Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Yeasayer Chris Keating Interactive Fashion Show

    Yeasayer's Chris Keating Scores Freaky Interactive Fashion Show

    Yeasayer co-leader Chris Keating has provided a freaky score to an even odder interactive fashion show. The surreality-loving Internet aesthetes at Radical Friend created the visuals, which range from Web 2.0 hellscapes featuring marching geometric armies to hypercolor topographical maps to a room where cartoon sheep graze on vertical grass walls. Models sport outfits by a trio of London designers — Claire Barrow, Ashley Williams, and Ryan Lo — and users can modify their movements with a mouse-click. Meanwhile, as the scenery changes, so does the music. Keating's created a handful of loops that run the gamut from Knife-like warped dance to clanging Death Grips-y noise. The whole thing comes courtesy of i-D, the 34-year-old fashion magazine recently acquired by Vice. Mess with it here.

  • Hear Skream Gently Remix the Smiths' 'This Charming Man'

    First-gen English dubstep producer Skream has remixed the Smiths. In sharing his eerie revision of the 1983 classic "This Charming Man" to SoundCloud, the man born Oliver Jones wrote, "This isn't a dance track nor really a electronic track.... Just a piece of music I'm really happy with." Therein, Morrissey's voice echoes atop windy atmosphere, clanging keys, and a heartbeat pulse. Skream hasn't released a proper album since 2010's Outside the Box, but he did make SPIN's Trend of the Year for embracing disco-kissed dance-pop flare on his "Rollercoaster" single. Oh, and he also apologized in advance for all of the anti-piracy tags.

  • katy b, crying for no reason, video, little red

    Katy B Throws Trippiest Rave-for-One in 'Crying for No Reason' Video

    Katy B is inching ever closer to the release date of her highly anticipated sophomore album, Little Red. The British pop artiste made her name with 2011's dubstep-inclined On a Mission, but has since been exploring R&Beats with folks like Jessie Ware (on a song called "Aaliyah," no less). And stomping dance-floor ballad "Crying for No Reason" has proved a tough one to shake from our ears. Making matters pleasantly more difficult, now our eyes can feast upon it as well. Directed by Sophie Miller and Ross McDowell, the video above is a testament to what can be done with a gigantic warehouse, a camera on a dolly track, and a metric shit-ton of LED strips. Take all that eye-boggling wonderment in, and then bask in the glitzy comedown that is "5 AM." Little Red is out February 3 via Rinse/Columbia.

  • Mase 'Why Can't We' Stream Now We Even Album

    Hear Ma$e's First Single in a Decade 'Why Can't We'

    "Jay said it, Drake said it / Don't be mad now 'cause Ma$e say it / Come to find out I'm 'Ye favorite." Yes, friends, Mason Betha is back and rapping about himself in the third person in 2013. This is good news. Below, you can stream "Why Can't We," a gauzy R&B-laced track that finds the intermittently retired Bad Boy favorite laying down impossibly smooth rhymes that convert his playalistic past into the stuff of deep commitment. This is the good pastor's first official single in a decade and, amazingly, you can hear the "Ma$e be the..." line before he even drops it.In October, Betha announced on Instagram that his next album will be called Now We Even. He also shared that he's hoping for cameos from the aforementioned dudes, plus Lauryn Hill, 2 Chainz, Seal (!), CeeLo Green, Diddy, Meek Mill, Beyoncé, Fabolous, Dipset, and Ariana Grande.

  • David Bowie Elvis Presley Impersonation BBC Christmas

    Zingy Stardust Returns: Hear David Bowie Impersonate Elvis Presely

    David Bowie made a very special telephone call to the BBC in time for Christmas. Heard below, the man behind The Next Day addresses "all the jolly British folk" from "the U.S. of A," saying he "can't help but remember my British-ness" while impersonating Elvis Presley. As NME points out, Bowie and the King share a birthday — January 8 — and the former has said he initially offered "Golden Years" to the latter as a single. With 2013 wrapping up, Bowie's big, unexpected return has landed him on a couple of SPIN's year-end lists: the Year in NSFW (for the video for James Murphy's "Love Is Lost" remix) and also our Best and Worst Comeback Albums graph. In related news, one of the other fellas to make that latter list, Nine Inch Nails boss Trent Reznor, happened to like The Next Day quite a bit more than we did.

