Chris Martins



  • U2 Remove Album From iTunes Delete Apple Songs of Innocence

    Wanna Remove the U2 Album From Your iTunes? There's a Button for That

    U2's Songs of Innocence wound up in iTunes users' music library whether or not any of them actually wanted it. Odd Future figurehead Tyler, the Creator, for one, eloquently expressed his dissension thusly: "ITS LEGIT LIKE WAKING UP WITH A PIMPLE OR LIKE A HERPE ... GET OFF MY FUCKING PHONE." Well, he should be happy because Apple customers are now able to eject Bono and Co. from their cloud.As Brooklyn Vegan points out, the company has created an entire page dedicated to that very act. The "SOI Removal" function is about as barebones as it comes. It looks like this:Don't wanna squint? No sweat. Here's the fine print:If you would like U2's Songs of Innocence removed from your iTunes music library and iTunes purchases, you can choose to have it removed. Once the album has been removed from your account, it will no longer be available for you to redownload as a previous purchase.

  • Primus 'Golden Ticket' Stream Tour ' Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory

    Hear Primus' Wild and Woolly 'Golden Ticket' From Their Willy Wonka Tribute Album

    On October 21, a certain beloved Bay Area prog-funk posse will release Primus & the Chocolate Factory, which is everything you'd hope it'd be based on the title — a concept album honoring the 1971 Gene Wilder-starring Willy Wonka film by remaking its wild music in this band's odd image. A little while back we heard "Pure Imagination," which was bananas and held true (as true a possible) to Les Claypool's description of this project's sound as "early Peter Gabriel meets Dark Side of the Moon meets the Residents." Now we have the pleasure of handing you, dear reader, the "Golden Ticket" itself. Heard below, that memorable cut from the film is reborn with help from bounding bass, chiming vibes, Claypool's deep warble, and a handful of eerie effects — taken all together, this is the aural march of a demented carnival barker leading a band of skeletons weilding toy instruments.

  • Riffstory Lesson: Man Plays 100 Bass Lines From Mingus to Metallica, Nirvana and Beyond

    Riffstory Lesson: Man Plays 100 Bass Lines From Mingus to Metallica, Nirvana and Beyond

    When virtuosic YouTube music supercuts come together, it's usually the singer or the guitarist whose contribution takes center stage. Finally, someone gives the rhythm section some, via Chicago Music Exchange. Witnessed above, bassist Marc Najjar and drummer Nate Bauman give us an aural history lesson in groove, chronologically working their way through 100 different bass riffs starting with the likes of Fats Domino and Charles Mingus, moving on through the Beach Boys and the Beatles, to Metallic and Red Hot Chili Peppers, to Nirvana and Pearl Jam, all the way up to Daft Punk, Tame Impala, and Queens of the Stone Age. The performance is more than an impressive feat — it also serves to point out just how vital the low end on a familiar song can be.

  • Karen O Ooo Video Elle Fanning Spike Jonze Crush Songs

    Elle Fanning Twirls to Karen O's 'Ooo' in a Surprise Spike Jonze Video

    Karen O's debut solo album, Crush Songs, arrived this week without a whole lot of fanfare. That's all right, because the music speaks for itself just fine, but that "Rapt" video was pretty nice and, since you mention it, wouldn't it be nice to have another? Leave it to the master Spike Jonze (Her, Where the Wild Things Are, countless classic music videos) to deliver a surprise clip that also happens to star actress Elle Fanning (The Boxtrolls, Maleficent, We Bought a Zoo), shot at the New York Metropolitan Opera House no less. The video is for the song "Ooo" and it follows our star as she listlessly drifts and improvises ballerina moves through the guts of the venue. It's clearly an informal affair (shot while the gang was rehearsing for a Fashion Week play), but that's consistent with the roughshod, homemade feel of the music that echoes overhead while Fanning spins and skips.

