Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Dum Dum Girls 'Lost Boys and Girls Club' Video Too True

    Dum Dum Girls Wrap Ennui in Leather for 'Lost Boys and Girls Club' Video

    Dum Dum Girls will return with a new album in 2014. Too True is due out January 28 on Sub Pop and the first taste of it is streaming now. "Lost Boys and Girls Club" deepens the sound carved out on 2012's End of Daze EP with gothy drama, heroin chic, and maybe even a touch of Pat Benetar. Those are references both aural and visual in the case of the video above, which comes courtesy of H&M. Therein, you'll find a lot of people looking good in leather, doing affectedly cool things (pulling sunglasses out of freezers, throwing dress shirts into toilets) as singer Dee Dee Penny sings, "There's no particular place we are going / Still, we are going." In speaking to Stereogum, the Ronettes-loving leader described Too True:"There's a lot more guitar — textural guitar stuff — which is why I brought on an additional guitar player for the live show.

  • Numero Dungeons Dragons Bands Warfaring Strangers Stream

    Stream Songs From This Dungeons & Dragons-Inspired '70s Hard Rock Comp

    Some things don't need explaining. The incredible archivists over at Numero Group have put together a collection of unremembered or never-known '70s hard rock bands who prayed at the alter of Dungeons & Dragons, the fantasy role-playing game. Fantastically dubbed Warfaring Strangers: Darkscorch Canticles, the 16-song set features basement-dwelling bands with names like Wizard, Medusa, Gorgon Medusa, Stonehenge, Stone Axe, and Stoned Mace, playing songs called "Twelve O'Clock Satanial" and "Song of Sauron."The awesomeness of such a thing is self-explanatory, really. Never ones to skimp on the packaging, Numero will line the February release with amateur D&D artwork, an example of which you can see below. But first, listen to two of Darkscorch Canticles' finest offerings: the soulfully psychedelic "Sorcerer" by Junction, and the darkly meditative "Warlord" by Wrath.

  • Yes I'm Leaving Four Chorder Video Mission Bulb Album Stream

    See Yes I'm Leaving Shred a Basement in 'Four Chorder' Video

    Yes I'm Leaving are a trio of sludge-loving punks from Sydney, Australia, and their new album Mission Bulb is a nasty mass of angst, grind, sweat, and shred. Above you'll find a perfectly named song, "Four Chorder," which is, naturally, constructed from four gnarled note-stacks that do their thing over and over again while main man Billy Burke alternately warbles and screams his dark observations. "People turn their heads when I pass," he says, and though he no doubt means that strangers are looking away, his band is now turning heads in a perfectly positive way. The song's accompanying video, directed by Heath Franco, is rightly barebones, capturing Yes I'm Leaving in a basement or garage, thrashing. Want more? Why not. Go ahead and stream Mission Bulb:

  • Blood Orange 'You're Not Good Enough' Lyric Video

    Blood Orange Walks Away From Love in 'You're Not Good Enough' Video

    When he's not busy radically reinventing the works of Drake, Phoenix, and Kindness, or writing songs for Solange, Sky Ferreira, and Britney Spears, Devonté Hynes makes ethereal polyglot soul music under the handle Blood Orange. His second album under that handle is dubbed Cupid Deluxe and includes contributions by members of Dirty Projectors, Kindness, and Chairlift (not to mention Despot, Clams Casino, and others). We've heard the sumptuous Caroline Polachek-assisted "Chamakay" and now there's a lyric video for "You're Not Good Enough," seen above. The new song features warm synth textures and bass-lines, breathy guy-girl vocals, and one very mellow guitar solo.

  • U2 Record Store Day Nelson Mandela Long Walk Freedom RSD

    U2 Join Black Friday Pack With 'Ordinary Love' and 'Breathe' Vinyl

    U2 are the latest band to announce a special release for Record Store Day's annual Back to Black Friday event. The limited-edition 10-inch will include the recently previewed song "Ordinary Love," which was written for the forthcoming Nelson Mandela biopic, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. That Idris Elba-starring film hits theaters on November 29, which happens to be the same day that Black Friday falls on this year.The RSD vinyl release will be covered by the portrait of the South African leader seen above (in full, below) painted by Irish artist Oliver Jeffers. It will also come backed with a newly recorded take on U2's 2009 single "Breathe" dubbed the "Mandela Version." For more on Back to Black Friday, check out SPIN's guide to the Record Store Day rarities, plus posts on contributions from Nick Cave, Father John Misty, and Baroness.

