Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Iron Chic 'Sounds Like A Pretty Brutal Murder' Stream

    Iron Chic Fist-Pump With Death on 'Sounds Like a Pretty Brutal Murder'

    "Very well. The corpse is yours. Do what you want to do." So goes the line cribbed from 1959 B-movie The Brain That Wouldn't Die, once immortalized by Mystery Science Theater 3000 and now again by Long Island punks Iron Chic. The band trades in shout-along anthems and melodic shreddage, and they've got a funny way of expressing themselves. On "Sounds Like a Pretty Brutal Murder," streaming below, singer-guitarist Phil Douglas rails: "Things get weird! You just have to deal with it / Eat the heart, eat every little piece of it / Unwind! get high / Say fuck the world, and you're done with it!"The slightly macabre and totally fist-pumping track hails from Iron Chic's forthcoming album The Constant One, available for pre-order via Bridge Nine.

  • The Bottle Rockets 'Indianapolis' Uncle Tupelo Stream

    The Bottle Rockets Unearth Uncle Tupelo Team-Up 'Indianapolis'

    If you don't know the Bottle Rockets, there's no better time to get acquainted. See 'em up there, tipping their collective proverbial hat your way? The St. Louis band were peers of Old 97s, Whiskeytown, and, most significantly, Uncle Tupelo — the alt-Americana outfit that wound up spawning not only a name for that emerging '90s sound (No Depression), but a pair of projects now known as Son Volt and Wilco.Of course, if no one was around to tweet it, how do we know it happened? That track down yonder will come in handy. This song is "Indianapolis," a 1991 demo sung and strummed by Bottle Rockets founder Brian Hennman, but backed by Jeff Tweedy (Wilco) and Jay Farrar (Son Volt).

  • michael jackson wrongful death trial AEG verdict jury

    Michael Jackson's Family Loses Wrongful Death Trial Against Concert Promoter

    The jury in the Michael Jackson wrongful death lawsuit against AEG Live has found the concert promoter not liable in the King of Pop's demise.The decision hinged upon two factors. First, whether or not AEG had hired Dr. Conrad Murray to tend to Jackson. The private physician has been serving two years behind bars for involuntary manslaughter due to his role in Jackson's death. While the company contended that Jackson himself hired the doctor, mother Katherine Jackson and the singer's siblings have maintained that AEG was responsible. It was an overdose of surgical anesthetic propofol administered by Murray that cost the beloved star his life.The Jackson family initially sued the AEG in 2010, roughly a year after singer passed on June 25, 2009.

  • Paris Hilton Lil Wayne 'Good Times' Song Cash Money

    Paris Hilton and Lil Wayne's New Song Is Even Worse Than the Last One

    Remember when Paris Hilton and Lil Wayne made that song together all about getting effed up over EDM beats? No? Well, it's fine because they've done it again. Last time it was "Last Night." Now the Cash Money-signed "artist"/heiress has teamed with her perpetually grinning label boss to record something called "Good Times." TMZ has shared a snippet of this brain-busting masterwork, embedded above, in which Hilton kinda-sorta sings about being tipsy and Tunechi follows with, "All she know is suck, fuck." The content is the same, the beats are the same, the idea (which we can only assume is her "I'm a staaaaar" and his "cash out") is the same. The only thing that's different is, embarrassingly, that there's precedent this time.Fool me once...

  • Rihanna 'Pour It Up' Video Unapologetic NSFW

    Watch Rihanna Twerk on Water in NSFW 'Pour It Up'

    After much ado over racy behind-the-scenes shots from Rihanna's "Pour It Up" video, the fiercely Unapologetic star does not fail deliver. Seen above, the brand new clip for the recently remixed single is a pretty NSFW celebration of stripping, twerking, spending and, perhaps just a little, #seapunk. Our hostess reigns over the goop-dipped bass-banger from an ornate throne that at times appears to be underwater.Meanwhile, pole-dancers spiral all around RiRi from unexpected angles amidst boasts about "how we ball out," seeing nothing but dollar signs, and "going dumb with all my friends." Perhaps in a show of solidarity with the young women hired to dance in the video, Rihanna too displays some moves we'd have a tough time describing without blushing.