  • Slipknot 'The Devil in I' Video Prepare For Hell Tour

    Do U Even Satan, Bro? Here's a New Slipknot Video

    Slipknot may be the most outwardly unlovable-looking band to genuinely deserve the descriptor "beloved." Rock deities like Dave Grohl consider 2001's Iowa album a classic, and excitement is building toward the release of the Des Moines alt-metal collective's fifth full-length in 20 years, .5: The Gray Chapter, due October 21 on Roadrunner Records. Late last month they dropped an appropriately epic and evil-sounding single called "The Devil in I," and now there's a video that is pretty much the most dastardly and disturbing non-real thing you'll see on the Internet today. In truth, it's testimony to the incredible B-horror directorial skills of percussionist M. Shawn Crahan, a.k.a. Clown.Things start innocently enough, with a disco ball and a bunch of people in potato sacks grooving to the sweet sounds of Slipknot, house band at your local cathedral/asylum-type venue.

  • Grandma Grandmaster Flash Facebook Tag Accidental Tagging

    Grandmas of Facebook Are Accidentally Tagging Themselves as 'Grandmaster Flash'

    Your grandma is a super sweet old lady who bakes delicious cookies and gives warm hugs. Grandmaster Flash is a rap pioneer who serves up tasty beats and rose to fame with his late '70s crew the Furious Five. (Meanwhile, she's in her late 70s.) He was in a group with the guy who invented the term "hip-hop." She plays bridge with a fella who claims to have invented the manssiere. She ... you get the idea: They're not the same.Nevertheless, adorable elderly matriarchs with a tech fetish have been accidentally tagging themselves as "Grandmaster Flash" while attempting to post Facebook statuses aimed at grandchildren. Such as, "Blah, blah, blah.

  • Rihanna NFL Ray Rice Ravens Thursday Night Football CBS Cut

    Rihanna Is the Latest Victim of Ray Rice and the NFL's Terribleness

    Do two PR wrongs make a right?CBS Sports and the NFL will find out when Rihanna's voice doesn't introduce tonight's game pitting the Baltimore Ravens against the Pittsburgh Steelers.This game, and future Thursday Night Football matches, were set to open with a pre-recorded performance of Jay Z and Rihanna's "Run This Town," which came out in 2009 — you know, the same year Chris Brown brutally assaulted her. Unless you've been living in an RF anechoic chamber of late, you've likely read a thing or two about the Ravens.If not, the team's running back Ray Rice is facing the consequences of committing a horrifying act of violence against his now wife, and the entire league's collective calloused foot (balls too, we hope) is being held to the fire while they change their policy regarding their massive muscle-bound players (employees) beating the shit out of women.So: Bad PR Move No.

  • Gwen Stefani No Doubt New Album Pharrell Recording Produced

    Gwen Stefani Is Working With Pharrell on New No Doubt and Solo Albums

    Gwen Stefani is in the studio with Pharrell Williams and she claims to be working on both a solo album, and the next No Doubt full-length. As Stereogum points out, MTV News spoke with the ska-pop icon at a New York Fashion Week event. Seen below, the Voice coach reveals, "Right now, I'm all about doing music." And in fact, "I'm going into the studio tonight with Pharrell."Cut to Pharrell, who then stonily yet enthusiastically babbles weird complimentary (?) things about Stefani's looks and mindset — "She does not look her age. She doesn't look like she's had three children. But that's the cool part. That she is her age, and she's had had three children and she is killing it." — while confirming that she is, indeed, on another another level. No doubt.In the clip below, Stefani says she's already been recording new material.

  • Ellen Nicki Minaj Anaconda Video Iggy Azalea Black Widow

    Ellen Edits Herself Into Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda' Video

    Ellen Degeneres found herself smack dab in the middle of the Summer of Ass on Tuesday, celebrating Ellen's premiere week with not only a rump-tastic performance by Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora, but a remake of Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" clip featuring the talk show host front and center. Or would that be back and down-low? Judge for yourself by watching the newly edited visual above, and find "Black Widow" below.

  • White Arrows In Bardo Stream Album

    Stream White Arrows' Glorious Tropi-Pop Album 'In Bardo'

    Los Angeles tropical-pop purveyors White Arrows made some good noise in 2012 with their RAC-produced debut LP, Dry Land Is a Myth. But they truly come into their own sound on the now-streaming In Bardo. Heard below, the new album combines wirey guitar ("Get By"), slinky electronics ("Scream"), sunny grooves ("We Can't Ever Die"), and powerful percussion ("I Want a Taste") to gauzy, entrancing effect."Bardo is a transitional state of being, the phase of existence between death and rebirth," notes the album's press release. "It marks the end of one thing and the beginning of another.

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