Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • 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?

  • Gucci Mane Guns Arrest Court 20 Years

    Gucci Mane Could Get 20 Years for Threatening Cops With Guns

    Gucci Mane is facing up to 20 years in a federal prison and fines of up to $500,000 for two separate September incidents in which he was found carrying guns and acting erratically. The 33-year-old born Radric Davis was formally charged in an Atlanta federal court today with two counts of possessing a firearm as a felon. The Spring Breakers guest star was convicted twice in 2005 — once in Georgia for assault with a deadly weapon, and once in Florida for holding more than 20 grams of marijuana.The local U.S. attorney's office detailed the relevant incidents in a news release: "On September 12, 2013, Davis, who was a felon at the time, was found in possession of a firearm [a Taurus 45-caliber handgun with eight rounds]. Then, just two days later, on September 14, he again possessed a firearm different from the earlier gun [a Glock 40-caliber with 11 rounds].

  • Mogwai ATP Essay Festival Farewell Stuart Braithwaite

    Mogwai Leader Pens Touching Farewell to ATP Festival

    Sunday, December 1, marked the final installment of All Tomorrow's Parties flagship festival series in Camber Sands, England. The artist-curated camping weekender has been held at the same location since 2000, and maintained an admirable commitment to promoting experimental and independent music throughout. Scottish post-rock heroes Mogwai were the first band choose the lineup 13 years ago, and they were the last to play on the closing night."We're not the most subtle of bands," guitarist/singer Stuart Braithwaite wrote over at The Guardian, "so we are probably quite a good option for closing an event like that. It's always good to go out with a bang." In honor of the bittersweet occasion, the man penned a touching tribute to the series, which wound up spawning events in the United States, Japan, Australia, Spain, and Iceland.

  • Lorde Team Video Pure Heroine

    Watch Lorde Run a Misfit Youth Society in 'Team' Video

    Although Lorde's Pure Heroine isn't purely wonderful, the sumptuous chorus of "Team" makes that song an undeniable standout. The 17-year-old's third single continues some of the themes of her problematic megahit "Royals," but shifts the attention to a friendship that's "in ruins." The just-released video takes a fantastical and literal approach — specifically, the line "we live in cities you'll never see" — by placing the New Zealander amidst a colony of Lost Boys-style misfit youth.For more from Lorde, revisit SPIN's interview with the rising star, catch her covering Sheryl Crow with Haim, read her lengthy birthday essay, and watch her do a wicked Ronnie James Dio impression at the age of 12.

  • Billy Joel Madison Square Garden Residency Franchise

    Billy Joel Books Endless Residency at Madison Square Garden

    Billy Joel will play Madison Square Garden once a month for, well, forever. New York's legendary piano man has become the iconic arena's "first-ever music franchise," MSG announced today, explaining that he'll be "joining the ranks of [sports franchises] the New York Knicks, Rangers, and Liberty." Beginning January 27, Joel is expected to throw "a show a month, as long as there is demand." The first four are sold out. The fifth, on May 9, will coincide with his 65th birthday.Nearly a year ago, Joel graced Madison Square Garden for the star-studded 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief lineup, but his history with the venue runs deep. His first concert there took place in December of 1978, shortly after the release of his sixth album 52nd Street.

  • Kanye West Adidas Deal 10 Million Nike Air Yeezy

    Kanye West Leaves Nike for Adidas and a Reported $10 Million

    Kanye West has reportedly closed a $10 million deal with Adidas after severing his creative partnership with Nike. Last week in an interview with Hot 97, the man behind SPIN's Album of the Year explained that Nike had failed to offer him decent royalties on his Air Yeezy shoe, while in his recent Barclays rant he said the iconic brand had also delayed the release of his new Red Octobers in order to convince stores to order additional less-desirable stock.During West's heated Shade 45 interview with Sway, he had words for Nike's CEO:"Mark Parker ... I will still accept an investment in DONDA. I've got some more ideas that don't involve shoes [so] if you guys are investing in the arts ... I am standing up and I'm telling you. I. Am. Warhol. I am the number one most impactful artist of our generation, in the flesh. I am Shakespeare, Walt Disney. Nike. Google.

  • M.I.A. Matangi Trouble Again Stream Bonus

    Hear M.I.A.'s Menacing 'Matangi' B-Side 'Trouble Again'

    M.I.A. isn't one to shy away from trouble. She's still embroiled in a legal battle with the NFL over a finger, she had no problem telling Stephen Colbert she doesn't watch his show, her new album Matangi is as dazzling as it is infuriating, and, as Maya Arulpragasm herself told SPIN, trouble has been finding her since she was a child. With all that in mind, the title of M.I.A.'s freshly shared Matangi bonus cut "Trouble Again" could come across as a nonchalant shrug. Instead, the revision of the album's "Double Bubble Trouble" is a bass-wobbling slow-groover featuring warped vocals and our hostess' own menacing chant — "Cos I've got a reputation / Got a, got a reputation." Hit play on that B-side below via Spotify, and peruse SPIN's Best Albums of 2013 while you listen..

  • Tupac Shakur Animated Interview Lost PBS

    Animated Tupac Shakur Describes His Life as a Shakespearean Tragedy

    PBS' Blank on Blank animated video series delivers another music-related gem. Tupac Shakur is the latest subject of the franchise, which converts long-lost interviews with influential figures into cartoon form. Previously, we've seen Kurt Cobain talk about school, punk, and sexuality, and the Beastie Boys discuss their name, their whiteness, and Madonna's fan base. Above, the late rap legend touches upon his own myth, the "Thug Life" philosophy, and Vice President Dan Quayle.The material comes from Benjamin Svetkey's 1994 talk with Shakur for an Entertainment Weekly profile. Early on, the journalist asks where his subject sees himself in 10 years. Eerily, Shakur flubs his answer and says, "Best case: in a cemetery. Not in a cemetery — sprinkled in ashes, smoked up by my homies." He pauses. "I mean Worst case. That's the worst case.

  • Insane Clown Posse Gathering of the Juggalos Cave-in-Rock Venue Change

    Stay or Faygo? Insane Clown Posse Will Gather Juggalos in New Venue

    After seven years at the Hogrock Campgrounds in Cave-in-Rock, Illinois, the annual Gathering of the Juggalos will have to find a new home. This according to a spokesman from Insane Clown Posse's label Psychopathic Records, who did not disclose the reason for the move or any info regarding the five-day festival's 2014 location. However, as The Southern Illinoisan points out, ICP have confirmed that a site has been chosen and that it is, officially, a doozy.Jumpsteady just returned from our brand new Gathering site and it's a doozy! (Whatever the fuck a "doozy" is)— Violent J & 2 Dope (@icp) November 20, 2013Of course, while the rap-metal-fueled event is fervently beloved by its tens of thousands of attendees, the Gathering has also drawn its fair share of criticism — both from haterade-drinking fearmongers put off by the fans' hatchet vibes, and from people who matter.

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