Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • River Tiber 'The City' Video

    River Tiber Brings Beatwise Quiet Storm to 'The City' Video

    It might be most helpful to think of Tommy Paxton-Beesley as Toronto's one-man answer to Rhye, though he's been doing his thing since 2010. As Riber Tiber, the 22-year-old channels Sade-like soul with a beatmaker's touch, cooing wistful beauty over crunchy rhythms and lush atmosphere. On his gorgeous Synapses standout "The City," our host lends his delicate quaver to sing, "We could have had it all." In the corresponding video, we find Paxton-Beesley alone at night in a mystical version of his hometown. He's washed in a rainbow spray of lights in one scene, and levitates on a soccer field in the next. Meanwhile, the skyline is caught from strange angels, and portions of buildings break off to become triangular prisms. "Thought you would be here," he says but instead, all of that strange romance is his to experience without accompaniment.

  • Black Moth 'The Articulate Dead' Stream Killing Jar

    Black Moth Pummel the Living on 'The Articulate Dead'

    Save your super-rainbows for another band — England's Black Moth deal in punishing, pummeling riff-rock that splits the difference between Queens of the Stone Age and Black Sabbath. Better yet, singer Harriet Bevan can growl and howl with the best of 'em, but she also packs a wicked riot-grrrl shout that can be heard on "The Articulate Dead." This grinding shred-bomb hails from the five-piece's debut album The Killing Jar, produced by Grinderman/Bad Seeds member Jim Sclavunos. His brutal touch can certainly be heard on the track, which kicks off with some desert-rock gnarl and ends up a double-time punk-metal firestorm. The Leeds crew have set an October 1 release date for the entire thing, via New Heavy Sounds.

  • Kill the Noise 'Saturn' GTA Remix Stream Black Magic

    Kill the Noise's 'Saturn' Finds New Bass-Blasted Orbit on GTA Remix

    New York producer Kill the Noise has been diversifying his portfolio of late. Most recently, the electro-step crusher launched a satirical side-project with SPIN friend Dillon Francis dubbed Meowski666 (which charitably aims to give dogs and cats something to twerk to). Now the OWSLA-signed beatmaker is gearing up to share Black Magic Remixed, a set of retooled bangers hailing from his charting 2012 EP BLVCK MVGIC (that's the bewitching cover art above). First up is a new take on the Brillz & Minxx-featuring "Saturn" courtesy of Miami Diplo collaborators GTA. The genre-smearing duo give the track a newfound upbeat bounce replete with cranked-up bass wobbles, gleeful war-whoops, and bubbly effects. Don't let those lean spots in the SoundCloud waveform fool ya — this one is heavy.

  • Fucked Up Website Archive Rarities Mixtape

    Fucked Up Share Rarities in Honor of Overdue Website Launch

    Toronto hardcore innovators Fucked Up have, um, launched a website. As rare as it is to find a successful young band without a home on the internet, the real news for fans of Damian Abraham's experimental outfit lies in the online outpost's content. In addition to collecting the band's photos, flyers, writings, and past tour dates, Fuckedup.cc includes a veritable archive of streaming and downloadable music.Chief among the unearthed nuggets are four mixtapes — originally released on mostly long-lost cassettes — comprising demos, outtakes, live tracks, side-project B-sides, alternate takes, interviews, and whatever other sounds the gang managed to shoehorn into the mix.

  • Paul McCartney New Album Fall Ethan Johns

    Paul McCartney Teams With Laura Marling Producer to Record 'Hosannah'

    The march toward Paul McCartney's 16th solo studio album continues. Rolling Stone has scrounged up a few more details via producer Ethan Johns, who lent his skills to Laura Marling's stunning new album Once I Was an Eagle. It was the English studio whiz's work on the first three Kings of Leon LPs however that got Macca's attention. That, and likely the fact that Ethan's producer father Glyn Johns worked with the Beatles (and the Who, and the Rolling Stones).Either way, one day the younger Johns received the call — "Would you like to go into the studio with Paul?" — and he naturally said yes. The pair first hooked up in London's AIR Studios where they laid down a ballad dubbed "Hosannah" reportedly using vintage instruments, analog tape, and a few psychedelic effects in post-production.

