Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Billy Joel Madison Square Garden Residency Franchise

    Billy Joel Books Endless Residency at Madison Square Garden

    Billy Joel will play Madison Square Garden once a month for, well, forever. New York's legendary piano man has become the iconic arena's "first-ever music franchise," MSG announced today, explaining that he'll be "joining the ranks of [sports franchises] the New York Knicks, Rangers, and Liberty." Beginning January 27, Joel is expected to throw "a show a month, as long as there is demand." The first four are sold out. The fifth, on May 9, will coincide with his 65th birthday.Nearly a year ago, Joel graced Madison Square Garden for the star-studded 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief lineup, but his history with the venue runs deep. His first concert there took place in December of 1978, shortly after the release of his sixth album 52nd Street.

  • Kanye West Adidas Deal 10 Million Nike Air Yeezy

    Kanye West Leaves Nike for Adidas and a Reported $10 Million

    Kanye West has reportedly closed a $10 million deal with Adidas after severing his creative partnership with Nike. Last week in an interview with Hot 97, the man behind SPIN's Album of the Year explained that Nike had failed to offer him decent royalties on his Air Yeezy shoe, while in his recent Barclays rant he said the iconic brand had also delayed the release of his new Red Octobers in order to convince stores to order additional less-desirable stock.During West's heated Shade 45 interview with Sway, he had words for Nike's CEO:"Mark Parker ... I will still accept an investment in DONDA. I've got some more ideas that don't involve shoes [so] if you guys are investing in the arts ... I am standing up and I'm telling you. I. Am. Warhol. I am the number one most impactful artist of our generation, in the flesh. I am Shakespeare, Walt Disney. Nike. Google.

  • M.I.A. Matangi Trouble Again Stream Bonus

    Hear M.I.A.'s Menacing 'Matangi' B-Side 'Trouble Again'

    M.I.A. isn't one to shy away from trouble. She's still embroiled in a legal battle with the NFL over a finger, she had no problem telling Stephen Colbert she doesn't watch his show, her new album Matangi is as dazzling as it is infuriating, and, as Maya Arulpragasm herself told SPIN, trouble has been finding her since she was a child. With all that in mind, the title of M.I.A.'s freshly shared Matangi bonus cut "Trouble Again" could come across as a nonchalant shrug. Instead, the revision of the album's "Double Bubble Trouble" is a bass-wobbling slow-groover featuring warped vocals and our hostess' own menacing chant — "Cos I've got a reputation / Got a, got a reputation." Hit play on that B-side below via Spotify, and peruse SPIN's Best Albums of 2013 while you listen..

  • Tupac Shakur Animated Interview Lost PBS

    Animated Tupac Shakur Describes His Life as a Shakespearean Tragedy

    PBS' Blank on Blank animated video series delivers another music-related gem. Tupac Shakur is the latest subject of the franchise, which converts long-lost interviews with influential figures into cartoon form. Previously, we've seen Kurt Cobain talk about school, punk, and sexuality, and the Beastie Boys discuss their name, their whiteness, and Madonna's fan base. Above, the late rap legend touches upon his own myth, the "Thug Life" philosophy, and Vice President Dan Quayle.The material comes from Benjamin Svetkey's 1994 talk with Shakur for an Entertainment Weekly profile. Early on, the journalist asks where his subject sees himself in 10 years. Eerily, Shakur flubs his answer and says, "Best case: in a cemetery. Not in a cemetery — sprinkled in ashes, smoked up by my homies." He pauses. "I mean Worst case. That's the worst case.

  • Insane Clown Posse Gathering of the Juggalos Cave-in-Rock Venue Change

    Stay or Faygo? Insane Clown Posse Will Gather Juggalos in New Venue

    After seven years at the Hogrock Campgrounds in Cave-in-Rock, Illinois, the annual Gathering of the Juggalos will have to find a new home. This according to a spokesman from Insane Clown Posse's label Psychopathic Records, who did not disclose the reason for the move or any info regarding the five-day festival's 2014 location. However, as The Southern Illinoisan points out, ICP have confirmed that a site has been chosen and that it is, officially, a doozy.Jumpsteady just returned from our brand new Gathering site and it's a doozy! (Whatever the fuck a "doozy" is)— Violent J & 2 Dope (@icp) November 20, 2013Of course, while the rap-metal-fueled event is fervently beloved by its tens of thousands of attendees, the Gathering has also drawn its fair share of criticism — both from haterade-drinking fearmongers put off by the fans' hatchet vibes, and from people who matter.

