Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Arcade Fire Reflektor Eminem Linkin Park Billboard Chart

    Who Charted? Arcade Fire and Linkin Park Bookend Big 'Duck Dynasty' Week

    First! It's an upset! A previously unknown band by the name of the Reflektors debuts at the top of the highest chart in the land. Okay, yeah, no. We can't keep up the ruse either — everyone knows it's the Arcade Fires, er, Arcade Fire who nabbed Billboard's No. 1 slot with Reflektor, a "long and weird and indulgent and deeply committed" album in the dub/rara/dance-punk vein. Worth noting: 40 Rock Bands Who Beat Arcade Fire to the Disco Floor (spoiler alert: one is Talking Heads). Also interesting: This was the Merge Records band's first run with Universal handling distribution and Capital working radio. How did the major label upgrade pan out? Meh. Turns out 2010's The Suburbs (a better fake band name, btw) started at No. 1 with 156K, per Nielsen SoundScan, compared with 140K for Reflektor All hail Merge the Mighty.2 to 10: Last week's leader gracefully floats down to No.

  • Yo Gotti I Am Album Stream J Cole LeBron James T.I. YG

    Stream Yo Gotti's 'I Am,' an All-Star Opus That's Bigger Than Southern Rap

    Yo Gotti has built a small empire operating independently out of Memphis — his own prolific catalog alongside the artists on his CMG label — so when the man born Mario Mims teams with a major label, it only follows that the product is going to be major in and of itself. Indeed, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more aptly named outfit than Epic to release I Am.The highly diverse album wrangles an impressive array of collaborators and travels a wide variety of rap terrain. The hyphy-flavored "Act Right," featuring Jeezy and YG, dovetails perfectly with the trap-dwelling, highly quotable "ION Want It" (lyric: "If the chopper don't come with a stand, ION want it"). T.I. joins for the club anthem "King Shit," and Rich Homie arrives for the emotional "I Know." Assists from Ne-Yo ("Respect That You Earn") and J.

  • M.I.A. NFL Middle Finger Matangi Symbol Super Bowl Madonna

    M.I.A. Flips Off NFL With Explanation That Middle Finger Is About Yoga

    To the untrained eye, that thing M.I.A. is doing with her middle fingers above on the red carpet of the YouTube Music Awards may seem offensive. But really, the Sri Lankan-raised Matangi-maker is just doing her part to promote best yogic practices. You see, Hindu culture includes a series of specific hand-gestures used during meditation, and Maya Arulpragasam is merely paying tribute to the goddess Matangi when she (frequently) flips the bird.In case you were living under a rock or not yet born in the year 2012 (welcome!), M.I.A. got into hot water during Madonna's Super Bowl XLVI halftime show when she raised her middle finger to the camera. Some people cared. Most probably didn't.

  • Peter Gabriel Courage So Box Set Stream Demo Finished

    Peter Gabriel Finished 'Courage' Demo 26 Years Late and It's Great

    Peter Gabriel has at long last finished the demo for "Courage," an incomplete song hailing from the sessions that created the 1986 classic So. His fifth solo album received a boxed set reissue last year on the occasion of its 25th anniversary, and the deluxe package included the original incomplete version of the glistening art-rock gem, written alongside such still-inescapable songs as "Sledgehammer" and the Kate Bush collaboration "Don't Give Up."Below you can now hear a proper "radio edit" of "Courage" (purchase via iTunes). Engineer/producer Tchad Blake (Tom Waits, Pearl Jam, Dandy Warhols) re-mixed the scratch take and Gabriel recorded overdubs alongside longtime collaborator, guitarist David Rhodes. The salvaged song is as imbued with twitchy energy and epic overtones as its peers.

  • Actress Ghettoville Album Retire Hazyville Box Set Vinyl

    Actress Teases Retirement With 'Ghettoville' Album Announcement

    English producer Actress teased his own career's demise with the title of his SPIN Essential 2012 album R.I.P. Now the man born Darren Cunningham has announced his intent to drop a proper follow-up in the January, and he appears to be implying that this could be the end. Ghettoville is a new 16-song set presented not only as the proper sequel to his 2008 debut Hazyville, but as "the bleached-out and black-tinted conclusion of the Actress image."Before we get to Cunningham's entire cryptic message, the hard facts: Ninja Tune and Werkdiscs will be releasing Actress' fourth album in all of the usual formats both separately and as one jam-packed boxed set. That'll include the 3LP version of Ghettoville and a new 32-page art book, plus an exclusive 2LP remastered copy of Hazyville (and CDs of both to boot).