  • Talking Heads Unreleased Theme Song 1976 CBGBs

    Hear Talking Heads' Unreleased 'Theme' Song, Recorded in 1976

    In the summer of 1976, the Talking Heads were only a year past their first show (opening for the Ramones) and a year away from their first album, 77. On July 30, David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, and Chris Frantz played two sets alongside Television at New York City's iconic CBGB, and thankfully someone was there to record it. Because now, nearly 38 years later, we can finally hear a never-released instrumental from that night informally dubbed "Theme." The five-minute song opens with ominous guitar and soon spreads out, finding a sun-dappled beachy groove before culminating in a noisy finish.In the beginning, Byrne introduces the song. "No title?" a fan asks, and he responds, "We call it 'Theme,' but then we just keep it to ourselves." Stream "Theme" below thanks to a Dutch Talking Heads fan site (and Slicing Up Eyeballs).

  • Run Jewels Killer Mike El-P Pew Q-Bert Stream

    Run the Jewels and DJ Qbert Pop Shots on Bleak-Banging 'Pew Pew Pew'

    Killer Mike and El-P ran the indie-rap game in 2012 with a pair of cross-pollinated solo albums, and then ran it all over again in 2013 as a proper due with Run the Jewels. Their self-titled debut LP ranked high in SPIN's Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2013, but fans abroad will technically be able to add Run the Jewels to their 2014 list — an expanded U.K. version arrives on January 13 via Ninja Tune's rap-oriented Big Dada imprint. We've already heard TV on the Radio founder Dave Sitek's "Sea Legs" remix, and now we get a brand new track, streaming below. "Pew Pew Pew" features the maniacal scratch tactics of the legendary DJ Qbert and finds our two hosts spitting rapid-fire acerbic brags over bleak break-beats. In other words, it's RTJ gold. Much like their holiday offering "A Christmas Fucking Miracle."

  • Britney Spears I Am Jean Documentary Ratings Vegas

    Britney Spears' 'I Am Britney Jean' Vegas Doc Is a Ratings Flop

    Despite Britney Spears' attempt to release an album this month — Britney Jean has had a rough go with critics and fans alike — the real excitement surrounding the Y2K-pop star has to do with her forthcoming Las Vegas residency. The Planet Hollywood production, Piece of Me, kicks off Friday, December 27, and runs deep into 2015. So on Sunday night, December 22, E! broadcast a two-hour behind-the-scenes documentary on the thing ... and it flopped pretty awfully.The special broadcast raised a mere 706,000 viewers. Now, you may be thinking, "Hey, it's the Sunday before Christmas. People are probably ... on airplanes or, um, in church or something." Not so. For comparison, ABC's airing of the 1965 classic musical The Sound of Music averaged 6.6 million viewers according to Nielsen (via USA Today). Oh, and Sunday Night Football nabbed 18.3 million.

  • Beyonce Billboard Charts Top 10 Garth Brooks Album

    Beyonce Is No. 1 Again, Sells Circles Around Last Album

    First! Who else but the Queen Bey? We knew it was coming — Beyoncé scored a No. 1 victory when she sneak-released Beyoncé at the tail end of that particular sales week, which only amounted to three days. Her fifth album had a few numbers-bumps built into its second week: 1) seven full days of selling, 2) good buzz going into the Christmas holiday, and 3) the album's arrival in CD form, which had been put off to allow iTunes exclusivity initially. Experts predicted Mrs. Carter's latest would do around 260,000 in week two — instead, it did 374K, according to Billboard. That's bigger than the first week of the megastar's 2011 album 4, and it brings the total for Beyoncé up to 991K. It'll undoubtedly break a million in 2013. Though not with Target's help.2 to 10: Otherwise, baby it's old outside. The rest of the top 10 is pretty damned stale.

  • Rap Genius Google Link Scheme Penalized SEO

    Google Punishes Rap Genius for Using Search Hack

    Rap Genius is bad at making friends. In November the National Music Publishers Association called the site "blatantly illegal" because they never actually obtained the licenses required to display lyrics. And though they seem to be making strides toward legitimacy in that department (Rap Genius and Sony struck a deal), they've now pissed off Google for allegedly participating in a link scheme. The Internet giant is now punitively burying the lyrics site beneath pages of undesired search results.Blogger John Marbach exposed the problem on December 23 after RG posted this to Facebook: "Do you have a blog? Do you wanna be a RAP GENIUS BLOG AFFILIATE? Help us help you!" That was followed by an email address for co-founder Mahbod Moghadam.

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