  • Marc Maron YACHT Party at the NSA Stream

    Hear Marc Maron Shred on YACHT's Disco Ripper 'Party at the NSA'

    As it turns out, celebrated comic Marc Maron has an acerbic ability to shred guitar equal of his biting wit. The WTF podcast host does a little ax-slinging for a good cause on the new charity single by Los Angeles disco destroyers YACHT. A punk-addled dance-ripper, "Party at the NSA" takes aim at the U.S. government's controversial information gathering techniques. The collective ires of M.I.A.

  • Earl Sweatshirt Doris Stream Tumblr Odd Future

    Earl Sweatshirt Streams 'Doris' Early on Odd Future Tumblr

    After much justified anticipation, Earl Sweatshirt has shared his entire debut studio album, Doris, via Odd Future's Tumblr. The Los Angeles MC has been teasing the thing's arrival ever since he returned from Samoan isolation early last year. Heretofore he'd shared a handful of highlights from the August 20 album. There was the introspective and media-blasting "Chum"; the slightly warped "WHOA" video featuring Tyler, the Creator; Mac Miller team-up "Guild"; the Holocaust-referencing "Hive"; the Pharrell-produced clanger "Burgundy"; and, of course, "Sunday," in which Frank Ocean seems to throw shade on Chris Brown. Now the entire 15-song set — which also includes collaborations with RZA, Domo Genesis, and Casey Veggies — is streaming in its entirety via Tumblr and SoundCloud.Earl Sweatshirt, Doris track list:1. "Pre" (ft. SK La' Flare)2. "Burgundy" (ft.

  • Marianne Faithfull Broken Back Cancelled Shows

    Marianne Faithfull Breaks Back, Cancels Shows

    Sixties rock'n'roll icon Marianne Faithfull has canceled a series of dates after breaking her back while vacationing in the U.S. The English singer, songwriter, and actress actually suffered the incident last month and had hoped to recover in time for a show in Beirut. Though the Rolling Stones collaborator did not share the exact details of her injury, the BBC reports that the 66-year-old fractured her sacrum, which is the triangular bone at the base of the spine."I broke my back in July and hoped and prayed I would be better enough to be able to do the performance on 17 August, although it's not very long, but my recovery was going well," Faithfull wrote in a letter to her European fans. "Alas. I have never been to the Lebanon though I know it through books.

  • Quasi See You on Mars Stream Mole City Janet Weiss

    Hear Quasi's Boisterous Noise-Pop Rocket 'See You on Mars'

    Portland super-duo Quasi are celebrating two decades of making music together by releasing Mole City, a so-called "Encyclopedia of Kicking Ass," on Kill Rock Stars come October 1. You'll know drummer Janet Weiss from Sleater-Kinney, Wild Flag, and the Jicks, of course. And singer/multi-instrumentalist Sam Coomes was a member of Elliott Smith's Heatmiser and contributed to Figure 8, as well as every Built to Spill album since 1997. Together, they're headed toward album No. 9, an honor that's now marked by the release of "See You on Mars," a noisy little rock-pop gem that features bounding bass, a little bar room piano, impassioned vocals, and a powerful backbeat.116561:song:See You on Mars:Quasi tour dates:October 3 - Omaha, NE @ SlowdownOctober 4 - Kansas City, MO @ Record BarOctober 5 - St.

  • Prefuse 73 Teebs Sons of the Morning Yellow Year

    Watch Prefuse 73 and Teebs Unite in Sons of the Morning's 'The Way the Winter Passed Us'

    New York-based producer Prefuse 73 has an impressive history of both collaboration and solo innovation, so it makes sense that the glitch-hop godfather would start his very own imprint. Yellow Year Records isn't Guillermo Scott Herren's first label (see also Eastern Developments), but it's definitely his first "non-label" label. As the man himself explains below, he wanted a platform that exists outside of the normal rules and expectations.To that end, Yellow Year's first big move is Speak Soon, a series of EPs that find Herren teaming up with various producers to create new works. Above you'll find a beautiful sun-streaked clip soundtracked by Sons of the Morning, the new duo comprising Prefuse 73 and Brainfeeder beat-beautifier Teebs.

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