Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • 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"

  • Record Store Day's Priciest 'Back to Black Friday' eBay Flips

    Record Store Day's Priciest 'Back to Black Friday' eBay Flips

    Record Store Day's Back to Black Friday event undoubtedly did its part to invigorate vinyl sales at independent record shops around the United States on November 29 — we can tell because it's now doing that very same thing on eBay, where every day is Cyber Monday. Those rare releases are now flooding the online market and racking up high prices as eager fans either hit the "bid" button or simply "Buy It Now" as their purchase paranoia deepens. Once again, Dave Matthews Band live sets were among the top-earners, but we were pleased to see some friendly faces in the mix, from Nirvana to Queens of the Stone Age, whose ...Like Clockwork made SPIN's Best Albums of 2013 list. Check out the most lucrative RSD-to-eBay flips here.

  • Pains of Being Pure at Heart Belong Video

    Watch the Pains of Being Pure at Heart's Long-Lost 'Belong' Video

    New York noise-poppers the Pains of Being Pure at Heart released Belong two and a half years ago, but that excellent album's titular track suddenly has a music video. As Stereogum points out, frontman Kip Berman shared the unreleased short on his personal Tumblr early Monday, with no commentary except for the directorial credit: Brad and Brian Palmer. The clip finds the band in makeup befitting their affinity for bands like Depeche Mode and the Cure, performing on an MTV-style show dubbed, ahem, Alternative Notions. Eventually, the group's more chaotic inclinations win the day.

  • Junior Murvin Dead Reggae Police Thieves 2013

    Junior Murvin, Reggae Great, Dies at Home in Jamaica

    Reggae great Junior Murvin reportedly died Monday morning at his home in Portland Parish, Jamaica. The falsetto singer born Murvin Junior Smith in 1949 was best known for his 1976 classic "Police and Thieves," recorded by Lee "Scratch" Perry and famously covered by the Clash on their self-titled debut the following year. He released a handful of notable albums and singles over the years — his last being 1998's "Wise Man" — often exploring his country's issues with politics and crime.According to the Jamaica Gleaner, Smith died peacefully, though had been struggling with an advanced form of diabetes.

  • Justin Timberlake J Cole TKO Remix Kendrick Control Response

    J. Cole Fires Shots at Kendrick Lamar on Justin Timberlake's 'TKO' Remix

    If Justin Timberlake's "TKO" boxing metaphors seemed a little featherweight, leave it to J. Cole to up the ante. On the "Black Friday Remix" of the 20/20 Experience (2 of 2) single, that Born Sinner brings guns to a fisticuffs fight. Yes, having been called out in Kendrick Lamar's infamous "Control" verse in August, "Jermaine Cole" is responding at last, flanked by the remix's other guests, Pusha T and A$AP Rocky. Although those two were mentioned in the same breath by Compton's good kid, Cole was the only one focused on stale beef.Hit play below, via Complex, and let J. paint you a picture:"I was home alone, next thing I know / That long ass verse from a song called 'Control' was on / The room got nearer, the tune got clearer / That’s when I seen the shit playin' on your phone  / Girl, what is that? A ringtone?

  • See Reggie Watts and Josh Homme Duet About 'Taxidermy Love'

    See Reggie Watts and Josh Homme Duet About 'Taxidermy Love'

    When he's not hosting the YouTube Music Awards with Jason Schwartzman or meticulously building fuck-shit stacks, recent SPIN interview subject Reggie Watts makes music with guests on his IFC show Comedy Bang Bang. Past collaborators have included Andy Dick, Rashida Jones, Sarah Silverman, and Andy Samberg, but rarely are they best known for their aural chops. Enter Queens of the Stone Age boss Josh Homme, a noted comedy enthusiast.Another thing the desert rock guru is apparently into? "Taxidermy Love." It's unclear exactly what that would be in reality, but "strong" and "sweet" seem to be the preferred adjectives for the cause. Also, it's important that one never get higher than the aforementioned love. Unless one has to. Or maybe just wants to. In any case, there are screams and falsettos and pensive keys.

  • The xx Same Sex Marriage Statement Croatian Political Ad

    The xx Out Gay-Marriage Opponents for Using Their Music

    The xx have come out in support of same-sex marriage by way of protesting the use of their music in a political ad. Evidently, the Croatian organization U Ime Obitelji, which translates to "On Behalf of the Family," paired one of their many anti-gay-rights videos with the distinctive "Intro" instrumental from the London trio's 2009 debut album xx. In a Facebook post, the xx made their stance on the matter crystal clear:It has come to our attention that our music has been used without our permission in a promotional advert by the Croatian organisation "U ime obitelji". We wish to state that we didn't, and would never, approve the use of our music by this organisation. To be clear, we unconditionally support the equal right to marriage regardless of sexuality.

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