Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Freddie Gibbs Madlib Karriem Riggins City Adult Swim Singles

    Freddie Gibbs Goes (Slightly) Less Gangster for Madlib Team-Up 'City'

    When last we heard from Freddie Gibbs, the Gary, Indiana-bred MC was back in his hometown proudly trapping with a gang of local goons (via "Lay It Down"). And before that, he'd announced his forthcoming ESGN album with a bleak-banging slab of rap nastiness dubbed "One Eight Seven." But Gangster Gibbs has got a (slightly) softer side too, and it comes out on "City," his new collaboration with Stones Throw beat guru Madlib (their second, after the "Shame" single and video) and Los Angeles utilities man Karriem Riggins.The latter nabs the first verse, a Mr. Lif-recalling cypher that dances around atop Lib's Afrobeat-sourced groove. Gibbs is up next, fast-rhyming his way to tongue-twisting gems celebrating a life lived "like Tony Soprano." Riggins improvs a couple of lines about being "live, on tour in India," which may be apocryphal but it does sound glamorous in a weird way.

  • Nicolas Jaar Clown Sunset Other People Trust Compilation

    Nicolas Jaar's New 'Other People' Label Includes the Same People From His Old Label

    House music upsetter Nicolas Jaar is launching a brand new label — sort of. According to RA, Other People will kick things off with a showcase compilation dubbed Trust on September 2, but the lineup of artists amassed for the set look suspiciously similar to those who've been releasing music through the American-Chilean producer's Clown & Sunset imprint. Presumably, the latter label is being folded, though it's unclear as to why Jaar felt the need to rebrand. Nikita Quasim is still in the mix, alongside his Darkside compatriot Dave Harrington, Acid Pauli (who we'd like to imagine is Pauly P on LSD), Valentin Stip, Will Epstein, and, of course, Jaar. The man caught a little extra crossover shine this year thanks to a Record Store Day rarity compiling his remixes of songs by Grizzly Bear and Brian Eno.

  • Ebony Bones 'Neu World Blues' Stream Behold a Pale Horse

    Ebony Bones Is an Art-Punk Soul Warrior on 'Neu World Blues'

    As a child, Ebony Thomas was a classmate of Amy Winehouse's at the Sylvia Young Theatre School in London. Each wound up prodigious and dramatic, but the young woman who came to take "Bones" as her surname might have turned out a wee bit freakier. It's no wonder that the singer-songwriter-producer spent a season or two opening for Cee Lo Green abroad — her hybridized approach to soul, punk, pop, and strange is exactly the kind of thing the Goodie Mobster aims for without instinctively understanding how to hit the mark. Ebony Bones is arty without qualification, odd without apology.On her new album Behold, a Pale Horse, she never panders to her audience and they're better for it.

  • Neko Case Funny or Die Man Session

    Neko Case Plays Disastrous 'Dressing Room Session' for Funny or Die

    These days it seems like everyone's got their own session series. NPR films shows at their Tiny Desk, the A.V. Club goes Undercover, Yours Truly makes Songs From Scratch, and La Blogothèque is busy beautifully filling Empty Space. It only seems right that Funny or Die should get in on the highly clickable fun. Enter the Dressing Room Sessions, a (totally not actually) regular series that kicked off with a clutch cameo from Neko Case. The erstwhile New Pornographer graces FoD with the single "Man" from her forthcoming album titled (totally, actually) The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight. The Harder I Fight, the More I Love You. The thing is, the show is meant to go down inside of a literal dressing room, which doesn't leave much room for maneuvering. We won't spoil the performance by describing too much in advance.

  • Angel Haze A Tribe Called Red Unfinished Song Sparse

    Angel Haze Teams With A Tribe Called Red to 'Turn It Around'

    We're still not exactly sure when Angel Haze's Dirty Gold is going to be released, but here's reason for all of that bubbling anticipation to boil over. We've already heard the single "No Bueno," which is mellow by the New york rhymer's standards, followed by an outtake called "The Initiation." But on Thursday (July 18), a SoudCloud user shared an unfinished version of a song from the LP that blows everything else away.The track, which we'll tentatively call "Turn It Around," is expertly produced by Canadian crew A Tribe Called Red (remember them from Das Racist's "Indians From All Directions"?), who provide bassy glitch without resorting to dubstep, tinny drums without falling into (the) trap, and heavy keys without sounding particularly '90s.

