Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Mac DeMarco 'Passing Out Pieces' Video Salad Days

    Mac DeMarco Takes Life, Give Birth in 'Passing Out Pieces' Video

    In case you missed it, the manic Canuck dubbed Mac DeMarco made a great album this year called Salad Days. In a brand new video for highlight "Passing Out Pieces," the record's title gets a very literal treatment thanks to lunatic director Pierce McGarry — for the first few seconds, at least. What begins as a televised lesson on how best to prepare a lettuce-blessed delight quickly turns into a gory lo-fi murderfest with some highly psychedelic happenings on deck. To say much more would be to ruin to fun, so we'll leave you with this, from the clip's description: "Out for revenge with seemingly no good reason, no one is safe with this cretin roaming the street."

  • D'Angelo RMBA Lecture Video Stream Nelson George Questlove

    See D'Angelo Talk Sly Stone, 'Space Jam,' and the Future of His Music

    You can now watch, stream, download, and read a transcript from D'Angelo's Red Bull Music Academy lecture Wednesday night in Brooklyn. Author Nelson George hosted and Questlove occasionally joined the pair onstage to contribute invaluable overdubs to the proceedings. As NPR reports, about 500 audience members partook in person, though onlince participation was significant, with Twitter hashtag #AskDAngelo trending at No. 1 locally.Topically, the elusive R&B god hinted at a collaboration with Sly Stone; discussed his need to "go deep, deep in the onion" while recording; explored Richmond, Virginia's unique creative vigor; talked about discovering young talent in church; shouted out Slipknot; remembered meeting Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson for the first time; mentioned Space Jam; explained a lot of his influences; and ... well, the entire thing is 85 minutes long.

  • Smashing Pumpkins Machina Machines of God Reissue

    Smashing Pumpkins May Re-Record for Expanded 'Machina' Reissue

    As previously reported, the Smashing Pumpkins are prepping an extensive, six-disc reissue of their 1998 album Adore. Also as previously reported, here's Billy Corgan actually smiling while cradling cats on the cover of the PAWS Chicago magazine. Well, now the man and his band have announced plans to lovingly revisit their 2000 LP, Machina/The Machines of God. Most surprisingly, the Pumpkins are interested in commissioning remixes and having current artists re-sing parts.Corgan has spoken before on his plans to, as the band's site puts it, "present MACHINA in the original form in which it was written ... as a theatrical narrative" meant to play as a double or triple album.

  • Foo Fighters Dave Grohl New Album HBO Show Interview

    Dave Grohl on Foo Fighters: 'We Could've Made a Radiohead Record'

    Dave Grohl has shared more details about the forthcoming Foo Fighters album and accompanying HBO series. In an interview with Billboard's Shirley Halperin, he laid out his overall M.O. thusly: "As we were coming down from the success of the last record, I thought, 'Now we have license to get weird. If we wanted, we could make some crazy, bleak Radiohead record and freak everyone out.' Then I thought, 'Fuck that.'" Oof — not in front of Mr. Thom, Dave.Instead, he took a page from the critical success of his Sound City documentary and set out with his band and a camera crew to record in eight different iconic studios in eight different U.S. cities: Seattle, Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, and Washington, D.C.

  • People Get Ready Physiques Video Album

    Watch People Get Ready's Transfixing, Exuberant 'Physiques' Video

    On June 24, New York City's People Get Ready release their second album, Physiques, and it may very well be excellent enough to rival the group's live presence. That's no slight. In fact, it should come across as high praise to any who've witnessed this band/performance art ensemble do their thing in person. (It involves dance, props, projections, homemade instruments, auxillary members, etc.) For the rest of us, though, the above video for the Brassland LP's titular track should make for an apt introduction.The "Physiques" clip finds singer Steven Reker front and center, feet fixed to the ground while the rest of his body does wild things in time with People Get Ready's equally lithe art-pop. The background keep changing and so do his bandmates' activities. It's the kind of thing you watch twice (maybe thrice) in order to catch all of the nuances.