  • Rudimental Ella Eyre Deeper Oflynn Remix Stream

    Hear Rudimental Singer Ella Eyre Go 'Deeper' on Oflynn's Purple R&B Remix

    "I don't think I'm ready / to go in this heavy / I thought we would take it slow," sings Ella Eyre on her debut solo single "Deeper," and she might as well be referencing her budding career. The 19-year-old London singer-songwriter's introduction to the world came as the voice of Rudimental's massive hit "Waiting All Night" (up to 53 million YouTube plays at press time), and she's currently featured on Naughty Boy's Wiz Khalifa team-up "Think About It." Wisely, Eyre isn't waiting for the next cosign — her Deeper EP is due December 15, and we've got Oflynn's purple-dipped remix of the titular track below, which finds the English producer accentuating Eyre's silken vocals within a rainy-day post-dubstep soundscape.For more, check out SPIN's pictures of Eyre performing with Rudimental at New York's Bowery Ballroom.

  • Lord Echo Digital Haircut video Curiosities album

    Watch Lord Echo's Hairy, Disco-fied 'Digital Haircut' Video

    In late October, we first met Lord Echo, a New Zealand multi-instrumentalist and producer with an ear for deeply funky electronic hybrids. Back then, SPIN was proud to premiere "Molten Lava," an aptly-named soul-house heater featuring the vocals of Leila Adu. This time we've got "Digital Haircut," a wordless gem whose shuffling disco beat and reverberating synth blasts speak just fine on their own. Plus, the Navarro Stark-created video above brings plenty of visual backup — a gang of women culled from a wig catalog whose wild looks eventually take on a life of their own. Is that a bird? A plane? Nope. It's a levitating weave. No doubt this catalog can be found in Duck Sauce's demented "It's You" barbershop."Digital Haircut" hails from Curiosities, out now on Bastard Jazz.

  • Kaiser Chiefs Education War Album Trailer Track List

    Kaiser Chiefs Preview Fifth Album 'Education, Education, Education & War'

    Leeds post-punkers Kaiser Chiefs are making a grand return in 2014. Singer Ricky Wilson has been named as a coach for the U.K. version of The Voice — joining will.i.am, Kylie Minogue, and Tom Jones — and his band will release their fifth album on April 1 via ATO Records. Dubbed Education, Education, Education & War, the 10-track set follows up 2011's build-an-album experiment The Future Is Medieval. Preview the angular clanger "Misery Company" above.The English group's latest was written in London, Los Angeles, and Nashville, and recorded at The Maze in Atlanta with studio boss Ben H. Allen producing (Washed Out, Deerhunter, Animal Collective). Peruse the track list and Kaiser Chiefs forthcoming tour dates below.Education, Education, Education & War track list:1. "The Factory Gates"2. "Coming Home"3. "Misery Company"4. "Ruffians on Parade"5.

  • Robert Pollard Blazing Gentlemen Album Stream GBV

    Stream Robert Pollard's Up-the-Gut Grinder 'Blazing Gentlemen'

    Robert Pollard claims that in creating Blazing Gentlemen, he's "figured out how to write a song after 55 years." That is, of course, an absurd claim when you consider that the album streaming below is his 20th (ish) solo LP, and that it arrives ahead of February's Motivational Jumpsuit, which will be his 20th (ish) with Guided By Voices as well. But listen to the 16 songs below and you'll hear a certain ease and consistency throughout.That's because the guitar-wieldig rock poet applied the same approach to the entire thing (a first), and it went something like this: Compile a list of rad phrases culled from wherever (life, movie dialogue, overheard conversations); convert those into song titles ("Professional Goose Trainer," for instance); write lyrics around those titles; write melodies around those lyrics; and write chords around those melodies.

  • Beck Morning Phase Track List Details

    Beck Shares 'Morning Phase' Track List

    Beck doesn't dance anymore and if new song "Wave" is any indication, fans won't be doing much more than swaying either when his 12th album Morning Phase arrives next year. The mercurial Los Angeleno's first proper set since 2008's Modern Guilt will be scored by his strings-wielding father David Campbell (Sea Change), but he's also said its songs will be steeped in the California folk tradition. The 12-song track list has now been revealed, and titles like "Blackbird Chain," "Blue Moon," and "Country Down" seem to speak to a naturalistic theme. Peruse that below, courtesy of Revolt TV. Capital Records will release Morning Phase in February of 2014.Beck, Morning Phase track list:1. "Morning"2. "Heart Is A Drum"3. "Say Goodbye"4. "Waking Light"5. "Unforgiven"6. "Wave"7. "Don’t Let It Go"8. "Blackbird Chain"9. "Evil Things"10. "Blue Moon"11. "Turn Away"12. "Country Down"

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