  • Led Zeppelin John Bonham Hologram Son Jason Live

    Led Zeppelin's John Bonham Will Become a Hologram if Son Has His Way

    In a new interview, John Bonham's son said it's his dream to drum alongside a hologram version of his famous father. Jason Bonham drummed for Led Zeppelin at the band's last official gig — their 2007 spectacular at London's O2 Arena — and is currently touring with his tribute project the Led Zeppelin Experience, which apparently involves a lot of visuals. When asked about the show's production element by Legendary Rock Interviews, the young Bonham said the following."It's important to me to have something in addition to the music, that was the whole point of it. When I first started doing this I was working with some of the people behind some of the biggest tribute tours like Pink Floyd Experience, the Beatles and now I'm doing it. It's imperative that I continue putting together the best shows and take it to the next level.

  • Kanye West Taylor Swift Secret Tape Rant

    Alleged Kanye West Rants About Taylor Swift, MTV on Leaked Recording

    Audio has emerged in which an alleged Kanye West rants about his infamous Taylor Swift interruption while at a restaurant with friends following the 2009 MTV Music Video Awards. According to Gawker, who uncovered the clip, West went to the Corner Bistro in New York's West Village accompanied by other musicians after leaving Radio City Music Hall on September 9, 2009, the night of his famous interruption of Swift's acceptance speech. In the conversation, he takes aim at Swift, Pink, and even Elvis, seemingly.While it's nearly impossible to confirm if the voice on tape does indeed belong to the Yeezus mastermind, the voice, the intonation, the indignance, and the fuzzy logic certainly fit the bill.

  • Puscifer Sir Mix-a-Lot 'Conditions of My Parole' Remix FUBAR

    Sir Mix-a-Lot's Puscifer Remix Laces 'Conditions of My Parole' With Noisy Wubs

    As it turns out, 2013 wound up being the year that the guy who recorded "Baby Got Back" did a warped wub-step remix of the goof-rock side project of the man who founded the biggest prog act of the '90s. Yes, we can now add one more item to Sir Mix-a-Lot's running list of accomplishments, which mostly involve finding new euphemisms for "booty," and opening minds to the plight of the anaconda.As part of the forthcoming Puscifer set All Re-Mixed Up, the Seattle MC-producer has reworked the titular track from 2011's Conditions of My Parole. In the appropriately subtitled "F.U.B.A.R.

  • Beyonce Super Bowl Portlandia Emmy Nominations 2013

    Beyonce Gets Three Emmy Nominations for Crotch-tastic Super Bowl Halftime Show

    The 2013 Primetime Emmy nominations are in and Beyoncé has nabbed three nods for her Super Bowl XLVII spectacular. Not only did Mrs. Carter draw the second-largest halftime ratings in history and (we'd like to think) cause New Orleans' Superdome to short out following a electrifying Destiny's Child reunion, she drew the faithfully leering stare of the Creepy Male Gaze (via Bob Lefsetz) and was significantly slut-shamed by puritanical Americans the nation over.If that's not the stuff of Emmys victories, we don't know what is. Unfortunately, the folks behind the ceremony aren't interested in our submissions for award categories.

  • Vic Mensa Contemplates the Good Life in 'Hollywood LA' Video

    Vic Mensa Contemplates the Good Life in 'Hollywood LA' Video

    To those unfamiliar with Chicago's musically rich rap scene, the arrival of Chance the Rapper may have seemed like an anomaly — his SPIN Essential Acid Rap tape certainly set him apart from pretty much every other known entity in the game. But he's no lone wolf. Chance runs with the Save Money crew, and last month we received an outstanding offering from one of his peers, former Kids These Days vocalist Vic Mensa. "Orange Soda" combined fizzy song-rap with the sun-kissed production style of Pharcyde, and heralded the coming of Mensa's own Innanetape, now set for an August release.We've now got a second entry from that collection: "Hollywood LA," a sweetly contemplative song about chasing ideals (love, success, great marijuana) that's just as strong a showcase for Mensa's lithe rhymes and shining wordplay.

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