Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Speedy Ortiz 'No Below' Video Major Arcana

    Speedy Ortiz Get Weird in the Woods for 'No Below' Video

    Consider inviting Speedy Ortiz into your home for the holidays — the Massachusetts fuzz-merchants are the gift that keeps giving. Their excellent debut album has delivered the clobbering "Plough," a charmingly bizarre video for "Tiger Tank," and the lilting loner anthem "No Below." Now, courtesy of director Boast Choan, we have a video for the latter that thankfully finds singer/guitarist Sadie Dupuis surrounded by friends. But just because they're all hanging out in the woods together that doesn't mean their commune with nature is a wholesome one.

  • Jay Z Vegan Rank Albums Pimp C Tom Ford Remix MCHG

    Even Vegan Jay Z Knows 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' Wasn't His Best

    The end of the year is a time for reflection. We've got our best albums of the 2013. Lorde has her favorite songs. And now Jay Z, ever one to take the broad view on myopia, has ranked his entire personal catalog. In a post titled "The Scoreboard" on Life+Times, Shawn Carter lists his 12 solo LPs with clutch annotations and compelling honesty. To wit, Magna Carta Holy Grail, his basically brand new album, comes in at No. 6 — behind the American Gangster soundtrack.Below you can find the entire list, which coincides with Jay's 44th birthday today, December 4. In honor of that same occasion, Hova announced yesterday via Life+Times that he and wife Beyoncé are embarking on a 22-day vegan challenge — that'll carry the couple up to Christmas Day. "You can call it a spiritual and physical cleanse. I will post my progress," he wrote.

  • Lauryn Hill 'Consumerism' Lyric Video Prison

    Lauryn Hill's 'Consumerism' Video Visualizes Evils of the World

    On the eve of her release from prison in October, Lauryn Hill released the song "Consumerism," wherein she "rapidly and raspily assails all matter of 'isms' atop a loose, live-sounding rhythm section." SPIN's Marc Hogan wrote at the time, "It's hard to keep track of all Hill's specific criticisms — how do you pull a single drop out of a flood?" Well, how about a lyric video?Above, you can see Hill's creation in consort with Jon Casey, in which a collage of secondhand footage is employed to illustrate the frustrations called out in the song. With the lyrics pasted over shots of various injustices and oddities, it's a bit easier to sink one's teeth into the evils Hill puts on blast.Also, be sure to revisit the former Fugee's homecoming show at the Bowery Ballroom.

  • Kanye West Antisemitism Interview Obama Power 105

    Kanye West Accused of 'Classic Antisemitism' Following Obama Comments

    It's no secret that Kanye West has been on a rant-streak of late, making headlines for just about every radio interview or mid-concert speech he gives. (Also, for having SPIN's Album of the Year with Yeezus). In fact, the world was so busy covering his November 26 SiriusXM chat — in which he screams at Sway and declares himself Shakespeare — that his broad statements about Jewish people and President Obama during a Power 105 sit-down are just now making the rounds.In speaking to the Breakfast Club, who've dubbed him "Donkey of the Day" in the past, West devoted a portion of his 42 minutes to politics: "Man, let me tell you about George Bush and oil money and Obama and no money. People want to say Obama can't make these moves or he's not executing. That's because he ain't got those connections. Black people don't have the same level of connections as Jewish people.

  • bEEdEEgEE 'Flowers' Lovefoxxx Video SUMONE

    bEEdEEgEE and Lovefoxxx Get Freaky for 'Flowers' Video

    As the story goes, Brian DeGraw transformed into bEEdEEgEE after leaving behind Gang Gang Dance and New York City for a solo existence in Woodstock. Last month we heard the first taste of his just-out nine-song set SUM/ONE — "Flowers," a collaboration with CSS singer Lovefoxx replete with goopy synths, fuzzy beats, and tone-warped vocals. Now that seven-and-a-half-minute song gets a very appropriate video to go with. Seen above, the Vinyl Williams team-up drops the viewer into a freaky world of '90s arcade graphics filtered through a VHS haze, spliced with footage of our visiting vocalist, whose own appearance gets a couple layers of distortion. Warble-wobble with these two by hitting the play button.SUM/ONE is out now via 4AD. Bonus jam below.

