Chris Martins



  • Lady Gaga 'Artpop' Album Cover Art Nude Jeff Koons

    Lady Gaga's 'Artpop' Cover Recasts 'Birth of Venus' via Jeff Koons

    Until Lady Gaga takes over Berlin's fabled Berghain club, the facts on the megastar's third album Artpop shall remain few and far between. But Mother Monster gifted her fans with a colorful treat today in the form of the "Applause"-featuring LP's cover, which turns out to be a Jeff Koons version of The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli. On Twitter, Gaga described the work as "a real depiction of my mind through his." Instead of Venus, of course, we are treated to a nude and slightly plasticine version of the performer, surrounded by shards of the original 1486 painting and bits of a marble sculpture. Nestled between the Lady's legs: a reflective blue orb that reveals what appears to be the studio where the primary photo was taken.

  • CBGB Movie Television Dead Boys Nails Review Panned

    'CBGB' Movie Review Inspires Old Punks to Troll Each Other

    The upcoming CBGB biopic about the historical New York punk club of the same name is generating its own virtual mosh-pit days ahead of its official release. Though the feature film doesn't hit theaters until October 11, screenings have been held and reviews are rolling in. One such piece happens to be by someone who witnessed many of the fictionalized events firsthand: the Nails frontman Marc Campbell, writing for Dangerous Minds. Tellingly, his review is titled "If You Thought CBGB's Bathrooms Were Full of Shit Check Out the Movie."But a couple of Campbell's peers have a bone to pick with his sharply penned panning. Scroll down to the comments and you'll find follow-ups from none other than Dead Boys guitarist Cheetah Chrome and founding Television guitarist Richard Lloyd.

  • Miley Cyrus Sinead O'Connor Today Show Beef

    Miley Cyrus Shockingly Takes High Road in Sinead O'Connor Beef

    According to Miley Cyrus on Today, um, today, everything is going exactly as planned. All of the controversy surrounding her MTV VMA twerk-fest, her nudity in the "Wrecking Ball" video, and the even more revealing Terry Richardson photoshoot ... "It's kind of what I want," she told Matt Lauer. "I'm an artist, so I'm hoping that I get a little attention or my record sales might be a little sketch." It seems an easy boast to make in hindsight, but the Bangerz star may be telling truth.A testament to that possibility: she hit Saturday Night Live this past weekend and passed up a ripe opportunity to dis her recent online sparring partner Sinead O'Connor, who has her own mottled history with the show. Instead, Cyrus expertly set the beef aside to dry during her Today appearance.

  • Pusha T Chris Brown 'Sweet Serenade' Video

    Pusha T Brings a Stripper Pole to the Beach in 'Sweet Serenade' Video

    Pusha T's My Name Is My Name successfully bridges the beloved Clipse member's legacy to his current placement within Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music empire. The end result finds "every fiery line aimed at every dude who hasn't done the dirt he did launched into a messy maelstrom of moving parts for maximum impact." The single "Sweet Serenade" is no exception — an eerily stormy song filled with snarled barbs and brags."Came from the bottom, no one said it would be fair / Now I'm on this money, lounging like it's a beach chair," our host rhymes in the video above, while lounging on an actual beach chair. Pusha holds a shoreside bonfire therein, channelling Rihanna's "Pour It Up" by bringing a stripper pole to the party and striking a kingly pose during the proceedings.

  • Smiths Charming Charlie Peanuts Morrissey Tumblr

    Morrissey Delighted by Smiths-Peanuts Tumblr 'This Charming Charlie'

    It's a good week for Morrissey fans looking for a literary supplement to their Smiths fix. On Thursday, we learned that the Moz's long-delayed, once-cancelled autobiography is actually going to be released (in Europe). And now we can confirm that the beloved Tumblr blog This Charming Charlie, which sets the man's lyrics to Peanuts comic panels, will also be spared the ax. Not only that — Morrissey himself is a fan.Last month, we reported that the site was close to closing down after receiving takedown notices from Universal Music Publishing, and that certain posts had already been removed. But a series of fortunate developments has taken place since.

