Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Warner Music Group Shazam Label Spy Sign Artists

    Warner Music Will Use Shazam to Spy on Us Now

    Shazam will no longer be the friendly little helper app we've all come to rely upon in moments of face-palming forgetfulness or new-music discovery. It will still identify songs in the same manner that it always has, but thanks to a new partnership with Warner Music Group, the program will be studying our interest and habits in order to figure out which emerging artists it should sign. Yes, the world's first robotic record label has been born.Warner is launching a Shazam-branded label "that will identify unsigned artists by combining traditional A&R with the music ID app's massive fan activity data." And of course, "The partnership will also market existing WMG artists." That last part has already begun — Chromeo's video for "Come Alive" and Wiz Khalifa's "We Dem Boyz" single were premiered/unlocked using Shazam.

  • Arctic Monkeys Brit Awards 2014 Acceptance Speech

    See Alex Turner's Mic-Dropping Album of the Year Acceptance Speech at the 2014 BRIT Awards

    Arctic Monkeys picked up their fourth Best British Group and third Best British Album at the BRIT Awards on Wednesday, and singer Alex Turner marked the occasion with a memorable speech and a bona fide mic drop. After picking up the night's biggest honor for their September set AM, the 28-year-old SPIN Interview subject waxed poetic on one of his known favorite subjects:"That rock'n'roll, ay? That rock'n'roll, it just won't go away. It might hibernate from time to time, sink back into the swamp. I think the cyclical nature of the universe in which it exists demands that it acquiesce to some of its rules. But it's always waiting there, just around the corner, ready to make its way back through the sludge and smash through the glass ceiling, looking better than ever. Yeah, that rock'n'roll, it seems like it's faded away sometimes, but it will never die.

  • Oscars Bette Midler Performance Academy Awards 2014

    Bette Midler Booked for Debut Oscars Performance

    Bette Midler will make her Academy Awards performance debut on Sunday, March 2, at the 86th annual Oscars. Though she's been twice nominated for Best Actress over the years, she's yet to take the stage. Her most recent work placed her in the lead role of Broadway's I'll Eat You Last, about late Hollywood super-agent Sue Mengers."We are thrilled to have Bette perform on the Oscars for the very first time," Academy Award producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a statement, via The Hollywood Reporter.

  • Jel 'Breathe' Video Late Pass Anticon

    Jel DJs With Fire (Literally) in 'Breathe' Video

    Anticon beatsmith and MPC king Jel dropped Late Pass last year — a mostly instrumental opus that highlighted the Chicago-bred, Bay Area-based producer's remarkable knack for crafting richly textured head-bobbers that connect boom-bap's noisy past to the deep grooves of dub and the melodic might of psych. We shared the titular track back then, but now there's a video for "Breathe" to consider. "Don't get too comfortable," warns Jeffery "Jel" Logan, but the music has a hypnotic effect nonetheless. Meanwhile, the playful video clip follows the delinquent activities of three characters in animal masks armed with unusual weapons and a keen sense of rhythm.

  • Eric Church The Outsiders Billboard Chart Sales Top Ten

    Eric Church Regulates the Charts With 'The Outsiders' No. 1

    First! SPIN cover star Eric Church scores a No. 1 with his Essential-dubbed fourth album, The Outsiders. As our reviewer Michael Robbins wrote, the new set "has Tusk-magnitude ambition" and might make this Nashvillian "the first contemporary country act to remind you of Black Sabbath" to boot. And as Church himself put it in an interview with Rob Harvilla: "Ooh, there we go. One drop! That's warm on the nuts. WHOO!" Okay, he was talking about spilled coffee, but the words still seem to apply. I mean, the dude brought so much pyro to Jimmy Kimmell Live! he nearly burned the place down. Also, he's got the biggest sales figure of 2014 with 228,000 units moved, says Billboard. Dear world: gird your loins while this man's on top.2 to 10: So perhaps it's the power of that man's musk that's driven all other newcomers away from the top 10 this week. The rest are repeats, though not a bad bunch.

