Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Kendrick Lamar Dr. Dre Beats Ad Song Detox Video

    Kendrick Lamar and Dr. Dre Preview Fierce New Song in 'Beats' Ad

    Kendrick Lamar and Dr. Dre preview a brand new song in a new promo spot for the latter's Pill and Pill XL speakers. Seen above, the Beats by Dre ad opens on the pair in the studio at "3, 4 in the morning" as the maestro points out. Compton's favorite good kid steps to the mic and delivers a very Eminem-like flow, dropping references to Pyrex, the trap, and dope over a powerful beat. But K-Dot isn't feeling the energy. The next time they come together, the two realize the problem simultaneously: "the drums." Apparently there wasn't enough skittering hi-hat and snare insanity to match the young rapper's themes. At the end we get a slightly longer listen to the snippet, which Miss Info identifies as a Detox cut. Watch your hairline.

  • Nelson Mandela President Barack Obama Address

    Barack Obama: 'Nelson Mandela Bent the Arc of the Moral Universe'

    Barack Obama addressed the death of South African leader Nelson Mandela, 95. In speaking of the history-altering freedom fighter, the President used the man's Xhosa clan name, Madiba, and credited him with having "bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice." Obama called Mandela "profoundly good," and said that he "achieved more than can be expected of any man." Indeed, the late revolutionary went from prisoner to president of his own nation, and saw to the end of apartheid. That, of course, was only the beginning.Obama shared two quotes from Mandela, opening with one of his most inspiring: "I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony with equal opportunities.

  • Bill Callahan Dub Album Have Fun With God Dream River

    Bill Callahan Set to Release Dub Album 'Have Fun With God'

    Austin outré Americana expert Bill Callahan will return with a new full-length on January 21. His essential end-of-day drifter Dream River handily made SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2013 list, and so we're more than pleased to hear he's in fact revisiting the those eight fine songs for a dub version of the entire set. It's not a total surprise, of course. This summer Callahan released "Expanding Dub," a sopping-wet psychedelic re-imagining of "Javelin Unlanding" backed with "Highs in the Mid-40's Dub," which took on Dream River closer "Winter Road." Find the track list below, which appears to follow the order of the original.Our gracious host — SPIN visited Callahan at his home this year — also spilled some of his dub philosophy in an email interview with The Quietus earlier this year:Dub is a spiritual, abstract, visceral, mystical thing. Finite and infinite at the same time.

  • Nine Inch Nails Trent Reznor AMA 2014 Tour Lineup

    Nine Inch Nails Will Tour With a New Lineup in 2014

    Trent Reznor took a break from Nine Inch Nails rehearsals today for an impromptu "Ask Me Anything" with fans on Reddit. It was a brief exchange that yielded a few drolly comic gems — asked if he'd throw himself a multi-band birthday party à la Maynard James Keenan, he simply wrote: "No." — but also some useful NIN news. One fan queried the man as to whether or not the just-wrapped Tension tour (released today in video form) would grow a new U.S. leg in 2014. Short answer: "Yes."The long answer not only gives hope to fans of Hesitation Marks, one of SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2013. Reznor's response also sheds light on the thoughtful way in which he approaches the art of touring. He specifies that Tension is done ("That was one very specific look at Nine Inch Nails in the Fall of 2013") and that when we next see the band, they'll have a different set list, stage show, and musician lineup.

  • N Sync Joey Fatone Bosley Hair Loss Spokesperson Ad

    'N Sync's Joey Fatone Is Now a Hair-Loss Spokesman

    'N Sync member Joey Fatone is the new spokesperson for hair restoration company Bosley — yes, one of those places with the "order now" television ads starring famous-ish people. Oh look! There's one of those above! And the boy band alum isn't the only dude in the clip. Therein, worlds collide as The Brady Bunch middle kid Christopher "Peter" Knight also has very enthusiastic things to say about his awesome head of hair. To be fair, it's a pretty brave move for any dude."Performing in front of a live audience can be pretty intimidating, so having a full head of hair was important to me," said Fatone in a Bosley release, shedding light on the still largely unexplored behind-the-scenes of 'N Sync's salad days. "Back then, I was the only one in the group getting thinner on top and I started wearing hats. It was pretty intimidating.