  • Morrissey Autobiography Book Edited Male Relationship US

    Morrissey's Homosexual Relationship Edited Out of U.S. Version of 'Autobiography'

    The U.S. release of Morrissey's long-anticipated Autobiography downplays the Smiths singer's two-year-long relationship with photographer Jake Owen Walters, according to WENN. When the book first hit shelves in the U.K. via Penguin Classics, one of the major revelations came via the anecdotes that detailed Moz's time spent with the man. Though the book didn't specify whether they were lovers, the author's fondness is quite clear.But the G.P. Putnam's Sons stateside release apparently does not include the photograph of Walters as a boy that the original contained. It also seems Walters' name has been removed from a story about a night out with Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde. WENN reports that these are two of "many details" that have been modified or redacted for this version of Autobiography.

  • One Direction Midnight Memories Billboard Chart

    One Direction Make History, Become Boy Band Royalty With No. 1 Debut

    First! One Direction earn their name by selling more records total with each album dropped. Midnight Memories sold 546,000 on its debut week, which of course makes it No. 1 on the Billboard 200. What's more, this bookend in the English-Irish boy band's high-concept trilogy — following 2011's Up All Night and 2012's Take Me Home — is their third chart-topper in a row, which gives 1D the distinction of being the first group in history to have their first three LPs start at the top. And since last year's did 540K upon release, they are now the third pop posse ever to have more than one 500K+ sales week. Their predecessors: Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync, who've notched that accomplishment nine and seven times, respectively. There's no use fighting it: One Direction are here to stay.2 to 10: That massive debut pushes Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2 down to No.

  • Giorgio Moroder Haim Forever Remix Stream

    Giorgio Moroder Remixes Haim's 'Forever' Into a Vocoder Voyage

    Two of 2013's most exciting artists are coming together as we tumble toward the year's end. Below, SPIN cover stars Haim get remixed by disco innovator Giorgio Moroder, who's been experiencing a well-deserved career renaissance since helping Daft Punk tap into their Random Access Memories. Those Parisian droids weren't the only act in this article to rank on our Best 50 Albums of 2013 list — Haim's Days Are Gone was our fourth favorite LP due to the effervescent might of songs such as "Forever," which gets expertly flipped by Moroder here. Adding a bounding four-four beat, orchestral flare to the hook, and his own Vocoder solo, the Italian icon doesn't remake the track so much as commingle his presence with that of the sisters Haim. Catch his brooding take on Claire's "Broken Promise Land" as well, then make sure to peruse our Best 50 Songs of 2013.

  • Milagres 'The Letterbomb' Violent Light KRS Stream

    Hear Milagres' Fuzzy Prog-Funk Enigma 'The Letterbomb'

    Brooklyn quartet Milagres caught our ear with their 2011 debut Glowing Mouth, a funked-up psych-pop set prone to flights of poetic fancy grounded due to singer Kyle Wilson's bedridden state at the time. But it is motion that informs their forthcoming album Violent Light, due via Kill Rock Stars on February 25 (February 24 via Memphis Industries abroad). The new LP takes its title and themes from Wilson's sojourns to New Mexico in order to visit with his grandfather, a scientist who worked on both the Manhattan Project and the hydrogen bomb. Their discussions about nuclear physics were set to the spiritual and elemental backdrop of the American Southwest. Heard below, "The Letterbomb" combines a David Bowie-like theatricality with a sprawling prog groove.

  • Pop Music Mashup 2013 Songs DJ Earworm Video Lorde

    This 2013 Pop Songs Video Mashup Is Five Minutes of Pure Heaven

    DJ Earworm has done it again. For the past few years, this audio-visual genius has expertly collaged together a definitive musical mashup of the preceding 12 months' biggest hits, weaving them together in ways that seem both utterly impossible and also totally oh-right-of-course-it-all-sounds-kinda-alike. For the 2013 installment of United States of Pop, which can be seen above, he consulted Billboard's Hot 100 songs chart to determine the 25 most successful tracks of the year. So while Taylor Swift's "Trouble" came out at the tail end of 2012, its domination in the following months made it eligible. You'll find a whole bunch of familiar faces above, and a list with all of their names on it below. Feeling nostalgic for 2013 already?

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