  • Destroyer 'Bye Bye' Video Five Spanish Songs EP Tour Dates

    See Destroyer Coo 'Bye Bye' From a Chicken Farm

    Destroyer returns on November 25 with Five Spanish Songs — the Vancouver rock experimentalist's unexpected en español follow-up to his wooly soft-jazz full-band 2011 effort Kaputt. Last month we heard the T. Rex-channeling electric stomper "El Rito" and now, thanks to Stereogum, we have the video for the far quieter "Bye Bye." For this project, Dan Bejar is exclusively playing the music of Sr. Chinarro songwriter Antonio Luque, and above we see him strumming this dreamy folk song at a chicken ranch amidst some lush vegetation.

  • Paramore 'Daydreaming' Video Album Watch Live

    Paramore Export Emotional Excellence Abroad in 'Daydreaming' Video

    Paramore are celebrating their just-wrapped U.K. tour with a new video shot out the road. "Daydreaming" is one of the quieter, more contemplative highlights from the pop-emo band's big return album, Paramore, earlier this year, although it contains its fair share of bursting moments. The clip above captures that dichotomy well, contrasting shots of Hayley Williams and co. in action against footage of two young women in transit, moving through the scenery with in a rather, yes, dreamy manner. Best of all, the clip comes with a heartwarming surprise ending. Revisit SPIN's October interview with Williams in which she spoke about her ambitions for Paramore's European travels.

  • Miley Cyrus Future 'Real and True' Migos Hannah Montana Twerk Remix

    Miley Cyrus Sings With Future as Migos Remix 'Hannah Montana'

    Miley Cyrus appears in the new single by rappa-turnt-sanga Future. With an assist from English G.O.O.D. Music singer Mr Hudson and ubiquitous producer Mike WiLL Made-It, the unlikely duo delivers a genuine love song as hybridized pop-ballad/AutoTune-soul crawler. At the start of "Real and True," Future wrestles with having such strong feelings for one woman when the trappings of his career suggest he should be a player. It's kinda profound, and Cyrus on a sincerity kick can be a powerful thing (see "Wrecking Ball") as well. Stream that cut from the upcoming Honest below, or buy it on iTunes.But while we're here, it's worth noting that we see a different side of Future, alongside Freebandz affiliate Casino, on the just-released "Pocket Watching" from 808 Mafia's fresh mixtape Crazy 8 X It's a Southside Track 3 (via Fader).

  • Vaadat Charigim The World Is Well Lost Album Stream Israeli Shoegaze

    Stream Vaadat Charigim's Radiant Shoegaze Album 'The World Is Well Lost'

    It's handy enough to think of Vadaat Charigim as the "Israeli shoegaze band," but that's also unfairly reductive. Sure, there are bendy guitars and walls of fuzz — just listen to their debut album The World Is Well Lost below — but you'll also find the springy sound of Slumberland Records, and the vocal swoon of Morrissey mixed up with the punk-punk'ed hum of Ian Curtis. And sure, this trio is from Tel Aviv, but they're perfectly at home on California cassette bastion Burger Records, who'll release the record on November 12. (Warm Ratio will handle vinyl, and ANOVA CD and digital.) Listen to that eight-track feat of apartment-recorded excellence (really) right here:Vaadat Charigim, The World Is Well Lost track list:1. "Odisea"2. "Kezef Al Hamayim"3. "Lehitorer Velo Lada'at"4. "Ze Beseder Lefahed"5. "Haolam Avad Mizman"6. "Ein Nehama Ladoachim"7. "Kmo Lahzor Habaita"8. "Mahshefot"

  • Crosses Bitches Brew Video Chino Moreno Stream Deftones

    Stream Crosses' 'Bitches Brew,' Electronic Doom From Deftones' Chino Moreno

    Deftones leader Chino Moreno has been on a tear of late. His most famous band made a grand return with their rock-solid seventh album Koi No Yokan, while his dream-metal group with the ex-members of Isis, Palms, shared their self-titled debut in June. But throughout it all, the Northern California hard rock beacon never forgot about † † † (or Crosses) — he promised that the electronics-powered project would return this year, and now it has. Below you can experience "bi†ches brew," a seething, slowly surging slab of beautiful doom that oozes forth on the back of an unexpected Krautrock groove. Moreno and his partners in Crosses — Far's Shaun Lopez, and Chuck Doom — are prepping their eponymous debut album for a February 11 release. The 15-track set will include earlier works EP † and EP ††, plus five additional songs. Digital and physical pre-order kicks off November 26 via Sumerian.

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