Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Arcade Fire Cover Pixies 'Alec Eiffel' Video Boston Tour

    Arcade Fire Climb Pixies' Punky 'Alec Eiffel' for Yet Another Cover

    Every day is Arcade Fire day with the Reflektor band still on the road, seemingly caught in a strange nether-dimension wherein the only way out is to cover a song by every band of note that's ever existed (maybe that's what the Orpheus theme is all about?). But if we were going to skip one of these cover songs posts, it certainly wouldn't be this one. Seen above, the Canuck orch-pop ensemble sets down in Mansfield, Massachusetts, and lays down a spirited, extra-punky version of "Alec Eiffel" by Pixies, who hail from Boston. The 1991 alt-rock track gets props (in dancing form) from President Barack Obama and Pope Francis (in bobblehead form), before Arcade Fire launch into "Here Comes the Night Time." Watch that above, and Pixies' original Trompe le Monde-era video below. For more covers from Win Butler and Co., walk out your door.

  • Steve Ballmer Clippers Eminem Walkout Video Owner Lose Yourself

    Watch New Clippers Owner Steve Ballmer Lose Himself to Eminem

    The Los Angeles Clippers publicly welcomed their new owner today, and his batshit amazing entrance proves he's absolutely nothing like the cranky racist dick who's leaving. Seen below around the 29-minute mark (originally, it was 02:46:00, but it seems the clip's been edited down), former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer makes a hand-slapping, fist-pumping, face-bending walk-out that seemed more fit for the WWE than the NBA. But we'll take it. Especially since he chose Eminem's "Lose Yourself" as the soundtrack to all that manic wilding. And even though Beats guys Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine were supposedly interested in purchasing the team, this is more hip-hop than either could've mustered. Well, more Randy Savage meets Hulk Hogan, at least. Watch and weep, Donald Sterling.

  • Michael Cera Music True That Album Interview

    Q&A: Michael Cera on DIY Album-Making and Identifying With Skrillex

    Last week, the respective worlds of home-recording buffs and awkward-comedy fans were unexpectedly, thoroughly bridged when actor Michael Cera released his first solo album to Bandcamp. Dubbed True That, the 18-track set finds the Arrested Development star plucking strings, plinking on keys, and singing playful little ditties with a tinge of sadness and a hint of left-field folksiness (the melancholic "Ruth" made the SPIN Singles Mix).It's a fine set of songs, but we're not surprised — Cera's never hidden his musical inclinations. He's played bass with Mister Heavenly, covered the Moldy Peaches for Juno, and starred as the titular band guy in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. We even interviewed him in 2007 about his Clark and Michael musical duo the Long Goodbye. Still, this is different. It's got his name on it, and isn't attached to a screen project.

  • Mikky Ekko 'Smile' Stream Time Album

    Stream Mikky Ekko's Gleaming Soul-Pop 'Smile'

    "Smile, the worst is yet to come," coos Nashville pop/soul man Mikky Ekko on his brand new song, "Smile." The SPIN Best New Artist alum is at last gearing up to release his debut album, Time, via RCA Records, this fall, and we're hoping it'll include the Clams Casino collaboration that put him on our map, "Pull Me Down." Of course, it was his stellar voice-and-piano turn on Rihanna's "Stay" that positioned him square on top of the globe. And now, Ekko's got a lot to look forward to, even if his latest offering features such a foreboding line.And to be fair, "Smile" is very bright sounding — a sunny song that about living in the moment that, musically, expands ever outward while marching forward to a stomp-along beat.

  • Flying Lotus You're Dead Video Trailer Snoop Dogg Shintaro Kago

    Hear Snoop Rap in Flying Lotus' Gory/Glorious Album Trailer

    As we learned earlier this week, Flying Lotus' October 7 album You're Dead! not only features the eye-boggling artwork of Japanese artist Shintaro Kago, but musical contributions from Kendrick Lamar, Herbie Hancock, Snoop Dogg, Angel Deradoorian, Thundercat, and Niki Randa. Also: the Los Angeles electronica guru's Captain Murphy rap alias will make a couple of appearances as well. We've got the full track list below, and snippets of the music above.Warning: the Kago-powered video above is decidely NSFW and not for the easily queasy either, or those prone to seizures. The gory but gorgeous imagery seen on FlyLo's Tumblr (there's a tarot-style card for each of the 19 songs) comes to life and flies by in a hail of blood, guts, nude bodies, creative vivisections, and wild colors.

