Chris Martins

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  • Grails 'Black Tar Prophecies 4, 5 & 6' Album Stream

    Stream Grails' Bleakly Beautiful 'Black Tar Prophecies 4, 5 & 6' Collection

    Fittingly, Black Tar Prophecies Vols. 4, 5 & 6 kicks off with a warped version of "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen" that sounds drenched in the set's titular muck. Portland's Grails have been churning out deeply bent instrumental rock for over a decade now, and even within that generally far-out rubric, they've saved a special place for their rangiest ideas: the Black Tar Prophecies series. Initially limited to 12-inch vinyl runs, these installments disappear entirely, then re-emerge fully formed.This latest batch arrives October 15 via Temporary Residence, but all 12 tracks can be heard now, streaming below. The aforementioned opener is dubbed "I Want a New Drug," and it soon bleeds into the glorious guitar figures of "Self-Hypnosis," a song that seems ever-expanding into a broader psych-folk kaleidoscope.

  • Los Campesinos! 'Avocado, Baby' Stream No Blues

    Los Campesinos! Celebrate the 'Avocado, Baby' on Upbeat Single

    Los Campesinos! will release their fifth album on October 25 — the optimistically titled No Blues, whose initial offering was far less cheerily named "What Death Leaves Behind." The Welsh sextet's latest offering toys with a similar outlook. "Oh it won't get better," sings Gareth Campesinos! at one point, before adding, "That doesn't mean it's gonna get any worse." Meanwhile, "Avocado, Baby" is about as bright-sounding as the band gets — dance-y over angular guitar-play, helped out by sky-scraping synths, and backed by a chorus of children singing along with the playful hook: "I have a stone so tough it's crazy / That's why they call me the avocado, baby." No Blues' ambitious production comes courtesy of John Goodmanson (Sleater-Kinney, Nada Surf, Blonde Redhead) and will arrive via Wichita Recordings, the official follow-up to 2011's excellent Hello Sadness.

  • Grooms 'Infinity Caller' Video Album

    Grooms Are All Like, 'Yeah Science' in 'Infinity Caller' Video

    Grooms sneaked out their third album-length foray into art-damaged slack-rock last month, but it's not too late to enjoy what Infinity Caller is offering. The 11-song set is streaming in its entirety at Noisey, and the same site has now dished up a new video for the record's titular track. Above, you'll find main man Travis Johnson locked in the lab, experimenting with various unusual substances under the watchful eye of his microscope. Through him, we see all sorts of unexpected slides, ranging from beautiful crystalline structures to constantly changing patterns to illustrations of boxing amoebas. (Yeah science!) Meanwhile, we hear "Infinity Caller," a song gifted with raw bass, arpeggiating guitar, persistent percussion, warm electric hum, and Johnson's cooling vocals. Revisit "I Think We're Alone Now," and hit Noisey to hear the rest.

  • 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.

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