Chris Martins

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  • wax witches, social introvert, centre of your universe

    Hear Wax Witches' Perfect Anthem for the 'Social Introvert'

    There are fewer more indicative opening couplets than these: "Let's wake up and go back to bed / 'Cause today's gonna suck / I would rather be here at home / All this work can get fucked." On "Social Introvert," Wax Witches' Alex Wall (also, frontman for Bleeding Knees Club) paints the perfect self-portrait of his titular subject, delivering an endless stream of quotable lines in a perfectly snotty punk-pop delivery. The song hails from the Australian artist's forthcoming second solo album under the spooky moniker — Centre of Your Universe, out July 1 on Burger Records — and you can hear it now, below.

  • GWAR B Q Oderus Urungus Memorial Service Dave Brockie

    Public Memorial Planned for GWAR's Dave Brockie

    On Monday, March 24, we learned the sad news that GWAR frontman Dave Brockie, best known as the monstrously masked Oderus Urungus, died at the age of 50. Now, band manager Jack Flanagan issued a new official statement updating fans on the process of identifying cause-of-death, and sharing details for a public memorial — August 16 at Hadad's Lake in Richmond, Virginia. Also, he confirmed the fifth annual GWAR-B-Q is still on for August 15, at the same venue.Read his full statement below, and revisit SPIN's 1990 profile "Guerilla GWARfare" and our 2009 "In My Room" feature, in which Urungus shows us around the band's HQ, lovingly referred to as the Slave Pit. Here's Flanagan:On behalf of Dave Brockie's family, Slave Pit Inc. and GWAR, we would like to thank all the loyal fans worldwide for the outpouring of love and support shown to us over the past few days.

  • Philip Grass 'All I Need' Devonwho Remix Stream

    Devonwho's Remix of Philip Grass' 'All I Need' Is a Smoky Dream

    Burton Schaber and Ben Durfee are Philip Grass, an electronic project whose name speaks volumes about their influences. The astral beat-work of folks like Flying Lotus meets the weeded earthen grit of Forest Swords and co., and their particular form of high art makes Philip Grass a shoo-in for Portland, Oregon's Dropping Gems crew. Their new Find EP is wall-to-wall excellent, and now the similarly minded San Francisco producer Devonwho has isolated the opener for a remix. His version of "All I Need" slows things down, emphasizing the percussion and coating the entire track with a glistening warmth that would make Boards of Canada proud. Stream and download that below, and pick up Find now via Dropping Gems.Find track list:1. "All I Need" 2. "Mt. St. Helens" 3. "Find" 4. "Sun And Moon Dance"

  • Deleted Scenes 'You Get to Say Whatever You Want' Video

    Deleted Scenes Remix Occupy Footage in 'You Get to Say Whatever You Want' Video

    D.C. crew Deleted Scenes return with their third album on April 15 — the blackened, occasionally squalling, and emotionally raw Lithium Burn, arriving via Park the Van Records. The title comes from the metallic acid reflux frontman Daniel Scheurman experienced while taking the titular drug as a mood stabilizer, and songs like "You Get to Say Whatever You Want" practically quake with cathartic force. Above, you'll find the track's video, edited together by the singer and Ben Usie using some of the heaviest footage culled from the Occupy Wall Street movement. Scheurman explains the connection below:The song's first lyric was inspired by the image on the news of an Occupy protester spitting in a riot cop's face.

  • Kurt Cobain Courtney Love Apartment Photos Los Angeles

    Photos of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love's Trashed Apartment Emerge

    Last week Seattle police shared a pair of newly developed photos from the scene of Kurt Cobain's death. The release followed false rumors that they'd reopened the case — officially ruled a suicide — and precedes what will be the 20th anniversary of that unfortunate event on April 8 of this year. It now seems like the hubbub over the previously unseen images has shaken a few more photos loose.Visit New York Daily News to see images of Cobain and Courtney Love's Los Angeles apartment shortly after they moved out in 1992. In addition to graffiti honoring D.C. band Nation of Ulysses and Matador Records executive Gerard Cosley (seen before in this shot that includes Cobain) there are pill bottles, candy boxes, magazines, a VHS copy of Nirvana's "Come As You Are" video, and a letter from Congressman Henry Waxman.

