Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • David Bowie 'I'd Rather Be High' Video Venetian Mix Wasted

    David Bowie's 'I'd Rather Be High' Video Is Filled With Dancing Soldiers

    David Bowie has just released the official video for his The Next Day single "I'd Rather Be High" — the very same harpsichord-enhanced crooner that recently accompanied the Louis Vuitton ad/short film, L'Invitation Au Voyage. In this version, however, we get a very different period piece — black and white footage replaces the colorful frills of the first, and images of people dancing during wartime rule the day. London graphic designer Tom Hingston directs. Fly the defiantly friendly skies with ol' Ziggy Stardust by hitting the play button above. Meanwhile, be sure to peruse SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2013 and our 50 Best Songs of 2013 to see if Bowie made the cut.

  • Sides of Chaz Toro y Moi 'Sweet Tea' Stream Bundick

    Toro y Moi Side Project Goes Beatles for 'Sweet Tea'

    Toro y Moi's Chaz Bundick wears a handful of hats (likely all five-panel). When the Berkeley-based artist isn't making lush funk-pop under his normal nom de production, he either trades in Balearic beat-work via his Les Sins handle or, as it turns out, loosely Lennon-esque psych-rock using the alias Sides of Chaz. On December 10, Fork & Spoon Records will release the "Sweet Tea" 7-inch single backed with "Take My Car," two shaggy guitar-driven gems that find Bundick in band-dude mode. Listen to the lead-off song below, and marvel in the man's world-weary coo.

  • Nick Cave Bad Seed Higgs Boson Blues Video

    Watch Nick Cave Shout Out Miley Cyrus in 'Higgs Boson Blues' Video

    Nick Cave knew it would be a momentous year for Miley Cyrus. His excellent new Bad Seeds album Push the Sky Away came out all the way back in February, but the Aussie outlaw icon and rock poet clearly had a prescient moment when he name-dropped the Bangerz starlet in a song about humankind's search for the so-called God Particle. As SPIN's Jason Gubbels put it, "Higgs Bosun Blues" is "a shaggy-dog centerpiece worthy of Bob Dylan stuck inside Mobile."At eight minutes on the album, it makes for a fantastic live experience, which explains why the official music video for the song comes in the form of a fresh, single-take session. Above, this ode to the Large Hadron Collider surpasses the nine-minute mark, in fact, while Cave's ace wrecking crew follows his blues-preaching lead. The clip was shot in July in London, directed by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard. Feeling tense?

  • 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.

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