  • HTRK 'Blue Sunshine' Stream Psychic 9-5 Club

    HTRK Radiate 'Blue Sunshine' on Velvety Post-Dubstep Single

    On April 1, HTRK return with their first proper album as a duo. The Australian group — whose name is pronounced "Hate Rock" — suffered a massive blow during the recording of 2011's Work (Work Work), when founding member Sean Stewart was found dead in his home. But on the forthcoming Psychic 9-5 Club, Jonnine Standish and Nigel Yang create a work that, according to label Ghostly, "looks back on a time of sadness and struggle, and within that struggle they find hope and humor and love." A song like "Blue Sunshine," heard below, seems to exemplify that, wrapping sensual Sade-like vocals inside a black blanket of moody bass, terse atmosphere, and skittering percussion. "Healthy dose of inner peace," Standish coos out with a narcotic stickiness, "Blue rays." Check the track list below the player.HTRK, Psychic 9-5 Club track list:1. "Give It Up"2. "Blue Sunshine"3. "Feels Like Love"4.

  • Bleachers Jack Antonoff I Wanna Get Better fun Stream

    Fun.'s Jack Antonoff Launches Bleachers With Ecstatic 'I Wanna Get Better'

    Fun. co-founder Jack Antonoff has officially announced a solo project dubbed Bleachers. The spring will bring a proper album co-produced by the man himself along with John Hill (M.I.A., Phantogram, Wavves) and Vince Clarke (member of Depeche Mode, Yazoo, and Erasure), but for now you can hear "I Wanna Get Better," the ecstatic first taste of the thing. The debut single features cut-up piano and an array of odd samples, plus Antonoff's vocals, which range from shout-along anthemic to Brian Eno baritone. Also, there's a ripping guitar solo that feels plucked from the '80s, lines about friends getting high, and this sobering revelation: "I miss the days of a life still permanent." There also appears to be a thematic tie-in to "Bullet," by his old band Steel Train.

  • Willis Earl Beal Mischa Barton 'Coming Through' Video NSFW

    Mischa Barton Humps the Earth in Willis Earl Beal's 'Coming Through' Video

    Actress Mischa Barton becomes a member of the cult of Willis Earl Beal — literally — in the 11-minute video for the man's Cat Power collaboration, "Coming Through." The above short film purports to compile the lost recordings of a "new underground movement of consciousness" founded in New Mexico in 2013, led by the outsider bluesman bedecked in a ski mask and goggles. The former female lead of The O.C. appears as an acolyte of Beal's Church of Nobody, and appears to be depicted in one of the drawings that accompanied his 2012 album, Acousmatic Sorcery. There's also a thematic tie-in to the Sundance-showcased feature film Memphis — to the part where Beal talks about discovering the divine when he "fucked the dirt." Of course, "Coming Through" hails from last year's Nobody Knows. 

  • Perfect Pussy 'I' Video Say Yes to Love Tour Dates

    See Perfect Pussy Shred a Basement in 'I' Video

    New York noise-punk posse Perfect Pussy have released a video for "I," an almost meditative track not from their forthcoming album Say Yes to Love. This one actually hails from the I have lost all desire for feeling demo set. Therein, lead yelper Meredith Graves shouts various mantras — "I am full of peace!" — while her bandmates whip up a whirlwind of ecstatic chaos. Meanwhile, the Lukas Hodge-directed video captures the crew shredding in a basement, giving haircuts in a field, and generally frolicking. Thankfully, unlike the limited edition vinyl version of Perfect Pussy's new LP for Captured Tracks, the clip contains no actual blood. We can't promise the same of the following gigs.

  • Weezer 'Back to the Shack' Live Video Cruise

    Weezer Revisit the Sound That Made Them Famous on 'Back to the Shack'

    Weezer unveiled a brand new song on their second annual at-seas festival this past weekend. One passenger on The Weezer Cruise — which sailed from Florida to the Bahamas and back — captured all of "Back to the Shack," a song that aurally and lyrically pays tribute to the band's favored '90s history. Above, Rivers Cuomo sings of losing his way as an artist — "I forgot that disco sucks" — and returning to a simpler vision: "Maybe I should play the lead guitar and Pat should play the drums."In October, the band announced they were returning to the studio in January with Ric Ocasek producing. The Cars singer took on the same roll for the band's 1994 and 2001 eponymous LPs — "The Blue Album" and "The Green Album," respectively. He's also helmed records by Suicide, Bad Religion, and Nada Surf.

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