  • Chase & Status 'Brand New Machine' Track By Track Video Stream

    Watch Chase & Status Break Down Their 'Brand New Machine' LP Track By Track

    Production duo Chase & Status are nothing short of megastars in their native UK. In 2011, upon releasing their breakthrough LP No More Idols, they became the second-biggest sellers abroad, trailing behind none other than Coldplay. To say the stakes had risen for album number three would be understatement, but as can be seen above, the former college chums born Saul Milton and Will Kennard aren't overly concerned. And as can be heard, they've no reason to be. Their brand new set, dubbed Brand New Machine, is out this week and features an incredible array of guests: Pusha T (as heard below), Major Lazer, Nile Rodgers, and Skrillex to name a few. You'll find the track list at the bottom of the post as a handy accompaniment to the video above, where Chase & Status take us through the entire thing, track by track.

  • Korn Tour Opening Night Video Stream

    Watch Korn Reunite With 'Head' in Intimate Tour Documentary

    Korn return with their 11th album proper this week (October 8). Paradigm Shift made SPIN's list of the 50 Fall Albums You've Gotta Hear not only because it's the nü-metal crusaders' first since reinventing their sound with an assist from Skrillex on The Path of Totality, but also because it's the first in a decade to feature founding co-guitarist Brian "Head" Welch. Apropos, the new set will arrive in a deluxe edition that includes Reconciliation, a documentary film about the ax-slinger's return to the fold following a struggle with addiction, and his religious conversion.Above, you'll find an excerpt from the film which documents the reunited Korn's first show in Pennsylvania earlier this year. The 10 minutes above give us a window to the band through drummer Ray Luzier, who joined full-time in 2009.

  • Yo La Tengo Vinyl Dolls Super Kiwi DVD Cartoon

    Yo La Tengo Have Been Turned Into Adorable Vinyl Dolls

    Yo La Tengo have had a hankering for youth of late. In honor of their most recent album Fade, the Hoboken indie OGs shared a pair of videos that, respectively, paid tribute to the oddball animation of Yellow Submarine ("Ohm") and took viewers back to school, dry-erase board and all ("Is That Enough"). Now, fans will be able to own tiny colorful cartoon versions of Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley, and James McNew thanks to a collaboration between the band's label Matador Records, boutique toymaker PressPop, and artist Jim Woodring.On November 19, fans will be able to purchase the three vinyl dolls as a set that also comes with a DVD featuring a five-minute animation called "Tree" also conceived by Woodring.

  • Ghost B.C. Burger Chicago Sacrament Wine Wafer Christ

    Ghost B.C. Burger Makes the Body of Christ More Delicious Than Ever

    UPDATE: Kuma's Corner has issued a statement in response to complaints about the October-exclusive menu item. They've also made a $1,500 donation to the Catholic Charities of the Chicago Archdiocese "as we understand that they share our mentality of serving anyone in need from any walk of life." Read the entire open letter below.Ghost B.C. aren't afraid of a good gimmick, and likely realize there's much more to shocking people than simply being ... shocking (ahem, Miley Cyrus). You want to get people right where they live — deliver a jolt straight to the gut — and what better way to hit that mark then to aim at the exact intersection of food and faith. The Ghoulish-Swedish doom band now has its very own burger at Chicago beef-merchant Kuma's Corner.

  • Kanye West Keeping Up With the Kardashians Supercut Video

    Keeping Up With Kanye West's 'Kardashians' Cameos Is Hilarious Business

    Over the year-plus that he's been dating Kim Kardashian, Kanye West has understandably made it a point to avoid appearing on E!'s reality show about her family, Keeping Up With the Kardashians. But as the two became parents during the taping of the currently airing eighth season, the Yeezus auteur and his girlfriend have been very much entangled. While West has limited his appearances to the occasional physical cameo thus far, his name has been all over the show, and now Vulture has hilariously cobbled together every single moment that Ye's essence has been summoned. They dub the in-absentia musical megastar "Ghost Kanye," as the constant invocation of West's handle makes him seem like a mere braggadocious figment of Kim's imagination. "Where's Kanye?" indeed...

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