  • Drake Nothing Was the Same Lorde Royals Billboard Chart

    Who Charted? Drake and Lorde Are 'Royals' for a Week

    First! Drake! Though it's hardly a surprise, the No. 1 debut of Nothing Was the Same is certainly something to celebrate — though the album isn't perfect, it's another solid entry in Drake's keeping-it-real canon. As SPIN's Jordan Sargent writes, "He changed the definition of 'real' entirely. For him, the concept of realness didn't refer to childhood realities or street bona fides...

  • White Lung 'Blow It South' Stream Single Deranged

    Hear White Lung 'Blow It South' on Darkly Clanging Single

    White Lung blessed 2012 with one of the most unapologetically ripping albums of 2012 — Sorry, whose title we can only assume was meant with a sarcastic sneer. The Vancouver punks are now gearing up to release a fresh 7-inch single via Deranged Records, and one of the two songs is streaming now, below, via Stereogum. "Blow It South" is adark and clanging, a moody shit-kicker about power struggles and, if the SoundCloud tags mean anything, Florida.

  • Fuck Buttons Brainfreeze Video Slow Focus

    Watch Fuck Buttons Experience Face-Bending 'Brainfreeze'

    Those who've experienced the phenomenon known as "Brainfreeze" know that it feels exactly how the distorted humans in the Fuck Buttons clip above look. Your head feels out of proportion to the rest of your body, your faculties are overwhelmed by a dull yet piercing pain, and you're gripped with the fear that things might not ever be the same again. That awful ache happens to be the title of the first song from the third album by the U.K. death-tronic drone duo — Slow Focus, an Essential slab of fuzz and fritz that the band members themselves broke down for us at one point.Of "Brainfreeze," Benjamin John Power explained: "I don’t really see it as your stereotypical electronic percussion sounds. It actually comes from more of a live sound… It’s not like we’re going for a rock sound, but the whole track needed to be massive." Indeed, it is.

  • Deniro Farrar 'Death Or Forever' Child Actor Video

    Deniro Farrar Seeks 'Death or Forever' With Child Actor in Trippy Video

    Deniro Farrar is blessed with a deep voice and the wisdom to match. The Charlotte, North Carolina, rhymer is also nothing if not driven, having released six mixtapes since he emerged in late 2011. His most recent share is The Patriarch II, which finds him working with Ryan Hemsworth and JMSN to create a set of songs that glisten while maintaining grit — a combination of southern rap traditionalism and modern R&B-addled production.On "Death or Forever" Farrar gets a clutch assist from northeastern synth-pop pair Child Actor, who lend a crisp hook to the otherwise hazy groove. Meanwhile, Farrar rhymes about vicious cycles and hard-won victories. The video, directed by J Williams and Anthony Supreme, is appropriately trippy, comprising computer-generated tunnels, satellite views of the planet, and superimposed shots of our host and his friends.

  • Dream Shake Self-Titled Album Stream Buffy TV Shows

    Hear Dream Shake's Gauzy Album-Length Tribute to TV Babes of Yore

    Dream Shake's self-titled debut album comes with an unusual twist. While the nine-song track list may ostensibly look like a rogue's gallery of main man James Nee's sexual conquests, that's not true — not entirely. The conspicuous presence of the name "Buffy" may serve to tip listeners off to the fact that our host's inspiration comes from the ladies he's known through his television over the years, taking inspiration from a certain vampire slayer to be sure, but also Degrassi Junior High, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and others."It's a concept record, but no one will get my references," said Nee, a Virginia native, via statement. "They'll just think it's a love album. I did it because TV, anime, and video games are all I know now. I'm too nerdy for real girls." Still, the project is neither hokey nor jokey.

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