  • Jack White Meg Stripes Interview Relationship Today

    Jack White Isn't Friends With Meg White

    Jack White has at last spoken in detail on his current relationship with Meg White, which seems pretty much non-existent: "I don't think anyone talks to Meg. She's always been a hermit. When we lived in Detroit, I'd have to drive over to her house if I wanted to talk to her, so now it's almost never."That quote comes from the former White Stripes leader's new interview in Rolling Stone, as excerpted by Consequence of Sound. The same feature spawned White's Wednesday self-comparison to Larry David, but the revelations on Meg, his ex-wife, come from the full print version. The man born John Anthony Gillis shed a little light on their previous working relationship as well, explaining that her general temperament affected the band as well."She's one of those people who won't high-five me when I get the touchdown," he said.

  • Billy Corgan Paws Chicago Magazine Cover

    Billy Corgan Cradles Cats on Cover of 'PAWS Chicago'

    This is really a thing: the tickled-pink mug of Billy Corgan cradling two adorable kittens on the cover of PAWS Chicago, the magazine put out by the region's largest "no kill" humane organization. It gets tough keeping up with the Smashing Pumpkins boss, but amidst a handful of endeavors ranging from weird (that experimental solo album AEGEA) to weirder (that eight-hour Siddhartha synth jam) to weirdest (his wrestling reality show for AMC), but there's nothing confusing or confounding about seeing this alt-rock icon cuddling Sammi and Mr. Thom over a headline that reads "Billy Corgan's Siamese Dream." Click over here to read a PDF version of the issue. Meanwhile, there are two new Pumpkins albums on the way (with Tommy Lee on drums), and a six-disc reissue of Adore to boot. 

  • Robin Thicke Get Her Back New Album Wife 2014

    Robin Thicke Plans to 'Get Her Back' With New Album

    When Robin Thicke was remade in the image of a bona fide pop star, the Justin Timberlake comparisons began to fly. Now the Los Angeles-reared singer, songwriter, and producer is taking another page from the book of his boy band-bred buddy — he's releasing two albums within a year of one another. On July 1, Thicke will follow up his incredibly successful Blurred Lines with a brand new set, though this one aims to be a return to his older, more humble sound.While few details have yet been shared about the album, we know it'll be released on Pharrell Williams' Star Trak (with Interscope), but that the entire thing will be written and produced by Thicke.

  • Made in America Los Angeles Lineup Weezer Kendrick Lamar John Mayer

    Jay Z's Made in America Los Angeles Lineup: Weezer, Kendrick Lamar, John Mayer, and More

    Earlier today, we learned that the Philadelphia lineup for the Jay Z-founded Budweiser Made in America Festival will be topped by Kanye West, Kings of Leon, and Tiësto. Now we've got the lineup for the Los Angeles edition, to run concurrently on August 30 and 31. The biggest hitters include — for better and for worse — Imagine Dragons, John Mayer, Weezer, Kendrick Lamar, Rise Against, Chance the Rapper, Sublime With Rome, Juanes, Steve Aoki, and Afrojack.Also of note for SPIN readers: Metric, Cypress Hill, Schoolboy Q, Wolfgang Gartner, 12th Planet, YG, Dr. Dog, Classixx, Hit-Boy, DJ Mustard, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad, SZA, and A Tribe Called Red. And the rest of the bill: Gareth Emery, Capital Cities, R3HAB, Borgore, DVBBS, Mute Math, Rita Ora, Nipsey Hussle, Terraplane Sun, ZZ Ward, Jay Rock, Yellow Claw, Grits & Biscuits, Will Sparks, Cut Snake, and Scavenger Hunt.

  • Peanut Butter Wolf Charizma Interview Circa 1990-1993 Box Set Stream

    Peanut Butter Wolf Breaks Down His 10 Favorite Songs From the Charizma Box Set

    December 16, 1993 was a fateful day for the future of hip-hop. Up-and-coming Bay Area MC Charles "Charizma" Hicks was murdered during a mugging on that date, and it was enough to force his production partner out of the business entirely. That man behind the music was San Jose's Chris Manak, a.k.a. Peanut Butter Wolf. The pair were both a creative duo and best friends, and each was an incredibly promising artist.

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