  • Violent Soho 'Saramona Said' Video Hungry Ghost

    Violent Soho Incite a Flash Mob in 'Saramona Said' Video

    Australia's Violent Soho released their third album abroad last year, but the grungified gem that is Hungry Ghost is only just now coming to the states. The quartet recenlty shared their shredded, Smashing Pumpkins-channelling "In the Aisle" over at the A.V. Club (along with a nude bicycle ride), and now we've got the impressive video for "Saramona Said." Seen above, the clip employs not only a single camera, but a single shot, following a car-load of Brisbane-area youth as they pick up friends, brake for beer-bongs, and eventually join a pack of their peers who are all running in the same direction. The suburb where Violent Soho filmed "Saramona Said" is Mansfield — the very same in which they grew up. "Let's start a fire," Luke Boerdam sings over all of that Pixies-like punk-pop, and one gets the feeling he's done just that not far from the streets that the camera captures.

  • Flying Lotus Youre Dead Kendrick Lamar Herbie Hancock

    Flying Lotus Album to Feature Kendrick Lamar, Herbie Hancock, Snoop Dogg

    UPDATE: Flying Lotus has shared the art for additional songs includes one called "Dead Man's Tetris" featuring Snoop Dogg and Lotus' own rapping alter-ego Captain Murphy, and another dubbed "Siren Song" featuring former Dirty Projectors vocalist and solo artist Angel Deradoorian. See below.Flying Lotus' October album will feature Kendrick Lamar, Herbie Hancock, and others yet to be revealed. The Los Angeles electronica guru has been releasing the track list for You're Dead via individual Instagram posts coming roughly every hour today (Monday, August 11).

  • Robin Williams Dead 63 Suicide Death Actor Comedian

    Robin Williams, 63, Dead by Apparent Suicide

    Robin Williams is dead at the age of 63. The celebrated actor and comedian passed away unexpectedly on Monday, August 11 — the Los Angeles Times reports the Marin County Sheriff's Department confirmed a 911 call had be received at 11:55 a.m. PT regarding an unresponsive man found in his Tiburon, California home. That man was indeed Williams, and there is speculation, partly fueled by an official statement on the matter, that the cause of death is suicide. "Robin Williams passed away this morning," read said statement from a representative of the performer. "He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss.

  • The Lumineers Walking Dead Stream Visions of China Songs Survival

    Hear Lumineers' Haunting 'Walking Dead' Song, 'Visions of China'

    Perhaps the one thing more terrifying (for us, at least) than a world full of zombies is a world without music. Thankfully the people behind AMC's The Walking Dead refuse to subject us to that torture, and maintain their commitment to solid music placements in the series and beyond. The Complete Fourth Season is available for pre-order now and it comes with a bonus disc dubbed Songs of Survival, Vol. 2. Thanks to Idolator, we've heard Colbie Caillat's "The Way I Was," and now we're proud to premiere a haunting number by the Lumineers, "Visions of China." Heard below, the track is hardly the heys-and-hos stuff of breakthrough singles. Instead, it's a meditative piece that recalls Radiohead's OK Computer to some degree, perhaps channeled through Fleet Foxes folksier paradigm.

  • Foo Fighters Sonic Highways Video Album Track List Tattoo

    Foo Fighters Announce 'Sonic Highways' Album Details, Share New Music

    Foo Fighters have shared the details on their upcoming (multi-)studio album. It will share its name with Dave Grohl's forthcoming HBO series: Sonic Highways. A new press release promises, however, that this is "not a soundtrack album by any stretch." As previously reported, the eight songs set to feature on the album correspond with the eight cities visited by the Foos in the process of making their show, which highlights iconic U.S. studios and historic music scenes.Sonic Highways, the album, will see a worldwide release on Monday, November 10, and is available for pre-order in CD and vinyl form now. The wax version will arrive on 180-gram vinyl and feature eight alternate covers themed for the different cities — Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.

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