  • Kanye West Eight Songs Next Album Q-Tip Rick Rubin

    Kanye West Sheds Light on 'Yeezus' Follow-Up

    Kanye West only just received SPIN's Album of the Year honor for his thorny tangram puzzle of an excellent LP, and he's already leaking details of Yeezus' follow-up. Along with "Bound 2" video star Kim Kardashian, he attended Miami's Art Basel exhibition Wednesday night — impressively, between tour stops in Kansas City and New Orleans — and took a seat for a conversation with architecture icon Jacques Herzog. There he shed some light on his yet-untitled seventh album."I think my next album is going to be eight songs," West said during the chat, which revolved around his interest in the greater art world. "It's just reducing down the amount of information that you need. People say a design is the point where you can't take anything else away. [Yeezus] was very, very designed. I took a departure from radio and popular music in order to get this seat here.

  • Nine Inch Nails Tension 2013 Tour Concert Video

    Nine Inch Nails Share Gloriously Brutal 77-Minute Concert Film, 'Tension'

    Nine Inch Nails don't need the holiday season to feel the spirit of giving. This year has been full of gifts for fans of the iconic industrialists — an essential new album in Hesitation Marks and a brand new SPIN cover in "Trent Reznor's Upward Spiral," plus TV appearances, festival stops, music videos, one food truck, and a treasure trove of vintage footage, the highlight of which was a NSFW mid-'90s tour documentary dubbed Self Destruct. Now those of us who weren't able to catch the band's ambitious 2013 stage show can compare the old NIN with the new, thanks to Tension, a 77-minute November concert captured in full.Seen above, the Kerry Asmussen-directed film is an apt follow-up to their revealing behind-the-scenes documentary previewing the eye-boggling setup. The show was captured at Los Angeles' Staples Center on November 8, and the set list can be reviewed below.

  • Diplo Mad Decent Christmas Mix Very Stream

    Diplo Takes Santa to the Trap on Streaming Mad Decent Christmas Mix

    The title "Turn Up Ye Merry Gentlemen" says it all. That Gent & Jawns track kicks off A Very Decent Christmas, a brand new eight-song holiday set from Diplo's Mad Decent label and its Jeffrees imprint. The aforementioned song amazingly takes "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" straight to the trap, lacing the traditional chiming keys with chintzy percussion, chopped vocal chants, and minor-key builds. Also: that tone-warped "Ho ho ho" ... kinda classic. Diplo gives us a tropical twerk-friendly remake of "Frosty the Snowman," while other interpret "Rudolf, the Red-Nosed Reindeer," "Jingle Bells," "Deck the Halls," and "Up on the House Top." Not to be overlooked: Mitch Murder's vintage R&B XXX-mas original "Don't Let Me Spend Christmas Alone" featuring vocals by Santell. Stream 'em all below.

  • Kanye West Sway Answers Shirt Prison System

    Sway's Kanye West 'Answers' T-Shirt Is a Must-Own

    In an interview with Sway on Shade 45 last week, Kanye West declared himself Shakespeare and then screamed at the host: "You ain't got the answers, Sway!" The two rap culture luminaries have known each other for many years, of course, so by the end of their lengthy chat, they'd made nice. Further, Sway made a statement today on MTV's Rap Fix calling the Yeezus star "my little brother" and saying he agrees with the points West was attempting to make ... except for one tiny little thing.Sway does indeed, um, "got the answers," as evidenced by the T-shirt above. The man is now selling that capsule collection item at his Sway's Universe webstore for $15 — an affordable cover for the SPIN's cover-lacking album of the year, Yeezus, or creative gift-wrap. Also fitting (no pun) since the pair's disagreement arose over West's frequently publicized fashion-world grievances .

  • 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.

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