  • Smashing Pumpkins New Album 2015 Billy Corgan Panopticon

    Smashing Pumpkins Releasing Two Albums in 2015

    Billy Corgan has announced that his Smashing Pumpkins will release two new albums in 2015, titled Monuments to an Elegy and Day for Night. He's teased the sets thusly: "For those interested in sound, think: 'guitars, guitars, guitars, and more guitars;' but more so on the epic side of things than say, grossly metallic." He says recording began Tuesday, March 25, and that "plenty of songs have been written and ready to go." He hopes for a new single this year.The news comes via a post on the Pumkpins' new website, which Corgan is calling "The Panopticon." He writes that "through its simplicity [the site] should better address the speed of modern life.

  • Daft Punk Kim Kardashian Kanye West Vogue Cover Spoof

    Kim and Kanye's Vogue Cover Gets Daft Punk'd

    Last week, Vogue unveiled their much ballyhooed (also, hella booed) Kim Kardashian and Kanye West cover. The Yeezus-maker has, of course, been fighting to get editor-in-chief Anna Wintour's cosign on his bride-to-be (remember that time he dressed up like her?) and now that he's got it, well, it's the world's turn to take the piss out of the honor. To wit: The Guardian asked their Twitter fans to create their own versions on the pre-nuptial photo, and the results are in. While Benedict Cumberbatch and Vladimir Putin were popular choices, the winner for our money is "Daft & Punk" by @Tetakawi. See that and the other music-related highlights below.

  • Glenn Kotche 'Adventureland' Video Album Wilco

    Watch Wilco's Glenn Kotche at Work on 'Adventureland' Album

    You likely know Glenn Kotche as the drummer of Wilco. (Alternately, the guy who played faucets in that commercial.) But he's also a composer whose credits include pieces for So Percussion, Silk Road Ensemble, Eighth Blackbird, and Bang on a Can All Stars, to name a few. And today, March 25, Cantaloupe Music releases Adventureland, a 14-track album collecting Kotche's work for ensembles. Anchoring the set is the seven-movement "Anomaly," written for and performed by San Francisco's mighty Kronos Quartet in 2007."For the string quartet, I was banging my head against the wall for ideas," Kotche says via statement. "The solution didn't really come to me until I sat down at the drums. I realized, 'Hey — four voices, four limbs!' So I made the cello my right foot, the viola my left foot, and took it from there.

  • Alsarah the Nubatones Soukura Video Silt Album

    Alsarah & the Nubatones Unlock African Past in 'Soukura' Video

    Earlier this year, we brought you the Soukura EP, a six-song set from Alsarah & the Nubatones that effectively blended ancient traditions with fresh ideas, and dogged study with lived experience. That's all thanks to the project's Sudanese-born, Yemen-raised, Brooklyn-based leader, who is not only a gifted musician and singer, but an ethnomusicologist as well. Now we get a video for that set's titular track — "Soukura" also appears on the out-now full-length album, Silt — that fittingly finds our heroine exploring a strange and sizable mansion, opening doors and unlocking boxes in order to uncover bits of her history. Watch that above, and pick up Silt via Wonderwheel Recordings.

  • Pixies 'Snakes' Video Indie Cindy Album EP-3

    Watch Pixies' 'Snakes' Video, a Freaky Thriller

    News only just broke that Pixies will release a full album on April 19. Now, Indie Cindy — the first LP from the alternative-rock giants in 23 years — has spawned a music video. Experienced above, "Snakes" features crushing drums, angular guitar shards, breathy ahs, and Black Francis' calm but menacing voice: "Snakes are coming to your town / In tunnels underground..."But despite the desert locale of the Mark Locke-directed clip above, this is no Tremors remake. In fact, the story told in the visual winds up being far more strange, as a band's worth of papier-mâché-masked people gather duffle bags and head out on the lam. Bonus points for that sweater caught mid-air, which can't not be an homage to Breaking Bad. "Snakes" also appears on EP-3.

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