band mastermind Mick Collins — he of seminal blues-punks the Gories — bending his gruffly soulful pipes to cooing out some '60s pop nuggets always seemed like a long shot. Enter Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-Blooey!, a 10-track set due out September 17 on In the Red Records.While one might assume the Dirtbombs would choose a few classics to cover for their fifth album — previous sets have found them paying tribute to Motown hits and local techno greats — the new LP is 100 percent original. Below you'll hear "Crazy for You," a hooky track featuring some Wonders-like melodies and the band's out shambly, shaggy sound.

  • Au Revoir Simone 'Crazy' Stream Move in Spectrums

    Hear Au Revoir Simone Go Girl 'Crazy' on Sunny Single

    After a four-year break, synth-pop sirens Au Revoir Simone are returning with a fourth album, Move in Spectrums. The Brooklyn trio have already shared one ebullient highlight — "Somebody Who," with its transfixing video — and now have a new one to offer, via Stereogum. By contrast, "Crazy" gets its propulsive pulse from upbeat live drumming that well compliments the girl-group vocals and sunny guitar-play. "Every time I walked away, thought that it was done," sings Heather D’Angelo at the song's start, and yet by the chorus, it's clear the problem persists: "Ooh, you girls you drive me crazy." Light and catchy but a little bit sad, the track feels tailor-made for the waning days of summer. Perfect, considering Move in Spectrums is out September 24, via Moshi Moshi/Instant, just three days into the fall. 

  • Sid Bernstein Beatles Promoter Dead British Invasion

    Sid Bernstein, 'Father of the British Invasion,' Dead at 95

    Legendary concert promoter Sid Bernstein has died at the age of 95. The rightly self-dubbed "Father of the British Invasion" was responsible not only for booking the first U.S. shows by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, he also set up rock'n'roll's first sports arena gig — the Beatles at Shea Stadium in 1965. According to his daughter, via NME, the well-loved New York native passed away peacefully in his sleep today, August 21.Bernstein is also credited with bringing stateside audiences the Kinks, the Animals, Herman's Hermits, and the Moody Blues. He promoted concerts by Jimi Hendrix, ABBA, James Brown, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Sly & the Family Stone, and Judy Garland as well, and was the first impresario to throw a rock show at Madison Square Garden.

  • Rapper Instagram Gun Bust Trafficking Ring New York

    Rapper's Instagram Feed Led Cops to Historically Huge Gun Bust

    Thanks to one aspiring rapper's careless Instagram posts, New York City police scored the largest gun bust in city history. As Gawker points out, mayor Michael Bloomberg and NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly threw themselves a little press party on Monday (August 19) in order to announce that they'd successfully removed 254 firearms from the street, at least 36 of which had been stolen, and arrested 19 players in an interstate weapons trafficking ring.The unintentional snitch was Matthew Best, a 26-year-old who's recorded a couple of mixtapes under the name Neno Best. On an Instagram account that only appears to have been deleted as of this week, the Brooklyn man shared photos of large wads of cash and the guns that he claimed to be selling out of his Ocean Hill music studio.

  • Sam Smith 'Nirvana' Stream

    Sam Smith Aims to Achieve 'Nirvana' With Transcendent R&B

    Cambridge-based singer Sam Smith made his name guesting on dance-pop tracks by rising stars like Naughty Boy and Disclosure, but the man is now taking the lead. Last month, we heard a sample from his forthcoming EP on PMR Records. With a co-write assist from labelmate Two Inch Punch, "Safe With Me" split the difference between Smith's recent housier forays and his more instrumental solo past.New song "Nirvana" is a breathy, subdued R&B ballad in the mold of Frank Ocean and perhaps (just a little bit) K-Ci & Jo-Jo — the latter thanks to those soaring heights that our channel ORANGE hero generally eschews. It's all synthy strings and choral harmonies with flanged guitars and muffled drums. British duo Craze & Hoax handle the production fresh off of their collaboration with Outside Lands star Emeli Sandé.

  • Cash Money VMAs Cancel Party Lil Wayne Birdman

    Cash Money VMAs After-Party Invites Rendered Worthless

    Mere days after announcing what was slated to be "the most dazzling event" of MTV's VMAs week — sure to be "the talk of the town" — Cash Money Records have cancelled their invite-only awards show after-party in New York. The reason? Too many people wanted to go. At least that's what organizers say in a new press release, which makes for a pretty gripping sequel following the flowery one that pimped the "luxury event" in the first place.The label's C.E.O. Bryan "Birdman" Williams and flagship star Lil Wayne were set to host, while roster-mates and affiliates like Drake, Busta Rhymes, DJ Khaled, Paris Hilton, and Tyga were promised to appear. The party was set for August 25 at Brooklyn's Skylight One Hanson immediately following the VMAs.

  • Luke Bryan 'Crash My Party' Katy Perry Roar Billboard Chart

    Who Charted? Luke 'Beer Me' Bryan Takes No. 1 While Katy Perry Nips at Thicke

    First! Luke Bryan is back on top — didja miss him? Chances are if you're reading SPIN, you didn't, but you might want to get familiar. As noted, the Nashville star is country's preeminent overgrown frat boy, a man who hit the top of the pops in March with a set that compiled the best tunes from his Spring Break-themed EP series. Now he's got the third highest debut week of 2013 — behind Justin Timberlake and Jay Z — with Crash My Party, which sold 528K on the strength of such titles as "Drink a Beer" and "Beer in the Headlights." This also happens to be the biggest week for a lone cowboy since Tim McGraw blew up the spot in 2004.2 to 10: Let's get these two lurkers out of the way: Florida Georgia Line and Imagine Dragons are still kicking around and still sticking together with Here's to the Good Times (No. 8, 31K) and Night Visions (No. 9, 27K), respectively.

  • DMX Arrested Marijuana South Carolina Pulled Over

    DMX Denies Possession in South Carolina Marijuana Arrest

    DMX was arrested in South Carolina Tuesday night (August 20) for possession of marijuana. Though the police say they found three bags of the stuff following a traffic stop, the 42-year-old rapper born Earl Simmons claims that no drugs were found on his person. He also claims that authorities never showed the contraband to him or the other passengers in the pulled-over truck. According to TMZ, the police report says Simmons smelled of alcohol during the traffic stop and became "very aggressive with his words and was making multiple idle threats." Police say they discovered marijuana sitting on the armrest nearest DMX. They cited the rapper for pot and brought him in on an earlier outstanding warrant for allegedly driving without a license.In the video above, the MC can be heard protesting the situation as it began to go down.

  • Jessy Lanza 5785021 Call Me Stream Pull My Hair Back

    Jessy Lanza Offers Her Digits on Sultry '5785021'

    Jessy Lanza is a triple-threat: a singer blessed with an endlessly breathy coo, a pianist with a striking sense of melody, and a producer with a strong imagination for fitting sounds together in wonderful ways. On September 17, the Hamilton, Ontario-based artist will release her LP debut, Pull My Hair Back, via Hyperdub. And to make matters even more devastating, the set will be co-produced by her neighbor, Junior Boys' Jeremy Greenspan.Below you'll find first listen, "5785021," although "Call Me" might be a more effective handle for conversational use. As is the Lanza way, the song combines dark disco with lush house and gushing R&B, with the entire thing sent skittering by clattering hi-hats and warbling synths. Considering how effective the end result is, let's hope that's not our heroine's actual phone number. Or anyone else's, for that matter.

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