  • Courtney Love Lawsuit Attorney Rhonda Holmes Legal Malpractice

    Courtney Love Sues Ex-Attorney All Over Again

    In September, we reported that Courtney Love is the target of a second defamation-of-character lawsuit as a result of her alleged (but frequently witnessed) abuse of social media. The charge: she'd publicly accused her former attorney Rhonda Holmes of having been "bought off," adding, "They got to her," in a Twitter post. At the time, Love and her current lawyer filed a countersuit in hopes to quash the case.That countersuit was denied on October 24, and now Love has refiled the same complaint as a stand-alone lawsuit. As before, she alleges Holmes committed legal malpractice, breached fiduciary duties, and intentionally interfered when she sent a letter to Love's daughter Francis Bean Cobain in 2009.

  • David Bowie Informer Like a Rocket Man Born in a UFO Stream

    Hear David Bowie's Pretty Silly 'Next Day' B-Sides

    Earlier we got a taste of David Bowie's "Atomica," a previously unreleased bonus track from his forthcoming The Next Day Extra, which of course expands his March surprise of an album The Next Day. While that snippet came along with a trailer showcasing the new-ish set's impressive packaging, we can now hear that song in full along with three other B-sides presumably ripped from the SiriusXM David Bowie Channel. Below, you'll find an expansive number dubbed "The Informer," a jaunty bit of uncomfortable weirdness called "Like a Rocket Man," and the quavering space-anthem "Born in a UFO." Oh, and "Atomica," of course, which sports a little New Wave flare and is the danciest of the bunch. All four come courtesy of a YouTube user named David Bazan, who we highly doubt is that David Bazan, via NME.

  • Panda Bear Fashion Video Fernanda Pereira Noah Lennox

    See Models Writhe to Panda Bear's Solo Sounds in Fashion Preview Clip

    Animal Collective co-founder Noah "Panda Bear" Lennox scores a new video celebrating the spring/summer 2014 line of Portuguese designer Fernanda Pereira, who happens to be his wife. Seen above, the Joana Linda-directed clip (Marissa Nadler, Rose Blanket) is hardly your usual catwalk fare. Instead, the models therein sport far-out couture while executing odd choreography, chasing balloons, and testing out deranged smiles. The music is equally beautiful and experimental, opening with a hail of clattering percussion, drifting into airier territory, and eventually giving way to Kanye-like skronk. (Oh, and blood-curdling screams as the aforementioned balloons are popped.) It's a wild collaboration and the first new Panda Bear solo sounds since 2011's excellent Tomboy. Lennox also appeared on Daft Punk's Random Access Memories and, of course, Animal Collective's Centipede Hz.

  • David Bowie 'Atomica' The Next Day Extra Stream Video

    David Bowie Previews 'Next Day Extra' With New Wavy 'Atomica' Trailer

    David Bowie follows up his March surprise The Next Day on November 5 with — what else — The Next Day Extra. A new trailer for the expanded set not only showcases the packaging (dig those modular tiles, man!) but one of the new songs, "Atomica." The hard-charging track carries some of the dance-floor-friendly flare of LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy, who contributed his 10-minute "Love Is Lost" remix to the forthcoming release (se also their mutual friends Arcade Fire). Heard above, "Atomica" also features some snarled, near-rapped lines from Bowie over the angular groove, not to mention this call to arms: "Let's get this show on the road / Let's get atomica! / Let's rock till we explode / Let's get atomica!" You too can get "Atomica" by clicking play above, or by tuning into limited-run The David Bowie Channel on SiriusXM.

  • LIZ Stop Me Cold EP Diplo Jeffrees Mad Decent Stream

    Hear LIZ's '90s-Celebrating R&Bass Feat 'Stop Me Cold'

    When last we heard from LIZ, the '90s R&B-loving Valley Girl teamed with Canuck beatsmith Ryan Hemsworth for the blissful "Day N Nite." Now, after a pair of two-song sets via Diplo's Mad Decent subsidiary Jeffree's (home to Baauer and Zebra Katz), she's prepping the "Stop Me Cold" single for a December 10 official release. You'll find the titular track below and it plays just as we've come to expect: equal parts soulful groove and spangly pop, with production nods to Ghost town DJs' "My Boo" and the greater Aaliyah oeuvre, of course. LIZ recently implied via Twitter that she's been working with 'N Sync member JC Chasez. She is also currently out on the road with Charli XCX, who was recently tapped for studio work by Britney Spears.

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